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June 2016 Policy and Practice Institute

15th Annual Policy and Practice Institute: Delaware’s Conference on Public Education

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Presented by the Delaware Academy for School Leadership, the Delaware Association of School Administrators, and the Delaware State Education Association

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Session descriptions are listed below:

Breakout Strand 1

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session A – Technology for Tomorrow

Presenters: Ry Culver, Justin Comegys

Description: As more technology and blending learning strategies are brought into our school too often the professional development is not easily implemented. We aim to provide administrators and teacher leaders with a bank of pedagogically strong digital strategies that can be implemented into classrooms immediately. The instructors will explain how technology does not need to be overwhelming and that strong pedagogical practices can be easily integrated using technology. Then participants will receive ten technology based strategies that can be implemented tomorrow.


Session B – Growth Mindset in a Math Classroom

Presenters: Tara Faircloth, Jeani Preszler, Kerri Carr

Description: Do you think some people are just good at math while others are not? Think again. Learn the importance of having a growth mindset and why it’s important to celebrate mistakes when learning.


Session C – DSBA Annual Meeting of Board Members

Presenter: John W. Marinucci

Description: The DSBA by-laws require we conduct an annual meeting in which all board members are invited to attend. The annual meeting of the DSBA membership conducts regular business to include the election of the next years’ officers This meeting will be scheduled to consume 2 break-out sessions in the afternoon.


Session D – Helping Students Learn: The Promise of Trauma Informed Schools

Presenter: Deb Stevens

Description: This session explores the causes and impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) on students and their ability to learn. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about ACE’s, assess their own ACE’s score, look at promising strategies being implemented in schools, and discuss what next steps would look like for implementing such strategies in their schools.


Session E – Understanding of ELs: What Education Leaders Need to Know and Look For

Presenter: Marisa Hockman

Description: Participants will be engaged in an interactive workshop session that will highlight ELs in terms of their differing proficiency levels and what students typically “Can Do” at each of these levels. Additionally, participants will gain a better sense of the instructional strategies they can “look for” in classrooms that effectively support ELs.


Session F – The Brain Architecture Game

Presenters: Kirsten Olson, Eliza Hirst

Description: This hands-on session will require educators to team up to build brains in groups of 4-6 people. The brain architecture game enhances educators’ understanding the science of early brain development—what promotes it, what derails it, and what are the consequences for society. By understanding how formative experiences shape the brain, educators will have a better sense of how trauma changes brain development and opportunities for learning.


Session G – How a District Wide Common Assessment Cycle Can Drive Instruction

Presenters: Corey Miklus, Susan Harrison, Kelly Hageman, Becky Neubert, Carol Leveillee, Krissy Jennette

Description: This session will be delivered through a PPT as well as from handouts. Samples of district calendars, assessment cycles, artifacts, etc will be used with the group to demonstrate how this can be replicated back in their district.


Session H – Introduction to Creating a Trauma Sensitive School

Presenter: Roselynn Burke

Description: The session will be delivered through power point slides, videos, discussions and hands-on activities. The session will be delivered with the following objectives in mind: understanding trauma and resilience, learn about how trauma affects the brain, ideas about trauma sensitive practices in schools, and how to develop a trauma informed vision for your school. The session will also be delivered at an introductory level to this information.


Session I – CTE in the First State 

Presenter: Luke Rhine

Description: The Delaware Pathways initiative links education and workforce development efforts and provides opportunities for youth to gain work experiences aligned to career goals. Learn about the critical role that CTE plays in this public-private partnership and how career pathways align with academic and technical knowledge, creating multiple entry and exit points for students.


Session J – Included with the End in Mind 

Presenter: Amy M. Pleet-Odle

Description: Secondary school leaders are frustrated by the widening performance gaps for students receiving special education services. The problem is bigger than state tests. National research reveals that these youth are also he least likely to succeed in college and careers. I believe we can’t remedy those issues until we can clearly articulate the role of the special educator. I will share my integrated approach to professional development as described in my new book, Included with the End in Mind and Collaborative Teaching professional development e-course, which incorporate evidence-based strategies for collaboration, effective inclusive instruction, youth empowerment, and family engagement. Results from my 2016-17 pilot professional development at Laurel Middle School will also be shared.




