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1. TPIIC Professional Learning Membership for 2023-2024 School Year (Includes Participation in "First Fridays" Networking Series)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, School Leaders

Dates: 9/8/2023 to 5/3/2024

Location: Virtual

Monthly virtual networking sessions are designed to optimize opportunities to connect with colleagues, engage in problem-solving scenarios, and expand ongoing professional learning praxes with coach practitioners from across the globe.

The benefits of joining TPIIC as a member include:

  • 9 monthly First Friday networking one-hour virtual sessions for coaches and instructional leaders
  • Access to coaching resources
  • Support in the development of coaching materials
  • Opportunities to network with coaches and instructional leaders in other schools
  • Discounts for TPIIC Virtual Office Hours
  • Discounts for TPIIC professional learning opportunities

Please become a member of the 2023-2024 TPIIC Professional Learning community by September 7, 2023, and participate in the September First Friday networking session on 9/8/23.

This event is fully virtual, and enrolled participants will receive the link to join the Zoom meeting prior to the session. If you are interested in joining the TPIIC Professional Learning Membership but the deadline of September 7 has passed, PLEASE be sure to contact eeisenberg@tpiic.org. In addition, TPIIC is offering two professional learning strands for 2023-2024: Starting Your Instructional Coaching Journey and Coaching to the Max. Each series consists of 4 sessions. Register for the TPIIC Membership by completing the required fields below and join the other series through the Frontline Education system. For Payment Option Select PO when registering and school district will be invoiced.

Contact Ellen Eisenberg at eeisenberg@tpiic.org for membership information. Contact Claribel Reyes Lopez at clarey@berksiu.org for registration questions.

2. 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: 1/29/2024 to 2/12/2024

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 Claribel Reyes at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

3. 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: 2/14/2024

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 Claribel Reyes at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

4. Berks County Instructional Coach Collaborative Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches

Dates: 2/15/2024

Location: Hertz Room

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. 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 Act 48 credits, please contact Claribel Reyes at clarey@berksiu.org.

The 2023-2024 networking meetings will be organized around effective practices for professional learning. Unless otherwise noted, these meetings are only for instructional coaches.

5. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinators

Dates: 2/15/2024

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact V at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

6. (CANCELLED)BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 2/16/2024

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.

7. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 2/22/2024

Location: Virtual Meeting/Roosevelt 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.

8. OT/PT In-Service

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 2/22/2024

All occupational and physical therapists, Austill's representatives and EI Administrators. May include other staff from time to time.

9. Culturally Responsive Teaching Book Club

Program: Summer Workshops

Dates: 2/23/2024 to 4/5/2024

Location: Virtual

Description - We are excited to dig deeper into "Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners: Tools for Equity" by Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder. This insightful and practical guide offers a comprehensive exploration of strategies to create an inclusive and equitable learning environment for multilingual learners. From understanding diverse cultures to implementing effective teaching tools, this book empowers educators to embrace the richness of linguistic diversity in their classrooms.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/24/2024

Location: Washington Room

CPR / First aid training by American Health & 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.

11. TeamSync Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/1/2024

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The training will be held as an open discussion to answer any of your TeamSync-related questions and give you tips/tricks for better navigating the system!

12. PREPaRE Core Workshop 2 (WS2) Mental Health Crisis Interventions: Responding to an Acute Traumatic Stressor in Schools

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Audience: Workshop 2- Mental Health Crisis Interventions: Responding to an Acute Traumatic Stressor in Schools is for individuals who are school mental health professionals, including school psychologists, school counselors, school social workers, as well as behavior specialists, nurses, and local community mental health providers. Individuals should attend as part of a school or LEA team.

Dates: 3/5/2024 to 3/6/2024

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

The PREPaRE curriculum is a two-part training developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) that addresses both crisis prevention and response. Dependent upon an individual's role in the school/ LEA team, they may attend only one or both workshops. The PREPaRE Workshops are designed to be completed by school teams. PREPaRE Workshops provide a framework for schools or LEAS that require administrative support and a team approach to contextualize to their setting and implement with a team approach. PREPARE Core Workshop 2 (WS2) Mental Health Crisis Interventions: Responding to an Acute Traumatic Stressor in Schools is a two-day training focused on mental health intervention and recovery following any type of crisis. Participants will: 1. Report reduced anxiety and fear associated with the provision of school mental health crisis interventions; 2. Report increased knowledge and confidence associated with the provision of school mental health crisis interventions; 3. Identify variables that help to estimate the number of individuals traumatized by a crisis; 4. Recognize the difference between common crisis reactions and mental illness; 5. Identify the elements of school crisis preparedness specified by the PREPaRE acronym; 6. Recognize risk factors that predict psychological trauma; 7. Identify the warning signs that indicate psychological trauma; 8. Place PREPaRE mental health crisis interventions on a multitiered continuum ranging from least to most restrictive; and 9. Match the degree of psychological trauma risk to the appropriate school crisis interventions.

