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1. CPE Course: Any Device Technology Tools in K-12

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 6/13/2022 to 7/15/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/9/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Roth


Any Device Technology Tools in K-12 is a course that will explore a vast array of assessment, interactive, creation, and collaboration technology tools that are compatible on various types of devices. Implementing tools that are device independent is becoming more important as more school districts are employing 1 to 1 and bring your own device initiatives. Tools that function on iOS, Android, and PC/Mac computers are essential in environments with a variety of devices available. Participants will be creating authentic educational assessments and activities that will motivate and captivate the interest of the modern student, for the purpose of increasing student achievement. Tools discussed in this course include: Socrative, Google Forms, Padlet, Quizlet, Remind, and others. Mastery of these tools will increase the efficiency of the educator and improve his/her ability to relate to and motivate 21st century students, thus preparing the students to not only to achieve more, but also for success in transitioning to the workplace of the future.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

2. CPE Course: Moving From Problems to Solutions - Building Resiliency Skills

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: BVIP, D/HH, ESS/Special Ed, NPSP, Vision

Dates: 6/17/2022 to 7/8/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/15/2022

INSTRUCTORS: Rhonda Bielawski and Elaine Obidowski


How do we maximize our influence to make a difference? Students of today face an increasingly complex variety of problems. The ability to successfully adapt to adversity can sometimes mean the difference between achievement and failure. In this course, we will recognize and develop the protective factors which fosters resiliency in students. We will explore the role Student Assistance has with developing resiliency, and the latest research on resiliency.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

3. CPE Course: Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom: Strategies, Techniques, and Materials

Program: CPE Courses

Dates: 6/17/2022 to 7/18/2022

Meeting Times: Online


Registration for this course closes on 6/15/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. William Yerger

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.

Title: Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, 2018, 4th Edition. Author: Dr. Thomas Armstrong. Publisher ASCD, ISBN-13: 9781416625094

This three credit course will provide PreK-12 educators with a thorough understanding of Howard Gardner's concept of multiple intelligences. The class will provide a major focus on the various ways that students process information. Students are attracted to, become comfortable with and skilled in different ways of processing information. The book will be studied and a study guide will be completed. The course will center on developing lessons and activities that incorporate all the intelligences. The instructor will provide sample lessons at various grade levels along with the modeling of lessons. Each participant will develop one artifact for each intelligence and create several lessons. The class is intended to be stress free.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

4. CPE Course: Best Practices in Teaching K-12 Online

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/20/2022 to 7/11/2022

Meeting Times: Online Course


Registration for this course closes on 6/16/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Dan Morrow

Online learning continues to evolve and progress with each passing year and more implementation. With the necessity of many schools having to go to online instruction under current circumstances it is more important than ever for educators to become trained in the best practices of teaching online.

By offering this CPE course "Best Practices in K-12 Online Teaching and Learning”, educators who don't have experience or training in online learning can become better prepared to help their students be successful. The course is based on the iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning) National Standards for Quality Online Courses. It will help educators develop skills and knowledge, based on research and best practices, including developing easy-to-navigate courses, methods of authentic online assessments, online teaching strategies, online communication and feedback, course organization, and much more!

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

5. CPE Course: Examining Classroom Management

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: DART

Dates: 6/20/2022 to 7/11/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/16/2022

INSTRUCTOR: John Green


Successful classroom management is the key to a successful learning environment. Participants in this online course will examine important facets of being a quality classroom manager in the areas of classroom organization, effective teaching styles, behavior management, social skill development & teaching, and parent-teacher communication. Throughout the course participants will analyze their own beliefs and create plans based on readings & activities.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

Registration for this course closes on 6/16/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Michelle Senneway

Student assessment data identities a need for middle grade students to develop and build their computational skills with fractions.
When students in the middle grades are unable to master these basic math skills, it will make it harder for students to find success as they progress throughout their mathematics courses in 8th grade and beyond. As fractions enter the mathematical curriculum in the middle grades, the computational skill level becomes more complex which is why it is important to introduce fractions in a way that is easily comprehended by young minds.
This course begins with the concept of fractions and builds to utilizing best instructional practices with all four operations of fractions. By presenting the teaching of operations of fractions through research, discussion, and current successful instructional practices, course participants will successfully design a fraction computation unit that may be used in the middle school classroom.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

