MSEA Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Conference

March 30, 2019 - 8:00am to 3:30pm
Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

 

MSEA’s 2019 IPD Conference theme is Advancing Social Justice for the Common Good. Workshops have been designed to help educators tackle the tough classroom issues of bias, student trauma, cyber safety, and discrimination in the workplace. Presenters include MSEA & NEA members and staff, as well as community experts from local universities and organizations.

Pre-registration is required. This is a very popular conference and seats fill up quickly!

Registrants will select three sessions.
Seats are filled first-come, first-served. 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

Bias, Who Me? Unearthing Implicit Bias                                                                                                                 

Even the most committed educator in the world harbor biases. It is easy to discern our “explicit” biases because we are consciously aware of those attitudes and beliefs. Even though many of our explicit biases arise as the direct result of a perceived threat, we can consciously regulate them. However, the same cannot be said for “implicit” biases. In this session, we will examine how “implicit biases” unknowingly impact our beliefs and actions, and we will explore strategies that can unearth and help counter implicit biases.

[Open to all IPD/ESP]

PRESENTER:

Dr. Adriane Dorrington, National Education Association Senior Policy Analyst, Teacher Quality Department, is primarily responsible for overseeing federal and state policies related to teacher evaluation. She provides technical support to state and local affiliates as they reform their teacher evaluation systems. In addition, Dr. Dorrington has been integrally involved in helping to advance NEA’s work on Institutional Racism/Racial Justice in Education. This current body of work is an extension of her life-long work in social justice education, anti-racist education, culturally responsive teaching, and critical pedagogy. Dr. Dorrington’s work in these areas continue to be driven by her belief that every child deserves a competent, caring, and culturally responsive educator.

 

Equitable Practices in the Classroom                                                                                                                      

Making small changes in classroom management can make a HUGE difference in the climate and culture of your classroom. Come and explore best practices from MSEA’s popular Yes You Can! course for setting up rules, routines and procedures. We will share techniques for getting to know your students, using equitable calling practices and engaging instructional strategies to create an inviting and safe learning environment. 

[Open to IPD and Instructional Assistant ESPs]

PRESENTER:

Courtney Dowling, MSEA UniServ Director, has been representing both certified and ESP members for MSEA nearly 11 years. Having worked in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties, she is currently assigned to the Education Association of Charles County. Ms. Dowling hails from South Dakota and Nebraska. Prior to working for MSEA, Courtney was a Special Education teacher for 6 years in Omaha, NE. She has a passion for professional development, advocacy and organizing.

 

Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children Online                                                                                                 

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.

[Open to all IPD/ESP]

PRESENTER:  

Vincent DeVivo, Community Outreach Specialist for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland, is a Maryland Police and Training Commissions instructor, Gang Awareness Trainer, senior member of the Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Prevention Board, and board member for the Maryland Crime Prevention Association.

 

Trauma Toolkit                                                                                                                                                       

Understand the definition and causes of childhood trauma, how it affects students’ learning. Participants will learn research-based action steps to support students experiencing trauma and receive concrete tools and materials to take back to their schools.

[Open to IPD Only]

PRESENTERS:

Katie Donlevie, Senior Manager of Partnership Development, First Book, leads many of First Book's partnerships with national, state and local nonprofit organizations, to design and implement strategies to meet partners' strategic goals, using First Book resources.

Julye Williams, Director of Resource & Program Development, First Book, is responsible for the development of resources that meet the needs of First Book's 375,000 members. Combining research-based insight, with national thought leader and industry expert practices, Julye leads the creation of educator resources that support teachers, youth programs, libraries, and other groups serving children in need.

 

SESSION #2 OFFERINGS

 

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.

[Open to IPD Only]

PRESENTERS: (See Session 1: Trauma Toolkit)

Katie Donlevie, Senior Manager of Partnership Development, First Book

Julye Williams, Director of Resource & Program Development, First Book

 

Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children Online                                                                                                 

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.

[Open to IPD/ESP]

PRESENTER: (See Session 1)

Vincent DeVivo, Community Outreach Specialist for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland

 

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.

[Open to IPD/ESP]

PRESENTER:

Sgt. Shannon Earl, Prince George’s County

Sergeant Shannon Earl is a Gang Intelligence/Training Instructor from the Department of Security Services, Prince George's County Public Schools.

