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1. TPIIC Starting Your Coaching Journey Foundational Series

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, School Leaders

Dates: 9/22/2022 to 1/24/2023

Location: Virtual

Start your coaching journey with other coaching colleagues and join us for a foundational series (4 sessions) around the Educator-Centered Instructional Coaching Model. Share ideas, get practical strategies, enhance your practice, and "fill your bucket” with approaches, resources, and skills building to support your work with teachers and administrators.

The cost of this event is $75 for TPIIC members, and $155 for non-members. You will be billed according to your enrollment as a TPIIC member or non-member.

This event is fully virtual, and enrolled participants will receive the link to join the Zoom meeting prior to the session.

For more information, please contact eeisenberg@tpiic.org

2. BCIU UW BINGO for 2022 to 2023

Program: BCIU United Way

Audience: All BCIU and The Pennsylvania Key Staff

Dates: 10/3/2022

Location: Numbers will be emailed each day

Cards are reused each month. Games will run monthly with a new number emailed on each business day. One card can be purchased for $10 or two cards for $15. Any questions, please call Beth Kozloski at 610-987-8486.

3. BECEC General Membership/Committee Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 10/20/2022

Develop yearly goals and plan committee activities.

4. TPIIC Coaching to the Max: Deepening the Learning

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, School Leaders

Dates: 10/26/2022 to 3/15/2023

Location: Virtual

Magnify and intensify your instructional coaching practice. Engage in conversations that strengthen relationships and share multiple perspectives. Generate discourse that leads to collective problem-solving and common understandings. Refine, revise, re-connect, and reinforce your understanding of the instructional coaching process. Emphasize the notion that learning is the norm in your school/district!

The cost for this series is $75 for TPIIC members, and $155 for non-members. You will be billed according to your enrollment as a TPIIC member or non-member. This event is fully virtual, and enrolled participants will receive the link to join the Zoom meeting prior to the session. For more information, please contact eeisenberg@tpiic.org

5. CANCELED - Related Service Only IEPs: Transition, Best Practice and Compliance

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Speech & Language Therapists, Vision and Hearing Itinerants and other related service providers

Dates: 11/30/2022

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

This half-day session will familiarize related service providers who are responsible for writing IEPs with transition planning. Topics will include compliance requirements and best practices related to assessing and writing and PLEPs for transition age students, building the transition grid, measurable annual goal development and IEP alignment.

Please contact Sandy Webber at 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.

6. Leveraging Word Problems Part I

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Any Math, Spec Ed teacher, any admin

Dates: 12/5/2022

In this session, designed for Grades K-12, we start by focusing on two ineffective word-problem strategies. Then, we review the importance of an attack strategy and highlight several different strategies. We conclude with an overview of the additive word-problem schemas. Zoom link: https://berksiu.zoom.us/j/6467260777

7. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinators

Dates: 12/6/2022

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

8. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 12/7/2022

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

9. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 12/8/2022

Location: Virtual Meeting/Board Room

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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.

10. Drones in the Classroom

Program: Professional Development

Audience: STEM Educators

Dates: 12/13/2022

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Drone technology is gradually becoming popular and now offers promising real-world solutions and various careers in various fields. In K-k12, drones can be used for integrated STEM education using inquiry-based and experiential learning approaches. This workshop will help you get started with drones in the classroom. The workshop includes a Tello EDU drone (yours to keep), Drone Operator Careers Overview, Safety, and FAA Regulations, Drone Operation, Basics of Flight Navigation, Drone Activities for the Classroom, Basic Block-Based Programming, and Hands-on Flight Time.

11. 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: 12/14/2022 to 2/1/2023

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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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.

12. 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: 12/14/2022

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

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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, 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.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 12/14/2022

Location: Allmon Room

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

14. Internship Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Internship Coordinators, Principals

Dates: 12/15/2022

Internship Coordinators' Meeting - PD, Sharing, Collaborating

15. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 12/16/2022

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.

