Resources from the 2016 SPAC Conference

The presenter handouts from the 2015 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.

What's the Big Mystery? Demystifying the Special Education Process Jennifer Geibel, Educational Consultant, PaTTAN - Pittsburgh
Judy Baker, Parent Consultant, PaTTAN - Pittsburgh

What's the Big Mystery?
¿Qué es el gran misterio?

Meaningful Math Strategies for ALL Learners

Andrea Ellis, PaTTAN Educational Consultant, PaTTAN
Elaine Nuegebauer, PaTTAN Educational Consultant, PaTTAN

Let's Talk! Using the Cafe Model to Engage Families
Rijelle Kraft, Family Support Technical Assistance Coordinator, Center for School and Communities
Strengthening Families

Making the Most Out of Story Time
Elizabeth Kriston, Speech Language Pathologist, Author and University Instructor
Literacy Handout
Read With Me Booklist
Read With Me Strategies
Alfabetización informativa
Leer mi lista de libros
Lea conmigo estrategias

Empowering Families to Active Family Engagement
Elodia Barajas, District Wide Title I Parent Liaison, School District of the City of York
Annette Anderson, Parent Liaison, Parent Volunteer
11 Ways Parents/Families Can Help Their Children Read
Good Questions to Ask Your Students to Improve His/Her Reading Parent/Family
Survey 11 Ways Parents/Families Can Help Their Children Read - Spanish Good Questions to Ask Your Students to Improve His/Her Reading - Spanish Encuesta para Padres/Madres/Familia (parent/Family Survey-Spanish

Google: Beyond the Search Engine
Katherine Kauffman, Library Media Specialist, Norwin School District
Google: Beyond the Search Engine

How Well Do You Know Your Teen?

Dorian Harris, Parent Engagement Specialist, School District of Philadelphia

Sheila Armstrong, Parent Coordinator, School District of Philadelphia

9 New Factors on How Teens Use the Top Social Networks
Cyber Safety Brochure
20 Popular Social Media Sites in 2016
Net Lingo of Chat Acronyms
25 Ways to Ask Your Teens
Reading Analysis Questions-High School
5000 Collegiate Words


Engaging Parents, Caregivers & Caretakers in School Transformation

Dr. Tyrone Howard, Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion, Professor, UCLA


Be an Advocate? Sounding a Voice for Pennsylvania’s Children and Youth

Caroline Allen, Coordinator, PA Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network (PSAYDN)

Be an Advocate: Sounding a Voice for Pennsylvania Children


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

Title I Parent Involvement Requirements
Título I requisitos de participación para padres


Home and School Connection at its Best!

Laura Guenther, Carlisle Area School District

Megan Bieber, Literacy Coach, Carlisle Area School District
Pathways to Success


Super Learner Training Camp

Jen Blasko, Title I Reading Specialists, Reynolds School District

Workshop Agenda
Encouraging Words
Letter Sound a Small Group Game
Math Card Games
All 220 Dolch Words in Frequency Order
Fluency Cards
Story Web Primary
Fiction Comprehension Wands
Nonfiction Comprehension Wands
Wings Measuring Tool
100 palabras de alta frecuencia


Connecting with Your Child by Playing a Game

Sharon Bakner, Teacher, Forbes Road School District
Martin Bakner, Bookeeper, Morrison Cove Herald


Directions for Nine Man Morris


Dads Rap

Paul Jones, PIE Consultant


Global Education: Why Does it Matter for My Child and School?

Amiena Mahsoob, Director of Education Programs, World Affair Council of Pittsburgh

Global Leadership


Families, Literacy and Technology – How A Daily Ding Can Help Your Family Succeed! 

Donna Dencler, Family Literacy/Family Engagement Consultant, Tuscarora Intermediate Unit


Using Writing to Enhance Student’s Mathematical Understanding

Dennis Cullen, M.A. BCBA, Educational Consultant, PaTTAN

Using Writing to Enhance Student’s Mathematical Understanding
PaTTAN Writing Scope and Sequence
Utilizando la escritura para mejorar la comprensión matemática de los estudiantes
Secuencia y alcance de la escritura de PaTTAN


Family Fun Nights-Engage Your Child in Learning with Family Fun!

