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PAISBOA / ADVIS / SEPCHE Conference
March 13, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
DELAYED START TIME
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
ADVIS, PAISBOA and SEPCHE members pay $30 per person. Payment should be made by check or credit card in advance of the program. Program fee includes breakfast and lunch.
Registration closes on March 6th
1145 King Road
Immaculata, PA 19345
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Executive Director, PAISBOA
Building Independent School / University Partnerships for Better Teaching & Learning
Tuesday, March 13, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM ~ Please be sure to pass along this event invitation to faculty as appropriate.
ADVIS has joined forces with SEPCHE (Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education), and PAISBOA (Philadelphia Area Independent Schools Business Officers Association) to create partnerships and facilitate collaboration among independent school K-12 educators and Higher Education professionals. This inaugural conference, scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, at Immaculata University, aims to create a foundation for ongoing collaborations that:
Builds a regional professional learning community improving teaching and learning;
Creates a larger, local pool of teacher/administrator candidates for independent schools;
Exposes teacher candidates to independent school education through practicums and other preparatory programs;
Increases university enrollment from independent school teachers interested in enhancing their careers in education and/or administration.
The conference includes an opening panel discussion establishing a framework for our collaboration, as well as breakout sessions for in-depth examination on the following topics:
Formative Assessment: Tools for Teachers
Moving from Anxiety to Resilience
Brain-Targeted Teaching/Neuroscience of Learning
Creating PBL Classrooms that are Driven by Student Inquiry
PLEASE NOTE: All of the following times will be pushed back 30 minutes to allow for potential weather delays.
Registration and continental breakfast
Welcome from Barbara Lettiere, Immaculata University President
Moderated Panel Discussion/Q&A
With K-12 and University Leaders
What are independent schools looking for in new teachers?
How are new teachers effectively/ineffectively navigating the independent school environment?
What forms of assessment are being used to evaluate student teachers/classroom teachers?
How can independent school practitioners improve in their profession practice, and how can universities support that growth?
21st century learning - what does it look like in your classroom?
Where/how can we collaborate to close the gaps in necessary teaching skills?
Breakout Sessions I & 2
Formative Assessment: Tools for Teachers ~
David Brightbill, Academic Dean for Curriculum and Professional Development, William Penn Charter School; Peggy Schooling, Assistant Professor of Education, Immaculata University
In this highly interactive session, participants will experience how formative assessment in the classroom can help teachers to: 1) get information from students about what they are learning 2) give better and ongoing feedback to students, and 3) adjust their teaching methods to help students meet learning goals. Formative assessments using physical movement, technology, large post-its and paper and pencil will be modeled as a means to increase student motivation and control over their own learning. In order to engage fully in this session, we encourage participants to bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Moving from Anxiety to Resilience
Linda Jarrett-Armiger, Guidance Counselor, Center School; Colleen Lelli, Associate Professor, Education, Cabrini University; Brian Serbin, Director of Residential Life, Church Farm School; Mindy Wawrzyniak, Head of School, Center School
In this session, educators in grades K-12 will learn about the effects that childhood adversity and anxiety can have on a student's learning and performance in the classroom based upon various factors including trauma and learning disabilities. Educators will gain an understanding of the perspective of the student with anxiety and learn practical strategies that can be used to build resilience in the anxious student.
Lunch and Networking
Breakout Sessions 3 & 4
Brain-Targeted Teaching/Neuroscience of Learning
Kimberly Dean, Assistant Professor/Chair, School of Education, Arcadia University; Charlotte Baker Dean, 3rd Grade Teacher, Germantown Academy
How can educators take advantage of the body of knowledge in brain science to optimize learning in the classroom? We will use the brain targeted teaching model to dispel several “neuro-myths” and apply educational and cognitive neuroscience principles into classroom settings through a pedagogical framework. Examples of how the brain’s need for patterns and connections can support enduring understandings in problem-based, arts integrated, embodied and project based approaches will support this interactive session. Participants will focus on planning a brain-targeted teaching/learning unit and will work collaboratively to design a learning experience using the principles. Participants will then imagine how their visual concept map can thread meaningful technology through concepts/content/activities and assessment.
