CANCELED: MSEA Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Conference

May 2, 2020 - 7:30am to 3:30pm
Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

 

Due to coronavirus, this conference has been canceled.

The MSEA Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Committee invites members to attend the 2020 IPD Conference. The theme for this year's conference is Embracing Humanity in Education. Workshops have been designed to help educators tackle the tough classroom issues of bias, student trauma, immigration, cyber safety, bullying in the workplace and much more.

There are three sessions at the conference. Registrants will select one offering from each session.

Seats are filled first-come, first-served. This is a very popular conference and seats fill up quickly! It is possible you may be placed in your second choice.

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.

 

SESSION #1 OFFERINGS

Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children Online – Part 1                                                                                                           

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 along with internet safety resources.

[Joint IPD/ESP]
PRESENTER:
Vincent DeVivo, Community Outreach Specialist for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland

Fostering Respect & Empathy

In this workshop, you will take an interactive deep-dive into activities from First Book’s new Respect & Empathy toolkit. You will have the opportunity to participate in an open dialogue with fellow educators to learn and discuss further strategies to promote empathy and respect with your students.

[IPD Only]
PRESENTERS:
Katie Donlevie, Senior Manager of Partnership Development, First Book
Julye Williams, Director of Resource & Program Development, First Book

Strategies for Creating Workplace Harmony (Workplace Bullying)

Have you ever felt that you were in the midst of adult-on-adult bullying? Great focus is often placed on student bullying and adults’ inappropriate behavior is not acknowledged. It’s a far too common occurrence that is often not discussed.  This workshop discusses it.

[Joint IPD/ESP]
PRESENTER:
Seleste Harris, MSEA UniServ Director working with the teachers and ESPs of Baltimore County

Immigration, Undocumented Status and the Impacts on Our Students

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids have been directly impacting immigrant communities. Join this elective to learn about the immigrant student community and our rights as educators to protect our undocumented students and their families.

[IPD Only]
PRESENTER:
Maritza Solano, Director of Education, CASA Maryland

SESSION #2 OFFERINGS

Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children Online – Part 2                               

Participants who have taken Innocence Stolen Part 1 today, or at a prior conference, may join in Part 2 to have questions answered and receive additional updated information.

[Joint IPD/ESP]
PRESENTER:
Vincent DeVivo, Community Outreach Specialist for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland

Classroom and School Environment: What can be done?

Participants will gain understanding and become myth busters by reviewing current MSDE discipline regulations. Participants will also examine current discipline data and briefly touch on root causes and tools available. Finally, participants will leave with suggestions on actions they can advocate for at the local level to address student behavior issues.

[IPD Only]
PRESENTER:
Doug Prouty, MSEA Vice President

Member Well Being/Self Care Mindfulness

As educators, the very purpose of our work is serving others. But what happens when your well runs dry! Self-care is not about being selfish or negligent of your duties and responsibilities. Self-care is about identifying what are the things that are within your control and how to effectively spend your time and energy. In this session, participants will explore warning signs of burnout, strategies for self-care, and develop a personal schedule, in order to focus on de-stressing and self-care.

[IPD Only]
PRESENTER: 
Joshua Davidson, MSEA IPD Co-Chair and middle school science teacher, Carroll County

Exploring Unconscious Bias

This workshop is all about self-reflection. The truth is that we all have unconscious bias, and whether our decisions and actions are consciously or unconsciously informed, the impact on our students is the same. In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to become aware of your unconscious biases with a confidential self-assessment, you’ll explore your own personal experiences and how they may have informed your views, and you’ll learn specific, actionable strategies that you can apply in your day to day work. Bring a laptop or smart phone and prepare to grow. Presented and explored in a safe environment with your friends from First Book, you will walk away with greater understanding of how biases develop and key actions you can take to overcome them -- all to further benefit the students you serve.

[IPD Only]
PRESENTERS:
Katie Donlevie, Senior Manager of Partnership Development, First Book
Julye Williams, Director of Resource & Program Development, First Book

School Safety

Participants will learn about various safety topics on how to protect students and faculty in classrooms, on school grounds, and on school buses during a crisis-situation, as well as on a daily-basis. Topics include: state law on safety protocol, Dos and Don’ts in the middle of crisis, safety preventive measures, and examples of the role educators play in ensuring students are safe. Participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

[Joint IPD/ESP]
PRESENTER:
Prince George’s County School Resource Officer

SESSION #3 OFFERINGS

Being Smart on Smart Devices

Do you know what you should do if you are falsely accused by a student, parent, or colleague? Do you know how school systems often react when their employees are accused of improper behavior? Are you aware of new school policies that restrict activities which may have been permissible in the past? Do you know how school employees are disciplined? Do you know what are the most commons reasons an educator may find themselves in court? Do you know your legal responsibility when handling school funds? This session will address these questions and more.

[Joint/ESP]
PRESENTER: 
Damon Felton, Esq. Maryland attorney and MSEA in-house Associate Counsel

Elevating Instruction for Our Emergent Multilinguals

Workshop participants will learn best practices for supporting multi-lingual students in the general education classroom. Participants will be engaged in practicing thoughtful scaffolded instruction that allow student to achieve their academic goals.

[IPD Only]
PRESENTERS:
Susan Gordon, Learning and Achievement Specialist, Montgomery County.
Tia Washington, Learning and Achievement Specialist, Montgomery County.
Melaika Brown, Learning and Achievement Specialist, Montgomery County.

Quit Taking it Personally – De-Escalation Strategies for the Elementary Classroom

Workshop participants will learn, practice, and engage in de-escalation strategies to address student behavior and social emotional needs that result in an increase in student access to the elementary classroom instruction.

[IPD Only]
PRESENTERS:
Barbara Friedlander, Learning and Achievement Specialist, Montgomery County
Karen Adams, Learning and Achievement Specialist, Montgomery County (Restorative Justice trainer)

Just Schools Opportunity Audit

Participants will explore some of the major themes of NEA’s Just Schools Curriculum. Participants will engage in a close examination of the “isms” that cause potential prejudices.  There will also be connections made between instructional strategies and the creation of equitable learning environments.  Finally, participants will explore personal privilege by conducting a privilege walk. 

[IPD Only]
PRESENTER:
Joshua Davidson, MSEA IPD Co-Chair, middle school science teacher, Carroll County
Paul Guerin, MSEA IPD Co-Chair, elementary ESOL teacher, Frederick County
Nikki Woodward, Montgomery County classroom teacher for visually impaired students

 

Questions? Contact CPL@mseanea.org.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 20, 2020 or when seats are filled.

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