Topic 1: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Innovative Instructional Strategies for a Personalized Learning Mindset
Personalized learning, mass customized learning, and student-centered learning are important concepts in today’s education world because they focus on the needs and interests of the individual student. This session will explore a variety of innovative instructional strategies such as blended learning, problem/product/project-based learning, design thinking, the maker movement, flipped classrooms, and genius hour to provide practical suggestions on how to help actualize personalized learning for students. Educators will come away from the session with strategies and numerous targeted resources to help integrate these instructional approaches and technology to successfully build and cultivate personalized learning environments.
Presenter: Christopher Clayton, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Education Services, PSEA
Moderator: Rich Askey, Vice President, PSEA
Topic 2: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Classroom Strategies for Addressing Students Exhibiting Significant Behavioral Problems
Whether in a special education or general classroom environment, educators are increasingly experiencing challenges posed by students exhibiting significant behavioral problems. This session provides: (1) an overview of the causes contributing to the escalation of such problems (e.g., increased class size and/or inclusion without appropriate supports and training); (2) the types and characteristics of disabilities that may contribute to behavioral problems (e.g., intermittent explosive disorder); (3) requirements pertaining to the process for identifying such students under Section 504 of the IDEA; and (4) strategies for addressing behavioral problems in the classroom as well as the use of de-escalation, restraint, and seclusion.
Presenter: Leslie A. Collins, PSEA Staff Attorney, and Bernie Miller
Moderator: Jeffrey D. Ney, Treasurer, PSEA
NOTE: Please remember to provide your Professional ID number from PDE on the attendance sheet to expedite processing. Credit will not be given to late arrivals.