Pre-Recorded Webinars

Check out the recordings of our previous webinars!

Tuesday, July 7th at 11:00 AM

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Using Flipped-Classroom Strategies To Make Rigorous Instruction Possible
Presented by: Jennett Fassnacht, Social Science Instructor and Lead of the Teaching and Learning Team, Renaissance Academy Charter School

The Flipped Classroom instructional strategy, sometimes referred to by other names such as blended learning, allows teachers to differentiate instructuction, engage students in active learning, while also effectively addressing the skill and content standards of any discipline.

Tweens and teens are bombarded with digital and real life experiences that distract them from academic goals. By incorporating a variety of flipped-classroom techniques, teachers can engage and challenge students who might otherwise avoid rigorous tasks. In this session we will examine the fundamentals of the flipped classroom strategy, and how it can be adapted to a variety of curricular areas. This presentation is most suitable for teachers of fifth to twelfth grade who are eager to provide their students with rigorous instruction and are determined to make it work!

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Thursday, July 9th at 11:00 AM

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Welcoming Children Back to School During Covid-19
Presented by: Ashley Lackovich- Van Gorp, PhD

As schools prepare to reopen amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis, many educators are wondering how to talk to children about the virus in a way that will be reassuring. Join us to learn a strategy to not only assure kids of all ages but empower them to take care of themselves and each other.

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Tuesday, July 14th at 11:00 AM

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Insurance & Legal Considerations for Charter Schools in light of COVID 19
Presented by: Stephanie Haas, Account Executive, Sovereign Insurance Group, and Nicole Snyder, Esq., McKenna Snyder LLC

                          In this session, we will review potential legal issues and claims that may arise related to COVID-19 and will attempt to provide legally compliant strategies to manage risk & to proactively plan in order to meet the needs of your charter or cyber charter school in areas, including but not limited to: health & safety planning for students & staff, IDEA & Section 504 compliance & employment issues unique to the pandemic.

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Thursday, July 16th at 11:00 AM

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HR Impacts of Covid-19
Presented by:  Anne Gilson, Regional Director of HR Consulting at OneDigital Health and Benefits

This presentation will hone in on the Covid people related implications today and potentially in the future of Charter schools; successful communication systems and processes pre/post COVID will be shared; Discuss Post-COVID Wellness in remote/home and or classrooms – including mental health awareness – with an opportunity to define actions your school should consider; and finally The Human Experience and Covid, how resiliency can impact behaviors and success factors.

As the Regional Director of HR Consulting at OneDigital Health and Benefits, Anne Gilson will share experiences, best practices and data related to pre and post covid teachers, student, staff and administration implications.

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Wednesday, July 22nd at 11:00 AM

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Hints and Tips for Using BuildYourOwnCurriculum (BYOC)
Presented by: Katie Heiles, Research and Development Coordinator , and Tanya Contos, Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator, PA Distance Learning Charter School

By popular request! Join PCPCS and PA Distance Learning Charter School as they take you through a step by step guide to using this platform!

BuildYourOwnCurriculum (BYOC) uses technology to bring the teaching—and learning—experience into an evolving documented process that is easy to use, accessible anywhere, and aligned district-wide. BYOC was founded on a belief that curriculum must be of value to teachers. With BYOC, teachers don’t have to recreate curriculum from scratch each year. By simply entering curriculum once, then continuously assessing and improving, educators can save time on curriculum management, enter a process of continuous improvement, and shift focus to their true passion—teaching.

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Tuesday, July 28th at 11:00 AM

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Employment and Labor Considerations During and Post-COVID-19 Pandemic
Presented by: Carolyn Flynn, Esq., Associate Attorney, McKenna Snyder LLC

Charter schools have been forced to face a myriad of employment and labor issues due to the spread of COVID-19. This session will review several employment considerations raised during the pandemic including, but not limited to, paid time off and paid sick leave policies, work from home (WFH), unemployment compensation, workers™ compensation, union collective bargaining matters, and the implications of local and federal interim COVID-19 response legislation. We will also discuss the implications for employers of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to pandemic and provide employment-related guidance as the schools reopen and the interim COVID-19 legislation expires.