16. 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: 1/4/2023 to 1/19/2023

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 Briana Hicks at brihic@berksiu.org.

17. ESL Virtual Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers & Administrators

Dates: 1/4/2023

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.

18. Para Academy-Day 4

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/6/2023

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

19. Pediatric First Aid w/ CPR - (8:00am - 2:30pm) For Child Care Staff (If interested, please contact me - 610-987-8615)

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 1/7/2023

Location: Washington Room

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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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: Educators

Dates: 1/8/2023 to 2/18/2023

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 1/9/2023 to 2/17/2023

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.

22. C-STAG Threat Assessment Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/9/2023

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: Wednesday, January 25, 2023***

23. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 1/10/2023

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

24. Para Academy-Day 4

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/10/2023

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

25. BECEC General Membership/Committee Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/12/2023

Develop yearly goals and plan committee activities.

26. Writing Alive: Strategies, Techniques and Materials

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 1/13/2023 to 2/20/2023

Location: ALL WORK IS DONE ONLINE - NO IN-PERSON MEETINGS

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This course is especially designed for teachers K- 12 in any subject area. Teachers will learn and utilize writing craft techniques that will be taught to students. This is what's included in the class:



• Receive a packet of writing ideas,



• Enrich your own writing,



• View videos from the experts in writing including Lucy Calkins and cite how to apply the strategies in your teaching,



• Read and critique articles on writing,



• Gain new thinking about teaching elements of writing craft,



• Learn new strategies that simplify writing for students



• Develop and write responses as memoirs (personal experiences) to five prompts like "Who are 3 people that have influenced your life greatly and tell how each one has been so beneficial” in order for participants to see the value in using memoirs in teaching writing.



• Implement specific strategies modeled in the textbook, Craft Lessons, by creating four new craft lessons and utilizing them with students (school or home). The book presents 95 lessons and a wealth of information for teaching leads, character, endings, stronger verbs, and much more.



• Be introduced to three proven techniques to enhance writing ability: the AREA Approach, Readers' Theatre, and RAFT.

The book needed for the class is Craft Lessons by Ralph Fletcher and Joanne Portalupi (Second Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1571107060).

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Darlington, jildar@berksiu.org, 610-987-8649.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 1/14/2023 to 2/19/2023

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

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

28. 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: 1/17/2023 to 1/18/2023

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.

29. Berks County Instructional Coach Collaborative Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches

Dates: 1/18/2023

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 Lopez at clarey@berksiu.org.

The 2022-2023 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.

30. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 1/19/2023

Location: Virtual Meeting/Lincoln 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.

31. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 1/20/2023

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.

32. 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: 1/24/2023

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.

33. CPR / First Aid - (5:00pm - 9:30pm)

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 1/24/2023

Location: Allmon Room

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

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 1/25/2023

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.

35. School Attendance Training Session - January 2023

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/25/2023

Location: George Washington

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.

36. Leveraging Word Problems Part II

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Any Math, Spec Ed teacher, any admin

Dates: 1/26/2023

In this session, designed for Grades K-12, we briefly review the additive schemas. Then, we discuss the multiplicative schemas. Finally, we move to multi-step word problems and highlight how to help students with the solving of such problems. Zoom link: https://berksiu.zoom.us/j/6467260777

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, and third year teachers

Dates: 2/1/2023 to 3/3/2023

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

Participants must complete the asynchronous pre-meeting and post-meeting tasks via Teachable, as well as participate in the live meeting at BCIU.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Hicks at brihic@berksiu.org.

38. 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: 2/1/2023 to 2/2/2023

Location: Commonwealth AB

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/5/2023 to 4/16/2023

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/5/2023 to 4/16/2023

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.

41. 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: 2/8/2023 to 3/22/2023

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.

42. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinators

Dates: 2/16/2023

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

43. Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) Module 2

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Curriculum Coordinators

Dates: 2/16/2023

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

LETRS is professional development for educators who are responsible for improving K-12 instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. Module 2, The Speech Sounds of English: Phonetics, Phonology and Phonemic Awareness, explores the topic of phonology, speech sound processing, and it's critical relationship to reading, spelling and oral language. Participants will learn the speech-sound system of English which is far more than just a list of sounds. Participants will be provided with the LETRS Module 2 Participant's Manual.

Any questions, please contact Claribel Reyes Lopez at clarey@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 My Learning Plan registration.

44. 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: 2/16/2023

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.

45. Health and PE Collaborative with PDE

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Heath & PE Teachers

Dates: 2/16/2023

Location: Commonwealth B

THIS TRAINING IS A FOLLOW UP FROM COURSE #1 ON OCTOBER 25, 2022 PROVIDED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND IS PROVIDED AT NO COST Please Register by: February 9, 2023 Goals for the session include but are not limited to:



• Examine the proposed new skills-based standards that align with current trends, practices, concepts, and terminology.



• Analyze the PA HPED Skills and Knowledge-Based outcomes.



• Apply the outcomes to their curricula



• Interpreting outcomes to create a scope and sequence followed by a sample health and physical education lesson plan review.



• Learn how the skills-based standards can help all students be lifelong and healthy learners.

46. High Quality Math Assessment

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Any Math, Spec Ed teacher, any admin

Dates: 2/16/2023

In this session for Grades K-5 and 6-12, we discuss three components of high-quality mathematics assessment. First, we highlight the importance of mathematics screeners implemented two or three times a year. Then, we review progress monitoring and how data can be used to inform instructional adaptations. Finally, we focus on analyses of student errors and how such analyses can also be used to inform instructional adaptations. Zoom link: https://berksiu.zoom.us/j/6467260777

47. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 2/17/2023

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.

48. Mentor Training Session

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional mentors, coaches and other teacher leaders

Dates: 2/21/2023 to 4/18/2023

Location: Virtual

Supporting and training site-based teacher mentors in schools and districts who work with instructional coaches and other school leaders. (3) 2-hr virtual training. TPIIC Members: $125 | Non-Members: $150. Contracted onsite mentor and coach training available. Participants will: Engage in networking opportunities with colleagues Practice, reflect, and debrief implementation of strategies and techniques Collaborate with experienced mentors, coaches, and other teacher leaders Participate in ongoing professional learning opportunities. The series is fully virtual, and enrolled participants will receive the link to join the Zoom meeting prior to the session. For more information, please contact eeisenberg@tpiic.org

49. AAC Implementation Across School Environments

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Professionals, paraprofessionals with students using AAC systems, Spec Ed teachers, speech pathologists, general ed teachers

Dates: 2/22/2023

Location: BCIU Main Office

If you are new (or not so new) to using augmentative/alternative communication (AAC), knowing when and how to use these systems during a busy school day can be a challenge. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to explore factors that lead to successful implementation of AAC. Participants will also be offered time to develop materials and plans support this process.










• Identify routine communication exchanges occurring during the school day and how AAC users can more independently participate in these opportunities.








• Create visual supports to facilitate use of AAC systems for routine communication, including direction sheets, data collection systems, and classroom reminders for use of AAC.








• Review core vocabulary boards and activity boards and the discuss the features and value of each








• Discuss ways to provide reinforcement for use of AAC for both students and the adults supporting them.








• Plan and create supports for expanding use of AAC systems in new environments.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org 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.

50. Berks County Instructional Coach Collaborative Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches

Dates: 2/23/2023

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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 Maryanne Simons at marsim@berksiu.org.

The 2022-2023 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.

51. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 2/23/2023

Location: Virtual Meeting/Lincoln 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.

