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1. McKinney-Vento Training Program - Session 1: Introduction to McKinney-Vento

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 10/14/2021

This is Part 1 of a 5-part series of training sessions designed for new McKinney-Vento liaisons, or general school staff looking for a refresher on the basics of MV.

2. McKinney-Vento Training Program - Session 2: Transportation and Title I

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 11/4/2021

This is part 2 in a 5-part series of McKinney-Vento training for new liaisons.

3. TPIIC - DD 101: Deeper Dives 2- part sequence (Virtual)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers and other practitioners who facilitate collaborative conversations , administrators, instructional coaches, trainer of trainers, and lead teachers

Dates: 11/4/2021 to 11/18/2021

This is an optional ‘package' but both sessions are required if you select the "Deeper Dives” sequence.

Cost for total Foundational ‘package': Cost for each 2-Part Sequence: TPIIC Members: $30.00 pp | Non-Members $40.00. For Payment Option Select PO when registering and school district will be invoiced.p

Contact Ellen Eisenberg at eeisenberg@tpiic.org for membership information. Contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org for registration questions.

4. BCIU Early Intervention Intake Staff Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 11/5/2021

Location: Commonwealth A

Intake staff members meet to review processes and issues, and brainstorm solutions as part of ongoing program improvement.

5. BCIU Early Intervention Classroom Teachers Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 11/19/2021

Location: Commonwealth A

Early Intervention Classroom Teachers meeting

6. BCIU Early Intervention Itinerant (SD) Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 11/19/2021

Location: Commonwealth B

Early Intervention Itinerants (Service Delivery) Meeting

7. BCIU Early Intervention Speech Therapist Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 11/19/2021

Location: George Room

BCIU EI Meeting for all Speech Therapists

8. Early Intervention Full Staff In-Service/Team Data Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 11/22/2021

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The In-service scheduled for Monday, November 22, 2021. The Full Staff In-service will be held at the BCIU Main office with everyone starting on Zoom.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 12/4/2021

Location: Allmon 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.

10. 2021-2022 CSinPA K-8 Virtual Pathway

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 12/6/2021 to 5/16/2022

Location: Synchronous Meetings will be Held via Zoom; School

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The CSinPA K-8 Virtual Computer Science (CS) Pathway includes 48 hours of professional learning conducted via asynchronous and synchronous online activities. Over the course of the year-long cohort, participants set goals for expanding CS access for students and develop and share artifacts to demonstrate progress towards their goals. K-8 educators involved with computer science instruction, including: - Grade-level teachers - Content-area teachers - Special education teachers - English language (ELL) teachers - Librarians - Specialists - Instructional coaches Participants do NOT have to be designated CS or STEM teachers. No prior experience with computer science or computer science instruction is necessary. While not required, it is recommended that LEAs engage with a team of 2+ educators to allow for collaboration throughout the Pathway. Note: This is an iteration of the K-8 Pathway provided to PAsmart Targeted Grant recipients; however LEAs are welcome to engage additional educators in this cohort of the Pathway. Email joshoy@berksiu.org with questions!

11. Berks County Instructional Coach Collaborative Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Coaches

Dates: 12/7/2021

Location: Herta/Rohrbach Rooms

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The BCIU#14 Instructional Coach Collaborative is designed to give instructional coaches in Berks County an opportunity to:

1. Learn from and with peers

2. Gain support from other coaches and mentor

3. Share issues, concerns and solutions

Each meeting will include networking, an opportunity for professional learning, reflection and IU updates. 3 Act 48 credits will be awarded for each meeting attended upon completion of an evaluation in Frontline Education. If you have questions regarding the content of the session, please contact the Instructional Coach Mentor, Carissa Noel, at carnoe@berksiu.org. If you have questions regarding the registration process or the Act 48 credits, please contact Maryanne Simons at marsim@berksiu.org.

This meeting provides an opportunity for instructional coaches to collaborate on areas of focus and this year's vision as well as to consider ways to clarify the roles and expectations of the instructional coach.

This meeting will be held at the BCIU Main Office.

12. Classroom Management

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers and Paraprofessionals

Dates: 12/7/2021

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

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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.

13. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 12/8/2021

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Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

14. STEM Educator Network Meeting - December 2021

Program: Professional Development

Audience: STEM Educators

Dates: 12/8/2021

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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

15. TPIIC - F102: Analyzing and Using Data - Virtual

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers and other practitioners who facilitate collaborative conversations , administrators, instructional coaches, trainer of trainers, and lead teachers

Dates: 12/8/2021

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Fill your bucket and join us for an engaging, interactive, professional learning session that will deepen your knowledge and skills about the Educator-Centered Instructional Coaching model. Validate your thinking, change your thinking, or confirm your thinking about the instructional collaborative coaching cycle of consultation. Reinforce your understanding of planning and reflection. Move your practice forward with TPIIC. Thinking caps encouraged!

Why is it important for instructional coaches to collect, analyze and use data to inform their work? How can evidence-based data answer the important questions coaches and teachers ask about their practice and impact on learning? Join us as we discuss the need for accountability in coaching and explore strategies and tools for examining the content, processes and products related to our practice.

Cost for total Foundational ‘package': TPIIC Members: $45.00 pp | Non-Members $90.00. For Payment Option Select PO when registering and school district will be invoiced.

Contact Ellen Eisenberg at eeisenberg@tpiic.org for membership information. Contact Maryanne Simons at marsim@berksiu.org for registration questions.

16. BCIU Early Intervention AT Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 12/10/2021

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AAC Evaluation Kits for early and intermediate communicators are ready and will be available to loan for classroom and individual students. The various AT products included in the kits as well as "how-to helps”, prompting, staff handouts and sign out procedures available on Google Drive will be explained.

17. 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.

18. 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: Teachers of the Gifted Network website

19. 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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 1/3/2022 to 2/18/2022

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.

21. 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.

22. ESL Network Meeting - Virtual

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers & Administrators

Dates: 1/5/2022

Location: Virtual

Berks County ESL teachers, coordinators and administrators are invited to join us for collaboration, networking and updates regarding English as Second Language. Each meeting will provide updates from the state regarding testing and best practices along with time to collaborate and work with colleagues to discuss strategies and common questions regarding the education of the ELL population.

23. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 1/6/2022

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

24. 3-Dimensional Teaching and Learning - Introductory Webinar

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators K-12, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Dates: 1/6/2022

Location: ZOOM webinar, link will be sent to registered part

The new PA Science Standards are coming! Let's prepare for these important shifts in science teaching and learning. How does the alignment of Disciplinary Core Ideas, Cross-Cutting Concepts, and Practices support meaningful learning in the sciences? Why is it important for schools to embrace 3-Dimensional teaching and learning practices? Join us to help your teams learn more about 3D teaching and learning and set a vision for future development in this area.

25. Child Sexual Abuse: How to Recognize It, Prevent It, & Work with Students Who Have Been Abused (CPE Course/Graduate Credit)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 1/8/2022 to 2/19/2022

Location: ALL WORK ONLINE

This ONLINE three credit graduate level course is designed to prevent child sexual abuse. It will assist educators in recognizing student behaviors resulting from predatory pedophile threats, as well as physical abuse and neglect in their lives. The class will conduct forensic reviews of cases involving pedophiles, review warning signs of sexual abuse in children, and delve into the psychological torment inflicted on victims and how that torment is then transferred into the school setting. It will provide techniques and resources for supporting the traumatized child within the school setting. The course will also review criteria for mandated reporters when addressing issues of general child abuse and neglect; however, at the present time, this course does not replace the mandated 3-hour training required by Section 1205.6 of the Public School Code of 1949.

The following book (approx. $15 on Amazon) is required for use with this class. "Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, & Other Sex Offenders. Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children." Salter, Anna Ph.D. (2003). New York, NYC: Basic Books. ISBN# 0-465-07173-2

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: Educators

Dates: 1/9/2022 to 2/19/2022

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: Primary & Secondary Educators/Supervisors

Dates: 1/10/2022 to 2/18/2022

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-8 Educators

Dates: 1/10/2022 to 2/18/2022

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.

29. 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 Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

30. TPIIC - DD102: Establishing a Process for Examining Data, Part I - Virtual

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers and other practitioners who facilitate collaborative conversations , administrators, instructional coaches, trainer of trainers, and lead teachers

Dates: 1/11/2022

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In this session we will examine how data fits into the cycle of BDA coaching. Take a deeper dive with us as we explore processes for building a school culture of collaboration and evidence-based accountability. Engage with other coaches to consider measurable evidence of growth in teachers, classrooms, students and student work. Build capacity, strength skills, process your learning, and leverage new strategies in real time. Join us!