Holly Garner, RtII Specialist, Governor Mifflin School District

Ryan Katzenmoyer, Teacher, Governor Mifflin School District

Bioluminescent Animals
Games to Play
Constellation Pintables
Camping and Carnival Family Fun Night
How to Make Glow in the Dark Chalk


When Will IEP Meetings be Student Led?

Megan Hayden, College Coordinator, Workshop School 

Emilia Giordano, Libriarian and Author, Gill St. Bernards School


The Journey Beyond K-12

Donna Randolph, Ed. D., Educational Consultant, Researcher for California State University, Northridge and Brandy Jackson



STEAM Concepts Integrated into the School and Home Environment

Dave Tomko, Teacher and Robotics Coach, Sharon City School District
Steam Concepts Integrated Into the School and Home


Basics of Bullying

Melissa Tamburrino, Gifted Coordinator, Penn Hills School District

Emily Levine, Teacher, Gateway School District
Children Are Great Imitators, So Give Them Something Great to Imitate


Dynamic Leadership

Jeffrey Jones, CEO, Greater Days Ahead


Write 4U-Writing and Reading Ideas
Susan Snyder, Reading Specialist, Everett Area School District
Clyde Snyder, School Bus Driver, Everett Area School District
Write 4 U

My Child is Struggling: What Does This Mean? How Can I Help?

Dr. Meghan Ferraro, Assistant Professor, Edinboro University

Dr. Edward Snyder, Professor, Program Head for School Psychology and Educational Psychology, Edinboro University
My Child is Struggling


How Do I Engage My Child’s Brain in the Learning Process?

Melinda Mikesell, Reading Supervisor, Carlisle Area School District

Dawn Durham, Principal, Carlisle Area School District


Hiding in Plain Sight

Dr. Michele Dowell, Principal, Belle Vernon Area School District

Mary Gene Delsandro, Title I Reading Specialist, Retired, Belle Vernon Area School District
Permission Slip


The Court to the Classroom-Understanding
Sports & Academic Achievement
Mary Lavery, Coach, California University of PA and Catherine Lavery


Update on Policy Issues

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


The Amazing National Standards Race

Deborah Dunstone, Member, National PTA Programs Committee and Past President, Pennsylvania PTA
Amazing National Standards Race


Branding: Why Does it Matter For Your School

Dr. Susan Lloyd, Principal, Owen J. Roberts School District

Kellie Bean, Teacher, Owen J. Roberts School District

Branding: Why it is important to your school
Ways To Increase Parent Involvment


Applying for College Scholarships

Terry Pittman, SPAC Member, Youth Programs Manager, The Urban League of Philadelphia

Applying for College Scholarships

Score Sheets

Example of Coca Cola Scholarship Program 2015


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Planning and Implementation in Pennsylvania

Adam Schott, Special Assistant to the Secretary, PA Department of Education

Samantha Koch, Executive Policy Specialist, PA Department of Education
ESSA Presentation July 20, 2016


Using Restorative Practices to Bridge the Gap Between Schools and Community

Kendra Brooks, Restorative Works Coordinator and Instructor, International Institute for Restorative Practices
Restorative Works


Public Policy Advocacy in Harrisburg and Your School District

Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC)
Advocate for Public Policy


WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

Eric Snow, Executive Director, WATCH D.O.G.S.

All About WATCH D.O.G.S.
2016-2017 Program Launch Timeline
7 Steps to Success
Todo sobre D.O.G.S de reloj
2016-2017 programa lanzamiento línea de tiempo
7 pasos para el exito


Parents as Tutors to Improve Reading Fluency

Dr. Joel Erion, Chair, Department of Counseling, School Psychology, Edinboro University
Parents as Tutors


Empowering Learners Through Innovation

Dr. Cathleen Cubelic, Director of Curriculum, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV
Implementing Standards for Mathematical Practices


Parent Leadership...Not all Leaders are Parents But All Parents Must Lead

Mark Conner, President, Urban Leadership Project

Parent Leadership Presentation 1
Family Mission Statement Worksheet
Goal Setting Worksheet


Common Core Math-Problem Solving

Sharon Bakner, Teacher, Forbes Road School District

Martin Bakner, Bookeeper, Morrison Cove Herald
Problem Solving
Resolución de problemas









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