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2022 Conference Sessions

Below is the latest list of sessions for this year's conference - with more to come! The updated schedule with days and times will be posted here in January.

  • CMLA Summit: Saturday, February 26
  • Concurrent Sessions are traditional, 60-minute sessions. 
  • Spark & Tell Sessions are 60 minute sessions divided into three 15-minute segments, allowing participants to get more personal attention and more information in a short amount of time. There will be 3 similar presentations within each session.
  • Speed Sessions are recorded, 15 minute videos of a best practice that will be shared with conference attendees via Conference Tracker.

CMLA Summit

Saturday, February 26, 1:45 - 4:00 pmFacilitators: Carol Watson and Priya Poehner

Meet and Greet: ML Teacher Candidates Across PA
Jamboards, introductions, ML Kahoot on young adolescent development, and a guessing game with prizes!

Starting a CMLA chapter at your college/university, and keeping it going!
10 minutes-overview of activities and strategies to start and maintain a CMLA chapter
10 minutes-overview of new option for membership in a general CMLA chapter for small programs
5 minutes-walk through the AMLE website

Interviewing skills: ML Principals’ Advice and Critique
A panel of ML principals will offer advice, answer questions, and simulate interview questions for participants to practice answering and get constructive feedback.

Our Beginning Teachers Share Experiences and Advice
A panel of beginning teachers graduated from various PA ML programs will offer advice and answer questions on navigating the first years of teaching…during a pandemic!

Concurrent Sessions

Saturday, February 26

12:30 – 1:30 – Session 1: Keynote
Kelly Weaver - "Living Your Own Aloha!"

1:45 – 2:45 – Session 2

2A - Nittany Room - Team Building without Touching - Anneliese. Ledebur, Teacher – Titusville Middle School

Strands – Advisory

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Counselors, Team Leaders

One of the most important aspects of Middle School is getting students, of varying abilities, ethnicities, genders, etc. to work together in accomplishing a task. But with the current conditions in schools, the question becomes how do we get students to team build if they can't touch? This session will outline several new strategies you can use to build teams without shared props or general contact.

Goals - Build an advisory programs which address issues of teens and teambuilding Focus your advisory program to build a working team Learn new teambuilding games to use NOW with your students

2B - Gallery Room - Teaching About Our World with Mathematical Models and Manipulatives – Kate Remillard – Saint Francis University

Strands - STEAM/STEM; Curriculum integration/cross curricular connections; ELA, Reading, Math, SS, Science Instruction

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers

In this interdisciplinary, hands-on workshop, engage in activities that bring current events and top global challenges into the middle school math classroom. Explore trends in the environment, global population and more using models, manipulatives and lively group simulations that build math skills while exciting students about math connections to their lives and to other disciplines. Presented activities build on math fundamentals while engaging students with authentic problem solving for real-world challenges. Discover how visual and tactile/kinesthetic representations can be a best practice for building understanding of math concepts. Receive lesson plans matched to state standards.

Goals - 1. Participants will learn how to effectively use mathematical modeling in the classroom to link math with key topics in the natural sciences and social studies.

2C - Terrace A - . Replicable Best Practices to Educate the Whole Child – Jennifer Shroads – Director of Pupil; Services, Sam Adams- Principal & Kelly Fulciniti – Counselor, South Side Middle School

Strands – Advisory. Social Emotional Learning. Teaming. Sensory integration.

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders

Cultivating a foundation rooted in creating meaningful opportunities for the whole-child to promote growth is pivotal to the fluid middle-level structure at our school. Our focus continually integrates the areas of social awareness, emotional regulation, and academic growth for every student within our building. Integrating a variety of resources including the Student Assistance Program, Minute Meetings, Teaming, Classroom Sensory Bins, Digital Citizenship, and more to offer the tools to foster this foundation. This session will be interactive in design for participants to uncover the key components identified by our middle school to successfully implement building-wide strategies to educate the whole middle-level student using a comprehensive child-centered approach.

Goals – 1. Feature the integration of a variety of programs and activities including the Student Assistance Program, Advisory Lessons, Building-Level Sensory Room integration, Teaming, Digital Citizenship, Sensory Room, the Youth Ambassador Program, and more to promote student success academically, behaviorally, and emotionally 2. Discuss successful options to meet the social-emotional need of middle school students through multiple opportunities 3.Share examples of building positive student-student, staff-staff, and student-staff relationships to foster success

2D - Terrace B - Killing the Stigma of Movies in the Classroom: Using film in reading and writing instruction – Monica Mancini, teacher – ET Richardson Middle School

Strands - ELA Instruction, Writing, Engagement

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers

“I’ll just put on a movie today.” This presentation aims to kill the stigma that movies are a chance for teachers to “take a break” from instruction. By using film in the classroom, not only can we create lessons that are more relatable and interesting to students, but we can also allow our students to closely read and see film as a form of literature for analysis,

Goals -

• Learn to view film and music as a form of literature

• See sample lessons that use movies to meet common core standards

• Takeaway suggestions for movies that can be utilized for reading and writing instruction

2E – College Student Summit - #Atrium

3:00 – 4:00 – Session 3

3A - Nittany Room - Student Teams: The Soul of Successful PBIS – Valerie Meehan and Jessica Henry – Teachers and PBIS Co-coaches – West Allegheny Middle school

Strands - Classroom Management and School Culture

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Team Leaders

Attendees will get helpful troubleshooting tips for incorporating student teams into their school-wide positive behavior program. Integrating student teams into your school-wide system not only can breathe life into an existing program, but also can inject creativity and energy into start-up programs.

Goals - Attendees will learn the process of starting a student team within the framework of PBIS. Attendees will gain an understanding of how student teams can be utilized to improve school climate. Attendees will learn to use data-based student feedback to improve school culture.

3B - Gallery Room

TBA

3C - Terrace A - Understanding the Schools to Watch Process – Bruce Vosburgh – Director – PA Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch

Strands – School Improvement

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Administrators, Team Leaders

Learn about how to use the PA Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch program as a school improvement model that promotes continuous improvement. Attendees will review the 4 Domains and 37 criteria leading to STW recognition.

Goals - Attendees will (1) Understand the STW process, (2) Review the 37 criteria of the Program, (3) Review the application process

3D - Terrace B - Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge (DOK) for Middle School – Erik Francis – Maverik Education

Strands - Enrichment/Remediation/Tiered instruction, Curriculum integration/cross curricular connections, Read/Write across the curriculum, ELA, Reading, Math, SS, Science Instruction

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Administrators, Team Leaders

What exactly is Depth of Knowledge? How do the DOK levels describe four different ways middle school students could understand and use their learning? Learn how Depth of Knowledge clarifies the cognitive demand of academic standards, activities, and assessments and how the DOK levels could be used a multi-tiered method and model for delivering instruction, responding to intervention, and extending learning for middle school students.