Creating PBL Classrooms that are Driven by Student Inquiry
Rhonda Hill, Director of School & District Leadership, Buck Institute for Education; Marianne Kaemmer, Adjunct Instructor Graduate & Professional Studies, Gwynedd Mercy University; Lindsey Rauch, Director of Curriculum & Student Life, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary School
How do you build a culture of sustained inquiry? What do classrooms look like that are centered around student questions? In this interactive session, participants will analyze the Buck Institute for Education’s Gold Standard Project Based Teaching Practices through the lens of sustained inquiry. Through conversation, video analysis and anchor text exploration, participants will unpack the Gold Standard descriptors to understand what the teaching practices look like and sound like in service of sustained inquiry. Participants will reflect on their own practice and plan for how to implement a key takeaway.
Reflection and Next Steps for Collaboration
Nooha Ahmed-Lee, Head of School, YSC Academy
Dr. Nooha Ahmed-Lee has worked in education for 28 years and has been an administrator for 15 years. Prior to her headship at YSC Academy, Nooha was Head of Lower and Middle Schools at The Shipley School and Head of Lower School at William Penn Charter School. She attended The University of Washington, the City University of New York and the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor’s in Education, a Master’s in Education Administration, and a doctorate in Leadership and Professional Education, respectively. She was a teacher at The Philadelphia School and at Chestnut Hill Academy where she also directed the High School Summer Program. Nooha serves as an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s University where she teaches an online course on Cognitive Brain Studies and Education. Nooha is and ADVIS Trustee.
Matt Evans, Head of School - Elect, St. Peter’s School
Matthew Evans is the current Assistant Head of School, and Head Elect at St. Peter's School in Philadelphia. Matt began his career at The Episcopal Academy as a teacher and coach. He continued to develop as a school administrator while learning about independent schools through his work at several Boarding Schools including Wyoming Seminary and the Fay School. Matt has worked in admissions, division leadership and curriculum design primarily at the middle school level. He has overseen the development of Advisory and social-emotional learning programs in K through Eighth grade schools. He is passionate about project-based and experiential learning. He earned a Bachelor's in History from Trinity College and earned his Master's in Leadership from Northeastern University.
Darryl Ford, Head of School, William Penn Charter School
Darryl J. Ford has been Head of School at William Penn Charter School since 2007. His former roles include Middle School Director at Penn Charter as well as Headmaster and Executive Director of St. Gregory’s Episcopal School in Chicago. Darryl’s current board service includes Villanova University, Friends Council on Education, AIM Academy, Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, Steppingstone Scholars, and Cliveden of the National Trust. Darryl holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago as well as a B.A. and B.S. from Villanova University. He is an alumnus of Friends Select School.
Nancy Levitt, M.Ed., Student Teaching Coordinator, Chestnut Hill College
Nancy Levitt is currently in her fifth year as Student Teaching Coordinator for Chestnut Hill College. She has been working in higher education for over fifteen years, supervising preservice teachers, delivering professional development with the Penn Literacy Network, and teaching credit bearing courses. Prior to that she taught in private and public schools at the preschool and elementary levels as well as served as a reading specialist. Nancy earned a B.S. in Child Study & Early Childhood Education at Tufts University and a M.Ed. in Reading, Writing and Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about children’s literature, social justice and preparing future teachers.
Melissa Reed, Chair, Education Division, Immaculata University
Dr. Reed has been the Chair of the Education Division at Immaculata University since August, 2015. Prior to joining the faculty in the Division of Education at Immaculata University, Dr. Reed was the Master Teacher Program Director at Gwynedd Mercy University. She has over 15 years of higher education and K-12 experience. Dr. Reed earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from East Stroudsburg University, her master’s degree in education from Gwynedd Mercy University and her doctorate of educational leadership from Walden University. She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education, The Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Dr. Reed’s areas of expertise are technology integration in classroom instruction, educational leadership, and curriculum development. She has presented her research locally, nationally, and at the International Research Methods Summer School at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland and The International Education Conference in London, England.
