#ParentCamp will be hosted by @KnappElementary School on Sat., 4/27. Register is FREE. Scroll down for session info.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Melissa Bilash (@MomCongressPA)
#ParentCamp's keynote speaker and connected parent, Melissa Bilash, is the owner of Advocacy & Consulting for Education in Wayne, and is one of only 100 people to complete the nationally recognized and intensive training program, Special Education Advocates Training, or SEAT. She has spent many years advocating for the individualized environment each child needs to be able to learn, and has helped hundreds of parents along the way. She is the Special and Gifted Education Mentor for Parenting Magazine's Mom Congress and also serves on the Legislative Committee for the National Association of Gifted Children.


On Saturday, April 27, 2013, Knapp Elementary will host it’s first Parent Camp “unconference for parents. It’s called an unconference because attendees will not simply sit through 40 minute sessions, then leave to go onto the next one. The idea behind “EdCamps” around the world is to create an ongoing discussion and build relationships amongst all in attendance.

There will be discussion leaders in each session, as all 20 sessions being offered are detailed below. The sessions have been geared toward K-6 parents, and will be led by teachers, parents, leaders and community members.

Parent Camp is FREE and open to any families in the North Penn School District, as well as any members of Knapp’s parent & teacher personal learning network (PLN). Register HERE today as space is limited for the April 27th event.

Looking forward to seeing you at #ParentCamp!

Gwen Pescatore
Connected Knapp Parent

Joe Mazza
Knapp Lead Learner


Financial Aid Concepts and Tuition Strategies for college – Maria Mainardi

Please join us for an educational workshop about everything you need to know about College Planning and Financial Aid for the future! We will discuss: how expensive college is and where prices are going, how financial aid is calculated and what that means for your family’s unique situation as well as the impact each college’s packaging can have on your overall out-of-pocket expense. With this information, we want to help put your family in the best position possible now so you're able to tackle the ever-increasing costs of college tuition later.

Helping at Home - Jean Hoerr

As parents and guardians, you are your child's first teacher. You can partner with the schools to help your child become successful in American classrooms using a few easy ideas. This session will consist of a power point presentation on organizing a space at home specifically for homework and what part parents play in getting the assigned work finished. We will also discuss ways to help pre-school students be more prepared for that very special first day in kindergarten. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

Becoming a Connected Parent – Elissa Malespina (@SOMSlibrary)

What is a connected parent? We will discuss its many different meanings. Parents will also learn how to become a "connected" parent through the used of such tools as Twitter,Pinterest, Edmodo and more.

Bridging the Gap Between Home and School: Creating High Functioning IEP Teams – Dr Michele Rupp & Tiffany D’Amore

Perpsectives of a parent and administrator on inclusive education. Discussion will focus on aspects of a highly functional IEP team, creating collaborative partnerships between home and school, and the challenges that are faced through this process.

Twitter 101 for Parents – Glenn Yetter (@coachyetter)

Twitter 101 for Parents Join this session to learn more about Twitter! Session topics will include how to create an account, making of a good tweet, twitter lingo, and who to follow. Twitter can be just the parenting tool you have been looking for. Find out why this social media can conect you to the world!

Optimizing Communication with your Child – Dr Adam Berman

Dr. Adam Berman, clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist will provide a parenting program on “Optimizing Communication with your Child.” The program examines some of the most common parental perceptions related to cooperation and respect within the family unit, and how perceptions might ultimately impact a child’s behavior. Dr. Berman will also discuss the importance of both parents and children being able to express what is important to each of them so that familial communication can be enhanced. An additional focus will be on how parents can attend to and assess their own self-respect so that they can feel more confident as they raise their children. Dr. Berman will provide specific examples of communication techniques that are both helpful and a hindrance when speaking to children and adolescents. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer session for the attendees.

What Your Kids Know That You Don't: Internet Safety For Parents – Dr Nicole Yetter (@NicoleMYetter)

In this Session, Parents will:

•Understand the importance of the appropriate use of social networking sites

•Learn how to help if your child is being bullied or harassed online.

