MSEA Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Conference

March 10, 2018 - 8:00am to 3:30pm
Annapolis DoubleTree
210 Holiday Court
Annapolis, MD 21401


MSEA’s 2018 IPD Conference theme is Social Justice for the Common Good. Workshops have been designed to help educators tackle the tough classroom issues of bias, student trauma, poverty, LGBT, cyber safety, and discrimination in the workplace. Presenters include MSEA & NEA members and staff, as well as community experts from local universities and organizations. Pre-registration is required.

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Registrants will select three sessions.
Seats are filled first-come, first-served. It is possible you may be placed in your second choice.

NOTE: This conference is for MSEA members only. If you are not yet a member and would like to attend, contact the local association in the county where you work for more information on how to become a member.

Session 1 Offerings:

Creative & Collaborative Approaches to Trauma-Informed Instruction Dr. Lisa Phifer, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Prince George’s County Public Schools.

This presentation will provide an overview of best practices in trauma-informed instruction using a multi-tiered approach.  Participants will gain an understanding of the impact of trauma on classroom performance, including academic and behavioral performance.  The presentation will provide examples of effective interventions within a three tiered approach.  Practical classroom focused interventions will be shared to help support language development, reading comprehension, social emotional functioning, and build healthy relationships.  The presentation will include case study, discussion and hands-on activities. 

Bias, Who Me? Unearthing Implicit Bias Dr. Adriane Dorrington, NEA Senior Policy Analyst, Teacher Quality.

Even the most committed educator in the world harbor biases. It is easy to discern our “explicit” biases because we are consciously aware of those attitudes and beliefs. Even though many of our explicit biases arise as the direct result of a perceive threat, we can consciously regulate them. However, the same cannot be said for “implicit” biases. In this session, we will examine how “implicit biases” unknowingly impact our beliefs and actions and we will explore strategies that can unearth and help counter implicit biases.

Supporting Homeless Students in Our Schools and Classrooms

Students who are homeless or “doubling up” are often a hidden part of our class rosters. Although homeless students rarely identify themselves to teachers, they face incredible challenges, such as completing homework assignments and staying focused in class. This workshop will identify many of these issues and discuss how educators can make a difference in helping students overcome these hurdles to become academically successful.


Session 2 Offerings:

9 Ways Educators Can Support Children Experiencing TraumaKatie Donlevie, Julye Williams, First Book.

Come participate in an interactive workshop with our partners from First Book!  Participants will learn about the definition and causes of childhood trauma and how it affects students’ learning. Discover research-based action steps to support students experiencing trauma. Concrete tools and materials will be available to take back to schools, including the Trauma Toolkit for Educators, created with support from MSEA.

Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children Online Vincent DeVivo, Community Outreach Specialist for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland.

This internet safety program provides communities the necessary information to keep children safe on the internet. It is free of charge and available to your community, PTA, school faculty, and professional development meetings. The multimedia presentation informs adults about how best to protect young people from negative and criminal influences online. Topics include social networking, cyber bullying, sexting, and internet predators. The program provides prevention and intervention strategies and internet safety resources.

MSEA Legal Talk: Discrimination, Social Issues and MoreDamon R. Felton, Esq., MSEA Associate Counsel and Jamie L. Sapia, Esq. MSEA Assistant Counsel.

When MSEA gets legal questions regarding workplace discrimination and bullying, members are often surprised by the legal definitions and the threshold for evidence to prove such cases. Come to this session to have your questions answered about these and other issues dealing with professional responsibility. Do you know what court decisions commonly affect educators? Are you aware how many educators are falsely accused by students? Do you know what you should do and not do if confronted with false student allegations? Employee discipline? We’ll address these issues and take your questions during this session.


Session 3 Offerings:

Using Brain Science to be a Trauma-Informed Educator Lisa Spera and Dannielle Midkiff, Positive Responses to Issues of Discipline with Elementary students (PRIDE) program: Carroll County Public Schools. Current statistics dictate that one in five students in public education classrooms are affected by diagnosable mental health issues that significantly impact their social, emotional, problem-solving and academic abilities.  Most of our teacher-prep programs didn’t convey the critical brain science and instructional-engagement strategies that we need in order to effectively reach our students.  Spend your afternoon session understanding what childhood trauma is and some ways to address it instructionally.  We will remind you of how powerful you are in that classroom and validate the reasons we all got into education in the first place.    

Educators as Allies: Building Welcoming and Affirming Schools for LGBT Students Nicola van Kuilenburg, MSEA UniServ Director; James van Kuilenburg, Trans Youth Advocate & FCPS student; Sharon Zearfoss Naugle, Frederick County music teacher & FCTA member. This training is designed to give educators the tools they need to be allies for their LGBT+ students. We will begin by getting participants comfortable with terminology, and then using Maryland specific data, we will look at the unique challenges faced by LGBT+ students in our schools. You will then learn how to advocate for safe and affirming spaces for your students and receive practical tips on being an educator-ally.

Race, Poverty, and Culture: An Intersection for Growth and Learning for All Dr. Wilbur Parker, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Bowie State University.

This session will focus on the lived experiences and assets students bring to schools and classrooms. Participants will explore messaging about culturally and linguistically diverse students and families who live in poverty, examine educator beliefs and perspectives and how they impact instruction, student learning and discipline, and develop strategies and solutions to improve instruction, student learning and discipline outcomes. We strongly believe that instructional educators are the key to improving the academic and discipline issues that impair student learning. We also believe instructional educators have the power to positively impact and improve student learning.


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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2018 or until workshops are full.

RSVP Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:00pm