Learn from industry experts in a variety of education-related fields, who will help you resolve your issues and provide valuable education and best practices on a variety of topics.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Cocoa 5

11-11:30 a.m.
Designing a 21st Century School on Budget – Innovation meets Cost Effective Design
In today’s fiscally challenged school market, how do we design for 21st Century Learning Environments while maintaining a reasonable budget? In this session we will explore two case studies where the architect designed 21st Century Schools with a set budget established by the client, and these facilities were the two lowest-cost schools designed in Pennsylvania for that year. We will also examine how to create efficient, effective, innovative 21st Century Learning Environments that maximize return on investment in terms of minimized construction and operational costs as well as maximized learning opportunity. Get a look at building constructability, what a 21st Century Environment is and is not, and how to design a building that allows for both. Attendees will take away ideas for the planning process and creating flexible learning environments, and see how these educators are using the spaces.
Presented by Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates

11:30 a.m.-noon
Going After Foundation Grant Funding
Last year over 26,000 grants were awarded by private and corporate foundations totaling nearly $650 million dollars, with a substantial number of those funds going to support various education projects. If your district hasn’t already considered foundation funding as an alternative means to help fund your next project, you may be missing out! Join the PSBA Grants Support Program as we discuss strategies for seeking foundation funding, how to build relationships with these funders, and best practices for eventually submitting a grant funding request to the foundation. As an added bonus, you’ll receive a template Letter of Intent document that can be adapted for your district’s next foundation grant request!
Presented by Grants Office LLC

Noon-12:30 p.m.
Embracing Technology and Maximizing Resources: Save Time and Money with Board Management
Have you ever thought about how a state-of-the-art board management solution can save your district both time and money? During this presentation, learn how school districts nationwide are saving tens of thousands of dollars annually while dramatically increasing their effectiveness. Experience firsthand how leveraging the right board management tools can reduce the time spent producing board packets by up to 75% and streamline board processes.
Presented by BoardDocs

12:30-1 p.m.
Disaster Planning and Emergency Preparedness
In this session we will discuss the ways in which a building or homeowner can prepare for emergencies related to both natural and manmade causes. In addition, we will present techniques to prepare and deal with an active shooter situation guided by the well-known ALiCE program.
Presented by SERVPRO

1-1:30 p.m.
PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom — Leading the Classroom of the Future, Today
You’ve probably heard about the revolution PowerSchool is bringing to the classroom. Join this session to see PowerSchool demonstrate how the new, award-winning Unified Classroom is bringing to reality the seamless workflow teachers have been longing for. Launched at this year’s International Society for Technology in Education conference to rave reviews, the Unified Classroom just won two 2017 software development CODiE awards for “Best Classroom Management Solution” and “Best Learning Relationship Management Solution.” This industry-first solution combines PowerSchool’s student information system, assessment, learning, and gradebook solutions into a single, comprehensive software solution. Teachers experience unprecedented ease of use, access to crucial data, and tools that support student success with PowerSchool SIS at the core. The Classroom of the Future is here. Find out how you can be a part of it.
Presented by PowerSchool

1:30-2 p.m.
Save Time & Money Through Cooperative Purchasing
Attendees will learn how to use the Keystone Purchasing Network’s (KPN) cooperative purchasing contracts to save time and money. KPN contracts cover school supplies and equipment, roofing, modular classrooms, flooring, athletic fields, track and court surfaces, general renovations for construction, electrical, and HVAC and plumbing, along with many other cost-saving contracts.
Presented by Keystone Purchasing Network

Thursday, Oct. 19 – Cocoa 6

10-10:30 a.m.
Safeguarding Public Funds in an Electronic Age
Safeguarding Public Funds in an Electronic Age will help you identify and neutralize areas of potential weakness to ensure security of Public Funds Deposits.
Presented by PA School District Liquid Asset Fund

10:30-11 a.m.
Keep Your Classroom Safe
It is important to know what is happening in your classrooms. Sharon Orr, Director of Risk Control for CM Regent Insurance Company, will review all aspects of classroom safety with you and alert you to things you should be aware of.

Several safety hazards in the classroom will be identified and recommended solutions provided. She will review The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines on classroom safety and offer practical recommendations as to how to reduce fire and other safety hazards.
Presented by CM Regent Insurance Company

11-11:30 a.m.
Don’t Believe the Hype: How to Avoid the Perils of First-Cost Thinking for Capital Projects
While school officials are rightfully concerned about capital costs, they are also recognizing the positive impacts high-performing schools have on their communities. Officials across the country are taking a hard look at the true cost of “first-cost thinking” while examining the benefits of thoughtful, future-ready design including improved building performance, decreased operating costs, increased occupant well-being, increased employee satisfaction, better student engagement and more opportune leadership legacy.

Learn ways school districts can provide best-in-class facilities for their students, teachers and communities while at the same time significantly impacting their bottom lines and outcomes for the better.
Presented by Stantec

11:30 a.m.-noon
Decision-Making With Actionable Data
The trend toward more rigorous data analysis in public school education is accelerating. Administrators need data to guide decision-making. Learn how superintendents are using data analytic software tools and reports to better access, analyze and understand district data. Learn what data they are drawing upon and how they are making it actionable. Framing and visualizing data effectively to communicate priorities to board members, staff and your community helps facilitate greater “buy-in” with these constituents.
Presented by Eidex LLC

Noon-12:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet Featured Speaker John Couch, VP for Apple Education
Meet PSBA 2017 Featured Speaker John Couch for a personal conversation after his morning sessions to discuss how digital tools are helping PA educators transform their classrooms into relevant learning environments that prepare them for the 21st century workplace. You’ll come away from the discussion inspired to lead your district to new levels of student engagement and achievement.