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1. PIIC Coach and Administrator Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: PIIC Coaches and Administrators Only

Dates: 9/16/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach Room

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The purpose of the BCIU14 PIIC coaches' meetings is to give instructional coaches in Berks County an opportunity to: 1. Learn from and with peers 2. Gain support from other PIIC coaches and PIIC mentor 3. Share issues, concerns and solutions Each meeting will include networking, professional development and IU updates. 3 Act 48 credits will be awarded for each meeting attended upon completion of an evaluation in Frontline Education. These meetings are reserved for participating PIIC instructional coaches. The annual coaches + administrators meeting will give teams an opportunity reflect on the coaching systems in place in their organizations, review their shared visions for coaching, and set a goal together for a productive and successful year of coaching. Principals, Curriculum Supervisors, and other educational leaders are invited to join us!

2. Ready. Set. READ! Summit-Session 1 of 2: Keynote Speaker

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/17/2019

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Trauma can occur as a result of child abuse, life threatening car accidents or domestic violence. Trauma can undermine children's ability to learn; children will have difficulty forming healthy relationships and they will have difficulty functioning appropriately in the classrooms (The Massachusetts Advocates for Children, 2005; Haeseler, 2006; Spath, 2003, Carrion, 2011). Every year it is estimated that 5,000,000 new children are added to this list of significantly traumatized children. Of these children, up to 50% will develop long-term debilitating after-effects of the trauma, including learning problems in school (Ziegler, 2013). In this keynote delivery, Dr. Lelli will share information, strategies and resources around trauma-informed care and its effect on learning.

3. Ready. Set. READ! Summit-Session 2 of 2 Breakout: Trauma Informed Care for School District Partners

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/17/2019

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Students exposed to trauma demonstrate emotional and behavioral difficulties that can dramatically interfere with their abilities to engage with others and can impact learning. Continuing the conversation from the keynote presentation, this session will offer strategies for using literature and other best practices to support child victims of trauma to engage, learn, and thrive in their classes.

4. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 9/18/2019

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Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

5. EI OT/PT Inservice

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/18/2019

Location: Board

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EI OT/PT Inservice

6. NISL EDP/PA Version World-Class Schooling: Vision and Goals (Course 1)

Program: PA Inspired Leadership Program (PIL)

Audience: Administrators who are required to take Act 48 PIL Hours

Dates: 9/18/2019 to 12/6/2019

Location: TBD

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This course is open to all administrators who are required to accrue Act 45 hours. Other administrators are eligible to apply and will be enrolled if space permits. Course 1 is also part of the Principal Induction Program which is for principals and assistant principals who have five years or less of school administrator experience. This program is required for principals and assistant principals hired since January 1, 2008 and includes completing NISL Courses 1 and 2. NISL Course 1 must be completed before any of the other NISL courses (2 and 3) are taken.

7. Data Quality Network Meeting - September 2019

Program: Information Technology

Audience: Child Accounting Staff, Special Education Data Managers, PIMS Administrators, Data Teams

Dates: 9/18/2019

Location: Hohl Room

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08:55 - 09:05: Welcome/Roll call

09:05 - 09:35: Child Accounting Start of Year - Steve Epstein, Central Dauphin School District

09:35 - 09:45: Question & Answers

09:45 - 10:10: Act 16 Overview - Barry Frank, Bucks County IU22

10:10 - 10:15: Getting Ready for October 1 & Addressing PIMS Manual Changes

10:15 - 10:20: Data Governance Award of Excellence

10:20 - 10:30: Break

10:30 - 10:50: PIMS Help Desk - October Collections - Updates and Pain Points - Amber Lind, PIMS Help Desk

10:50 - 11:00: Questions and Answers

11:00 - 11:20: Getting Ready for Oct. 1 & Addressing the PIMS Manual Changes - Review and Corrections - Stacey McCreary, CCIU24

11:20 - 11:30: Question & Answer

11:30 - 12:00: Local Discussion

8. Berks Early Care and Education Council (BECEC) Annual Retreat 9/19/2019

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/19/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

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Inclusion: What does it look like for families and children birth to 5 The Berks Early Care and Education Council (BECEC) is a community based organization that consists of parents, representatives of the local Early Intervention administrative agencies, Early Intervention service provider agencies, early childhood programs, and other organizations concerned with early learning and developmental needs for children from birth to 5 years old. The vision of the Berks Early Care and Education Council is that ALL children, birth to five in Berks County, reach their full potential. The Council is having its annual retreat on 9/19/19 to plan for the 2019-2020 year. Registration will be from 8:30-9:00AM. The information session will occur in the morning before adjourning to work in subcommittees. A light lunch will be provided. The retreat should be over by 2:00PM. Registration should be completed by 9/13/19. Our theme this year focuses on Inclusion within the community - overview about educational settings in Berks County as well as stories about successes for children in Berks County. Your input is needed in planning services for all families and professionals in child development and early learning. Bring your ideas and creativity!

