The Delaware Valley Region Pennsylvania Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Profile DVR-PASCD Member
Person of Promise Award
Snag In the River Award
Children’s Literature and Ableism
Delaware Valley Region PASCD Officers Meredith Denovan….….…….President Dorie Martin-Pitone……President-Elect President’s Letter ColleenPresident’s Lelli…….……....Past President Letter - March 2015 Lyn Berenato….……….Vice-President Helene Duckett …..…….…...Secretary President’s Letter- Meredith Dan Robert Magliano…………..…Treasurer The Delaware Valley Region of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision 1 Curriculum Development and
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June 2015 Dear DVR-PASCD Members, And another school year is about to end…. The spring event entitled, Teaching and Leading 3.0 was held Monday, April 20th at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA. It was a collaborative effort with the Sigma Rho Education Honor Society from Cabrini College and Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Topics for this fabulous event included: Google Classroom, 60in60:Web Tools, and Digital Literacy in the Elementary Classroom. Participants were able to attend a onehour workshop with an additional ½ hour allotted for some hands-on time to further explore the digital content. We are very busy planning our fall event in October. If you have any ideas or would like to present at one of our events, please contact me at the email address below. Check out our web site for pictures and handouts from the April event. Stay tuned for further details. New officers for 2015-2017 were elected in April. Each will serve a two-year term beginning July 1. Meredith Denovan – President Dorie Martin-Pitone – President-Elect Colleen Lelli – Past President Lyn Berenato – Vice President Helene Duckett – Secretary Bob Magliano - Treasurer We were pleased to present awards to two outstanding educators at the April event. Brooke Albohn, Cabrini College, received the Person of Promise award. Jonathan Lechner, Quakertown School District, received the “Snag in the River” award. Read more about them in this issue of the newsletter. The June 30th deadline for applying for one of our three min-grants is fast approaching. Educators can receive up to $250.00 for “proposals that promote reflective innovation and best practices in supervision, curriculum, and instructions. Full applications can be found at www.dvrpascd.org Sincerely, Meredith Denovan Delaware Valley Region-PASCD President Delawarevalleypascd@gmail.com firstname.lastname@example.org 2
Spotlight on Linda Bluebello By Rina Vassallo, ED.D. Vice President- DVR-PASCD
By Rina Vassallo Linda Bluebello has been a valued member of the DVR-PASCD board for almost a decade. During most of that time on the board, she has served most capably on the Professional Development Committee as both chair and co-chair impressively revitalizing this integral piece of our organization’s mission. As an experienced educator, Linda most certainly values professional learning. She sums up her creative and considerable work on this committee saying, “My role on the DVR-PASCD board has complemented my interest in curriculum and instruction and professional development, particularly professional development. It enables me to work with outstanding educators from other districts in similar roles and also learn from them. It has been very gratifying to be part of a committee that provides frequent and varied educational opportunities for professional growth”. Meredith Denovan, president of DVR-PASCD Executive Board, would agree. She said this about Linda and her work on the board: “Linda has served as Professional Development Chairperson for several years and has provided outstanding leadership in that capacity. She brings her experience and expertise as a special education teacher, building principal, and central office administrator to our Board as a ‘quiet leader’. Linda can always be counted on to contribute her skills and talents to whatever job needs to be done. And she does it with a smile!” Linda has had a varied and noteworthy career in education in two Delaware County Districts serving in the following roles: Special Education Teacher, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and Assessment, Federal Programs Coordinator, Elementary Principal, and she capped off her career as Director of Pupil Services in the Rose Tree Media School District. Linda is also an experienced facilitator of professional learning topics such as, Interpretation/Analysis of PSSA and TerraNova Scores, Reading Assessments, Adapting Instruction for Special Learning Needs, Standards-Based Instructional Practices, Creating 3
Benchmark Assessments, and the Development of Elementary Standards- Based Grading Guidelines. Her accomplishments in the field are numerous and distinguished, but some highlights include: providing leadership in her district during the H1N1 pandemic, co-chairing the elementary standards-based report card revision committees in both districts, writing and directing a myriad of federal and state grants, chairing Strategic Planning subcommittees, and implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program including the training of all certified and support staff. Linda recently retired but keeps abreast of the field as an excellent adjunct (according to her students) at Widener University where she received her doctorate in 2003. Her courses include: Special Topics in School Administration, Politics of Education, Policy Concepts, and Organization and Administration of Schools. Additionally, she has taught Inclusionary Practices at Temple University. Linda also graduated from West Chester University earning her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education and her Masters Degree in Reading. Additionally, she earned her School Psychologist certification from Immaculata University. Along with her admirable support of DVR-PASCD, Linda regularly attends the annual PASCD conference, the PASA Women’s Caucus, and is a member of Phi Delta Kappa. Our newly elected President-elect, Dr. Dorie Martin, has found Linda to be an invaluable resource. She said, “Linda Bluebello has continually mentored the women around her. Linda makes sure that all women "have a seat at the table". As Sheryl Sandberg said, ‘It is time to cheer on girls and women who want to sit at the table, seek challenges and lean in to their careers’. Linda is not only cheering us on but also providing the professional "push" we need to grow. We need more women like Linda in our lives both professionally and personally- so grateful she is part of mine. “ Linda enjoys traveling, supports non-profits most recently volunteering for Wings for Success in Chester County, and is the president of her high school (School of the Holy Child Sharon) Alumnae Association. We are indeed very fortunate to have Dr. Linda Bluebello as a consummate leader and significant contributor to our Executive Board!