13. Better Together: Coach & Mentor Collaborative "Super Regional" Instructional Coaching Conference

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches

Dates: 3/6/2024

Your instructional coach mentors are excited to announce this opportunity for Pennsylvania instructional coaches to gather, network and learn in-person for a day at the Berks County Intermediate Unit's main office building (1111 Commons Boulevard, Reading, PA) from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The goal of the Super-Regional CMC Gathering is to refine and expand the skills of instructional coaches by broadening their knowledge of best practices while deepening their understanding and application of the qualities of effective coaching across IUs. The overarching focus for this conference is challenging coaches to utilize leadership skills in the coaching role.

We invite you to participate and share your expertise by facilitating an hour-long face-to-face workshop that will grow and deepen your colleagues' understanding of the many facets of the coaching process. To submit a breakout session proposal, please visit this link: https://forms.gle/FUvhvrPGjNDqL6D26 Please submit your proposal by January 18th.

Lunch will not be provided at this event.

14. STEM Educator Network Meeting - March 2024

Program: Professional Development

Audience: STEM Educators

Dates: 3/6/2024

Location: Rock Lititz

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

15. Internship Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Internship Coordinators, Principals

Dates: 3/7/2024

Internship Coordinators' Meeting - PD, Sharing, Collaborating

16. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 3/7/2024

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Claribel Reyes at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

17. Teacher Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/8/2024

Mandatory meeting for all classroom teachers.

18. 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: 3/12/2024 to 3/13/2024

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 Claribel Reyes at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

19. Employability for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities-Taking Next Steps Day 2

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Related Service Providers

Dates: 3/13/2024

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

This workshop builds on the foundation built in Day 1 of the Employability for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities series.

In Day 2 we will focus on effective practices for generalizing skills using community-based instructional opportunities. We explore resources and programs that can be utilized to supplement current programming and future opportunities that can be planned for through the student's courses of study. Participants will explore ways to document past, current, and future transition-based skills growth through the use of Employability Skills Portfolios and student participation in IEP meetings.

OBJECTIVES:

- Explore transition assessment tools and resources

- Explore Community-Based practices, resources, and tools

- Explore Employability Skills Portfolios

- Explore creative ways to incorporate student engagement in IEP meetings

Please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org, 610-987-8532 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.

20. Everest: Phenomena-Based, 3D Science Teaching and Learning Experience - March 2024 (STEELS)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 science educators, science curriculum coordinators, building principals, instructional coaches

Dates: 3/13/2024

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach Rooms

Join us for an immersive professional learning experience designed for educators and school/district leaders to build a basic understanding of what phenomena-focused, three-dimensional teaching and learning looks like in a classroom setting and how the STEELS standards are structured. A Mt. Everest phenomenon is the focus of this workshop.

Audience: K-12 science educators, science curriculum coordinators, building principals, instructional coaches

21. Para Academy-Day 5

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/14/2024

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

22. BSPA- "Making Sense of the Data: Considerations in Assessing CLD Students”

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 3/15/2024

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.

23. Intake Staff Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/15/2024

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

24. Speech Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/15/2024

Mandatory meeting for all Speech Therapists.

25. Functional Skills and the IEP

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Professionals and Administrators

Dates: 3/19/2024

Location: Hertz Room

This session provides training to learn about functional skills and how to document each skill set in the IEP present levels and writing goals. How do we address functional skills during a daily school schedule? What instruction needs to occur on, teaching of strategies, and what visual supports can be used to assist with instruction and practice.

Objectives:

- To learn what are functional skills

- How are they addressed in the IEP? And where?

- Present levels - sample wording

- Teaching strategies

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.

