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  1. Hi everyone,

    I'm in desperate need of some help here. I've just completed my language investigation which was based on "Language change from old to new scientific textbooks"

    We have now started to look at media texts and I am struggling for ideas about what I could do. Can I do any text on language change or does it have to have some link
    to scientific textbooks? I was thinking of writing a newspaper/magazine article in the style of the daily mail as I found an interesting article on how the internet is changing language and words like "on fleek" are more current now compared to the text speak such as "gr8" which is becoming more irrelevant to todays society?

    Is this idea relevant and could i replicate the article In found using a similar question and structure?


  2. Do you still need help?
    (Original post by HannahW1999)
    Hi everyone,

    I'm in desperate need of some help here. I've just completed my language investigation which was based on "Language change from old to new scientific textbooks"

    We have now started to look at media texts and I am struggling for ideas about what I could do. Can I do any text on language change or does it have to have some link
    to scientific textbooks? I was thinking of writing a newspaper/magazine article in the style of the daily mail as I found an interesting article on how the internet is changing language and words like "on fleek" are more current now compared to the text speak such as "gr8" which is becoming more irrelevant to todays society?

    Is this idea relevant and could i replicate the article In found using a similar question and structure?


  3. Yessss please!!

Session 3A

Speaker(s): Georgette Ayres, Mitchell Hortert, Bridget Clement and Ann Aya

Topic: Gender Minority Youth: Beyond the Bathroom Issue

Room: 204

Workshop Description: Students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) face many challenges that often result in poorer academic, social, and emotional outcomes. GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, develops the National School Climate Survey which reports on the experiences of LGBTQ youth in U.S. schools. Findings from their most recent survey indicate Pennsylvania schools are not safe for most students who are LGBTQ. Communities In Schools Pittsburgh and PFLAG Pittsburgh have partnered to provide education about the needs of LGBTQ students. This workshop will provide education on LGBTQ related terminology and issues that impact LGBTQ students particularly transgender students. Information and resources will be provided on steps to make classrooms and schools more affirming as well as resources to support families whose children come out to them. Participants will also hear from parents of transgender children and young transgender individuals themselves who will share their experiences and answer your questions.

Handouts and Resources

Georgette Ayres has over 25 years' experience providing community, school, and home based services. She worked as a domestic violence shelter volunteer and paraprofessional counselor in college while working toward her undergraduate degree. Following graduation she served as a child welfare case worker before moving on to supervise teen independent living and foster care programs. Wanting to do more to address the needs of youth and families, she returned to school and completed her graduate degree in counseling services. Since that time she has worked closely with programs and initiatives that support individuals and families with diverse backgrounds and needs. This includes serving as a community based therapist, mental health consultant, and a Behavioral Specialist Consultant. Georgette currently works for Communities In Schools (CIS), serves as a SAP coordinator, and is a speaker for the PFLAG Speakers Bureau. Seeing the need for increased training for schools on LGBTQ issues she initiated a partnership between CIS Pittsburgh and PFLAG Pittsburgh. CIS of Pittsburgh is an affiliate of the nation's largest and most effective Integrated Student Supports (ISS) organization. ISS is a school-based approach that connects students and families with services that target academic and non-academic barriers to achievement. PFLAG Pittsburgh is a local chapter of PFLAG, the nation's leading family-based organization committed to supporting LGBTQ people and their families.

Mitchell Hortert is a community leader that has been advocating for vulnerable populations in a variety of capacities for over ten years. Currently, he serves as the President of PFLAG Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy to families of LGBTQIA+ persons. He has held speaking engagements across Western Pennsylvania at various institutions including Butler County Community College, the University of Pittsburgh, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Carlow University, Family Resources of Western Pennsylvania, and La Roche College on topics that range from LGBT issues to child welfare. He is also an instructor for the City of Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Police’s Crisis Intervention Team Program where he teaches on working with the LGBTQIA+ community. In 2010, he helped to co-found Butler County Community College’s Campus Safe Zone program and also co-founded the Butler LGBTQ Interfaith Network in the same year. Mitchell attended University of Pittsburgh where he obtained his master’s degree in Social Work.