Numerous areas of employment law have been implicated by COVID-19 pandemic-related school and business closures, and impacted or modified by the interim COVID-19 response legislation, including:

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), paid sick leave and expanded FMLA provisions;
  • Working from home impacts work hour expectations and reporting; productivity and more;
  • Unemployment compensation;
  • Workers compensation;
  • Union collective bargaining matters and memorandums of understanding due to school closures;
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act); and Pennsylvania’s Act 13 of 2020.

The session will be designed to address the above areas and other employment issues that charter schools, as employers, are facing in this ever-changing pandemic. We will also review the expiration dates of the interim legislation (FFRCA, CARES Act, and Act 13 of 2020 and impacts on the school’s employment law policies.

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Wednesday, July 29th at 1:00 PM
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Title IX in the K-12 Environment–A New Focus
Presentation Part 1
Presentation Part 2

Presented by: Alan Shuckrow, Esq., Shareholder, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky; Kathy Clark, Esq., Shareholder, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky; Pam Connelly, Esq., Shareholder, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky; James Munnelly, Esq., Attorney, McKenna Snyder LLC

The new Title IX Regulations: A Compliance Overview:
United States Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’ new Title IX regulations, published May 6, 2020 and effective August 14, 2020, will substantially change the requirements for the handling of sexual misconduct claims in all institutions that provide educational programs or activities and accept federal funds. Institutional policies, processes, and practices surrounding sexual misconduct will all be impacted. As a result, litigation may increase, and litigation strategies will evolve.
In this session, leaders from K-12 public charter schools will learn from education attorneys with expertise in sexual misconduct response about the key regulatory changes, creating a compliant Title IX program, balancing the important legal obligations and rights, and other practical tips.

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Thursday, July 30th at 11:00 AM

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Ensuring Schools are Career Ready to Meet PA’s Future Ready Index
Presented by: Shira Woolf Cohen, Educational Consultant (former Charter School Principal)

Pennsylvania has included College and Career Measures as part of the Future Ready Index – the annual evaluation tool for all public schools!  Schools are figuring out ways to creatively  ensure their students are career ready! In this session, school leaders and academic coordinators will explore innovative ways to incorporate career education activities school-wide and in classrooms K-12. Leave this session with ideas, resources, and planning tools to ensure your teachers are prepared to address  meets PA’s career standards benchmark and industry based learning standards!

This session will provide participants with a clear overview of the College and Career Measures of the Future Ready Index. Participants will explore the benchmarks aligned to career standards and industry based learning standards, by identifying how the benchmarks apply to their specific school. Through an approach that describes school-wide and classroom activities from throughout Philadelphia, participants will become familiar with the PA Career Education and Work Standards and create draft plans for their school that meet the standards. There will be a variety of planning tools available for participants to use in their own schools, and a sharing of possible systems that could be used to track student progress towards meeting the benchmarks. Curriculum resources, partner organizations, and organizational tools will be shared as take-aways.

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Tuesday, August 4th at 1:00 PM

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Student Engagement Strategies in an Online Educational Environment
Presented by: Diana Perney, Director of Onboarding and Professional Development, PAVCS, Jennifer Burke, High School Science Teacher, PAVCS, Cindy Willits, Middle School Teacher, PAVCS, Katie Barnett, Elementary School Teacher, PAVCS, Jamie Burrell, Family Support Coordinator, PAVCS

Join with PA Virtual Charter School’s teachers and staff to discover tips and tricks for making the most of your online learning opportunities. PA Virtual has been a leader in cyber education for the past 20 years. With a full complement of educational supports and services for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, PA Virtual strives to provide an individualized educational model for every student. Discover the importance of creating and instilling school culture, developing parent and community partnerships, and insisting on transparent communication across all platforms.

