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PASCD 67th Annual Conference
Sparking Innovation: Personalized Learning, STEM, 4C's

Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Sunday, November 12th, 2017
Monday, November 13th, 2017
The Central Hotel & Conference Center 800 East Park Drive Harrisburg, PA 17111
 
   

Small Group Sessions:

STEM in a Standards-Based Classroom

Description:

Are you looking for an integrative STEM resource for your classroom, school, or district? This session is for anyone searching for a standards-based, engineering/STEM resource for grades K-12 that is available to PA

Presenters:

Ed Gooch, Lauren Beal, Rachael Haverstick, and Curtis Funkhouser    Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13

 

Designing an Elementary STEM Program

Description:

Join us as we take you through the creation of a customized elementary STEM program. During the session, we will model how you can develop a vision for STEM that ties directly to your district goals, national and state standards, and the best practices in STEM research. We will share our curriculum development framework, provide time to explore various STEM resources, and showcase several model units of instruction.

Presenter:

Laura E’Nama   Central Bucks School District

 

IU1: Teaching Innovation in Alternative and Special Education

Description:

Intermediate Unit One (IU1) is a leader in STEM equity in education for alternative education and special education students. Upon implementation of a Fab Lab, which was funded through the Chevron Corporation, IU1 provides opportunities to explore innovative educational STEM opportunities for alternative/special

Presenters:

Jenny Lent and Don Martin   Intermediate Unit One

 

Using Hybrid Learning to Increase Student Engagement and Create More Personalized Learning Environments

Description:

This workshop will utilize three modalities of learning. In the Independent Station learners will explore a variety of online content providers to discover how this type of experience helps customize learning. In the Collaborative Station learners will explore the benefits of Collaboration by completing a small group task and posting their results online. In the Direct Station learners will participate in a discussion about a school districts implemented Hybrid Learning to impact student outcomes.

Presenters:

Randall A. Grove, Kenneth Buck, Greg Mazurek, and Chris Ruoss   Conrad Weiser Area School District

 

Storytime STEM-packs: Integrating Science, Math, and Engineering

Description:

This session will share an approach of integrating science, math, and engineering activities into children’s literature. Storytime STEM-packs engage children in authentic phenomena and STEM practices. They are based on national standards and grounded in cognitive research. Storytime STEM-packs are being used by Early Learner educators, including librarians, primary teachers, and STEAM teachers. This session will engage participants in Storytime STEM-pack and discuss how educators can use this approach to create their own Storytime STEM-packs.

Presenter:

Gabriela Rose   Allegheny Intermediate Unit

 

Using Project-based Learning for Inquiry, Inspiration, and Innovation

Description:

In this interactive workshop presenters will demonstrate how involving students in project-based learning (PBL) inspires creativity, develops twenty-first century skills, and motivates learners. Participants will engage in a cross-curricular project-based learning experience; explore the instructional framework for a PBL unit; and examine student work. Pedagogical strategies, such as creating surveys to determine the viability of a product, developing ways to incorporate feedback, and integrating technology, will be presented. Assessment issues will also be addressed.

Presenters:

Susan Van Zile, Julie Hussey, Alyssa Crowley   Cumberland Valley School District

 

Hungering for the 4C’s

Description:

Participants will demonstrate their understanding of the 4Cs (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking) by completing a challenge. Best practices for instruction will be provided as a framework to show that the 4Cs are more than just a game, but a way of learning. May the 4Cs be ever in your favor!

Presenters:

Krista Antonis and Matt Derr    Wilson School District

 

Using Danielson Framework to Create a Collaborative and Hybrid Professional Development Model

Description:       

We will be discussing how we used the new teachers’ evaluation and Danielson Framework to spark a renewed enthusiasm for individualized professional development and growth within staff. This renewal has created record levels of collaboration, communication, critical thinking about students’ learning and the relationship between strategies and teacher effectiveness within students’ growth. We created a blended learning approach centered on Google Classroom, a PLC, and targeted development based upon classroom observations called “iLearns”.

Presenters:

Vincent D’Angelo, Beth Stefano, and Amy Wanchisn   Hermitage School District

 

 

 

 

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Meaningful Educational Practices

Description:

When schools develop practices that recognize the unique life of every child, embrace their individual liberty, and empower each to pursuit happiness in their own ways, schools not only become more customized and engaging, but also can become much more meaningful and successful. This session will focus on classroom and administrative strategies that have been leveraged in the Upper St. Clair school District to meet its tagline: Customizing Learning, Nurturing Potential & Delivering Excellence. Through a combination of presented slides, and discussion-based activities, attendees will get a sense of how this tagline has helped to guide the innovative efforts all members of the school community. Focus areas include foundational practices and beliefs that enable customized learning, specific redefinition of level classroom practices, personalized professional development strategies, and administrative suggestions for getting all teachers moving in the right direction.

Presenters:

Tim Wagner and Brad Wilson   Upper St. Clair School District

 

Computer-Based Simulations for School Leaders

Description:

Educational Leadership development is a critical challenge in education. Schools need to provide their teams, starting with the Leadership, with a new/better way of getting their work done. They need an approach that provides experience with the contextual and challenging issues that need to be addressed. Research shows Computer-Based Simulations as one of the best vehicles for effectively and practically delivering consistent experience across an organization.