Bridget Clement is insightful, engaging and funny. She has spent the last 20 years working in nonprofit management and is dedicated to children, education and the eradication of poverty. Bridget speaks nationally on nonprofit management, marketing, fundraising, building high-performing teams and social service trends. Bridget is currently the Executive Director of Communities in Schools’ Pittsburgh affiliate. She has a degree in communications from Ohio University, is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh class XXXI, and a 2012 graduate of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Executive Leadership Institute (ELI). She is also the recipient of the Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners’ “Fast Pitch Coaches Prize,” an award presented for her development and presentation of a three-minute "elevator pitch." Before coming to CIS, Bridget was the Director of Development at Auberle where she organized a team that successfully closed the agency’s Delivering Excellence Campaign, raising more than $5.5 million and 2,000 new friends. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Bridget and her husband, Michael, are raising three children, a 14-year-old transgendered son, a 12-year old daughter and an 8-year-old daughter, all attending Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Ann Aya, B.A, M.B.A, a retired human resources manager, is the mother of a 25-year-old transgender son who came out to his family at the age of 13. She is a speaker for the PFLAG Speakers Bureau, organizer of a monthly potluck dinner for families with transgender children, coordinator of the PFLAG Pittsburgh WarmLine, facilitator for parent support groups, and PFLAG Pittsburgh Board Member.

Session 3B

Speaker(s): Heather Shnyder and Shea Rhoades

Topic: Open Your Eyes: A Brief Look at Human Trafficking of Minors

Room: 205

Workshop Description:  ACT 71 recommends that schools adopt a curriculum for staff, educators and students on the subject of child exploitation. The recent ACT 105 Legislation in PA clearly defines Human Trafficking and spells out serious penalties for trafficking and procuring the services of trafficked individuals. Because the average age of entry into Human Trafficking is 13 for boys and girls, our school systems are in the position of identifying students at risk of being trafficked and providing referrals for appropriate services. This workshop will provide an overview of PA's new Comprehensive Law, how to identify students at risk of being trafficked and resources available to help students.

Handouts and Resources

Heather Shnyder has been with Transitions since October 2001. She has provided and assisted with trainings to colleges, universities, public and private school faculty and administration, and community organizations and businesses.

Heather authored the children’s book, “The Story of Corey and Emily,” that reflects the prevention education program called “Acquaintance Awareness.” This program helps elementary school age children recognize and differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate behavior of grownups they may be familiar with, but who may pose a potential threat.

Overall Heather has created four prevention education school curricula complete with videos. “All the Rave” is a high school level program on drug-facilitated sexual assault that is accompanied by an informative parent’s guide. She received national recognition when she was presented with the 14th Annual Communicator’s Award for Excellence in the Social Issues category in 2008 for the work she did in helping to create Transitions’ “Internet Safety Program” video and curriculum. In 2012 that internet safety program was adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Staying Safe on the Internet” was created to assist individuals with specific learning disabilities about the hazards of the internet. In 2016 Heather set out to create H.A.D. Enough, a teen dating violence awareness and prevention program for middle and high school-age students. 

  In 2009, Heather was awarded the “Governor’s Victim Services Pathfinder Award” in the category of Prevention Education and Outreach. This award, presented by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, recognized Heather’s outstanding and visible contribution to the victim services movement in Pennsylvania through her work on behalf of crime victims.

Heather is a approved QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper instructor, a certified facilitator for Care for Kids and Parents in the Know, a Pennsylvania Mandated Reporter for Suspected Child Abuse trainer, and an Expert Witness in sexual assault cases to describe common victim behaviors and sexual assault dynamics as well as their impact on fact-finders’ assessments of victim credibility. Heather is also certified to facilitate Penn State Extension’s Strengthening Families program and is the lead presenter on Human Trafficking for Transitions Heather attends Pennsylvania College of Technology where she is working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.

Shea Rhodes, Esq, is the Director of the Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation at Villanova University’s School of Law. She served as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia for almost ten years where she helped found Project Dawn Court, a diversion program for women who have been repeatedly charged and convicted of prostitution. She is a member of PA’s Anti-Human Trafficking Work Group and a member of Philadelphia’s Anti-Trafficking Coalition.

Session 3C

Speaker: Ryan Klingensmith - Shape the Sky

Topic: Teen Technology Usage Trends and Mental Health Sharing Through Social Media

Room: 207

Workshop Description:  This training defines categories of social networking that educators, providers and parents should be aware of and listening for with their student’s, client’s or children. The presentation will review social media behaviors related to: image boards, untraceable texting/sexting, internet predators, gossip/rumor spreading sites, video chatting, drug and alcohol, eating disorders, self-harm and suicide. The most current social media sites such as Instagram, Tumblr, Kik, Snapchat, Sarahah and After School will be defined and youth culture and mental health practices on these sites/apps will be discussed. This presentation will raise the awareness of youth culture on the internet and how adults can communicate and educate with youth to be responsible digital citizens

Ryan Klingensmith has been working with children and teenagers with mental health concerns since 1994. He has held roles such as therapist, supervisor and clinical director in several residential and outpatient settings. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is a nationally certified counselor (NCC). He currently works as an outpatient therapist and an Educational Support Staff. He is the co-founder of Shape the Sky, a training agency dedicated to helping parents, educators and counseling professionals learn to effectively communicate and educate youth to be digitally responsible citizens.

