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leadership , and the powerful , practical steps that each school district can take in their local communities .
Dr . Donna Beegle , CEO of Communication Across Barriers , presented “ Building Inclusive , Poverty-Informed School Communities ” on Tuesday morning . Sharing eye-opening data and her experiences growing up in generational poverty , Beegle effectively illustrated how poverty affects students ’ ability to learn and how school leaders and educators can help close the opportunity and achievement gaps for these students .
Keeping Children Safe and Secure Online
Empathy and communication are key to helping students in poverty , Beegle asserted . “ If you ’ re judging , you ’ re not able to connect ,” she said . “ Seek to know the ‘ why ’ behind the behavior . Go to the people impacted by poverty . They will tell you what ’ s in their way , what ’ s helpful for them .” She recommended examining school policy to ensure it doesn ’ t punish those in poverty conditions . Forming partnerships in the community with those who can provide opportunities for students to learn is also key .
“ Equity means meeting the students where they are , not where we want them to be , meeting the families where they are , not where we want them to be ,” Beegle said . “ We have to flip our paradigm from , ‘ they have to be ready for us ,’ to ‘ we have to be ready for them .’”
Superintendent of the Year Dr . Khalid Mumin
As keynote speakers on Day 3 of School Leadership Conference , authors Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski outlined the most poignant lessons from educator and TV personality Fred Rogers – 14.3 lessons to be exact , in honor of Rogers ’ beloved “ 143 ,” a figure representing the number of letters in each word of “ I love you .”
The authors affirm that Rogers ’ methods and tools are just as relevant today , if not more so , as they were in his time . In fact , Rogers ’ methods were so powerful that learning science is just now catching up to the “ Fred method ,” and today ’ s learning scientists are just beginning to implement his blueprints for learning that laid the foundation for his TV show Mister Rogers ’ Neighborhood , which first aired in 1968 .
PSERS Panel Discussion
“ Kids have to know that they matter to the adults around them . That they ’ re worth being proud of . And we can show kids that in lots of ways . By telling them , yes , but also by deploying all of the other tools that Fred Rogers taught us : by nurturing their curiosity , by protecting their creativity , by listening deeply and speaking lovingly ,” said Behr .
Featured sessions
PSBA CEO Nathan G . Mains hosted PA State Treasurer Stacy Garrity and PA Secretary of Banking and Securities Richard Vague in a panel discussion on topics related to the Pennsylvania Public School Employees ’ Retirement System ( PSERS ), with all three panelists currently serving on the PSERS Board of Trustees . They discussed changes being made to asset allocations , simplified and alternative investments , and lessened investment fees toward the goal of rebalancing and improving the pension fund performance .
During “ Keeping Children Safe and Secure Online ,” Fran Sempa from the Assistant U . S . Attorney ’ s Office for the Middle District of PA and Daniel Johns , special agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation , discussed the different kinds of federal crimes committed against children online . The experts provided data on social media / apps , gaming , cyberbullying , sexting , sextortion , internet predators , and being safe and secure online . They challenged stereotypes related to predators and explained what red flags to look for .
A final session with PA Auditor General Timothy DeFoor provided a brief overview of the responsibilities of the Auditor General ’ s Office and its activities across the commonwealth as “ a Pennsylvania fiscal
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