BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Postponed to June 1-3, 2022

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

Since 2015, school districts across Pennsylvania have been taking on Open Educational Resources implementations in a wide variety of ways. This grass roots movement to empower educators to enhance their instruction by curating and developing culturally relevant and engaging materials is setting an example for states all across the country. In this session, you will learn about different OER implementations, how they have positively impacted student performance, and how they are helping districts to rethink the ways in which they utilize their funds.

Becky Henderson, WIU7 & Tracy Rains, Appalachia IU 8

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.

Kory Kutzler, Colonial IU20

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.

Allison Clarke

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 critical compliance issues with an emphasis on kindness, respect to clients and to the “big picture” of public health/well-being.

Jason Savanelli, CLIU 21

PAIU and Pennsylvania PBS: A New Partnership with an Old Friend Feeling

Even though the delivery methods are different, IUs and Pennsylvania PBS focus on providing educational and social-emotional supports to students, families, and schools. What started as a few local partnerships grew to a statewide network of aligning and sharing resources in less than a year. This session will provide an overview of the partnership timeline, organizational structure, and evolving mutual benefits. A brief discussion of Learning at Home, offline learning projects, datacasting, and teacher professional learning options will be included.

Sue Voigt, CAIU 15 
Stephanie Williams, Northeastern Educational IU 19
Kelsi Wilcox Boyles, Riverview IU 6
Cari Kozicki, WLVT
Ron Hetrick, WITF

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.

Dr. Dana Winters

Datacasting: Leveraging Existing Technology for New Learning Options

When COVID-19 forced the closure of schools, many students were digitally disconnected from their schools. Pennsylvania is part of a multi-state PBS consortium to extend learning resources to students using existing TV broadcast signals. Although it was sparked by the pandemic, datacasting has the potential to continue reaching students in remote learning environments and as supplemental learning opportunities.

Lauren Beal, Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13
Ben Smith, LIU 12
Jigar Patel, Tuscarora IU 11
Cari Kozicki, WLVT
Ron Hetrick, WITF

When the Helpers Need Help: How to Craft a Plan to Prevent and Combat Occupational Burnout

Where do we turn when staff members are so depleted that scented candles, long baths, and belly breaths will not bring recovery, and may in fact worsen their levels of burnout? Research has the answers! Join us for this interactive workshop with a focus on solutions to burnout. We will consider case studies of employee stress and burnout, learn how current science suggests we approach this complex issue, and explore tools and strategies that organizational leaders can leverage to transform environments of burnout into places where staff members feel rested, whole, and ready to do their best work.

Participants will leave with a detailed framework for weaving occupational burnout solutions into the fabric of their organizations’ daily and long-term work lives. Fred Rogers suggests that children “look for the helpers,” but now is the time for organizational leaders to give those helpers authentic, lasting support.

Carissa Noel, Berks IU 14

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.

Supt. Stephen Clark

The Language of Appreciation in the Workplace

Based on Gary Chapman and Paul White’s book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, there are different ways to communicate appreciation and encouragement to employees and one way will not work for every employee. An individual will value a certain appreciation language/method more than another.

Rebecca Roberts‑Malamis​, Bucks IU

The Growth and Impact of STEM Ecosystems Across Pennsylvania

IUs have been a driving force in creating formal STEM Ecosystems throughout Pennsylvania. In this session, a panel of IU and Ecosystem leaders will provide an opportunity to learn about how these Ecosystems were built, and how schools and communities are benefiting from their existence.

Janel Vancas, Appalachia IU 8
Stephanie Schwab, MCIU 23
Alexandra Konsur-Grushinski, Northeastern Educational IU 19
Rick Mackrell, Luzerne County IU 18
Mike Baker, Central IU 10
Tyler Samstag, AIU3
Amanda Smith, Director of K12 Engagement, Penn State University
Betsy Payne, Manager, Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem

2019-20 Aspiring Leaders: Wrap-up and Debrief

In this session, the members of the 2019-2020 Aspiring Leaders cohort will assess their experiences in the program and discuss ways they can continue their personal professional development. (Note: this session is for the current 2019-2020 cohort, the New 2021-2022 cohort will meet on Monday, 9/20)

Appreciative Leadership/ Appreciate Leadership Coaching

It goes without saying that we have been met with many challenges during this past school. Administrative teams are trying to be strategic and continue to move their organizational ship forward. What better way to embrace systems change than through the lens of AI? Appreciative Inquiry (AI) 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!

Tanya Morret, Lincoln IU 12
Charles Trovato, Lincoln IU 12

Accounting Rule Changes Regarding Leases

Changes are coming to the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) No. 87 – Leases. This new accounting standard is scheduled to go into effect 6/30/2022, barring any additional delays.

Led by Maher Duessel CPA staff, this session will provide an overview of what the new requirements are and allow for discussion about what preparations need to be made to comply.

Maher Duessel CPA Firm Staff

Kindness in Action: Community Service Initiatives Supported by Intermediate Units

Are you looking for ways to have a greater impact in your region? In this session you will hear how several IUs are encouraging all employees to participate in community service projects throughout the year.

We’ll share strategies that encourage employees to become involved in the community and discuss tracking, incentives, and marketing opportunities. Come prepared to share how your IU is engaged in community service projects and get some new ideas that you can take back and try.

Brian Griffith, CAIU 15 
Kelly Galbraith, Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13

Fierce Conversations: Foundations

Conversations provide clarity or confusion. Invite cross-boundary collaboration and cooperation, or add concertina wire to the walls between well-defined fiefdoms. Inspire us to tackle our toughest challenges or stop us dead in our tracks wondering why we bothered trying in the first place. Careers and organizations succeed or fail, one conversation at a time.

Fierce transforms conversations to provide productivity and accountability, while developing leadership skills that lead to a better you and better outcomes for your school or organization. In this session, you will learn how to transform your conversations where you show up authentically, interrogate reality, provoke learning, tackle tough challenges and enrich relationships along the way.

Jennifer Anderson, Appalachia IU 8


Practice Presence: Balance Life Work and Everything in Between

Please join Dr. Lisa J. Lucas, author of Practicing Presence: Simple Self-Care Strategies for Teachers, who will share evidence-based research strategies to examine how a well-trained mind can support a culture of engaged students and educators.

If we want a culture of kindness, it is essential to cultivate our own healthy habits and routines so that we can connect more authentically with our students, collaborate more mindfully with our colleagues, and manage our stress more effectively.

Dr. Lisa Lucas

Leveraging Technology Lessons from COVID to Hybridize Future Events

The COVID pandemic quickly elevated the importance of technological tools to boost interactions while apart. From streaming board meetings, distance professional development, telehealth, hybrid learning, Zoom interviews and more, IUs quickly rose to the challenge. While we may be gathering together more, all of these technological tools are here to stay. Come to this panel discussion to learn about tech innovations used by IUs and how to keep advancing engagements within your IU and external audiences in a post-COVID world.

Jared Mader, Lincoln IU 12
Ben Smith, Lincoln IU 12

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.

Robert Zedrick, Arthur Gallagher


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