COMMENTARY Dr. Robert Magliano Treasurer, DVR-PASCD Thought I’d try to end our school year with a little levity and share some comments that many of you, especially if you’re in the “over 50 crowd”, heard when you were growing up. All of this could definitely be considered home schooling at its best! You may find these comments funny, but know that they are not exaggerated…These are exact words used by parents. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning”. My mother taught me RELIGION. “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.” My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL. “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!” My father taught me LOGIC. “Because I said so, that’s why.” My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, You’re not going to the store with me.” My mother taught me FORESIGHT. “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case You’re in an accident.” My father taught me IRONY “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.” My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.” My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. “Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck?” My mother taught me about STAMINA. “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.” 5
My mother taught me about WEATHER. “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.” My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY. “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!” My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE. “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out…” My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. “Stop acting like your father!” My mother taught me about ENVY. “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.” My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION. “Just wait until we get home.” My mother taught me about RECEIVING. “You are going to get it from your father when you get home!” My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, They are going to get stuck that way.” My mother taught me ESP. “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?” My father taught me HUMOR. “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.” My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT. “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.” My mother taught me GENETICS. “You’re just like your father.” 6
My mother taught me about my ROOTS. “Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?” My mother taught me WISDOM. “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand. My father taught me about JUSTICE. “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!” Best wishes for a great Summer!
Robert, Colleen, Meredith and Linda enjoying the Teaching and Leading 3.0 Event
DVR-PASCD Person of Promise Award Winner By Dr. Colleen Lelli, Ed.D. Past President/Higher Ed Chair Brooke Layser Albohn was nominated for the “Person of Promise” Award by her professors at Cabrini College, Dr. Colleen Lelli and Karen Miscavage. Mrs. Miscavage states that Brooke has been a “strong student through tough times and dramatic changes in her life, all the while showing that being an outstanding teacher is important to her. Her lessons and activities show that she has the natural ability to know what works for students in her class. She is creative and willing to think outside the box to deliver education to all her students.” The professors at Cabrini have noted how well prepared and confident Brooke is in the classroom. She develops a good rapport with her students and cooperating teachers. Brooke possesses the knowledge and skill level to become an outstanding teacher as she completes her student teaching this semester. 7
DVR-PASCD Snag in the River Award Winner By Rebecca (Bekci) Kelly 2013 ASCD Emerging Leader Jonathan Lechner, choir director at Quakertown Community Senior High School, was awarded the Snag in the River Award 2015 from the Delaware Valley Chapter of PASCD. Named for a quote by Tracy Kidder, the purpose of this award is to recognize and celebrate good teaching. “Good teachers put snags in the river of children passing by and over the years, they redirect hundreds of lives. Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevolent conspiracy in the world, and they are not always wrong. But there is also an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together, and it is made of people who can never fully know the good they have done.” Mr. Lechner has served the families of the Quakertown Community School District for 27 years. Under his direction, the vocal music program has flourished and become a hallmark of excellence in music study and performance. He works closely with students to hone their musical ability and grow their performance talents. Additionally, he developed and cultivated a demanding performance schedule that allowed students the opportunity to perform in musicals, at festivals and at different locations in the community, state and throughout the nation. This dedication to musical excellence for students has emboldened many of them to continue study in music, gaining acceptance at prestigious college and university music programs. In addition, as a senior member of our staff, Jonathan Lechner’ s dedication to his work and our students serves as an exemplary model for best practices in education. He offers strong community support for administration and works with other departments within the school to support and promote their programs. In his classroom, Jonathan Lechner shapes the potential of students, giving them multiple opportunities to take leadership roles in the choir program. He builds strong relationships with students, and helps them grow into confident young men and women. Unable to attend the awards ceremony at Cabrini College on April 20th as he was in the throes of production of the high school musical Anything Goes, Jonathan shared that he was, “honored and pleased to be recognized this way.” DVRPASCD Board Member Bekci Kelly presented him the award expressing that, “Jonathan has admirably served the students and families of the Quakertown Community School District. His body of work represents the epitome of what a teacher should be in the life of a student.” The award consists of a one-year membership in PASCD and $100. 8
