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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Information


Join us for the Making Connections to Make a Difference Paraprofessional Conference.  On this day you will have sessions that will reinvigorate your practices as a paraeducator supporting students with unique and individual needs.  The day will include a keynote speaker and informative breakout sessions.

Dr. Matthew Wappett, Keynote Speaker
Dr. Matthew Wappett is a researcher, a writer, and an educator in stress management, leadership, and inclusion. Dr. Wappett is the Executive Director
of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice at Utah State University. He holds an affiliate appointment as a Research Associate Professor
in the USU Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. Dr. Wappett’s teaching and research on the effects of stress on learning
and behavior helps individuals and organizations understand how to become more resilient and inclusive. Dr. Wappett is committed to providing
educators, social workers, and other human service professionals with the tools they need to manage their stress, and the skills they need to become
more resilient. He is committed to creating inclusive environments that foster a sense of purpose and belonging. Dr. Wappett’s work is also focused
on the effects of laughter as a stress management technique and a tool to create inclusion. He finds great joy in teaching people how to laugh!
Dr. Anne Katona-Linn, Keynote Speaker
Dr. Anne Katona-Linn is a passionate Educational Coach and Leader who has dedicated her career to helping schools and communities
develop safe, supportive and positive school climates for children and teachers. She’s received multiple awards for her expertise in classroom
management, mental health & special education.
She believes that all Teachers and School Administrators want to help students succeed to the greatest extent possible, and the stigma of
mental health and trauma prevents them from doing that.
Her goal is to empower Teachers with the tools to create an emotionally and physically safe environment in schools for students to thrive.


Date: August 9, 2022

Time: 9:00-3:00

Location: Central Columbia High School- 4777 Old Berwick Rd. Bloomsburg PA 17815

Hours: up to 6 professiona hours



Registration is open for this event until Friday, August 5, 2022 at 8:00 am.