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PASAP SUNDAY SESSIONS
PASAP Sunday Plenary Sessions

PAMLE SUNDAY SESSIONS
SESSION ONE: 12:30 – 1:30 PM

2MSA: Understanding Schools to Watch and Using the Criteria to Identify and Plan Staff Development (DAP) – Bruce Vosburgh – Director PA Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch, PAMLE Executive Board, President of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform


A brief history of Schools to Watch in PA will be presented followed by the process a school follows to seek STW recognition.  The 4 Domains and 37 criteria of the STW program will be presented and strategies will be shared on how to use the criteria as a basis for staff development.2MSB: ACES: A Paradigm Shift in How Middle Schools Can Address the Whole Child (YA, GM, SoC, G, DAP) – Meg Rieley, Counselor- Mechanicsburg MS, Jeannette Fodness M.Ed., Teacher – New Cumberland MS, Ellen Smith M.D. FAAFP – coordinator for Family Medicine Education Consortium


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma-Informed Approaches are critical in how we interact with children and the foundation of how we build children’s resilience. ACEs have an impact on children’s coping skills, brain development and school performance. 
Come learn about factors affecting children and families; how ACE scores put students at risk for educational, emotional, physical and mental health challenges. Walk away with strategies and resources to foster resilience and become a trauma-informed middle school educator.”

2MSC: Google Suite and Google Classroom: Making Connections with Your Students (IT) – Adam Zunic, Assistant Principal, Dan Como, Principal, Debbie Zanetti, Monica Ziemski, Linda Prah, Tomi Lynn Porter, Dan Hrvatin, Jen Kassimer & Melissa Mccauley, Teachers – Pleasant Hills MS

Google Classroom streamlines announcements and assignments in one place for our students. Easily managed and files placed directly into Google Drive, Google Classroom allows teachers to effectively and efficiently communicate with students in one place. If it is so easy to streamline information and share with students, why not use this with staff?  This session will explain and show you how to create a PLC for your building using Google Classroom.

SESSION TWO: 1:45 – 2:45 PM


2MSD: Middle Level Best Practice’s Using This We Believe  (DAP) - Bruce Vosburgh – Director PA Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch, PAMLE Executive Board, President of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform


In this session, participants will learn about the 16 characteristics of successful middle schools as identified in the AMLE publication, This We Believe.  We will discuss the implications to our existing schools and how you can use this resource to provide a book study in your own school with your staff.

2MSE: The Growth Mindset – Practical Strategies to Implement Brain Research in Your Classroom (GM, DAP) – Meg Basilio & Shannon Freehart – Teachers – CF Patton MS


Brain research has changed how educators view student intelligence and learning. The presentation focuses on translating brain research into practical applications in classrooms. Increasing student learning and engagement, developing the idea of the growth mindset with students, structuring instruction to improve student growth and learning will all be presented. The objective will be to provide attendees with the strategies that will help them develop an engaging classroom that promotes and encourages learning for all students.

2MSF: Be a Catalyst: Using SEL to Encourage Deeper Learning (AD, FC, CM, ID, YA, SLO, DAP) – Alyssa Mahramus – School Implementation Manager – EVERFI


Technology can bind us and technology can separate us.  In a world where middle school students can access technology in classroom and in the palm of their hands, we as educators have a unique platform to use technology to development character and social awareness.  In partnership with the NFL and United Way, EVERFI has designed social-emotional digital and health & wellness resources for students to take a proactive approach to conflict resolution, experience situations from all points of view, and deepen their understanding of how to manage emotions. Through Character Playbook, Healthier Me, and Prescription Drug Abuse Preventions teacher facilitate lessons, receive discussion questions to continue the digital learning, and students have the opportunity to reflect on personal decisions.

SESSION THREE: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

2MSG: Think Energy Take Action (SC, RL, CCC, IT) – Stephanie Dorman, Program Manager – National Energy Foundation


Think! Energy Take Action! Is a hands-on presentation with a take home energy efficiency kit for participating students and teachers. It teaches the importance of energy and natural resources. The program is easy to implement. Teachers receive supplemental materials and lessons correlated to state standards. The Energy Sidekick App within the program allows families to use augmented reality to learn how to install the energy efficient technologies provided in their kits.