9. Lancaster McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/19/2019

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McKinney-Vento Review for School District Homeless Liaisons

10. Chester McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/20/2019

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McKinney-Vento Review for School District Homeless Liaisons

11. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 9/20/2019

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BSPA Meeting: 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.

12. CPR / First Aid - (8:00am - 12:30pm)

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 9/21/2019

Location: Washington Room

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CPR / First aid training by the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (Adult, Child, & AED) First Aid Training Completion card is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, Please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

13. Flipped, Blended, and Beyond! (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/22/2019 to 11/24/2019

Location: ONLINE CLASS

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This ONLINE course focuses not only on flipped instruction but also 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"½½ 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. Participants will analyze specific models of flipped instruction and design strategies for using the teaching model in their own classes.

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

14. Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/22/2019 to 11/24/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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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.

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

15. Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 9/23/2019 to 10/11/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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. In turn, participants will be better positioned to positively impact the learning, development, and achievement of secondary school students.

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

16. CRA: Early Numeracy-Subtraction

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-6 Math Instructors and Special Ed teachers

Dates: 9/23/2019

Location: BCIU

Learn and apply the Concrete-Representational-Abstract approach to teaching mathematics conceptually and developmentally.

Topics will include Concept of a number, number sense, addition and subtraction.

Registration will begin at 8:30am.

There is no charge for this workshop if you work in a Berks County School District.

Any questions, please contact Josh Hoyt at joshoy@berksiu.org

17. CS Beauty and Joy of Computing Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Grade 9-12 Educators

Dates: 9/23/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) is an AP Computer Science Principles compliant curriculum. It emphasizes the joy and complexity of creating visual computer programs and apps, balanced with critical reflection on both the potential benefits and harms of new computing technologies. BJC has a strong design and programming focus, using the visual programming language Snap! and a collaborative, exploratory approach where students work in teams to bring their own unique creations to life.

Registration begins at 8:30am.

18. Schuylkill McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/24/2019

McKinney-Vento Review for School District Homeless Liaisons

19. CS First with Google Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Grade 6-12 Educators

Dates: 9/25/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

CS First provides free, easy-to-use computer science curriculum materials that engage a diverse student population in grades 4-8. Facilitators use the video content to teach kids coding basics with Scratch, a block-based coding tool. Anyone can teach CS First - no computer science experience needed!

The CS First kit includes lesson plans and solution sheets for the teacher, as well as fun passports and stickers for the students.

Join over 1,000,000 students in over 30,000 classrooms in 75 counties using the CS First curriculum.

Registration will begin at 8:30am.

20. Berks McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/26/2019

McKinney-Vento training for district homeless liaisons.

21. 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: 9/26/2019

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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.

22. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 9/26/2019

Location: George Room

The virtual academy directors and coordinators in Berks County are meeting to discuss, share and compare each district's online program. The objective of the meeting is to collaborate and implement best practices for operating a successful online program. If you'd like to network with the group, please join us. Just be sure to register for each month you are planning to attend.

23. Dauphin McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/27/2019

McKinney-Vento Review for School District Homeless Liaisons

24. EI Intake Staff Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/27/2019

Location: George/Washington

EI Intake Staff Meeting

25. Autism in Inclusive Settings

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 10/2/2019

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

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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 Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

26. Paraprofessional Academy-October 2, 2019 - Evening Session

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: special education paras, instructional, classroom and Title I assistants in Berks County

Dates: 10/2/2019

Location: BCIU Main Office-1111 Commons Blvd, (off Tuckerton

Cannot attend the August Academy but can attend two days in June, 2020?

The 2 August days (August 21 and 22, 2019) will be repeated on June 17 and 18, 2020. If you elect to attend the June dates, then you must attend an introductory meeting on October 2, 2019 from 4:00-6:30 pm. You will also be attending the same 4 school-year days in October, January, March and May as the paras that began in August. ALL para interviews, reception and graduation will be held June 19, 2020.

This is a six-day series 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.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@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.

27. Behavior Assessment & Intervention Training - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY in both General and Special Education

Dates: 10/3/2019

Location: BCIU

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 Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

28. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting (BCTC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 10/3/2019

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

29. Lebanon McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 10/3/2019

McKinney-Vento Review for School District Homeless Liaisons

30. Pediatric First Aid w/ CPR - (8:00am - 12:30pm) Recommended for Early Intervention Providers

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 10/4/2019

Location: Allmon Room

American Health & Safety Institute - Pediatric First Aid with CPR. Includes instruction in Adult, Child, Infant and AED. Certification is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

31. School Climate Network Group Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, School Leaders, Counselors, and other Support Staff

Dates: 10/7/2019

Location: Hertz Room

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The Berks County School Climate Leadership Network will connect school leaders and staff who have an interest in, a need for, and ideas to promote a more positive school climate within their educational organizations. Leveraging the strategies of facilitation required for highly collaborative professional networks, participants will learn from one another, grow together, and reflect on their practice with their peers. This year's meetings will focus on the areas of equity and trauma in our schools. We will explore strategies for building strong connections and supportive relationships between students and staff members. This event is open to all staff members from Berks County schools at no cost and is part of the School Climate Leadership Initiative through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Carissa Noel at carnoe@berksiu.org.