Goals - 1) Understand what distinguishes Depth of Knowledge from other academic concepts and frameworks. 2) Use the DOK levels as a method and model for delivering instruction, responding to intervention, and extending learning for middle school. 3) Analyze how DOK teaching and learning experiences are similar to TV game shows like JEOPARDY! (DOK 1), instructional TV shows like THE JOY OF PAINTING WITH BOB ROSS or 30 MINUTES WITH RACHAEL RAY (DOK 2), reality TV competition shows like TOP CHEF! and LEGOMasters (DOK 3), and business competition shows such as SHARK TANK (DOK 4).

3E – College Student Summit - #Atrium

4:00 – 7:00 PM – Dinner on your own

7:00 – 10:00 PM – Hawaiian Luau

7:00 – Exhibitor Set-up

Sunday, February 27

7:15 AM – Board Check-in - #Atrium

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM – Registration - #Atrium

7:30 AM – Exhibitors Open - #Pre-function Area

8:00 – 9:00 – Coffee Station in the Vendor - #Pre-function Area

9:00 – 10:00 AM – Session 4

4A - Nittany Room - . Creating and Maintaining a Student-Centered Advisory Program – Dr. Erin Crimone - Principal, Dr. Kevin Maurer – Assistant Principal, Justina Perrott – Counselor, Marie Piccirilli, Stephanie Harris, A.J. Mannarino & Billy Finnerty – Teachers – South Fayette Middle School

Strands – Advisory, Mentoring, Student Connection

Targeted Audience – Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders

This session will focus on Middle School Advisory and address the logistics and challenges of re-launching an Advisory program after the pandemic. The team will walk through the steps to creating an Advisory program based upon 3 pillars of Personalized Support, Academic Progress, and Peer Connection. Presenters will share how to create a program that values student voice and choice as well as ways to engage all students. This session will also offer materials, connection ideas, and activities for school staff and students.

Goals -1. To inspire other educators to initiate an Advisory program. 2. To assist other school districts who may be thinking about instituting an Advisory program. 3. To provide a model for schools that need to reinstate or re-vamp their current Advisory program.

4B - Gallery Room – Living An Attitude of Gratitude – Kelly Weaver – Founder and Owner of Soulvivor808, certified Law of Attraction Coach, Author of Living Your Own Aloha: 5 Steps to Manifesting your Dreams

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, administrators

The pandemic shut down businesses and schools and all that we knew that was “normal”. Many students and parents lost out on milestones both academically and personally. As a result, many became angry, frustrated and depressed bt these enormous challenges. Implementing a consistent and daily gratitude practice is important because gratitude cultivates an empathic and compassionate school culture and classroom. Students and teachers who practice gratitude are healthier; physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Did you know that developing a consistent and daily gratitude practice can profoundly change your physical, emotional, and psychological health? In this session, we will explore these levels of gratitude and the immense transformative power it can have on your life. Learn how to create your own practice, so you can develop an attitude of gratitude in your school, classroom and personal life.

Goals – 1. Explore the scientific benefits of gratitude. 2. Define and understand the difference between reactive and generative gratitude. 3. Create a gratitude process

4C - Terrace Room – Spark & Tell A

1. Madison Stanton – Senior Middle Level Education, concentration in Science & Social Studies - Kutztown University

Strand – Characteristics of High Preforming Middle Schools

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Counselors, Pre-service Teachers, Teachers, Team Leaders

Teachers and students have been incorporating technology into instructional practices for quite some time. Technology has multiple benefits. However, concerns have been developing due to the increase in technology. While these concerns were being explored, the COVID-19 pandemic hit causing schools to move quickly to 100% virtual learning. Our investigation sought to identify the effects of 100% virtual learning modality on middle level students from their teachers’ p perspectives. Findings will be shared and solutions discussed.

Objectives -1. To share the findings of our research study on the effects of technology on ML students 2. To share techniques to integrate technology in the classroom effectively and safely without over stimulating the students 3. To bring awareness of this technology issue to educators and start a discussion

2. Morgan Bentley – Junior Middle Level Education Major, concentration in Social Studies & Math - Kutztown University

Strand – Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

Targeted Audience - Pre-service Teachers, Teachers

In middle level social studies education, it is of the utmost importance to ensure that students are taught facts that accurately portray the events of the past. It is even more vital that teacher candidates are properly informed and equipped with the tools necessary to educate their future students with unbiased knowledge.

Objectives - -facilitate open conversation about common social studies myths taught in the classroom -identify one-two ways that teaching inaccurate history can be problematic

3. Kylie DeVitis – Senior Biology & Bioethics Major - Kutztown University

Strand – Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

Targeted Audience - Pre-service Teachers, Teachers

“Health-justice in the Science Classroom” discusses a framework for an after-school program for marginalized racial and socioeconomic students focused on civic engagement and health-justice. Each session of the after-school program connects previously learned science content, such as medicine in society, chemistry, and social justice into their teaching to support students.

Objectives - • Participants will see how social-justice education can be used to bring in community-based knowledge into the classroom • Participants will be able to identify how socio- scientific issues can be discussed in STEM

4D - Executive Forum - Growth Mindset, Goal Setting, and Student-Led Conferences: An Approach to Data-driven Instruction – Heather Niebauer – Instructional Coach, Central Cambria School District

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers

In this session we will explore the implementation of a growth mindset goal-setting system based on PA Academic Standards and student achievement data where student agency is the central focus. Participants will learn the methods used to place the focus on achievement in the hands of the students and how traditional parent-teacher conferences can be upgraded to student-led conferences.

Goals - Participants will gain an understanding of one way to present and use concepts related to Growth Mindset. Participants will learn how to encourage student agency as related to goals and action plans. Participants will gain an understanding of the benefits of student-led conferences and will be provided with the basic structure for implementation. Slides and handouts will be provided to participants.

4E - Directors Room - Multiliteracies and Middle School ELA – Nicole Mitchell – Peters Township School District

Strands: New Literacies, Language Arts Project Based Learning, Pedagogical Strategies for teaching New Literacies, Blended Learning, Differentiation

Targeted Audience - New Literacies, Language Arts Project Based Learning, Pedagogical Strategies for teaching New Literacies, Blended Learning, Differentiation

This presentation will function as a fun, dynamic, interactive workshop that supports teachers in the creation of instruction that guides students in their development of new, digital literacies. We will explore pedagogical strategies that inform the design of dynamic, inquiry-based, project-based lessons and innovative formative and summative assessment strategies. We will look for opportunities in middle school ELA classrooms to embed strategies such as digital storytelling, digital storyboards, choice boards, and flipped lessons as means of garnering interest, self-efficacy and achievement from students of all abilities and modalities. Teachers will leave energized, ready to bring these strategies into their classrooms.

Goals - My goals include: sharing best practices with fellow middle school educators; supporting teachers in the development of their practice; using my knowledge to extend my reach beyond my own classroom.

4F - Chairman's Room A - Coughing & Sneezing are Tics, Oh My! (Understanding Tourette syndrome) – Sherrie Wivell – Nonprofit Manager - PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance, Inc.

