Resources from the 2018 SPAC Conference

The presenter handouts from the 2018 conference may be downloaded and printed from the links below. Note: Documents are in .pdf format. You will need Acrobat Reader to open and download the publication. For a a free copy of Acrobat Reader, go to <> and click on Downloads.

Keeping it Real and Relevant: Non-Punishment Behavior Support Strategies
Dr. Ignacio Lopez, Interim President, Harold Washington College

Creating a Vision for a Good Life
Lisa A. Tesler, Director, PA Family Network, Vision for Equality
An Everyday Life

Money! Money! Money!—Family Fun with Finances!
Teresa Duncan, Director of Education and Family Engagement Programs, Center for Leadership, Development & Advocacy
Carol Hemingway, Coordinator – Dept. of Parent & Strategies Partnerships, Center for Leadership, Development & Advocacy

Story Stretching: After the Book is Closed
Jennifer Wachs, Teacher, South Allegheny School District and
Carol Rothey, Librarian, South Allegheny School District

Knowledge is Power: A Parent's Guide to the IEP
Jennifer M. Geibel, Educational Consultant, PaTTAN
Knowledge is Power

Parent Advocacy, Mobilization and Engagement
David Grau & Brandy Haynes, Associate Counsel’s and Legal Fellow, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Parent Involvement

Parent Advocacy

Attendance Matters “Everyday Counts”
Hakim K. Jones, Councilman, Municipality of Norristown
Attendance Matters
Truancy Quiz

Bullying-Long Term Effects and Strategies to Prevent
Cathy Roccia Meier, Family Education Coordination, Institute at Disabilities at Temple University

Defining and Understanding Homelessness and Poverty
Wendy Kinnear, PA Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness/Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV

Title I Parent Involvement Requirements
Erin Derr, Regional Coordinator, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs
Ken Krawchuk, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs

Elementary Math Strategies and Transitioning into Middle School Math
Sheryl D. Faison, 3rd Grade Teacher, Richmond Public Schools
Kathy A. Perry, Actuarial Analyst, The Vanguard Group

Parent Workshops and More! Working Hard to Bridge the Gap Between School and Home
Jennifer Solak, Remedial Supervisor, Pittsburgh Mt. Oliver Intermediate Unit 2

Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership
Tammi Morton, Project Coordinator, and Jane Stadnik, Parent Advisor, PEAL Center

Dual Enrollment: Get a Jump Start on College! Earn Credits while still in High School!
Sharmyn Straughters, Admissions Recruiter, Community College of Allegheny County

Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Perri Rosen, PhD. NCSP, Project Director,
Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant
PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuser Services

Parenting on Purpose
Sarah Humes, Author and Speaker, In-COURAGE Living
Parenting on Purpose

Raising Rock Star Readers
Jennifer Blasko, Title I Reading Specialist, Reynolds Elementary School
50 Best Books 11 & 12 Years Old
50 Best Books 9 & 10 Years Old
Fiction Response Cards
Fluency Cards
Magazine Hunt
Non-fiction Response Cards

Introduction to STEM/STEAM Activities in the Classroom and at Home
Grace Hockenberry, 5th Grade ELA/S.S. Teacher, Shippensburg Area School District
Introduction to STEM STEAM
100 Invitations to Build

From ”The Civil War” to Effective School Learning
Dr. Kathleen E. Ott, Director of Data, Grants and Special Programs, Northampton Area School District

Texting, How Well Do You Know Your Pre-Teens/Teen
Dorian Harris, Family Engagement Liaison, School District of Philadelphia
Sheila Armstrong, Community Organizer

17 Apps and Websites Kids Are Heading To
25 Ways to Ask Your Teen "How Was School Today?"
5,000 Collegiate Words
Net Lingo: A List of Chat Acronyms

The Benefits of Family Dinner: Turning the “Why” into “How” to Improve Family Mealtime
Cindil Redick-Ponte, Program Manager, The Family Dinner Project
Lynn Barendsen, Executive Director, The Family Dinner Project

Positive Parenting: Developing Children to Achieve Optimal Experiences
David Zupsic Ed.D.,Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV
Positive Parenting

Pathways to Success
Dr. Zanthia Reddish, Principal, CEO, Methacton School District/ Impoweredd LLC
Dr. Orathia Bradley, Principal, Quakertown Community School District

Both Sides of the Mirror, Understanding Education from Both a Parental and Political Landscape
Kendra Brooks, Organizer and Educator, Parents United

“PERK UP” Reading, Writing, and Speaking Skills with Children: Ideas You’ve Just “Java” Have
Holly Garner, Principal, Governor Mifflin School District
"Perk UP" Reading, Writing, and Speaking With Children. Ideas You just JAVA Have

Students Learning with Technology – What Every Parent Needs to Know
Dr. Lynn Hummel, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University

Graduation Here We Come! How Families Can Support Students to Complete High School
Mike Minor, Educational Consultant, Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network (PATTAN) Pittsburgh

Ideas for Engaging Educational Parent Workshops!
Dr. Sharon Weber, Elementary Principal, Punxsutawney Area School District
Engaging Educational Workshop

Motivate to Participate – Handling Challenging Behaviors
Kerri McCowien, Special Education Teacher, Hermitage School District
Motivate to Participate

Growth Mindset Reading Strategies
Jordan Zupanovich and Kelly Bjalobok, Title 1 Reading Specialist’s, Ellwood City Area School District
Growth Mindset

A Road Map for Special Education: Understanding the Process and Advocating for Your Child
Meghan Ferraro, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Head for Special Education, Edinboro University
Edward Snyder, Professor & Program Head for School Psychology & Educational Psychology, Edinboro University

Update on Education Policy Issues
Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC)

Mindful of the Invisible Backpack: Social Emotional Strategies at Home and School
Dr. Shelly M. Bucci, Instructional Literacy Coach, New Castle Area School District
Mrs. Cara Florie, Literacy Coach/Title I Reading Facilitator, New Castle Area School District

Mindful of the Invisible Backpack

How to Invite Everyone to the Table: Creating Dynamic Leadership Teams
Brittany Aguasvivas, PAC School Building Representative for Fulton Elementary School, School District of Lancaster

College and Career Readiness: How After School Can Help
Caroline Allen, PSAYDN Coordinator, PA Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network

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