7. CPE Course: Making an Impact - Building Positive Relationships with Students

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators

Dates: 6/23/2022 to 7/17/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/21/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Kristina Rose

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.
Title: Effective Classroom Communication Pocketbook [paperback] Author: Churches, Richard ISBN-13: 978-1906610111

This course, Making an Impact: Building Positive Relationships with Your Students, is designed for teachers K-12 to become familiar with different ways to create healthy student/teacher relationships through effective communication.This course will focus on how to communicate effectively, how to provide a friendly, successful, and productive learning environment, using your words to influence, effective questioning techniques, how to motivate students and give them a desire to learn, to ensure the right climate for learning, become more aware of your verbal and non-verbal cues, using your voice effectively, and most importantly to engage your students so they look forward to your classroom and WANT to work for you. It is extremely important that students WANT to LISTEN to you.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course.If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

8. CPE Course: Addressing Learning Disabilities in Education

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Also approved for AIU staff in: BVIP, D/HH, ESL, ESS/Special Ed, SLP and Vision.

Dates: 6/24/2022 to 7/15/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/22/2022

INSTRUCTORS: Michael and Rhonda Bielawski

Participants will have the opportunity to further understand what learning disabilities are, how they are identified and how they are managed in the educational setting. Through viewing videos, examination of research, discussions among colleagues, review of legal cases, assessment of student case studies and development of sample lesson plans, standards aligned IEP goals, accommodations and modifications, participants will have tools to implement strategies within their classroom to promote student achievement for all students with learning disabilities. Pennsylvania's Resiliency/Wellness Framework elements of high expectations for students with learning disabilities, meaningful student engagement among students with learning disabilities, connectivity and bonding with students with learning disabilities, skills for life for our students with learning disabilities, clear and consistent boundaries for our students with learning disabilities as well as unconditional support for these students will also be covered.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

9. CPE Course: Establishing Habits of Mind in K-12 Computer Science

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: K-12 Computer Science and STEM educators; All K-12 educators

Dates: 6/24/2022 to 7/15/2022

Meeting Times: ONLINE


Registration for this course closes on 6/22/2022


INSTRUCTOR: Linda Muller

Research supports the idea that a well-rounded K-12 computer science curriculum should include teaching Habits of Mind alongside problem-solving, computational thinking, and writing code in order to help students develop and sustain specific aptitudes that are necessary for mastering comprehensive computer science courses and to prepare students for post-secondary educational programs as well as life and work into the 21st-century.

What are your plans for helping students identify and develop those essential Habits of Mind aptitudes? This course will introduce you to the 16 essential Habits of Mind as you determine how they can be seamlessly integrated into the K-12 computer science classroom and across a school system. Educators will discover the connections among various research-based sources on Habits of Mind and develop grade-appropriate instructional materials and assessments that they can use for classroom implementation of Habits of Mind with their students.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

10. CPE Course: 4 Free Technology Essentials for Educators in the 21st Century

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: ESS/Special Ed, Vision.

Dates: 6/27/2022 to 7/18/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/23/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Roth

A course designed for K-12 Educators to identify, improve, and enhance their own 21st Century Skills so that they may assist the achievement of their own 21st Century students. This online course will focus on the classroom use of free technology tools such as ScreenCast-o-Matic (in conjuction with YouTube) to create or help students create online lessons, Google Forms for formative assessment and online data collection and analysis, and Kahoot! (a type of bar trivia for students that can be used as a formative assessment and feedback tool). Educators will learn how to create usable lessons that can be put online and/or used in the classroom for instruction, enrichment, or differentiation. Participants will also learn and feel comfortable with using the formative assessment and data collection tools that are discussed in the course.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

11. CPE Course: Anxiety & Stress: Teacher and Student Wellness

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: BVIP, D/HH, DART, ESL, ESS/Special Ed, SLP, Vision

Dates: 6/27/2022 to 7/29/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/23/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Title: Stress Management for Teachers: A Proactive Guide. [Paperback, 2015] Authors: Herman, Keith C. and Reinke, Wendy M. ISBN-13: 978-1462517985