Session 3D

Speaker: Lee Rush, M.Ed.

Topic: Change the Conservation - Change the Culture

Room: 208

Workshop Description: Based on the work of Peter Block (Community: The Structure of Belonging), this workshop introduces six essential conversations that create possibilities for personal transformation and organizational change. Each of these conversations grows out of thought-provoking questions. Key points will address: the power of invitation and why choice always trumps mandates, the power of possibility and why we need to stop worshiping at the altar of problems and start imagining new possibilities, the power of refusal and to grasp the fact that if we cannot say no to something our yes means nothing and finally the power of gifts and why when we start to focus on gifts rather than deficiencies everything changes. Come and enjoy less Power Point and more Powerful Conversations. Participants will learn a process they can use immediately in their efforts for true social change.

Lee Rush is the Executive Director of justCommunity, Inc. a non-profit organization based in Quakertown, PA. justCommunity provides training and consultation services to communities, schools and organizations in the area of youth development, community mobilization strategies, student assistance programs and restorative practices. Lee is also a licensee and a certified trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), the world’s first graduate school dedicated solely to Restorative Practices. Through his work with IIRP and justCommunity, Lee has trained over 30,000 people throughout the United States and abroad. 

In 2004, Lee was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), to serve as a member of the statewide Advisory Commission on Children and Families, an inter-disciplinary group to provide guidance to the Governor’s senior cabinet members on public policy issues involving families and child and youth issues. In 2013, Lee was also honored as the 2013 National Prevention Advocate by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). CADCA is the country’s largest advocacy group working on behalf of over 5,000 members to prevent substance abuse.

Lee served as the Executive Director of the National Student Assistance Association (NSAA), (a membership driven organization devoted solely to enhancing the development of SAP's across the country), from 1995 to 2008. NSAA presently has 17 state chapters and represents the interests of thousands of professionals in the student assistance field. He was a co-founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP), and served as a charter board member, treasurer and membership chair from 1989-1993.

From 1995 to 1998, Lee served as the Director of Human Resources for LifeQuest, a 600-person company specializing in senior healthcare services. During this same period he also served as Executive Director of LifeQuest Foundation, which sponsored Project CARE, (now sponsored by justCommunity), a state approved student assistance program (SAP) training provider. From 1986 to 1995 he was the Director of Project CARE, a training program for educators and counselors in prevention and intervention skills. His direct experience with adolescents was in various positions as an administrator, counselor and teacher in a private school and day-treatment setting from 1976 to 1985.

Lee is a former Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned an undergraduate degree (BA) in Criminology. He completed his graduate work (M.Ed.) in education at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, specializing in organizational dynamics, group processes and adult learning. In addition to his work in education and youth development, Lee is also is a seasoned leader in personal transformation and leadership development having been trained through the International Mankind Project’s New Warrior Training program. 

Also, in 1981 Lee was certified as a national field representative for the New Games Foundation, a non-profit educational organization that provided trainings and seminars throughout the country on cooperative play and community building. Lee and his wife Kathy live in Perkasie, PA with their daughter Sage.

Session 3E

Speaker:Timothy Shoemaker

Topic:High-Ding in Plain Sight

Room: 107

Workshop Description: High-Ding in Plain Sight is one of the most visually stunning and practically informative courses in the country. Combining over 100 hands-on displays of concealment clothing, diversion devices, drug placebos and present-day paraphernalia with a stunningly vivid digital presentation, students are treated to an unrivaled learning experience. Timothy Shoemaker is a nationally recognized expert in his field, having served as keynote for several state and national conferences. A veteran active-duty Police Sergeant, Tim brings the latest drug trends straight from the schools, streets, smoke shops and internet blogs into the classroom; frequently beating intel bulletins by weeks or months. Find out how kids are getting high right in front of you, publicly bragging about it through subtle messaging and then easily defeating formal drug screens. Learn easy real-world methods for detecting impairment on-the-spot. Even seasoned professionals are amazed by what's been High-Ding in Plain Sight. Don't miss this empowering opportunity to dramatically increase your effectiveness.

Drug abuse and addiction forced their way into Tim Shoemaker's young life before he could even read. By the time he was a young adult, he had watched the people he loved most, be destroyed by their struggles with alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, marijuana and cocaine addictions. From the shadows of such bleak beginnings, Tim became one of our most passionate and inspiring drug-free advocates.

