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PDE Conference 2019 Making a Difference: Educational Practices That Work!

March 11, 2019


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
PDE Conference 2019 Making a Difference: Educational Practices That Work!
This session registers you for the entire conference. All credit types including Act 48 and Psych will be awarded by 1/2 day. You will automatically be registered for the keynote sessions for each day you choose to attend. Please make sure to choose the breakout sessions you wish to attend on each day before clicking on the "Register" button.

Multiple Presenters

DateTimeNotesLocation
03/11/2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Registration begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
03/12/2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Registration begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 4:00 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
03/13/2019 9:00 AM - 12:45 PM Registration begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 11:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

PDE Conference 2019: Ensuring All Students Are Prepared for College, Career, and Work

Sessions will address effective practices in building rapport with students; adhering to ethical decision making; and, creating learning experiences that ensure all students have access to an education that prepares them for college, career, and life. Sessions will provide information in a variety of areas that educators can use to ensure that all students are prepared for college, career, and work

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:
• Utilize a problem-solving model to address decision-making issues related to special education.
• Identify the five phases of implementation with regards to increasing graduate rates for students with disabilities.
• Participants will identify three differences between current traditional instructional methods and instructional practices which incorporate principles of universal design for learning and consider the neuroscience of learning.

Target Audience:

General education and special education administrators and teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, professional development staff, and families of students with disabilities are encouraged to attend.


Multiple Presenters

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03/11/2019 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Registration begins at 8:00 AM. Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
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01. Building Informed Partnerships: Tools for Families
Families often “don’t know what they don’t know” regarding special education and alternative dispute resolution. In this session, the speakers will provide an overview of tools for families to get quick answers about special education and options for resolving special education disputes. ConsultLine, PEAL Center, Mission Empower, and HUNE, which are all organizations that work with families, worked together to develop these tools. With facilitation from CADRE (The National Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education), the partners developed go-to resources to help families identify who they can contact to get assistance and which Alternative Dispute Resolution process might work for their individualized education program (IEP) team.
Jeannine Brinkley
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03/11/2019 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

Registering will put you on Waitling List for this session.
02. Ethical Practice and Decision Making in Schools
Part 1 of this 3-part session will focus on thought-provoking discussion of ethical issues that educators involved in special education decisions and services face on a daily basis. Through real examples, participant discussion, and activities, the ethical principles involved, and their application, will come to life. Several case scenarios will be discussed, and the intersection of legal parameters, ethical constraints, and best practices will be discussed. A problem-solving approach will be used to weigh the various considerations and develop the best possible solutions. Be prepared to think, participate, and have some fun!

Must attend all three parts-hours to receive any Psych Ethics credit.
Laurie Klose PhD
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03/11/2019 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

03. Increasing Graduation Rates and Decreasing Dropout Rates for Students with Disabilities
Schools in Pennsylvania are working to increase the graduation rate and decrease the dropout rate for students with disabilities. Participants will complete a planning document that guides them through five phases in how to increase graduation rates in their schools. The five phases include: 1) establishing a local leadership team and an Early Warning System (EWS), 2) analyzing attendance, behavior, and course performance data, 3) identifying target areas for interventions for students who are off-track, 4) developing an action plan, and 5) implementing and monitoring an evaluation plan.

Laura Moran PhD
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03/11/2019 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

04. Legal Considerations for Gifted Assessment of Diverse Students
The significant under-representation of culturally, linguistically, economically, and racially diverse students who have been identified as gifted remains a current need in our educational system. In this presentation, participants will examine the factors contributing to the under-representation in gifted programs through analysis of the screening, assessment, and identification process, with a focus on legal considerations.

Nanda Mitra-Itle NCSP ABD
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03/11/2019 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

05. The Social Construction of a Monster
This session will focus on the understanding of race, specifically, and how the media plays into the social construction of reality, in general. This will be accomplished by using concepts recognizable to many and applying them to a unique subject material: the American Pit Bull Terrier. Join this discussion on how to effectively work with diverse groups.

Paul Hernandez Ph.D.
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03/11/2019 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

06. Using Classroom Diagnostic Tools to Grow All Students
Multiple measures of data, including the Classroom Diagnostic Tool (CDT), can illuminate student strengths and areas of need in core content areas. Based on the data, differentiated instruction can be planned for all students and specifically meet the needs of IEP and GIEP students. In this session, the CDT Core Team will model the process and lead group discussions for using the CDT to identify key data and trends to drive individual, small group, and whole class instruction.

Brian Stamford
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03/11/2019 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

07. Cultivating Trust With Students and Their Parents
Recent research has demonstrated the vital role that trust plays in schools; and, no aspect of trust is more predictive of student achievement than the trust between students and their teachers. Closely related to this is the trust parents hold for school personnel. In this session, participants will explore the dynamics that either foster or diminish trust in these key relationships in schools. An exploration of the five facets of trust in relationship to student trust in teachers, parent trust in school personnel, and teacher trust in students will raise questions as to how these relationships can be strengthened and sustained. In addition, issues related to student discipline policies and practices and their relationship to trust will be explored as will teacher aggression, meaning teachers' use of yelling, sarcasm, humiliation, and group punishments. Finally, the use of SOAR process, investigating Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Resources, will be presented as a possible framework for structuring individualized education program (IEP) meetings and parent conferences.
Megan Tschannen-Moran Ph.D.
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03/11/2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