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Wednesday, August 5th at 11:00 AM

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Remote Teaching Through an Equity Lens
Presented by: Tamiko Armbrister, M.Ed, Lauren Vargas, M.Ed, and Sara Jones, M.Ed, EdConnective

Using the Courageous Conversations framework (Singleton, 2014), this session will provide the language necessary to engage in conversations around race and equity in our schools. Grounded in a shared understanding of equity and the importance of doing this work within our current local and national contexts, facilitators will model reframing our thinking about remote teaching. Participants will then apply this thinking to curate actionable steps to uphold access and equity for all students. This one-hour session will lay the groundwork for participants to continue this necessary work as they plan for the upcoming school year and beyond.

NOTE: It would be helpful if participants read Paul Gorski’s “Avoiding Racial Equity Detours” (2019) and complete the Pre-Work Survey at least one week prior to August 5th, if possible. The article and survey will be sent 2 weeks before the training or can be accessed at the above links.

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Thursday, August 6th at 11:00 AM

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Navigating the Next Normal: Safeguarding Schools as Students Return to Class
Presented by: John Suggs, The Student Health Impact Project

John Suggs of DOCS Health and the Student Health Impact Project will speak on best practices, protocols, and policies to implement as students and faculty return to the classroom; along with putting the proper point-of-entry system in place to mitigate risks and spread of infection. The Student Health Impact Project provides school-based health, dental, and vision care for over 300,000 children throughout 10 school districts and charter school networks.

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Tuesday, August 11th at 11:00 AM

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Flattening the Digital Divide Curve: Implementing Blending Learning to Maximize Program Flexibility
Presented by: Lincoln Learning Solutions

For many schools forced to shut their doors in the wake of COVID-19, the transition to online learning has been taxing. Such a shift does not need to create a roadblock to student learning, however. By making slight changes to ensure you have a proper blended learning program in place, you can create a virtual alternative for you students and teachers to ensure no temporary displacement becomes a major setback in the future.

Thursday, September 24th at 1:00 PM
Achieve Growth in a Virtual Environment: Enrollment Marketing & Funding Growth in this Weird and Wacky Time
Presented by: Charter School Capital

The rules have changed, but student needs are bigger than ever. At a time when your school has to adapt to a whole new teaching paradigm, how can you expand enrollment and grow your school? In this webinar we’ll explore enrollment strategies to help you thrive in a virtual environment, and the funding tricks to get you there.

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Thursday, October 8th at 11:00 AM
Does Your Reading Program Have Enough Flex?
Presented by: Reading Plus

We know. 2020 has been a challenging year. We’ve all had to adapt to the societal changes that have resulted from COVID-19 and we’ll most likely have to continue to adapt throughout the school year as new information about COVID-19 emerges. Is your reading program flexible enough to give you the results you need? Does it offer teachers a quick and efficient way to assess their students at any point in time? Does it allow for personalized instruction—anywhere—so that students can learn from home and school? Does it offer a level of engagement that will keep students focused and on task, regardless of what challenges they encounter at home and at school?
Join us to learn more about Reading Plus, an adaptive literacy program proven to help students achieve 2.5 years of growth in just 60 hours of personalized instruction. Reading Plus has been implemented by 200 charter schools in 27 states, serving 50,000 students.

“Agora has looked for a reading supplemental program to meet the needs of middle and high school students for years. After reviewing students’ success using Reading Plus with a pilot group of high school students, we expanded this exemplary program across all students in grades 6-12 as our benchmarking tool and supplemental program to support intervention and enrichment instruction. Reading Plus is engaging for students, provides teachers with meaningful resources to support differentiated instruction, and has tools to promote student accountability.”  

Lauren Wilson, Literacy Coordinator, Agora Cyber Charter School

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Tuesday, October 13th at 1:00 PM
The Equity Audit and Closing Opportunity Gaps