26. ESL Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers & Administrators

Dates: 3/20/2024

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, solve the problem of practices, and work to develop a curriculum along with time to collaborate and work with colleagues to discuss strategies and common questions regarding the education of the ELL population. This meeting is in-person.

27. Para Academy-Day 5

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/20/2024

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

28. (Postponed)TPIIC Instructional Coaching One-Day Mini Conference

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches

Dates: 3/20/2024

Location: Virtual

The Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching is offering a one-day mini professional learning conference. As school leaders, teachers, instructional coaches, and others are grappling with challenges around student outcomes, effective practices, and social-emotional well-being, more than ever collaboration and reinforcement are needed. Engaging and motivating students, nourishing teacher growth, and providing ongoing support continue to be critical issues in this post pandemic environment. Join us for an AWESOME day of learning and thinking at our TPIIC one-day mini conference. Choose sessions that resonate with your goals as you move your practice forward. The Request for Proposals form is available upon request. Deadline for presentation proposal submission is February 13.The cost for this event is $99 for TPIIC members and $125.00 for non-members. You will be billed according to your enrollment as a TPIIC member or non-member.



• When: March 20, 2024, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm ET



• Where: Berks County Intermediate Unit | 1111 Commons Blvd | Reading, PA 19612



• Cost: TPIIC Members $99.00 | TPIIC Facilitators - ½ price | Non-members $125.00 Audience: School leaders and instructional coaches of all levels. Enrollment: 80 people Facilitators: Contact eeisenberg@tpiic.org for RFP and more information Restore your coaching superhuman strengths and rejuvenate your learning. Hours (Act 48): 5.5 Cost:



• TPIIC Members $99.00 | TPIIC Facilitators - ½ price | Non-members $125.00 Category: Other: Instructional Coaching LINK: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13543&I=4655579

29. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 3/21/2024

Location: Virtual Meeting/Roosevelt 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.

30. Itinerant (SD) Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/22/2024

Mandatory meeting for all Itinerants (Service Delivery).

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 4/4/2024

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.

32. EI Safety-Care Recert

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 4/5/2024

Techniques involving de-escalations and restraints.

33. Authentic Science Assessments

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 STEELS educators, administrators

Dates: 4/9/2024

Location: George/Washington

How do we best assess student learning of multidimensional STEELS standards? In this session, participants will explore key features of high-quality science assessments including phenomena and problem-based scenarios and multi-dimensional prompts. Educators will consider the extent to which these features connect with their own vision for meaningful science learning. We will also explore how to use assessment data to inform teaching and support learning, how assessments guide a unit, and how assessments work together toward different purposes.

34. C-STAG Threat Assessment Training - April 2024

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 4/9/2024

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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 resolving 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. ***Snow Makeup Day: Thursday, March 30, 2023***

35. Shifting Instruction for STEELS Success - April 2024 (STEELS)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 science educators, science curriculum coordinators, building principals, instructional coaches

Dates: 4/11/2024 to 4/18/2024

Location: George/Washington Rooms

STEELS standards are multi-dimensional and thus require a shift in instructional practices that require students to be at the center of the learning process. Join us to learn about three dimensional approaches to teaching and learning that involve phenomena-based explorations and students engaged in science practices. We'll dive into conceptual storyline development of STEELS units and learn how to elicit student thinking, help support students' on-going changes in thinking, and share methods for helping students draw evidence-based explanations as a community of science learners. Instructional strategies and practical resources will be shared from Ambitious Science Teaching and the Five Tools and Processes for Translating the NGSS Into Instruction and Classroom Assessment, among other standards-aligned resources. This is a two-day learning experience, and it is most beneficial to attend both days.

Audience: K-12 science educators, science curriculum coordinators, building principals, instructional coaches

Dates (attend one set): April 11 and 18, 2024; May 8 and 15, 2024 Note: This workshop was formerly titled "AMNH Five Tools: Model B Planning for Instruction - April 2024 (STEELS)" and despite the title and description edits will still be working towards the same learning objectives.

36. 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: 4/17/2024

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 Claribel Reyes at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

37. BSPA- School Psychologists' Perspectives: A Qualitative Analysis of Disability Labeling and Implications with Dr. Danielle Smyre

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 4/19/2024

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.

38. Exploring Dynamic Problem-Based Strategies for Technology and Engineering Teaching and Learning

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 4/23/2024

Location: Rohrbach

Join us to refine your understanding of key features of effective technology and engineering (T/E) teaching and learning as reflected in the PA STEELS standards. Engage in a T/E immersive learning experience and explore how technology and engineering standards complement science standards. Increase knowledge and awareness of tools and resources that can lead to more effective T/E teaching and learning and curriculum development!

39. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinators

Dates: 4/24/2024

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact V at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

40. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 4/25/2024

Location: Virtual Meeting/Roosevelt 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.

41. TeamSync Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 4/26/2024

The training will be held as an open discussion to answer any of your TeamSync-related questions and give you tips/tricks for better navigating the system!

42. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 5/7/2024 to 5/8/2024

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 Claribel Reyes at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

43. Shifting Instruction for STEELS Success - May 2024 (STEELS)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 science educators, science curriculum coordinators, building principals, instructional coaches

Dates: 5/8/2024 to 5/15/2024

Location: George/Washington Rooms

STEELS standards are multi-dimensional and thus require a shift in instructional practices that require students to be at the center of the learning process. Join us to learn about three dimensional approaches to teaching and learning that involve phenomena-based explorations and students engaged in science practices. We'll dive into conceptual storyline development of STEELS units and learn how to elicit student thinking, help support students' on-going changes in thinking, and share methods for helping students draw evidence-based explanations as a community of science learners. Instructional strategies and practical resources will be shared from Ambitious Science Teaching and the Five Tools and Processes for Translating the NGSS Into Instruction and Classroom Assessment, among other standards-aligned resources. This is a two-day learning experience, and it is most beneficial to attend both days.

Audience: K-12 science educators, science curriculum coordinators, building principals, instructional coaches

Dates (attend one set): April 11 and 18, 2024; May 8 and 15, 2024 Note: This workshop was formerly titled "AMNH Five Tools: Model B Planning for Instruction - April 2024 (STEELS)" and despite the title and description edits will still be working towards the same learning objectives.

44. Berks County Instructional Coach Collaborative Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches

Dates: 5/9/2024

Location: George/Washington

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. 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 Act 48 credits, please contact Claribel Reyes at clarey@berksiu.org.

The 2023-2024 networking meetings will be organized around Jim Knight's 7 Factors for Great Instructional Coaching. Unless otherwise noted, these meetings are only for instructional coaches.

45. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting - May 2024

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 5/9/2024

Location: Commonwealth A

Gifted support teachers, principals, 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.
Subscriber Price or no fee applies to K-12 Educators employed by Berks County Public School Districts/CTCs as paid member districts under mandated services. The general price applies to all other educators in nonpublic schools, out-of-county schools, local organizations, etc. that are not paid members.

46. Intake Staff Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 5/10/2024

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

47. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 5/14/2024

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Claribel Reyes at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

48. STEM Educator Network Meeting - May 2024

Program: Professional Development

Audience: STEM Educators

Dates: 5/14/2024

Location: Reading Science Center

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

49. Internship Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Internship Coordinators, Principals

Dates: 5/16/2024

Internship Coordinators' Meeting - PD, Sharing, Collaborating

50. ESL Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers & Administrators

Dates: 5/16/2024

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, solve the problem of practices, and work to develop a curriculum along with time to collaborate and work with colleagues to discuss strategies and common questions regarding the education of the ELL population. This meeting is in-person.

51. BSPA "Achievable MTSS: Initial Steps to Implementation” by Jason Pedersen

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 5/17/2024

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.

52. Teacher Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 5/17/2024

Mandatory meeting for all classroom teachers.

53. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/21/2024

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

54. PREPaRE Core Workshop 1 (WS1) Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Prevention Through Recovery

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: School crisis teams, school mental health personnel, administrators, community liaisons, school resource officers, and any other professionals and support staff that will be involved in crisis planning/preparation.

