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1. Behind the Wheel Instruction 20-21 SY

Program: Driver Training Program

Audience: Students enrolled in a Berks County High School

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jul 6, 2020)

Location: TBD

Closed

This class will provide students with six hours of Behind the wheel training.

**IN ORDER TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION, YOU MUST EMAIL DRIVER TRAINING WITH YOUR DRIVER/ID # AND DRIVERS TEST ELIGIBILITY DATE!** A $30.00 fee can be charged for a missed lesson or per extra lesson(s). You will be ineligible to start class until this information is received by Driver Training. {610-987-8584/ drivertraining@berksiu.org}

Once an instructor becomes available, you will receive an email confirmation that you have been enrolled in the Behind the Wheel training class. Once you are enrolled, your credit card will be charged and an instructor will contact you regarding date/time/location of the training.

2. Introduction to Transition

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Teachers, administrators, parents, paraprofessionals, related service personnel, and agency staff serving students with disabilities

Dates: 8/3/2021

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Blvd. - Reading, PA 19605

This ½ day workshop will explore the origins and purpose of IEP transition planning and introduce the basic components of the process.

Please contact Cheryl Gregory, chegre@berksiu.org, with questions.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

3. Visual Supports for Low Incidence Classrooms

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: special education teachers, general education teachers, paraprofessionals, speech language therapists

Dates: 8/4/2021

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Blvd. - Reading, PA 19605

Starting Today
Developing independence and reducing adult prompting is one of the primary goals for all students receiving life skills support, autistic support, and multiple disability support. Participants will develop an understanding of what visual supports are and the reasons to incorporate them into daily uses. They will gain a variety of strategies and methods that can be used to meet their students' unique needs.

Please contact Sandy Webber, sanweb@berksiu.org, with questions.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

4. Gifted Education: What Do Administrators Need to Know? August 11

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 8/11/2021

Location: Virtual - Zoom link will be sent to registered par

Join us for an informative session tailored to the needs of school administrators. We'll explore the fundamentals of Chapter 16, compliance and best practices, GIPs, and goal writing. Learn practical strategies for supporting gifted learners in both gifted programming and general education settings. There are two events posted in Frontline, for August 11 and 12. You need register for only one, as they are repeat sessions.

5. Gifted Education: What Do Administrators Need to Know? August 12

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 8/12/2021

Location: Virtual - Zoom link will be sent to registered par

Join us for an informative session tailored to the needs of school administrators. We'll explore the fundamentals of Chapter 16, compliance and best practices, GIPs, and goal writing. Learn practical strategies for supporting gifted learners in both gifted programming and general education settings. There are two events posted in Frontline, for August 11 and 12. You need register for only one, as they are repeat sessions.

6. Innovation and Entrepreneurial Concepts in K-12 Education: Science Research Institute, Total Experience Learning (TEL) - CPE Course

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 8/16/2021 to 12/3/2021

Location: TBD

New

This course is designed to teach participants the Total Experience Learning (TEL) method of education. This method of instruction provides personalized inventive and experience-based learning for students. The goal of this course is to impact student learning by developing educators who can utilize Total Experience Learning (TEL) as an inventive STEM-based process across all disciplines. This course will support educator integration of TEL as a philosophy to facilitate student innovation and agency. The process includes assisting individual students in personalized project development including problem statement identification, research, testing and prototype development, assessment, iteration, and intellectual property protection (if needed).

The TEL philosophy is anchored in providing individual student support for creative, inventive and innovative solution development that relates to current industry needs. TEL is student agency in practice providing opportunities for authentic learning through experiences.

If you are registering for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit, please complete this registration on Frontline making sure to select the enrollment option you desire.

If selecting Albright Graduate Credit, complete the BCIU enrollment on this Frontline site AND go to https://tinyurl.com/eatkurcw to complete the Albright application. Select returning users or First-time users. Choose "Graduate Program, Teacher Cert. & Post Baccalaureate Application 2021-2022.” As part of the application process, please submit your official transcript and two letters of recommendation to Albright. Next you will be contacted by the Albright Admissions Counselor/Dr. Rodney Warfield for an admissions interview.

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org. For other questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

7. Corrective Reading Decoding

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Speech/Language Pathologists, Special Ed Teachers, Paras working in LS and MDS classrooms

Dates: 8/18/2021

The focus of this training will be effective implementation of the Corrective Reading Decoding program. Participants will learn how to place students into the appropriate level of the program, present lessons, and measure progress within the program. Participants will be provided time to practice important elements of the program including error corrections, signals, correct sound production, and providing specific praise. Participants will also be provided time to practice presenting lessons

Additionally, sessions are offered for PA districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline Education registration.

Any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org.

8. Reading Mastery Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Speech/Language Pathologists, Special Ed Teachers, Paras working in LS and MDS classrooms

Dates: 8/19/2021

The focus of this training will be the effective implementation of the Reading Mastery program. Participants will learn how to place students into the appropriate level of the program, present lessons, and measure progress within the program. Participants will be provided time to practice important elements of the program including error corrections, signals, correct sound production, and providing specific praise. Participants will also be provided time to practice presenting lessons.

Additionally, sessions are offered for PA districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline Education registration.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org.

9. Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed (CPE Course/Graduate Credit)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 8/30/2021 to 10/8/2021

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

Participants in this course have the option of registering for the course for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit through Albright College. This online course is designed to examine adolescent development, from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. Various theories of learning and human development will be explored, in relation to adolescents (i.e. youth aged twelve and older). The cognitive, social, emotional, physical, moral, and motivational domains will be examined in order to provide a comprehensive, integrative approach to working with adolescents in secondary schools. Course participants will also examine various models for secondary education that are consistent with 21st century teaching and learning. Through research-based readings, case studies, conceptual designs, discussions, and theoretical analyses, course participants will develop a thorough understanding of the developmental processes that affect the decisions, behaviors, and learning outcomes of adolescents.

If you are registering for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit, please complete this registration on Frontline making sure to select the enrollment option you desire.

If selecting Albright Graduate Credit, complete the BCIU enrollment on this Frontline site AND go to https://tinyurl.com/eatkurcw to complete the Albright application. Select returning users or First-time users. Choose "Graduate Program, Teacher Cert. & Post Baccalaureate Application 2021-2022.” As part of the application process, please submit your official transcript and two letters of recommendation to Albright. Next you will be contacted by the Albright Admissions Counselor/Dr. Rodney Warfield for an admissions interview.

