2021-22 PASA Webinar Series
“Education in a New Era”
(12:00 – 1:00 p.m.)
(12:00 – 1:00 p.m.)
The silver lining of the health and social crises that disrupted education as we knew it is the long-awaited opportunity to design authentic, student-centered, equity-focused programs, policies, and practices. The nine-part 2021-22 PASA Webinar Series will focus on the “redesign characteristics” identified by the national initiative, “An American Imperative: A New Vision for Public Schools.” Each webinar features a bright spot occurring within our Pennsylvania school districts. Some redesign characteristics are in the development stage and others are fully implemented. Participate in the entire series for an opportunity to learn and share with leaders across the Commonwealth. (Sessions will be recorded and shared with registrants.)
September 15: A Future-Driven Framework for Thriving After a Pandemic
The presentation will provide a framework for using the challenges faced by school districts during the pandemic to launch educational change aligned with AASA's Learning 2025 Report which focuses on the areas of: developing an equitable school culture that focusses on the whole child and ensures that no students are marginalized in the educational system; developing future-focused instructional methods and data collection systems for measuring and improving social, emotional, and cognitive growth; and ensuring that district and community resources are aligned with stated goals. Participants will receive materials and access to a slide deck template with resources that will allow them to make similar presentations tailored to the specific needs of their school districts.
David Christopher, Superintendent, Cumberland Valley SD
October 13: Creating a Community-Aligned Culture that Supports the Whole Learner
The Forest Hills School District is a semi-rural district snuggled in the Laurel Highlands. When reviewing the economic, social, and emotional issues that were challenging the students, their families, and the community, the district embraced a large-scale community-wide plan that truly showcases community engagement: a community helping the district and the district helping the community. Using The Pair of Aces Research, the district embarked upon a journey to leverage district and community resources and positioned the district to become the hub of the community. As a result, the district has greatly enhanced the learner’s experience and strengthened the community.
David Lehman, Superintendent. Forest Hills SD
November 17: No Learner Marginalized via Framing the Journey to Modern Learning
To this point, schools have been doing their best to prepare students based on what they felt an “average” student should know to be successful in the future. However, expectations for what students should know and be able to do are changing at an ever-increasing rate. To provide their graduates with an advantage, they are fostering transferable skills and dispositions that will serve them in any context so, even as the goalposts shift, their students will be able to adapt and thrive. To accomplish this, they are casting aside our notions of what the “average” Eastern York graduate should know. Going forward, the Eastern York educational experience will be designed for the edges, where all students will be provided opportunities to challenge themselves and grow in whatever direction they may choose with respect to their own unique interests and exceptional abilities. The quality of an Eastern York education will not be defined by our ability to raise averages but will be distinct in how it pursues its limits.
Joseph Mancuso, Superintendent. Eastern York SD
December 8: Cultivating an Equity-Focused Culture through Mindfulness: Working from the Inside Out
Mindfulness is a pathway to explore deeply embedded structural racism in our schools. Still, this journey can only begin when we start by exploring and understanding our own thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Identifying and dismantling racism is a process that requires deliberate strategies and actions. Mindful practices allow for openness and awareness of our thoughts and ideas without judgment. Self-awareness raises the potential to courageously and purposely begin the journey toward understanding, kindness and racial justice. Mindful practices can prepare fertile grounds for cultivating understanding and reconciliation.
Timothy J. Steinhauer, Superintendent. Mt. Lebanon SD
January 12: Accelerating Learning via a Mobile Fabrication Lab
Learn about how the Bucks County Intermediate Unit launched its Mobile Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab) to support its thirteen school districts in developing future-ready school cultures. In Bucks County, STEAM careers are among the most in-demand, especially those related to computer science and digital fabrication. The Mobile Fab Lab engages K-8 students in these topics as it takes up residence at schools for one-week visits throughout the school year. In this webinar, the Bucks IU team will share how they establish and model a future-ready culture and mindset.
Dr. Lindsey Sides, Supervisor of STEAM Education, and Dr. Rachel Holler, Director of Programs and Services, Bucks County I.U.
February 9: Developing Future-Ready Elementary Learners: Career Readiness through the Cultivation of Curiosity
The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) excels at innovative approaches, bringing brick and mortar ideas to the virtual learning community. Interest from school districts across Pennsylvania inspired the CCIU to develop an online/blended Career Readiness/STEM program for students at the K-5 level. This session will focus on the programming, methods, partnerships, approaches, and technology utilized to bring this idea to life, so students across the state have equal access to the same rigorous Career Readiness/STEM programs offered in traditional brick and mortar settings. All students deserve equitable access to learning opportunities, knowledge, and awareness regarding careers from the beginning of their educational journey. The role and goal of the CCIU is to spark curiosity in all students and promote career awareness and STEM pathways for all learners. In our pilot program offered this past school year, 20 participants (10 male and 10 female) had a successful and rich learning experience.
Dr. Mark Slider, Assistant Supervisor of Online Learning, Chester County I.U.
March 9: Developing the Whole Learner through a Trauma Sensitive and Equitable Culture: A Plan for the Middle School
This session will share the development of a middle school specific trauma and equity plan, and the challenges and successes of early implementation of the plan. Topics covered will include addressing school culture around trauma sensitivity, equitable practices, MTSS, student and family resources, restorative practices, and collaborative problem solving.
Chris Killinger, Director of Teaching and Learning, Governor Mifflin SD
April 13: Learners as Co-Authors of their Journeys: Student Voice and Choice via a High School Pathway Program
The Palisades School District has provided pathway program options for students for almost a decade. Since the inception of the first pathway, others have emerged based on the input and interests of our students. This presentation will describe the various pathway programs, how they began and how they are evolving, and how the district is integrating additional input and voice from stakeholders to meet the needs of the students and the greater community.
Dr. Bridget O'Connell, Superintendent, and Dr. Michael Donnelly, Assistant to the Superintendent for Educational Services and Principal of Tinicum Elementary School, Palisades SD
May 11: A Future-Driven High School: Blurring the Lines Between K-12 and Postsecondary Learning
The K-12+ partnership between the Bloomsburg Area School District and Luzerne Community College provides opportunity and access for students to earn associate’s degrees in general studies, as well as academic and vocational disciplines, free of charge for the students’ and their families. What separated this program from similar approaches is the innovative partnership of district administration, union leadership, and the school board to create and sustain multiple pathways for students of diverse skills and abilities to access future ready learning options. In our web series presentation, we will provide an overview of the features and benefits of the learning pathways for our students, detail how the district finances the model, explain why the leveraging of resources is cost effective and creates community value, and discuss the importance of the partnership with our teachers in growing and developing the program. We will touch on positives and pitfalls to date.
Donald Wheeler, Superintendent, Bloomsburg Area SD
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$270 PASA members
$39 PASA members
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