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SEL Summit

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
(8:30 AM to 12:00 PM)


8:30 - 9:00 - Opening Remarks 

Christopher S. Wolfel, Ed.D., CIU 20 Executive Director - Christopher Wolfel is an optimist.  He is committed to influencing people to be positive in all situations, taking challenges and issues, and creating opportunities through creative solutions.  Chris has dedicated his life to service.  He has spent over 20 years working for Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 as a special education teacher, educational administrator, and currently the executive director.  Chris has provided training, workshops, and speaking engagements at local and statewide events in areas of behavior management, disability awareness, family engagement, and educational leadership.  Chris is from a family with strong values that have taught him to live life respecting others.  His faith drives him to help others be better through listening, teaching, supporting, and coaching.



9:00 - 10:00 - Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)


Tech Tools to Support SEL at a Distance - presented by Barbara Camlet, CIU 20 Ed Tech Consultant


Learn Web 2.0 tools to build on CASEL’s updated SEL framework of the five areas of competences.  Investigate tech resources that will help educators integrate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) into their lesson plans and daily remote instruction.  Since technology is such an important part of our lives,  there are many benefits of using technology to develop social and emotional skills.  Positive benefits of SEL include:  Many students feel better expressing themselves through technology; students can work together for a common goal as a team; it helps them to understand and manage emotions; students learn intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies; it builds stronger connections to school work; and SEL paves a road toward success.


Deliberative Dialogue - presented by Staci Molnar-Main, Ed.D., PDE Consultant for the Office of Safe Schools


Where do citizens learn civic thinking and communication skills? And what type of civic world are our students learning to create? This workshop will focus on an approach to teaching and learning, known as deliberative pedagogy.  This approach focuses on equipping students with the mindsets and skills sets necessary for high quality participatory decision-making in the face of complicated issues.  The workshop will define deliberative pedagogy, present the building blocks of deliberative dialogue in K-12, and relate deliberation to the work of educators in a post-pandemic era.  Specific strategies will be presented for building a more deliberative school community and connecting the building blocks of deliberation to staff and student social emotional learning (SEL). 


Zones of Regulation - Building A Systems Approach To Social Emotional Learning - presented by Tracy Hirner, Mrs. Leigh Rusnak and Dr. Vivian Robledo, Bethlehem Area School District


Members of the Bethlehem Area School District Pupil Services Team will be presenting, "Building A Systems Approach To Social Emotional Learning".  Participants will gain a first hand understanding of how we are embedding a tiered approach to SEL across our District supported by the science of trauma and instructional best practices that support students' emotional regulation. Supporting the social emotional health of students begins with supporting our teachers understanding of our Tier 1 SEL processes of Leader In Me and Restorative Practices.  As students' needs become more intensive, our approaches become more targeted and/or individualized.  Participants will learn about some of the specific programming that is occurring at all three tiers of our "SEL Triangle" in the Bethlehem Area School District.


10:00 - 11:00 - Student Support


SEL: What’s PBIS Got to Do With It?  - presented by CIU 20 Training Consultants, Joana Spinelli, Courtney Fenner and district representative, Ann Marie Vaughn, Ed.D., Pocono Mountain School District


Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) may be most well-known as a systematic acknowledgment system; however, full implementation of PBIS embodies much more than reinforcing students and staff for “good behavior.” At its core, PBIS is a framework for explicitly teachingSharmila Williams and supporting students’ growth in social-emotional competencies such as self-awareness and strengthening relational skills using a tiered approach. But how? In this session, CIU20 Training and Consulting staff partner with Clear Run Intermediate School (CRIS) to provide the “what” and the “how,” including a foundational understanding of the integration of PBIS and SEL, examining tiered supports currently being implemented at CRIS, and practical next steps for schools both currently implementing PBIS as well as those who wish to begin.


Extending the Reach and Individualized Depth of Social Emotional Learning Through Technology - presented by Sharmila Williams, Ripple Effects


Nothing like a global pandemic, natural disasters, racial unrest, an emergency level increase in mental health referrals and a shortage of mental health providers, along with significant academic losses, to call for bold new approaches to scale up trauma informed, evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents. This presentation will allow participants to experience technology-based behavioral training programs from Ripple Effects that showcases hundreds of pre-prepared and highly interactive skill building activities that are culturally diverse, provides peer modeling and differentiated learning to meet every student where they are. Local examples of use and promising outcomes will be showcased.


Restorative Practices in Support of Social and Emotional Learning - presented by Mary Jo Hebling , International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP)


This interactive session will provide a brief overview of the fundamental applications of restorative practices and the intersection with social and emotional learning.


11:00 - 12:00 - Safe & Respectful School Climate


Integrating SEL Every Day. - presented by Lisa Russo, Ed.D. & Gina Spicknall-Cook, Psy.D., PaTTAN Consultants


This session focuses on integrating evidenced based, high leverage practices and an equity lens into your existing frameworks (such as MTSS, and UDL), to create consistent, organized and respectful learning environments. Utilizing high leverage practices (HLPs) improves social emotional skills for all students. Self-reflection on our ideas and beliefs about social emotional skills and behavior will serve as a starting point.


A Community Approach To Promoting Student & School Resiliency - presented by Beth Tomlinson, Resilient LV


Learn about Resilient Lehigh Valley, a cross sector collective impact initiative to foster youth resilience through trauma informed and culturally responsive practices, schools and systems, and the positive impact on student and staff wellness that the Resilient Lehigh Valley trauma informed school model has achieved. Review free tools, trainings and other trauma informed resources available through Resilient Lehigh Valley for families, educators and other youth-serving professionals.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) - presented by Trenée Lurry, District DEI Coach, East Stroudsburg Area School District


The focus of this training is multifaceted; it is establishing the reason for your "why" in regards to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. How that connects to you becoming a change agent and its foundation to DEI work. Understanding of your personal journey that will turn your thoughts and ideas into action items that come to fruition.  Creating effective training for your organization by learning how to assess the climate, knowing your location, and separation of yourself from the work you're doing.