Choose from a variety of sessions and events designed with your professional growth in mind.

Please note: The times that appear on the schedule may vary due to the length of presentation by each planned speaker. The materials presented by PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference presenters are not necessarily reflective of PSBA, PASA, and their board of directors and staff.

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  • October 25, 2021

  • October 26, 2021

  • October 27, 2021

  • Followed by National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance

  • With the most anticipated Supreme Court decision on student speech in decades hot off the presses, what has really changed? This session takes a deeper dive into what the Supreme Court’s decision in B.L. v. Mahanoy Area School District means for district policies, codes of student conduct, and rules setting behavior conditions for participation in extracurricular activities.

  • In 2021, the Consortium for School Networking identified personalization as the No. 1 accelerator of K-12 innovation and featured IU 13’s Personalized Learning Academy (PLA) as an effective professional learning model. This session will share IU 13’s PLA, which strategically builds the capacity of administrators, teacher leaders and professional staff to plan, implement and sustain personalized learning. #WorkWorthDoing

  • The arts now play a stronger role for students' social and emotional needs than ever. Presenters will discuss the value of the arts, offer some ideas, and most importantly, talk about how to pay for those ideas. Plus, we will provide an update on student opportunities offered for students by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

  • The superintendent’s role is complex. The turnover rate is high. Multi-tiered support from an experienced superintendent can increase the competencies of a new career superintendent. Attend this session to learn what mentor coaching is and how it can enhance the performance of new superintendents and their schools.

  • Industry certifications and credentials are valuable currency in today’s marketplace. Career and technical centers (CTCs) prepare tomorrow’s essential workforce through promoting industry credentials so that students graduate with bona fide workforce currency. Learn how CTCs help students, school districts, the community and the commonwealth prepare young people for the new economy.

  • This roundtable discussion will cover a range of pertinent retirement-pension topics with a recently retired superintendent and retirement plan experts. Topics include Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) developments, PSERS reserve trusts, retiree healthcare and funding (OPEB), retirement/separation incentives for fiscal savings, innovative approaches to 403(b) plans, retirement demographics and preparing for workforce retirements.

  • To combat the systemic increase in behavioral and mental health concerns in the regular education classroom, a partnership was formed between the United Way, Penn State, and local school districts to supply teachers with applicable, practical skills for student de-escalation techniques and reengagement strategies.

  • Followed by National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance

  • A Project Safe childhood presentation for parents and teachers aimed at providing information on a variety of topics: social media/apps, gaming, cyberbullying, sexting, sextortion, internet predators, and being safe and secure online.

  • This session will focus on how districts can develop and maintain ongoing professional growth through job-embedded instructional coaching. Presenters will discuss the roles of instructional coaches and how instructional coaching leads to deeper learning and improved instructional practices. Finally, learn about creative ways to provide high-quality professional development.

  • The K-12+ partnership between Bloomsburg Area School District and Luzerne County Community College provides opportunity and access for our students to earn associate degrees in general studies, free of charge. This collaboration of district administration and union leadership creates multiple pathways for students to graduate with more than a tassel.

  • This session focuses on past and current economic developments, the anticipated economic outlook and includes a discussion on short-term interest rates.

  • As districts develop equity-focused policies, practices, procedures and initiatives, it is essential that they build capacity for the work among staff and students, but also with families and community. This session seeks to develop a strategy to communicate equity and equity programming effectively.

  • Many school districts created an online Digital Academy program to meet the needs of students during the pandemic. Southern York created a learning module that utilized new teaching methods, schedules, asynchronous and synchronous learning modules, and staff to create a positive academic and social-emotional environment. Learn from our trials and tribulations as we discuss what went well and ways, we “failed forward,” to meet our students’ needs.

  • Looking to REACH your school community by providing for families during challenging times? What began as a seed of hope has blossomed to aid students and families in need. Together, with community partnerships, your team can offer snack packs, food pantries, and Resources Enhancing All Children’s Health and happiness.

  • Virtual career and technical education can be a viable option, provided leaders use a lens of equity in program planning. Learn about the process used by Lehigh Career & Technical Institute to design virtual courses in five traditional CTW programs for students who prefer to continue this learning style post-pandemic.

  • Followed by National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance

  • After a student death, teachers strive to achieve an emotional balance in the classroom. Teacher grief is left undiscussed for the sake of the students and the community. It becomes disenfranchised and can have a detrimental effect on teachers’ personal lives, classroom management, work/life balance and more.

  • We will review updates to the School Safety and Security Assessment Criteria, share information on how they can be used to address school safety and security in your school community, and provide general updates on school safety and security information for school entities.

  • Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding has created both opportunities and challenges. Learn how one district has developed a data-based decision-making framework that is directly aligned with strategic initiatives, and how the district is employing financial data and multiyear financial planning to accomplish them with the use of ESSER, while also increasing transparency with key stakeholders.

  • Amidst the ongoing pandemic, school district leaders and board members must rethink community engagement. Nerves are frayed and the need for effective and mission-led communication is more important than ever. Hear from communication experts and district leaders about building communication capacity, engaging your community through proactive communication, and managing crisis situations.

  • The presentation will provide a framework for using the challenges faced by school districts during the pandemic to launch educational change aligned with The School Superintendents Association’s Learning 2025 Report. Participants will receive materials and access to a slide deck template with resources that will allow them to make similar presentations tailored to the specific needs of their school districts.

  • It is imperative for the superintendent and the board of school directors to maintain trust during times of stress and strife. Our presentation will provide strategies we have used to build and maintain trusting relationships even during times of stress.