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.

Courageous Conversations with Districts – Equity, Diversity and Respect

IUs exist to serve. At times, the importance of serving creates the need for courageous conversations with our most valued clients to ensure equity, diversity and respect are served while maintaining strong client relationships.  Examples of these conversations may include least restrictive environment, professional development to support the understanding of equity for district personnel or opportunities for HR practices to advance diversity in the workforce.  This session will provide communication tools for engaging in these discussions resulting in acceptable outcomes.
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.

Excellence and Equity: From Moral Imperative to Major Initiative via Secretary Rivera’s PA Superintendent Academy

The conversation in this session will center on equity data in PA and the role of the PA Superintendent Academy in addressing the system re-design necessary to support ALL students in achieving college and career readiness. The role of intermediate units in this process will be explored, as the 90 superintendents participating represent nearly every IU. Participants in this session will become familiar with the "9 Building Blocks for a World-Class Education System". IUs can play a key role in supporting PA Superintendents and their teams who are implementing these building blocks.

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.

Aspiring Leaders Program orientation

PAIU welcomes a new cohort of  future IU leaders for its Aspiring Leaders program. This session is for our new Aspiring Leader cohort and for the mentors at each IU that will oversee the Aspiring Leaders’ experiences. We also welcome those Aspiring Leaders who are completing their 2016-17 experience.

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.

Understanding the New Indirect Cost Reporting and Calculation

Now that you have submitted your data for the new indirect cost reporting, come learn how your data is used to calculate your indirect cost.  This session will explore the methodology of the new indirect cost calculation and impacts on your indirect cost rate.
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.

Navigating Early Intervention Considerations

Is your intermediate unit identifying a high number of English Language Learners as eligible for Early Intervention (EI)? Do you anticipate that you may being flagged for disproportionality? Are you wondering what outcomes are being realized by those IU’s participating in the EI fiscal pilot? If you are interested in knowing how other EI providers are supporting ELL students; how they are taking steps to address disproportionality; and what their experiences have been related to the EI fiscal pilot, this session is worthy of your consideration.

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.

Current Trends in Special Education and What to do About Them

The world of Special Education is constantly changing, and not always for the better.  Special Education leaders often do not how or where to turn to make their voice heard in the world of legislation and funding.  This session will focus on helping Special Education leaders develop an understanding of the power of advocacy at the federal and state level, and will explain the processes that can be used to support advocacy on behalf of Special Education and related organizations.

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.

Leadership DOK

Asking difficult questions is critical for school leaders.   Just as classroom educators must increase the rigor of questioning to meet the cognitive expectations of the standards, administrators must do the same.  School leaders cannot evaluate teachers’ depth of knowledge, skills, and understanding of pedagogy without asking challenging questions themselves – and listening to the answers.  While good administrators might voice a solution when a problem comes to light, great administrators ask their teams how to solve it. This session will explore how leaders can increase the rigor of their questioning to better engage staff, and to help them synthesize, reflect, and more effectively manage their responsibilities.
Mindful Leadership

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.

Open Educational Resources

As school districts continue to expand digital learning in the new economic reality they continue to look for resources to bring into classrooms. Many schools are finding opportunities to utilize Open Educational Resources (OER), in lieu of purchasing content. OER are free teaching and learning materials that you may use, remix, and redistribute, without the burden of copyright permissions. The US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology is championing the use of OER nationwide through the #GoOpen program. This session will provide an overview of OER and highlight how Intermediate Units can support schools looking to incorporate OER into their educational ecosystem.

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.
ADA Website Compliance

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in places of public accommodation, including schools to comply with ADA standards. The Department of Justice has made clear that it interprets the ADA as applicable to websites, an issue affecting all Intermediate Units and schools that they serve. This session will look at ways Intermediate Units can not only be compliant with ADA but also provide services to assist others organizations in being compliant as well.

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

Fake News

The 2016 presidential election thrust the issue of “fake news” to the forefront. In this session, learn what fake news really is, where it comes from, and what the consequences are to our organizations and our own daily lives.

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.
Courageous Conversations with Legislators

IUs work hard at making sure our elected officials understand the work and value of IUs and the schools we serve. Despite those efforts, sometimes our representatives take positions on issues that are not in the interests of IUs and public education. In this session, learn how IUs have engaged in conversations with legislators with whom we disagree on issues while maintaining a positive relationship and open lines of communication.

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.

IU Partnerships that Work: Non-Public Schools and Special Education

With over two-hundred non-profit and for-profit Nonpublic Schools each enrolling anywhere from a few students to well over a thousand students, the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit [MCIU] is unique in the sheer size in the number of Nonpublic Schools served. Likewise, many of the Nonpublic Elementary Schools house pre-K school programs in which Early Intervention [EI] students are enrolled and entitled to services under IDEA. This session will describe the delivery and cost efficacy of the MCIU model employed to deliver the services under both IDEA and ACT 89.
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.

Best Practices in Meaningful Consultation

Meaningful Consultation means  'The district must consult with private school representatives and representatives of parents of "parentally-placed" children with disabilities  in a timely and meaningful way  on key issues affecting the ability of eligible children to participate equitably in IDEA-funded special education and related services.' Meaningful Consultation can be an arduous process. In this session, learn from IUs that have developed effective models for delivering on the commitment of meaningful consultation.

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. 

How & When to Outsource, What Impact Does Joint Employment Have?

This session will assist IUs to look at what services can and should be outsourced. Why and how outsourcing works and how to outsource services without creating a joint employment scenario. 

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.