32. CRA: Addition-Subtraction-Multiplication-Division

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-4 Math Instructors and Special Ed teachers

Dates: 10/7/2019

Location: BCIU

Learn and apply the Concrete-Representational-Abstract approach to teaching mathematics conceptually and developmentally.

Topics will include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Registration will begin at 8:30am.

There is no charge for this workshop if you work in a Berks County School District.

Any questions, please contact Josh Hoyt at joshoy@berksiu.org

33. Infusing STEM

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 10/7/2019

Location: Rohrbach

Calling all creators!!

Have you heard of STEM and are wondering where to begin? Are you confused as to how to incorporate STEM into the fabric of your school or classroom?

During this session, participants will unpack the meaning of STEM and how it becomes the cornerstone of educational empowerment for all students. Participants will learn about Pennsylvania's definition for integrated STEM education while engaging in meaningful activities that can be used immediately with students. Participants will develop a common understanding of STEM, its overall mission, vision and significance regarding student success, and how to purposefully begin to align and enhance the work being done within the curriculum to provide effective STEM education to all students.

34. CPR / First Aid - (8:00am - 12:30pm)

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 10/9/2019

Location: Washington Room

CPR / First aid training by the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (Adult, Child, & AED) First Aid Training Completion card is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, Please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

35. TDA Cohort Refresher (2 half days)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: 3rd-8th Grade Teachers, coaches, reading specialists, administrators

Dates: 10/9/2019 to 10/30/2019

Key concepts and instructional strategies that promote growth in comprehension and analysis will be reviewed and modeled. Participants will develop and administer TDA prompts, examine student responses against learning progressions, and be guided to determine next instructional steps to further student progress. This refresher is designed for individuals who have participated in a BCIU TDA series during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 school years.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

36. Units of Study for Teaching Reading and Phonics K-2 Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teaching Reading and Phonics K-2

Dates: 10/10/2019

This network group will be driven by the goals of the participants. Participants should come to the meetings with an objective they are hoping to accomplish or a practice they desire to refine. Therefore, participants should bring whatever materials they need to accomplish this such as the guides to the workshops, the units, student artifacts (reading logs, student books with Post-its"½), etc. The network group will be facilitated using the Open Spaces concept. Open Spaces allow smaller groups to form within a larger group based upon goals the participants have identified. Within the small groups, teachers collaborate, learn from each other, and collectively determine next steps.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

37. ESL Teachers and Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Administrators

Dates: 10/10/2019

This meeting will provide a forum for county administrators and content leaders of ESL to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices.

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

38. Units of Study for Teaching Reading 3-8 Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers of Reading and Phonics Grades 3-8

Dates: 10/10/2019

This network group will be driven by the goals of the participants. Participants should come to the meetings with an objective they are hoping to accomplish or a practice they desire to refine. Therefore, participants should bring whatever materials they need to accomplish this such as the guides to the workshops, the units, student artifacts (reading logs, student books with Post-its"), etc. The network group will be facilitated using the Open Spaces concept. Open Spaces allow smaller groups to form within a larger group based upon goals the participants have identified. Within the small groups, teachers collaborate, learn from each other, and collectively determine next steps.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

39. Pediatric First Aid w/ CPR - (8:00am - 12:30pm) Recommended for Early Intervention Providers

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 10/11/2019

Location: Washington Room

American Health & Safety Institute - Pediatric First Aid with CPR. Includes instruction in Adult, Child, Infant and AED. Certification is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

40. Agricultural, FCS and Technology Educators: 2019 Berks County Agricultural Education Summit

Program: Common Inservice

Audience: Agricultural, FCS and Technology Educators

Dates: 10/14/2019

Location: Schmidt Training Center

Join us for a collaborative analysis of PA's agriculture curriculum, as it relates to health and science, to incorporate STEM standards for the next generation's workforce

41. Art: BCAT Goes Hands-on at Yocum

Program: Common Inservice

Audience: Berks County Art Educators

Dates: 10/14/2019

Location: Yocum Institue for Arts Education

Yocum staff will guide art teachers as they create and learn about paint, clay and fiber arts.

42. ESL: Resources and Best Practices for the Assessment of English Learners

Program: Common Inservice

Audience: ESL Educators

Dates: 10/14/2019

This interactive workshop will engage English language specialists and those who work with English learners in exploring various approaches to the assessment and instruction of English learners. Participants will explore: Principles and practices for the assessment of ELs at various levels of proficiency
• Ways to support content area assessment, and approaches to alternative assessment and grading policies for ELs in the regular classroom.
• Ways to help students improve their performance and show their learning on assessments, including classroom assessments and WIDA assessments, among others.
• Materials and resources that are available to share with content area teachers