2MSH: The Ups and Downs (But Mostly Ups!) of Our Chromebook 1 to 1 Initiative  (IT)– John Walsh, Teacher/Technology Specialist – CF Patton MS


This presentation will take a look at Patton’s 1 to 1 Chromebook initiative, now in its third year.  Topics will include why we choose Chromebooks, timeline and professional development, the lessons learned each year and how we should view using technology integration (hint: it’s just a tool like everything else!) We will also look at how we utilized G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps) and implemented a Learning Management System (Canvas) as part of the initiative.

2MSI: Parent/Family Engagement and Partnerships for Student Success (YA) – Monica Frank, MS Principal – 21st Century Cyber Charter School, Downingtown


The presenter is involved with an online school and has held roles as teacher, principal, and parent. During this session, presenter will share experiences and tips on creating and maintaining a partnership with parents to maximize student achievement. Participants will be given tangible tips to encourage engagement between home and school.

SESSION FOUR: 4:15 – 5:15 PM

2MSJ: Using a Team-Building Game Rotation to Enhance Social Equity (SE, DAP) – Heidi AbiNader, Principal, Jayne Kornbau, Health & PE teacher – Sharpsville MS


Working within the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains, students will participate in activities that teach them how to collaborate, build trust, problem solve, and communicate effectively. The skills developed will help prepare students to face the challenges of adolescence. Additionally, a stronger sense of school community will strengthen our school discipline model, Restorative Justice/Youth Court. Students will complete self-assessments regularly to demonstrate growth in self-esteem and empathy.

2MSK: March Madness Bracket as an Engaging Tool for Gifted Learners (SC, CCC, SS, EN) – Gary Hite, Teacher – Sandy Rum MS


The Elimination Bracket is most associated with the March Madness Basketball Tournament. The bracket is a powerful tool that you can use to engage students. It can be used to introduce unlimited ideas for students and a way to determine, “The Most Influential”, “The Best” “The Worst,” “The Most Overrated” for topics in the curriculum.

2MSL: RJ Lee Group Laboratories Lead in Water Testing for Schools (AD, SC, EN, G) – Keith Rickabaugh, Certified Industrial Hygienist – RJ Lee Group Laboratories


This presentation will inform participants about the overall concerns of lead in drinking water, potential sources of lead in schools, and where to look and what to look for…how to interpret laboratory results on drinking water analysis.  It will also provide detailed information on regulations, e.g. concerning levels of lead in drinking water for schools in PA and a brief overview of those regulations, developing a sampling plan and how to test.  We will share how lead impacts learning in children and the health impacts lead can have on people.  Finally we will discuss guidance for teachers and school staff to use as a learning Guide, e.g. Environmental Protection Agencies 3-T’s (Training, Testing, Telling)

SUnday Keynote - 7:00 PM

Speaker: Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. Founder and President, Give an Hour

Topic: The Campaign to Change Direction: Healthy Habits for Student Success

Room:  President's Hall


Keynote Description: Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen is the Founder and President of Give an Hour and also launched The Campaign to Change Direction in 2015. Just as we all know the signs of a heart attack she believes we all need to learn the five signs of emotional suffering and the healthy habits of emotional well-being.


Van Dahlen, Ph.D., named to TIME's 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, is the president of Give an Hour™, a nonprofit she founded in 2005 to provide free mental health services to the military and veteran community. A licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Washington, D.C., she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991, her M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1987, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from California State College in 1982. Give an Hour's 7,000 mental health professionals have given 233,208 hours of care, valued at over $23 million. Give an Hour also leads the Campaign to Change Direction, a national public health initiative to change the culture of mental health in America. She has received numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation and the Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship of the Manhattan Institute in 2013. In 2014 she was honored by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army as an outstanding civilian who has made significant voluntary contributions to our military and the United States Army. She also received the 2016 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Lifesavers Gala Public Service Award and was appointed in January 2017 to serve on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition.


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