2018 Breakout Sessions

9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
2:00 – 3:10 p.m.
Innovate! Leading Change in Disruptive Times
Being able to innovate is not a genetic capability; it can be learned, practiced and mastered. Based on the work of Clay Christensen and Hal Gregersen, this session will focus on the following guiding questions:
·       Why disruptive innovation?
·       What skills and behaviors are necessary to become a disruptive innovator?
·       How can leaders practice and model disruptive innovation for organizational growth?
Join Montgomery County Intermediate Unit leadership in exploring how these principles can bring about organizational growth and positive change.

Building Strong Partnerships with Our School Districts and Community
In this session, participants will hear how intermediate units can strengthen their connections with their local schools and their community through strategic partnerships with their key stakeholders.  The presenters will share insights and strategies on how to make these interactions a “win-win” for everyone.

From Adversity to Academic Success
In this session, participants will learn how the BARR model (Building Assets, Reducing Risks) provides schools and staff with a common structure and philosophy that leads to BARR students typically experiencing an increase in graduation rates, connections to staff and peers, and test scores, while seeing a decrease in suspensions, absenteeism, and mental health problems.  Participants will learn about the history of the BARR model, key program components, school implementation and why BARR is the only educational improvement model to receive all three levels of i3 funding. 

PAIU’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Hub
PA's Intermediate Units have joined together to create an open repository for educational resources curated in PA. As the PAIU Open Educational Resource (OER) Hub, resources for all grade levels, subject areas, and all types of students and educators are located in one place, freely accessible, editable and can be evaluated using the seven OER Achieve Rubrics. In this session, you will see what the PAIU OER Hub looks like, what it entails, and how you can join, curate, and author resources for your IU group within the Hub.

Personalized Learning – A look at IUs Supporting Districts Across the State
Personalized learning has taken many names and shapes across the state.  With the support of IUs, districts have created unique learning experiences that address student voice, choice, when and how they learn.  There are many pieces to the puzzle of personalized learning and one size does not fit all.  Transforming a learning culture and expectations can be a daunting task for districts to embark upon.  In this session, IUs will share their stories and strategies as they help schools truly create transformative learning environments.

The Collective Power of IUs: Becoming Strong Advocates for Education
Given the breadth and depth of services offered by IUs, intermediate units have the potential to influence the direction of public policy and use of resources in public education. During this session, participants will learn how to advocate successfully with legislators, policy makers and key stakeholders in education and how to maximize the impact that IUs can have in their local community.

 Unique and United: How PA’s IUs Are Working Together to Develop Innovative Partnerships
This facilitated discussion will highlight several innovative partnerships that are occurring in IUs that are resulting in improved outcomes for all those involved.  Participants will hear about each IU’s collaborative journey and learn strategies to develop their own successful partnerships.

Special Education Service Models: A Panel Discussion from Education Service Agencies in Other States
Members of the panel from service agencies across the country will share how they interface with their school districts and their department of education within their state. Session participants will have opportunities to ask questions of the panel related to their delivery of special education services within their state and region.

Leveraging Technology to Grow and Strengthen Our Partnerships
Recent developments in technology have expanded our capacity to reach beyond the limitations placed on us by time and/or geography.  In this session, participants will hear how their peers have used technology to increase their ability to collaborate with one another, reach new audiences and break free of the limits of a typical work day. Various types of tools will be shared and participants will have a chance to learn from their peers as well as share their own experiences in this area.

Strategies to Support Students with Anxiety in the Classroom
In this session, participants will learn how to recognize the signs/triggers of individuals who are experiencing anxiety, utilize suggested strategies to decrease student’s anxiety, and maximize opportunities in order for students to access supportive strategies 

The Use of Social Media to Recruit Millennials
Organizations are feeling a direct impact on recruitment activities as organizations have to take into account how to recruit millennials, how to reach them and motivate them to stay in their roles.  All of the top social media networks are used heavily by the millennial age bracket and social recruiting usage has increased exponentially over the past six years. How can we establish our organizations for the future and plan to use social networks as recruiting tools or increase our exposure through social media?

#STEM4ALL: The Luzerne Intermediate Unit’s Mission to Provide ALL Students with Access to STEM Opportunities
As opportunities in STEM expand across the commonwealth, the Luzerne Intermediate Unit continues to promote access to these programs for all students. Activities have included summer camps for students with hearing disabilities, coding camps for female students, and the use of robots in other LIU classrooms. Future plans include the use of the LIU Makerspace to support students’ with limited language proficiency. This session will address the lessons learned regarding program development, implementation, and expansion into our regional schools.