43. Gifted iGen: Educational Strategies for Understanding and Supporting Today's Gifted Children

Program: Common Inservice

Audience: Educators of the Gifted

Dates: 10/14/2019

Location: Conrad Weiser West Elementary

Meeting the needs of gifted children within the educational setting can be a challenge. Driven by their unique social-emotional and neurocognitive development, gifted children often struggle with overwhelming emotions, challenging behaviors, and self-reliance. This engaging and interactive workshop focuses on understanding the unique nature of gifted children, as well as specific strategies to support their needs and help them reach their potential. Topics include:
• Understanding needs iGen and future generations, especially those identified as gifted;
• The impact of temperament (introversion and extraversion) on educational performance;
• Strategies to develop emotional intelligence (EQ) and resilience
• Using a strengths-based approach to nurture the upside of emotional intensity

44. Health and PE: 2019 Berks County Health & Physical Education Workshop #innovateHPE

Program: Common Inservice

Audience: Health and PE Educators

Dates: 10/14/2019

Location: Governor Mifflin Intermediate School

The program starts with a welcome presentation from the health and physical education professional associations. Throughout the day various break-out sessions will be offered for Elementary PE, Secondary PE, Adapted PE and Health education.

45. Library: AASL Training, Manage All Students' Work, and eBook Platform

Program: Common Inservice

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 10/14/2019

An in-depth working session to build and strengthen your collaboration with teachers in specific grade levels through aligning the American Association of School Librarians National School Library Standards with the PA Core Standards, as well as with new ISTE and Future Ready Librarians standards with curricular areas. You'll work collaboratively in small groups by school levels to transform your learning plans into sustainable partnerships with teachers to build information literacy competencies in learners. Bring your most successful information literacy lesson plan and learn how to align it with these standards and transform the way you collaborate with your teachers. Using library centers, including makerspace centers and using Google Classroom to manage all students' work. Discuss the powerful eBook Platform of MackinVia.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: PreK-12 Educators

Dates: 10/14/2019 to 11/24/2019

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.

47. Music: Music Educators at Yocum Institute

Program: Common Inservice

Audience: Music educators

Dates: 10/14/2019

Location: Yocum Institute for Arts Education

Yocum staff will incorporate instrumentation and creative expression through music.

48. World Language: Digital Tools to Enhance the WL Classroom

Program: Common Inservice

Audience: World Language Educators

Dates: 10/14/2019

Participants will learn and explore various digital tools to enhance the WL classroom for teachers and students.

49. Advanced Para-Year 3 - Behavior Strand

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Only Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand

Dates: 10/14/2019 to 6/15/2020

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For Year Three, The Behavior Strand work will be focused on specific strategies for Paras to use with students with behavioral challenges. Paras who work with students receiving Learning Support and Emotional Support will gain validated strategies to positively and proactively support students.

-Day 1: How to Deal with Students who Challenge and Defy Authority

-Day 2: How to Deal Effectively with Lying, Stealing and Cheating

-Day 3: Putting It All Together

Only Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand are eligible to register for these 3 days.

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST attend ALL 3 days in order to receive credit hours.

IF NEEDED, SNOW DATE FOR JANUARY 20 IS FEBRUARY 17, 2020.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

50. Advanced Para-Year 3 - Inclusion Strand

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand

Dates: 10/14/2019 to 6/15/2020

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The Inclusion Strand of the Advanced Paraprofessional course work will focus on the Science of Behavior and the Behavior Instruction connection with a lot of discussion on data collection, data collection tools, and how observation within the general education classroom will help determine the interventions needed to help students be successful. Also included will be instruction in functional academics, social skills, and self help skills.
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Day 1: Teaching Social Skills in General Ed.
Day 2: Teaching Self-Help Skills in General Ed.
Day 3: Putting It All Together

Only Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand may attend

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST attend ALL 3 days in order to receive credit hours.

IF NEEDED, SNOW DATE FOR JANUARY 20 IS FEBRUARY 17, 2020.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org

51. Advanced Para-Year 3 - Low Incidence Strand

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand

Dates: 10/14/2019 to 6/15/2020

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The Low Incidence Strand will be focused on strategies and methods of instruction for Paraprofessionals working with students receiving Multiple Disabilities Support, Autistic Support, and/or Life Skills Support.
Day 1: Community Based Instruction & Generalization

Day 2: Social Skills

Day 3: Putting It All Together

Only Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand may attend

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST attend ALL 3 days in order to receive credit hours.

IF NEEDED, SNOW DATE FOR JANUARY 20 IS FEBRUARY 17, 2020.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org

52. Advanced Para-Year 3 -Reading Strand

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand

Dates: 10/14/2019 to 6/15/2020

Closed

The Reading Strand will be focused on how students develop skills in beginning reading and the implementation of best practices in instruction so that all children become readers.Paraprofessionals who support teachers in the instruction of reading to students will gain knowledge in both what to teach and how to teach reading to children.
Day 1: Fluency
Day 2:Comprehension
Day 3: Putting It All Together

ONLY Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand may attend this training.

IF NEEDED, SNOW DATE FOR JANUARY 20 IS FEBRUARY 17, 2020.

Any questions, contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org, 610-987-8532.

