Agenda March 16 2021-02-23T15:16:21+00:00

All times are listed in Eastern Time.

Tuesday, March 16

8:00 a.m. | Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Keynote Address by John Quiñones

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Carmen M. Medina, Chief, Division of Student Services, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Lisa Gillette, Director, Office of Migrant Education, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

What Would You Do? Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing

John Quiñones, TV News Anchor and Host of “What Would You DO?,” APB, Newton, Massachusetts

Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Break

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Workshops

Please join Laura Fridirici, Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Career Readiness Advisor, and Tara Loew, Director of the Apprenticeship and Training Office for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, as they illustrate cross-agency collaboration through their programs. Laura Fridirici will share how the collective impact model of the Career Ready PA Coalition provides equitable access to effective workforce training and career pathways for all learners, aligned to workforce needs and departmental workforce readiness initiatives. Learn how to utilize resources for career and work-based learning for Future Ready PA, including industry credentials, internships, and pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeships. Tara Loew will introduce the benefits of choosing Registered Apprenticeship as a viable workforce development solution for educators, employers, and jobseekers alike, as well as discuss the resources available to develop a program.

Laura Fridirici, Career Readiness Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Tara Loew, Director, Apprenticeship and Training Office, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Recruitment of agricultural workers and their families is challenging. There are many barriers between outreach staff, researchers, education specialists, promotoras, and other resource groups. One method of recruiting agricultural workers is directly through their employer. This presentation hopes to engage viewers in evaluating interactions with agricultural producers and workers, specifically conducting outreach during this pandemic.

Anabel Rodriguez, Ph.D., Research Occupational Epidemiologist, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, San Antonio, Texas

COVID-19 school closures have redefined relationships between families and schools. We need skills and resources to build strong partnerships as we move forward, particularly with our English learners, migrant, immigrant, and refugee families. This training is for teachers, counselors, student support specialists, family engagement staff, and anyone else looking for strategies to support their work in this area.

Laura Gardner, Founder, Immigrant Connections, Washington, D.C.

The importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) is at an all-time high, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. National, state, and local parks provide social distancing as well as key opportunities to develop SEL traits in our youth. In this session, participants will learn how to integrate parks into their summer programming, explore ways to increase SEL development through outdoor activities, and discuss activities that can be easily implemented into their summer programs.

Alicia Copeland, Director of Youth Programs, Parks and People Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland

Do you use a tablet or laptop for your work with the Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program? This workshop will go over Tablet MIS2000 basics, proper upload procedures, data requirements, basic reporting, and a few tips to make MIS2000 work better for you. This will include hands-on practice time.

This session is mandatory for any Pennsylvania MEP staff that have been with the program less than one year or have been recommended for this session by a project manager.

Elizabeth Weaver-Ronk, Senior Systems and Data Analyst Coordinator, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Milton, Pennsylvania

Vaughn Murray, Education Programs Information Technology Manager, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Milton, Pennsylvania

Thomas Naugle, Senior Technology Consultant, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Milton, Pennsylvania

Nicole Lady, Migrant Technology Support Specialist, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Milton, Pennsylvania

Families play an important role in young children’s math learning. Educators can provide resources and ideas to enhance family math engagement in ways that are both enjoyable for families and effective in developing early math skills. In this session, we will examine the ways in which families support early math learning. We will then discuss ideas for making connections between math at home and school and ways to communicate with families about early math learning.

Sarah Eason, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Break

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Workshops

COVID-19 as a collective trauma has affected everyone’s stress level. When you are functioning in survival mode it is hard to be able to support children and families. You need to be emotionally strong and available to everyone who counts on you and your organization. This session is intended to help you understand yourself, the children, and their families so that you can better meet their needs and create an environment that allows them to feel safe and thrive.

Barbara Kaiser, Early Childhood Educator and Author, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada

As the 2020 COVID-19 crisis unfolded, school administrators and teachers were suddenly “invited” into the homes of the children they teach. For the first time for many school personnel, they not only met with the child but also siblings, parents, extended family and community members — on an almost daily basis. This presentation provides information on “home-work,” both directed from the school and independent of the school curriculum.

Kathy Fox, Ph.D., Professor, Watson College of Education, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina

Much has been presented on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma. This workshop will go beyond, focusing on evidence-based practices to use with youth experiencing trauma. Strategies such as Connect, then Redirect, SIFTing, and Co-Regulation will be discussed and practiced. Participants will be able to model these strategies, so youth can rise above their circumstances in times of stress and adversity. Participants will also learn how to nurture resilience in youth.

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

Tracie Kalic, Director, Instructional Services for Out-of-School and Secondary Youth, Fort Scott, Kansas

Identification and Recruitment (ID&R) of MEP eligible families is a complicated task, and it has become even more difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will host a panel discussion on best practices and strategies for managing ID&R within their programs.

Will Messier, Statewide Support, Identification, and Recruitment Director, New York State Migrant Education Program, Saratoga Springs, New York

Bruce Lack, Associate Director, Identification and Recruitment Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Ray Melecio, Director, ESCORT, Tampa, Florida

How do you make STEM fun and playful during distance learning? Including active play in your lessons is a great way to keep students engaged but virtual learning presents specific challenges. In this session, you will learn the benefits of mixing STEM and play during distance learning. You will explore techniques to engage students in STEM and play, virtual classroom management tips, and ways to introduce activities to students learning at home with examples of STEM and play activities.

Monica Burns, Ed.D., EdTech and Curriculum Consultant, Class Tech Tips, LLC, Jersey City, New Jersey

In this session, the state evaluator for Pennsylvania’s Migrant Education Program will provide an overview of the state evaluation: its structure, content, and current performance. Participants will have an opportunity to see state results as compared to performance expectations set at the federal and state levels. Connections will be made among the results, program implementation, and data collection.

Leslie McConnell, Program Director, Evaluation, Grants and Data, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Homestead, Pennsylvania