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org. For other questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

10. Interactive Digital Writing (CPE Course / Graduate Credit)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: Primary & Secondary Educators/Supervisors

Dates: 8/30/2021 to 10/8/2021

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

The purpose of this online course is to impact student learning through the digital workshop framework that provides authentic writing opportunities for specific purposes. Computer mediated writing provides for choice about topic and genre, active revision, publication beyond the classroom, and addressing the craft of writing. Social networking and collaborative writing technologies are engrained in students' lives. Teachers have a crucial role in supporting students in understanding the complexities of communicating in a twenty-first century world. Digital writing is about the changes in the ecology of writing and communicating and what it means to write, to create, and to compose and share. This course is designed for asynchronous, self-paced learning, a student mastery-centered approach that utilizes web-based tools, resources and discussions that are appropriate for each student's learning environment. Discussions will enable participants to share thoughts and ideas.

If you are registering for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit, please complete this registration on Frontline making sure to select the enrollment option you desire.

If selecting Albright Graduate Credit, complete the BCIU enrollment on this Frontline site AND go to https://tinyurl.com/eatkurcw to complete the Albright application. Select returning users or First-time users. Choose "Graduate Program, Teacher Cert. & Post Baccalaureate Application 2021-2022.” As part of the application process, please submit your official transcript and two letters of recommendation to Albright. Next you will be contacted by the Albright Admissions Counselor/Dr. Rodney Warfield for an admissions interview.

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org. For other questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

11. No Fear Coding for Beginners K-12 (CPE Course / Graduate Credit)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-8 Educators

Dates: 8/30/2021 to 10/8/2021

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

The online course is appropriate for all K - 8 educators who have little or no experience in computer science. The course aims to help participants understand how computational thinking fits into the larger curriculum. There will many opportunities to try coding at the students comfort level and support critical thinking more generally.

The learners will have diversified opportunities to engage in the content through discussions, interactive video, article readings, slide shows, video and hard copy tutorials. Students will be able to have options to select lessons and activities that address their instructional environment and their personal learning style.

If you are registering for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit, please complete this registration on Frontline making sure to select the enrollment option you desire.

If selecting Albright Graduate Credit, complete the BCIU enrollment on this Frontline site AND go to https://tinyurl.com/eatkurcw to complete the Albright application. Select returning users or First-time users. Choose "Graduate Program, Teacher Cert. & Post Baccalaureate Application 2021-2022.” As part of the application process, please submit your official transcript and two letters of recommendation to Albright. Next you will be contacted by the Albright Admissions Counselor/Dr. Rodney Warfield for an admissions interview.

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org. For other questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

12. The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 8/31/2021 to 9/26/2021

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

This online class will be extremely helpful for the first time teacher just as much as for the seasoned professional! This course will provide an educator's goldmine to pertinent information to make not only the first day of school but every day run smoothly. The book utilized [The First Days of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher (2018) by Harry Wong] is the updated edition of a proven resource on successful teaching practices for both classroom management and student success. The course will feature many great, practical ideas to implement resulting in positive outcomes. Students' educational experiences will be so much better after having applied the book along with completing the other high powered activities in the class. The text for this class will be provided prior to the start date of the course; price is included in the registration fee.

13. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County School District General and Special Education who hold CURRENT Safety-Care certification

Dates: 9/7/2021

This one-day re-certification training is intended to refresh previously learned skills and maintain trainee compliance with Safety Care standards. Safety-Care training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety-Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety-Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

14. What Every Teacher Should Know about Teaching English Language Learners (CPE Course/Graduate Credit)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/13/2021 to 10/29/2021

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

Participants in this course have the option of registering for the course for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit through Albright College. This online course is intended to help teachers be more successful with the EL's in the classroom. All the course's reading and writing assignments are intended to help participants better align their teaching with 5 PA English Language Proficiency Standards. This framework was revised by the PDE in 2015 to better correlate with Pennsylvania Core/Academic Standards, thus increasing rigor in the ESL program and giving ELs equitable access to subject content. Throughout the course we utilize the PA English Language Proficiency Standards along with their Model Performance Indicators, to illustrate and teach how to effectively differentiate instruction and assessment across content areas for ELs at varying levels of English Language Proficiency. This course requires a textbook to be purchased prior to the start date: The Language-Rich Classroom (ISBN# is 978-1-4166-0841-7).

If you are registering for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit, please complete this registration on Frontline making sure to select the enrollment option you desire.

If selecting Albright Graduate Credit, complete the BCIU enrollment on this Frontline site AND go to https://tinyurl.com/eatkurcw to complete the Albright application. Select returning users or First-time users. Choose "Graduate Program, Teacher Cert. & Post Baccalaureate Application 2021-2022.” As part of the application process, please submit your official transcript and two letters of recommendation to Albright. Next you will be contacted by the Albright Admissions Counselor/Dr. Rodney Warfield for an admissions interview.

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org. For other questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

15. Tools & Techniques for New Teachers "Behavior Principles" (Face-to-face)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 9/15/2021

Location: Commonwealth A/B

This training is designed to give new teachers practical and effective strategies to manage behavior in their classrooms. Research-validated behavioral strategies will be presented. Topics for the session include:


•Basic behavior principles including reinforcement, punishment, and functions of behavior.


•Methods to avoid common classroom management mistakes.


•Effective instructional strategies to increase active student engagement.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

16. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting - September 2021

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 9/16/2021

Location: ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING

Teachers of the gifted, specialists, and gifted education supervisors are invited to join us for professional learning and networking and collaboration with peers. View our Teachers of the Gifted Network website for more info: bit.ly/iu14gifted

17. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Instructional Excellence Through PDE's New Teacher Effectiveness Model**" (Blended)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, and third year teachers

Dates: 9/16/2021 to 10/6/2021

**Teachers with 3 years or less experience are welcome to attend.

Participants must complete the asynchronous online pre-meeting tasks in Canvas PRIOR to attending the face-to-face session on October 6, 2021, 4:30-6:00 PM. Registered participants will receive an email invitation to the Canvas course approximately one month prior to the face-to-face session.

The different components of PDE's teacher effectiveness model under Act 13 are intended to support the development of teachers and non-teaching professionals. In this session, teachers will participate in activities to familiarize themselves with the various parts of the model, and learn how the different parts of the model work in unison to provide a multi-faceted assessment of a teacher's proficiency. Utilizing the Framework for Teaching for personal reflection of instructional practice enhances the likelihood building level, teacher specific and locally determined data will be improved, along with improved student outcomes and positive evaluation feedback.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

18. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 9/17/2021

BSPA Meeting:

Presenters: BSPA Officers

This meeting is only available to those who hold a valid school psychologist certification/credential and/or are currently enrolled in a school psychology training program.

19. Flipped, Blended, and Beyond! (CPE Course/Graduate Credit)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/19/2021 to 11/11/2021

Location: ONLINE CLASS

Participants in this course have the option of registering for the course for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit through Albright College. This ONLINE course focuses on flipped instruction and on technology integration and differentiated instruction which is inherently associated with flipping the classroom. Through an examination of ways to move lower depth of knowledge content and activities out of the "spotlight" in the classroom, teachers can greatly impact student achievement by increasing the amount of class time used for higher level activities such as discussions, projects, labs, and group activities. This course will impact student learning by providing teachers a clear and specific strategy to use when meaningfully integrating technology into the classroom. Student learning will be positively impacted because flipping the classroom provides avenues for a student-centered learning environment.

