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Pennsylvania Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development Delaware Valley Region

OFFICERS Dorie Martin-Pitone………................President Cindy Kruse..............….….......President-Elect Meredith Denovan….................Past President Matt Friedman........…..............Vice-President Martha Butler.................................Treasurer

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Table of Contents President’s Letter .......................................Pages 1-3 Looking Through The Lens of The “Coachee" Empowering Teachers and Students ...........Pages 4-6 Event Recap: Maker Night for Families and Educators ............................................Pages 7-8 Mini Grants ..............................................Pages 9-10 Mentoring ................................................Pages 11-12 Designing Your Life ..................................Pages 13-14 Conference Spotlight .....................................Page 15 DVR-PASCD Sponsors .............................Pages 16-20

To submit articles, information, or feedback, please contact: Monica Conlin Monica.Conlin@ssdcougars.org Editorial Team Monica Conlin & Nicole Stulak

President's Letter Dear DVR Friends, Over this past year our newsletter has had the overarching theme of ~ Empowering Teacher Leaders. The articles in each edition focused on the various ways in which our educational organizations supported the growth of their teachers by providing them opportunities to take on more responsibility and be a more active participant in the decision making process. There were also articles that informed us of the importance of providing our teachers their “time to shine�. One of the transitions in perspective and practice I experienced during my educational journey was going from aspiring to be a leader to aspiring to influence others to lead. It is through this servant leadership that others are encouraged to voice their thoughts in cocreating the vision for the organization or plan for next steps. It is by creating an environment that provides a respectful and safe place to share ideas for innovation that new leaders are born. As an organization we would like to continue to nurture our teacher leaders by providing them the time and level of support needed. Our organization has an Executive Board with diverse backgrounds and a level of depth when it comes to experience in education. Please reach out to any of our board members and they will be glad to guide you through your recent challenge or assist you in designing the solution to your current problem. If you are in a leadership position and would like to be a co-architect in creating a system to support your teacher leaders, we are also here to assist you with the blueprints. It is through these conversations that we are able to evolve as an organization to remain relevant and responsive. It is how we continue to serve as leaders. We hope to hear from you soon! With appreciation,



President's Letter Dorie A (Martin)-Pitone, Ed.D. - President Supervisor of English Language Arts K-12 Federal Programs Coordinator Marple Newtown School District Email: DMartin-Pitone@mnsd.org Twitter: @dorie_martin Cindy Kruse - President Elect Consultant Cindy Kruse Consulting Email: krusecindy@gmail.com Twitter: @cindydkruse Matthew Friedman - Vice President Chief Academic Officer Downingtown Area School District Email: mfriedman@dasd.org Twitter: @mfriedmanPGH Martha Butler - Treasurer Teacher, English Language Arts Garnet Valley School District Email: mrs.marthabutler@yahoo.com Twitter: @MrsButler_GV Joy Rosser - Secretary & Higher Ed Teacher, Science Kennett Consolidated School District Email: jandj.rosser@verizon.net Monica Conlin - Newsletter Editor Assistant Principal Springfield School District Email: jimandmonica.2012@gmail.com Twitter: @mmc219

DVR-PASCD Board Members

Nicole Konert Stulak, Ed.D. - Newsletter Instructional Coach Downingtown Area School District Email: nstulak@dasd.org Twitter: @nstulak Rina Vassallo, Ed.D. - Constitution & Policy Chair Consultant Email: rinav818@gmail.com Twitter: vassallo_pascd Linda Bluebello, Ed.D. - Constitution & Policy Consultant Email: lbluebello@gmail.com Steve Subers, Ed.D. - Professional Development Consultant Email: stephensubers@comcast.net Brooke Mulartrick - PAECT Representative & Website Instructional Coach Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Email: bmulartrick@gmail.com Twitter: @brookem1015 Anthony Gabriele - Higher Ed Supervisor for Learning, Development & Professional Growth, Arts, Humanities, Literacy, & Federal Programs Garnet Valley School District Email: gabriea@garnetvalley.org Twitter: @mrgabriele


President's Letter Joel DiBartolomeo - Professional Development Principal The School District of Haverford Township Email: joeldibartolomeo@mac.com Jeff Kuciapinski - Social Media Chair Teacher, Special Education Marple Newtown School District Email: jkuciapinski@mnsd.org Twitter: @jkuciapinski Nicole Hazelwood - Social Media Teacher, Special Education Upper Perkiomen School District Email: nicole.c.hazelwood@gmail.com Twitter: @NickyHazelwood

DVR-PASCD Board Members

Thomas Calvecchio, Ed.D. - Professional Development & Policy Administrator on Assignment Chester County Intermediate Unit Email: Thomasc@cciu.org Thomas Conway, Ed.D. - Higher Ed Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Cabrini University Email: trc23@cabrini.edu Twitter: SouthPhilly220 Christopher Pugliese Director of Pupil Services Upper Darby School District Email: cpugliese3872@gmail.com