52. Internship Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Internship Coordinators, Principals

Dates: 3/2/2023

Internship Coordinators' Meeting - PD, Sharing, Collaborating

53. Writing Alive: Strategies, Techniques and Materials

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 3/3/2023 to 4/3/2023

Location: ALL WORK IS DONE ONLINE - NO IN-PERSON MEETINGS

This course is especially designed for teachers K- 12 in any subject area. Teachers will learn and utilize writing craft techniques that will be taught to students. This is what's included in the class:


• Receive a packet of writing ideas,


• Enrich your own writing,


• View videos from the experts in writing including Lucy Calkins and cite how to apply the strategies in your teaching,


• Read and critique articles on writing,


• Gain new thinking about teaching elements of writing craft,


• Learn new strategies that simplify writing for students


• Develop and write responses as memoirs (personal experiences) to five prompts like "Who are 3 people that have influenced your life greatly and tell how each one has been so beneficial” in order for participants to see the value in using memoirs in teaching writing.


• Implement specific strategies modeled in the textbook, Craft Lessons, by creating four new craft lessons and utilizing them with students (school or home). The book presents 95 lessons and a wealth of information for teaching leads, character, endings, stronger verbs, and much more.


• Be introduced to three proven techniques to enhance writing ability: the AREA Approach, Readers' Theatre, and RAFT.

The book needed for the class is Craft Lessons by Ralph Fletcher and Joanne Portalupi (Second Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1571107060).

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Darlington, jildar@berksiu.org, 610-987-8649.

54. BCIU School Climate Network Group

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators, Counselors, and School or District Administrators

Dates: 3/3/2023

Location: Virtual

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 2020-2021 school year.

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

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Audience: Workshop 1- Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Prevention Through Recovery is for individuals who serve on school safety and crisis teams and are responsible for developing and implementing the school/district's crisis plan (emergency operations plan). Individuals should attend as part of a school or LEA Team. Examples may include administrators, security officer, student services staff, etc.

Dates: 3/7/2023

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 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.

56. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 3/8/2023

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

57. 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: 3/8/2023 to 3/9/2023

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.

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 3/9/2023 to 4/6/2023

Participants must complete the asynchronous online portion PRIOR to attending the face-to-face session on April 6, 2023, 4:30-6:00 PM. Registered participants will receive an email invitation to the 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 Briana Hicks at brihic@berksiu.org.

59. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting - March 2023

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 3/9/2023

Location: George/Washington

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 View our Teachers of the Gifted Network website for more info: Teachers of the Gifted Network website Subscriber pricing refers to all Berks County K-12 Public School Educators.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 3/9/2023

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.

61. Employability for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Related Service Providers

Dates: 3/15/2023

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 Claribel Reyes Lopez, clarey@berksiu.org, 610-987-8425 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.

62. Para Academy-Day 5

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/15/2023

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

63. ESL Virtual Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers & Administrators

Dates: 3/15/2023

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.

64. 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: 3/16/2023

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.

65. STEM Educator Network Meeting - March 2023

Program: Professional Development

Audience: STEM Educators

Dates: 3/16/2023

Location: Fluxspace (60 Buttonwood St, Norristown, PA 19401)

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

66. High-Quality Supports in Mathematics: Putting It All Together

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Any Math, Spec Ed teacher, any admin

Dates: 3/16/2023

In this sessions (Grades K-12), we show the major components of high-quality support for students who experience mathematics difficulty. We review systematic instruction combined with use of precise mathematical language and multiple representations. Then, we describe how to embed fluency support and word-problem solving instruction. This session provides the look-for related to high-quality mathematics intervention. Zoom link: https://berksiu.zoom.us/j/6467260777

67. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 3/17/2023

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: Educators

Dates: 3/19/2023 to 4/29/2023

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.

69. 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: 3/21/2023

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.

70. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Assessment Literacy" (Face-to-face)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 3/21/2023

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 28, 2022 from 4:30-7:30 PM.

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Hicks at brihic@berksiu.org.

71. Para Academy-Day 5

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/22/2023

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

72. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 3/23/2023

Location: Virtual Meeting/Lincoln 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.

