4th Annual

Symposium on Educational Leadership


Symposium Directors:

Ann C. Gaudino, Ed.D.

Wendy L. Kubasko, Ed.D.

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 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 2020 Symposium will feature a keynote address, sessions, poster presentations and a panel discussion surrounding research and recommended practices.

Click HERE to view last year's program

Keynote Speakers

Hon. Maureen Lally- Green

PA State Board of Education

PA Superior Court Judge, 1998-2009

Prof. Emerita, Duquesne University School of Law


Dr. Bridget Green

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Duquesne University

Atty. Anne Marie Harr-Eagle

Law firm of Weiss, Burkardt, Kramer

Pittsburgh, PA



9:00 a.m. WELCOME and KEYNOTE

Room A




Dr. Vilas Prabhu, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Millersville University

Keynote Address: Leadership and Special Education

Hon. Maureen Lally-Green

Dr. Bridget Green



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

Room A

The Impacts of a Goal Setting Program on Economically Disadvantaged Students’ Perceptions of Their Future College and Career Pathways

Tessa Hilyard, Principal, Hanover Middle School, Hanover Public School District

The Impact of Later School Start Times on Adolescent Sleep

Gregg Shulenberger, Coordinator of Information Services, Ephrata Area School District


Room B

Using an Interactive White Board to Teach Seventh Grade Geography: A Qualitative Study

Michael Hummel, Director of Curriculum Instruction, & Assessment, Junior High School Principal, Mount Union Area Junior High School, Mount Union Area School District


Using 3D Printers for Instruction in a Suburban Middle School: A Qualitative Inquiry

Eric Holtzman, Business Administrator, Waynesboro Area School District

8th Grade Technology Education Teachers Experiences Enacting a Project-Based Learning Unit of Study

Nicholas Butt, Supervisor of Student Services, Mechanicsburg Area School District

Room C

Learning By Doing: A Computer Science Teacher Plans and Enacts Project-Based Learning

Kenesta Mack, Special Education Adviser, PA Department of Education/Bureau of Special Education


Two heads are better than one: A librarian and a German teacher collaboratively plan to implement e-portfolios in a high school course

Timothy Bianchi, Assistant Principal, Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School

Room D Roundtable Sessions

Family Engagement: Building on Success and Retooling for the Future

Bill August, Principal

Alex Smith, Psychologist

Amanda Pressley, Assistant Principal

Jennifer Chamberlin, Support Services and Social Studies Teacher

An Exploration of the Effectiveness of School Communication and Shared Decision Making in Parent-School Partnerships

Jessica Stephens, Clinical Coordinator for Teacher Preparation, Penn State Harrisburg

Christian D’Annibale, Principal, New Cumberland Middle School, West Shore School District

Dawnmarie Ezzo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, York Academy Regional Charter School

Joshua McManness, Community Education Supervisor, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit

Engaging a School Community of Learners, Students, Families, and Stakeholders

Camille Hopkins, Principal, George Ross Elementary School, The School District of Lancaster

Samantha Neidlinger, Assistant Principal, Steelton-Highspire Elementary School, Steelton-Highspire School District

Jeffrey Beeman, Principal, Southside Elementary, Central Dauphin School District

Steven Patrick, Data Supervisor, School District of the City of York

Building Relationships and Student Achievement Through Family and Community Engagement

Christine Greene, Assistant Principal, Hannah Penn K-8, School District of the City of York

John Beeman, Assistant Principal, New Oxford Middle School, Conewago Valley School District

Melissa Grady, Assistant Principal, Tri-Community Elementary School, Central Dauphin School District

Brent Pistner, Principal, Elementary Schools, Southern Huntingdon County School District

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. BREAK


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

Room A

Teacher Emotional Intelligence and Its Impact on Classroom Environment in a Title 1 Elementary Building

Maria Miller, Principal at Green Ridge Elementary School, Cumberland Valley School District

Teacher Perceptions of Digital Badging as a Form of Professional Development

Brian Raab, Assistant Principal, Dallastown Area High School, Dallastown Area School District


Room B

Employing a Flipped Classroom Model in a Co-Taught Algebra Course

Justin Flickinger, Supervisor of Special Education, Cumberland Valley School District 

Blended Learning in the Sixth Grade Math Classroom:  Student Experiences Using Study Island Math

Cytha Guynes, Math Teacher, Wilson Middle School, Carlisle Area School District

A 4th Grade Math Teacher's Experience With Mass Customized Learning:  A Focus on Rate and Pace

Kevin Youcheff, Principal, North Hills Elementary School, Central York School District

Room C

Cross-Curricular Co-Teaching in a High Poverty Charter School: A Qualitative Study

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

Incentivizing Attendance in Elementary Schools

Danielle Barnett, Principal Resident,  McCaskey East High School, School District of Lancaster

Thomas J. Bechtel, Social Studies Teacher, Penn Manor High School, Penn Manor School District

Jessica Cunningham, Special Education 9-12, Penn Manor High School, Penn Manor School District

Sonja Fasen, K4-5 Visual Arts, Wickersham Elementary School, School District of Lancaster

Elise Graybill, Extended Day Kindergarten Teacher, Providence Elementary School, Solanco School District

Maryann Heckenberger, Kindergarten English Language Development Teacher, Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, Kennett Consolidated School District

Meg Rishel,  Instructional ELA Coach, Eastern York School District

Jennifer Stafford, Autistic Support Teacher, Bear Creek Intermediate School, Elizabethtown Area School District


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


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

Room A

Understanding Parent Perceptions of Social Media Use for Crisis Communications: Implications for K-12 Public Schools

Jill Freedman, Principal at Lower Dauphin Middle School, Lower Dauphin School District

An SRO Program: Who is Being Arrested, Why are They Being Arrested, and What Impact Do These Arrests Have on Future Academic Success?

Rachel Kane-Kirkpatrick, Assistant Principal, South Hagerstown High School, Washington County Public Schools


Room B

Perceptions and Implications of Flexible Seating on Student Engagement in the Intermediate Grades

Emily Goodine, Principal, Mowrey Elementary School, Waynesboro Area School District

Teachers' Efforts to Promote a Growth Mindset Among 3rd Grade Students

Doug Enders, Principal, Wrightsville Elementary, Eastern York School District

Secondary English Teachers' Implementation of non Traditional / Flexible Classroom Designs

Luther Green, Assistant Principal, Carlisle Area High School, Carlisle Area School District 

Room C

Two Teachers' Implementation of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in their High School Science Classrooms 

Theresa Jackson, Assistant Principal, York Suburban High School


Two High School Biology Teachers Implementation of a Self-Paced Blended Learning Course

Rina Houck, Principal, Hanover High School, Hanover Public School District

Student Teachers Experience And Learn From Virtual Professional Development

Candace Claar, Director of Partnerships, Professional Experiences, and Outreach, Shippensburg University

12:45 p.m. End of Symposium

Symposium Photo Gallery


Millersville University &

Shippensburg University



Dr. Ann Gaudino

Millersville University

Email:  ann.gaudino@millersville.edu


Dr. Wendy Kubasko

Shippensburg University

Email:  wlkubasko@ship.edu