Children’s Literature and Ableism By Dr. Colleen Lelli, Ed.D. Past President/Higher Ed Chair My classroom is full of big “kids” as I call them. They are overzealous pre service teachers and so anxious to have their own classroom. Many of them are overwhelmed with the opportunity to have their own classroom and want to be conscious of encouraging inclusivity. They have told me they want to be mindful of what their students may be bringing with them from home into the classroom. Within the classroom, we have discussed using literature to help children work through their struggles, understand their peers and others around them, and use it for purely the joy of learning. An activity that we have completed in the classroom is to explore and analyze children’s literature via literature circles. I usually group the books according to a certain theme or subject area. My educational philosophy is strongly rooted in social justice issues and as a Special Education teacher, the concept of ableism, for me, is an easy one to incorporate into my college lectures. The pre-service teachers in my classroom devote research and classroom time to issues of inclusivity and the concept of ableism. Ableism is a form of discrimination or prejudice against individuals with physical, mental, or developmental disabilities that are characterized by the belief that these individuals need to be fixed or cannot function as full members of society (Adams, Blumenfeld, Castaneda, Hackman, Peters and Zuniga, 2000). As they work in their literature circles, they are also given a checklist with statements to consider when critiquing their books. These statements are based on questions the American Library Association uses to give the Schneider Family Book Award for a book that embodies the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Some of the statements are listed here: Analyze images for stereotypes associated with disability Promotion of ableism in the story line “People First” language is used Characters with disabilities are portrayed beyond their disability (they have lifestyles and personalities and are not ostracized or marginalized). Teachers need to teach for equity and justice. As we know, through our school systems, we can engage students in issues to better our society. We can encourage the principles of social justice by ensuring we have literature in our classrooms and our libraries to promote inclusivity and discourage ableism . Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, R., Hackman, H. W., Peters, L., & Zuniga, X. (Eds.). (2000). Readings for diversity and social justice: An anthology on racism, sexism, classism, anti-semitism, heterosexism, and ableism. New York: Routledge. 9
Some Alternative Apps for Consideration in Your Classroom By Dorie Martin-Pitone Ed. D President-Elect DVR-PASCD An area of focus being considered in content areas and ELA in some districts through their Language Arts and Social Studies programs is teaching with graphic novels. Strip Designer Grades 4-8 $2.99 is one way to get your reluctant writers to create. This app allows students to customize their own comic-book with templates, clip art, and imported images. A nice teaching reference companion to purchase previous to having students create their own story is Using Content-Area Graphic Texts For Learning - A Guide for Middle-Level Educators. By Meryl Jaffe and Katie Monnin. ToonPAINT $1.99 turns images into hand drawn sketches that allows you to color them it also allows you for you to use your own photos. Comic Maker HD is FREE and allows you to easily design your won comic with various layouts and characters. Sawyer Quest is a free app yet requires an Amplify Education login and license provided by a school. This app takes readers on an adventure. There are close readings of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, students using text-based evidence to complete a scavenger hunt and also to write evidence-based essays. The app needs to be used with "Sawyer Quest Teacher" which acts as a teacher guide for the classroom. Field Day: Project-Based Learning Think & Do Tool is $2.99. This app allows students to explore real world situations with tools and questions that support inquiry, data collection, and reflection. Teachers can provide prompts for inquiry and monitor the process. Other foundational apps for consideration are below: Kahoot! is FREE. This is the ultimate tool for getting students thinking as soon as they enter the classroom. Students answer questions and also are able to continue to interact by asking more questions. This is an ideal tool for formative assessment through the Before, During and After components of a lesson. This classroom response system will increase engagement and assist in adjusting instruction in the moment. GroupMaker is $0.99. This is not an app for instruction, yet it is for organizing the classroom environment for learning in a quick fashion. Teachers can create flexible groups that are diverse or based on performance in specific concept/ standard-areas.
Teaching and Learning 3.0 By Linda Bluebello DVR-PASCD Board Member On Monday, April 20th, the Delaware Valley Region of the PA Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (DVR-PASCD), Cabrini College, and the Southeast PA Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Southeast PAECT) partnered for another exciting afternoon of professional development for educators in the region. The workshop entitled, Teaching and Leading 3.0, offered a menu of innovative and informative technology sessions from which participants could choose. Its focus was the direct result of feedback received from the previous two professional development technology events. Participants had asked for more time to delve deeper into topics and have a hands-on opportunity to explore the new ideas presented at the sessions. Request granted! At the April 20th workshop, Dr. Dorie Martin, Haverford Township School Districtâ€™s K-12 Humanities Curriculum Coordinator and Ms. Christy Brennan, Haverford Townshipâ€™s Elementary TeacherLibrarian presented Digital Literacy in the Elementary Classroom. This session looked at different ways of integrating digital literacy skills into the elementary classroom; and participants were provided with numerous activities and lesson plans designed to promote digital literacy. 11
Mr. Brandon Lutz, Technology Applications Specialist for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, and Mr. Scott Snyder, Educational Consultant, Capital Area Intermediate Unit showcased 60 in 60速: Web Tools. Participants learned about tools that helped them differentiate instruction, increase student achievement, foster creativity, organize and manage student learning, all while aligning to the common core. In addition, Ms. Jennifer Ward, English Teacher, Haverford Township School District, offered a timely presentation on Google Classroom. Attendees were able to explore best practices relating to this exciting tech tool. At the conclusion of the workshops, all were able to be part of a fun sharing smackdown, walk away with some exciting door prizes, and, of course, invaluable technology tools for their classroom!
Participants learned about tools that helped them differentiate instruction, increase student achievement, foster creativity, organize and manage student learning, all while aligning to the common core. 12
More Teaching and Leading 3.0 participants caught having fun on April 20th
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