Strands - Diversity and Inclusion

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Counselors

Tourette syndrome is one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted disabilities encountered in the classroom. Often, students with TS are disciplined for symptoms of their disability. This training will help school personnel learn about common and uncommon symptoms of TS and real-life examples of accommodations that can help keep the student included and active in the classroom.

Goals - Better recognize the wide range of Tourette symptoms and how they may present in a classroom. 2. Identify and use accommodations and supports to reduce anxiety and thus reduce the tics. 3. Look at symptoms with “how can I help this student” instead of “how can I get them to stop this behavior”, thus reducing inappropriate discipline of symptoms.

4G - Chairman's Room B - HUB (Help Us Begin) Strategies to support any difficult situation – Jen Cort – Jen Cort Consulting

Strands - Diversity, counseling, teachers

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders

Have you ever been in a discussion about a challenging topic and don't know how to respond? You are not alone. Most of us have been stuck in the moment only to think of many applicable responses after the fact. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about HUB (Help Us Begin) strategies to support any challenging situation and practice applying them to situations relevant to their work life. The workshop includes an electronic publication of resources to support bringing HUB strategies back to school.

Goals - 1. Learn new strategies 2. Practice applying strategies to work life 3. Expand thinking

10:15 – 11:15 AM – Session 5

5A – Nittany Room - Executive Forum - Empowering Middle School Pride Through Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Interventions – Dominique Tambellini- Singer – Emotional Support Teacher, Jason Lochner – principal, Janine Hays – Librarian, Judy Varacalli – Counselor, Michele Duboy – math teacher – Harrold Middle School

Strands – PBIS

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders, Teachers of the Arts, Media Specialist/Librarians

Harrold Middle School will present on how to effectively empower a middle school community to run a data driven school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports System (PBIS). Participants will hear about how we worked backwards through the PBIS implementation process by strategies to engage middle school students and improve the overall school climate through our Tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions.

Goals - 1. Demonstrate to the network how we grew a successful PBIS program 2. Share how we have increased staff participation and buy-in through positive school climate initiatives and successful tier 1- 3 implementation. 3. Evaluate the effectiveness of a school-wide middle school implementation of tier 1-3 supports evident by a decrease in student disciplinary referrals and an increase in a positive school climate

5B - Gallery Room - The F-Word: Bringing Fun Back into the Classroom! - Monica Mancini, teacher – ET Richardson Middle School

Strands - ELA, Reading, Math, SS, Science Instruction

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Teachers of the Arts

In the world of high-stakes testing, teachers may feel like creative and fun activities have to take a backseat in our lessons. This presentation will demonstrate ways you can bring fun and games into your classroom to engage students in their learning.

Goals - Attendees will walk away with tools to create more engaging lessons, how to use games effectively in the classroom, and how to allow for more creativity in the classroom.

5C - Terrace Room – Spark & Tell B

1. Emily Stanley – Senior, Middle-Level Ed Major, concentrating in English & Math - Messiah College

Strand – High Impact Classrooms

Targeted Audience - Pre-service Teachers, Teachers

Research has proven the effectiveness of graphic organizers. However, not only text-heavy courses require reading comprehension strategies, Math being a prime example. This summer, I had the opportunity to work individually with a student and guide her in making graphic organizers that highlighted each of the primary math concepts. As others could, this student can grow in her understanding and application of mathematical concepts through a stereotypically English resource.

Objectives - Identify connections between graphic organizer usage in English and Math subject areas. Recommend the common usage of graphic organizers in Math. Propose further research regarding graphic organizer techniques in English and Math.

2. Julia Sowers – Junior Middle Level Ed Major concentration in Math & Science – Messiah University

Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies

Targeted Audience - Pre-service Teachers, Teachers, Team Leaders

In this presentation, I will discuss how makerspaces, manipulatives and the CRA model are fantastic, effective classroom strategies. I will discuss how makerspaces, manipulatives and the CRA model are related to each other as well as their benefits. I will address the effect sizes of these two things and how they can be most effective in the classroom. Lastly, I will explain how these two hands-on, discovery strategies can be practically implemented in the classroom.

Objectives - 1. Participants will learn the benefits of using a makerspace and the CRA model in their classroom. 2. Participants will lean how to implement these effective strategies in their own classroom.

3. Connor Coggins – Junior Middle Level Ed Major, concentration in English & Science - Messiah University

Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies

Targeted Audience – Pre-service teachers, Teachers

This presentation will seek to provide teachers with a toolbox full of high impact teaching strategies for middle schoolers with dyslexia. The focus will be on the benefit of explicit instruction and multi-sensory approaches for students who struggle with reading at this level. The primary techniques presented on will be summarization strategies, main idea identification strategies, context clue strategies, and mnemonic devices. These tools can help middle schoolers with dyslexia be successful in the classroom and beyond.

Objectives - 1. Equipping teachers with methods of instruction that will enable success for middle school students with dyslexia. 2. Highlighting the importance of explicit instruction in students' ability to comprehend their reading.

5D - Executive Forum - The Chill Project: A Comprehensive Mindfulness Movement – Dan Como – principal & Dr. Melissa McCauley – Assistant Principal – Pleasant Hills Middle School, Cynthia Everett – Program Supervisor Allegheny Health Network, Shelley Meier – Jefferson Hospital The Chill Project

Strands - Learn Fundamental Mindfulness Skills, Increase Student Resilience, Support Staff well being, creating a Chill Room space to support students

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Administrators, Counselors

Through teaching evidenced based practices to reduce stress, increase resiliency and build a compassionate school culture, the CHILL Project interacts with everyone in the school community, including students, teachers, and families. These practices have been linked to greater academic success, reduced anxiety, improved student teacher relationships, and the ability for students to engage in better decision-making. The CHILL Project provides students with a wide range of opportunities to learn and practice such methods that include lunch clubs, an after-school mindfulness club, and learning opportunities in the classroom that will be facilitated by teachers who will be trained by the CHILL Project Staff.

Goals - Participants will learn about the CHILL Project and how it supports student and staff mental health. Participants will have access to a first-hand account of implementing the CHILL Project from a mental health perspective. Participants will discuss and analyze the logistical

5E - Director"s Room - Retain the Gains! Long-Term Retention with Get More Math – Erica Martin, President & Tara Crebs NE Regional Account Manager – Get More Math, both former Teachers,

Strands – Enrichment/Remediation/Tiered practice, Growth Mindset , Technology including 1:1 devices

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Team Leaders

The current math educational model of “cram and flush” is not working. Math students arrive at the end of a school year without long-term mastery. How can we use technology to make it stick? In this session, Erica Martin will share a proven model for driving long-term retention through use of Get More Math software. GMM provides cumulative mixed review sessions, automatically differentiated for each student, so that students spend time spiraling back over old content and retain their gains. Participants will come away with a both a vision for students retaining their gains and tools for making it happen!

Goals -1. Explore strategies to address learning loss. 2. Provide a method for the implementation of spiral mixed review to improve long term retention. 3. Provide access to automated differentiation for students.

