9:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
2:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
|Taking a Calculated Risk – Managerial Decision Modeling|
Leaders must be prepared to make data informed decisions that support equity, diversity and respect. In addition, IU leaders must continue to have the spirit of an entrepreneur. Making entrepreneurial data driven decisions requires taking calculated risks. In this session learn how Managerial Decision Models provide a basis for decision making including the utilization of data. This session will focus on managerial decision modeling and its application to the IU sector.
|Organizational Ethical Framework|
Before IUs can advance equity, diversity and respect for our constituents, we must begin with advancing these qualities within our own organization. This can take the form of an organizational ethical framework which can be applied to all staff members. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE) was created to establish principles for ethical best practice, mindfulness, self-reflection and decision-making, setting the groundwork for self-regulation and self-accountability. This session will provide applicable uses of a framework in areas such as job descriptions, evaluations, organizational mission-values, and professional development.
PDE’s ESSA Equity Plan
The new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to develop an “equity plan” to ensure all students have access to high quality teachers and school leaders, and quality academic opportunities. In this session, representatives from PDE will discuss PA’s equity plan and how IUs can support its implementation.
|Compliance with Uniform Grant Guidance and Procurement Standards|
There have been many changes in federal fiscal compliance requirements. This session will focus on the fiscal compliance requirements under the Uniform Grant Guidance (UGG) including the new procurement standards. Learn what practices and policies you should implement in order to be compliant with UGG requirements.
|Upholding Ethical Standards in Business Operations|
This session will discuss ethical and conflict of interest considerations when leading a business office. Learn what your duties and responsibilities are as an IU business leader. Resources and examples will be provided so that you can successfully lead your business office.
|Rounds with a Twist|
During Rounds with a Twist, you will see how Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 is using Instructional Rounds training form Harvard University. This session will show you how the Instructional Rounds training, modeled after medical-rounds of physicians, was implemented at the Intermediate Unit level to improve teaching and learning.
|Supporting School Districts in Sustaining Initiatives|
Program sustainability is essential to the ongoing success of ensuring an effective infrastructure for programs that support student and educator achievement and growth. This interactive session will offer strategies and discussion on how to support schools in sustaining their chosen initiatives, integrating state mandates, employing effective practices and evaluating programs for goal attainment. The outcomes of this session include; knowledge of program evaluation tools, communication strategies for building sustainability, and strategies for ensuring fidelity of implementation.
Today’s leaders face unprecedented challenges that result in a vicious cycle of stress and sacrifice, with little or no time for recovery built in. To counter the inevitable “power stress” of the leadership role, developing a mindfulness practice provides a guide for mature and masterful leadership. In this session, learn how a mindfulness approach allows educational leaders to develop their capacity to listen deeply, to make informed decisions, to effectively handle stress, and to access previously untapped resources.
|Personalized Learning Panel Discussion|
Personalized learning is gaining traction as an approach for matching student needs with the right resources, facilitated by the teacher and technology. For Intermediate Units, personalized learning represents a potential revenue stream. Find out how several Intermediate Units define personalized learning, provide tiered support for their school districts to implement personalized learning, and share the resources, methodologies, and techniques they use when working with school districts.
|Twitter Temptation: Managing Multiple Social Media Accounts at your IU|
Social media offers tremendous opportunities for IUs to communicate with customers and stakeholders. What happens when your IU leaders and the IU itself have active accounts? How can the organization be certain it is delivering a consistent message through Social Media? In this session, learn how some IUs are both harnessing and managing multiple accounts to ensure a clear and disciplined social media message
|Software Tools to Support your Communications Efforts|
So your IU has a web page and is active on social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. What else can technology possible have to offer to support IU communications efforts? As it turns out, a whole lot! In this session, learn about exciting software tools IUs are using to strengthen their communications with customers and critical stakeholders. With a plethora of online applications, it is easier than ever to reach your audiences. Explore which tools are useful and how to capture the attention of ‘skimmers’- those that want to quickly skim through information to gain what they need.
|Conversations with Professional Staff|
At times as leaders, we are faced with situations where we need to have difficult conversations with staff. In this session, learn how to courageously address challenging conversations with professional staff in order to produce successful outcomes.
|Equity in K-12 Non-Public School Programs|
Students enrolled in non-public schools are eligible to receive publicly funded special education services through a federal requirement called Equitable Participation (EP) Services. In Pennsylvania the IU is the agency responsible for the implementation of the federal requirement for EP Services. In this session, learn how several IUs approach the Equitable Participation Services requirement to ensure students in non-public schools receive services to which they are entitled.
|ACA & Other Legislative Updates with the New Administration|
There have been many Executive Orders already signed by President Trump. This session will review the impact that the Trump Administration has on many of the Federal Rules and Regulations such as the Affordable Care Act, the ADA; FMLA; The new EEOC Guidelines and many other initiatives implemented by the Obama Administration. How should businesses and IUs react and respond to these changes.
|Transgender Issues in the Workplace and School Setting – Best Practices |
Transgender is becoming openly accepted and more prominent than in the past. Educators and IUs find themselves in a unique situation in that not only do they need to handle transgender issues with employees but also with students. This session will provide best practices for how to handle both and how to train staff to respond to this scenario.