If you are registering for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit, please complete this registration on Frontline making sure to select the enrollment option you desire.

If selecting Albright Graduate Credit, complete the BCIU enrollment on this Frontline site AND go to https://tinyurl.com/eatkurcw to complete the Albright application. Select returning users or First-time users. Choose "Graduate Program, Teacher Cert. & Post Baccalaureate Application 2021-2022.” As part of the application process, please submit your official transcript and two letters of recommendation to Albright. Next you will be contacted by the Albright Admissions Counselor/Dr. Rodney Warfield for an admissions interview.

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org. For other questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

20. Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms (CPE Course/Graduate Credit)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/19/2021 to 11/11/2021

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

Participants in this course have the option of registering for the course for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit through Albright College. This online, three credit course is for educators working in inclusive classes with students possessing varied levels of academic ability including learning disabilities, but also physical, and emotional and gifted requirements as well. Educators will be provided with a perspective on the rational of inclusionary settings, as well as preparation to implement best practices for maximizing student achievement tools.

If you are registering for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit, please complete this registration on Frontline making sure to select the enrollment option you desire.

If selecting Albright Graduate Credit, complete the BCIU enrollment on this Frontline site AND go to https://tinyurl.com/eatkurcw to complete the Albright application. Select returning users or First-time users. Choose "Graduate Program, Teacher Cert. & Post Baccalaureate Application 2021-2022.” As part of the application process, please submit your official transcript and two letters of recommendation to Albright. Next you will be contacted by the Albright Admissions Counselor/Dr. Rodney Warfield for an admissions interview.

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org. For other questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

21. School Attendance Training Session-September 2021

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/21/2021

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach Room

The purpose of this session is to provide school personnel who are new to the school attendance process (or would like a refresher) a basic understanding of the Pa Compulsory Attendance Law, the PDE BEC and the process that needs to be followed especially in Berks County and the resources available for assistance. The workshop will include information about holding a School Attendance Improvement Conference and completing the School Attendance Improvement Plan. The Berks County Protocol and the Advancing School Attendance Program will be reviewed.

Target Audience: Assistant Principals, Attendance Secretaries, School Social Workers, Home School Visitors, and anyone else with a primary responsibility for attendance letters, Student Attendance Improvement Conferences, referrals to ASAP and/or citations.

22. Wilson Reading System (WRS) Level I Certification

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Classroom and Special Education Teachers

Dates: 9/30/2021

The WRS Level I Certification program is designed to prepare teachers to effectively implement WRS Steps 1-6 (4th Edition) with students reading and spelling below grade level and those diagnosed with a language-based learning disability. Participants will demonstrate mastery of the WRS lesson plan, including multi-sensory techniques and effective strategies in a 1:1 setting.

Requirements, Prerequisites, Practicum Student Selection Criteria, & Materials Required can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Milchick at shemil@berksiu.org

23. The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 10/1/2021 to 11/8/2021

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

This online class will be extremely helpful for the first time teacher just as much as for the seasoned professional! This course will provide an educator's goldmine to pertinent information to make not only the first day of school but every day run smoothly. The book utilized [The First Days of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher (2018) by Harry Wong] is the updated edition of a proven resource on successful teaching practices for both classroom management and student success. The course will feature many great, practical ideas to implement resulting in positive outcomes. Students' educational experiences will be so much better after having applied the book along with completing the other high powered activities in the class. The text for this class will be provided prior to the start date of the course; price is included in the registration fee.

24. Discovering the Root Causes of Disruptive Classroom Behavior (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: Educators

Dates: 10/3/2021 to 11/20/2021

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK DONE ONLINE via Canva

This three-credit, online course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about the root causes of disruptive classroom behavior, and how to address issues that may arise. Through research-based readings, discussions, and activities, participants will become better equipped to handle problematic behaviors and to offer support to children through times of stress. Participants will receive an overview of various mental health disorders that may manifest in the classroom, along with effective strategies for how to respond to problem behavior. Participants will also examine various social and emotional factors that may contribute to problematic behavior along with factors that contribute to social skills development. Participants of this course will be provided with a base of information to help them identify and understand the root causes as well as contributing factors of a student's behavior. Since the objective of this course is to provide educators with research-based strategies for successfully addressing and responding to the needs of all students in their classroom, each participant will learn about and take part in developing activities, accommodations, and strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviors. Any questions, please contact Lori Gerber, 610-987-8421, lorger@berksiu.org.

25. Paraprofessional Academy - DAY 1 - October 4, 2021

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special education paraprofessionals, instructional assistants, classroom assistants, and Title 1 assistants

Dates: 10/4/2021

Location: 1111 Commons Blvd. Reading, PA 19605

This is the first day of a 6 day training that will prepare paras to meet the rigorous federal and state standards and the Pennsylvania Paraeducator credential. Once the six days have been completed in their entirety, individual assessments are complete, and supervisory approval has been given, the paraprofessional will be able to apply for the PA Paraeducator credential. Participants must attend every one of the six sessions to meet the requirements.

YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ONE OF THESE 2 DATES IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE CLASSES FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants not part of a Berks County School.

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST ADHERE TO CDC GUIDELINES, PENNSYLVANIA GUIDELINES, AND THE BCIU HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN IN ORDER TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THESE CLASSES.

Any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

26. Autism in Inclusive Settings

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Administrators, Related Service Personnel

Dates: 10/5/2021

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Blvd. - Reading, PA 19605

This one day training will provide participants with a general overview of effective research validated strategies for supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in inclusive classrooms. Participants will learn strategies to support students academically and socially.

Objectives:

-Gain an understanding of various visual supports used to support students with ASD.

-Gain an understanding of methods to teach social/behavioral skills

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline Education registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

27. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: A Staff Development Opportunity for Berks County School Districts’ employees including general and special education teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals

Dates: 10/5/2021 to 10/6/2021

Location: BCIU Main Office, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA

This two day training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

28. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County School District General and Special Education who hold CURRENT Safety-Care certification

Dates: 10/7/2021

This one-day re-certification training is intended to refresh previously learned skills and maintain trainee compliance with Safety Care standards. Safety-Care training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety-Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety-Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

29. Echoes & Reflections: Teaching the Holocaust

Program: Common Inservice

Audience: Educators, K-12

Dates: 10/11/2021

Location: TBD

Echoes & Reflections is the premier source for Holocaust educational materials and dynamic content, empowering teachers and students with the insight needed to question the past and foresight to impact the future. We partner with educators to support them, foster confidence, and amplify their skills and resources to teach about the Holocaust in a comprehensive and meaningful way. This professional development session will give you the tools to teach and initiate important discussions about the complex lessons of the Holocaust. In exploring classroom-tested strategies that can be implemented in your classroom, you will leave with increased confidence and effective materials to tackle the tough questions your students have about this subject. The why. The how.