Develop a Protocol for Resolving School-Based Conflicts
Educators working with children showing persistent mental health concerns sometimes are locked in impasses with caregivers. This workshop will help school-based teams develop a protocol for navigating these standoffs. The protocol begins with LEAP: Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner.  This empirically supported technique helps build common ground when people are at odds. By sidestepping repeated exchanges of blame and defensiveness, LEAP inspires caregivers to open the door for collaborative partnerships. Case examples and role plays will illustrate this approach.

Fake News
The 2016 presidential election thrust the issue of “fake news” to the forefront. In this session, learn what fake news really is, where it comes from, and what the consequences are to our organizations and our own daily lives.

How to Build a Comprehensive Wellness Program
Set the stage for starting a workplace-based health program through a solid wellness plan that promotes prevention in the work place.  Workplace-based health programs consist of a comprehensive set of health promotion and protection strategies implemented at the workplace to support good health and disease prevention. It is important to understand the positive financial impact this type of program may have on the bottom line and incentives to improve employee health and reduce behaviors that affect work performance.

Competitive Grant Writing
Grant funding provides many IUs with critical resources to sustain and advance their mission. This session will provide valuable insight on effective grant writing strategies.  

There’s Nothing Soft About “Soft Skills”:  Increasing the Employability of Your Graduates Through Social and Emotional Learning
Many employers claim they have trouble finding recent graduates to fill vacancies in their companies because they lack the communication, adaptability, decision-making, and problem-solving skills needed to do the job. These so-called “soft skills” translate into “social and emotional learning” (SEL) in the world of academia. This session will focus on the benefits of SEL programming and will provide an overview of recommended practices for selecting and implementing successful SEL interventions and programs. 

Carving In/Carving Out and Prescription Drug Rebates
IUs have pursued a variety of strategies to address the enormous costs associated with prescription drug costs. In the session, learn how some IUs have chosen to carve-out prescription drugs from their overall health care plan and how that decision can generate savings.

Developing Trauma Sensitive Intervention in an Interconnected Systems Framework
The CLIU 21’s unique approach will provide participants with an understanding of the use of data to identify, prioritize and implement evidence-based programs using an Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF).  The Mindful Schools curriculum, A.I.R.’s pilot Trauma Toolkit, Positive Action, YMHFA, Aggression Replacement Training (ART), and RENEW will be discussed as strategies to support our highest risk youth.

Fabricating Change: The benefits of Fab Labs on Mental Wellness in our students
The presentation will focus on the work IU 1 is doing with children in need of emotional support and its Fabrication Lab from Chevron. IU 1 has partnered with Chartlytics and Penn State in this initiative and have been collecting data on these students in the Fab Lab to show how more hands-on and technologically sound programming has therapeutic and behavioral benefits for those students struggling with mental illness.

Aspiring Leaders – 2018-19 Orientation
The new class of PAIU Aspiring Leaders will gather to get to know each other and beginning planning a year of professional development experiences.

Mathematical Mindsets
Participants will debate common truths and myths about the brain to discover why having a growth mindset is vitally important in the area of mathematics. We will experience how the brain learns and the critical components needed when designing lesson plans that engage students to question and explore mathematical concepts.

Predictive Analytics in Practice to Support Student Success
This session explores the “next generation” of technology systems that leverage data and predictive analytics to create meaningful, actionable insights for users. One example where these technologies are being deployed with great success is in the area of dropout prevention. Recognizing the importance of early identification, many states have implemented “early warning systems” that utilize research-based predictors of dropout. This session will discuss the research behind the predictive analytics methodology, and share examples from a statewide implementation that has helped to reduce dropout rates by 8%, leading to one of the strongest statewide graduation rates in the country.
The Changing Public and Non-Public School Relationship: UGG and Federal Programs
Recent changes in the distribution and allocation guidelines for TITLE II Federal Programs have already proven to impact the relationship between public school districts and the TITLE eligible non-public schools located within their geographical boundaries. This session will examine these changes particularly in terms of “Meaningful Consultation,” district required RFPs and the transferability of TITLE funds among Federal Programs.

Aspiring Leaders – 2017-18 Cohort Wrap-Up
In this session, the members of the 2017-18 Aspiring Leaders cohort will assess their experiences in the program and discuss ways they can continue their personal professional development.

The Anatomy of Cooperative Purchasing Initiatives
Not all IU cooperative purchasing initiatives are alike. This session will offer a panel discussion of IU cooperative purchasing leaders who will share the structures and processes they have established to bring savings to schools in the areas of energy, technology and other services.