53. 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: 10/15/2019 to 10/16/2019

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

Wait List

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.

54. Teaching Employability Skills Through Classroom Routines

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Related Services Providers

Dates: 10/15/2019

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

Educators attending this training will learn how to explicitly teach employability "soft skills" to students with low incidence disabilities and complex support needs.

Employers seek workers with both "hard" and "soft skills". Hard skills are specific to a particular job. Soft skills are those that apply to all jobs in all industries. Examples include work habits, communication, and problem solving.

Morning Session:

- What skills do employers identify as most important? (A look at research and direct dialogue with local job coaches who support adults with disabilities in competitive employment)

- Explicit instruction and intentional reinforcement of employability skills at elementary, middle and secondary levels.

Afternoon Session:

- Establish classroom routines that provide guided practice in essential employability skills

- Employability Skills Portfolio

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

55. Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science Academy

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Secondary Teachers

Dates: 10/16/2019 to 10/17/2019

In partnership with Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Center for Creativity, the Berks County Intermediate Unit will be offering a PASmart funded training cohort in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon's CMU CS Academy. This cohort is for educators implementing computer science instruction with a particular focus on equity and expanding opportunities for students with special needs.

CMU CS Academy is a project in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science that has the goal of developing a novel, world-class, online, interactive high school computer science curriculum that is entirely free.

Teacher's participating in the PA Smart grant-funded cohort

Will have access to CS academy curriculum and instructional materials at no cost.

Receive the two-day training at no cost. (Districts will receive a $400 stipend to offset travel and substitute teacher costs)

Will be provided with continuous support through a frequently monitored forum where questions will quickly be answered by Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Students.

Registration will begin at 8:30am.

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

56. CPR / First Aid - (9:30am - 2:00pm)

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 10/16/2019

Location: Hohl Room

Closed
CPR / First aid training by the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (Adult, Child, & AED) First Aid Training Completion card is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, Please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

57. PIIC Berks Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: PIIC Coaches

Dates: 10/17/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach Room

The purpose of the BCIU14 PIIC coaches' meetings is to give instructional coaches in Berks County an opportunity to: 1. Learn from and with peers 2. Gain support from other PIIC coaches and PIIC mentor 3. Share issues, concerns and solutions Each meeting will include networking, professional development and IU updates. 3 Act 48 credits will be awarded for each meeting attended upon completion of an evaluation in Frontline Education. These meetings are reserved for participating PIIC instructional coaches.

58. Threat Assessment Team Training (V-STAG)

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 10/18/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines (V-STAG) is an evidence-based model for schools to use in conducting threat assessments in K-12 schools. The model provides a step-by-step process in the manual, Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines, for conducting a threat assessment when a student has made a threat or engaged in threatening behavior. The goal of this model is to prevent violence and return a student to school by understanding why a threat was made and resolve the conflict or problem that stimulated the threat. This model was developed by Dr. Dewey Cornell and colleagues at the University of Virginia and has been widely adopted by schools in Virginia and nationwide.

Workshop Learning Objectives:





• Learn the rationale for using a threat assessment model.





• Learn and apply Threat Assessment Guidelines in schools.





• Become familiar with legal and mental health issues in threat assessment.





• Practice using the model to address cases of threats made by students.

Manual:





• One copy of the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines will be included with team registration.





• Additional manuals may be requested when registering and will be made available for teams at training, if preordered. Cost is $50.00 per additional manual.

59. BSPA: TBD

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 10/18/2019

BSPA Meeting: 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.

60. The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Classroom Teachers, Homeschool Teachers, Afterschool Professionals (YMCA, 4-H, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.) Parents, and more

Dates: 10/21/2019

Location: George/Washington

The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators is a fun, hands-on learning experience where you'll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit. We'll explore how to teach circuits and conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put those skills to use to design your own inventions! Participants will learn best practices and gain access to a multimedia training website that can be used when working with students or future trainees.

-Bring Your Laptop & Charging cable: Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Linux operating systems work great. Tablets will not work. Regardless of the kind of laptop used, it must have the ability to plugin a USB "type A" plug - - these are the most common type of USB plugs and it's how the Makey Makey is connected to a computer. Some new laptops don't accept a USB type A plug so the user must supply their own adaptor ("dongle").

NOTE: If you're using a school issued laptop make sure you're able to access the internet outside of school. Make sure you can access all websites (like youtube). Sometimes school issued laptops are "locked down" or have some kind of restriction placed on them.

Price includes Makey Makey kit ($49.95 value)

Lunch will be provided from 11:30-12:30.

Questions regarding the workshop, please contact Charlie Trovato chatro@berksiu.org (or) Marcelle McGhee marmcg@berksiu.org

61. Star Lab Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers, Administrators

Dates: 10/21/2019

Imagine the possibilities of what a StarLab Planetarium can do for your school system. You can give students an intergalactic experience that brings science lessons to life and teachers a tool that gives them the confidence to keep students engaged. It's time for an awesome way of learning. If you're interested in utilizing the Star Lab in your school/district this year, then this training is for you. This training will explore how to set up, prepare, and use the Star Lab to enhance instruction.

