Educators and Administrators Forum
The Educators and Administrators Forum is designed to inform and inspire excellence in the development and delivery of educational experiences under sail as well as address organizational sustainability. Going beyond just “how-to” educate, the forum covers a wide variety of topics including the latest in teaching techniques and resources, establishing successful partnerships with schools, communities and others, marketing, fundraising, development and more. The Educators and Administrators Forum is for educators AND those responsible for the marketing, development, sustainability and community outreach of educational programs under sail!
Session 1: From Manned Space Flights to a Tall Ship, Using the Power of the Process Communication Model
Presenters: Kathy Vespia, Vincent Tavani, Elise Heubner
This interactive workshop is intended for those interested in learning the exciting results from a unique Professional Development program for educators. This pilot program was designed to develop teacher’s communication and instructional skills for meeting the needs of all students, especially those at risk for dropping out of school. Through training in the Process Communication Model (PCM), a model used by NASA for selection of astronauts for manned space flight, participants learned how to effectively work with various personality types aboard the tall ship, form a community of learners, and recognize the importance of fun in teaching. Based on the success of this program, this training will be offered onboard the soon to be completed SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, the first ocean-going, full-rigged ship to be built in the U.S. in 110 years and the largest civilian sailing school vessel in America.
As the result of her personal experience with seamanship training for educators in 2012 on the tall ship Gazela, Kathy has become a passionate advocate for OHP’s Education at Sea Program for secondary students and educators. Kathy Vespia is a certified trainer for the Process Communication Model for Educators and currently the Secondary Education Coordinator at Salve Regina University (Newport, RI), she previously served as chair of Salve’s Education department and co-designer and director of an alternative high school in MA focused on authentic meaningful learning, as will be found on OHP! She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and is a board member of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island.
Vincent Tavani works for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, having entered the tall ship community to escape the four walls of a classroom and unintentionally finding a much better one beneath the rigging.
Elise Huebner was the 2nd Mate and Program Manager on board Mystic. Elise has firsthand experience of the life-changing adventures that happen on deck, as she began her career at sea on board the schooner Argo, sailing from South Africa to the Caribbean. Since that time she has been based in Boston, but has still continued to travel and work on tall ships, crew on boat deliveries, and spend some time on charter boats. While in Boston she did some racing on the harbor, and taught classes at Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown. When on land, she loves o run and bike, and has spent some time giving bicycle tours.
Session 2: On the Spectrum: Working With People With Autism
One in 68 people in the US are diagnosed with some form of autism, making the need to work effectively with this population a necessity for the students themselves, their peers, teachers and crew. In this interactive workshop, you will learn best practices and guidelines to gain confidence that your program is addressing the needs of people with autism in an effective, safe and fun way that allows you to maintain your current overall education al goals.
Presenters: Jeanne Lehrer, Jayme Banks, Melissa Brand
Jeanne Lehrer, PhD, – Vice President of Youth Behavioral Health
Dr. Jeanne Lehrer has her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Psychology from Villanova University. She has worked in a variety of settings including school districts, hospitals and residential settings specializing in working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. She has spent the last 15 years working in the area of community mental health both evaluating children’s needs for services as well as creating, expanding and improving services that currently exit within the system. Dr. Lehrer has been enjoying her professional growth at North East Treatment Centers over the past 9 years. She entered NET as a Unit Director of PA Children’s Behavioral Health and has participated in the development of five new community based programs for children and their families, the newest of which is the SPIN-NET Philadelphia Autism Center for Excellence (PACE). Dr. Lehrer has always had a passion for working with children especially those with special needs. She is excited to oversee and support the talented staff of the SPIN-NET PACE team at North East Treatment centers. She is committed to ensuring that all children receive quality evaluation, services and treatment in programs that are under her direction
Jayme Banks, Psy.D, MBA- Director of Autism & Community-Based Services
Dr. Jayme Banks has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master of Business from Widener University, and a Master in Clinical Psychology from Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She specializes in working with children and families and has worked in school, hospital, and community settings. Dr. Banks completed her pre doctoral Internship at NET in 2010. In 2013, she returned to NET as the School therapeutic Support Services (STS) and Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) program manager. In 2014, Dr. Banks became the Director of Autism and Community-Based services which includes overseeing NET’s Philadelphia Autism Center for Excellence (PACE) programming, BHRS, and STS.
Melissa Brand, Psy. D, – NET PACE Clinical Consultant
Dr. Melissa Brand has a doctorate in psychology from GSAPP, Rutgers University, is a PA licensed psychologist and a NJ certified school psychologist, special education and elementary education teacher. She began her work with children on the autism spectrum 20 years ago as a practitioner of ABA-based discrete trial teaching. Since that time, she has provided a number of clinical services for children on the autism spectrum including home-based intervention, consultation to schools, evaluations, parent training, social skills groups, and outpatient therapy. Dr. Brand came to NET in 2012 to assist in the development of clinical services at the SPIN-NET Philadelphia Autism Center for Excellence. At NET, she created the parent-training program, Nurturing the Child with Autism, designed curricula for the STAP and After School programs, conducts weekly evaluations, and provides training and clinical supervision for staff. Dr. Brand is committed to the development of high-quality services that improve the lives of children and families impacted by autism.
Program Expansion Panel: Career and Technical Education Programs
1.4 Billion Dollars were allocated for Career and Technical Education Programs in the United States. Why not collaborate with this funding with your sail training organizations. If the following appeal to you: Job readiness skills, paid internships, technical industry licensing and paid programming stop on by and join the conversation. In this session, we will highlight the successes of a collaboration with the New York Harbor School and the South Street Seaport Museum for the restoration and operations of the Schooner Lettie G. Howard and send participants away with the tools they need to expand their own organization’s education programs with CTE and great partnerships!