Breakout Strand 2

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Session K- “It was eye-opening”: Integrating Multiple Data-Based Initiatives to Build Tiered Behavioral Support 

Presenter: Wendy Johns

Description: Audience will be able to: 1. Identify existing initiatives that complement and can be integrated into the current PBIS structure. 2. Understand how to utilize school-climate survey and evaluation data to integrate systems and create change at a building and/or district-level. 3. Create a flowchart to map out tiered behavioral supports and all initiatives that support it.


Session L – CBOC – District Education Finance Training

Presenters: TBD

Description: Delaware code requires all school board members to receive education finance training. This training is the responsibility of Delaware DOE, however, the DSBA assists with scheduling and administering it.


Session M – Education Finance training CBOC – Charter Schools

Presenters: TBD

Description: Same as ed finances training for Districts but with a charter school focus. The statutorily required DOE CBOC training is different for charter board members than traditional school district board members.


Session N – 1:1 Technology Programs:  It’s Not Just About Handing Students a Device

Presenters: Nikki Miller, Sue McKone

Description: Cape Henlopen High School students who graduate in the year 2018 will only have known having their own Cape issued iPad in high school. The implementation has occurred and we will be entering our fourth year of the 1:1 program. Come hear the lessons learned during early implementation and progress that we have made.


Session O – The Human Side of Leadership

Presenters: Amy Grundy, Harold Shaw 

Description: Participants will distinguish the difference between school climate and school culture. Participants will reflect and engage in conversation designed to provoke ideas to shape and enhance the current climate and culture at their school. Participants will identify concrete action steps they can implement as they plan for the new school year. A presentation and companion note-taker/reflection sheet will guide the presentation and conversation.


Session P – Schoology is more than an Learning Management System

Presenter: Doug Timm

Description: The session will be delivered from within the Schoology platform. Attendees will be set up as students in a course and eventually as admins so that they can see tips and trick on using the platform. With 3 years in the platform, my experience and failures will be shared to push people’s thinking about the platform and it’s uses.


Session Q – Advanced Placement for All:  How to Identify the Talent in Your School

Presenters: Jason Peel,Shawn Snyder, Renae Worley, Gretchen Pikus, Seth Buford

Description: Milford School District leaders will share how they have shaped a process for increasing student enrollment in AP and Dual Enrollment opportunities. From 2015-2016, the Milford High School has seen a growth of 50% in the number of students who participate in AP, a 60% increase in the total number of exams taken by students, and a 40% increase in the number of students who score a 3+ on the AP exams. The process for identifying students for these opportunities along with a structure of supporting students in these courses will be shared.


Session R – Trauma, Toxic Stress, and the Impact on Learning

Presenters: Eliza Hirst and Michele Marinucci

Description: Youth who have experienced trauma often have very poor education outcomes. By understanding brain science, how trauma and toxic stress impact the developing brain, and tools to engage students at risk and support staff, participants will enhance education outcomes and have a better understanding of how to connect and engage youth with challenges.


Session S – The Power of Performance Monitoring 

Presenters: Shawn Larrimore, Rick Evans, Ashley Giska

Description: Attendees of The Power of Performance Monitoring will learn how to implement an internal system to easily organize, monitor, and analyze key concepts of school and district turnaround: College & Career Readiness, Teaching & Learning, Climate & Culture, Talent Management & Development, and School Leadership. Attendees will also have access to a digital copy of Laurel’s Performance Monitoring template.


Session T – Using Google/Schoology for Essential School Functions

Presenters: Ryan Fuller, Karen Clifton

Description: Using Google and Schoology with students starts with effective use by the administrative team modeling use with teachers and supporting staff professional learning. The use of Google and Schoology is fully established at PHS and these tools are used for master scheduling, leadership functions, curriculum development, professional learning, staff collaboration, and accountability. This session will focus on assessing the audience and providing strategies for basic and/or advanced use in a secondary building.


