Upcoming Professional Development Events

SEL skills such as problem-solving, persevering through challenges, managing strong emotions, and collaborating effectively are foundational, not only to academic success, but also to success in any career and throughout life. While there are many resources available on SEL and even a multitude of pre-packaged programs on the market, systemic and sustainable SEL implementation goes beyond a program and only takes place when we stop viewing SEL as a detour from academics and we begin to embrace SEL as the “on ramp.”

Following CASEL’S theory of action, "Transformative SEL Implementation" takes research and theory and distills it down into manageable action-oriented steps that district teams can turnkey and leverage to get “all hands on deck” throughout the implementation process. Participants in this course spend the year as part of a multi-district cohort which allows teams to learn from the ideas and experiences of others.

Participants will...

Develop awareness, shared understanding, and a shared commitment to a systemic SEL implementation framework

Explore key findings and insights from the field of neuroscience which informs our understanding of learning and human development

Strengthen adult SEL competence and build capacity to lead implementation efforts

Connect school/district-wide SEL with existing priorities and initiatives to create alignment and coherence

Create phase one of a multi-year coherent plan for SEL implementation that considers both local strengths/needs, as well as the district’s shared vision for SEL


Registration Fee Includes:


• 36 hours of instruction

• Rights to re-use/modify all course intellectual property

• Team coaching, as needed, outside of class time

• Individual coaching for team leads/administrators, as needed

• Lifetime access to Google classroom for all course materials

Please contact Danielle Nattermann: [email protected] with any registration questions


Rural Educator Summit March 15, 2022 at the Penn Stater Conference Center


Details to follow

Past Professional Development Events

Each year, between 850 and 900 special education due process complaints are filed with the Office of Dispute Resolution. While many of these cases get resolved with Mediation, Hearing Officer Settlement Conferences or just being worked out between Districts and Parents (with or without attorney assistance), most cases being litigated can be placed into three (3) categories. The three (3) most litigated areas encompass the following:

  1. Challenges to School District Evaluations/Reevaluations and requests for Independent Educational Evaluations

  2. Child Find and Denial of FAPE

  3. Deficient IEPs to include inappropriate or non-measurable goals.


David F. Bateman, Ph.D., is a professor at Shippensburg University in the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education where he teaches courses on special education law, assessment, and facilitating inclusion. He is a former due process hearing officer for Pennsylvania for hundreds of hearings. He uses his knowledge of litigation relating to special education to assist school districts in providing appropriate supports for students with disabilities and to prevent and to recover from due process hearings. He has been a classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disability, and hearing impairments. Dr. Bateman earned a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Kansas. He has recently co-authored the following books: A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education, Charting the Course: Special Education in Charter Schools, Special Education Leadership: Building Effective Programming in Schools, Current Trends and Legal Issues in Special Education, and A School Board Members Guide to Special Education.

Attorney Charlie Jelley received his undergraduate and masters degree from Slippery Rock State University. Attorney Jelley received his first law degree from Duquesne Law School, and received his second law degree, an LL.M. in Health Law, from the University of Loyola School of Law, Institute for Health Law in Chicago, Illinois. Attorney Jelley was the co-editor of the Health Law Institute’s first health law journal, “The Annuals of Health Law.” Attorney Jelley’s 1991 LLM thesis focused on the application of the anti-discrimination provision in Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Action (ERISA) as applied to persons with disabilities accessing group health insurance.

From 1980–1991, Attorney Jelley worked for Westmoreland County ARC as a lay advocate, then as the Director of Educational and Legislative Advocacy, and then for a short period of time after graduating from law school as the Executive Director.

After graduating from Loyola, Attorney Jelley worked, for a short time, as a consultant to the Chiropractic Legal Defense Fund in Englewood Colorado. Attorney Jelley’s practice, prior to becoming a hearing officer, focused on children’s issues, school law, juvenile justice, children and youth services, health law, disability law, medical assistance issues, community services, estate planning for families of persons with disabilities, civil rights litigation, ERISA litigation and legislative/policy analyses for persons with disabilities.