This course guides participants in developing and implementing classroom strategies that cultivate teacher and student well-being. Mental health is of great concern in the world today as educational, financial, social, mental and emotional pressures can seem overwhelming at times. Teacher and student well-being must first be addressed before teaching and learning can take place. In addition to exploring curricula to best deal with students' anxiety and stress in the classroom, participants will also explore scientific research, best practices and the holistic education of the mind and body in support of our 21st century students. Both teacher and student must maintain a level of self-care and awareness in order to make great academic and personal strides.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

12. CPE Course: Coping Skills: Teacher and Student Wellness

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators, school counselors and education specialists

Dates: 6/27/2022 to 7/22/2022

Meeting Times: Online


NEW COURSE FOR SUMMER, 2022!

Registration for this course closes on 6/23/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.

Title: Coping Skills for Kids Workbook, 2018. Author: Janine Halloran, MA, LMHC. PESI Publishing, ISBN-13: 9781683731221

This online course will allow participants to analyze how coping skills can be used to manage daily emotions and stress in the world of academia. There are coping skills that are proactive and others that are reactive. Participants will identify, differentiate, choose and be encouraged to engage in a variety of coping mechanisms. Basic needs must be met and mental health must be addressed before learning can take place. Participants will develop an action plan for both students and teachers (themselves) in order to implement appropriate coping skills so academic and professional goals can be met.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

13. CPE COURSE: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 Educators, School Counselors and Education Specialists

Dates: 6/27/2022 to 7/25/2022

Meeting Times: Online


Registration for this course closes on 6/23/2022


INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks

Culturally responsive teaching is a student-centered approach that recognizes and respects students' differences. Diversity in the classroom is increasing however, teaching styles and instructional materials don't always reflect the diverse cultures and backgrounds of today's students. When students' cultural origins and backgrounds are not considered, problems such as language barriers, systemic discrimination and lack of representation can occur.
This course will address these issues by exploring the principles of culturally responsive teaching and applying teaching strategies that promote a culturally responsive classroom.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

14. ESL 1 Course: Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Certified K-12 educators seeking ESL specialist certification

Dates: 6/27/2022 to 10/17/2022

Meeting Times: In person classes: 6/27-30/2022 from 8 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 10/17/2022 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 6/22/2022

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.


And Justice for ELs: A Leader's Guide to Creating and Sustaining Equitable Schools. Cooper, Ayanna, Corwin Press - ISBN 978-1-5443-8814-4.


This is a basic introductory course to English as a Second Language. It will include the five domains of teaching English language learners - culture, language, planning instruction, assessment, and professionalism. Emphasis is placed on the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teaching standards and the ESL K-12 standards. Teachers will examine research-based practices in relation to the five domains and identify their role as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher.

15. CPE Course: The First Days of School: How to be an Effective Teacher

Program: CPE Courses

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/26/2022

Meeting Times: Online


Registration for this course closes on 6/29/2022


INSTRUCTOR: Dr. William Yerger

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.

Title: The First Days of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher, 5th Edition. Author: Harry K. Wong, Harry K. Wong Publications. ISBN-13: 978-0976423386

This course walks the educator through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year. It will be great for the first-time teacher and just as much as for the seasoned professional! This course will provide educators with a goldmine to pertinent information to make not only the first day of school but every day run smoothly adding other numerous strategies besides what's in the book. This may be one of the most amazing books on teaching practices you will ever read! You will be able to complete assignments ahead of the required dates to adjust to your schedule. There are no required Zoom or group meetings. This class is meant to be stress free.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

16. CPE Course: Differentiated Instruction - Helping all Students to be Successful

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: NPS, ESL, ESS, Speech & Language, Hearing and Vision

Dates: 7/6/2022 to 7/27/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/30/2022

INSTRUCTOR: John Green

It is no longer possible to reach all students with the same instruction practices. Teachers are faced of instructing students with diverse learning backgrounds and cultures. Classrooms have many challenges. To help all students be successful teachers need to instruct differently to reach all students' learning styles and abilities. This course will explore Differentiated Instruction in today's classrooms. Throughout the course participants will analyze their own beliefs and create plans based on readings & activities.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

17. CPE Course: Introduction to Text Comprehension

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: K-12 Educators, ELA Teachers, Reading Specialists

Dates: 7/8/2022 to 7/29/2022

Meeting Times: Online Course

Registration for this course closes on 7/6/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Yonek

Being able to comprehend text is a necessary skill in becoming a functioning adult in today's society. Both national and state assessment results show that comprehension is an issue for students and educators; and, students who struggle with comprehension will feel a direct impact on their future success.

