Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Conference

April 29, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
BWI Hilton
1739 W Nursery Rd
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090


MSEA’s 2017 IPD Conference brings our most timely and popular workshops under one roof for a full day of professional development for Maryland educators. Join us! You’ll find workshops for educators that enhance skills for your job and organizing support for your local professional development program.

Session Descriptions

Registrants will select two 80-minute sessions and one 2-hour session.

Seats are filled first-come, first-served. It is possible you may be placed in your second choice.

Session 1 Offerings (80 minutes)

Part I: 10 Steps to Promoting and Planning a Successful Event: MSEA Communications Team. Do you want to increase the profile, attendance, and success of your next professional development training? MSEA's Communications Department will share tips and inexpensive tools to help you create an effective and engaging promotional plan that works.

Innocence Stolen—Protecting Our Children Online: Vincent DeViVo, US Department of Justice. This internet safety program provides communities the necessary information to keep children safe on the internet. It is free of charge and available to your community, PTA, school faculty, and professional development meetings. The multimedia presentation informs adults about how best to protect young people from negative and criminal influences online. Topics include social networking, cyber bullying, sexting, and internet predators. The program provides prevention and intervention strategies and internet safety resources.

Communication Styles—Home and School Relationships: Elaine Crawford, MSEA UniServ Director. Discover your own communication style, explore other communication styles, and consider how these styles relate to lesson planning. Explore information and tips that will help you interface with parents, families, and significant adults in the lives of your students.

Session 2 Offerings (80 minutes)

Part II: 2 Tools for Planning and Promoting a Successful Event: MSEA communications Team. Build on the 10 Steps to Planning and Promoting a Successful Event session through hands-on training with MSEA’s Communications Department. Participants will learn how to build registration forms, pre-training surveys, and evaluations in Wufoo; develop compelling and professional flyers and branding in Canva; and create and manage a project plan in Asana. NOTE: Participants are preferred to have attended 10 Steps to Planning and Promoting a Successful Event beforehand, whether this year or last year. It is strongly encouraged to bring your laptop or tablet.

Legal Smarts for Your Smart Devices: Damon R. Felton, Esq., MSEA Associate Counsel. Should I have parents, colleagues, or students as friends on Facebook? Who has access to my work email, and doesn't my deleted email stay "deleted"? Can I use the iPad that my school assigned to me to look at Facebook, Craigslist, or other social media sites? I've lost the iPad the school assigned me. What happens next? In today's world, social media, e-mail, and smart devices all have become part of our daily lives, both professionally and personally. This session will focus on the pros and cons of technology, how technology could affect your employment, and how technological devices should and should not be used by school employees. 

The Who, What, and Why of Restorative Practices: Robin McNair, Certified Restorative Practices Trainer, high school English teacher, and PGCEA member. In this session, participants will know what restorative practices and restorative justice is and what it is not. Participants will learn about the philosophy and principles of restorative justice practices and walk away with resources and tools on the types of restorative practices offered in schools and communities. 

Session 3 Offerings (2 hours)

Workplace Bullying ABCs—Avoiding Behavoirs That Could Cost: Damon R. Felton, Esq. and Jamie L. Sapia, Esq., MSEA Associate Counsel. MSEA frequently gets legal questions from members. One of the more common topics is dealing with workplace bullying. Come to this session to have your questions answered about workplace bullying and learn about other issues dealing with professional responsibility. Do you know what court cases commonly affect educators? Do you know what you should do and not do if confronted with false student allegations? Employee discipline? Do you know your legal responsibility when handling school funds? We’ll address these questions and more in this session.

Paraeducator/Teacher Relationships in the Classroom: Elaine Crawford, MSEA UniServ Director. Explore the ParaEducator/Teacher relationship in the classroom and develop an understanding of diverse styles, knowledge of effective approaches to communication and dialogue, awareness of critical aspects and stages of team relationships, and the ability to deal with issues in ways that will effectively strengthen and sustain the relationship.

Time to Circle Up!: Robin McNair, Certified Restorative Practices Trainer, high school English teacher, and PGCEA member.  In this session, participants will experience the dynamics of the Circle Process.  Rituals, elements of circle, and rounds will be explored.  Participants will participate in two types of circles.  Participants will walk away with information on the circle process and information on how to become a trained circle keeper. This is an advanced session - participants should have attended an introductory restorative practices session earlier today or at prior MSEA events.

For teachers only: BYOD—Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC): Heather Lacey, LDC Consultant, Frederick County Public School Teacher and MSEA member. Bring your own laptop or tablet to this engaging, interactive workshop that will get you free access to one of the best digital resource libraries AND show you how to begin building your own module or mini-task. Not only will you get a website tour from a leading LDC facilitator (who is also a current Maryland teacher!), but you will also learn how to find authentic text examples and access proven lesson plans and core tools– to foster writing skills about relevant reading passages - regardless of subject area. Be prepared to work in this valuable workshop!

Questions? Contact Please note this conference is for MSEA members only. If you are not yet a member and would like to attend, contact the local association in the county where you work for more information on how to become a member.


RSVP Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 5:00pm