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

62. Early Literacy Skill Builders/Early Reading Skill Builders - ELSB/ERSB

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Life Skills, Multiple Disabilities, and Autistic support teachers, Speech therapists, and ONLY Paras working with students in LSS/MDS/AS

Dates: 10/23/2019

A reading program for students with moderate to severe disabilities

DESCRIPTION:

ELSB and ERSB are research based reading programs designed for students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities. Both programs provide lesson formats for students who are verbal, limited verbal and non-verbal. ELSB is for students who need to learn how to answer questions through beginning blending and segmenting. ERSB begins where ELSB leaves off and brings a student to a 2nd grade reading level. Phonemic awareness, decoding, site vocabulary, and comprehension are taught throughout both programs.

OBJECTIVES:

Participants will receive an overview of the components of the Early Literacy Skills Builder and Early Reading Skills Builder.

Participants will review student assessment in both programs.

Participants will learn how to complete a story lesson.

Participants will practice doing the word and sound building lessons.

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.

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

63. Para Academy-Day 3

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 10/23/2019

Location: Hertz

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

64. STEM Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 10/23/2019

Location: George

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

65. Para Academy-Day 3

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 10/24/2019

Location: Hertz

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

66. The One Doing the Talking is the One Doing the Learning: Purposeful Collaborative Talk

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 teachers and instructional coaches

Dates: 10/24/2019

Classroom talk is a powerful strategy for enhancing student understanding, honing problem solving, and refining ideas. This blended workshop will engage teachers in strategies to ignite the power of purposeful talk to develop student thinking rather than merely check comprehension. Teachers will also experiment with talk strategies within their own classrooms. The asynchronous online work should be completed during the month prior to the face-to-face session. Registered participants will receive an invitation to take part in the online Canvas course at the beginning of the open time frame.

67. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 10/24/2019

Location: Hohl Room

The virtual academy directors and coordinators in Berks County are meeting to discuss, share and compare each district's online program. The objective of the meeting is to collaborate and implement best practices for operating a successful online program. If you'd like to network with the group, please join us. Just be sure to register for each month you are planning to attend.

68. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Danielson's Framework for Teaching--Domains I, III, IV"

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 10/24/2019

This blended session (participants must complete the asynchronous online portion prior to attending the face-to-face portion.) will help teachers answer the following questions--How can we develop distinguished lesson plans? How can questioning and discussion techniques propel our teaching to be exemplary? What does an engaged classroom look like? What is the role of students in assessment and instruction? Teachers will analyze a lesson and engage in a pre-observation and post-observation dialogue with their peers to gain a better understanding of the difference between proficient and distinguished in Domain I (Preparation and Planning), Domain III (Instruction), and Domain IV (Professional Responsibilities).

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.

If you have any questions please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

69. EI FBA Training Part I

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 10/25/2019

Location: 307B

EI FBA Training Part I

70. Leadership TDA Data Session

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Administrators, teacher leaders, instructional coaches, reading specialists

Dates: 10/28/2019

What does the data really tell us about our instruction? This brief session will provide you with a guided look at your own PSSA, PVAAS, and eMetric data to examine the impact instructional practices have on student learning. Please bring your login information.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

71. Career Readiness Boot Camp

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 10/29/2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is pleased to announce a one-day 3-hour train-the-trainer boot camp (Act 48) designed to assist districts in meeting the statewide postsecondary attainment 2025 goal of 60 percent of Pennsylvanians with a postsecondary credential, certificate, or degree. Training will be provided by the Career Readiness State Training (CRST) team and will include the following:

Career Readiness and Workforce in PA (Career Education and Work Standards)

Industry-Based Learning

Stakeholder and Workforce Partnerships

Classroom and Workforce Alignment

Supporting Resources

District training teams should include a minimum of three and no more than ten K-12 educators. The lead team member should be a building principal or assistant principal. With an emphasis on classroom alignment to workforce needs, team composition should include teachers from both elementary and secondary.

The goal of this training is the development of an action plan that utilizes stakeholder and workforce partnerships to expand the classroom to career connections and build schoolwide momentum for career readiness. Team members will be poised to provide support in the implementation of the action plan.

*NOTE: Specialized training for counselors will be offered via Counselor Symposiums.

72. Communication-Low Incidence

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 10/29/2019

(This workshop is identical to what was conducted on two, 1/2 days July 10 and July 30, 2019)

DESCRIPTION:

Developing effective communication skills is one of the primary goals for students receiving life skills support or multiple disabilities support. Classroom communication systems can provide common ground for teaching these skills to students whose skills differ greatly. Using daily routines as the basis for instruction in these systems allows for a consistent focus on developing communication.

This training includes a focus on the functions of language - "Why do we communicate" combined with core vocabulary and a long-range focus on communication skills needed as our students transition to adult life.

