Agenda March 17 2021-02-12T16:59:50+00:00

All times are listed in Eastern Time.

Wednesday, March 17

Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Meet the Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Keynote Address by Saul Flores

Introduction Keynote Speaker

Lysandra Alexander, J.D., Program Coordinator, Migrant Education Program, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Walk of the Immigrants

Saul Flores, Founder and Owner, LoveWalk, Raleigh, North Carolina

Saul Flores walked 5,328 miles through 10 countries to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico. The story of his journey, accompanied by a series of photographs, captures the essence of the people, communities, and cultures he encountered along the way.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Break

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Workshops

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the already difficult task of getting students to class on time every day. This presentation will discuss evidence-based strategies for engaging students in school, whether it is remote or in-person and tapping community resources to support students and families. Participants will be able to recognize barriers to attendance, such as health, transportation, and housing. This session will also discuss solutions to attendance obstacles.

Phyllis Jordan, Editorial Director, FutureEd, Washington, D.C.

Explore creativity and why it is important to bring your creative side to teaching. This workshop will examine ways educators can help students build a growth mindset and CREATE Relationships with students and their families. Participants will receive resources for student-led games and building creative confidence.

Cheri Sterman, Director, Education, Crayola, Easton, Pennsylvania

James Wells, Innovation Teaching and Learning Manager, Crayola, Memphis, Tennessee

Kailee Baylor, Marketing Associate for Crayola Education, Crayola, Easton, Pennsylvania

This interactive session is designed for participants to discuss in topical groups how leaders keep equity at the center of their decision making about student learning. Recorders and reporters from each group will capture and share out highlights when the whole group reconvenes, and all participants will leave with lots of ideas and potential thought-partners.

Susan Villani, Ed.D., Senior Program/Research Associate, WestEd, Woburn, Massachusetts

Debra Benitez, Ph.D., Director, Migrant Education Special Projects, WestEd, Sacramento, California

This workshop presentation will focus on developing current and future opportunities for girls to engage in STEM, service learning, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Current Pennsylvania research shows that girls are more likely to engage and build STEM skills (employability skills) through real and actionable activities that benefit their families and communities. Developing youth voice is key. Workshop participants will focus on access, equity, and ways to get girls involved in hands-on, community-centered activities, including virtual experiences. Presenter Winnie Black will share a host of professional development opportunities and resources for developing and maintaining girl-focused programs that lead to STEM careers.

Winnie Black, Ed.D., STEM Coordinator, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

This presentation will discuss new strategies for identification and recruitment in 2021. Participants will learn ways to use social media, print, and digital tools to help grow support for MEP that translates into more referrals from your community.

Jessica Castaneda, Director, IDRC Consortium, Fort Scott, Kansas

Planning for virtual summer programming? Discover strategies, techniques and tools that turn virtual summer learning into a success. This session is designed for individuals supporting middle school students and families, a unique group that requires a different approach to engagement. We will help you develop a strong game plan, enhanced, not hindered by technology or technology access, designed to limit summer learning loss.

Jennifer Conner, Director, Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning, Foundations, Inc., Mount Laurel, New Jersey

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Break

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Plenary Session

MEP Virtual Summer Camps: An Interstate Collaboration

The Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program has organized annual Summer STEM camps for more than two decades. When the COVID-19 pandemic dashed hopes for on-site services during the summer of 2020, Pennsylvania’s MEP staff collaborated with MEP coordinators in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, and Nebraska to bring together an interstate coalition of migrant students to participate in a STEM Virtual Summer Camp. A total of 100 migrant students from grades 6-12 enrolled and participated.

This session will focus on students’ virtual learning experiences and discuss how the camps provided migrant students with an appreciation for and interest in post-secondary education and career STEM opportunities.

Carlos Ojeda Jr., Creative Force and CEO, Cool Speak, the Youth Engagement Company, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Joyce M. Ramos Gomez de Avila, President, CAFÉ Creating and Facilitating Equality, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania