5th Annual

Symposium on Educational Leadership


Symposium Directors:

Ann C. Gaudino, Ed.D.

Wendy L. Kubasko, Ed.D.

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
A Virtual Conference
More information coming about how to connect!

About the Symposium

The Symposium on Educational Leadership focuses on topics pertinent to educational leadership in PK-12 schools and how school and district leaders can meet the needs of diverse learners. The 2021 Symposium will feature a keynote address and sessions surrounding research and recommended practices.

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kahlid Mumin

Superintendent, Reading School District

PA Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Mumin Headshot (1).jpg


9:00 a.m. WELCOME and KEYNOTE

Room D




Keynote Address:   Problem Child:

An examination of  the historical constructs of youth growing up in poverty and 

the ways in which influential mentorship have become one of the major pillars of success

Dr. Mumin



10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1

Room A

Dr. Rhonda Brunner, moderator

Session Title: A Closer Look at Parent and Community Engagement

Doug Enders, Eastern York School District, Wrightsville Elementary Principal

Troy Sauer, Northern York County School District, Northern Middle School Asst. Principal

Kenesta Mack, Commonwealth Charter Academy, Southeast Regional Director of Special Education


Room B

Dr. Sarah Brooks & Dr. Ollie Dreon, moderators

Session Title: Delivering Professional Learning Virtually

Jill Neuhard, Supervisor of Educational Services, Capital Area Intermediate Unit

Session Title: A Case Study of a Fifth Grade Teacher Employing Chromebooks to Provide Instruction to Face to Face and Virtual Learners, Jeremy Barnes, Principal, Hamilton Heights Elementary School, Chambersburg Area School District


Session Title: 1:1 Devices for Virtual Math Instruction at the Elementary Level

Travis Peck, Elementary Principal, Newberry School, West Shore School District

Room C

Dr. Wendy Kubasko, moderator

Session Title: The Perspectives of People of Color Serving on Rural School Boards, Michael Hummel, Principal, Mt. Union Area Junior High School

Session Title: Equity-Minded Leadership in Action:  Exploring Tenets of Transformative Leadership in Schools Bridging the Opportunity Gap,

Alex Smith, Director of Student Services, South Middleton School District

Session Title: Stress and Burnout in Education:  Impacts on Staff and Organizational Strategies, Josh McManness, IU13 Community Education Supervisor

Session Title:  An Exploration of the Synchronous Relationship Between the School Counselor and Principal, Nicholas Butt, Supervisor of Student Services, Mechanicsburg Area School District

Room D

Dr. Ann Gaudino, moderator

 Session Title: Elementary School Science Education: Factors that Influence Teacher Implementation of Inquiry-Based Reform Strategies, Nancy Herb, Principal, Gettysburg Area Middle School

Session Title: Supporting Social Presence in Intermediate Elementary Online Classroom Environments, Nicole Reinking, Principal, M.J. Brecht Elementary School in Manheim Township School District

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. BREAK


11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2

Room A

Dr. Rhonda Brunner, moderator


Session Title: Parent and Community Engagement within a Suburban Setting 

Luther Green, Chambersburg Area School District, High School Grade-Level Principal

Eric Holtzman, Waynesboro Area School District, Business Administrator

Sarah Iachini, Central Dauphin School District, Secondary Supervisor of Special Education 

Theresa Jackson, York Suburban, HS Asst. Principal


Room B

Dr. Sarah Brooks & Dr. Ollie Dreon, moderators

Session Title: A 7th Grade Teacher's Use of Digital Tools in Math Instruction

John Franzen, Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Souderton Area School District


 Session Title: Virtual Learning Engagement for English Language Learners

Andrae Martin, Principal, Sara Lindemuth Anna/Carter Primary School, Susquehanna Township School District

Room C

Dr. Wendy Kubasko, moderator

Session Title:  A 4th Grade Math Teacher Approach to Mass Customized Learning:  A Qualitative Study Focused on Rate and Pace of Student Learning, Kevin Youcheff, Principal, North Hills Elementary, Central York School District

Session Title: Effectiveness of Online Learning Versus Face to Face Learning Through the TPACK Lens, Justin Flickinger, Supervisor of Special education, Cumberland Valley High School

Session Title:  How Are Teacher Candidates  Prepared for Online Teaching and Learning, Candace Claar, Director of Partnerships, Professional Experiences and Outreach, Shippensburg University

Session Title:  The Relationship Between  Self-Regulated Learning and Blended Learning,  Catherine Houck, Principal, Hanover High School

Room D

Dr. Ann Gaudino, moderator

Session Title: Capability of Influence: The Impact of PBIS Implementation Fidelity on Elementary School Teachers’ Feelings of Self-Efficacy, Chanda Telleen, Educational Consultant, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

Session Title: A Phenomenological Study on the Effects of School Closures Related to COVID 19 on Special Education Teachers and School Administrators, John Black, Special Education Director, New Story Schools - Lancaster


11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. BREAK


12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 3

Room A

Dr. Rhonda Brunner, moderator

Session Title:  A  Communicative Approach to Leading in a Crisis (Before, During & After)

Tommy Henley, La Academia Partnership Charter School, Principal / Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Felton, Harrisburg School District, Harrisburg High School, John Harris Campus, Associate Principal

Cytha Guynes, Carlisle Area School District, Wilson Middle School, 7th Grade Math Teacher

Tim Bianchi, Mechanicsburg Area School District, Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School Assistant Principal


Room B

Dr. Sarah Brooks & Dr. Ollie Dreon, moderators

Session Title: Transition During a Pandemic: A Sixth Grade Team's Use of a LMS for Emergency Remote Instruction, Jenna Gaston, Assistant Principal, Clearfield Area Elementary School, Clearfield Area School District 


Session Title: Cultivating Classroom Community in an Online Synchronous Environment: A Qualitative Study, Alexis Wertz, Principal, Tri-Community Elementary School, Central Dauphin School District


Session Title: Inviting Student Collaboration in a Polysynchronous Classroom: A Qualitative Study

Katrina Lee, Assistant Principal, Central Mountain Middle School , Keystone Central School District

Room C

Dr. Wendy Kubasko, moderator

Session Title: Cross Connection Perceptions: Understanding and Improving School and Family Engagement in Urban Schools, Camille Hopkins, Elementary Principal, School District of Lancaster


Session Title:  Student/Teacher Relationships, Christina Greene, Asst. Principal, School District of the City of York

Session Title:  PBIS's Effects on a Building Culture from the Perspectives of Building Principals, Brent Pistner, Elementary Principal, Southern Huntingdon Country School District

Session Title:  The Intersection of the Latino Student Experience with Social and Emotional Learning, Christian D'Annibale, Principal, New Cumberland Middle School, West Shore School District

12:45 p.m. End of Symposium

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