30. Behavior Assessment & Intervention Training - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY in both General and Special Education

Dates: 10/13/2021

This workshop will focus on teaching participants the science of behavior as well as the behavior assessment process. Participants will learn how and when to conduct informal and formal functional behavior assessments (FBA's).

It will also teach participants how to use behavior assessment information for the purpose of developing a specific behavior intervention plan with goals and specially-designed instruction.

Objectives:

- Participants will review the process of conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and informal assessments.
- Participants will review the process of utilizing behavior assessments to drive the development of effective Behavior Intervention Plans.
- Participants will review how to use data to make necessary adjustments to Behavior Plans.

Agenda:

- The Science of Behavior
- Conducting Behavior Assessments
- Data Collection
- Writing Measurable Behavior Goals
- Developing Behavior Intervention Plans

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

31. STEM Educator Network Meeting - October 2021

Program: Professional Development

Audience: STEM Educators

Dates: 10/13/2021

The purpose of the BCIU STEM Educator Network Meetings is to give STEM leaders and educators an opportunity to:

-Stay informed of the most current information from the PDE and professional organizations, and share that information with colleagues in their school or district

-Engage in collegial professional development activities for the purpose of building their own capacity to strengthen standards aligned systems at the classroom, building and district levels

-Serve as a collaborative resource for regional professional development activities

-Network and engage in collegial dialogue with other "job alike" professionals

32. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 10/15/2021

BSPA Meeting:

Presenters: BSPA Officers

This meeting is only available to those who hold a valid school psychologist certification/credential and/or are currently enrolled in a school psychology training program.

33. Gifted Education Bootcamp

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 10/19/2021

Location: George/Washington

Teachers of the gifted are invited to join this full day workshop to dive into important content about meeting the needs of gifted learners. Topics will include Chapter 16, GIEP development, enrichment and acceleration best practices, and more. Designed for both new and seasoned gifted educators, the experience is designed to provide teachers with a deeper understanding of who gifted students are, the gifted education process in Pennsylvania, and how to meet the social and emotional needs of their gifted learners. 8:30-3:30 with one hour break for lunch on your own; 6 hours Act 48 total

34. Paraprofessional Academy - DAY 1 - October 19, 2021

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special education paraprofessionals, instructional assistants, classroom assistants, and Title 1 assistants

Dates: 10/19/2021

Location: 1111 Commons Blvd. Reading, PA 19605

This is the first day of a 6 day training that will prepare paras to meet the rigorous federal and state standards and the Pennsylvania Paraeducator credential. Once the six days have been completed in their entirety, individual assessments are complete, and supervisory approval has been given, the paraprofessional will be able to apply for the PA Paraeducator credential. Participants must attend every one of the six sessions to meet the requirements.

YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ONE OF THESE 2 DATES IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE CLASSES FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants not part of a Berks County School.

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST ADHERE TO CDC GUIDELINES, PENNSYLVANIA GUIDELINES, AND THE BCIU HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN IN ORDER TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THESE CLASSES.

Any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

35. Teaching Self Determination Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Related Services Providers

Dates: 10/27/2021

Location: BCIU

Among Special Education graduates, those with the most self-determination skills have the highest likelihood of attaining outcomes such as employment, independent living, financial independence, health insurance and other benefits. (Wehmeyer and Palmer, 2003; Periano, 1992; Halpern, 1990).

Self-determination includes a variety of complex and important skills. Sample self-determination skills are: informed decision-making; setting goals based upon understanding ones strengths, weaknesses and interests; evaluating ones own progress; developing a support system; advocating for oneself; and understanding the pros and cons of disclosing disability. These skills take years to learn, practice and generalize.

Participants in this workshop will learn how to explicitly teach self-determination skills needed for success after high school. They will learn to develop effective routines that provide guided practice for these skills in the elementary and secondary classroom.

Morning Session:

- Self-Determination Research

- Teaching Key Self-Determination Skills

- Decision-Making/Goal Setting/Action Planning

- Self Evaluation/Problem Solving

Afternoon Session:

-Guided Practice and Generalization

-Classroom Routines (practice opportunities)

-Disability Disclosure

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

36. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Special Education: Legalities and Practicalities" (Blended Session)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 10/27/2021 to 11/28/2021

Location: Virtual via Zoom

This blended session is designed to demystify the requirements involved with providing special education services. General and special educators will be provided with practical information about their responsibilities to their students with IEPs. Focus areas will include relevant federal and state regulations, child find, evaluations, eligibility, IEP documents, timelines, discipline, and secondary transition.

Canvas online work will run from October 28 through November 28, 2021

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

37. Be Trauma-Informed: When Behavior Plans Don't Work (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators, therapists, behavior specialists, mental health workers, and/or social workers

Dates: 11/1/2021 to 11/30/2021

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK IS DONE ONLINE

The goal of this online course is to impact student learning by expanding their knowledge about and perspectives on children who are impacted by developmental trauma, such as neglect; divorce; physical, emotional and sexual abuse; significant familial mental health and substance abuse; witnessing domestic violence; displacement and homelessness.

Further, participants who take this course should be expected to see changes in student learning by being able to identify what the behaviors of a child who has experienced developmental trauma look like in the classroom setting, and being able to respond to those students' unique needs by having learned strategies to utilize within the classroom setting in order to mitigate significant behavioral and emotional manifestations that negatively impact educational performance and progress.

The required text for this course is "Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress" written by: Debbie Zacarian, Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, and Judie Haynes. Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4166-2460-8. PDF e-book ISBN: 978-1-4166-2462-2.

Any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

38. Mindfulness for Educators and Their Students (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: PreK-12 Educators

Dates: 11/1/2021 to 12/12/2021

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

"This course is designed to examine the theory and practice of mindfulness and how it can influence both a teacher's personal and professional life. Basic mindfulness practices, neuroscience, identification of thoughts and emotions, and mindful communication practice will be explored, as well as applying these practices/concepts to both personal and professional situations. In addition, clear connections will be made between how personal practice can inform classroom management and interactions with students. Finally, participants will delve into how this same mindfulness practice can aid in the development of students of all ages. Teachers will be given strategies and techniques to introduce mindfulness appropriately into their classrooms and to begin a dialogue about mindfulness with other teachers and administration."

This course does require a text: Mindfulness for Teachers by Patricia Jennings (ISBN 978-0393708073).

