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Wednesday, May 3

Keynote Session – 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Being Present in the Present
In a time where multitasking and doing more with less are often the expectation, it is critical to commit to the power of presence in all areas of our lives. So often, long periods of time elapse with little time to stop, breathe, reflect and enjoy. We only have one moment in each moment! This session will focus on the benefits of presence and mindfulness, as well as strategies to increase our own presence to maximize personal and professional benefits.
Speaker: Regina Speaker Palubinsky, Ed.D., Great Valley SD superintendent

Thursday, May 4

Educational Sessions

Appreciate Your Passion (8:30-10 a.m.)
As folks are in the midst of New Year's resolutions, how long will they stick to them. Studies show only 8% are still at it after six months! What about the rest of the year? Are people leading their lives or being led by other events? Motivation is key, but will only take you so far. Discipline is key, as is crafting visible goals. Learn how to set and pursue meaningful goals to achieve success through the second half of 2017!
Presenter: Steve Carney, motivational speaker, retired Colonel and retired PDE staff member

The Hidden Gems of Google (8:30-10 a.m., 1:15-2:45 p.m.)
Just when you thought you knew everything about Google! Learn Google’s hidden gems to improve how you work, conduct effective research, work collaboratively and increase productivity. Harness the power of Google search and advanced search techniques, Google tools and customized search, as well as featured Chrome tools.
Presenter: Jared P. Mader, director of educational technology, Lincoln Intermediate Unit

Not a Designer: Events & Meetings  (8:30-10 a.m., 1:15-2:45 p.m.)
Almost everything we do needs a graphic touch, from flyers to websites to presentations, but what if that's not your skill set? You don't have to be an artist or use graphics software. Join a professional graphic designer for a layman’s-terms, crash course in design for office professionals for meetings and event-related design. Leave with a checklist to help you meet the modern standards. Everything you touch has the potential to look its best, even if you’re not a designer.
Presenter: Laura Mikowychok, an award-winning independent consultant specializing in graphic, web and media design

Using the Law of Cause and Effect  (8:30-10 a.m., 1:15-2:45 p.m.)
In this empowering session, participants will learn ways to enhance the magic of their life experience, every moment, every day. By understanding the Law of Cause and Effect we can reshape our lives, freeing ourselves from stress and burden. Participants will learn applicable techniques they can begin implementing immediately to see a positive improvement in their life.
Presenter: Gretchen Sortzi, motivational speaker, author, business owner and empowerment coach

Google Apps to Save Your Life…or at Least to Make it Easier (10:15-11:45 a.m., 3-4:30 p.m.)
Learn the best practices of use, add-ons and features to the core of Google’s G Suite for education and business. Learn to effectively manage and use Google applications to more efficiently manage workflow. Find the best add-ons and features created by Google partners and third-party developers to enhance the already powerful feature set of G Suite.
Presenter: Jared P. Mader, director of educational technology, Lincoln Intermediate Unit

How to Manage Up (10:15-11:45 a.m., 1:15-2:45 p.m.)
Are you interested in managing up, including your supervisor? If so, this interactive session will provide you an opportunity to better understand your supervisor and his/her goals, build upon and focus on the strengths of your professional relationship and nurture that relationship. Learn how to establish expectations that are mutually agreeable and beneficial both to each other and to your organization.
Presenter: John J. Sygielsky Ed.D., president, Harrisburg Area Community College

The Happiness Advantage (10:15-11:45 a.m., 1:15-2:45 p.m.)
An introduction to the principles of positive psychology and the science of happiness. While we all understand that happiness is a complex state of mind, there are simple skills you can learn that take just a few minutes every day, which can quietly but profoundly change the way you see the world. What does happiness have to do with work? Happiness fuels success. Discover how your brain becomes more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work when you are happy!
Presenter: Debra LaRosa, training officer, PA Department of Education's Bureau of Human Resources

Making Your Dream Come True (10:15-11:45 a.m., 3-4:30 p.m.)
Large or small we all have things we want to accomplish. We need help identifying and achieving those goals because we don’t know how to get it all done. This is a session designed for anyone who wants to see a goal come true, because it’s never too late. Come learn the skills to make realizing your dreams reality.
Presenter: Gretchen Sortzi, motivational speaker, author, business owner and empowerment coach

Not a Designer: Newsletters, Flyers & Websites (10:15-11:45 a.m., 3-4:30 p.m.)
As schools and intermediate units strive to do more with less, “designer” might be one of the many hats an office professional must wear. Join a professional graphic and web designer for a layman’s-terms, crash course in design for office professionals. Leave with a checklist to help you meet the modern standards customers expect. Everything you touch has the potential to look its best, even if you’re not a designer.
Presenter: Laura Mikowychok, an award-winning independent consultant specializing in graphic, web and media design

Event Planning 101 (3-4:30 p.m.)
Do you find yourself planning events, large and small, with more frequency? Come learn from the pros how to manage an event from beginning to end and even afterward, making it memorable for attendees and a piece of cake for you, the organizer.
Presenter: Andrea Mead, chief of staff, Office of the First Lady, Commonwealth of Pa.

PSERS Foundations for Your Future (3-4:30 p.m.)
The PSERS Foundations for your Future presentation is designed to give public school employees an overview of their retirement benefits, as well as review critical information about the retirement system. This program provides all active members with general information about PSERS benefits and services. Attendance at the Foundations for Your Future Program will help you begin to plan for your retirement no matter where you are in your career.
Presenter: Dan Hoy, PSERS regional representative

All You Need to Know about the PSP/CEOE Certification Program (8:30-10 a.m.)
It is your turn to be recognized for your commitment and dedication to the educational office profession. As an educational office professional you have attended workshops, seminars and other professional development opportunities. Learn how to earn your Professional Standards Program certificate and CEOE (Certified Educational Office Employee) distinction from the ONLY nationally certified program for educational office professionals. This is your opportunity to discover how to join hundreds of educational office professionals throughout the nation by obtaining your Professional Standards Certification. During the session the PA Professional Standards Program Chairman will provide an overview of how easy it is to complete the application. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and applications to the session.
Presenter: Bonnie J. Miller CEOE, PAEOP PSP chairperson and PAEOP Past President, NAEOP PSP governing board member

Friday, May 5

PDE Speaker Panel
This panel is an opportunity for participants to learn more about the Pa. Department of Education and to obtain answers from the experts. Questions may be submitted in advance online here!
Participants: Dr. David Volkman, executive deputy secretary of education (moderator); Matthew Stem, deputy secretary for elementary and secondary education; Dr. Will Del Pillar, deputy secretary for postsecondary and higher education; Ann Hinkson-Herrmann, director of the Bureau of Special Education; and Robert Datorre, deputy chief counsel — all of Pa. Department of Education.

Closing Speaker — 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Dante’s Devil: Strengthening Education through Breaking Free from Prisons
As we strive to realize our potential and help students do the same, we often get caught up on self-made prisons that hold us back. Professor, pastor and author Dr. David von Schlichten will offer strategies for how to break free and empower ourselves and students to make the world a more peaceful and loving place. Learn how to break free from perfectionism, pointless arguments, the victim mentality, and much more!
Presenter: David von Schlichten, D.Min., Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies at Seton Hill University

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