Cost for total Foundational ‘package': TPIIC Members: $30.00 pp | Non-Members $40.00. For Payment Option Select PO when registering and school district will be invoiced.

Contact Ellen Eisenberg at eeisenberg@tpiic.org for membership information. Contact Maryanne Simons at marsim@berksiu.org for registration questions.

31. 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.

32. BCIU Early Intervention Classroom Teachers Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/14/2022

Location: Commonwealth A

Early Intervention Classroom Teachers meeting

33. BCIU Early Intervention Itinerant (SD) Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/14/2022

Location: Commonwealth B

Early Intervention Itinerants (Service Delivery) Meeting

34. Para Academy-Day 2

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/18/2022

Location: N/A

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

35. BCIU Early Intervention OT/PT In-Service

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/18/2022

Location: Commonwealth B

EI OT/PT In-Service

36. Engineering byDesign and Engineering is Elementary Side-by-Side Introductory Webinar

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators K-12, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Dates: 1/18/2022

Location: ZOOM webinar, link will be sent to registered part

In this introductory webinar, educators will learn the key components of two feature-rich curricula to support technology and engineering education: Engineering byDesign (K-12) and Engineering is Elementary (K-8). The information gained in this session will help educators decide the value of these programs in helping to implement the forthcoming revised PA Science standards.

37. 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.

38. Para Academy-Day 2

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/19/2022

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

39. *COPY OF McKinney-Vento Training Program - Session 3: Unaccompanied Youth

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/20/2022

This is Part 3 of a 5-part series of training sessions designed for new McKinney-Vento liaisons, or general school staff looking for a refresher on the basics of MV.

40. McKinney-Vento Training Program - Session 3: Unaccompanied Youth

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/20/2022

This is Part 3 of a 5-part series of training sessions designed for new McKinney-Vento liaisons, or general school staff looking for a refresher on the basics of MV.

41. 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.

42. OER: Science and STEM

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 1/25/2022

Location: Virtual Event - Zoom link will be sent to register

OER, Open Educational Resources, are abundant in the world of STEM and science education. Join this half-day, virtual workshop to learn more about how these resources can support STEM and science learning in your classrooms. Participants will be introduced to, and interact with, the PA STEM Toolkit in OER Commons; PBS Learning Media; OpenSciEd; and CK-12. This virtual workshop is being offered twice: January 25 (AM) and April 5 (PM).

43. TPIIC - DD102: Establishing a Process for Examining Data, Part II: Reflective Follow Up - Virtual

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers and other practitioners who facilitate collaborative conversations , administrators, instructional coaches, trainer of trainers, and lead teachers

Dates: 1/25/2022

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In this session we will examine how data fits into the cycle of BDA coaching. Take a deeper dive with us as we explore processes for building a school culture of collaboration and evidence-based accountability. Engage with other coaches to consider measurable evidence of growth in teachers, classrooms, students and student work. Build capacity, strength skills, process your learning, and leverage new strategies in real time. Join us!

Cost for total Foundational ‘package': TPIIC Members: $30.00 pp | Non-Members $40.00. For Payment Option Select PO when registering and school district will be invoiced.

Contact Ellen Eisenberg at eeisenberg@tpiic.org for membership information. Contact Maryanne Simons at marsim@berksiu.org for registration questions.

44. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 1/27/2022

Location: Virtual Meeting

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.

45. BCIU Early Intervention Intake Staff Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/28/2022

Location: Commonwealth A

Intake staff members meet to review processes and issues, and brainstorm solutions as part of ongoing program improvement.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 1/31/2022 to 3/11/2022

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.

47. School Climate Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators, counselors, and school district leaders.

Dates: 2/1/2022

Location: Hohl Room

Educators, counselors, school and district leaders: Join us for this no-cost opportunity as we network around current strategies and evidence for School Climate improvement. We will reflect on the 5-stage School Climate improvement process as designed by the National School Climate Center, explore the Pennsylvania School Climate survey, and dig deeper into current issues challenging school climate during the 2021-2022 school year. More information about the format and location of the meeting will be provided as the event approaches.

48. Engineering is Elementary Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators K-8, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Dates: 2/2/2022

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

This in-person workshop will explore the features of the Engineering is Elementary program. Participants will have the chance to access the platform, participate in sample lessons and hands-on activities, and plan for how this curriculum can best support technology and engineering education in their classrooms and schools. Learn more at https://www.eie.org/

49. School Attendance Training Session #2-February 2, 2022

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 2/2/2022

Location: George/Washington 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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 2/5/2022 to 3/7/2022

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/6/2022 to 4/17/2022

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/6/2022 to 4/17/2022

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.

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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

56. StartSOLE Introductory Webinar 2 - February

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 2/16/2022

Location: Virtual Event - Zoom link will be sent to register

Join us for an introductory webinar to learn more about the use of StartSOLE: Self Organized Learning Environments. This simple educational approach promotes inquiry and fosters student self-empowerment. StartSOLE is a FREE tool that can be used in blended, full virtual, and in-person learning environments. As a webinar attendee, you'll learn how to: -Navigate the StartSOLE website to access resources -Invite your students to join you in the platform -Explore the bank of 18,000+ "Big Questions" -Access SOLE educator resources -Use the integrated virtual platform to support synchronous team discovery time and more! Learn more at https://startsole.org/ This professional learning session will be hosted via Zoom. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants prior to the event.

57. 3-Dimensional Teaching and Learning - Full Day Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators K-12, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Dates: 2/17/2022

The new PA Science Standards are coming! Let's prepare for these important shifts in science teaching and learning. How does the alignment of Disciplinary Core Ideas, Cross-Cutting Concepts, and Practices support meaningful learning in the sciences? Why is it important for schools to embrace 3-Dimensional teaching and learning practices? Join us to help your teams learn more about 3D teaching and learning and set a vision for future development in this area.

58. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 2/17/2022

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

59. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 2/17/2022

Location: Virtual Meeting

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.

60. 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.

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 2/23/2022

Location: Washington Room

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 3/1/2022 to 4/15/2022

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.

63. School Climate Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators, counselors, and school district leaders.

Dates: 3/1/2022

Location: Hohl Room

Educators, counselors, school and district leaders: Join us for this no-cost opportunity as we network around current strategies and evidence for School Climate improvement. We will reflect on the 5-stage School Climate improvement process as designed by the National School Climate Center, explore the Pennsylvania School Climate survey, and dig deeper into current issues challenging school climate during the 2021-2022 school year. More information about the format and location of the meeting will be provided as the event approaches.

64. Introduction to STEM Education (CPE Course/Graduate Credit)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 3/5/2022 to 4/23/2022

This face-to-face course introduces STEM education to help students become inquiry based learners in a 21st Century learning environment. This course is relevant to all content areas taught, as inquiry based thinking, technology, and STEM learning can be incorporated into all contents and grade-levels.

The goal of this course is to impact student learning by: preparing educators to use 21st Century teaching skills to bring the areas of STEM into all content areas, preparing educators to bring inquiry-based learning into the classroom to allow for students to discover their own answers, ask more questions, share discoveries, and take charge of their learning, and introduce more hands-on learning experiences in the classroom to allow students to experience learning rather than just hearing about it.

This course requires you to bring your own device to each class meeting.

Optional Texts:

o Daily STEM: How to Create a STEM Culture in Your Classrooms & Communities by Chris Woods ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1777225544 ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 177722554X

o Engineering in Elementary STEM Education: Curriculum Design, Instruction, Learning, and Assessment by Christine Cunningham ISBN-13: 978-0807758779 ISBN-10: 0807758779

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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 3/9/2022

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

68. 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 Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

69. StartSOLE - In-person Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Educators, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Dates: 3/9/2022

Location: BCIU Main Office - Lincoln Room

Learn more about the use of StartSOLE: Self Organized Learning Environments. This simple educational approach promotes inquiry and fosters student self-empowerment. StartSOLE is a FREE tool that can be used in blended, full virtual, and in-person learning environments. Learn more at startsole.org. The half day workshop will allow participants to experience SOLE and work to build connections with their grade level and content area needs.

70. 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

71. BCIU Early Intervention Classroom Teachers Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/11/2022

Location: Commonwealth A

Early Intervention Classroom Teachers meeting

72. BCIU Early Intervention Itinerant (SD) Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/11/2022

Location: Commonwealth B

Early Intervention Itinerants (Service Delivery) Meeting

73. Para Academy-Day 3

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/15/2022

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

74. 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.

