9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. 

 10:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.  2:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Next Steps in OER

PA Intermediate Units have joined together to create an open repository for educational resources curated in PA.  PAIUs Open Educational Resource (OER) Hub offers resources for all grade levels, subject areas, and all types of students and educators located in one place. 

Over the past year, PAIU's work with OER has received national attention. In this session, we will be talking about the next steps that PAIMS and PAIU-CC are taking to support educators as they bring OER into the classroom to support student learning.

IUs Leading the Way for Computer Science in PA

In partnership with school districts and in support of PDE’s statewide efforts, IUs across the Commonwealth are providing critical leadership in growing district capacity in computer science.

In this session you will hear from IUs that have built successful models for growing computer science in our schools.

The Power of Kindness

Allison Clarke will be our conference closing keynote presenter on Friday morning where she will talk about the Power of Kindness in the workplace.

In this breakout session, Allison will talk about the role of leaders on creating a workplace culture of kindness.

PRACTICE PRESENCE: Balancing Life, Work, and Everything In Between

Lisa Lucas is a Professor in the College of Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a speaker/trainer that provides workshops on Engaging Learners, and a professional coach that specializes in helping others achieve balance- finding the median between working to live and living to work.

In this session, Lisa will share a systems approach to wellness in the workplace.

PDE Safety Initiatives

Over the past two years, the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Wolf Administration have launched a wide range of new school safety initiative.

In this session, you will hear from state government leaders about the status of these initiatives, and what new plans might be coming in the near future.

The Fred Rogers Center’s Simple Interactions Program

Dr. Dana Winters will be our Thursday lunch keynote presenter. In this breakout session, Dana will do a deep dive in to the Fred Rogers Center’s Simple Interactions program.

Learn more about this practice-based, strengths-focused, and community-driven approach to support helpers who serve children, youth, and families.

IU Insurance Symposium: What Coverages IUs Really Need

In this session, hear from IU Business Managers and representatives of AJ Gallagher Insurance about the kinds of insurance coverage IUs should carry and best practices for managing risk at your IU.

Transitioning to Adulthood: “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” 

Transitioning into adulthood has many parallels to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The show aired for many years and consistently began with the same routine. That beacon of light and whistle of the train always brought us back to our familiar neighborhood after a unique learning opportunity. 

Join me for a “beautiful day in the neighborhood” as we discuss effectively transitioning students out of high school and into our communities.

Equitable Educational Practices in Pennsylvania Schools

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is committed to ensuring schools are providing equitable learning environments. This includes: academic equity, disciplinary equity, data practices, family/community engagement, and the importance of educator self-awareness.

During this session, participants will be introduced to the equity work currently available through PDE, as well as the important partnership with intermediate units in the state system of support around promulgating effective equitable practices.

Encouraging, Promoting, and Celebrating Kindness

In a world where there is so much negativity, how does your IU encourage, promote, and celebrate kindness? Do you have designated programs – both community-based (supporting a particular cause) and staff based (supporting staff in need)? What do you do? How do you do it? How do you celebrate it?

Because kindness matters and should be celebrated! This session will focus on idea sharing and discussion.

Social Media Guidelines

IUs and their employees all now operate in a world dominated by social media. As social media has become ubiquitous, learn how IUs have established social media guidelines for their employees and the organization as a whole so that social media becomes an organizational asset, not a liability.

2019-20 Aspiring Leaders: Wrap-up and Debrief

In this session, the members of the 2019-20 Aspiring Leaders cohort will assess their experiences in the program and discuss ways they can continue their personal professional development.

Leading Restorative Teams

Restorative leadership provides an overview of restorative practices and its relationship to developing relationships with your students and your staff team, discipline, school climate, staff conversations and conflicts, responses to trauma, and its roots in restorative justice.

Participants will learn how to effectively establish school/program/office wide restorative practices by building buy-in of staff and stakeholders, developing policies and procedures, training and professional development, and utilizing best practices and lessons from the field to lead with kindness and grace.

Helping the Helpers

Working tirelessly in a selfless profession can often leave us feeling worn down and burned-out. Personal wellness is often overlooked as we advance through our careers and grow our families. This session we will consider Fred Roger’s lesson of “find the helpers” and how it applies to helpers finding their helpers.

We will explore the effects of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma and work through a self-guided action plan that focuses on personal wellness.  Studies show that the better we care for ourselves, the more prepared we are to respond to the demands of our professional careers and home lives.


Kindness in Action: An IU-wide Initiative on Community Service

Capital Area Intermediate Unit has launched an IU-wide initiative on kindness. In this session, learn how CAIU built and operates a program in which nearly 500 CAIU  employees participate in community service projects on behalf of our IU in the local community.

PA STEM Ecosystems

IUs have been a driving force in creating formal STEM Ecosystems throughout Pennsylvania. In this session, learn about how these Ecosystems were built, and how schools and communities benefit from their existence

Appreciative Leadership/ Appreciate Leadership Coaching

Appreciative Inquiry is a discovery process premised on the principle that human systems grow in the direction of what they most rigorously, frequently, and creatively ask questions about.

In this session we will explore what it means to be resilient personally and professionally as leaders of learning. Building healthy more caring communities of learners and leaders!

Compassionate Care-the Kindness of Going the Extra Mile for our Clients

In this session, we examine the traditional understanding of “customer service” in order to be kind to those we serve using a trauma-informed perspective.  The use of phone vs. in person care will be addressed as well as eliminating lingo when working with clients.


Compliance-Kindness Means Doing the Right Thing

As IUs across the state respond to the growing demand for mental health services, it is important that we be well versed in the mental health legal compliance issues and the requirements for confidentiality. 

In this session, we will provide an overview of the criticial compliance issues with an  emphasis on kindness, respect to clients and to the “big picture” of public health/well-being.

Social Emotional Learning in a Complicated Landscape

The world in which we are educating children is a complicated one. Research has shown that SEL instruction can help to address this complexity through improving school culture, fostering the social, emotional, and academic functioning of the students we serve, and enhancing teacher well-being.

In this session, we will explore best practices in SEL initiatives and also spend time navigating the special needs of trauma impacted youth and how SEL can help to mitigate the effects of trauma for individuals and communities.


Walking on Common Ground: Steps to Navigate Due Process

Litigation continues to be an ongoing issue in special education.  This presentation will identify the key elements found in due process cases in which school districts prevailed in the outcome of the proceedings.

Participants will have an opportunity to review recent cases in PA, as well as discuss effective strategies for avoiding litigation.

Flight 93 National Memorial as a Professional Development Classroom

The Flight 93 National Memorial Learning Center and Park is a classroom where teachers, students, park rangers and volunteers explore the story of Flight 93 and September 11.

In this session, you will hear from National Memorial Superintendent Stephen Clark who will share professional development programs now available for educators and the story of Flight 93.


Breakout Sessions - Thursday, May 28, 2020

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