OBJECTIVES:

Review of core vocabulary

Presentation of framework pairing core vocabulary with functions of language

Introduction to applying of functions of language to daily routines and classroom procedures

Correlation of language functions to transition skills

Brainstorm core vocabulary associated with daily routines and special events

Practice modeling of vocabulary using visual supports

Develop plans to implement strategies to focus on communication in daily routines/procedures

Develop a classroom visual support to monitor core vocabulary instruction

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 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 Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

73. 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: 10/30/2019

New

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 Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@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.

74. Behavioral Self Regulation: - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: A Staff Development Opportunity for General and Special Education Teachers, SORRY NO PARAS

Dates: 11/5/2019

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 Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

75. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 11/6/2019

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

76. PVAAS for Every Season

Program: Professional Development

Audience: District Administrators (Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Directors, Data and Assessment Coordinators), School Leaders (Principals, Assistant Principals) [District and/or school leadership teams are highly encouraged to attend.]

Dates: 11/7/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

Student data is only helpful if you have a system in place for working with your data. This 3-hour session will allow you the opportunity to map out your system and learn ways that PVAAS growth and student projection data can enhance each season of the school year. Whether you are analyzing trends, planning for current students' needs, monitoring student progress, supporting instructional practices, or preparing for an upcoming year, PVAAS growth and projection data can support your work. During the session you'll be deciding how, when, and why PVAAS and other data will be used by administrators, teachers, parents, and students. By the end of the session, participants will have created a plan for analyzing their data across the year.
Improve Your Year with Projections (12:30-1:50 PM) Description: You will be amazed at the number of ways in which district and school leaders can incorporate PVAAS student projection data into the decisions they make about professional growth, observations and walk-throughs, and creating master schedules and individual student schedules. There are even ways that PVAAS student projection data can influence your hiring decisions and resource allocations. This session will offer participants a hands-on opportunity to analyze their PVAAS projection data through a variety of lenses, and identify multiple uses within their own district/LEA or school.

Collaborative Conversations (2:10-3:30 PM) Description: During this session a PVAAS Statewide Team member will facilitate a conversation with school and/or district/LEA leaders from the local IU region. Leaders will share their experiences with using PVAAS and other data points to support their decision-making in a variety of situations. Time will be allotted for questions from participants and collaborative discussions among your peers.

78. Rethinking Assessment and Equity (CDT Team) (OPTION B)

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 11/7/2019

Assessment takes a step toward equity by unveiling what students need at that moment in their educational path. Rethinking assessment means finding solutions that assist educators to know the student, promote high expectations for all, help students know their learning story, create flexible routines for personalized learnings, teach failure as a step in the learning process; and build a culturally responsive environment. In speed-geeking style, participants will discuss these topics and seek real solutions to revising the assessment system in their respective settings. Connections to the Classroom Diagnostic Tool, the Danielson Framework, and The Universal Design for Learning will be made.

79. CRA: Multiplication-Division-Fractions

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Grade 3-7 Math Instructors and Special Ed teachers

Dates: 11/11/2019

Location: BCIU

Learn and apply the Concrete-Representational-Abstract approach to teaching mathematics conceptually and developmentally.

Topics will include multiplication, division and fractions.

Registration will begin at 8:30am.

There is no charge for this workshop if you work in a Berks County School District.

Any questions, please contact Josh Hoyt at joshoy@berksiu.org

80. Teaching Relevant Behavior/Social Skills - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General and Special Education Teachers - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Dates: 11/13/2019

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 Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

81. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Special Education: Legalities and Practicalities"

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 11/13/2019

This blended session (participants must complete the asynchronous online portion following the face-to-face 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.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

82. BSPA: TBD

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 11/15/2019

BSPA Meeting: 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.

83. 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: 11/20/2019

Wait List

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.

84. Teaching Self Determination Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Related Services Providers

Dates: 11/20/2019

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 Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

85. Units of Study for Teaching Reading 3-8 Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers of Reading and Phonics Grades 3-8

Dates: 11/21/2019

This network group will be driven by the goals of the participants. Participants should come to the meetings with an objective they are hoping to accomplish or a practice they desire to refine. Therefore, participants should bring whatever materials they need to accomplish this such as the guides to the workshops, the units, student artifacts (reading logs, student books with Post-its"½), etc. The network group will be facilitated using the Open Spaces concept. Open Spaces allow smaller groups to form within a larger group based upon goals the participants have identified. Within the small groups, teachers collaborate, learn from each other, and collectively determine next steps.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

86. The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Classroom Teachers, Homeschool Teachers, Afterschool Professionals (YMCA, 4-H, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.) Parents, and more

Dates: 11/21/2019

Location: Commonwealth B

The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators is a fun, hands-on learning experience where you'll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit. We'll explore how to teach circuits and conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put those skills to use to design your own inventions! Participants will learn best practices and gain access to a multimedia training website that can be used when working with students or future trainees.

-Bring Your Laptop & Charging cable: Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Linux operating systems work great. Tablets will not work. Regardless of the kind of laptop used, it must have the ability to plugin a USB "type A"½ plug - - these are the most common type of USB plugs and it's how the Makey Makey is connected to a computer. Some new laptops don't accept a USB type A plug so the user must supply their own adaptor ("dongle"½).