Dates: 5/22/2024

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach Room

The PREPaRE curriculum is a two-part training developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) that addresses both crisis prevention and response. Dependent upon an individual's role in the school/LEA team, they may attend only one or both workshops. The PREPaRE Workshops are designed to be completed by school teams. PREPaRE Workshops provide a framework for schools or LEAS that require administrative support and a team approach to contextualize to their setting and implement with a team approach. PREPaRE Core Workshop 1 (WS1) Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Prevention Through Recovery is a one-day training focused on prevention and preparedness within a comprehensive school safety framework. Participants will: 1. Identify the mission phases of crisis management; 2. Describe the critical importance of and components necessary for a balanced approach to comprehensive school safety and crisis preparedness; 3. Identify how to evaluate and implement physical and psychological safety efforts; 4. Identify the purpose, functions, and guiding principles of developing comprehensive safety and crisis teams and plans to include prevention. mitigation, protection, and response; 5. Identify the critical components, including when developing specific functional and threat- or hazard-specific protocols; 6. Identify the major functions of the Incident Command System (ICS); 7. Articulate specific strategies to address challenges associated with media/social media, communication, reunification, and memorials; 8. Describe how to meet diverse needs, including various cultures and students with disabilities; and identify strategies for examining effectiveness of crisis prevention and preparedness.

55. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 5/22/2024

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 Claribel Reyes at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

56. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/23/2024

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

57. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 5/23/2024

Location: Virtual Meeting/Roosevelt 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.

58. Building Capacity & Promoting Instruction Through PASA DLM

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special Education Teachers of PASA eligible students and district LEA

Dates: 5/24/2024

Location: Commonwealth A/B

The PASA DLM is both an assessment system and a resource for instructional purposes. The BCIU Office of Professional Learning is offering state-mandated training on the instruction elements of this system. The Bureau of Special Education has mandated this training for all Special Education teachers instructing students who are eligible to take the PASA as well as their district LEA.

Objectives:

Participants will become familiar with PASA DLM terminology, understand how "Essential Elements (EEs)" are aligned to PA standards, use "Essential Elements" and "mini-maps" to plan instruction, and use PASA DLM resources to identify learning targets and support needs for individual students. Participants will see how EEs have already been modified for instructional use and identify existing resources to support implementation in lesson and unit planning. Please note the pre-requisite for this training course.

Pre-requisite:

Once registered for this training, you will receive a link to a video that you are required to watch prior to attending this training. This will be Part 1 of this training. Parts 2 & 3 will be covered in person on the training day in which you registered.

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

59. OT/PT In-Service

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 5/28/2024

All occupational and physical therapists, Austill's representatives and EI administrators. May include other staff from time to time.

60. Itinerant (SD) Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 5/31/2024

Mandatory meeting for all Itinerants (Service Delivery).

61. Speech Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 6/7/2024

Mandatory meeting for all Speech Therapists.

62. Building Capacity & Promoting Instruction Through PASA DLM

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special Education Teachers of PASA eligible students and district LEA

Dates: 6/11/2024

Location: Commonwealth A/B

The PASA DLM is both an assessment system and a resource for instructional purposes. The BCIU Office of Professional Learning is offering state-mandated training on the instruction elements of this system. The Bureau of Special Education has mandated this training for all Special Education teachers instructing students who are eligible to take the PASA as well as their district LEA.

Objectives:

Participants will become familiar with PASA DLM terminology, understand how "Essential Elements (EEs)" are aligned to PA standards, use "Essential Elements" and "mini-maps" to plan instruction, and use PASA DLM resources to identify learning targets and support needs for individual students. Participants will see how EEs have already been modified for instructional use and identify existing resources to support implementation in lesson and unit planning. Please note the pre-requisite for this training course.

Pre-requisite:

Once registered for this training, you will receive a link to a video that you are required to watch prior to attending this training. This will be Part 1 of this training. Parts 2 & 3 will be covered in person on the training day in which you registered.

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

63. Para Academy-GRADUATION

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 6/12/2024

Location: Rohrbach

Para Academy Interviews and Graduation.

64. STEELS Leadership Summit

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 6/12/2024 to 6/13/2024

Inviting all building principals, science supervisors, instructional coaches, department leaders, and district administrators!
Join us for 1.5 days of immersive learning where you will acquire strategies and new understandings to support teachers and students with three dimensional learning and STEELS standards implementation. This experience will help building and district teams identify what needs to be in place to help this new vision for science education become a reality.
Audience: Building administrators, district instructional leaders and coaches as well as curriculum supervisors and central office leadership
Day 1- June 12, 2024 from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM with 1-hr lunch Day 2- June 13, 2024 from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM

65. Paraprofessional Summer Series #1

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Dates: 6/13/2024

Location: Commonwealth A/B

This training day will be divided into three separate topics, including Executive Functioning, Accommodations and Modifications, and Autism 101/Behavior. Individuals will learn:

- an overview of key executive functioning skills and the impact these skills have on school success and daily living. Practice strategies for teaching and supporting executive functioning skills, specific to the role of the paraprofessional, will be presented.

