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Connection: Supporting Kids Mental Health During Difficult Times

Mental Health is a pressing issue for our young people.  Marisa Vicere and Ali Turley from the Jana Marie Foundation will help parents and families explore the prevalence of mental health concerns, how to recognize warning signs, and ways to engage in meaningful and supportive conversations.

About the Presenters

Marisa VicereMarisa Vicere

As a strong believer in the empowerment of young people, Marisa Vicere founded and became president of Jana Marie Foundation in 2012. Marisa is an instructor in Mental Health First Aid (Youth and Adult Modules), Teen Mental Health First Aid, and Certified Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper.

Ali Turley

Ali Turley

Ali Turley is Certified School Counselor and National Certified Counselor and works both in schools and as a Program Specialist for the Jana Marie Foundation. Ali holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Penn State University and is trained in many evidenced-based prevention, parenting and mental health programs.


Empathy in the Classroom: A Hands-on Guide for Educators

Dr. Kate Berardi, a UNESCO Fellow, will present a free Zoom webinar on how to best increase empathy in students through simple, everyday practices.

This non-credit course is part three of a three-course series offered for Pennsylvania Act 48 continuing education units by WPSU Penn State. One CEU is available for each course.

Supporting Families through Changing Educational Environments

Wednesday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Peggy Schooling, Penn State professor of Practice in Educational Leadership and executive director of the Pennsylvania School Study Council will present a free Zoom webinar to help prepare educators and administrators for supporting families with changing educational environments throughout the school year.

This non-credit course is part two of a three-course series offered for Pennsylvania Act 48 continuing education units by WPSU Penn State. One CEU is available for each course.


Peggy SchoolingPeggy Schooling

Dr. Schooling has worked as a teacher, speech pathologist, reading specialist, elementary principal, central office administrator, executive director, and consultant in the private, public, and for-profit sectors of education for over 40 years. Much of her career has involved working in and with small and large urban school districts. Over the course of her career, Dr. Schooling has had the privilege of partnering with teachers, school and district administrators, and several state education agencies across the United States and abroad in the areas educational leadership, teacher professional learning systems, system wide change, and literacy.

Rebecca HeiserRebecca Heiser

Rebecca is a distance education researcher and the lead instructional designer for the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program with The Pennsylvania State University at World Campus. She is pursuing a doctorate in distance education from Athabasca University, with research interests at the intersection of globalization, equity, and learning analytics in distance education. Rebecca also serves on a research cohort with the Oregon State University Campus Research Unit to study Perceptions of Learning Data in Higher Education and acts as an Open Education Resources (OER) research fellow with Bingham Young University sponsored by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Prior to her employment with Penn State, Rebecca developed online and blended learning solutions for K12 leaders and educators with the Southern Regional Education Board to serve 36 states across the nation. Since COVID-19, Rebecca has partnered directly with state and district leaders to brainstorm solutions for equitable remote learning and instruction. In addition, she is an established technical writer, learning design consultant and eLearning developer for corporate software companies.

William DiehlWilliam Diehl

Dr. Diehl also serves as associate editor for The American Journal of Distance Education and is an expert reviewer for other academic journals. He is the director of The American Center for the Study of Distance Education and the founder of the International Museum of Distance Education and Technology.

Dr. Diehl is author and co-author of numerous articles in academic journals and proceedings at academic conferences. A consultant in the corporate, higher education, and government sectors, his professional experience also includes work as K-12 teacher, technologist, web designer and developer, instructional designer, and multimedia consultant.


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