Attorney Jelley served as the solicitor for the Parent Education Network, a Pennsylvania Parent Training initiative. Attorney Jelley is the past co-chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Exceptional Children’s Committee. He is a past member of the Westmoreland County Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Ned Nakles Inns of Court.

Sarah Schreiber is a school administrator with 20 years of experience serving public school students and families. Over the past four years, Mrs. Schreiber has led a team through a transformational change as the Director of Student Services for the St. Marys Area School District. As a district leader, she specializes in special education services and student support. Prior to serving in her current role, Mrs. Schreiber worked as a School Psychologist for 16 years. An alumnus of Edinboro University, she earned a degree in Psychology, a master’s in Educational Psychology, and a School Psychologist Certification. Sarah holds a K-12 School Administrator Certificate and is a graduate of the National Institute of School Leadership Program (NISL). Sarah is married to Jess, a public-school teacher, and has two adolescent sons. As a family, they enjoy traveling the US; from sandy beaches to the mountains of the National Parks. Sarah’s curiosity and love of learning has led to her passion for leading others in both professional and personal growth.

Dr. Mollie Anzinger has worked in many areas of education since 2008. She began her journey at Edinboro University where she earned her bachelors of elementary and special education with a Literacy and mid-level English and Mathematics Certifications. She went on to get a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction at Gannon University. In 2017, Dr. Anzinger completed her supervisor of special education, online teaching degree and Doctorate of special education from Slippery Rock University. Finally, in 2021, she wrapped it up with a Principal’s certification!

Along the way, she has fulfilled many positions from regular to special education teacher, mentor, instructional support specialist, Community and Vocational Coordinator, and now as a Special Education Liaison at the St. Marys Area School District; she is an advocate for inclusive practices and building capacity through professional development. You may have passed Dr. Anzinger along the way as seen participating in, publishing, or presenting at various professional development opportunities; including the Special Education Leadership Academy and PA Fellowship Programs! Dr. Anzinger is a natural cheerleader for the students and staff she serves; Connecting through Challenge, Change and Opportunity!

Carl P. Beard is a Managing Partner in Beard Legal Group. On May 23, 2022, Attorney Beard was recognized as a Super Lawyer by his peers in the Pennsylvania. He is a 1977 graduate of Lycoming College and a 1980 graduate of the Ohio Northern University College of Law. Mr. Beard has over 33 years’ experience representing Pennsylvania public schools and has been representing schools in special education matters for over 20 years. Attorney Beard provides in-service and other presentations on special education to schools and at conferences across the Commonwealth. Mr. Beard was the President to the School Solicitor’s Association in 2007. Mr. Beard was presented an Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education in 2018 by the Pennsylvania School Study Council. Mr. Beard was also awarded the Tri-State Area School Study Council's Distinguished Achievement in Law Award on June 2011 at the 14th Annual Dr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium and Special Education Workshop held at the University of Pittsburgh. Attorney Beard co-presented with Attorney Dambeck at the COSA Conference in April 2022 on the topic of “Pandemic Problems: Struggling with Student Mental Health.”

Nicole L. Engleman is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology (ABSNP). She has worked as a Pennsylvania certified school psychologist since 2003. Nicole serves students aged 3-21 in a rural, public school setting, and conducts Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs) as requested by both families and school districts. Nicole is currently enrolled in Penn State’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) post-graduate certificate program with a goal of obtaining the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential. Nicole’s professional interests include the science of reading, executive functioning, school neuropsychology, multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), applied behavior analysis, instructional and behavioral consultation, and bridging the gap between research and educational practice.

In this session we will review NCAA initial eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen and how current high school students can prepare themselves to be eligible through high school courses. We will also cover recruiting rules and guidelines so high school administrators and coaches can assist students in this process. The last part of the segment will highlight upcoming changes to NCAA rules and how this will affect incoming students.


Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM