PAPSA Announces its 45th Annual Conference

for April 10-12, 2024

On April 10-12, 2024 PAPSA will again hold its annual conference at the outstanding facilities of The Inn at Leola Village for what promises to be another great PD opportunity at a terrific location!

The theme of this year’s 45th Annual PAPSA Conference is Pupil Services and School Climate: What’s Your Temperature? Once again, the PAPSA Executive Board has endeavored to provide a program that will benefit our members and promote best practices in the Pupil Services field. These are dynamic times in education and that means that we must all attempt to stay abreast of what is salient in our expected areas of expertise.

This year’s conference will provide both in-person and virtual attendance options. The in-person option will be April 10-12. The virtual option will be April 11-12.

The opening in-person sessions will begin at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 10th and the remaining sessions will be both in-person and virtual on Thursday, April 11th and Friday, April 12th. There will also be a PAPSA Executive Board meeting from 12:00 to 1:00 PM on April 10th. Board meetings are open to any interested member.

Featured conference presenters include:

  • Dr. Thom Stecher – Thom Stecher and Associates, will deliver the keynote address on Fostering a Connected Learning Environment through Social Emotional Learning for Staff and Students.
  • Carole L. Clancy – Director of the PDE Bureau of Special Education, will speak on Hot Topics in The Delivery of Special Education Services.
  • Colleen Schultz – Division Chief of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Division of School Health Services, will provide a School Health Services Update.
  • Aaron Vanatta – Chief of School Police/Safety & Security Coordinator, Quaker Valley School District, will speak on Managing Special Needs Populations During Emergencies: Preparing our Most Vulnerable Students.
  • Barry Sloane – Senior Grief and Clinical Services Specialist, School Services Coordinator, Highmark Caring Place, will speak on Building School Capacity to Identify and Effectively Address the Needs of Grieving Students.
  • Dr. Kathy Setlock – Director of Pupil Services, Palmyra School District, will present on Service Dogs in Schools: Successful Implementation.
  • Shahida Jones, LSW – Coordinator of Social Services, East Stroudsburg Area School District, will speak on Trauma & Mental Health: ACES and Beyond.
  • The 21st Paul Stevens Memorial Legal Seminar will again feature attorneys Jane Williams, Sharon Montanye, and Tom Warner from the law firm of Sweet, Stevens, Katz, and Williams, LLP. They will address legal issues impacting special education during the morning session, and the afternoon session will focus on legal issues related to pupil services.

2024 NAPSA Conference

The 58th annual conference of the National Association of Pupil Services Administrators (NAPSA) will be held on October 20-23, 2023 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Richmond, VA. Further information will be posted on NAPSA’s website and will appear in the PAPSA News as well. Make plans to attend!