Topic 1: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Teachers leading in the age of ESSA
Often a very large gap exists between teachers and policymakers (school, district, and state-level) in the ways in which they communicate their expertise. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires stakeholder engagement at all levels of planning and implementation. Come and learn about ESSA in all of its facets including supports for educators and students as well as accountability requirements. Then work together with your colleagues to develop your personalized talking points around policy issues that are important to you and enhance your ability to communicate with policymakers around its implementation. Participants will walk away with their self-created talking points for that purpose.
Presenter: Bradley Hull, Ph.D., Director for Education Services, PSEA
Moderator: Rich Askey, Vice President, PSEA
Topic 2: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
When teachers get mindfulness training, students win
Mindfulness is an important and growing topic in education research and practice. Among its many benefits, it can help us and our students respond to events and challenges in a calmer manner and attend to the present moment in a kind and nonjudgmental way. It is a life skill that promotes concentration, resilience, and overall well-being and provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. This session will provide participants with research-based knowledge of mindfulness in an education setting, fundamental skills, and resources to embark on their own mindfulness practice, and suggestions on how to utilize the practice of mindfulness with students. Additionally, come and experience for yourself the benefits of mindfulness practice.
Presenter: Jesse Gluckman and Susan Magoni, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit
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.