Presented by: Dr. Ebony Green; The Institute for Student Achievement

School leaders are charged with ensuring that instruction, policy, practice, and culture work to support the success of all students. Yet, frequently, data show that sub-populations of students continue to struggle. In this session, we will unpack the ways in which school leaders can review their current practices and procedures to ensure that all students are receiving equitable support and resources. We will review the process of conducting an equity audit to ascertain current opportunity gaps as well as how to develop an equity agenda that comprehensively supports underperforming student groups and increases student achievement. There’s the potential for equity audits to be all-consuming for schools to undertake, if they address multiple areas, such as instruction, curriculum, human capital, professional development, etc. This session will work to simplify the process for schools; school leaders will identify those areas that are most critical and develop a process for working through each area, before moving on to the next (if necessary). Equally important is the movement from audit to equity agenda – of putting into action what was uncovered. Ideally, this equity agenda is embedded within the school’s strategic or improvement plan and becomes part of the day-to-day for the school leader and her colleagues.This session will also address the cyclical nature of this work – of the need to regularly reassess progress of an equity agenda, to conduct new audits that identify new data to be collected, and to identify new action steps from the audit and data collected.

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Friday, October 30th 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Reimagining the Learning Experience Where Black Minds Matters
Presented by: The State of Black Learning

Historically, education has been seen as a ‘one size fits all’ system for students. Research shows this is not the case with Black students. Whether considering a child’s home life or integrating a learning strategy to enhance student engagement, it is essential to hone in on the ways in which educators interact with and teach Black students. The State of Black Learning (SBL), instituted in 2018, is designed to increase educator effectiveness and provide the tools necessary to help participants address all of the factors that improve student outcomes and help Black children learn.

PCPCS is proud to join with SBL to present this session. The aim is to use insightful analysis, commentary, and facilitated dialogue on best practices to help  participants critically discuss how systemic inequities in race, gender, and socioeconomic status continue to shape and impact learning for Black children.
It is our hope this shared wisdom and experience will provide insight and serve as a reference to others who are working to ensure all Black students receive a high quality education within a supportive and caring learning environment.

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Thursday, Nov 12th 1:00 PM
Coming to America: The EL Experience in the 21st Century

Presented by: Patricia A. Hennessy, Esquire, Conrad O’Brien

Since 1974 and the United States Supreme Court decision in Lau v. Nichols, public educators should understand that EL students if they cannot understand what is being taught – are not being provided with an equal education. Presenters will discuss the how and whys of true and successful implementation – equality means meaningful engagement and interventions which includes culturally responsive measures, socio-emotional supports, along with acquisition goals across all academic subjects. There will also be a discussion regarding the provision of equity with the EL population in a cyber environment. Presenters will provide participants with the legal framework which informs compliance with EL mandates including Office of Civil Rights guidances, the Equal Educational Opportunity Act, Title III, the Every Student Succeeds Act, etc. Finally, the presenters will discuss how the ever-evolving dialogue on immigration EL students and their families in terms of adverse consequences and how schools can be student-centered in terms of resources and response.

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Thursday, Dec 10th 3:00 PM

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Cyber Security Awareness Training: A Guide For Charter CEO’s, Administrators, & Teachers

Presented by: Senior Account Executive, Nate Kline, Infradapt

Senior Account Executive, Nate Kline, takes a deep dive into the impact that remote learning has on the cyber security posture of the charter school community.

The first half of the presentation will cover the cyber security crisis facing Charter education. This will include a high level overview of current events, the security landscape, cyber threat actors, and more.

We will also include a comprehensive dialogue on the Dark Web and what it means to your school. Details will be provided to obtain your charter’s complimentary Dark Web Analysis.

The second half of the presentation will introduce a key concept referred to as “defense in depth”. This will include actionable items of a layered approach to cyber security that Charters should follow in an effort to keep their environment safe.

While this presentation could be a great tool for cyber security awareness training, it will also outline actionable items for CEO’s, Business Managers, and Tech leaders to shore up their defenses in light of the recent spike in cyber-crime that has targeted the educational sector.

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PCPCS is happy to provide video tutorials on some of the most popular learning platforms led by our member schools!

Google Platform Users: Did you miss the webinar hosted by PA Distance Learning Charter School on Google Apps for Education? No problem. You can find the recording HERE. Thank you to PA Distance for offering this wonderful opportunity!

You asked for it! Nearpod is an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences. Join PA Distance Learning as they share a tutorial on this popular engagement platform! View the recording here!