5F - Chairman's Room A - Projects in Check with Tech! – Emily Janocha - Teacher – John F. Kennedy Catholic School

Strands – project based learning to enrich the classroom through different sources of technology

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers

Have you ever wanted to make your classroom more interactive and student centered? In social studies, among several other subjects, you can take the playing field to the next level with project based learning through the use of technology. Not only should you be using technology to enrich the learning, but also to use it to create an experience that was not conceivable without technology. Throughout this session, you will get to learn about different ways to incorporate technology in a project based learning classroom setting. Make sure to bring your laptop and an open mind because we will be using different avenues to reach our goals!

Goals - 1. Effectively use technology integration in the classroom 2. Learn new avenues of technology through hands-on learning 3. How to positively use project based learning to enrich learning

5G - Chairman's Room B (Brain Power)

TBA

11:30 AM– 12:30 PM – Session 6

6A - Nittany Room - The Learning Pavilion at Hampton Middle School – Marlynn Lux – Principal, Gwen Cohen, Lori Palmer – Teachers, Hampton Middle School

Strands - Empowered Learner; Knowledge Constructor; Innovative Designer; Computational Thinker; Creative Communicator

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders, Teachers of the Arts, Media Specialist/Librarians

Hampton Middle School partnered with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to create a multi-functional and cross-curricular shared learning center to encourage collaboration and creativity. Located in the school lobby, this multi-purpose structure can support interactive learning activities outside of the classroom setting. The space is flexible and responsive to students' needs, allowing for active work and display space.

Goals - To inspire students to develop important 21st century skills, including collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity To provide all educators and students and unique, learning environment, separate from the traditional classroom setting. To develop partnerships within the community with key stakeholders in order to allow for large goals to happen within our public schools

6B - Gallery Room - Hope Squad – Darren hack, Principal – Christine Kline, Counselor – DuBois Area Middle School

Strands – Social Emotional Learning

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Administrators, Counselors

The DuBois Area Middle School is proud to be the Hope Squad founder school in the State of Pennsylvania. Hope Squad is a peer based suicide prevention program. We will share with you how we got started, how students are nominated, the curriculum, and our implementation.

Goals - 1. Create awareness of Hope Squad 2. Suicide awareness and prevention 3. Social and Emotional Learning

6C - Terrace Room - Motivating and Engaging Students with Inquiry-Based Learning: A Practical Guide for Teachers - Peter Gierlach – Teacher, Shenendehowa Central SD , NY

Strands – Teaching Strategies, ELA/Math/Reading/SS/Science Instruction

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers

Inquiry-based learning is a powerful method that makes learning motivating, engaging, and relevant for our students. In this program, Peter uses his expertise in inquiry-based learning to break down exactly how teachers can implement it in their classroom. Step-by-step, Peter guides teachers through the process of planning units, lessons, and activities designed to get students thinking about big questions and engaged in their learning. Teachers will have the opportunity to brainstorm potential lessons for their classroom. Teachers will leave feeling inspired, prepared, and equipped to create effective inquiry-based lessons that will help their students reach their highest potential!

Goals - 1. Teachers will understand effective ways to plan an inquiry-based lesson and its potential impacts on student learning 2. Teachers will identify key components of a compelling question and will develop a compelling question that they will use for an upcoming lesson 3. Teachers will identify and implement effective activities to be used in an inquiry-based lesson

6D - Executive Forum - What Middle Level Teachers Need to Know When Their Students Struggle with Literacy and What To Do About It – Aileen Hower, Assistant Professor – Millersville University

Strands – Enrichment/Remediation/Tiered instruction & ELA, Reading, Math, SS, Science Instruction

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Team Leaders

Many older students still struggle with literacy skills, especially after the past two years. Attend this session to learn why and gain strategies/gather activities that can be used or incorporated into any middle level classroom to address these needs. Technology enhanced literacy tools will also be shared.

Goals - To identify reasons students struggle with literacy, to identify strategies and activities to support student literacy learning, to enhance instructional repertoire with technology enhanced literacy tools.

6E - Directors Room - Bingo! Successful Middle School: This We Believe - Erin Scholes – Innovation Coordinator, Beman MS- Middletown, CT

Strands – Middle School Model

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Team Leaders

Participants will learn the 18 characteristics of the newest AMLE position paper “The Successful Middle School: This We Believe”. Using a bingo game, participants will reflect on their own practices, and discuss with colleagues. Participants will leave with goals, an action plan, and resources to help their school grow. Bingo!

Goals -1. To share with participants the 18 characteristics of The Successful Middle School in a format that they can use to reflect on their own practices and take back to their schools. 2. To engage participants in discussion about the 18 characteristics of a successful middle school. 3. To provide a starting place for thinking about being a Successful Middle School.

6F - Chairman's Room A - Working Together To Create a Positive Learning Culture in Your Classroom – David Schreober, Principal – Robert Niziol, Director of Pupil Services – Alex Tsipras – Teacher – Bentworth Middle School

Strands – Advisory; Teaming Strategies; Restorative Practices

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders, Teachers of the Arts, Media Specialist/Librarians

Please Be Ready To Learn and To Be Entertained! Middle level educators with many years of experience from Bentworth Middle School will model a positive learning culture for you as you learn strategies to manage your classroom more effectively. You will learn how building positive working relationships with your students and team members can change the climate and culture of your teaching experience. Please be ready to be inspired and ready to use this new knowledge in your classroom immediately. In addition, you will further your understanding of several elements of the Danielson Framework.

Goals – 1. Classroom Management, 2. Teaming Strategies, 3. Social/Emotional Learning

6G - Chairman's Room B - Lincoln

TBA

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Lunch / Keynote Speaker
Jen Williams - "Restorative Practices"

1:45 – 2:45 PM – Session 7

7A - Nittany Room - Everyone Can Learn a Language – Anita Young & Olivia Grugan – Teachers, World Learning Institute

Strands - Diversity and inclusion and Virtual Learning

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders, Media Specialist/Librarians

Who is “good” at languages? Join us to dig deep into the fixed mindset about what it takes to acquire a language. We will consider which students are receiving the benefits of world language classes. Then, we will share strategies for districts that want to be able to realistically offer a variety of languages to all their students.

Goals - 1. Challenge fixed mindsets about who typical language learners are 2. Identify universal mechanisms of language learning that are accessible to all Brainstorm strategies for expanding language programs to become more inclusive of all types of learners

7B - Gallery Room - Creating and Maintaining a Student-Centered Advisory Program – Kristen Rowe, Librarian – Cecelia Kelly, Gifted & French teacher – Jacob Minsinger, Asst Principal – Dave Kristofic, Principal – Pine Richland Middle School

Strands – Curriculum integration/cross curricular connections; ELA, Reading, Math, SS, Science Instruction

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders, Teachers of the Arts, Media Specialist/Librarians

How can physical environments increase collaborative opportunities for students and staff? Find out how the library and a classroom were redesigned at Pine-Richland Middle School to inspire collaboration and enhance co-teaching relationships. We will focus on the priorities and strategies that guided our processes as well as share examples of how our spaces have improved our academic setting and school culture. This presentation will also give participants the opportunity to re-envision a space within their own school that can be used to bolster the spirit of collaboration for staff and students.