Any questions/concerns, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

39. Teachers Building Resilience and Creating Compassionate Classrooms (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 11/1/2021 to 12/12/2021

Location: All work done online in Canvas

This online course is designed to examine the concept of resilience and how building teacher resilience can lead to more compassionate classrooms for both teachers and students, cyclically impacting student resilience. The goal of this course is to impact student learning through developing teacher resilience to foster compassionate classrooms and how these areas of focus benefit emotional well-being of both teachers and students. The content of this course is relevant to most standards relating to adult professional learning, health and well-being, classroom management, social and emotional learning including developing student interpersonal skills. The teacher will be working to implement the course material into his/her own life and classroom, thus meeting the "Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning.” In turn, the students will be directly impacted by the deliberate choices and modifications the teacher makes, hence helping the students to meet the standards of "PA Academic Standards for Student Interpersonal Skills.” Any questions about this course, please contact Lori Gerber, 610-987-8421/lorgerb@berksiu.org.

40. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Putting the Personal in Personalized Learning" (Blended)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, and third year teachers

Dates: 11/1/2021 to 11/30/2021

What is personalized learning, and how can I craft a learning environment and design lessons to put students at the center of the experience? This session will review the key characteristics of personalized learning environments, share organizational approaches such as the Station Rotation Model, discuss the benefits of blended learning and how to maximize digital tools and curricular resources to boost student engagement in both face-to-face and digital learning spaces.

Participants must complete the asynchronous PRE-MEETING and POST-MEETING tasks on Canvas, as well as participate in the face-to-face meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

41. Intro to Executive Functioning Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: teachers, school psychologists, therapists, guidance counselors and school social workers, parents, and paras

Dates: 11/4/2021

Location: Rohrbach

This session provides an overview of key executive functioning skills such as time management, organization, self-regulation, self-monitoring, impulse control, planning, and problem-solving. Participants will learn about the impact of executive functioning on school success and daily living. Practical strategies for teaching executive functioning skills will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on how to prioritize the skills to be taught, and how to plan and implement practical instructional strategies.

Content:

- Research related to executive functioning skills

- Impact of executive functioning on school performance and daily living

- Assessment, determining which skills need to be taught, prioritizing skills to be taught

- Practical strategies for teaching executive functioning skills

- Task analysis and instructional design related to functional skills

- Graphic organizers and the use of technology to support the development of executive functioning skills

Any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline registration.

42. What Every Teacher Should Know about Teaching English Language Learners (CPE Course/Graduate Credit)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 11/8/2021 to 12/24/2021

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

Participants in this course have the option of registering for the course for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit through Albright College. This online course is intended to help teachers be more successful with the EL's in the classroom. All the course's reading and writing assignments are intended to help participants better align their teaching with 5 PA English Language Proficiency Standards. This framework was revised by the PDE in 2015 to better correlate with Pennsylvania Core/Academic Standards, thus increasing rigor in the ESL program and giving ELs equitable access to subject content. Throughout the course we utilize the PA English Language Proficiency Standards along with their Model Performance Indicators, to illustrate and teach how to effectively differentiate instruction and assessment across content areas for ELs at varying levels of English Language Proficiency. This course requires a textbook to be purchased prior to the start date: The Language-Rich Classroom (ISBN# is 978-1-4166-0841-7).

If you are registering for either CPE Credit or Graduate Credit, please complete this registration on Frontline making sure to select the enrollment option you desire.

If selecting Albright Graduate Credit, complete the BCIU enrollment on this Frontline site AND go to https://tinyurl.com/eatkurcw to complete the Albright application. Select returning users or First-time users. Choose "Graduate Program, Teacher Cert. & Post Baccalaureate Application 2021-2022.” As part of the application process, please submit your official transcript and two letters of recommendation to Albright. Next you will be contacted by the Albright Admissions Counselor/Dr. Rodney Warfield for an admissions interview.

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org. For other questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

43. Assessment & Planning

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Professional Staff only

Dates: 11/10/2021

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Blvd. - Reading, PA 19605

This workshop will help special education teachers make the connection between transition assessment and various sections of the IEP (present levels, transition grid, and measurable annual goals). Participants will explore sample transition assessment tools and methods for students with various needs and goals. This workshop is for professional staff only.

Please contact Cheryl Gregory, chegre@berksiu.org, with questions.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

44. Behavioral Self Regulation

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: A Staff Development Opportunity for General and Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals

Dates: 11/10/2021

Location: BCIU

This training will focus on providing educators with a method for teaching students to regulate their behaviors related to stress, anxiety and sensory input. Participants will learn to teach students to identify and rate their own levels of anxiety/agitation as well as teach methods for independently implementing strategies to change their behavior.

Additionally, participants will learn how to teach students to identify early signs of stress and anxiety so that they can intervene early and provide students with life skills to prevent behavioral challenges and become independent self-regulators.

OBJECTIVES:

-Participants will learn the principles for teaching students to become independent self-regulators.

-Participants will learn to use visual supports to help students identify and regulate behaviors.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

45. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County School District General and Special Education who hold CURRENT Safety-Care certification

Dates: 11/11/2021

This one-day re-certification training is intended to refresh previously learned skills and maintain trainee compliance with Safety Care standards. Safety-Care training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety-Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety-Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

46. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: A Staff Development Opportunity for Berks County School Districts’ employees including general and special education teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals

Dates: 11/16/2021 to 11/17/2021

Location: BCIU Main Office, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA

This two day training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

47. Teaching Relevant Behavior/Social Skills - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General and Special Education Teachers - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Dates: 11/16/2021

Location: BCIU

Description:

This training will provide participants with a method of teaching social and behavioral skills to students who are often labeled as defiant or difficult. Educators will be shown a method to teach these skills through both planned and incidental instructional moments.

Objectives:

-participants will learn how to provide explicit social skills instruction during planned instructional times.

-participants will learn how to help students to generalize social skills during unplanned instructional times.

-participants will learn how to manage student behaviors when social skills which were taught are demonstrated.

-participants will learn how to manage student behaviors when social skills which were taught are not demonstrated.

(PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY - SORRY, NO PARAS)

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants.


If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

48. Process vs Product in Education

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special Education Teachers K-12, Paraprofessionals, Related Service

Dates: 11/18/2021

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Boulevard - Reading, PA 19605

While our classroom activities have well defined objectives, these objectives naturally focus on the task at hand. This training is designed to help staff see how other functional skills, often termed soft skills, can be developed within the context of classroom activities, routines, and experiences. These skills include a variety of communication tasks and independent work habits. Developing these skills and habits can begin at any age, so this training is appropriate for staff supporting students from kindergarten through high school. Participants will learn to analyze classroom activities to determine and prioritize which soft skills can be addressed. There will be discussion regarding sharing information with staff and parents about a process-based focus.

Objectives:

-Explore the difference between processes and products

-Analyze one classroom activity, routine, or community-based experience through a process-based lens

-Develop an action plan to facilitate implementation of a process-based focus

-Establish classroom routines that provide guided practice in academic and functional tasks

-Helping staff implement strategies to increase student independence.

Any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

49. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 11/19/2021

BSPA Meeting:

Presenters: BSPA Officers

This meeting is only available to those who hold a valid school psychologist certification/credential and/or are currently enrolled in a school psychology training program.

50. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "ESL: Best Practices for Teaching and Supporting English Learners (Blended)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 12/1/2021 to 1/5/2022

This session will explore best practices in ESL instruction to meet the needs of EL students. Participants will explore regulations, laws, and expectations that impact all teachers and schools. Suggestions for practices and resources will be shared and discussed as applicable to individual teaching scenarios.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

51. Classroom Management

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers and Paraprofessionals

Dates: 12/7/2021

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Boulevard - Reading, PA 19605

This workshop is designed to give educators practical and effective methods to prevent and manage behaviors in their classroom.

Research-validated behavioral and instruction strategies will be presented. Topics include: Basic behavior principles, effective instruction, avoiding common management traps, dealing with non-compliance, prevention procedures, and teaching social skills.

Any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

52. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County School District General and Special Education who hold CURRENT Safety-Care certification

Dates: 12/7/2021

This one-day re-certification training is intended to refresh previously learned skills and maintain trainee compliance with Safety Care standards. Safety-Care training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety-Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety-Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

53. STEM Educator Network Meeting - December 2021

Program: Professional Development

Audience: STEM Educators

Dates: 12/8/2021

The purpose of the BCIU STEM Educator Network Meetings is to give STEM leaders and educators an opportunity to:

-Stay informed of the most current information from the PDE and professional organizations, and share that information with colleagues in their school or district

-Engage in collegial professional development activities for the purpose of building their own capacity to strengthen standards aligned systems at the classroom, building and district levels

-Serve as a collaborative resource for regional professional development activities

-Network and engage in collegial dialogue with other "job alike" professionals

54. Teaching Behavioral Programs for Low-Incidence Students

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Low-Incidence teachers and paraprofessionals, and speech and language pathologists

Dates: 12/14/2021

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Blvd. - Reading, PA 19605

Many teachers who work with students with low-incidence disabilities struggle with behavioral issues related to basic skills that their students lack. This workshop will give teachers and paraprofessionals the skills necessary to support their students in remediating these skill deficits. Behavioral skill programs presented will include the following: teaching students how to wait, teaching students how to manage on-going preferred activities that are interrupted, teaching students to respond to directives such as "come here” and "ready hands”, teaching students to replace problem behavior with appropriate requests, how to give up reinforcers, and how accept being told "no”.

Please contact Sandy Webber, sanweb@berksiu.org, with questions.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

55. Assistive Technology Consideration, Assessments and Options

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Transition Coordinators, Special Education Administrators

Dates: 12/15/2021

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Boulevard - Reading, PA 19605

This session will provide an in-depth review of the process for considering the need for assistive technology and the process of assessing the effectiveness of assistive technology for individual students. These processes are often misunderstood by school teams as a one-time evaluation conducted by an outside expert. Assessment is most effective when the IEP team does a thorough consideration of the student's needs prior to beginning the process. Best practices for the assessment process include a team approach to assessment, conducted by those who work with the student daily and facilitated by professionals with knowledge of assistive technology.

Objectives:

-Examine processes for assistive technology consideration. Templates to support these discussions will be provided and reviewed.

-Discuss the process of determining appropriate assistive technology to meet specific student needs. The SETT Framework which is often used to document this process will be reviewed.

-Review assistive technology options available to support communication, access to text and written expression.

Any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

56. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting - December 2021

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 12/16/2021

Location: George/Washington Rooms at BCIU Main Office

Teachers of the gifted, specialists, and gifted education supervisors are invited to join us for professional learning and networking and collaboration with peers. 8:30 AM-3:30 PM, with one hour lunch on your own View our Teachers of the Gifted Network website for more info: bit.ly/iu14gifted

57. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 12/17/2021

BSPA Meeting:

Presenters: BSPA Officers

This meeting is only available to those who hold a valid school psychologist certification/credential and/or are currently enrolled in a school psychology training program.

58. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Build a Strong Classroom Culture with a Focus on Equity" (Blended)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, and third year teachers

Dates: 1/5/2022 to 1/20/2022

Location: To be determined

Participants must complete the asynchronous online portion in Canvas prior to attending the face-to-face session.

Students and teachers thrive when working within classroom communities that encourage open communication, honesty and trust, and equitable relationships and access. In this session, we will explore the qualities that define exemplary and memorable classroom environments, with a big focus on equity. Participants will leave with a framework and strategies for designing equitable and trusting learning spaces of their own.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

59. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County School District General and Special Education who hold CURRENT Safety-Care certification

Dates: 1/11/2022

This one-day re-certification training is intended to refresh previously learned skills and maintain trainee compliance with Safety Care standards. Safety-Care training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety-Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety-Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

60. Behavior Assessment & Intervention Training - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY in both General and Special Education

Dates: 1/12/2022

This workshop will focus on teaching participants the science of behavior as well as the behavior assessment process. Participants will learn how and when to conduct informal and formal functional behavior assessments (FBA's).

It will also teach participants how to use behavior assessment information for the purpose of developing a specific behavior intervention plan with goals and specially-designed instruction.

Objectives:

- Participants will review the process of conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and informal assessments.
- Participants will review the process of utilizing behavior assessments to drive the development of effective Behavior Intervention Plans.
- Participants will review how to use data to make necessary adjustments to Behavior Plans.

Agenda:

- The Science of Behavior
- Conducting Behavior Assessments
- Data Collection
- Writing Measurable Behavior Goals
- Developing Behavior Intervention Plans

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

61. Para Academy-Day 2

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/18/2022

Location: Virtual

Day 2 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

62. Introduction to Verbal Behavior - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Sp.Ed Teachers and Administrators, General Ed Teachers (if appropriate), Sorry, no Paraprofessionals

Dates: 1/19/2022

This training is being offered as an introduction to the analysis of verbal behavior. Participants will gain a basic understanding of B.F. Skinner's analysis of human language by learning about the basic verbal operants (mand, tact, intraverbal, echoic, listener responding). Participants will learn how to apply behavior analytic principals to effective intensive teaching procedures. Topics to be covered include basic behavior principles, the verbal operants, the VB-MAPP assessment, pairing with reinforcement, and intensive teaching across the verbal operants.

SORRY, NO PARAPROFESSIONALS

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline registration.

63. Para Academy-Day 2

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/19/2022

Location: Virtual

Day 2 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

64. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 1/21/2022

BSPA Meeting:

Presenters: BSPA Officers

This meeting is only available to those who hold a valid school psychologist certification/credential and/or are currently enrolled in a school psychology training program.