Session U – Measuring College Readiness

Presenters: Evelyn A. Edney, Ed.D. ,Brenda Dorrell, Department of Education

Description: This session will show how the Early College High School at Delaware State University created a rubric to measure college readiness looking at the whole in students and how Performance Plus helped to computerize the tool for ease of use and creating excellent data points.


Session V – Science Walk-throughs: How Should School Leaders Prepare?

Presenter: Rhonda Banks, Ed.D.

Description: School leaders and interested science professionals will first generate a “walk-through’ definition and create key look fors in all content walk-throughs. After some NGSS training, participants will develop key look fors that are vital during science instruction… and then, craft a science walk-through tool. This interactive, innovative session will be delivered by Power Point and participant folders. (I am emailing Sharon Brittingham and Alison Dubinksi my presentation folder to view documents.)


Session W – Social and Emotional Learning: What’s Underway and What’s Next for Delaware Students and Educators?

Presenter: Neil Kirschling

Description: This session will bring educators together to discuss data, share practices, and brainstorm strategies for social and emotional learning (SEL), or in other words, helping students develop the understanding, strategies and skills that support a positive sense of self, promote respectful relationships and build student capacity to recognize and manage their own emotions and make responsible decisions. This session will begin with an introduction that defines key terms/definitions and dispels myths related to social and emotional learning (SEL). We will also gauges participants’ levels of knowledge, interest and involvement in the topic. Next we will present the results from a statewide survey the Rodel Teacher Council (RTC) that gauges educator knowledge of, beliefs about, and attitudes toward social and emotional learning. We will present what Delaware educator think and feel about SEL, and what they think needs to happen in order for more students to develop social and emotional skills. We will close with a facilitated discussion or exercise.


Session X – Included with the End in Mind

Presenter: Amy M. Pleet-Odle

Description: Secondary school leaders are frustrated by the widening performance gaps for students receiving special education services. The problem is bigger than state tests. National research reveals that these youth are also he least likely to succeed in college and careers. I believe we can’t remedy those issues until we can clearly articulate the role of the special educator. I will share my integrated approach to professional development as described in my new book, Included with the End in Mind and Collaborative Teaching professional development e-course, which incorporate evidence-based strategies for collaboration, effective inclusive instruction, youth empowerment, and family engagement. Results from my 2016-17 pilot professional development at Laurel Middle School will also be shared.



Breakout Strand 3

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session Y – Reducing Student Dropout Rates and Improving Graduation Rates

Presenter: Merv Daugherty

Description: Find out how RCCSD has implemented a K-12 dropout prevention initiative starting in 2011 to improve attendance, reduce discipline/suspensions referral, reduce retention, lower the dropout rate and improve graduation rates.

Session Z – Using Google Forms to Facilitate Data Conversations.

Presenters: Tracy Hudson/Rhonda Banks/James Wheatley/Mike Feldman

Description: The session will go over our recent success at Positive Outcomes Charter School in utilizing google forms to facilitate data conversations with teachers and PD organizers. Participants will observe our findings and learn how to create quick google forms that show aggregate and individual data at no cost. Participants will then brainstorm in ways that they can use this free technology in their own districts and share out.


Session AA – Special Education Due Process Training

Presenter: TBD

Description: Delaware Code requires special education due process training for all board members – both charter and traditional districts. This training is the responsibility of DOE but the DSBA assists with the scheduling and administration.

Session AB – Building Leadership Capacity In Your Building

Presenters: Todd Simpson, Virginia Abate

Description: This session will highlight how to utilize the growth mindset model in order to build leadership capacity within the public school setting. With real-world examples from a specialized school in Delaware as well as action research from the field, participants will engage in dynamic group discussions as well as small group rotations. Participants will leave the session with an action plan able to be implemented promoting systems thinking to foster change.