NOTE: If you're using a school issued laptop make sure you're able to access the internet outside of school. Make sure you can access all websites (like youtube). Sometimes school issued laptops are "locked down" or have some kind of restriction placed on them.

Price includes Makey Makey kit ($49.95 value)

Lunch will be provided from 11:30-12:30.

Questions regarding the workshop, please contact Charlie Trovato chatro@berksiu.org (or) Marcelle McGhee marmcg@berksiu.org

87. Units of Study for Teaching Reading and Phonics K-2 Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teaching Reading and Phonics K-2

Dates: 11/21/2019

This network group will be driven by the goals of the participants. Participants should come to the meetings with an objective they are hoping to accomplish or a practice they desire to refine. Therefore, participants should bring whatever materials they need to accomplish this such as the guides to the workshops, the units, student artifacts (reading logs, student books with Post-its"½½), etc. The network group will be facilitated using the Open Spaces concept. Open Spaces allow smaller groups to form within a larger group based upon goals the participants have identified. Within the small groups, teachers collaborate, learn from each other, and collectively determine next steps.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

88. EI FBA Training Part II

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 11/22/2019

Location: 307B

EI FBA Training Part II

89. Equitable STEM

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 12/4/2019

TBD

90. STEM Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 12/10/2019

Location: Hertz

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

SNOW DATE IS DECEMBER 17

91. ESL Teachers and Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Administrators

Dates: 12/10/2019

This meeting will provide a forum for county administrators and content leaders of ESL to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices.

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

92. Behavior Instruction Connection-2 Days

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special and Regular Education Teachers, Administrators, Psychologists, Related Service Professionals & Parents, SORRY, NO PARAPROFESSIONALS

Dates: 12/11/2019 to 12/12/2019

Location: BCIU

This two-day training will provide participants with information on changing student behavior through the use of research-based effective instructional practices. Participants will learn how to use effective instructional and classroom management techniques to prevent problem behaviors. By utilizing principles and strategies from both behavior and effective instruction research, school personnel can focus on preventing disruptive behavior that occurs in the classroom.

Topics will include:

- Basic Behavior Principles
- Organizing and structuring your classroom
- Designing and implementing explicit and fair classroom rules
- Assessing behavior
- Developing Behavior Intervention Plans
- Effective instructional strategies based upon the 10 Effective Teaching Principles
- Strategy instruction related to keeping students actively engaged with instruction including how to use response cards, error correction, group response, time trials, and guided notes

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 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 Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

YOU MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS TO RECEIVE CREDIT HOURS

93. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting #1

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 12/11/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach Room

2019-2020 Teachers of the Gifted, Network Meeting and Training. The gifted network provides an opportunity for gifted educators to discuss and collaborate with their peers on issues at the federal, state and local level that impact the delivery of gifted services. Each meeting will begin with time devoted to updates on gifted issues and professional development. The remaining time will be allocated for open dialogue among the participants and an opportunity to develop GIEPs with support from fellow gifted educators.

94. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting (BCTC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 12/12/2019

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

95. School Climate Network Group Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, School Leaders, Counselors, and other Support Staff

Dates: 12/12/2019

Location: George Room

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The Berks County School Climate Leadership Network will connect school leaders and staff who have an interest in, a need for, and ideas to promote a more positive school climate within their educational organizations. Leveraging the strategies of facilitation required for highly collaborative professional networks, participants will learn from one another, grow together, and reflect on their practice with their peers. This year's meetings will focus on the areas of equity and trauma in our schools. We will explore strategies for building strong connections and supportive relationships between students and staff members. This event is open to all staff members from Berks County schools at no cost and is part of the School Climate Leadership Initiative through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Carissa Noel at carnoe@berksiu.org.

96. BSPA: TBD

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 12/13/2019

BSPA Meeting:

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.

97. PIIC Berks Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: PIIC Coaches

Dates: 12/16/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach Room

The purpose of the BCIU14 PIIC coaches' meetings is to give instructional coaches in Berks County an opportunity to: 1. Learn from and with peers 2. Gain support from other PIIC coaches and PIIC mentor 3. Share issues, concerns and solutions Each meeting will include networking, professional development and IU updates. 3 Act 48 credits will be awarded for each meeting attended upon completion of an evaluation in Frontline Education. These meetings are reserved for participating PIIC instructional coaches.

98. Teaching Math Developmentally and Conceptually

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Math Instructors and Special Ed teachers

Dates: 12/16/2019

Location: BCIU

Participants will be provided with an overview on how to teach mathematics conceptually and developmentally.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment will be modeled and discussed.

There is a $25.00 fee for this training if you work for a Berks County School District.

Registration begins at 8:30am.

Any questions, please contact Josh Hoyt at joshoy@berksiu.org

99. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 1/7/2020

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

100. 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: 1/7/2020 to 1/8/2020

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.

101. 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: 1/11/2020 to 2/15/2020

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.