Tuesday, March 13, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM


8:30 AM to 3:00 PM


Great Hall
1145 King Road
Immaculata, PA 19345

Program Fees:
ADVIS, PAISBOA and SEPCHE members pay $30 per person. Payment should be made by check or credit card in advance of the program. Program fee includes breakfast and lunch.

Registration closes on March 6



Schedule of Events

8:30 – 9:00: Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome from Barbara Lettiere, Immaculata University President

9:00 – 10:30: Moderated Panel Discussion/Q&A
K-12 Administrators/Academic Deans

  • What are independent schools looking for in new teachers?
  • How are new teachers effectively/ineffectively navigating the independent school environment?
  • What forms of assessment are being used to evaluate student teachers/classroom teachers?
  • How can independent school practitioners improve in their profession practice, and how can Universities support that growth?21st century learning - what does it look like in your classroom?
  • Where/how can we collaborate to close the gaps in necessary teaching skills?

10:45 – 12 Noon: Breakout Sessions I & 2

  • Formative Assessment: Tools for Teachers ~ David Brightbill, Academic Dean for Curriculum and Professional Development, William Penn Charter School; Peggy Schooling, Assistant Professor of Education, Immaculata University
    In this highly interactive session, participants will experience how formative assessment in the classroom can help teachers to: 1) get information from students about what they are learning 2) give better and ongoing feedback to students, and 3)  adjust their teaching methods to help students meet learning goals. Formative assessments using physical movement, technology, large post-its and paper and pencil will be modeled as a means to increase student motivation and control over their own learning. In order to engage fully in this session, we encourage participants to bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Moving from Anxiety to Resilience ~ Linda Jarrett-Armiger, Guidance Counselor, Center School; Colleen Lelli, Associate Professor, Education, Cabrini University; Brian Serbin, Director of Residential Life, Church Farm School; Mindy Wawrzyniak, Head of School, Center School
    In this session, educators in grades K-12 will learn about the effects that childhood adversity and anxiety can have on a student's learning and performance in the classroom based upon various factors including trauma and learning disabilities. Educators will gain an understanding of the perspective of the student with anxiety and learn practical strategies that can be used to build resilience in the anxious student.

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch and Networking

1:00 – 2:15: Breakout Sessions 3 & 4

  • Brain-Targeted Teaching/Neuroscience of LearningKimberly Dean, Assistant Professor/Chair, School of Education, Arcadia University; Charlotte Baker Dean, 3rd Grade Teacher, Germantown Academy
    How can educators take advantage of the body of knowledge in brain science to optimize learning in the classroom? We will use the brain targeted teaching model to dispel several “neuro-myths” and apply educational and cognitive neuroscience principles into classroom settings through a pedagogical framework. Examples of how the brain’s need for patterns and connections can support enduring understandings in problem-based, arts integrated, embodied and project based approaches will support this interactive session. Participants will focus on planning a brain-targeted teaching/learning unit and will work collaboratively to design a learning experience using the principles. Participants will then imagine how their visual concept map can thread meaningful technology through concepts/content/activities and assessment.
  • Creating PBL Classrooms that are Driven by Student Inquiry ~ Rhonda Hill, Director of School & District Leadership, Buck Institute for Education; Marianne Kaemmer, Adjunct Instructor Graduate & Professional Studies, Gwynedd Mercy University; Lindsey Rauch, Director of Curriculum & Student Life, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary School
    How do you build a culture of sustained inquiry? What do classrooms look like that are centered around student questions? In this interactive session, participants will analyze the Buck Institute for Education’s Gold Standard Project Based Teaching Practices through the lens of sustained inquiry. Through conversation, video analysis and anchor text exploration, participants will unpack the Gold Standard descriptors to understand what the teaching practices look like and sound like in service of sustained inquiry. Participants will reflect on their own practice and plan for how to implement a key takeaway.

2:15 – 2:45: Reflection and Next Steps in this Collaboration


Building Independent School/University Partnerships for Better Teaching & Learning

PAISBOA has joined forces with SEPCHE (Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education) and ADVIS (Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools) to create partnerships and facilitate collaboration among independent school K-12 educators and Higher Education professionals. This inaugural conference, scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, at Immaculata University, aims to create a foundation for ongoing collaborations that:

  • Builds a regional professional learning community improving teaching and learning; 
  • Creates a larger, local pool of teacher/administrator candidates for independent schools; 
  • Exposes teacher candidates to independent school education through practicums and other preparatory programs; 
  • Increases university enrollment from independent school teachers interested in enhancing their careers in education and/or administration.

The conference includes an opening panel discussion establishing a framework for our collaboration, as well as two breakout sessions for in-depth examination on the following topics:

  1. Formative Assessment 
  2. Project-Based Learning
  3. Brain-based Teaching/Neuroscience of Learning
  4. Wellness, Anxiety and Resiliency, Social Emotional Learning
Register Today!