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Tuesday Sessions & Keynote

Tuesday Keynote - 9 AM

Keynote Speaker: Mark Brown
Topic: Excellence in Life - The Dash Between the Dates
Room: President's Hall

Keynote Description: .There is the dash to catch the plane, the dash to catch the train and the mad dash to get to the store before it closes. Join Mark as he takes a unique look at the most important dash of all… ‘The Dash Between the Dates!’ In this fun-filled, inspirational keynote, Mark compares the race of life to a sprinter’s dash: the single greatest ACTIVATOR to overcoming life’s obstacles; 4 keys to living a meaningful, purposeful life; 
The power of your influence…and of those around you How to be ‘fit for the race of life.

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Mark Brown migrated to the United States at 18 years old with only $40 in his pocket and a dream for a better life. Today, he has become one of the most popular inspirational speakers in the world.

In 1995, Mark defeated more than 20,000 contestants from 14 countries to win the illustrious Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Since then, he has delivered more than 3,500 presentations, to more than 1.7 million people on 5 continents. As an expert in helping people overcome their fears to reach their maximum potential, Mark has been featured on CNN Headline News and in The New York Times, and Men's Health. He even had his own PBS Special which was nominated for an Emmy Award.

PASAP tuesday BREAKOUT SESSIONS

PASAP Breakout Session Five: 10:15 AM -11:15 AM

PASAP Breakout Session Six: 11:30 AM -12:30 PM

PAMLE tuesday SESSIONS

SESSION ONE: 10:15 – 11:15 AM

5G: Diversity in Olympics (SS, PBL, ASCA, TM, DI, GM, SoC, ELA, CCC, Rd/Wr, SLC, SED Jarrod Lewis, Principal, James Blake, Tammy Scott, Doug Ropp, Megan Hall, Brooke Wissinger, Teachers – Cambria Heights MS

Cambria Heights Middle School held its first annual Olympic Games in which the students were divided into teams that represented different countries throughout the world and competed in a myriad of events. Our presentation will consist of an overview of this event and the steps that were taken to bring this cross-curricular project to life. This project focused on diversity and giving our students the opportunity to experience various aspects from many different cultures.

5H: Student Assistance Team Best Practices  (YA) Meredith Hollis, School Psychologist, Beth Horrigan, Teacher – Hamburg Area MS

This presentation will focus on best practices and processes of the Hamburg Area Middle School’s Student Assistance Program. The topics will include an introduction to the Hamburg Area Middle School SAP Team Members, the HAMS SAP Mission, the student referral process to the SAP team from the beginning, and District resources available. In addition to the SAP Process, we will discuss selected topics on the law, including the reporting of child abuse, confidentiality, and special education.

5I: 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

5J: Killing the Stigma of Movies in the Classroom: Using Film & Music in Reading Instruction  (ELA, RL) Monica Mancini, Teacher – ET Richardson MS

“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 and music 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 and music as a form of literature.

5K: Transforming Mindset, Persistence, and Math Achievement  (CC, ST/ST, ID, YA, MA, GM, SoC, DDI, IT) Ronda Abbott, Director of Educational Partnerships, Chuck Paynter – Agile Mind Educational Holdings, Inc.

Learn how leaders are reinventing the classroom learning culture and improving Algebra I results by introducing new tools that develop students’ mindsets, motivation, and engagement in mathematics. By taking explicit steps to prepare students for a successful transition to Algebra I and to high school, educators can help ensure academic success—not only in Algebra I but also along students’ academic trajectory to college and career readiness.

5L: “Stress, Energy Drinks, Smoking, and Early Physical Maturity: What Educators Should Know About Young Adolescent Development to Encourage Overall Growth” (AD, CM, ID, YA, GM, SED, DAP) Dr. Dave F. Brown – Educational Researcher, Professor Emeritus – College Of Education & Social Work- West Chester University

Middle level teachers and administrators know their students pretty well; but neuroscientists’ findings over the past two years on adolescent development reveal many of the reasons that “tweens” and “teens” act differently than what adults may expect. Attend this session to take a quiz on adolescent development; then hear the findings on the effects of: stress, early physical maturity, smoking on IQ, caffeine overdoses, concussions, unique brain development, AND what you should do to help.

SESSION TWO: 11:30 – 12:30 PM

6G: B.R.A.V.E. Warriors (AD) Christina Feragotti, Assistant Principal & Brian Dolph, Principal - Central Valley MS

How can you promote student leadership opportunities into your SWPBIS (School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program, Advisory program, and Student Orientations?  Mr. Dolph and Ms. Feragotti, from Central Valley Middle School, will share how the implementation of their B.R.A.V.E. Warrior program incorporates their 8th grade students to assist with these programs.

6H: Engaging Strategies to Keep in Your Teacher Toolbox (CC, SC, DI, IT, RL, Rd/Wr, CM) Jillian Klock

Presenters will offer a variety of quick strategies, activities and lesson plan boosts to engage all students in learning across content areas.

6I: Changing the Way We Educate: Building Self-A-STEAM! (ST/ST, TM, GW, CCC) – Cassandra Doggrell, Principal, Eric Fogel, Librarian & Ronelle Rowe, Technology Facilitator – Haine Middle School

There is a new standard of innovation at Haine Middle School. Seneca Valley recently collaborated with Inventionland to design an immersive space where creative processes and resources help students find inspiration in their learning. This session will explore how the Creativity, Innovation, and Research Center at Haine Middle provides students with a framework for self-discovery, problem solving, and collaboration. Attendees will learn how discovery can be the theme of the day everyday within their schools.

6J: Student-led Conferences (SL) Marie Piccirilli & Brenna Sisinni, Teachers, Justina Perott, Counselor – South Fayette MS

Are you tired of the traditional parent-teacher conference format?  Are you looking to better incorporate the most important person—the student? If so, then consider implementing student-led conferences to empower students, communicate through reflection, and provide students with an opportunity to practice real-life skills. In this session, learn about our school’s journey in implementing this student-centered model, and discover how Google sites is used as a tool to support students and showcase their work.

6K: Tools for your Teaching Toolbelt: Use Google Like a Boss (DDI, IT) Leighanne Forbes, Associate Professor – Gannon University

This presentation will focus on the hidden potential of Google’s many tools to enhance student performance and teacher productivity.  Participants may bring a device and follow along as the Google App Launcher, Forms, and Keep are introduced.  The Partnership for 21st Century Learning Framework will frame the discussion of each tool and participants will leave with practical strategies for integrating technology.  If time permits, additional Google tools may be introduced.

6L: “Stress, Energy Drinks, Smoking, and Early Physical Maturity: What Educators Should Know About Young Adolescent Development to Encourage Overall Growth” (AD, CM, ID, YA, GM, SED, DAP) Dr. Dave F. Brown – Educational Researcher, Professor Emeritus – College Of Education & Social Work- West Chester University

Middle level teachers and administrators know their students pretty well; but neuroscientists’ findings over the past two years on adolescent development reveal many of the reasons that “tweens” and “teens” act differently than what adults may expect. Attend this session to take a quiz on adolescent development; then hear the findings on the effects of: stress, early physical maturity, smoking on IQ, caffeine overdoses, concussions, unique brain development, AND what you should do to help.


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