Session AC – #GoOpen-How to Identify, Vett, and Leverage OER’s

Presenters: Pete Leida, Sherrie Clark

Description: This session will provide an overview of the role of Open Educational Resources (OER’s) and how they can be used to create dynamic, student-focused lessons for students. Participants will: Learn the components of an OER Develop an understanding of the role of OER’s in a dynamic curriculum Discuss ways to evaluate OER’s Discuss the role of Creative Commons in using OER’s

Session AD – How Can We Provide More Work-based Learning Experiences for Delaware Students?

Presenter: Paul T. Morris, Jr.

Description: Work-based learning activities improve students’ knowledge of career options and provide exposure to workforce opportunities while a student is still in school. These activities may begin with site visits and guest speakers and can expand to include the use of online platforms, job shadowing, mock interviews, and internships. These experiences can help students plan their courses of study and define the knowledge and skills needed to enter a career in that field. This session will discuss the role of DTCC as a workforce intermediary, and how we will work with businesses and schools to provide work-based opportunities for all Delaware students.

Session AE – Up Close and Personal:  Delaware Youth with Disabilities Tell Us What’s On Their Minds

Presenters: George P. Tilson, Ed.D., Dale Matusevich, DOE Exceptional Children Resources; Lisa Stoner-Torbert, DOE Career & Technical Education; and 2 students

Description: In Delaware, educators have long been committed to serving diverse learners including those with disabilities. Yet post high school outcomes for these youth still lag significantly behind those of their peers without disabilities. Why the conundrum? In this session, attendees will hear insights from several experts in our State: youth leaders with disabilities.

Session AF – 5 Cs of Professional Dialogue

Presenters: Joe Jones & TJ Vari

Description: As leaders it’s critical that we focus on the growth of others and on our own. This means that the organization’s core values are present in all of our actions, and the communication structure ensures that the values are clear in our daily work. This session will cover 5 Cs of professional dialogue. Participants will walk away with a deliverable.

Session AG – Meeting the Social Emotional Needs of Your Students

Presenters: Michele Marinucci ,Woodbridge team members

Description: This will be a presentation style delivery with specific steps and strategies taken for a district wide implementation of trauma informed practices. The goal will be for attendees to gain insight and ideas for implementation.

Session AH – Language to Empower 

Presenter: Gina Castelli 

Description: In this session all educators will get a taste of how their language can empower students in social, emotional and academic skills. They will receive ideas that will broaden their current thinking and practice but also learn real world application.

Session AI – School Counseling

Presenters: Jennifer Davis, Dr. Stephanie LoBiondo

Description: Attendees will gain a better understanding of the important role school counselors play in their building. Presenters will review how the role of the school counselor has changed over the years, the components of the ASCA National Model that guides the development of a school counselor’s program and how to maximize the use of their school counselor to impact their school’s academic, attendance and school climate/discipline data.

Session AJ – Understanding the Barriers to College Success for Delaware Students

Presenter: Shana Payne 

Description: Delaware releases an annual report on the college remediation rates for Delaware students enrolling in college. Since the initial report in 2015, we have seen a 3 point drop in remediation rates. The report identifies action areas and essential questions for district and school administrators to consider as they seek to ensure more students achieve college readiness before high school graduation. This will be a presentation with open discussion.


Session AK – Identifying Evidence-based Interventions for School Improvement Planning Under ESSA

Presenter: Elizabeth Farley-Ripple

Description: This session, sponsored jointly by UD’s Center for Research Use in Education and the Partnership for Public Education, focuses on identifying evidence-based programs and practices in key improvement areas: social-emotional learning, literacy, mathematics, inclusion, and meeting the needs of English Language Learners. The session will begin with a review of ESSA requirements for school improvement planning and will continue in small group content-focused discussions facilitated by UD researchers and professional developers. Group conversations will focus on how to identify evidence-based interventions/practices in each area, including: a) What are available resources? b) What are some guidelines for evaluating interventions/practices that might be appropriate for improvement planning? and c) Examples of evidence-base practices/interventions at different tiers.





If you have any questions regarding the conference or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alison Dubinski at 302-500-7033 or ald@udel.edu.


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