Goals - 1. Participants will learn strategies to increase collaborative opportunities for students and staff in their physical spaces. 2. Participants will learn how their libraries can be transformed to inspire collaboration. 3. Participants will learn how environments can enhance co-teaching relationships at the middle school level.

7C - Terrace Room – Spark & Tell D

1. Shalene Baker & Katie Grasmuck – Teachers, 6th grade math – West Hempfield Middle School

Strand – Characteristics of High Preforming Middle Schools

Targeted Audience – Teachers

We will present information on how we have integrated mini-conferencing using data collected in class for students to create individualized intervention plans in order to meet a student created and teacher supported goal.

Objectives – 1. collecting, analyzing, discussing data with students in order to create a student- owned intervention plan 2. discuss a format to share information with parents 3. develop an individualized intervention plan to meet student created SMART goals

2. Peter Gierlach – Teacher – Shenendehowa HS, NY

Strands - High Impact Classroom Strategies

Targeted Audience - Media Specialists/Librarians, Pre-service Teachers, Teachers

Gamification is a powerful strategy that dramatically increases student motivation and engagement in the classroom. In this session, Peter will guide teachers through the steps necessary to effectively gamify lessons for the middle school classroom. Teachers will also be given multiple, classroom-tested, "plug-and-play" game structures that they can use in their classrooms immediately. These strategies will transform your class and help your students reach previously unseen heights!

Goals - 1. Teachers will identify and explain the key components of gamifying a lesson 2. Teachers will analyze and select game structures to be used in their classroom

3. Tamara Thomas – Principal/Chief Academic Officer – Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship

Strands – Characteristics of High Preforming Middle Schools

Targeted Audience – Administrators, Teachers, Team Leaders

I will discuss the importance of data chats with teachers to transform the culture of urgency for academic proficiency. This dialogue allows for administrators and teachers to dig deeper into the strengths and weaknesses of cohorts of students as well as individual students. This process is continuous throughout the school year allowing for communication and collaboration between teachers and administration.

Goals - 1) Encourage consistent and intentional discussions around data. 2) Provide a guide that can be expanded to allow for purposeful and productive dialogue.

7D - Executive Forum - Be The Change – Greg Shumaker – Teacher, Hampton Middle School

Strands - Global Collaborator--Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally. Creative Communicator--Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals Computational Thinker--Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders, Teachers of the Arts, Media Specialist/Librarians

Social issues are a growing problem facing billions of people. This session will address how students can make a positive impact in this world. This session will demonstrate how one class investigated social issues facing our world today and turned it into a grade level interdisciplinary unit. I will explain how my teammates and myself made this a reality. This unit focused on the four C's: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. We incorporated human-centered design learning (LUMA), which allowed students to brainstorm social issues and find solutions. I look forward to sharing how you can make your students "Be the Change".

Goals - 1. To be a global collaborator 2. To empower people to change the world for good 3. to enable students to be an effective communicator

7E - Directors Room - Building Cultural Awareness through Global Connections – Abby Daniels, Instructional Coach & Genevieve Bosma Martínez, Spanish Teacher - Radnor Middle School

Strands – Curriculum integration/cross curricular connections, Diversity and inclusion, SEL

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders, Teachers of the Arts, Media Specialist/Librarians

To meet the expectations of 21st century learners, students must engage in hard conversations, but these opportunities are harder to manage and happening less. Middle school students are not yet equipped with the social-emotional demands, communication skills, or self and social awareness necessary to broach tough topics; however, they remain embedded in the standards and curriculum across all content areas. In this session, we will share ways to develop these combined skills through discussion protocols, simulations, gamification, and blending social-emotional learning with content instruction.

Goals – 1. Provide useful practices and strategies that embed social-emotional learning and multicultural instruction with lesson objectives. 2.Demonstrate the use of protocols, simulations, gamification, and blending social-emotional learning with content instruction. 3. Demonstrate use of instructional technology to engage and motivate learners.

7F - Chairman's Room A - Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning – Erin Scholes – Innovation Coordinator, Berman MS- Middletown, CT

Strands - Technology (Flipped Classroom, Google Tools), Virtual Learning

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning

Learn about a variety of types of technology to engage your students. We will focus on technology to help with Content Delivery, Practice, SEL, and Assessment. In this presentation attendees will follow along as learners through an interactive presentation and leave with ideas to take back to your classroom and resources for continued support in your use of technology.

Goals –1. Share a variety of educational technology sites and apps to help teachers engage their students in four categories: Content Delivery, Practice, SEL and Assessment. 2. Engage participants in an interactive learning experience 3. Have teachers leave with ideas and resources to implement new technology in their classrooms.

7G - Chairman's Room B - Creating Lesson Clarity Through the Use of Learning Targets and Success Criteria. – Chris Rada, Principal – Wilson West MS, Steve Rhoades, Assistant Principal – Wilson West MS, Dean Damiani, Principal – Wilson Southern Middle School & John Schroeder, Assistant Principal – Wilson Southern MS

Strands – Instruction

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Team Leaders, Teachers of the Arts

In this session, we will explore the importance of creating lesson clarity for our learners. Participants will gain an understanding of how to create meaningful learning targets and success criteria based on the objective(s) of the lesson.

Goals - Goals: 1) Understand the importance of lesson clarity to achieving successful learning outcomes. 2) Learn how to develop meaningful learning targets and success criteria. 3) Understand the alignment between learning outcomes, instructional activities, and assessment.

3:00 – 4:00 PM – Session 8

8A - Nittany Room - . Authentic Assessments: Rethinking Unit Design – Julie Cook – Teacher, Souderton Charter School Collaborative – PA STW Leadership Team

Strands - Project Based Learning, Curriculum integration/cross curricular connections,

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Team Leaders, Teachers of the Arts

Explore alternatives to summative tests and learn how to design more authentic learning experiences for and even with students. If you're new to teaching, this session will explore what's possible in unit design, with plenty of examples. If you're a teacher, learn how to re-think existing plans with your team to design effective units students will never forget.

Goals -1. Participants will gain an understanding of a collaborative unit design process. 2. Participants will analyze models of authentic units of study, including authentic summative performance tasks. 3. Participants will consider existing plans and work to make them more engaging.

8B - Gallery Room - Math Escape Room – Tim Smith – 8th Grade Algebra teacher – Andrew Mellon Middle School

Strands – Combination of many strands as a review for PSSA 8th grade

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers

This presentation is designed to deliver an Escape Room example in the field of Mathematics. The example provided is used to help 8th grade math students practice concepts they have learned throughout the year, and the audience is encouraged to participate and try to escape. The intention for the presentation is to introduce teachers to a sample activity that can become a catalyst for audience members' creating their own class specific activities or Escape Rooms. Note: this presentation is the same as the one given two years ago at PAMLE

Goals - Give ideas for escape rooms, take in ideas from comments, revisit my activity as I will be representing to my students this year.

