Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions
Conference participants will be able to pick from a variety of topics presented during two (2), one (1.25) hour concurrent sessions: from 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and from 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. A number of topics for different grade levels will be offered in each session. Participants are asked to pre-register for the topics that they would like to attend since seating will be limited in most of the sessions. 

Concurrent Session 1 10:15-11:30 a.m.

1A. What's Right With You! Marjorie Schiering, Molloy College's Division of Education
Level: Early Childhood
The workshop will focus on activities to stimulate conversations, as well as personal anecdotes, and interactive teaching/learning techniques to build self-esteem creating a harmonious classroom atmosphere.  A special focus will be on character development in the early childhood setting.

1B. STEM for All Allison Robb & Christine McGuire Central Boulevard School, Bethpage UFSD
Level: Elementary School
Through STEM Elementary students have the opportunity to think like engineers, design creatively, and persevere in accomplishing real-world tasks. Planning, preparation, and classroom environment to ensure student safety, support and challenge during a STEM unit in an inclusive setting will be discussed.  

1D. Get in the Backyard: Creating and Implementing an Inclusive Community Program Ryan Delaney, Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Rockville Centre Schools and Director of the Backyard Players and Friends, Cristine Daly, Early Childhood Educator, Director of the Backyard Players and Friends, Ellen White Executive Director of the Backyard Players and Friends, Joan Kelly, Director of the Backyard Players and Friends, Sarah Golden, BFA, Backyard Players and Friends
Level: Middle School/High School/Post-Secondary
The organization's goal is to enrich the lives of individual with diverse abilities through theater arts, yoga, fil study, community service, fitness, as well as in other areas. This is an inclusive organization and the presentation will also include an interactive demonstration.   

1E. Inclusion in the Arts: Serving Students with Physical Disabilities within the Arts Jessica Rubin Media Technology Teacher. Elena Carnevali Music Teacher, Tim Bloodgood, The Henry Viscardi School
Level: All
Various tools and adaptive equipment in the arts for students with various physical disabilities will be discussed and demonstrated, with the goal of making all students feel included within the arts.   

1F. How Should Educational Communities Respond: to Student Mental Health and Substance and Substance Abuse Issues in Schools from a Legal Perspective Laura J. Granelli, Esq. and Carol A. Melnick, Esq.
Level: All
This presentation will give an overview of legal issues pertaining to student mental health and substance abuse and will include identification of such students, confidentiality considerations, as well as supports options for handling misbehavior, and liability.

1G. Disruption & Mindful Math  Cancelled Sherone Smith-Sanchez, Molloy College
Level: All
How to turn challenges into opportunities when disaster strikes. Based on the theories of John Furth.  

1H. School/Community Connections David Schneider, Bethpage School District's Superintendent
Level: All
School/Community Connections will focus on the ways in which schools and staff can develop a greater sense of connection between the school and home, the workshop will address ongoing challenges teachers face in making the classroom part of the larger community.

1I. Integrating Mindfulness at the Middle School Level Erin Hayes, assistant principal, Kyle Bristol, school psychologist, JFK Middle School, Bethpage
Level: MS/HS
A Mindfulness educational program and its rational for teaching stress management will be discussed, as well as ideas for mindfulness practice integration in your school, classroom,
and life.

1J. It's All About the Culture: Establishing a Culture to Support Social and Emotional Learning Steve Furey Principal, Jeanine Ceccoli Speech Teacher and Chairperson, Callan Lonergan Special
Education Teacher, Kerry Wassinger Elementary School Teacher, and Kristina Spiess School Psychologist, Central Boulevard School, Bethpage UFSD
Level: Elementary
The team of presenters will share ideas and practices to help the diverse learners in today's schools.

Concurrent Session 2 12:15 -1: 30 p.m.   

2A. Technology Fever! Using Tech Tools to Enhance Student Voice Kristin Rochford & Danielle Flaim, Charles Campaigne School, Bethpage UFSD
Level: Early Childhood
Attendees will be inspired to use technology tools for all learners in their classrooms. Tech tools and their implementation will be discussed and demonstrated.   

2B. Integrating Mindfulness at the Middle School Level Erin Hayes, assistant principal, Kyle Bristol, school psychologist, JFK Middle School, Bethpage
Level: MS/HS
A Mindfulness educational program and its rationale for teaching stress management will be discussed, as well as ideas for mindfulness practice integration in your school, classroom, and life

2C. From Barn to Boardroom Stella Spanakos Co-Founder of Spectrum Designs and the Nicolas Center
Level: Post-Secondary
How a vision and need turned into a successful custom apparel business, providing training, support, and employment for individuals on the Autism spectrum.   

2D. I Believed They Could So I Did... Lisa A. Gotti, Founder & CEO, Pal-O-Min Equestrians
Level: All
Pal-O-Mine teaches students who are disengaged from the traditional educational setting  by using horses to foster growth, learning, and healing. It is now one of the largest equine assisted therapy centers in the U.S. serving children and adults with special needs, survivors of trauma, military families and the impoverished.   

2E. Free Drum & Bugle Corps Brian Calhoun, Founder & Director of the FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps (The World's 1st Differently Abled Drum & Bugle Corps) 
Level: All
An educational, interactive workshop focusing on helping people discover their hidden talents (focusing on abilities, not disabilities), inclusion for people of all Abilities in Music and the therapeutic benefits of
Music, all while implementing the education, philosophies and principles that have helped make the FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps so successful.

2F. Great Boat Trip Until the Tide Went Out! Creating Inclusive Field Trips Patrice McCarthy Kuntzler, Molloy College's Division of Education, Former Executive Director at the Henry Viscardi School, Debbie Cuevas, parent/caregiver, Robert T. Pipia, Nassau County District Court Judge
Level: All

2G. What's Right with You, Marjorie Schiering, Molloy College's Division of Education
Level: All
The workshop will focus on activities to stimulate conversations, as well as personal anecdotes, and interactive teaching/learning techniques to buildself-esteem creating a harmonious classroom atmosphere.  

2H. Inclusivity: Imagine the Possibilities This session is closed! Kathleen Quinn, Board Member. Kathleen Quinn Broker, Director, Mary Quinn's Mark Foundation
Level: All
Mary Quinn Mark Foundation's mission is to support the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in their community. Inclusion is not only the best practice but the right of the individual with a disability.

2I. It's All About the Culture: Establishing a Culture to Support Social and Emotional Learning Canceled   Steve Furey Principal, Jeanine Ceccoli Speech Teacher and Chairperson, Callan Lonergan Special
Education Teacher, Kerry Wassinger Elementary School Teacher, and Kristina Spiess School Psychologist, Central Boulevard School, Bethpage UFSD
Level: Elementary
The team of presenters will share ideas and practices to help the diverse learners in today's schools.