Wednesday, Dec. 9
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Coffee With Our Sponsors and Exhibitors
Meet sponsors and exhibitors virtually face-to-face. Each sponsor and exhibitor will be sharing information about their products and services.
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Concurrent Sessions
This workshop will focus on a training strategy to provide educators and administrators with the fundamentals of all-hazard planning, risk assessment, testing and implementation. This approach will emphasize the use of a self-assessment, tabletop exercises, and contextualized scenarios to enable “just in time” assessment for training customization and modification.
Presented by Duane Hagelgans, Associate Professor of Emergency Management, and Sepi Yalda, Director, Center for Disaster Research and Education, Millersville University, Millersville, Pa.
Recognizing that both SEL and bullying prevention initiatives can result in positive outcomes for students, understanding their connection and integrating both into schoolwide prevention is the focus of this session. SEL plays an important role within bullying prevention efforts and within SEL instruction, an intentional focus on bullying prevention is critical for student well-being. Participants will be actively involved as they learn strategies for strengthening SEL skills and reducing bullying.
Presented by June Jenkins, Training Coordinator, and Jan Urbanski, Director, Safe and Humane Schools, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
This workshop will discuss valuable skills and strategies to develop more meaningful connections with youth, colleagues and community members to amplify a positive school climate. By applying a strengths-based framework, participants will be able to improve school climate through student-adult connections, thereby strengthening each youth’s protective factors. Participants will also be able to serve as a catalyst in uniting and amplifying their school’s SEL and related activities and catapult impacts toward their goals.
Presented by Amy McDonald, School Counselor, Southeast Island School District, Thorne Bay, Alaska
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions
Cybersecurity of our nation’s education system has become a growing concern as malicious cyber actors actively target school’s information technology infrastructure, virtual learning platforms, school administration, educators and students. This workshop will discuss recent cybersecurity threats amongst virtual learning platforms as well as risks and vulnerabilities within IT infrastructure. It will also provide participants with cybersecurity best practices and resources to increase the school’s cybersecurity posture and mitigate cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities.
Presented by Jeremy Marroncelli, Cyber Defense Deputy Branch Chief, and Christine Pierce, Cyber Defense Branch Chief, Pennsylvania National Guard, Annville, Pa.
To aid in youth wellness and risk prevention, Sunrise of Philadelphia has applied the strengths-based approach of asset mapping to better support youth and build trust for a return to in-person programming. We will share this strategy for counterbalancing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the broader traumatic impact of COVID-19 by intentionally investing in protective factors as a way to build resilience among youth.
Presented by Marina Fradera, Trauma and Curriculum Specialist, Sunrise of Philadelphia, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.
Performance is at its best when we feel safe. As educators committed to the whole child, we must draw on our own social and emotional skills to recognize and develop our learners’ abilities to successfully navigate daily life hassles, challenges and a sense of safety at school. In this session, explore how stress and anxiety affects the body, which in turn affects everyone in the learning environment. Participants will experience research-validated strategies and hear about lessons learned from a program designed to increase community-wide social and emotional development, belongingness and sense of self in order to improve our sense of safety and foster self-regulation.
Presented by Anne Contreras, Director of Programs, and Michelle Kelsey Mitchell, Director of Partnerships, Pure Edge Foundation, Wilmington, N.C.
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Sponsor and Exhibitor Showcase and Break
Meet with sponsors and exhibitors of your choice, virtually face-to-face. Each exhibitor will have their own virtual room and will be able to answer questions and explain more about their products and services.
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions
Uncertainty and challenges always exist in the education environment and at times they are more acute than others. The rapid transformation of the digital landscape during the past year exacerbated feelings of uncertainty and demonstrated significant challenges to school communities. Technology brought the potential to collaborate and assist with establishing a new normal as remote learning became the norm, literally overnight. While there are demonstrated successes, many challenges arose — IT departments overwhelmed, budgets depleted, and some districts open or vulnerable to cyber incidents. At the same time, social media increased greater isolation, raised anxiety and fear, and increased the risk of extremist violence outreach to children. Goldenberg will discuss the intersection of technology, education and security in the context of the new normal.
Presented by Paul Goldenberg, Chairman and President, Cardinal Point Homeland Security Group, Jenkintown, Pa., Cynthia Miller, Professor, School of Education and School of Public Affairs, American University, Washington, D.C., and Brandon Pugh, Legislative Counsel, New Jersey General Assembly, Minority Office, Trenton, N.J., and moderated by Randy Fox, Director, Center for Safe Schools, Camp Hill, Pa.
This workshop will provide participants with an interactive way of understanding and explaining how stress affects children and lends itself to challenging behaviors. The impact of stress on the brain and nervous system will also be discussed. Individuals will leave the workshop with techniques that build and strengthen relationships, foster respect, teach children to solve problems and promote empathy and self-regulation.
Presented by Lauren Spigelmyer, Founder and Executive Director, The Behavior Hub, Baltimore, Md.
With youth mental health issues on the rise, effective behavioral supports are invaluable to prevent violence against self or others. COVID-19 brought added hardship to teens with isolation, illness or job loss. Youth are also processing racial violence and social upheaval. Emotional supports are more critical than ever. In this workshop, participants will learn about a successful, evidence-based system that has empowered 10,000 Philadelphia students using mindfulness, brain science, compassion and cultural awareness.
Presented by Amy Edelstein, Founder, Inner Strength Education, Philadelphia, Pa.