8C - Terrace Room - Spark and Tell E

1. Steve Delisle – Senior Agency Consultant – Horace Mann Companies

Strands - Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

Targeted Audience – Administrators

Crowdfunding Best Practices for K-12 Public Schools - Public schools have long used donations to enrich students’ academic experiences and fund materials that budgets cannot always afford. Crowdfunding is becoming a viable funding source, filling resource gaps and providing strategic acceleration for academic programs. However, because the practice may be misunderstood, it may result in unexpected liabilities without the proper partners and safeguards in place. Learn how to implement crowdfunding best practices in your schools, get general crowdfunding guidance, find out which crowdfunding sites to trust, and learn how to uphold financial accountability while maintaining control over materials and supplies as well as safety and security of those in your district.

Goals -1. Describe best practices for the development of crowdfunding policies. 2. Identify best practices for controlling crowdfunded materials and supplies. 3. Outline best practices for protecting the safety and privacy of students and teachers.

2. Steve Delisle – Senior Agency Consultant – Horace Mann Companies

Strands - Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

Targeted Audience – Administrators

Partners in Education - Attendees will learn the about the two sides to Horace Mann, the business side and the partner side and how we work with member school districts to provide tools, resources and personalized programs to meet their employees needs and the challenges educators face — both in and out of the classroom. We can help you maximize savings and enhance benefits, and in turn, may help you attract, support and retain staff.

Goals – 1. Learn about the two sides of Horace Mann 2. Complimentary financial literacy workshops for your staff 3. Recognition programs to help support outstanding educators and students

8D - Executive Forum - Fighting White Privilege: Advocacy Through Literature – Morgan Bentley – Pre-service Teacher, Kutztown University

Strands - Diversity and Inclusion; Read/Write Across the Curriculum

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers

Literature is an excellent tool for both advocacy and education. In most public schools, the books that are most often taught involve a white middle class perspective. While some of these books are extremely important to the curriculum, it is important to have equal representation in literature at least introduced to students. By learning how to seek out and analyze literature from a wide variety of perspectives beyond the classroom, we can better educate ourselves on the experiences of others and learn to be better advocates for equality and social justice.

Goals - -to identify three different strategies of promoting advocacy through literature -will further develop different ways to use literature to start a guided discussion about diversity-related topics in the classroom -facilitate open conversation about participant’s experiences and bring awareness to the issue

8E - Directors Room - Advancing Whole Child Development through Engagement in Innovative, Student-centered Learning Spaces – Dr. Melissa Survinski – Enrichment Facilitator, Danielle Wike – Counselor, Dr. Diane Fierle – Library Media Specialist – Hampton Middle School

Strands - Enrichment/Remediation/Tiered instruction; Growth Mindset; Social Emotional Learning

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Counselors, Media Specialist/Librarians

Middle school students need opportunities to develop and apply relevant academic and social-emotional skills beyond the traditional classroom setting. In particular, purposeful engagement in activities to build 21st century skills for future success, as well as, coping strategies to handle difficult situations students may face in adolescence are crucial for whole child development. This presentation will highlight learning studios as pathways for student growth in these skills sets, partnering research based approaches to learning and child development with student engagement in innovative learning spaces, such as a maker or wellness studio.

Goals - 1. Establish a rationale and framework for supporting the whole child through engagement in Studio spaces 2. Introduce the concept of a calming space within schools and how it meets students' social/emotional needs. Explore the development of our Wellness Studio, how it is managed, and how the data will support future endeavors. 3. Explore ways in which students can develop career skills and the 4Cs through hands-on learning experiences in a Maker Studio

8F- Chairman's Room A - Gallery Room - Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge (DOK) for Middle School – Erik Francis – Maverik Education

Strands - Enrichment/Remediation/Tiered instruction, Curriculum integration/cross curricular connections, Read/Write across the curriculum, ELA, Reading, Math, SS, Science Instruction

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Administrators, Team Leaders

What exactly is Depth of Knowledge? How do the DOK levels describe four different ways middle school students could understand and use their learning? Learn how Depth of Knowledge clarifies the cognitive demand of academic standards, activities, and assessments and how the DOK levels could be used a multi-tiered method and model for delivering instruction, responding to intervention, and extending learning for middle school students.

Goals - 1) Understand what distinguishes Depth of Knowledge from other academic concepts and frameworks. 2) Use the DOK levels as a method and model for delivering instruction, responding to intervention, and extending learning for middle school. 3) Analyze how DOK teaching and learning experiences are similar to TV game shows like JEOPARDY! (DOK 1), instructional TV shows like THE JOY OF PAINTING WITH BOB ROSS or 30 MINUTES WITH RACHAEL RAY (DOK 2), reality TV competition shows like TOP CHEF! and LEGOMasters (DOK 3), and business competition shows such as SHARK TANK (DOK 4).

8G - Chairman's Room B - Restorative Practices: Building Classroom Community – Jen Williams – Former MS Counselor, Restorative Practices Trainer/independent contractor

Strands – Restorative Practices

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders, Teachers of the Arts, Media Specialist/Librarians

Participants will explore various restorative ways to build community in classrooms and ways to repair harm. Participants will practice restorative questions and experience the power of the circle.

Goals –1. Identify several ways to build classroom community, 2. Learn and demonstrate restorative questioning, 3. Participate in a circle to develop classroom expectations

6:00 – 8:00 PM – Dinner/Awards Banquet

8:00 – 9:00 – Keynote Speaker
Jen Cort - "Help Us Begin: HUB strategies and mindsets for meaningful conversations with kids, especially when you are challenged by the topic"

9:00 – 11:00 PM – Social/Cash Bar / DJ

Monday, February 28

7:15 AM – Board Check in - #Pre-Function Area

7:30 – 12 Noon – Registration & Exhibits Open - #Pre-Function Area

8:00 – 9:00 AM – Breakfast Buffet

9:30 – 10:30 AM – Session 9

9A - Executive Forum - Authentic Assessments: Rethinking Unit Design – Julie Cook – Teacher, Souderton Charter School Collaborative – PA STW Leadership Team

Strands - Project Based Learning, Curriculum integration/cross curricular connections,

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Team Leaders, Teachers of the Arts

Explore alternatives to summative tests and learn how to design more authentic learning experiences for and even with students. If you're new to teaching, this session will explore what's possible in unit design, with plenty of examples. If you're a teacher, learn how to re-think existing plans with your team to design effective units students will never forget.

Goals -1. Participants will gain an understanding of a collaborative unit design process. 2. Participants will analyze models of authentic units of study, including authentic summative performance tasks. 3. Participants will consider existing plans and work to make them more engaging.

9B - Directors Room - Bingo! Successful Middle School: This We Believe - Erin Scholes – Innovation Coordinator, Berman MS- Middletown, CT

Strands – Middle School Model

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Team Leaders

Participants will learn the 18 characteristics of the newest AMLE position paper “The Successful Middle School: This We Believe”. Using a bingo game, participants will reflect on their own practices, and discuss with colleagues. Participants will leave with goals, an action plan, and resources to help their school grow. Bingo!

