AGENDA 2020-04-08T18:17:14+00:00

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8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Opening Remarks and Keynote Address

Opening remarks by Lisa Lockwood, ELECT Program Officer, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pa.

Giving a Fish a Bath: The Untold Story of the Adolescent Mind

Frank J. Kros, MSW, J.D., Presenter, Transformation Education Institute, and President, Kros Learning Group, Baltimore, Md.

Recent discoveries in neuroscience offer exciting insights into how adolescent brains work and what special “brain-based” challenges they face as they mature. Learn about why teens are especially vulnerable to drug use, depression and high-risk peer influences as well as proactive measures you can take to minimize adolescents’ exposure to these dangers.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. | Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. | Concurrent Sessions

Chutes and Ladders – Communication Strategies for the Co-Regulation of Emotion

Nearly everyone is familiar with the iconic children’s board game called Chutes & Ladders. Using this metaphor, the presenter will discuss communication strategies in which caregivers can co-regulate the emotional response to stress while strengthening feelings of security and simultaneously facilitating reflective dialogue to promote higher order social and emotional learning in the children and adults with whom they interact. Practical skills including affect matching, interactive repair including Chutes and Ladders and the 5 A’s, as well as playful and patient participation, announcing acceptance, curious conversations, and enthusiastic empathy. Challenges for individuals with trauma, attachment insecurity and other special needs will be explored. Participants will learn about the role of shame in creating barriers to social learning and potential detours towards dysfunction.

Caren Rosser-Morris, Consulting Clinical Psychologist, Pennsylvania Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health Services, Harrisburg, Pa.

How to Speak Up

Have you ever found yourself in the uncomfortable circumstance where someone, a student, parent or colleague, uses biased language or stereotypes in your program or school? This session, based on a publication from Teaching Tolerance, is designed for educators and student-serving professionals who want to develop the skills to speak up themselves, and who want to help their students and youth they serve find the courage to speak up, too. When someone makes a biased statement, we must act quickly! Using video scenarios, participants will learn to use four techniques – interrupt, question, educate and echo – to respond to biased language in the moment, from any source, in any situation.

Michelle Nutter, Education and Outreach Program Manager, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Harrisburg, Pa.

Shaping Young Minds: Building Resilience in the Adolescent Brain

This session is a continuation of the keynote and offers seven essential strategies compatible with the strengths and opportunities available during this miraculous developmental period. If you have ever thought that the adolescent mind could not be understood, this session will arm you with the latest insights and information on knowing and empowering the young adult brain.

Frank J. Kros, MSW, J.D., Presenter, Transformation Education Institute, and President, Kros Learning Group, Baltimore, Md.

Together We Can: Co-Parenting for Expectant and Parenting Teens and Young Adults

To help keep young parents involved and engaged with their children, it is important for mothers and fathers to establish healthy co-parenting relationships. This session will describe different dimensions of co-parenting and will demonstrate how positive co-parenting can support parent and child wellbeing. Different types of co-parenting program approaches to consider when serving expectant and parenting teens and young adults will also be discussed.

Mindy Scott, Program Area Director, Reproductive Health and Family Formation, Child Trends, Bethesda, Md.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Remarks and Keynote Address

Remarks by Morgan Williams-Fake, Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Harrisburg, Pa.

When Kids Have Kids: Supporting Teen Dads

Daniel Singley, Ph.D., Director, Center for Men’s Excellence, San Diego, Calif.

Learn about the key psychosocial elements in teen males’ transition to fatherhood and men’s perinatal mental health. Examples of how fatherhood involvement impacts the family system will be explored, as well as evidence-based approaches to better engage teen fathers with perinatal services, their children, and partners during pregnancy and early parenthood.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. | Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions

The Art and Science of Engaging Fathers in Perinatal Programs

You will be presented with research on the importance of father involvement and participate in discussion related to father’s mental health and well-being. You will be given opportunities to reflect on current work in your own programs, while considering best practices and common barriers in father involvement and discussing ideas, tips and resources.

Daniel Singley, Ph.D., Director, Center for Men’s Excellence, San Diego, Calif.

Each Person is a Person of Worth: Presenting Sexual Health Education for ALL People

This interactive workshop will provide hands-on, self-advocate tested, techniques for teaching autistic and disabled individuals. The speaker has more than 30 years of experience serving this population and is the author of four books on the topic, including Nonnie Talks about Disability. The session will explore adapting common techniques to make them more user friendly, identity-centered language vs. person-centered language, and the vital role of self-advocates. Participants will leave with an increased awareness of the role of allies and accomplices in promoting sexual health.

Mary Jo Podgurski, Founder and President, Academy for Adolescent Health, Inc., Washington, Pa., and Kendle Haught, High School Senior, Washington, Pa.

From Policy to Practice: Ensuring Equitable Educational Access for English Learners

This session will overview districts’ responsibilities under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to ensure that English learners have equitable access to a meaningful educational experience. This includes access to all curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs. We will discuss students’ and parents’ rights to translation and interpretation services as well as the right to accept or refuse some or all of the specialized English language development supports offered by a school. Through application of policy to practice, particularly focused on students at the secondary level, we will explore possible pathways for high school English learner students to get to graduation in addition to exploring strategies for advocacy and collaboration.

Andrea Kolb, ELD Managing Coordinator/ESL, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, Pa.

Infant Milestones: Early Detection, Intervention of Motor Delays and Daily Tummy Time

Today, one in 40 births result in motor delay, which can affect a child’s ability to learn basic skills. Current research shows the greatest period of neuroplasticity occurs between 0-3 years of age. This session provides information to help empower participants’ further understanding of early detection, early intervention and the importance of tummy time. Participants will view footage of typically and atypically developing infants to see how observational methods can be used along with clips of what milestones infants should be meeting and short case studies that show how therapy and home programs helped improve the children’s conditions. Participants will walk away with games and activities to promote development and help with tummy time to share with parents and can begin after birth to help babies reach their full potential.

Felicia Kurkowski, Director of Project Development,, Chicago, Ill.

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. | Break

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. | State Update and Closing

State Update and Closing

Morgan Williams-Fake, Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Harrisburg, Pa., Andrew Hansrote, ELECT Fiscal Technician, and Lisa Lockwood, ELECT Program Officer, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pa., and Nichole Fisher, ELECT Program Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, Pa.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m | Program Coordinator Meeting