Presenters: Captain Aaron Singh and students: Halcyon Spooner, Syed Hoque
Captain Aaron Singh has been sailing for the last 23 years in NY Harbor, Long Island Sound, and up and down the East Coast from Maine to the Caribbean. As a New York City kid his love for the water began aboard a Sea Scout ship sailing out of City Island, the Bronx. A public high school internship at South Street Seaport Museum introduced him to the marine industry and subsequently led him to command a wide array of vessels from 600 passenger catamaran ferries to wooden tug boats to 125ft Gloucester fishing schooner. Captain Singh has been involved with the New York Harbor School since 2003 as teaching captain through the South Street Seaport Museum. He has joined the since become a NYC public school teacher and has joined the NY Harbor school on Governors Island. He has worked to create a three-year United States Coast Guard Approved training program and New York State Career and Technical Education Program for Vessel Operations. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as the school’s Waterfront Director overseeing marine operations on Governors Island and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In the Fall of 2013 Captain Singh became the volunteer Master of the Schooner Lettie G. Howard and has successfully worked with the New York Harbor Foundation and South Street Seaport Museum to operate the Lettie for the next 3 years.
Halcyon is a senior at the New York Harbor School in the Vessel Operations program. She was first introduced to Tall Ships her freshman year of high school, sailing aboard Spirit of Massachusetts, Pioneer and Amistad her experiences on these vessels have reinforced her drive to be a professional mariner. This past summer, she was hired as a deckhand on Schooner Lettie G. Howard for Harbor School’s collaborative programing with South Street Seaport Museum. After working on Lettie G. Howard, she interned for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE ® Pacific Coast 2014. Halcyon is a natural youth leader and organizer and no doubt have a long career ahead of her. She has applied to SUNY Maritime, Mass Maritime and Maine Maritime for the Fall Semester.
Syed is a senior at the New York Harbor School in the Vessel Operations program. He has worked this last year as deckhand on the Schooner Lettie G Howard and strives to work his way up the ladder to Master. You can find Syed often in the Bilge or up in the rig as versatile and eager crew member. He is a natural teacher and is applying for Career and Technical Education teacher programs for college next year.
Measuring Impact: Why Should Anyone Participate in Our Programs? Why Should Funders Support Us?
We can see the success of our education efforts in action, through the students we engage, the “wow” moments created onboard, the enthusiastic responses. And yet, most of us still need to determine an effective way to measure our impact. Join us for an interactive conversation to try to answer these challenging questions and to develop a tool kit to use as a solid base for our individual evaluation needs. Come prepared to share your goals and objectives, your trials and tribulations, and your creative ideas to contribute to this joint effort.
A lifelong educator, Barbara is the Education Director for the nonprofit Gundalow Company, which provides unique educational experiences on the PISCATAQUA based in Portsmouth, NH. The PISCATAQUA, launched in 2011, is a historic replica of the traditional sailing cargo barges that connected the coastal region for 250 years. Barbara was instrumental in the development and implementation of Gundalow Company’s programs, and teaches onboard whenever possible.
Isaac Santer is the Education Coordinator for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Isaac’s first experience sailing on the Clearwater was during fourth grade; he remembered very little from the experience, aside from steering the boat and being afraid of crashing it. He was reacquainted with the sloop through an internship during his senior year of high school in 2008 and has been coming back in a variety of roles ever since then: as an apprentice, an education intern, a volunteer, and as relief crew. Isaac studied English and History at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. At Clark University, he also received his Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching, specializing in secondary English at the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education. After a long year of full time student-teaching and coursework, Isaac is extremely excited to utilize his teaching experience and his longtime passion for the Hudson River and Clearwater as an Education Coordinator.
Session 5: In-House PR
With all of the noise on the internet, short attention spans and ever increasingly outrageous headlines, getting your voice heard and organizational message and accomplishments shared is becoming harder and harder, or more and more expensive. But, you may already have the talent you need to generate effective public relations material – you just need the right tools. By the end of this session, you will have implementable tips and techniques to strengthen your in-house PR and significantly raise the odds of getting your message to the people who need to hear it – without spending a fortune.
Presenters: Teresa Carey, Ben Carey
Teresa Carey Teresa Carey is a writer, inspirational speaker, filmmaker, educator, and US Coast Guard licensed captain. Teresa is the co-founder of Morse Alpha Studios, a production company which specializes in creating films and web media (websites, web films, social media, articles). She is currently launching a social media campaign for Conservation Media Group, a new non-profit environmental film organization. As a person passionate about the ocean and the arts, Teresa recently combined the two in a film titled One Simple Question, which was nominated as a finalist for the BLUE Ocean Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmaker category. She is currently working on a documentary mini-series titled Ocean Courier. Teresa is also an educator and has worked for programs such as Outward Bound, she has also been an Oceanography and Performing Arts educator in a more traditional academic school. She has worked aboard a variety of sailboats from dinghies to schooners since the age of 18 as an educator, delivery crew, and charter-boat captain.
Ben Carey Ben Carey began his sailing career as a student with Sea Education Association. From that, he went on to sail many schooners and tall ships from deckhand to mate and captain. When he purchased and moved aboard his own vessel, he focused on mastering web design – a job he could do while traveling on a sailboat. Once he got a taste of digital creativity, he didn’t go back. Now he has added filmmaking, writing, social media, and motion graphics to his list of skills. He is the co-founder of Morse Alpha Studios, a production company which specializes in creating films and web media (websites, web films, social media, articles). He recently finished a film called One Simple Question, which was nominated as a finalist for the BLUE Ocean Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmaker category. It will be released March 2015. His next big project is a documentary mini-series titled Ocean Courier.