This course will instruct educators about the science of the reading process, which includes comprehension and research based strategies for comprehension instruction. In addition, educators will understand the factors that effect comprehension and develop a plan of action to support students with developing strategies to become proficient readers who are able to comprehend text.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

18. CPE Course: Being Mindful - Teacher and Student Wellness

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 7/11/2022 to 7/29/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/7/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes

Being Mindful: Teacher and Student Wellness is a course that explores and allows participants to develop and implement classroom strategies that cultivate teacher and student well-being. Mindfulness is a management strategy that can be implemented in any classroom. Well-being and mindfulness must first be addressed before learning can take place. Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose in the present moment in such a way that is balanced for both teacher and student. Participants will explore curricula for mindfulness in the classroom, as well as scientific research, best practices and the holistic education of the mind and body that we strive to provide our 21st century students. Both teacher and student must maintain a level of self-care and awareness in order to make great academic and personal strides. Participants will develop an action plan to introduce mindfulness in the classroom so that awareness, insightfulness and presence are established so academic goals can be met.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

19. CPE Course: Infusing Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) into K-12 Classrooms

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 7/11/2022 to 8/5/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/7/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Stamford

Occupations in STEAM-related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth. Familiarizing students with STEAM concepts can occur on a variety of levels from exposure to immersion. This course will discuss the conglomeration of the fields represented in the STEAM acronym, the intentional and prudent addition of the Arts into STEM, the alignment of STEAM with the Pa Core Standards, instructional changes that successfully infuse STEAM across the curricula, and opportunities to procure funding for STEAM projects in K-12 classrooms or schools. It is appropriate for teachers in grades k-12 in all content areas. The course has been carefully created to meet the needs of a diverse group of teachers. It does NOT require a background in any of the STEAM subject areas (science, technology, engineering, the arts, or mathematics). There will be an individualized (self-selected) project at the culmination of the course to meet the diverse needs of the group.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

20. CPE Course: Creating and Supporting a Positive, Bully-Free School Climate

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: ESL, ESS/Special Ed

Dates: 7/15/2022 to 8/5/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/13/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Rhonda Bielawski & Elaine Obidowski

Interrupt the bullying cycle! This course will provide participants with the skills and ideas to create a more positive school climate and decrease the bullying incidents in their school and classroom. Using the latest available research based curriculum, participants will learn how to impact bullies, victims, and bystanders. The course explores ways to promote a bully free school environment and encourage all individuals, not just bullies and victims, to be part of the solution in their school.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

21. ESL 2 Course: Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Certified K-12 teachers seeking ESL specialist certification, ESL teachers

Dates: 7/18/2022 to 11/14/2022

Meeting Times: In person classes: 7/18-21/2022 from 8 am to 11:30 am; Final class: 11/14/2022 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration closes for this course on 7/13/2022

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.


Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners. Authors: Snyder, Sydney and Staehr-Fenner, Diane. Corwin Press - ISBN 978-1-544-39025-3


This course will provide an examination of theory, diversity, and pedagogy constructs for explicit applications to practice in classrooms with English Language Learners. A historical exploration of immigration, cultural perspectives, and teaching practices that demonstrate and explicate the interconnectedness of culture and cognition are provided. By examining the background of English Language Learners and their cultures a framework for creating a culturally responsive classroom environment is developed.

22. CPE Course: Supporting Students with Autism in Education

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: DART and Speech & Language

Dates: 7/22/2022 to 8/12/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/20/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Michael and Rhonda Bielawski

This course will provide participants descriptions of disorders that fall under the autism spectrum. Participants will review the latest research in the autism field and legal aspects of having students with autism in the classroom. We will explore fostering social competence in students with autism, developing and implementing IEPs for students with autism, and how to best meet these students' needs while promoting acceptance from the other classmates. Participants will take with them practical educational and instructional strategies to implement within their classroom.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

23. ESL 3 Course: Language Acquisition and Development

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Certified K-12 teachers seeking ESL specialist certification, ESL teachers

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 12/5/2022

Meeting Times: In person classes: 8/1-4/2022 from 8 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 12/5/2022 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm (In person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration closes for this course on 7/27/2022

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.


