Agenda March 18 2021-02-12T17:00:35+00:00

All times are listed in Eastern Time.

Thursday, March 18

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. | Workshops

Did you know students have a 75% chance of dropping out of school if they miss two or more days of school a month, or if their behavior is interfering with school success, or if they fail English Language Arts or math? This session provides an overview of the benefits of using an Early Warning System (EWS), introduces a user-friendly data team meeting protocol, and identifies evidence-based practices to support students who are off-track for graduation.

Laura Moran, Ph.D., Educational Consultant, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

There is an alarming number of first-generation college students dropping out of college after freshman year, including those from migrant, refugee, and farm working families. Most educators attribute it to a lack of college skills and preparation. Come and learn what these skills are, how to help your students get them, and what we are doing in Pennsylvania and New York. We will discuss in detail the students’ educational options, access and opportunity programs, standardized tests, and extra support available in most higher education institutions. We will also give you a list of activities and free resources that you could start implementing right away.

Pathy Leiva, Director of Access and Opportunity Programs (EOP, CAMP and ACE), College Assistance Migrant Program, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, New York

Jenny Hernandez, College Assistance Migrant Program Director, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania

COVID-19 has impacted Identification and Recruitment (ID&R) efforts in the Migrant Education Program (MEP). Many MEPs have been creative and adapted their ID&R efforts to be able to successfully identify and recruit students during the pandemic. ESCORT staff will review the Certificate of Eligibility protocols and ID&R techniques MEPs have used during the pandemic.

Lupi Ginn, Senior ID&R Trainer, ESCORT, Tampa, Florida

Matt Flaherty, Education Specialist, ESCORT, Barre, Vermont

Students have powerful ideas, capable of impacting their communities using math and science, yet students often learn math and science without a meaningful purpose and academic identity. The Coding with a Purpose workshop focuses on teaching STEM and coding through the application of experiential learning and culturally relevant pedagogy that creates empowering experiences for students in math and science.

Nicholas Bell, Co-Founder, BRAIN STEM, West Chester, Pennsylvania

This session covers the important components of free Appropriate Public Education requirements for students with disabilities and will discuss ways of facilitating family engagement and understand the requirements for monitoring student progress.

David Bateman, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Too often, culture is conceptualized as visible, static, and singular. This often leads educators to problematically implement Culturally Responsive Teaching as decorations and diversity nights that are rooted in broad-strokes generalizations about culture as a place-based phenomenon without intentional focus on individuals within cultural groups. Reconceptualizing culture as a cognitive filter through which individuals have come to see, know, and be in the world allows us to design learning spaces that truly attend to diverse ways of sensemaking. In this workshop, participants will explore language-rich practices that open up the learning space and invite students to leverage their cultural funds of knowledge to build schema, share insights, and engage in authentic inquiry and dialogue.

Andrea Kolb, Statewide Multilingual Education Project Manager, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Break

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Keynote Address by Dolores Huerta


Jose Reyes-Lua, Statewide Migrant Education Recruitment Managing Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Together, We Can Make a Difference

Dolores Huerta, Founder and President, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Bakersfield, California

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for more than 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. In 2002, she established the Dolores Huerta Foundation and connects groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements focusing on voter registration, educational reform, infrastructure improvements in low-income communities, and LGBT advocacy.

5:00 p.m. | Virtual Exhibit Hall Closes