•Safety Tips

•Tools to aide their children in becoming responsible digital citizens.

The Blue Ribbon Experience – Lisa Davis (@lisaodavis)

This session we will discuss the process of being selected as a national Blue Ribbon school. We will talk about the qualities of each facet of Cantiague life, from classroom experience to school culture, parent involvement to our principal/lead learner. My intention is to share the passion I feel about being a PTA president at a truly exceptional school with truly exceptional teachers and staff.

Edmodo and Twitter - Student and Parent Engagement – Ed Brun (@edbrun)

Edmodo and Twitter are being implemented in many classrooms across the country today. This session will allow for parents to become more familiar with how these two technolgy tools are used as learning and communication tools by teachers, students, and parents.

Building Partnerships Through Live Streaming H&S Meetings – Gwen Pescatore, Deb Rzepela-Auch, Meredith Mostochuk and other H&S members (@gpescatore25 @DeborahRzepela @mmostochuk)

Families are busy and at times don’t have the ability to be physically present for monthly home & school meetings – yet these meetings can be an amazing place to build and strengthen relationships. By offering a live stream option, you open the doors to a larger audience to participate each month. It also gives you the flexibility to take your meetings anywhere where there is internet access. Join members of the Knapp Home & School Association as we share our live streaming experience (from both the hosting and attending lens), ways that it has helped improve participation and how it helps to break the image of the board being “a private club or clique”.

Lifelong Learning at your Library – Tom Meyer (@LansdaleLibrary)

Learn how your local library can help your children prepare for school, support them during their years in school, and keep your family learning throughout your lives. Resources specific to Lansdale Public Library will be discussed. With an overview of other library resources available in the region.

Supporting to RtII (Response to Instruction and Intervention) at Home – Amber Molloy (@edumolloy)

RtII is one of the current buzz-words flying around schools across our country. Join us as we investigate the role of Response to Instruction and Intervention in your child's school. We will also discuss, most importantly, how you can support your child on their journey to become a life-long reader.

Substance Abuse - One Father's Story – Don Koffel

After losing my son to an overdose, and attending numerous meetings with addicts across PA and TX; I want to share with parents that drugs are a real part of our children's lives.

Elementary Guidance Program – Tori Rubbo, Amanda Blocklinger & Sara Heckman (@torirubbo @ablocklinger @mrssheckman)

A review of an elementary guidance program will be provided. Classroom teachers will be present to share their experiences with incorperating the program into their classrooms on a daily basis. Classroom meetings, social skills, keeping kids safe will be covered during this session.

A Guide to Speech and Language – Kelli Velazquez (@KelliVelazquez)

This session will discuss typical speech and language development for the elementary population as well as some of the disorders of speech and language. The session will provide participants with a basic overview of the procedure when a concern is identified for a specific student. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion regarding speech and language.

Transition to Middle School – Michael Flynn & Kristin O’Shea (@MrsOshea6)

The session will consist of a brief description of what to expect at the Middle School, followed by a question and answer period. Discussion on preparing and staying involved socially, emotionally and academically in your child’s education during the middle school years will be the focus of this session.

Developing Your Child’s Self Esteem – Amita Sood

Self-esteem in your child plays a critical role in his/her success and happiness in life. It is the foundation of a child's well-being. Parents have the greatest influence on a child's belief about himself or herself. Letting your child know that he or she belongs, is doing well, and is contributing, can help him or her develop healthy self-esteem. That foundation can do much to help a child deal with difficult life issues as they are encountered in different phases of life.

What makes a real home-school partnership? – Joe Mazza & Tony Sinanis (@joe_mazza @cantiague_lead)

Principals Joe Mazza (Knapp Elementary) & Tony Sinanis (Cantiague Elementary) will share the core beliefs behind what makes the home-school partnership work. Texts such as Beyond the Bakesale (Henderson & Mapp 2008) will be used to share real examples on how educators and parents to build strong relationships that help students reach their potential.