73. The Assistive Technology Process: From Consideration through Acquisition

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Special Education Administrators, Speech language therapist

Dates: 3/28/2023

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

The process of acquiring assistive technology (AT) to support specific student needs can be confusing for IEP teams. The workshop will walk participants through best practices that lead to appropriate AT solutions. We will provide documents that support IEP teams in the process to consider the need for assistive technology. We will review assessmet processes and the IEP team's role in determining the most effective AT for specific students. We will also review current AT options to support a variety of student needs.

Objectives:

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

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

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

Any questions, please contact Claribel Reyes Lopez at clarey@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 My Learning Plan registration.

74. 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: 3/29/2023 to 5/10/2023

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 4/3/2023 to 5/12/2023

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: Primary & Secondary Educators/Supervisors

Dates: 4/3/2023 to 5/12/2023

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-8 Educators

Dates: 4/3/2023 to 5/12/2023

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.

78. Berks County Instructional Coach Collaborative Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches

Dates: 4/12/2023

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 Maryanne Simons at marsim@berksiu.org.

The 2022-2023 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.

79. ELD Curriculum Mapping

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers , ESL Supervisors, Curriculum Director

Dates: 4/12/2023

Location: Commonwealth A

New
Teams are encouraged to attend, but individuals are welcome! We will begin the day, by reviewing the new WIDA Standards Framework, 2020. We will then start the process of developing an ELD curriculum by breaking down the four key language uses and building a table of contents of which to build upon. There will be time for collaboration and teamwork not only amongst your school team, but other district teams as well.

80. 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: 4/12/2023

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.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 4/12/2023

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.

82. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 4/20/2023

Location: Virtual Meeting/Allmon 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.

83. BSPA

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 4/21/2023

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.

84. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinators

Dates: 4/26/2023

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

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

Dates: 5/1/2023 to 5/31/2023

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK IS DONE ONLINE

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

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

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

86. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/3/2023

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, and third year teachers

Dates: 5/4/2023 to 5/26/2023

Location: Zoom session--link to follow

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

If you have any questions, please contact Briana Hicks at brihic@berksiu.org.

88. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 5/4/2023

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

89. BECEC General Membership/Committee Meeting

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 5/4/2023

Develop yearly goals and plan committee activities.

90. CANCELED - Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/9/2023

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

91. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting - May 2023

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 5/9/2023

Location: George/Washington

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 View our Teachers of the Gifted Network website for more info: Teachers of the Gifted Network website Subscriber pricing refers to all Berks County K-12 Public School Educators.

92. Berks County Instructional Coach Collaborative Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches

Dates: 5/10/2023

Location: Hertz

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 Maryanne Simons at marsim@berksiu.org.

The 2022-2023 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.

93. Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) Module 3

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Curriculum Coordinators

Dates: 5/10/2023

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

LETRS is professional development for educators who are responsible for improving K-12 instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. Module 3, Spellography for Teachers: How English Spelling Works, provides participants with background knowledge necessary to teach the alphabetic principle, phonics, word analysis and spelling in a way that makes sense. This module proposes five principles by which the English writing system is organized. Participants will be provided with the LETRS Module 3 Participant's Manual.

Any questions, please contact Claribel Reyes Lopez at clarey@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 My Learning Plan registration.

94. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/11/2023

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

95. STEM Educator Network Meeting - May 2023

Program: Professional Development

Audience: STEM Educators

Dates: 5/11/2023

Location: TBD

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

96. 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: 5/16/2023 to 5/17/2023

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.

97. ESL Virtual Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers & Administrators

Dates: 5/16/2023

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.

98. 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: 5/17/2023 to 6/28/2023

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.

99. Internship Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Internship Coordinators, Principals

Dates: 5/18/2023

Internship Coordinators' Meeting - PD, Sharing, Collaborating

100. BCIU School Climate Network Group

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators, Counselors, and School or District Administrators

Dates: 5/18/2023

Location: Virtual

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 2020-2021 school year.

101. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 5/18/2023

Location: Virtual Meeting/Lincoln 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.