Goals -1. To share with participants the 18 characteristics of The Successful Middle School in a format that they can use to reflect on their own practices and take back to their schools. 2. To engage participants in discussion about the 18 characteristics of a successful middle school. 3. To provide a starting place for thinking about being a Successful Middle School.

9C - Chairman's Room A - Advisory – Shannon Yeager, Principal, plus 5 teachers from Beaty-Warren Middle School

Strands - PBIS, Building Relationships, Team Building

Targeted Audience - Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Administrators, Team Leaders

This presentation will deal with the components of the advisory program and how we have evolved to building and focusing on student and teacher relationships, student to student relationships and positive peer interactions. We will also discuss how our building has integrated PBIS principles and targeted behaviors into several Advisory Lessons and activities.

Goals - Participants will be able to implement ideas on how to set-up Advisory and Advisory procedures that focus on building relations and implementing positive behavior.

9D - Chairman's Room B – Spark & Tell C

1. Jessica Knepper – Professor – University of Pittsburgh

Strand – High Impact Strategies

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Pre-service Teachers, Teachers, Team Leaders

Writing in Math Class: An Instructional Model to Support a Spiral Problem-Solving Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment One Lesson, One Question Writing is a way for educators to clearly determine whether the students deeply understand a concept. Explaining the steps and content in detail step-by-step as if they are teaching this concept to a student who was absent during the lesson allows one to reflect and process the information while making sense of the skill. Writing is not only a part of Reading or English class, but should be integrated into every subject including Math. Some students’ strengths are language-based, which allows writing to be their effective form of communication for expressing their math thoughts and processes. Writing raises the “cognitive bar”

Objectives - 1. Inform teachers and future teachers instructional strategies to incorporate writing into their math class. 2. Provide teachers and future teachers an instructional model to support a spiral problem-solving curriculum, instruction, and assessment. 3. Provide steps to use one lesson and one question throughout a math class for deep learning to take place.

2. Deborah Schussler – Professor of Educational Leadership – Penn State University

Strand - Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Counselors, Media Specialists/Librarians, Teachers, Team Leaders

Managing Stress with Mindfulness. Educators experience both acute and chronic stress. This presentation briefly describes how emotions play a large role in the physiology of stress impairing decision-making. The presenter will then help participants learn skills of resilience by teaching some simple mindfulness exercises that educators can easily integrate into their daily routines.

Objectives - 1) Know the role emotions play in physical stress response. 2) Practice 1-2 mindfulness exercises to manage stress and respond rather than react to stressors.

3. Gerald LaTendre – Professor of Educational Leadership – Penn State University

Strand – Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms

Targeted Audience - Teachers, Team Leaders

Schools are complex organizations that require diverse areas of expertise, and teacher leadership is critical for school improvement. Aspiring teacher leaders often find they have to either chose administration or forge their own unique position. To create these new positions teacher leaders need communication and political skills necessary to mobilize action, a sense of entrepreneurship, and the research and writing skills that can promote their expertise as leaders of instructional practice.

Objectives - Demonstrate how teacher leaders need to create new and often unique positions for themselves; show how communication and consensus building are important to this process; show how developing compelling inquires into instructional practice establish leadership competence.

10:45 – 11:45 AM – Session 10

10A - Executive Forum - . Creating and Maintaining a Student-Centered Advisory Program – Dr. Erin Crimone - Principal, Dr. Kevin Maurer – Assistant Principal, Justina Perrott – Counselor, Marie Piccirilli, Stephanie Harris, A.J. Mannarino & Billy Finnerty – Teachers – South Fayette Middle School

Strands – Advisory, Mentoring, Student Connection

Targeted Audience – Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders

This session will focus on Middle School Advisory and address the logistics and challenges of re-launching an Advisory program after the pandemic. The team will walk through the steps to creating an Advisory program based upon 3 pillars of Personalized Support, Academic Progress, and Peer Connection. Presenters will share how to create a program that values student voice and choice as well as ways to engage all students. This session will also offer materials, connection ideas, and activities for school staff and students.

Goals -1. To inspire other educators to initiate an Advisory program. 2. To assist other school districts who may be thinking about instituting an Advisory program. 3. To provide a model for schools that need to reinstate or re-vamp their current Advisory program.

10B - Directors Room - Multiliteracies and Middle School ELA – Nicole Mitchell – Peters Township School District

Strands: New Literacies, Language Arts Project Based Learning, Pedagogical Strategies for teaching New Literacies, Blended Learning, Differentiation

Targeted Audience - New Literacies, Language Arts Project Based Learning, Pedagogical Strategies for teaching New Literacies, Blended Learning, Differentiation

This presentation will function as a fun, dynamic, interactive workshop that supports teachers in the creation of instruction that guides students in their development of new, digital literacies. We will explore pedagogical strategies that inform the design of dynamic, inquiry-based, project-based lessons and innovative formative and summative assessment strategies. We will look for opportunities in middle school ELA classrooms to embed strategies such as digital storytelling, digital storyboards, choice boards, and flipped lessons as means of garnering interest, self-efficacy and achievement from students of all abilities and modalities. Teachers will leave energized, ready to bring these strategies into their classrooms.

Goals - My goals include: sharing best practices with fellow middle school educators; supporting teachers in the development of their practice; using my knowledge to extend my reach beyond my own classroom.

10C - Chairman's Room A – Education Blueprint: An Interactive pre k-12 Professional Learning Community – Dr. Kelly Pascarella, 16 year public school educator, literacy coach & gifted education coordinator

Strands – technology, teacher resources

Targeted Audience – Teachers - seasoned, Teachers - beginning, Pre-service Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Team Leaders

Education Blueprint is an interactive preK-12 professional learning community built by research and curated by teachers. This master learning and sharing platform for educators aims to build and maintain educator capacity in knowledge of and access to resources that make for the best classroom learning experiences.

This workshop will share the research behind the current need for the digital, interactive platform and give educators the opportunity to log in and begin sharing and rating resources that make for the best learning experiences in their classrooms.

Goals – 1. Understand the history and research behind the Education Blueprint platform 2. Discuss current trends in digital education collaboration. 3.

Explore the interactive PLC platform designed for preK-12 educator resource sharing.

Speed Sessions

1. Emily Stanley – Senior, Middle Level Ed Major, concentration in English & Math - Messiah University

Strand – High Impact Classroom Strategies

Targeted Audience - Pre-service Teachers, Teachers

Research has proven the effectiveness of graphic organizers. However, not only text-heavy courses require reading comprehension strategies, Math being a prime example. This summer, I had the opportunity to work individually with a student and guide her in making graphic organizers that highlighted each of the primary math concepts. As others could, this student can grow in her understanding and application of mathematical concepts through a stereotypically English resource.

Goals -1. identify connections between graphic organizer usage in English and Math subject areas. 2. Recommend the common usage of graphic organizers in Math. 3. Propose further research regarding graphic organizer techniques in English and Math.