08. Educational and Assistive Technologies to Engage Students with Learning Differences
Today’s classrooms are gaining technologies, providing an ideal time to enhance learning opportunities for those with reading disabilities. This influx of technology allows educators to provide accommodations with greater ease to utilize tools that promote a more accessible learning environment for these learners. Following the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), we will investigate pedagogy across curricular areas while providing opportunities to engage with a variety of engaging tools for learning, remediation, and accommodation. This hands-on session will equip and empower educators with educational technology tools that enhance and support instruction to engage all learners, especially those with learning disabilities. In the areas of reading and writing, tools will be demonstrated that provide text-to-speech, speech-to-text, differentiation of content, and multiple means of input and output. For math, the technology tools can address the need for repeated practice, differentiation of skills practice, and provide assistive supports related to dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. Educational technology provides many tools that teachers can use in the classroom to deliver content by removing text barriers, differentiating instruction, and promoting student's voice.
Sharon LePage Plante
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03/11/2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

Registering will put you on Waitling List for this session.
09. Ethical Practice and Decision Making in Schools
Part 2 of this session continues a thought-provoking discussion of ethical issues that educators involved in special education decisions and services face on a daily basis. Through real examples, participant discussion, and activities, the ethical principles involved, and their application, will come to life. Several case scenarios will be discussed, and the intersection of legal parameters, ethical constraints, and best practices will be discussed. A problem-solving approach will be used to weigh the various considerations and develop the best possible solutions. Be prepared to think, participate, and have some fun!

Must attend all three parts-hours to receive any Psych Ethics credit.
Laurie Klose PhD
DateTimeLocation
03/11/2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

10. MTSS and Gifted: It's a Beautiful Marriage
In this presentation, participants will examine the factors contributing to the under-representation of diverse students in gifted programs through the analysis of the identification process and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). This is of importance to school psychologists as the increase in the number of students who are underserved, and their under-representation in the gifted population, indicates a greater need to determine and advocate for best practices in gifted assessment, identification, and retention. More specifically, this presentation will examine the factors contributing to the under-representation of diverse students in gifted programs through the analysis of the identification process and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). The presenters will review Pennsylvania case law and the need for systems-level frameworks that utilize a problem-solving model. This session is intended to provide participants with a greater understanding of the needs of underserved gifted students, as well as the processes and procedures for implementing MTSS in systems in order to better identify underserved gifted population.
Nanda Mitra-Itle NCSP ABD
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03/11/2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

11. Pedagogy of Real Talk
To successfully teach struggling students, connection and trust come first. Real Talk is a practical methodology that helps education professionals build rapport with students while creating learning experiences that are relevant…and life-changing. The results are transformed classroom and school environments, engaged students, and higher achievement. Join this discussion on how Real Talk can help you make a difference in your students’ school experience, from your first classroom conversation to graduation day.
Paul Hernandez Ph.D.
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03/11/2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

53.The Local Task Force: Information and Resources for Parents, Teachers, Agencies, the Community
This session will provide a quick history of the State Task Force and its responsibility under the PARC Decree of 1972. Additionally, the session will provide an open public forum on how the State and Local groups provide training and information on special education to parents, LEAs and communities throughout the commonwealth. Finally the presenters will share out contact information on how to join this network system of information.
Keith Focht
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03/11/2019 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

PDE Conference 2019: Creating Transformative Practices and Cultivating Family Relationships

Sessions will address effective practices in creating transformative programs for students at risk of dropping out of school; structuring individualized education programs (IEPs); and using technology to enhance learning opportunities for students with disabilities. In addition, sessions will provide information to assist educators in improving student achievement by cultivating family relationships.

Objectives:

Participants will be able to:
• List the groups of historically underperforming students.
• List five ways to connect with students and their families.
• Describe how people create images and perspectives of individuals of whom they have no intimate knowledge.

Target Audience:

General education and special education administrators and teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, professional development staff, and families of students with disabilities are encouraged to attend.


Multiple Presenters

DateTimeNotesLocation
03/11/2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Registration begins at 8:00 AM. and ends at 4:00 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
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12. Engaging Families in Career Readiness
What role do families play in supporting the Career Readiness Indicator for Pennsylvania’s “Future Ready PA Index” and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Accountability? How can families assist their students in accessing career exploration experiences and guide them in discussions regarding career aspirations? This session will begin with an update on Pennsylvania’s performance on Indicator 8: Schools’ Facilitation of Parent Involvement and a brief tour of the evidence on parents’ contribution to students’ career planning and outcomes. Recognition of the importance of family involvement will lead to a focused conversation on resources and strategies to increase families’ engagement in preparing their students for life after high school, beginning in the elementary grades.
Batya Elbaum, Ph.D.
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03/11/2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

13. The Every Student Succeeds Act: Ensuring Students are College, Career, and Community Ready
ESSA advances ESEA’s promise of ensuring that all students – from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary, including low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, English Learners, and other historically marginalized students – have access to a world-class education that prepares them for college, career, and life. A panel of experts will present how, for Pennsylvania, ESSA presents two important opportunities – the chance to move away from the prescriptive policies and unintended consequences of NCLB, and toward state-level efforts that enjoy broad, bipartisan support, including more equitable and predictable funding for public schools and valid measures of school performance that look beyond standardized test scores.
Panel Presentation
DateTimeLocation
03/11/2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

14. Ethical Practice and Decision Making in Schools
Part 3 of this session continues the discussion of ethical issues that educators involved in special education decisions and services face on a daily basis. Through real examples, participant discussion, and activities, the ethical principles involved, and their application, will come to life. Several case scenarios will be presented, and the intersection of legal parameters, ethical constraints, and best practices will be discussed. A problem-solving approach will be used to weigh the various considerations and develop the best possible solutions. Be prepared to think, participate, and have some fun!

Must attend all three parts-hours to receive any Psych Ethics credit.
Laurie Klose PhD
DateTimeLocation
03/11/2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center