Vicky Yatzus, Head of School, The Independence School
Born and raised in the U.K., Vicky completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Working in export sales for Croda Food Ingredients helped confirm her true passion to work with children; teaching was her calling. As her parents had moved to the U.S. several years earlier, Vicky decided to do her teacher training in the U.S. She enrolled in classes at the University of Delaware, where she was offered the opportunity to complete her master’s degree and to be a T.A. in the College of Education. Once complete, Vicky took a teaching position at The Delaware Learning Center (now known as Centreville Layton School), just outside of Wilmington, DE, where she spent the next 27 years of her career; the last 20 years there as Head of School of the Centreville School. During this time Vicky was a member of the MBNA Education Foundation and the Helen F. Graham grants committees. In 2008, Vicky became head at The Independence School in Newark, DE. She currently serves as a trustee on the board at Archmere Academy, is the Board Chair of ADVIS and a member of the State Chamber of Commerce Selection Committee for Superstars in Education.
Kevin Zook, Dean, School of Education, Holy Family University
Dr. Kevin Zook, a native of Lewistown, PA, earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Messiah College, and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from Penn State University. For three years, Kevin taught middle level mathematics and science, as well as elementary music at a private school in Arlington, Virginia, before pursuing graduate degrees. He taught for two years at Winona State University in Minnesota, ten years at Bucknell University, 11 years at Messiah College, and two years at Gannon University. At Messiah College, Kevin served as Chair of the Education Department and Certification Officer. At Gannon University he served as Director of the School of Education. In 2013 he joined Holy Family University as the Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Zook is the current president of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators. When Kevin is not busy at work, he enjoys hunting, flyfishing, reading, and rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers.
Charlotte Baker Dean
has been in education for over two decades and worked in the first and fifth grades before landing happily as a lead teacher in third grade at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa. She studied History and French at Muhlenberg College and earned her Masters Degree with Honors in Elementary Education at Arcadia University (Beaver College). Always fascinated with child development, behavior, and learning, she has sought out programs to expand her understanding of the mind. She completed the Schools Attuned - All Kinds of Minds course. In 2016 she earned a Graduate Certificate in The Mind, Brain, and Teaching from the Johns Hopkins School of Education. She employs the Brain Targeted Teaching Model and arts integration into all aspects of her teaching. She is currently the Vice President of the Delaware Valley Reading Association. Parents of two grown children and grandparents of two granddaughters, Charlotte and her husband live in Abington, Pa.
is the Academic Dean for Curriculum and Professional Development at William Penn Charter School where he oversees professional development, supervision, curriculum, and hiring Pre-K to 12. He also teaches Upper School Spanish and before assuming the role as Academic Dean, served as the Foreign Language Department Chair. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Spanish and an M.A. from Middlebury College's Spanish Language School. He has taught Spanish in each division (lower, middle, and upper schools) and levels 1 to AP. In addition, he served as an adjunct professor of Spanish at Cabrini College for nine years. From 2010-2015, David spent his summers serving as the Spanish Language Director for Middlebury Monterey Language Academies and launched their campus in Granada, Spain in the summer of 2015.
, PhD, NCSP currently serves as the Chair of Arcadia's School of Education. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at The Catholic University of America and her MA, Ed.S. and doctorate in school psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa with a concentration in behavior analysis. She spent 10 years at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a Developmental Pediatric practice as a child and family therapist and school consultant. 10 years of social skills therapy and school-based consultation with a great variety of children and adolescents forged her passion for the value of a strengths-based approach to assessment and intervention. In 2001, she moved to Glenside began working in regional schools as a consultant for Arcadia University's BEST Program supporting special education students and training teachers in support of effective inclusive practice. She joined the education faculty of Arcadia in 2005 teaching in the doctoral program as well as the pre-service teacher programs. Kim also specializes in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders and is a founding Board member of A Step Up Academy in Jenkintown. Her research interests currently lie in inclusion and in exploring students' use of speech-to-text technology in the writing process. She loves teaching courses about behavior which allows her to re-discover and creatively work to address the loop of errors she makes in her interactions with her 3 boys and one Bernese Mountain Dog.
is the Director of School & District Leadership for the Buck Institute for Education. Following a successful career as Special Educator in an urban setting, Rhonda worked to support the spread of Project Based Learning in the state of Delaware as the Director of PBL and School Operations for Innovative Schools. She facilitated three-day PBL 101 Workshops for educators across the state and supported teachers in their classrooms to continually reflect and refine project design and implementation. She also supported the replication of national school design models in the state including, New Tech, Expeditionary Learning, Big Picture Learning, EdWorks Early College High School and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Rhonda has a B.A in English Literature as well as multiple subject credentials in education, and a dual certification in Elementary and Special Education from LeMoyne College. She has a Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist from Wilmington University.