2. Julia Sowers – Junior, Middle Level Ed Major, concentrating in Math and Science - Messiah University

Strands – High Impact Classroom Strategies

Targeted Audience - Pre-service Teachers, Teachers, Team Leaders

In this presentation, I will discuss how makerspaces, manipulatives and the CRA model are fantastic, effective classroom strategies. I will discuss how makerspaces, manipulatives and the CRA model are related to each other as well as their benefits. I will address the effect sizes of these two things and how they can be most effective in the classroom. Lastly, I will explain how these two hands-on, discovery strategies can be practically implemented in the classroom.

Goals -1. Participants will learn the benefits of using a makerspace and the CRA model in their classroom. 2. Participants will lean how to implement these effective strategies in their own classroom. 3. Participants will know how effective manipulatives are in the classroom for struggling students.

3. Ann Biese – Teacher - ChildLight Education Company

Strand – High Impact Classroom Strategies

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Counselors, Teachers, Team Leaders

How can we help motivate teens to make small changes that make a lasting impact on living with less stress? If you work with teens in any capacity ChildLight Education Company’s Stress Reduction for Teens (SRTM) can help you teach mindfulness tools to teens that can create change and promote resilience in a stress reduction program that is impactful and effective. Learn the simplest, most proven ways to help transform stress for teens.

Goals- 1. Understand how to apply mindfulness from the three C approach of Calm, Centered and Connected for deeper understanding of self and interpersonal relationship skills for teens to reduce stress in their everyday lives. 2. Identify how to teach teens about growth mindset versus a fixed mindset from a mindfulness lifestyle approach that develops resiliency for them on a daily basis. 3. Understand the Stress Reduction for Teens through Mindfulness (SRTM) curriculum and how to assist teens to achieve personal goals through self- discipline and SRTM model in four-week sessions.

4. Larissa Noto – ChildLight Education Company

Strands – Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Counselors, Teachers, Team Leaders

Title: Radically Resilient Classrooms: How to Cultivate Trauma-Informed Centers of Care in the Middle School Classroom using Movement and Mindfulness. This Presentation will summarize some ways we can create cultures of trauma-informed care in our classrooms using movement and mindfulness activities for middle schoolers.

Goals - #1: Participants will learn how trauma-informed movement and mindfulness can support students in Middle School to create Trauma Informed Centers of Care. #2 - Participants will participate in yoga and mindfulness exercises to experience the benefits of these Trauma-Informed Practices. #3: Participants will be introduced to ways that movement and mindfulness can be introduced into their daily classroom routines to safely support their students and create cultures of care that can make a difference.

5. David Suson

Strands - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Counselors, Media Specialists/Librarians, Pre-service Teachers, Teachers, Team Leaders

Fail Forward Faster Fearlessly - Do you ever have analysis paralysis? Do you wish you could get more done? Be more decisive? Be better at leading? Achieve your goals faster? Does fear ever hold you back? Get to the root causes of your fears and learn strategies that can immediately be used to help you achieve your goals. Learn to reframe failure as practice. Every failure is actually a learning moment. The faster we fail, the faster we are actually learning and moving towards our goals. To risk failure requires learning to be fearless. Fail Forward Faster Fearlessly!

Goals -1. Learn strategies to finally break through barriers which hold you back 2. Understand the subconscious roadblocks to achieving success 3. Reframe your mindset to put you in hyperdrive

6. David Suson

Strands - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Counselors, Media Specialists/Librarians, Pre-service Teachers, Teachers, Team Leaders

Leading to Attract, Retain, Motivate, Inspire Your Employees to Peak Performance - In today's work environment, it becomes harder and harder to attract top talent, motivate them to achieve your goals, create a collaborative work environment and then retain them. It is especially challenging when you have remote employees, manage virtually, have different personalities, ages, work ethics and especially when there is a lure of better opportunities elsewhere. Leaders want results. All the strategies and tactics in the world won't make a difference if your people won't execute and "follow you into battle". The key to better leadership is motivating your teams to want to execute, want to work harder, want to work as a team, all while improving morale. Anyone can force employees by threatening them. This session teaches a 180 degree approach. The approach

Goals –1. Learn the 3 ways this leadership approach differs from traditional leadership 2. Use a simple process to increase engagement and loyalty 3. Implement strategies to drive performance

7. David Suson

Strands - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Counselors, Media Specialists/Librarians, Pre-service Teachers, Teachers, Team Leaders

You Get What You Look For - What we focus on we get. If you look for the bad in people or a situation, that is what you find. If you look for the good in people or a situation, you find the good. The funny thing is, not only do you get what you focus on, but begin to become blind to the other things. Meaning, when you focus on the good things in people or situations, you will become more blind to the bad... Thus, you get what you look for, so look for the good.

Goals –1. Identify the 3 core strategies to reframe your focus 2. Learn how to create a new habit of looking for the good in a situation 3. Learn the underlying reasons people truly focus on the negative in people and situations

8. Nicole Armbruster – Teacher – Northley Middle School

Strands - Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Pre-service Teachers, Teachers, Team Leaders

Student-Led Conferences This session will focus on how to prepare students to lead conferences through reflection and goal setting activities, as well as tips for speaking during the actual conference. Teachers and Administrators can benefit from our years of trials to hear about our current best practices. Additional information will be available about the logistics for scheduling and more.

Goals –1. Help students identify personal strengths and goals 2. Communicate effectively between student, teacher and parents 3. Encourage student responsibility

9. Colleen McKean – Fill Foundation

Strands – Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

Target Audience - Administrators, Counselors, Teachers

The Explore.Act.Tell Program is a FREE program (funded by ACME) for students in grades 6-9 and takes students on a journey to be part of the solution to prevent hunger in your community. Students will research hunger security in their community, practice skills needed to become good citizens through a project, and advocate for community involvement and service. Plus, students can enter projects into the competition for a chance to win $5,000 for a charity involving hunger and food insecurity Register at exploreacttell.org/registration for more information!

Goals – 1. Enhances project based learning skills including planning, evaluation, data and time management. 2. Student do research on hunger as a national issue, then as a local issue, and then work on finding solutions. 3. Students create public service announcements on there learning and to inspire other to act. Works perfectly in a virtual or hybrid learning environment – and all project work can be completely virtual!

10. Jim Yale, Vice President, Educator Programs & Partnerships, for The Horace Mann Companies

Strands – Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

Targeted Audience - Administrators, Counselors, Media Specialists/Librarians, Pre-service Teachers, Teachers, Team Leaders

This video addresses how we can help you and your staff take advantage of recently announced limited-time changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Through Oct. 31, 2022 any prior student loan payments made while working full time for a qualifying employer will count as a qualifying PSLF payment, regardless of loan type, repayment plan, or whether the payment was made in full or on time. Find out how you and your staff can qualify, plus how to implement a program to improve recruitment and retention.

Goals –1. Ability to provide information to employees to get help with student loan debt 2. Learn how to implement a complimentary program to improve recruitment and retention 3. Workshop available to help staff with financial wellness

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