Primary Elementary Teachers Association

Literacy, Laughs and Self Love
with Jennifer Serravallo, Joe (Mr. D) Dombrowski and Asha Croggon



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October 22, 2021

Conference Schedule

Friday, October 22, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Join PETA Conference via Zoom link
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Welcome / Supporting Wellness with Asha Croggon
10:00 a.m.  - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.  - 12:00 noon Jennifer Serravallo:  Writing in Small Groups
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jennifer Serravallo:  Writing in Small Groups continued
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Joe (Mr. D) Dombrowski:  Student Engagement
3:00 p.m. PETA Annual General meeting - all conference attendees welcome


Conference fee 
Substitutes / Retirees / Pre-Service Teachers

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 13 E. IV.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Registration Deadline:

October 5, 2021

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Event capacity is limited to 985.

For further information:

Jennifer Eisener


Supporting wellness with Asha V Croggon

Incorporating leading edge science and actionable ideas, teachers will learn the real impact of stress (the good, the bad and the surprising). By the end of the session, teachers will know how to support their wellness through their own self-care CPR plan, how to shift out of stress in 3 minutes or less and how to ripple these positives out into a kinder, more resilient classroom. Asha V Croggon is a leading presenter on personal, organizational and community resilience. She incorporates science and stories to inspire real and actionable change. The social service programs she has built and managed have supported over 2 million people.



Teaching Writing in Small Groups with Jennifer Serravallo

Drawing from Jennifer Serravallo's newly-released Teaching Writing in Small Groups, this session will show you how just a few minutes of purposeful, responsive teaching can have a big impact with your students. The emphasis will be on essential practices for optimizing small groups that will help you value each child's language and literacy practices, develop relationships with your writers, teach with efficiency, improve independence, and more. The engaging videos and Jen's ability to break down complex concepts into actionable, doable steps will equip you to be able to try out the ideas right away!




Engagement, fun and laughter in the Classroom with Joe (Mr. D) Dombrowski

Get ready to let loose, sit back and laugh! Joe Dombrowski (aka Mr. D) is joining us for the October conference! He took the world by storm in 2017 with a viral April Fools' Day spelling test prank that landed him multiple appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Dombrowski presents internationally speaking to crowds of educators, helping them reconnect to the joy of life and teaching through laughter. Joe tours with his stand up comedy show "Indoor Recess” and also hosts his own hilarious podcast. Joe will captivate you with his stories, strategies and practices of how he maintains a high level of engagement, fun, and laughter in his classroom. 


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