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PDE Conference 2020 Making a Difference: Educational Practices That Work!

March 09, 2020


1:00 PM - 5:10 PM
PDE Conference 2020 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.

Instructor: Multiple Presenters
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03/09/2020 1:00 PM - 5:10 PM Registration begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
03/10/2020 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Registration begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
03/11/2020 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM Registration begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 11:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2:50 PM - 3:50 PM
4:10 PM - 5:10 PM

PDE Conference 2020: Building Relationships With Colleagues, Students, and Families

Sessions will focus on effective practices in developing relationships with students, colleagues, and families. In addition, issues related to cultural diversity, classroom climate, family engagement, Universal Design for Learning, STEM, and mathematics will be addressed.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate communication styles to connect across demographic differences
  • Describe how to effectively manage and direct intense emotions in challenging relationships
  • Explain the importance of setting boundaries in healthy relationships

Instructor: Multiple Presenters
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03/09/2020 1:00 PM - 5:10 PM Registration begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
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Relationships That Work: The Four Must-Have Readiness Skills for Every Educator
Most of us already know that relationships matter in any field, but particularly in education. The question is: how? How do I build life-impacting relationships with students? How do I build resourceful relationships with my colleagues on campus? How do I build supportive relationships with my students’ parents? There is a framework—the practice of four essential skills that will posture and position any educator to a place of relational readiness. 1) Reflecting (on why I am here); 2) Directing (the fuel of my emotion); 3) Connecting (building relational bridges across differences) and 4) Protecting (my mind, my heart, and my body from toxic, hurtful people). Join us to delve into these four essential skills!
Instructor: Adam Saenz Ph.D. D.MIN
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03/09/2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

01. Creating a Vertical Mindset Using the Super Powers of Math
We may consider literacy instruction as a linear incremental acquisition of skills and structures, but math is more a vertical hierarchy of concepts. It is time for us to begin looking at the foundation skills of math the way we look at the foundation skills of literacy, including the existence of a core deficit which may impact learning. Early recognition and intervention can prevent instructional casualties. At all levels of mathematical learning and reasoning, language plays an essential role. Trace foundation skills from early childhood to algebra as we explore the multisensory world of mathematics and its intersection with language domain.
Instructor: Marilyn Zecher
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03/09/2020 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

02. Developing a STEM Identity in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities
Over the last few years, STEM learning has become a mainstay in schools across the nation; however, students with disabilities do not participate in STEM learning at the same rate as their peers. As educators move towards broadening participation, it is important that they understand the role that identity plays in a student understanding and benefiting from the content that is available. In this session, participants will explore the role of STEM identity in learning spaces, identify opportunities for STEM identity development in their students, and examine how their current practice supports STEM identity development in students with disabilities.
Instructor: Temple Lovelace Ph.D. BCBA-D
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03/09/2020 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

03. Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
We know from experience and neuroscience that individuals learn in varied ways. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with a framework to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations, such as the Common Core State Standards. In this introductory session, participants learn the research basis for UDL, a process for applying UDL to design learning experiences and environments, and practical tools that support flexible, inclusive instruction.
Instructor: Nicole Tucker-Smith
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03/09/2020 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

04. Practical Strategies to Increase Capacity Building for Family Engagement
In this session, participants will have the opportunity to explore practical strategies for building individual and organizational capacity to implement sustainable and effective family engagement practices. This workshop is aligned with The Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnership.
Instructor: Magda Rodriguez
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03/09/2020 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

05. Turning Noncompliance, Escalations, and Breakdowns Into Teachable Moments
Stressful events do not necessarily have to destroy relationships. In fact, when handled appropriately, stressful—even traumatic events—can deepen and strengthen relationships. We’ll explore the stages of student escalation and the appropriate staff responses at each stage. Then, we’ll analyze the obstacles that most frequently keep us from resolving conflict in a relationship-honoring manner. Finally, we’ll identify the self-awareness skills that will allow us to avoid the obstacles.
Instructor: Adam Saenz Ph.D. D.MIN.
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03/09/2020 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

45. A Parent Support Group - The Right to Education State Task Force
"A Parent Support Group" will provide the history of The Right to Education State Task Force and the functions of the 29 Local Task Forces across all of the regions they serve.

Instructor: Keith Focht
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03/09/2020 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

06. Linear Functions: Prove by Construction
Using an inverted instructional sequence, the study of linear algebra begins with word problems. During this session, participants will learn how to teach students to construct models using concrete materials. This multi-sensory model allows students to identify the constant rate of change and the starting value as well as to begin to generate equations of lines.
Instructor: Marilyn Zecher
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03/09/2020 4:10 PM - 5:10 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

07. steAm: Activism in STEM Learning
Southwestern Pennsylvania has had a major impact in how we conceptualize STEM learning across the country. However, for some, the connection of STEM to their context and community has not been reflected in their learning environments. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to rethink the A in STEAM and how it can be used for introducing concepts of activism and self-determination so that students can truly connect to content and have it reflect their personal lives in meaningful ways. Introducing several new approaches to STEM learning from the national landscape, even some from close to home, this session will highlight how educators from across the nation have been intentional in having STEM learning reflect the identities of the students they teach every day.
Instructor: Temple Lovelace Ph.D. BCBA-D
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03/09/2020 4:10 PM - 5:10 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

