Wednesday, April 10
Lunch on Your Own
11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Registration and Exhibit Area Open
12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | General Session
Both Parent and Teen Wellness Circle Programs are based on the idea that each individual already knows what they need to work on to create a good life for themselves, and in the case of a parent, their family. However, they do need the support of a positive facilitator and peers as they work to take the steps to get there. These wellness programs help parents and teens design the changes they are ready to make to enhance their own well-being, create concrete NEXT Steps, and help build a system of support for them. Participants will learn how to run both Parent and Teen Wellness Circles, learn about motivational interviewing and the stages of change, and be given the materials needed to facilitate such a group.
Presented by D. Scott Stoner, Co-Director, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation, Glendale, Wis. and Holly Hughes Stoner, Co-Director, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation, Glendale, Wis.
Thursday, April 11
Breakfast on Your Own
7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Registration and Exhibit Area Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. | Walk-in Mindful Minute
Explore quick, simple mindfulness techniques with Holly Keich, owner of OM Baby Pregnancy and Parenting Center in Camp Hill, Pa., that you can incorporate easily in your daily life. Stop in and set your intention for the day, enjoy playful activities, learn what it means to take a deep breath, fill yourself with gratitude, or simply give yourself a morning break. You will learn tips and tricks you can use for yourself or share with your clients that just might change your life.
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
Emily Read Daniels, Founder, HERE this NOW, Hancock, N.H.
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and childhood trauma can have a profound impact on the developing brain and body. Unmitigated ACEs and trauma are significant contributors to mental and physical illness as well as substance misuse. Moreover, they shape human behavior. In this keynote address, participants will gain a foundational understanding of landmark ACEs study, the corroborating neuroscience and the Polyvagal Theory of human behavior.
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Exhibit Exploration
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | General Session
It has long been thought that DNA defines destiny. For example, if your mother had anxiety, you were more likely to inherit the genes associated with anxiety and therefore suffer from anxiety regardless of your lived experience. The emerging field of epigenetics is challenging this notion and helping researchers understand the malleable nature of gene expression. The field gives hope to the idea of cultivating biologically based resilience in order to interrupt familial patterns of physical illness, mental illness and addiction. Participants will gain an understanding of the work of Rachel Yehuda, how the concept of epigenetics applies to the populations they serve, and how to encourage the use of body-based forms of self-regulation as a means of interrupting intergenerational cycles of abuse and neglect.
Presented by Emily Read Daniels, Founder, HERE this NOW, Hancock, N.H.
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Lunch on Your Own
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Workshops
Pregnancy, parenting, and homelessness put youth at significant risk of dropping out of high school. Lack of a high school degree, in turn, is significantly correlated with homelessness: new research finds that youth without a high school diploma or GED are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness; that youth who are pregnant or parenting are three times more likely to experience homelessness; and that more than one in three unmarried homeless young women is pregnant or parenting. Helping young parents graduate from high school and making sure that their children participate in quality early care programs are essential to preventing future homelessness and promoting long-term economic independence. This session will provide an overview of educational protections and services for homeless young parents and their children, and highlight successful strategies at the state and local level.
Presented by Katie Brown, Program Manager, National Homeless Student Campaign, SchoolHouse Connection, Washington, D.C.
In this session, participants will discover ways to utilize mindfulness and yoga for pregnant women and their partners. Explore how these tools can be used to foster connections with babies after birth. Be inspired to utilize these techniques with teens to help ease anxiety, build self-awareness and emotional resilience, giving them tools to not only cope with the daily stressors of life as a teen parent, but also to feel empowered to thrive in their new role.
Presented by Holly Keich, Owner, OM Baby Pregnancy and Parenting Center, Camp Hill, Pa.
This session will cover some background and statistics associated with the opioid crisis in order to provide insight into the global extent of the problem. We will discuss what addiction is, what it is not, and the specific symptoms of opioid use disorders, including warning signs and relapse factors. We will discuss treatment options to support those in need to seek help to obtain and maintain recovery.
Presented by Kate Appleman, Senior Clinical Director of Men’s Treatment, Caron Treatment Centers, Wernersville, Pa.
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Exhibit Exploration
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Workshops
Using the best practices from the fields of positive psychology, appreciative inquiry, neuroleadership, communication, mindfulness and organizational behavior to build collaborative and productive organizations, we help individuals and teams develop communication habits that build psychological safety and awareness, strengthen relationships, authenticity, congruence and improve motivation, accountability and employee engagement.
Presented by Sarah Colantonio, Partner, Work Wisdom LLC, Lancaster, Pa.
Caring for their babies and children is the most important thing your students can do! In the long run, they will not be able to do it well without the education that allows them to hold permanent jobs with decent incomes. Learn how to work with students, their families, and schools to foster positive relationships, break down the barriers to school attendance, and be the strong but gentle arm that guides them to school each day. The session will provide information on the economic benefits of a high school degree, the importance of relationships, total absences vs. unexcused absences or truancy, practices schools can be encouraged to adopt, methods and frequency of attendance monitoring, and teaching self-advocacy.
Presented by Jodi Heilbrunn, Co-Director, National Center for School Engagement, Boulder, Colo.
Did you know that Title IX protects pregnant and parenting students from discrimination? Many people do not realize that the law ensures that these students have the same rights to continue and finish their high school or college education as other students. Yet many schools continue to discriminate against pregnant and parenting students by placing them in separate, often subpar academic programs; enacting policies that treat them differently from other students with medical conditions; and preventing them from participating in afterschool activities. After this session, participants will recognize legal rights of their students, help identify incidents of discrimination or harassment, and advocate for students who have or are experiencing any form of Title IX violation.
Presented by Kelli Garcia, Director of Reproductive Justice Initiatives and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center, Washington, D.C.
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Exhibit Exploration
4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Cyber School Social
Mingle, share, network and connect with representatives from Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools and your ELECT colleagues during this informal reception. Identify ways that ELECT programs and cyber school staff can work together to ensure all pregnant and parenting students are provided quality support services and a greater opportunity for achievement and success.
Friday, April 12
Breakfast on Your Own
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Registration and Exhibit Area Open
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Workshops
This hands-on session will provide training and support in some challenging aspects of Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS) and Education Leading to Employment and Career Training (ELECT) data entry. Questions provided prior to the session as well as those raised during the presentation will be answered. Participants will be able to view examples of individual student situations and learn how to enter specific information.
Presented by Winnie Black, ELECT Data Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, Pa. and Morgan Williams-Fake, Human Services Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Harrisburg, Pa.
Young people might show up to your programs during the school year, but once school is out you are competing with work schedules, summer school, family time and vacations. There are specific practices and strategies you can put into place to increase the likelihood that young people will attend your summer events and activities, as well as keep them engaged throughout the summer months, which will help improve retention and mitigate summer learning loss. Participants will leave this session with an action plan to make their summer events fun and engaging for the young people they work with.
Presented by Josephine Russo, Director of Member Success, Algorhythm, Philadelphia, Pa.
“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I will succeed.” In this interactive workshop, participants will work together to build strong developmental building blocks that can make a lasting impact on their students – current and future parents. The presenters will provide participants with readily available hands-on resources, aligned with ELECT five key outcomes. During the workshop, participants will create their own building blocks related to the topics prenatal, learning through play and early literacy. Participants will explore and experience several strategies to engage students, and at the end of the workshop, will have a presentation and resources that can be implemented right away.
Presented by Lysandra Alexander, Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pa. and Fianne van Schaaik, Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pa.
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Exhibit Exploration
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | State Update and Conclusion