- an overview of how accommodations and modifications can be implemented and sustained to meet the needs of the students. Being able to provide ample opportunities for success to all students requires a clear understanding of the needs of each individual student.

- an overview of autism spectrum disorders, which will include skill deficit areas and common effective instructional approaches, including visual supports, basic behavior principles relating to autism and behavior, behavior self-regulation, and social stories.

Please note you can attend any or all Paraprofessional Summer Series trainings.

If you have any questions, please contact Claribel Reyes Lopez at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 6/17/2024

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.

67. Supporting Environmental Literacy Through Hands-On Learning with GLOBE

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 High School Educators

Dates: 6/27/2024

Location: Allmon Room

New
Unlock the transformative potential of hands-on environmental literacy and science education with our full-day train-the-trainer workshop on the GLOBE program! Praised as the quintessentially ideal program for involving kids in science, GLOBE offers FREE interdisciplinary learning resources for educators. Through engaging outdoor activities and protocols, educators will discover how GLOBE enhances higher-order thinking and science process skills while promoting environmental literacy and sustainability. Moreover, this workshop highlights GLOBE's compatibility with the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) framework, supporting the Pennsylvania Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Standards. Join us to elevate your teaching practice and empower students to become stewards of their environment. Participants will need to bring a packed lunch and a laptop/charger for this day. Please be advised that the day will involve both indoor and outdoor learning experiences, so plan to dress accordingly. "Subscriber price” or no fee applies to K-12 educators employed by Berks County Public School Districts/CTCs as paid member districts under mandated services. The general price applies to all other educators in nonpublic schools, out-of-county schools, local organizations, etc. that are not paid members.

68. (CANCELLED)Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 7/14/2024

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Claribel Reyes at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

69. Paraprofessional Summer Series #2: Communication & Visual Supports for the Low Incidence Population

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals working with students with intellectual disabilities and autism

Dates: 7/31/2024

Location: Commonwealth A/B

The full-day training will be divided into two half-day training topics listed below.

Better Communication with Challenged Learners: This half-day session will focus on techniques for paraprofessionals to use when communicating with students with autism and other low-incidence disabilities. We will review effective modeling of communication and the power of modeling communication within daily routines. We will also discuss effective communication within the context of challenging behaviors.

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

Please note you can attend any or all Paraprofessional Summer Series trainings.

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

70. Building Capacity & Promoting Instruction Through PASA DLM

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special Education Teachers of PASA eligible students and district LEA

Dates: 8/1/2024

Location: Commonwealth A/B

The PASA DLM is both an assessment system and a resource for instructional purposes. The BCIU Office of Professional Learning is offering state-mandated training on the instruction elements of this system. The Bureau of Special Education has mandated this training for all Special Education teachers instructing students who are eligible to take the PASA as well as their district LEA.

Objectives:

Participants will become familiar with PASA DLM terminology, understand how "Essential Elements (EEs)" are aligned to PA standards, use "Essential Elements" and "mini-maps" to plan instruction, and use PASA DLM resources to identify learning targets and support needs for individual students. Participants will see how EEs have already been modified for instructional use and identify existing resources to support implementation in lesson and unit planning. Please note the pre-requisite for this training course.

Pre-requisite:

Once registered for this training, you will receive a link to a video that you are required to watch prior to attending this training. This will be Part 1 of this training. Parts 2 & 3 will be covered in person on the training day in which you registered.

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

71. Paraprofessional Summer Series #3: The Effective Use of Reinforcement - Your Behavior Makes ALL the Difference!

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Dates: 8/7/2024

Location: Commonwealth A/B

This full-day training will focus on the topic of effective use of reinforcement in the classroom. Reinforcement is how people learn new skills and how already learned skills are maintained. Adults working with children need to understand how THEIR behavior impacts the behavior of other students. Using reinforcement effectively is a key component of changing student behavior. This session will introduce the concept of reinforcement and how to use reinforcement effectively to teach academic and functional skills such as social skills, effective routines, academics, and self-regulation skills. The session will give you, as paraprofessionals, knowledge and strategies for working with student behaviors and helping students learn new skills.

Please note you can attend any or all Paraprofessional Summer Series trainings.

If you have any questions, please contact Claribel Reyes Lopez at clarey@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.