Pennsylvania Fellowship Program (PFP) 2021-2022

Multiple locations

Session Dates

Wednesday September 29, 2021 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM - Webinar
Thursday September 30, 2021 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM - Webinar
Wednesday October 27, 2021 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM - Webinar
Thursday October 28, 2021 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM - Webinar
Wednesday December 15, 2021 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM - Webinar
Thursday December 16, 2021 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM - Webinar
Thursday January 13, 2022 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM - Webinar
Tuesday March 01, 2022 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM - Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
Wednesday March 02, 2022 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM - Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
Wednesday April 13, 2022 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM - PaTTAN - WEST
Monday May 16, 2022 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
Tuesday May 17, 2022 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
Monday July 18, 2022 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Tuesday July 19, 2022 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM - Seven Springs Mountain Resort

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

The Pennsylvania Fellowship Program (PFP) 2021-2022 is a professional development program designed to build the knowledge and skills of veteran and novice special education administrators. During the program, participants will actively engage with colleagues to discuss topics, offer insights and perspectives, and collaborate on assigned work. Upon completion of the program, participants will have an enhanced understanding of Pennsylvania resources, practices, and procedures to implement effective programming that will lead to success for all students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Through participation in this program, PFP Special Education Leaders have continual opportunities to develop a sustainable network of collaborative relationships from across the Commonwealth.

The PA Fellowship Program will be launched as a hybrid model for the 2021-2022 school year including virtual and in-person sessions. Please use the PFP: Cohort 12 Calendar of Events to document the time/location on your calendar accordingly.


Day 1: Building Your Program Landscape as a Special Education Leader
Participants will be able to…
1. Identify attributes that attracted you to the field of education/special education
2. Describe the program landscape of special education within their LEA
3. Compare and contrast data found within the LEA's Special Education Data Report (SEDR) to statewide data

Day 2: Refining Infrastructure by Building Foundational Processes
Participants will be able to…
1. Engage in system’s level analysis to organize fluid and proactive programming within special education
2. Explain the relationship between IDEA and Chapter 14
3. Examine key landmark cases that defined federal and state special education legislation

Day 3: Managing Complex Change in a Climate of Presumed Competence
Participants will be able to…
1. Describe key leadership skills that advance the stewardship of resources for the benefit of students with disabilities
2. Define presumed competence and identify LEA specific examples of its use and/or
opportunities for implementation
3. Examine ways to ensure compliance and effective programs are provided in the least
restrictive environment
4. Identify the fiscal responsibilities associated with the role of the special education administrator, including placements in Approved Private Schools (APS)

Day 4: Ensuring the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Through Equitable Practices
Participants will be able to…
1. Calculate and interpret LRE at both the district and student level
2. Examine the state assessment requirements regarding students with disabilities noting the specific eligibility criteria for the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA)
3. Outline the LEA’s continuum of services to identify possible gaps and design potential solutions

Day 5: Meeting the Needs of Families Through Special Education Planning and Programming
Participants will be able to…
1. Review and discuss Early Intervention transition to school age processes and procedures
2. Examine the criteria for determining eligibility for Extended School Year (ESY) and the documentation needed to support compliance
3. Assess the LEA’s policies and procedures through the lens of fostering equitable partnerships with families and communities

Day 6: Coordinating Effective IEP Processes and Procedures
Participants will be able to…
1. Review and highlight components of the Special Education Plan as part of the Comprehensive Plan Portal
2. Identify the available resources to enhance professional development needs and special education programming
3. Discuss and prioritize compliance and “best practice” strategies regarding drafting quality IEPs

Day 7: Building Collaborative Team Structures and Shared Responsibilities
Participants will be able to…
1. Describe components of organizational structures that support inclusive education
2. Identify the critical role that collaborative efforts hold for all stakeholders
3. Engage in reflective and intentional opportunities to evaluate equitable practices from a systemic lens

Day 8: Pennsylvania Resources: From Compliance to Best Practice
Participants will be able to…
1. Review and discuss the national and state perspectives for professional and ethical codes of conduct for educators
2. Identify resources and supports available through the Office of Dispute Resolution(ODR) to  enhance programming for students with disabilities
3. Engage in discussion surrounding the attraction, preparation, and retention efforts of special education personnel and identify possible solutions

Day 9: Developing Secondary Transitional Systems to Support Positive Outcomes for Youth
Participants will be able to…
1. Review and analyze pertinent case law pertaining to Secondary Transition
2. Discuss the requirements of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Career Readiness using the Career Education Work (CEW) Mapping Tool
3. Identify Secondary Transition resources and apply to individual LEAs

Day 10: Programming for Specific Populations of Students with Disabilities
Participants will be able to…
1. Examine Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) compliance and best practice measures
2. Discuss common areas of need for students with low incidence disabilities
3. Review the processes for evaluation and reevaluation while reflecting on the LEA’s current procedures

Day 11: Supporting Positive Behavior Practices
Participants will be able to…
1. Reflect on the LEA’s behavior processes and how they align to current professional opportunities
2. Discuss components and requirements of behavioral procedures (i.e. MD, FBAs, and
PBSPs, PBIS) applicable to students with disabilities
3. Recognize potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems such as: depression, anxiety, trauma, and self-injurious behavior while applying knowledge of the appropriate self-help resources available to aid someone with a mental health problem

Day 12: Design and Delivery of Effective Academic Programming for All
1. Explore effective instructional delivery models that provide access to the general education curriculum
2. Identify ways to apply the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to reduce barriers to learning
3. Define both high-leverage and evidence-based practices to advance educator preparation and practice and subsequently the outcomes for students with disabilities

Day 13: Culminating Implementation Commitment Activity and Comprehensive Application
1. Reflect on year-long implementation commitments and plan for comprehensive application to achieve balance and manage compliance while leading improvement within the LEA
2. Engage in structured completion activities to commemorate program requirements

Day 14: Culminating Project Presentations
1. Present culminating project aligned to State Performance Plan (SPP) indicators
2. Provide constructive feedback that will move the learner forward

Target Audience

Selected Special Education Administrators from submitted applications Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Paula Quinn at

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


PaTTAN Educational Consultant

Event Files:

PFP Calendar

Event Contact:


Paula Quinn
800-446-5607 x6880

Content Contact:

Tracy Ficca