, M.Ed. School Guidance Counseling, B.S.Ed. Elementary and Special Education, is a guidance counselor with over 25 years teaching students with learning differences. Linda has experience as a middle school resource room teacher, an executive functions coach and tutor, and a facilitator at teacher and parent workshops. Currently, Linda is the guidance counselor at Center School, an independent school for students in grades 1-8 who have been diagnosed with learning differences. She is responsible for creating and implementing the social-emotional learning curriculum where her goal is to inspire and teach Center School students to be their best selves.
Marianne C. Kaemmer, Ed.D.
is Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Masters in Education & Special Education, in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Gwynedd Mercy University. She received her doctorate in educational leadership at Lehigh University, her master’s at the Pennsylvania State University and her bachelor’s in music education at Temple University. Marianne came to Gwynedd Mercy after serving in public school education for 41 years, with 28 years as a principal. She is a National Certified REACH (Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage) trainer and has facilitated many workshops on multi-cultural sensitivity and respect. She has a particular interest and expertise in equity in education. She has presented at the National Principal’s Convention on Exceeding Expectations: Helping All Students Achieve. Marianne develops graduate online courses both in the masters and doctoral program. A soprano soloist, she was a member of the Papal Choir during the Pope’s visit in 2015.
Colleen Lelli, Ed.D.
is an Associate Professor in the Educational Specialists Department and the Director of the Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education at Cabrini University. Her research interests include: developing special education advocacy and support; enhancing pre-service and in-service teachers’ knowledge of domestic violence; and growing their abilities to support the learning of those who have witnessed trauma. One key focus is using children’s literature to advocate for children with special needs (e.g., helping children of trauma gain resilience).
, M.Ed. is the Director of Curriculum and Student Life at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.S. in Special Education from The University of Scranton. Prior to her experience at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy, she was a Vice Principal, as well as an educator serving in various roles spanning Kindergarten through 8th grade. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Lindsey is a passionate educator, committed to ensuring best practices in curriculum planning, instruction, and assessment among educators. She is an advocate of project-based learning and dedicated to meeting the individual needs of all students.
Dr. Peggy Schooling
is currently an Assistant Professor in the Education Division at Immaculata University teaching within the undergraduate and graduate departments. She is also a national consultant working with school districts across the country in curriculum design and management and school and district leadership. Dr. Schooling has served in a variety of roles as a teacher, staff developer, principal, and central office administrator in public and private schools as well as the private for profit sector of education. Dr. Schooling’s experiences have taken her to several countries and many classrooms across the United States.
is the Director of Residence Life at Church Farm School where he oversees the boarding program, evening and weekend programming, and Social Emotional Learning. He has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.Ed. from Drexel University. He has taught U.S. History, Criminal Justice, and an SEL based class – Freshman Seminar while at Church Farm School. Church Farm School is an all-boys 9-12 boarding school located in Exton, PA. Brian’s passion aligns with the mission of CFS in serving underserved populations and leveling the playing field through affordable educational opportunities for deserving students.
is the Head of School at Center School. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland and a M.Ed. in Reading from Arcadia University. An educator and certified reading specialist with over 20 years of diverse experiences, she has served in many capacities including Assistant Head of School, Director of Education, full-time teacher, and private tutor in both public and private settings in a variety of locations such as Maryland, Virginia, California, Okinawa, Japan, and Pennsylvania. Mindy has experience teaching and guiding students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, visual and auditory processing disorders, executive functioning difficulties, and ADHD. Part of her role as the Head of School at Center School is to support and ensure the academic and social-emotional success of students with learning differences.
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March 13th Program - Delayed Start
The ADVIS/PAISBOA/SEPCHE program “
Building Independent School / University Partnerships for Better Teaching & Learning
” on Tuesday, March 13th, has an updated schedule – we are pushing back our start by 30 minutes to allow for additional travel time.
9:00-9:30 AM Registration and continental breakfast
9:30-11:00 AM Moderated Panel Discussion/Q&A With K-12 and University Leaders
11:15-12:30 PM Breakout Sessions I & 2
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch and Networking
1:30-2:45 PM Breakout Sessions 3 & 4
2:45 PM Reflection and Next Steps for Collaboration
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