65. Building Student Voice in the IEP Process from Kindergarten through Transition

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Transition Coordinators, Special Education Administrators

Dates: 2/3/2022

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Boulevard - Reading, PA 19605

At an annual IEP meeting, a student's team reviews a great deal of information about the student, however, it rarely hears from the student until required when the transition process begins. This training will introduce ways in which the student's "voice" can be included in the IEP process, from our youngest students to our graduating young adults and from our most challenged students to those moving on to post-secondary education. We will also review skills that can be developed through this process that lead to improved outcomes for self-determination and self-advocacy.

Objectives:

-Identify long term purposes for including student voice in the IEP process

-Review different ways student voice can be included for students of differing ages and abilities

-Identify skills which will be enhanced through instruction and inclusion in this process

-Review templates which can support teams at through a process to create products to be shared as the student voice at the IEP meeting

-Review templates to support a student who attends the IEP meeting.

Any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

66. Behavioral Self Regulation

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: A Staff Development Opportunity for General and Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals

Dates: 2/8/2022

Location: BCIU

This training will focus on providing educators with a method for teaching students to regulate their behaviors related to stress, anxiety and sensory input. Participants will learn to teach students to identify and rate their own levels of anxiety/agitation as well as teach methods for independently implementing strategies to change their behavior.

Additionally, participants will learn how to teach students to identify early signs of stress and anxiety so that they can intervene early and provide students with life skills to prevent behavioral challenges and become independent self-regulators.

OBJECTIVES:

-Participants will learn the principles for teaching students to become independent self-regulators.

-Participants will learn to use visual supports to help students identify and regulate behaviors.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

67. Teaching Skills for Success in Postsecondary Education

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Related Service Providers

Dates: 2/8/2022

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Blvd. - Reading, PA 19605

What skills are needed for admission to various postsecondary education and training programs? Once enrolled, what skills are needed to achieve success in these programs? How can public school teachers provide effective instruction in these essential skills? Participants will learn the answers to these questions and will have an opportunity to develop next-step action plans to apply what they have learned to their work with students.

Please contact Cheryl Gregory, chegre@berksiu.org, with questions.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

68. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting - February 2022

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 2/15/2022

Location: ZOOM Virtual Meeting

Teachers of the gifted, specialists, and gifted education supervisors are invited to join us for professional learning and networking and collaboration with peers. VIRTUAL meeting in February via Zoom View our Teachers of the Gifted Network website for more info: bit.ly/iu14gifted

69. Classroom Management

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers and Paraprofessionals

Dates: 2/23/2022

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Boulevard - Reading, PA 19605

This workshop is designed to give educators practical and effective methods to prevent and manage behaviors in their classroom.

Research-validated behavioral and instruction strategies will be presented. Topics include: Basic behavior principles, effective instruction, avoiding common management traps, dealing with non-compliance, prevention procedures, and teaching social skills.

Any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

70. Tools & Techniques "Technology-Supported Instruction" (Face-to-face)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 2/23/2022

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

This session enables exploration and practice of 21st Century learning technologies, and investigates how integration of these technologies in the classroom can impact teaching and classroom dynamics. A variety of digital tools for managing information, creating content, and collaborating for learning will be explored.

Snow date will be March 1, 2021 from 4:30-7:30 PM.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

71. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Making Grading Meaningful" (Blended)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 3/6/2022 to 4/6/2022

Participants must complete the asynchronous online portion in Canvas PRIOR to attending the face-to-face session on April 6, 2022, 4:30-6:00 PM. Registered participants will receive an email invitation to the Canvas course approximately one month prior to the face-to-face session.

Based on the work of Rick Stiggins and Ken O'Connor, teachers will reflect on grading practices and common pitfalls that contribute to inaccurate, unfair, and unequal reporting of student learning. The essential questions for this session are: What is the purpose for grades? What practices distort achievement? How can grades be used as accurate artifacts of student learning?

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

72. Teaching Employability Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Related Service Providers

Dates: 3/8/2022

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Blvd. - Reading, PA 19605

Pennsylvania Code §4.11 cites that the purpose of public education is to prepare students for adult life. The employability skills that businesses value the most take years to learn, practice, and generalize. This process begins in kindergarten and continues through graduation.

Indicator 14 and the Pennsylvania Postschool Outcomes System (PaPOS) place increased emphasis on postschool outcomes. As a result, school districts are becoming more intentional about teaching essential employability skills.

Elementary and secondary educators who participate in this workshop will learn how to teach key employability skills that are valued most by employers, and how to establish meaningful classroom routines that provide guidance practice in these skills.

Please contact Cheryl Gregory, chegre@berksiu.org, with questions. Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

73. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County School District General and Special Education who hold CURRENT Safety-Care certification

Dates: 3/9/2022

This one-day re-certification training is intended to refresh previously learned skills and maintain trainee compliance with Safety Care standards. Safety-Care training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety-Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety-Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

74. STEM Educator Network Meeting - March 2022

Program: Professional Development

Audience: STEM Educators

Dates: 3/10/2022

The purpose of the BCIU STEM Network Meetings is to give STEM leaders and educators an opportunity to:

-Stay informed of the most current information from the PDE and professional organizations, and share that information with colleagues in their school or district

-Engage in collegial professional development activities for the purpose of building their own capacity to strengthen standards aligned systems at the classroom, building and district levels

-Serve as a collaborative resource for regional professional development activities

-Network and engage in collegial dialogue with other "job alike" professionals

75. Para Academy-Day 3

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/15/2022

Location: Virtual

Day 3 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

76. Transition Planning for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: teachers, paraprofessionals related service providers

Dates: 3/16/2022

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Blvd. - Reading, PA 19605

Pa Chapter 14 regulations require that the IEP of all students 14 years of age and older include "appropriate measurable postsecondary goals related to training, education, employment and when appropriate independent living”. These post-secondary goals must be "based upon age appropriate transition assessments”. This workshop will focus on tools, resources, and best practices, for transition planning for students with low incidence disabilities including how to teach key employability skills through meaningful classroom routines. Please contact Cheryl Gregory, chegre@berksiu.org, with questions.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

77. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 3/18/2022

BSPA Meeting:

Presenters: BSPA Officers

This meeting is only available to those who hold a valid school psychologist certification/credential and/or are currently enrolled in a school psychology training program.

78. Tools & Techniques for BeginningTeachers - "Assessment Literacy" (Face-to-face)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 3/22/2022

Location: Zoom session

This session will explore the basic principles of sound assessment practices. Participants will review the differences between summative, formative, benchmark, and diagnostic forms of assessment and learn how to make use of a variety of assessment methods to gather evidence of student learning. The primary goal of the session is to enable teachers to engineer an effective classroom assessment environment that boosts student motivation to learn.