This presentation is based on the PIL Program developed by the Pennsylvania Principals Association in conjunction with the Ed Leadership SIMS from the University of Pennsylvania.  Participants will be provided with a sample computer-based simulation in order to exercise judgment, experience consequences, engage in meaningful peer-driven conversation, and get feedback. 

Presenters:

Paul Healy and Joseph Clapper   Pennsylvania Principals Association

 

Embracing Critical Literacy: Practices that Foster a Value of Differences in Elementary and Middle School

Description:

Educators can create equitable, collaborative, democratic schools by employing practices that cultivate critical literacy in children. This session will describe how a four dimensions model of critical literacy can be used to infuse social justice issues into the curriculum. The presenters will use vignettes based on empirical research to illustrate how teachers can meet the International Literacy Association (ILA) Diversity Standard with student centered critical practices that foster appreciation of the diversity that exists in our society.

Presenters:

Lauren Emick   East Pennsboro School District and Crystal Machado   Indiana University of Pennsylvania

 

 

 

Come as a learner, leave as a leader

Description:

Building your #PLN, or Professional Learning Network, on social media takes dedicated time, effort, and focus. This workshop will help you become a leader in your district when it comes to connecting others through social media for boundless learning to take place. Through a train-the-trainers model, participants will learn how to present on Twitter chats, MOOCs, and Blogging for professional reflection. Each participant will be given access to the presentations for them to tailor to each district's needs. The workshop will includes hands-on time for exploration and creation.

Presenter:

Jason Kotch   Garnet Valley School District

 

How an Inquiry Approach to Improvement can Foster a Culture of Risk-taking and Innovation

Description:

Presenters from The Environmental Charter School (Pittsburgh, PA) will share their journey in leading a school through many iterations of innovation, and their efforts to nurture risk-taking and resilience in an ever-changing landscape. Using a lens of improvement inquiry, they were able to design systems to build, sustain, and renew capacity in their school. Participants will be introduced to the tools of improvement science and practice human-centered design methods to innovate intentional solutions to problems.

Presenters:

Peter Mathis, Melanie Cowherd, and Vicky Hsieh   Environmental Charter School

 

The Active Classroom

The Impact of Active Classroom Spaces

Description:

Active classrooms offer students a differentiated approach to teaching and learning in an engaging atmosphere. Based on experiences in our middle school classrooms, there has been a positive impact on time on task, a reduction in negative behaviors and an increase in performance. Our team has developed a strategy to gain community and parental financial support for this initiative.

Presenters:

Theresa Ricci and Meghan McCafferty   Pennsbury School District

 

A Taxonomy of Virtual Reality Hardware and Its Implications on Education

Description:

Virtual reality provides educators with exciting new opportunities to present material in an immersive fashion. This session will differentiate virtual, augmented, and mixed realities along with presenting a taxonomy of virtual reality hardware currently available on the consumer market. Finally, we will explore how cutting-edge technologies can be thoughtfully integrated into classroom instruction to redefine student learning.

Presenters:

Tyler Samstag Allegheny Intermediate Unit and John Balash Carnegie Mellon University

Teacher Evaluation Revision

Evaluation Done Right

Description:

Phoenixville Area School District recently revised their teacher evaluation system. This process, led by the Assistant Superintendent, used a teacher-driven, collaborative approach. A team of 50 staff members worked together over the course of a school year to create a system mutually defined by administrators and teachers. This presentation will describe the process that culminated with the new evaluation system.

Presenters:

Le Roy Whitehead and Jessica Kilmetz   Phoenixville Area School District

 

The Gender Question

Leading with Gender Inclusivity

Description:

Two secondary educators with 25 years of combined experience in the Pennsylvania public school system will provide knowledge for educators and administrators’ to strengthen their abilities to lead. Building upon particpants' personal experiences, participants will examine the role gender plays in forming our identities by engaging in reflective activities and dialogue. Participants will leave with: a common language for understanding gender identity, strategies for employing change in their districts, and resources for creating gender-inclusive schools.

Presenters:

Megan Hauser and Amy Kozel   Voices United to Educate

 

Making a Makerspace

Description:

Thinking of implementing a makerspace in your school but spinning your wheels in getting started? Wondering what a maker-culture, STEM-enhance lesson is like from the perspective of your students? Prepare to join us from the mindset of your students as we lead you through a maker-based lesson. Following your participation in the lesson, we will share our successes and challenges in building a maker-culture at one of the largest elementary schools in the Commonwealth.

Presenters:

Jeff Detweiler and Christopher Montagna   Avon Grove School District

 

Developing an Integrated STEM Program

Description:

STEM (or STEAM) comes in many forms. How can we achieve a balanced approach to curriculum integration to ensure students experience a variety of activities? Come learn about the 4 strands of STEM and how to integrate into existing curricula. A truly integrated approach does not just incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, but also uses a Trans-Disciplinary approach to linking STEM throughout the entire curriculum.

Presenter:

Ben Smith   Lincoln Intermediate Unit

 

Engineering Design Process: Professional Learning 2.0

Description:

The Engineering Design Process is a powerful framework to deploy, when developing solutions for a problem.  As such, it is an ideal construct when creating professional learning opportunities for educators.  This session will explore the various aspects of the Engineering Design Process and build participants’ capacity to use it within their specific contexts.

Presenter:

Shaun Tomaszewski   Northgate School District