How Languages are Learned (5th ed). Authors: Lightbrown, Patsy and Spada, Nina. Oxford Press - ISBN 9780-194406291.


This course is designed to give the participants an understanding of the theories of how language is acquired. We will be discussing various language acquisition theories, the stages of language acquisition, and strategies of how to help your students acquire language in the four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. We will also discuss accommodations and modifications along with these teaching strategies that can be used during small group ESL instruction and by general education teachers.

24. ESL 4 Course: Observing, Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Certified K-12 teachers seeking ESL specialist certification; ESL teachers

Dates: 11/3/2022 to 1/30/2023

Meeting Times: Virtual classes scheduled for: Thursday, 11/3/2022; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturdays: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19; 8:00 am to 11:30 am. Final class: Monday, 1/30/2023; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Registration for this course closes on 10/31/2022

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.


Classroom Instruction That Works with English Learners (2nd ed). Authors: Hill & Miller. ISBN: 978-14166-1630-6


Teachers will examine the theories, principles, and practices that assist English language learners in achieving academic proficiency in the content areas. Planning standards-based instruction and adapting instruction in the content areas is emphasized. To promote the academic success of English language learners, teachers will involve the family and community, and analyze the learner to establish learning goals and assessment measures that are appropriate for the individual student. ESL teachers will be able to demonstrate knowledge of their ELLs and the role of individual characteristics in the process and outcome of language learning. Drawing upon this knowledge, they will demonstrate an ability to observe and plan standards-based ESL and content instruction for students from K-12. They will use the PA Academic Content Standards, as well as, the PA English Language Proficiency Standards when planning lessons. They will use performance-based measures to assess ELLs discrete and integrated ability to use grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading, and writing to communicate.

25. ESL 5 Course: Assessment and Support for English Language Learners

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Current ESL educators or educators who are seeking ESL specialist certification.

Dates: 1/4/2023 to 3/20/2023

Meeting Times: First in person class: Wednesday, 1/4/2023 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm; Saturday classes: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21 from 8:00 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 3/20/2023 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 12/29/2022

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.


Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges to Educational Equity (2nd ed). Author: Gottlieb, Margo. ISBN: 978-1483381060


Assessing and supporting English Language Learners can be challenging for teachers and students. As English language learners in grades K-12 acquire English, there needs to be appropriate and valid measures in place when assessing their progress. Assessment tools need to be based upon individual proficiency levels of students. In this course, student teachers will gain exposure to the tools necessary to assess English Language Learners. The course will offer knowledge on benchmarks for each English proficiency level.

ESL teachers demonstrate and share knowledge and techniques of appropriate assessments with a range of stakeholders. This includes the ability to administer required testing as well as to make accommodations to such testing when appropriate; the expertise to help colleagues and families understand how assessment can be designed and interpreted to best demonstrate what ELLs know and are able to do; the use of data generated by multiple measures to ensure that ELLs have access to a quality language instructional program; Revised 12/18/2017 and to make progress toward benchmarks and display academic growth while receiving services within an ESL program.

26. ESL 6 Course: English Language Learners, Families, Community and Professionalism

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Certified K-12 educators seeking ESL specialist certification; ESL teachers

Dates: 2/20/2023 to 4/17/2023

Meeting Times: First in person class: Monday, 2/20/2023 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm; Saturday classes: 2/25, 3/4, 3/11 from 8:00 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 4/17/2023 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 2/15/2023

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.


Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs [2011], Author: Soltero, Sonia W. ISBN: 978-0325029221


Most English language learners are from another country. They come in with anxieties and go through phases of cultural adjustments. Without the necessary support, it might be hard for them to transition smoothly and thus be able to learn English well and fast.

This course is geared toward equipping ESL teachers with the necessary tools to give ESL students the support they need while they undergo the challenges of transition. Issues that may arise concerning the support of students in the classroom, school and the community will be addressed.