Looking Through The Lens of The “Coachee”… Empowering Teachers and Cindy Kruse Students DVR-PASCD President Elect

Cindy serves as Treasurer for the DVRPASCD Board. As an independent educational consultant, Cindy partners with educational organizations to develop and deliver professional learning opportunities for educators through workshops and instructional coaching. Her areas of expertise are: literacy, Growth Mindset, gifted education, engaging classroom instruction, and effective classroom management. Many of us have benefited from the feedback and expertise of a coach at some point in our lives. It may have been while on a sports team, during a dance competition, or perhaps even in the classroom. Coaches provide a unique perspective in order to help those they are working with to build and refine their skills. The research supports the powerful positive impact that instructional coaching can have on student learning (Darling-Hammond, 2009).

Teaching is typically accomplished in silos … each teacher building their own classroom culture within their four walls. Opening the doors can make a teacher feel anxious and vulnerable. What does coaching look like and feel like from the “coachee’s” perspective? This past year I coached teachers at the First State Montessori Academy as part of their new teacher induction plan. Jennifer Scarpetti was stepping back into teaching as a K/1 classroom teacher. Part of her coaching experience included online learning through courses that I designed, as well as opportunities to apply her new learning. I observed her teaching in the classroom, and we debriefed and planned together over the course of the year.

However, there has not been much written on coaching from the perspective of the “coachee” (the person receiving the feedback as they implement new strategies). When entering into a coaching relationship many teachers are nervous as they open their classroom doors.


Looking Through The Lens of The “Coachee”… Empowering Teachers and Cindy Kruse Students DVR-PASCD President Elect

I invite you to listen in to Jennifer's thoughts and feelings as she reflects on her coaching experience... Cindy: How did you feel about this coaching experience? Jennifer: The coaching experience was valuable as I stepped back into a K/1 classroom after many years. It helped me draw on previous experience as well as learn new things. The observations, feedback and suggestions were valuable to help me grow as an educator. Cindy: What are a few of the most important ideas that you've learned and/lor heard?

Jennifer: I think the most important ideas came from our conversations about “teacher talk." When you stop and think about how simple rephrasing can help the students focus and learn, it is very powerful. Cindy: How will you use this new knowledge? How will your classroom instruction change as a result? Jennifer: Most of all, I have become very aware of what I am saying, and how I am saying it. It takes a lot of practice to adjust prior practices but I will continue to work on this. Cindy: What successes in the classroom have you had/seen due to this coaching experience?

"Coaching empowers teachers to be able to achieve their own goals as well as the goals they have set for their students." - Cindy Kruse 5

Looking Through The Lens of The “Coachee”… Empowering Teachers and Cindy Kruse Students DVR-PASCD President Elect

Jennifer: One activity that I used after a coaching session was the y chart. It was in the spring, and my students needed to revisit some of our classroom routines and procedures. This activity fit perfectly with our conversations about teacher talk, and letting the children take ownership and come up with the ideas to help their learning. As we went through the activity, the class was able to come up with many ideas about what a focused Montessori classroom looked like, sounded like and felt like. The ideas that the class generated about what it felt like in a focused classroom were impressive and very positive. These were the ideas that came directly from the students. I was able to make the connection with them that if they were able to think about what the classroom should look like and sound like; they would experience those positive “feel like” feelings. It was an exciting activity to do with the class. We posted it in the classroom as a reference and reminder for the remainder of the school year.

Instructional Coaching provides the opportunity for powerful learning as teachers receive inthe-moment feedback as they apply new learning and strategies. Teachers receive the support they need to in order to learn, refine, and build their teaching toolbox. Coaching empowers teachers to be able to achieve their own goals as well as the goals they have set with their students. I have found that coaching also affords wonderful learning opportunities for the coach…stay tuned to hear more from the coach’s perspective in our next issue!

When teachers stop learning, so do students. - JIM KNIGHT


EVENT RECAP Maker Night for Families & Educators Linda Bluebello DVR-PASCD Board Member On Wednesday, May 9th, the Delaware Valley Region of the PA Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (DVR-PASCD), the Southeast PA Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Southeast PAECT), and The School District of Haverford Township partnered for an exciting, hands-on learning experience for educators and, for the first time, families in the region! The workshop, entitled Maker Night for Families and Educators, held at Chestnutwold Elementary School, in Haverford Township, provided an evening of creativity, exploration, and innovation for children (ages 7+), parents, and educators. Its focus was the direct result of feedback received from a previous DVRPASCD professional development event on the educational maker movement. Participants had asked for more time and opportunities to experience makerspaces first-hand. At the May 9th workshop, Dr. Joe Mazza was the featured presenter. He is CEO/Founder of #Makerdads, an innovative program that offers a menu of customizable experiences to start a makerspace in schools and communities. Dr. Mazza is a former school principal, teacher, and bilingual administrator. He currently lectures at the UPenn Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and is a frequent international speaker, blogger and

on topics covering family and community engagement and brain-based online learning. Dr. Mazza’s innovative work has been written about in fifteen books since 2005. Maker Night for Families and Educators began with a warm welcome and introductions from DVR Board member and event organizer, Ms. Christy Brennan, Marple Newtown School District librarian. Participants then had the opportunity to actively participate in Making, Doing, Inventing, Creating, and Tinkering!