75. STEM Strategic Planning

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators K-12, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Dates: 3/17/2022

Bring your STEM leadership team to learn how we can move to a transdisciplinary STEM approach to learning. Through visioning and action planning work around a STEM leadership rubric, your district team will design a comprehensive scope of K-12 experiences grounded in STEM ideals, including Vision/Philosophy/Culture, Curriculum, Instruction & Best Practice, & Community and Partnerships.

76. McKinney-Vento Training Program - Session 4: Early Childhood and ECYEH Data Site Review

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/17/2022

This is Part 4 of a 5-part series of training sessions designed for new McKinney-Vento liaisons, or general school staff looking for a refresher on the basics of MV.

77. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 3/17/2022

Location: Virtual Meeting

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.

78. ESL Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers & Administrators

Dates: 3/17/2022

Location: George/Washington Room

Berks County ESL teachers, coordinators and administrators are invited to join us for collaboration, networking and updates regarding English as Second Language. Each meeting will provide updates from the state regarding testing and best practices along with time to collaborate and work with colleagues to discuss strategies and common questions regarding the education of the ELL population.

79. BCIU Early Intervention Speech Therapist Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/18/2022

Location: George Room

BCIU EI Meeting for all Speech Therapists

80. 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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: Educators

Dates: 3/20/2022 to 4/30/2022

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.

82. 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.

83. Para Academy-Day 3

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/23/2022

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

84. BCIU Early Intervention Intake Staff Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/25/2022

Location: Commonwealth A

Intake staff members meet to review processes and issues, and brainstorm solutions as part of ongoing program improvement.

85. Engineering by Design Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators K-12, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Dates: 3/29/2022

This in-person workshop will introduce participants to the Engineering byDesign™ curriculum (K-12) and dive into EbD's key components. This free resource is available through a PA Consortium and offers standards-based courses designed to encourage collaboration, boost creativity, increase technical literacy, and solve problems. Using Constructivist models, students participating in the program learn concepts and principles in an authentic problem-/project-based environment. 

86. 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.

87. CANCELLED - 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: 3/30/2022

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.

88. Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators K-12, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Dates: 3/30/2022

Location: TBD

Meet MWEE! Don't miss this on-site learning adventure where you'll experience environmental education hands on! Hosted at Nolde Forest, this highly engaging workshop will introduce the fundamentals of MWEE, and participants will learn how to craft project-based MWEEs with their students.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 4/4/2022 to 5/13/2022

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: Primary & Secondary Educators/Supervisors

Dates: 4/4/2022 to 5/13/2022

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-8 Educators

Dates: 4/4/2022 to 5/13/2022

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.

92. 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.

93. OER: Science and STEM

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 4/5/2022

Location: Virtual Event - Zoom link will be sent to register

OER, Open Educational Resources, are abundant in the world of STEM and science education. Join this half-day, virtual workshop to learn more about how these resources can support STEM and science learning in your classrooms. Participants will be introduced to, and interact with, the PA STEM Toolkit in OER Commons; PBS Learning Media; OpenSciEd; and CK-12. This virtual workshop is being offered twice: January 25 (AM) and April 5 (PM).

94. 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 Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

95. 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

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

96. STEM for Littles

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Pre-K-3 Educators, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Dates: 4/21/2022

Location: Commonwealth A

Learn how to bring hands-on, exploratory learning experiences to our youngest learners using Bee-Bots and Blue Bots, Osmo, Storytime STEM-packs, and LEGO Education Coding Express. You'll learn the fundamentals of computer science applicable to Pre-K-3 learning that connect meaningfully to literacy, math, and other content areas. Participants will have hands-on time with devices and materials and gain access to instructional resources and support for classroom implementation.

97. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 4/21/2022

Location: Virtual Meeting

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.

98. 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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 4/25/2022 to 6/10/2022

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.

100. Programming with Friends

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-8 Educators, Instructional Coaches, Administrators, STEM Lovers

Dates: 4/26/2022

Location: Commonwealth A/B

Get to know our programmable robots and devices that will support computer science learning for your students! This hands-on workshop will help you learn more about Wonder Workshop's Dash and Cue Robots, Sphero, Ozobots, and Finch robots. Learn how to integrate the use of these tools across many content areas, including math, ELA, and art.

101. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 4/27/2022

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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