After more than 20 years in the field, Tim's work has been recognized by multiple state and national organizations, agencies and politicians. Winner of both the NJ State, and the prestigious U.S. National Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer of the Year award, Tim has been profiled by NJ 12 News, WGHT Radio, the Mensa Bulletin, NJ Cops Magazine, the Record, the Star Ledger and several other printed news outlets. Founder of EmpoweredParent.org, TimothyShoemaker.com and C.E.O. of MpoweredParent L.L.C., Tim has presented at corporate events such as MetLife, college campuses such as FDU, at state and national professional conferences and at more than 50 local school districts across the U.S.

Author of the viral "I Believe - Backwards" video and publisher of several prevention-based ebooks, Tim has consulted for several national and international prevention organizations.

Session 3F

Speaker: SusanTarasevich

Topic:Empowering Students to Ace the “ACES” –  (PART 1 of 2)

Room: 106

Workshop Description:This engaging, results-oriented workshop will give you the opportunity to add strategies to your toolkit so that you will effectively reach and teach students exposed to adverse childhood experiences such as living in poverty.  The effects of socioeconomic deprivation on youth behavioral health issues, suicidality and school exclusion rates are well documented.  You’ll leave with an understanding of the current research revealing the changes in brains of those experiencing adverse childhood experiences. Come and learn what forces strengthen the brain and how you can tap into them each and every day.  You will leave with at least three brain-based strategies that not only change their brains, but just may change yours!

Susan Tarasevich, Ed.D. is passionate about providing educators with deep knowledge and easy to implement strategies so they can empower their students to be the best that they can be. A former teacher, school counselor and administrator, Susan brings these skills to her work as a Preventionist for Addiction Medicine Services of WPIC, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Susan supports educators as they build sustainable frameworks for addressing student learning barriers through Student Assistance Programs, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and other initiatives.



Session 3G

Speaker(s): Geneen Burris, Jordan Joyce and Lee Ann Cook

Topic: Prevention Should Begin Now: An Overview of the Programs Supporting the Future of Youth and Families in Your Schools and Communities

Room: 211

Workshop Description: Schools and community agencies around Pennsylvania want to provide the best possible environments and services to help support the children, youth, and families in their communities. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) wants to ensure everyone across the state is aware of their initiatives in supporting prevention programming to target issues such as violence, delinquency, substance use, and school truancy/failure. Representatives from the EPISCenter will take this opportunity to educate Student Assistance Program Team members on the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) and its importance to both schools and communities in terms of relevancy and community level risk and protective factors. Discussion around evidence-based vs. ineffective programming will be tied to the overarching theme of prevention. We will explore in depth information on the child-centered, prevention programs supported by PCCD. Finally, in order to bring these child-centered prevention programs to schools and communities, funding streams and availability via PCCD grants will be presented, along with the role the EPISCenter has in providing technical assistance and community engagement.

Geneen Burris is a Prevention Coordinator for the EPISCenter. Her main role includes providing technical assistance to providers implementing evidence-based programming via PCCD funding, including Strengthening Families Program: For Parents & Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14), Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Strong African American Families (SAAF), and Familias Fuertes (FF). Geneen graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Rehabilitation Services Education. She also earned her M.S. in Law and Public Policy from California University of Pennsylvania. She was employed for 18 years as a Juvenile Probation Officer with Centre County. Geneen is a certified facilitator for SFP 10-14 and SAAF, and was a Master Trainer in the Youth Level of Service Inventory (YLS). She was a member/provider for the local CASSP team and CASSP Advisory Board. Geneen was also a member/participant with the Centre County Safe Schools Committee.

Jordan Joyce is a Prevention Coordinator for the EPISCenter. Her main role includes providing technical assistance to providers implementing evidence-based programming; including The Incredible Years (IYS), Multisystemic Therapy (MST), Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).

Jordan graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Education. She spent seven years recruiting and supporting foster families in Centre County. She also spent time as a Project Manager for a nutrition-based research project at Penn State; primarily monitoring the fidelity of the project. In the last ten years, she has worked in schools and local agencies, striving to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families throughout Pennsylvania and will continue to do so at EPISCenter!

Lee Ann Cook is an Assistant Director for the EPISCenter. Her roles include providing technical assistance to providers who are implementing evidence based programming, supporting outcomes data collection and reporting efforts across programs, and assisting in aggregating outcomes data for the state of Pennsylvania.

Lee Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State, and a masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research. She has training and practice experience in several evidence based models including Project Towards No Drug Abuse, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Families and Schools Together, Creating Lasting Family Connections, and Motivational Interviewing.

She has worked throughout the North-East United States, and across the UK and Central Asia to provide training and technical support to providers of the Families and Schools Together Program. She has served as the Project Coordinator for both SAMHSA and Drug Free Communities prevention grants. In her current role Lee Ann has enjoyed broadening her focus to include all of the Evidence Based Programs supported by theEPISCenter. She looks forward to helping communities and providers successfully implement and track the outcomes for these programs. 


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