08. Designing with Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning helps to make classrooms more inclusive and effective. This session will provide models and tools to apply UDL to your own context to begin reducing barriers and fostering expert learning in any learning environment.
Instructor: Nicole Tucker-Smith
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03/09/2020 4:10 PM - 5:10 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

09. The Importance of the Use of Data to Promote Successful Family Engagement Practices
Participants will be able to review the continuous improvement framework and dive into the use of data and participatory evaluation to develop and implement family engagement strategies that address the most relevant family engagement challenges.
Instructor: Magda Rodriguez
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03/09/2020 4:10 PM - 5:10 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

10. Social and Emotional Learning: Empowering Everyone for Peak Performance
The research is clear on two important points regarding social and emotional learning (SEL). First, students who practice SEL demonstrate less aggression, develop more positive peer relationships, and gain in academic achievement. Second, the most effective SEL interventions begin with adult SEL. We'll explore the core facets of adult SEL, including self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and interpersonal skills. We will also discuss how to model these skills to students; adults who live emotionally intelligent lives become the ideal Tier 1 living intervention for every student on campus.
Instructor: Adam Saenz Ph.D. D.MIN.
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03/09/2020 4:10 PM - 5:10 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

46. A Parent Support Group - The Right to Education State Task Force. Where are we going?
This presentation will include a panel discussion on the parent support group "The Local Task Force" - The State Task Force can help families on their education journey with their child. Join us for this candid discussion of supports and direction they can provide.
Instructor: Keith Focht
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03/09/2020 4:10 PM - 5:10 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

March 10, 2020


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
9:50 AM - 11:20 AM

PDE Conference 2020: Increasing Graduation Rates and Decreasing Dropout Rates

Sessions will focus on effective practices and strategies for teaching students with disabilities, with the goal of increasing graduation rates and decreasing dropout rates. In addition, sessions will address mathematics, literacy, MTSS, special education law, and family engagement.

Participants will be able to:

  • List two common communication barriers that can result in FAPE-related issues.
  • Explain how positive school/parent relationships can result in more productive IEP teams.
  • List at least 3 strategies that schools and parents can use to facilitate more productive relationships.


Instructor: Multiple Presenters
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03/10/2020 8:00 AM - 11:20 AM Registration begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
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11. GRAD is a Four-Letter Word Meant for All Students
Schools in Pennsylvania are working to increase graduation rates and decrease the dropout rates for students with disabilities. Two current projects sponsored by the Bureau of Special Education include the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), which focuses on high school students with disabilities, and an OSEP grant titled Middle School Success: The Path to Graduation (P2G), which focuses on middle school students with emotional behavioral disorder. This session will include a brief overview of both projects, review the benefits of utilizing an Early Warning System (EWS), examine what evidence-based practices are being implemented in both projects to help students stay on track for graduation, and offer lessons learned in being a part of this process.
Instructor: Tracy Ficca, Jacki Lyster, Laura Moran Ph.D.
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03/10/2020 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

12. Special Education Law: A Year in Review
In this session, the speaker will present an update on special education law, including relevant updates regarding new caselaw, statutory and regulatory changes, recent state and federal guidance, and other changes. The speaker will examine trends in litigation issues, both in Pennsylvania and across the nation, and will provide helpful tools and tips for parents and schools.
Instructor: Erin D. Gilsbach Esq.
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03/10/2020 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

13. The Power of Progressions: Untangling the Knotty Areas of Teaching and Learning Mathematics
As more teachers look to add high-yield tasks to their repertoire, the struggle to make it all work becomes real. Let's examine how problem-based lessons can be used throughout the scope of a unit and how we can harness their power to move student thinking forward. We'll identify strategies and explore some tasks that help us find a healthy balance between application, conceptual understanding, and procedural fluency.
Instructor: Graham Fletcher
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03/10/2020 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

14. Trauma and Development: The Place for Reading and Language
As we understand the impact of trauma on child development, the importance of reading and language becomes even more clear. In this session, participants will learn to see the special place reading and language hold and how they can be leveraged to respond to trauma and stress.
Instructor: Steve Dykstra Ph.D.
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03/10/2020 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

15. Using Data-Driven Action Planning to Move From Compliance to Transition Innovation
Engaging in data-driven action planning empowers communities to innovate secondary transition practices, with the potential to impact the post-school outcomes of transition-age youth with disabilities in Pennsylvania. The Transition Discoveries Initiative resulted in an applied model of 9 key domains for “what works” in transition, The Transition Discoveries Quality Indicator Framework. The Quality Indicator Survey Metric was developed as tool for teams to take a holistic approach to collecting data about frequency, effectiveness, and quality of transition programs. In order to build bridges between these learning resources and tools for empowering communities to evaluate practices, the initiative has designed a systematic approach to community-based, data-driven action planning. At the core of this approach is the Transition Discoveries "Action Plan Organizer," which is a multi-part tool that guides teams step-by-step as they create actionable questions, engage communities in data collection and translate findings into plans for innovating practices, services, programs and supports. During this interactive session, participants will gain first-hand experience in how the framework, tools, and process are implemented.
Instructor: Joan Kester Ed.D.
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03/10/2020 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center