EVENT RECAP Maker Night for Families & Educators Linda Bluebello DVR-PASCD Board Member There were ten stations from which participants could choose to experience. These exciting centers included Carpentry (crafting bird houses from provided materials), Technology Autopsy (dismantling computers and keyboards), Smartphone challenge (putting a variety of phones and smartphones in chronological order), Coding, Robotics, Makerspace Planning, 3D Printing, Library Engagement, and a 360 degree Virtual Reality experience (VR) using a smartphone and VR goggles. Students, parents, and educators could explore as many stations as they wished! After an hour of “Making” and fun, participants were eager to share their makerspace experiences and walk away with some exciting door prizes. All agreed that the evening truly provided them with a better understanding of makerspaces, including how important it is to have students tell us what kind of makers they are, and to continue these important conversations both at home and school. As Laura Fleming stated in her book, Worlds of Making, (a makerspace) “…is an environment that emphasizes the importance of openness and sharing within and beyond the school…” Maker Night for Families and Educators provided a wonderful venue for parents and educators to see the importance of creating a culture of innovation for home and school on any budget.

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Mini Grants to Educators Rina Vassallo DVR-PASCD Board Member Rina is a retired educator who now consults in education and career advancement. She has taught at all levels K-12 and has served as an Adjunct Professor at WCU. Rina was both Director of Teaching and Learning at Springfield School District and the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). Since earning her Ed.D. in 2007 from Widener University she has served on dissertation committees at area universities and volunteers for Wings for Success and Delaware County Women Against Rape. Each year DVR-PASCD offers mini-grants to educators. This past year the project: Instruction and Assessment of the PA Core Geometry Standards in Kindergarten: Cultivating Best Practices was awarded to Heidi Rochlin from Spring-Ford Area School District. Heidi wrote the following description of her project and submitted photos of her students in action: The goal of this project was to design engaging, hands-on activities for the Kindergarten classroom to teach PA Core Geometry standards. The standards for Kindergarten include identifying, analyzing, comparing, creating and composing two and three-dimensional shapes. We also wanted to incorporate the Standards for Mathematical Practice into these activities.

Through the use of the “Magical Magnet� construction toys, students were able to easily show their knowledge of two and threedimensional shapes, and teachers were able to easily assess student understanding of Geometry concepts, all while having fun! This tool helped both students and teachers experience a more hands-on and engaging classroom. Through the work of our curriculum facilitators for Kindergarten math, these tools were able to be incorporated into daily lessons, curriculum and centers seamlessly throughout the year. Teachers experience a more hands-on and engaging classroom. Through the work of our curriculum facilitators for Kindergarten math, these tools were able to be incorporated into daily lessons, curriculum and centers seamlessly throughout the year. I have included some pictures from our Kindergarten classrooms on the next page!


Mini Grants to Educators Rina Vassallo DVR-PASCD Board Member

Instruction and Assessment of the PA Core Geometry Standards in Kindergarten: Cultivating Best Practices


Mentoring Rina Vassallo DVR-PASCD Board Member A strong mentor/mentee relationship has the potential to empower both participants to continue to grow as leaders and educators. The concept of mentoring originated in the story of Homer’s Odyssey in ancient Greece. When Odysseus began his famous journey, he left his infant son, Telemachos, in the care of a companion named Mentor. After the war, Odysseus was condemned to wander for ten years in his vain attempt to return home. During that time, Telemachus grew up and eventually went in search of his father. Athena, the Goddess of War and Love, assumed the form of Mentor and accompanied Telemachus on his quest. Father and son were reunited and conquered those plotting for Odysseus' throne and Telemachus' birthright. And thus, the word Mentor became identified with trusted advisor, friend, teacher and wise person. As an educator whose head crashed into the glass ceiling on a pretty regular basis, I benefited greatly from the women and men who nurtured my desire to move forward in my career and who acted as trusted advisors, friends, teachers and wise persons. Once I became an educational leader, I vowed to pay it forward. As a board member of the PASA Women’s Caucus whose mission is “is to improve the status, rights and opportunities for