Snow make-up session will be March 29, 2022 from 4:30-7:30 PM.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

79. Para Academy-Day 3

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/23/2022

Location: Virtual

Day 3 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

80. Teaching Self Determination Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Related Services Providers

Dates: 3/29/2022

Location: BCIU

Among Special Education graduates, those with the most self-determination skills have the highest likelihood of attaining outcomes such as employment, independent living, financial independence, health insurance and other benefits. (Wehmeyer and Palmer, 2003; Periano, 1992; Halpern, 1990).

Self-determination includes a variety of complex and important skills. Sample self-determination skills are: informed decision-making; setting goals based upon understanding ones strengths, weaknesses and interests; evaluating ones own progress; developing a support system; advocating for oneself; and understanding the pros and cons of disclosing disability. These skills take years to learn, practice and generalize.

Participants in this workshop will learn how to explicitly teach self-determination skills needed for success after high school. They will learn to develop effective routines that provide guided practice for these skills in the elementary and secondary classroom.

Morning Session:

- Self-Determination Research

- Teaching Key Self-Determination Skills

- Decision-Making/Goal Setting/Action Planning

- Self Evaluation/Problem Solving

Afternoon Session:

-Guided Practice and Generalization

-Classroom Routines (practice opportunities)

-Disability Disclosure

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

81. Intro to Executive Functioning Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: teachers, school psychologists, therapists, guidance counselors and school social workers, parents, and paras

Dates: 4/5/2022

Location: Rohrbach

This session provides an overview of key executive functioning skills such as time management, organization, self-regulation, self-monitoring, impulse control, planning, and problem-solving. Participants will learn about the impact of executive functioning on school success and daily living. Practical strategies for teaching executive functioning skills will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on how to prioritize the skills to be taught, and how to plan and implement practical instructional strategies.

Content:

- Research related to executive functioning skills

- Impact of executive functioning on school performance and daily living

- Assessment, determining which skills need to be taught, prioritizing skills to be taught

- Practical strategies for teaching executive functioning skills

- Task analysis and instructional design related to functional skills

- Graphic organizers and the use of technology to support the development of executive functioning skills.

Any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline registration.

82. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County School District General and Special Education who hold CURRENT Safety-Care certification

Dates: 4/7/2022

This one-day re-certification training is intended to refresh previously learned skills and maintain trainee compliance with Safety Care standards. Safety-Care training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety-Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety-Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

83. Para Academy-Day 4 - BCIU EI STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy - BCIU EI STAFF ONLY

Dates: 4/13/2022

Location: Rohrbach

New
Day 4 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program. BCIU EI STAFF ONLY

84. Teaching Safety Skills to Reduce the Risk of Sexual Abuse

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers and other educational professionals, parents, paras and community agency staff

Dates: 4/13/2022

According to the Justice Department, in an NPR special report, people with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than persons without disabilities. What can teachers and parents do to prepare young people with developmental disabilities to participate in community life with a reduced risk of sexual abuse?

In this training, participants will learn about models such as Community Awareness, Safety and Empowerment (CASE) developed by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and will become aware of community partners such as Safety Berks. Special emphasis will be given to identifying, teaching, and practicing key skills that can prepare students with developmental disabilities to protect themselves from sexual abuse.

OBJECTIVES:

-Learn ways to identify, prioritize, teach, and practice skills that can assist students with developmental disabilities to reduce their risk of sexual assault in community environments.

-Learn of current instruction and support models aimed at reducing the risk of sexual assault for individuals with intellectual disability, autism, and other developmental disabilities.

-Identify community partners that can assist families and persons with disabilities to reduce their risk of sexual assault and receive needed support if assault has occurred.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline Education registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

85. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 4/22/2022

BSPA Meeting:

Presenters: BSPA Officers

Presented by Andy Faust, Esq. This meeting is only available to those who hold a valid school psychologist certification/credential and/or are currently enrolled in a school psychology training program.

86. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County School District General and Special Education who hold CURRENT Safety-Care certification

Dates: 5/5/2022

This one-day re-certification training is intended to refresh previously learned skills and maintain trainee compliance with Safety Care standards. Safety-Care training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety-Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety-Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

87. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Career Readiness" (Blended)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, and third year teachers

Dates: 5/5/2022 to 5/19/2022

Location: Zoom session--link to follow

This session will familiarize teachers with the PA K-12 Career Education and Work Standards and the Pennsylvania Department of Education guidelines for implementation of the standards. Teachers will be introduced to various career readiness resources and explore techniques for including career readiness into their content area lessons. After this session, teachers will have the knowledge and resources to incorporate career readiness for their students at all levels.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

88. Para Academy-Day 4

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/10/2022

Location: Rohrbach

Day 4 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

89. Para Academy-Day 4

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/11/2022

Location: Rohrbach

Day 4 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

90. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: A Staff Development Opportunity for Berks County School Districts’ employees including general and special education teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals

Dates: 5/11/2022 to 5/12/2022

Location: BCIU Main Office, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA

This two day training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

91. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting - May 2022

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 5/11/2022

Location: George/Washington Rooms at BCIU Main Office

Teachers of the gifted, specialists, and gifted education supervisors are invited to join us for professional learning and networking and collaboration with peers. 8:30 AM-3:30 PM, with one hour lunch on your own View our Teachers of the Gifted Network website for more info: bit.ly/iu14gifted

92. STEM Educator Network Meeting - May 2022

Program: Professional Development

Audience: STEM Educators

Dates: 5/12/2022

The purpose of the BCIU STEM Network Meetings is to give STEM leaders and educators an opportunity to:

-Stay informed of the most current information from the PDE and professional organizations, and share that information with colleagues in their school or district

-Engage in collegial professional development activities for the purpose of building their own capacity to strengthen standards aligned systems at the classroom, building and district levels

-Serve as a collaborative resource for regional professional development activities

-Network and engage in collegial dialogue with other "job alike" professionals

93. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 5/20/2022

BSPA Meeting:

Presenters: BSPA Officers

This meeting is only available to those who hold a valid school psychologist certification/credential and/or are currently enrolled in a school psychology training program.

94. Para Academy-Day 5 (BCIU EI STAFF ONLY)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy - BCIU EI STAFF ONLY

Dates: 5/26/2022

Location: Rohrbach

New
Day 5 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program. EI Staff Only

95. Para Academy-Day 6 (BCIU EI STAFF ONLY)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy - BCIU EI STAFF ONLY

Dates: 5/27/2022

Location: Rohrbach

New
Day 6 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program. BCIU EI STAFF ONLY

96. Para Academy-Day 5

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 6/13/2022

Location: Rohrbach

Day 5 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

97. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 6/14/2022

Location: Rohrbach

Day 6 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

98. Para Academy-GRADUATION

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 6/15/2022

Location: Rohrbach

Para Academy Interviews and Graduation.