Stand Up For Children Breakout Sessions

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Wednesday 11/6 – afternoon

Happy Teacher Revolution Deeper Dive,

Danna Thomas, Founder


In the breakout session, participants will learn how Happy Teacher Revolution supports teachers' mental health and wellness by participating in an experiential learning opportunity.

A 'demo' Happy Teacher Revolution support group meeting will be offered, giving participants an opportunity to interact with the 12 Choices and share what resonates with them. 

Rethinking Assessment and Equity,

Dan Richards, Berks County IU #14; Dr. Carrie Soliday, Lincoln IU #12 & Brian Stamford, Allegheny IU #3


Assessment takes a step toward equity by unveiling what students need at that moment in their educational path.  Rethinking assessment means finding solutions that assist educators to know the student, promote high expectations for all, help students know their learning story, create flexible routines for personalized learnings, teach failure as a step in learning; and build a culturally responsive environment. In speed-geeking style, participants will be encouraged to discuss each of these topics and seek real solutions to change the assessment system in their respective settings.  Also in this session, connections will be made to specific elements in the Danielson Framework The Universal Design for Learning, evidence-based practices in assessment, and the Classroom Diagnostic Tool to give real examples of using data to design coherent instruction while promoting flexible learning environment that can accommodate individual learning differences.

A Beautiful Balance: Technology & the Human Spirit,
 Carissa Noel, Berks County IU #14; Karen Madeira, Licensed Professional Counselor, Our Place to Soar LLC; and Amy Gattone, 5th Grade Teacher, Muhlenberg School District


School stakeholders agree that there are real concerns about teens, technology use, and mental health. Join us as we take a look at the evidence, then engage in strategies to balance meaningful classroom tech use with thoughtful opportunities to build student self and social awareness, collaboration and communication skills in our digital world.

School Attendance Improvement Plans: Developing Meaningful Plans,
Dr. Ron Prator & Marlon Worthy, Colonial IU # 20


School Attendance Improvement Plans (SAIP) are now, by law, a required response from school districts in regards to students who are having issues related to truancy. Despite this legal requirement, many schools are seemingly unaware of the SAIP process. Of those that are aware, many schools are completing the forms in a way that is superficial and without any legitimate chance of success. The SAIP forms, and the SAIP process, are meant to be individualized and relying on empirically-based approaches. This workshop will discuss the SAIP process, focusing on a student-centered approach that welcomes family engagement. Model SAIPs will be discussed as well as some of the pitfalls frequently encountered.

Thursday 11/7 – morning

IU1/Greene County MH Partnership - A Collaborative Solution to Solving the MH Equity Crisis in an Impoverished Rural County,
Joe Mahoney & Don Martin, Intermediate Unit #1


Examine the collaborative partnerships between Intermediate Unit 1 and local, county government administrators to provide mental health programming in area schools. IU1 has formed a collaborative partnership with the Human Service Administrator and the Mental Health Director in Greene County, Pa, a traditionally underserved, rural county. This partnership has enabled Intermediate Unit 1 to respond to the mental health needs of the districts in Greene County by opening up school-based outpatient clinics within member districts facilities. By following this practice, this partnership has assisted in reducing the barriers to mental health access that many students and families face. This workshop will discuss how educational service agencies can engage their county administrators in equitable partnerships to deliver efficient and effective mental health services to students and families. In addition, overall benefits to the community, the students and the districts served through this program will be discussed.

School in a Psychiatric Hospital: Successful Educational Practices and Treatment for Students Requiring Inpatient Care,
Colleen Katzenmoyer, Chester County IU & Robyn Radomicki, Devereux Children’s Behavioral Health Center


Devereux Children’s Behavioral Health Center (DCBHC) is a children’s psychiatric hospital in Chester County, serving children ages 5-18 in acute mental health crisis. The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU, IU24) has partnered with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health to provide educational services during a child’s admission to the hospital. Co-presenters from DCBHC and IU24 will share their experiences with this partnership and their efforts to improve services for children in inpatient care. Attendees will be provided information regarding notable trends in psychiatric admissions as well as insight into implementing an educational program within an inpatient setting. Finally, presenters will share components of successful discharge planning and what role districts and IUs can serve in order to support students before, during, and after inpatient care.

