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Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Supporting Students to Success!
A Student Services Symposium - 2009

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in partnership with the Center for Schools and Communities

On Tuesday, May 19, 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Education sponsored a one-day symposium entitled, "Supporting Students to Success". This was the fourth annual event to support Pennsylvania’s schools in the development of effective strategies to help students reach their educational and career goals.

The 2009 symposium focused on components integral to a resiliency approach that enable each student to grow into an inspired, productive, fulfilled life-long learner.

The keynote speaker was Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., Executive Director and Professor, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education of the Steinhardt Schools of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University in New York, NY. Dr. Noguera, a prolific writer and champion for issues relating to closing the achievement gap and ensuring equity and excellence for all students, provided “New Directions for American Education” which highlighted new approaches to educating children and managing schools and districts to bring about the necessary educational outcomes that our nation so desperately needs.





Download the Symposium agenda booklet (12 pages)
(PDF format)








Symposium Proceedings

Presentation slides and other materials are being made available from this page in PDF format.

Additionally, a number of the sessions were recorded and the full-length audio recordings are available from this site in MP3 format. Listen at your desk using your computer's media player such as Windows Media Player, Real Player or Quicktime or download to your favorite portable MP3 player to listen on the go.


Keynote Presentation: New Directions for American Education

Presenter: Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., Executive Director/Professor, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, New York University, New York, NY

While the movement for standards and accountability has largely succeeded in bringing greater attention to the issues surrounding student achievement, surprisingly little attention has been given to what it takes to create conditions in schools that make achievement more likely. Missing from much of the achievement policy debate is how to support and cultivate effective teaching in schools. This presentation will describe strategies that have proven effective at supporting teaching and learning, explore how schools can develop effective partnerships with parents to further efforts to raise achievement, and show how data can be used to develop school reforms that lead to positive transformations in the culture and structure of schools.

Audio Recording (file size: 55.4 MB, runtime: 1 hour, 3 minutes)




What it Takes to Leave No Child Behind

Presenter: Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., Executive Director/Professor, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, New York University, New York, NY

This follow up workshop session, provided by Dr. Pedro Noguera, expanded on the information given in his keynote address regarding ways to facilitate student achievement through the development and implementation of specific strategies that support student success.

Audio Recording (file size: 40.2 MB, runtime: 44 minutes)


Presentation Slides: Creating Conditions to Raise Student Achievement (PDF format)



Caring for Everyone’s Mental Health – A District-Wide Approach

Presenters: Kimberly Doyle, Clinical Care Management Supervisor, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, Philadelphia, PA
Deborah James, Behavioral Health Liaison, Office of Specialized Instructional Services, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Wendy Luckenbill, Child Policy Coordinator, Mental Health Association of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Sherry Peters, Chief, Division of Children’s Policy and Program Development, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare,
Harrisburg, PA
Rachel Zibbell, Prevention and Intervention Specialist, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

This panel workshop offered a comprehensive overview of how schools and communities can develop and maintain strategies and partnerships that promote social and emotional health, which help to improve learning and academic outcomes for students.

Audio Recording (file size: 62.6 MB, runtime: 1 hour, 8 minutes)



Resilience, School Connectedness and Academic Achievement

Presenter: Bonnie Benard, Senior Program Associate, WestEd, Oakland, CA

In this workshop, resiliency expert Bonnie Benard provided an introduction to research findings that demonstrate how young people can transform risk and adversity into healthy development that supports students’ school and life success. Information was provided about the key factors that promote academic success among students at high risk of failure.

Audio Recording (file size: 52.4 MB, runtime: 57 minutes)


Presentation Slides: Resilience, School Connectedness, and Academic Achievement (PDF format)


Turnaround Teachers and Schools (PDF format)

Listening To Students (PDF format)



Creating Conditions for Learning: A School-Level Look at Community Schools

Moderators: Heidi Kraft, Director, School & Community Network, Lancaster, PA
Marci Ronald, COMPASS Director, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, PA
Panelists: Janette Hewitt, Ph.D., Principal, Washington Elementary Community School,
Lancaster, PA
Nicole Nugent, Director, South Mountain Middle Community School, Allentown, PA
Jennifer Pizarro, Director, Fountain Hill Elementary Community School, Bethlehem, PA
Annette Rosa-Pabón, Director, Washington Elementary Community School, Lancaster, PA

Presenters in this panel workshop provided an interactive session which focused on the concept of a “Community School” as a vehicle for aligning the assets of students, families, school staff and the community around a common goal of improving the success of our young people.

Audio Recording (file size: 76.1 MB, runtime: 1 hour, 23 minutes)



Creating Resilient Schools and Communities: Strategies for Success

Moderator: Alfredo Gonzalez, Safe Schools Coordinator, Center for Safe Schools,
Camp Hill, PA
Panelists: Bonnie Benard, Senior Program Associate, WestEd, Oakland, CA
Nan Henderson, President, Resiliency In Action, Ojai, CA
Horacio Sanchez, President, Resiliency, Inc., Durham, NC

In this plenary session, three nationally known resiliency experts provided their unique views regarding the best methods to support students through planned, intentional and comprehensive strategies that view each individual student in a strengths-based, holistic fashion.

Audio Recording (file size: 76.3 MB, runtime: 1 hours, 23 minutes)


Presentation Slides (PDF format)

Handout: Resiliency (PDF format)