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Sunday Plenary and Keynote Descriptions

Sunday Evening Keynote

SK1: "Unleash Your Superpowers - 7 Super Strategies to Empower Students" featuring Dr. Bill Ziegler

In this engaging, inspiring, and empowering session, Dr. Ziegler will share how you can empower students through unleashing your superpowers.  This session will focus on learning about trauma responsive teaching, promoting student voice/choice, empowering courageous leadership, helping students build resilience skills, and nurturing students to be Global Game-Changers. Plus, we will work to equip, encourage, and empower educators to become superheroes who are pumped and excited to empower their students.  Participants will learn practical strategies and tools that they can immediately use in their classroom and school.  

Dr. Bill Ziegler is the principal at Pottsgrove High School, in Pottstown, PA.  He has served as a school leader for twenty years at the middle and high school levels.  Bill is the co-author of Future-Focused Leaders: Relate, Innovate, and Invigorate for Real Educational Change, and a Corwin Educational Consultant.  Dr. Ziegler currently serves as a Board Member for the National Association of Secondary School Principals.   Bill was honored to be selected as the 2016 Pennsylvania Principal of the Year and the 2015 NASSP Digital Principal Award Winner.  Bill has also served as the President of the PA Principals Association on two separate occasions, 2014 and 2016.  Bill is the host of Lead the Way, a podcast for School Leaders.  You can learn more about Bill on his website at https://www.chaselearning.org   Bill resides in PA with his wife Kim and two high school and college-age children.

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Plenary Session One, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

1A:  "Student Mental Health and the Law" with Erin Gilsbach, Esq.
In this session, school law attorney Erin D. Gilsbach analyzes recent case law regarding public school obligations to students with mental health needs and provides practical tips and tools for schools regarding establishing legally-defensible protocols, practices, and policies. The session will address issues such as identifying students with potential mental health issues, lawfully addressing students expressing suicidal ideation, dealing with the impact of cyberbullying and social media concerns, supporting students with mental health needs, and more.Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., is the founder and Executive Director of EdLaw Interactive, which specializes in legal training for educators and school administrators. An experienced speaker both nationally and in her home state of Pennsylvania, Erin currently serves on the Board of Directors of NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys and is President of the PSBA Solicitors Association. She provides legal consulting and training services to schools, education-related organizations in the areas of special education; development of legally-defensible policies and procedures; trending legal issues regarding technology and education; nursing and school health services; truancy prevention; child abuse prevention and mandated reporting; educator evaluation and discipline; and many other school law topics.
Elected by her peers as a "Rising Star Attorney" for 5 consecutive years, Erin began her career as a public high school English teacher, and she served for several years at the PA Department of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel. In 2017, she served as the legal consultant for the desk reference "Legal Issues in School Health Services,” and she is the author of a handbook on health-related special education issues for LRP Publications, which is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2018.


1B:  "Parents and Professionals Together: Building Protective Factors and Welcoming School Climates" with Rijelle Kraft

Parents are their children’s most influential teachers. When parents and schools work together, the results for students can be powerful. This workshop focuses on practices that create a welcoming environment for parents and family members in schools, pre-schools, out of school time programs and community based organizations that promote working as partners for student success. It will emphasize a strengths based approach that honors parents’ experience and how addressing the well-being of the family unit by creating opportunities to build protective factors can contribute to student’s optimal development.
Rijelle Kraft serves as the Family Support Technical Assistance Coordinator at the Center for Schools and Communities specifically working with the Children’s Trust Fund. She provides technical assistance and support for grantees working to prevent child abuse as well as training and professional development in the area of strengths-based family support practices. She is certified in the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support from the National Network of Family Support and Strengthening Networks. She is a certified trainer for Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work and the Be Strong Parent Café model. She also provides courses related to the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets.
Prior to her work with CSC she facilitated collaborative efforts and led the grants team as the Director of Community Partnerships with a charter school. As the Volunteer and Marketing Coordinator for a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate she trained and mentored volunteers and managed large projects. Ms. Kraft also has extensive youth development experience and coordinated the urban 4-H program for a local Cooperative Extension. She is passionate about community service and has held multiple positions on local nonprofit boards.
She holds a BA in Philosophy from Mansfield University, an MA in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from the School for International Training, and an MS in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. She is a graduate of the Educational Policy Fellowship Program. Ms. Kraft lives in York, PA where she volunteers for the local SPCA.

Plenary Session Two, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

2A: "QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention"  with Marisa Vicere Brown and Perri Rosen

Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 2 hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers can include anyone who is strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers). The process follows three steps: (1) Question the individual's desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to appropriate resources. Trainees receive a QPR booklet and wallet card as a review and resource tool that includes local referral resources.

As a strong believer in the empowerment of young people, Marisa Vicere founded and became president of Jana Marie Foundation in 2012. The experience of losing her sister Jana Vicere to suicide in 2011 cemented her commitment to helping young people navigate through the tough transitional teen years and educating parents and community members about mental and emotional health.
Marisa's background in marketing, promotions and program implementation has helped her lead the Jana Marie Foundation team in designing and implementing numerous programs including the Straight Talk for People Who Care About Kids seminar series, Candid Conversations video series, Wellness Forums For Young Women, and the Stompers Project--a major community project that is using art to bring people together and open up discussions around mental and emotional health.
In addition to her work with Jana Marie Foundation, Marisa serves the board of Prevent Suicide PA, is co-chair for the Centre County Suicide Prevention Task Force and volunteers at Tides. Marisa holds a B.S. in Global Management and Marketing from Susquehanna University and a MBA from the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Perri Rosen, PhD, is Project Director of the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention grant, a SAMHSA-funded grant awarded to the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) at the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This grant is focused on suicide prevention awareness, training, screening, and intervention for youth ages 10-24 throughout the Commonwealth. She is also Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a Pennsylvania certified Special Education teacher. Additionally, she sits on the Executive Board of the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), and she is a trainer-of-trainers in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), as well as a certified trainer of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA).

2B:  "Streamlining ESAP and PBIS Utilizing the MTSS Model "with Devin Moyer and Amy Nohe

Are you tired of multiple team meetings, overwhelming agendas, and lack of adequate resources? This session is designed to have participants review their current processes and programs, identify overlap, and begin thinking about how they can focus their time and attention to program development rather than program management.
Devin Moyer taught HS Science for 5 years in urban Baltimore, Red Lion & Northeastern York School Districts.  He served as a School Administrator for 15 years (all in NE York).  3 years HS Assistant, 7 years Intermediate Principal (4th-6th), 5 years Elementary Principal (K-3rd).  Devin worked as the District PBIS Coach for 6 years and has been heavily involved in PBIS for 11 years focusing on Tier 1 and Tier ⅔ for 3 years.Amy Nohe has worked 10 years in Community Based Programs as a Juvenile Probation Officer, Family Therapist, Youth Counselor and a Court Liaison/Case Manager for Residential Facility 12 years.  She has also worked as a K-3 School Counselor.  Her passion and focus is on prevention.  Amy is a PBIS coach for Tier 1, PAWS Coordinator (PBIS Advanced Tiers), and Data Collector/Analyst.  She was SAP trained 2017.








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