 

Realities and Responses: Teaching Undocumented Students in Anti-Immigrant Times                                             

Learn how the realities of anti-immigrant times and zero-tolerance immigration policies are affecting our students and their families. Brainstorm ways to help students grow socially and academically, as you respond to dilemmas related to immigration status, in collaboration with colleagues and within the curriculum.

[Open to IPD Only]

PRESENTERS:  

Anne Marie Foerster Luu, NBCT and MCEA member, has taught in PK-12 settings for 19 years. She is an adjunct faculty member (focused on assessment as an advocacy tool) of McDaniel College's TESOL program. Ms. Foerster Luu was honored by TESOL International as their Teacher of the Year 2013.

Lori Dodson has taught in PK-5 for 14 years. She currently serves as an ELL national professional training instructor for the National Education Association (NEA). Ms. Dodson also served as a board member of her local TESOL affiliate. 

 

SESSION #3 OFFERINGS

Let's Create Harmony in Your Elementary Classroom                                                                                            

Imagine a classroom where students are empowered to: communicate, cooperate, connect, embrace diversity, and resolve conflict. Welcome to Sanford Harmony—a FREE social-emotional teaching program that cultivates strong classroom relationships between all students.

[Open to IPD Only]

PRESENTERS:

Barbara Friedlander is a school improvement specialist at Montgomery County Public Schools. She has 20 years of experience teaching elementary special education, and eight years as a school improvement specialist and special education administrator. Additionally, she co-authored Powerful Writing Strategies for all Students and Bring Powerful Writing Strategies into Your Classroom! Why and How. Ms. Friedlander is a Nationally Board Certified Special Educator and has a certificate in Equity for Excellence from McDaniel College.

Candace Strickland is a special education central office teacher at Montgomery County Public Schools. In 2013, she received her Masters of Arts in Teaching and Learning, with a specialty in Mathematics and the Struggling Learner. She has 20 years of experience coaching teachers and families in special education. Ms. Strickland is the author of the book, The Science of a Universal Design for Learning, which is in publication.

 

MSEA Legal Talk: Discrimination, Social Issues and More                                                                                      

When MSEA gets legal questions regarding workplace discrimination and bullying, members are often surprised by the legal definitions and the threshold for evidence to prove such cases. Come to this session to have your questions answered about these and other issues dealing with professional responsibility. Do you know what court decisions commonly affect educators? Are you aware how many educators are falsely accused by students? Do you know what you should do and not do if confronted with false student allegations? Employee discipline? We’ll address these issues and take your questions during this session.

[Open to IPD/ESP]

PRESENTERS:

Damon Felton is a Maryland attorney who has served as in-house Associate Counsel with MSEA since February 2001. Prior to coming to MSEA, he worked as an attorney with National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the United States Department of Transportation. Mr. Felton has practiced law since 2000, and the primary focus of his practice is labor, employment, child abuse defense, and traffic. He attended the Howard University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor degree (with honors) in 2000. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from Morgan State University. Mr. Felton is admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Jamie Sapia is a Maryland attorney who serves as Assistant Counsel with MSEA. Prior to coming to MSEA, Ms. Sapia taught middle school language arts in Baltimore City for seven years and served as a law clerk in the Circuit Court for Howard County for the Honorable Timothy J. McCrone. While teaching, she attended the University of Baltimore School of Law as an evening student and earned her Juris Doctor degree in 2013.

 

ParaEducator/Teacher Relationships                                                                                                                    

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.

[Open to IPD and Instructional Assistant ESPs]

PRESENTER:

Elaine Crawford, MSEA UniServ Director at Frederick County Teachers Association, is an education professional of more than 18 years. She received her MS in remedial reading and language arts, from Southern Connecticut State University, in New Haven.

 

Reducing Stress                                                                                                                                                       

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.

[Open to IPD Only]

PRESENTERS: 

Rowena Shurn, MSEA IPD Co-Chair, NEA Teaching Fellow, is a peer assistance and review consulting teacher in Prince George’s County.

Joshua Davidson, MSEA IPD Co-Chair is a middle school science teacher in Carroll County.

 

Questions? Contact CPL@mseanea.org.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 13, 2019 or when seats are filled.

RSVP Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 12:00pm