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School of Education and Social Sciences
Office of the Dean
412-397-6020 phone
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Nicholson Center 455
Education Conference 2015

Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century:
Creating Innovative Classrooms

Friday, March 20, 2015
Sewall Center, Moon Township Campus
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Check-In Starts at 7:45 AM

Who should attend?  Elementary/middle/secondary classroom teachers, Title I teachers, library/media specialists, school administrators, intermediate unit leaders, curriculum coordinators, teacher educators, education students, student teachers, BCIT teachers and IT specialists.

Documentation for Professional Development (Act 48) through your school district or intermediate unit will be provided.

Registration Fee $69  ($25 for Students)
Fee includes Registration, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Closing Reception with Door Prizes 

Conference Secretary: Renee Augostine, or 412-397-5254

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 Keynote Address  
“Learning in the 21st Century:  
What Will Learners Want and Need From Us?”
Dr. Kyle L. Peck
Professor and Research Fellow in the College of Education at Penn State University, Co-Director of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning, and Principal Investigator of NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project.

7:45-8:30 a.m. Registration/Breakfast

8:30-9:15 a.m.—Keynote Speaker:  Kyle Peck, Penn State University

 “Learning in the 21st Century: What Will Learners Want and Need from Us?”

International Suite


Dining Room C

Dining Room A/B

International Suite

2nd Floor Joe Walton Stadium

9:30 - 10:15


Session I


Building Learning Ecologies and Pathways


Bart Rocco, Ed. D.

Elizabeth Forward SD


Billie Rondinelli, Ed. D.

South Fayette SD


Tom Ralston, Ed. D.

Avonworth SD



Gallery Walk



Elizabeth Forward

South Fayette


6 innovative stations to visit


The Moon Crest Project




John McCarthy, Ph.D.

Robert Morris University






Using Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) to Teach the Skills of the PA Core Standards




Chris Caton

Director of K-12 Instruction & Curriculum

Moon Area SD



iPADS in the Classroom:  An Innovative Perspective


John Hineman, Ph.D.

Central Valley SD


10:30 - 11:15


Session II

Making Poetry Meaningful and Enjoyable in a Language Arts classroom:  Creating Value Through Discussion and Performance

Tom Forrest,

Quaker Valley SD

Science with All Children


Ronald Perry, Ph.D.

Robert Morris University




Session III


Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk-Making Content Area Lessons Comprehensible for ELL’s


Janet Pierce, Ph.D.

ESL Teacher/ELL Coordinator

Franklin Regional SD


Project Zero – A Regional Effort to Making Thinking Visible and Developing a Framework for Understanding


Jeff Evancho

Quaker Valley SD



Infusing Creativity into the K-2 Classroom: An Introduction to Making


Scott Miller, Principal

Avonworth SD

Samantha Ellwood, Manager of Educational Programs

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Maureen Frew

Kindergarten Teacher Avonworth SD

12:15-1:15 p.m.—Lunch




Session IV


Let the Games Begin: Gamification in Secondary Education




Daniel Harrold, Ph.D.

English Teacher

Baldwin SD




How to Implement Support for Transgender and Gender Expansive Students in Your Schools



Vanessa Davis, Director of the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)




The Cumulative Power of Literacy, How Much Happens Over the Course of a Day



Chris Caton,

Director of K-12 Instruction & Curriculum

Moon Area SD


Joanne Kret,

Instructional Coach

Woodland Hills SD



Bridges to Reading: Increasing Young
Children’s Reading Motivation through Diverse Family Literacies



Charlene Endrizzi, Professor of Literacy Westminster College


Vicki Tekac, Campbell City Schools, OH

Olivia Hvizdos

Marina Roznick

Elizabeth Ishman

Ariana Carr


Closing:  Door Prizes and Evaluations 2:15-3:00