women in educational leadership”, I have had the privilege to mentor many young women seeking leadership positions and through my network in the Delaware Valley as an educator and board member of DVR-PASCD, I have had multiple opportunities to mentor leaders and future leaders. Most recently, I have worked with several young women who I had hired in my previous school district and who participated in new teacher induction I led over a decade ago. I have also rediscovered a former 5th grade student who is on exciting career path. I am constantly amazed how much I benefit from these relationships. It’s always exciting to be with young people and experience the world through their fresh eyes. I learn so much as I live vicariously through their experiences. I am a reflector by nature and it gives me an opportunity to reflect on my experiences, as well as “Monday morning quarterback” the mentee’s issues. Research on mentoring indicates five commonly used mentoring techniques: accompanying, sowing, catalyzing, showing and harvesting. These techniques are all effective and can be used as needed in the mentoring relationship. Being familiar with them will allow the mentor as well as the mentee a meaningful and deeper relationship and an understanding of the value of “just in time” learning.


Mentoring Rina Vassallo DVR-PASCD Board Member Accompanying is a making commitment in a caring way and involves taking part in the learning process side-by-side with the learner. Sowing is a technique used by a mentor which includes information that the mentor may not be understood or even be acceptable first, but will make sense and have value to the mentee when the situation requires it. Catalyzing includes having mentor plunge the learner right into change which pushes the mentee into a different way of thinking, a change in identity or a re-ordering of values. When change reaches a critical level of pressure, learning can escalate.

A meta-analysis of 112 individual research studies has found mentoring individuals has significant behavioral, attitudinal, health-related, relational, motivational, and career benefits. Based on my experiences in mentoring relationships, there are multiple benefits to be gained by both parties. Eby, L. T., Allen, T. D., Evans, S. C., Ng, T., & DuBois, D. (2008). Does Mentoring Matter? A Multidisciplinary Meta-Analysis Comparing Mentored and Non-Mentored Individuals. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 72(2), 254–267. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2007.04.005

Showing includes making something understandable by using the mentor’s experiences as an example to demonstrate a skill or activity. By sharing her own behaviors in a given situation, the mentor can better illustrate an issue. Harvesting focuses on "picking the ripe fruit". It is usually used to create awareness of what was learned by experience and to draw conclusions. Key questions used by the mentor are: what have you learned? And how useful is it?


Designing Your Life Rina Vassallo DVR-PASCD Board Member Designing Your Life: The Movement to Live a Well-Lived, Joyful Life is written by two Stanford professors who have utilized the principles of design to teach college students to carefully and thoughtfully design their life. The book was developed from a very popular elective course by the same name and TED talks are available by both authors.

The crux of the book are the mindsets they developed to assist in designing a well-lived lifecuriosity, bias to action, reframing, awareness and radical collaboration. Each step is defined, and multiple examples are presented and discussed. Additionally, the book provides activities to utilize activities to utilize and deepen these concepts.

Design thinking frequently used in engineering to design and in business to look at innovations and enhance customer service can be described as creative thinking utilized to problem solve. It follows 5 stages: empathize, define (the problem), ideate, prototype, and test. In this book, authors Burnett and Evans adapt and personalize this organizational approach to answer the iconic questionwhat do I do with my life? IMAGE SOURCE: https://designingyour.life/the-book/

Though often recommended as a career book, the ideas presented in this book can be utilized by anyone who is transitioning from school to the workplace, from one career to the next, from career to retirement or an encore career- really anyone who desires an innovative path to add meaning and purpose in life. It would also inform educator’s work with young adults. At the end of the book the authors discuss three ways of looking at work and careers They include thoughts and ideas on expanding our current role, changing our job or exploring what we would do if money was not an issue.


Designing Your Life Rina Vassallo DVR-PASCD Board Member

Burnett and Evan have recently published a companion workbook entitled The Designing Your Life Workbook: A Framework for Building A Life You Can Thrive In which guides the reader through each concept presented in the original book with a variety of thinking and writing activities. The book is a valuable resource for personal growth and career development. Burnett, W, & Evans, D. J. (2016). Designing your life: How to build a well-lived, joyful life. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

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Conference Spotlight The 68th Annual PASCD Conference: Advocate. Connect. Transform. It's Time to Act! Are your students "Future Ready?" November 18 - 20th Join colleagues from across the state for The 68th Annual Pennsylvania ASCD Conference as it returns to Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA this November. Internationally recognized speakers, Tom Murray and Margaret Golden, along with Pennsylvania's own Dr. Jean Dyszel, will keynote at this year's conference. There will be 20 one-hour small group sessions led by Pennsylvania educators showcasing educational best practices on topics such as Career Pathways, ESSA Implementation, Community Connections, Building Relationships, Innovation, Whole Child, and much more. Conference registration is open NOW! Go to https://pascd.org/Conference-Registration

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