Social and Emotional Learning: A Cohesive Approach,
Dr. Ron Prator, Colonial IU #20


Many schools have a menu of SEL programs that all are competing for time and space. In situations such as this, the risk is that no one program will reach its' potential and that all programs will be diminished in some capacity. This presentation will encourage participants to create a hierarchy of their SEL programs so that the programs complement each other rather than compete. There are often ways to structure these programs so that they create synergy between themselves rather than fight for survival. The presentation will use a case study as the primary learning format with attendees actually going through the process of creating a hierarchy using a "real world" example.  

Acting Up or Acting Out? Responding Therapeutically to Misbehavior,
Dr. Steve Parese, TACT2


Adults who support challenging children and youth are often required to respond quickly to distracting, disruptive, or even dangerous problem behaviors. Handling these situations can be extremely challenging, especially when the cause is uncertain. ‘Is s/he acting up to get attention, or acting out some deeper emotional issue?’ This dynamic workshop explores two psychological sources of problem behaviors, one deliberate and the other emotional, then offers strategies for preventing and managing each.

Thursday 11/7 – afternoon I

What’s in YOUR Wallet? Understanding Adult Issues with Kids,
Dr. Steve Parese, TACT2


Troubled children and youth often push problems to the limits, and are expert at pushing buttons on staff as well. As educators, parents, and support staff, we may sometimes find ourselves taking problems too personally, needlessly escalating problems. This eye-opening workshop examines five reasons for adult anger, explores the impact our own Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and closes with strategies and insights essential to maintaining a professional perspective in challenging situations.

Promoting Positive Energy, 
Terri A Locke & Christina Moser, Central Susquehanna IU #16


Participants will engage in ways to incorporate positivity in the workplace as an employee and/or supervisor.

Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (C-STAG),
Dr. Ron Prator & Mike Halamar, Colonial IU # 20


This session will provide an overview of the C-STAG model. The C-STAG is a system in which student threats can be evaluated in a systematic fashion and appropriate safety plans developed. The C-STAG has an impressive portfolio of research supporting its' use and the outcomes associated with this model are outstanding. On its' surface, the C-STAG is a more healthy alternative to "Zero Tolerance" disciplinary policies. On a deeper level, the C-STAG is essentially a school climate initiative. 


The Basics of Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools,
Kellie Price, LCSW, Bucks County #22


Participants will learn the basics of trauma, how trauma impacts learning, and beginning steps to create a trauma sensitive learning environment.

Thursday 11/7 – afternoon II

Creating a Culture of Care,
Jennifer Hertwig, Bucks County IU #22


Gain practical tools for creating a culture of care for special education leaders and the staff they lead/ support.

Considering the Collective Emotional Intelligence of Teams in the Workplace,
Mary Agnes DeCicco, & Kelly McGovern Bucks County IU #22


While the emotional intelligence of an individual directly impacts performance in the workplace, this presentation will explore how to identify strengths and needs in the collective emotional intelligence of a team and how that group EI influences the dynamics and productivity of the group.  While each individual in a group may possess high EI, that is not necessarily a reliable indicator that those same individuals working together on a team will have high group EI.  Because so much work in the field of education is done in teams, this presentation may be of interest to educators across a variety of settings and roles in the field of education.

E-Colors: Unlocking Student Potential,
Joe Mahoney & Jenny Lent, Intermediate Unit #1


For years, schools have struggled to find programs that enhance emotional intelligence for both teachers and students that are simple, memorable, and provide a transformational, systematic change. E-Colors in Education provides a simple, systematic approach to remove barriers and increase emotional intelligence by utilizing personality patterns, communications styles, and personality tendencies that become a common language for your school. By providing this approach in education, students and teachers act with intention through improvement of self-awareness, teamwork, communication, and leadership. E-Colors allows for staff to see the strengths in all students and for students to appreciate the unique strengths within themselves and within their peers. This understanding leads to a better sense of connection between teams in the school community. In this presentation, Intermediate Unit One will provide an overview of E-Colors in Education and demonstrate how E-Colors has changed daily interactions between students and staff in their organization.

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