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1. 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: 9/7/2022 to 10/24/2022

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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

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

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

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 9/19/2022 to 10/28/2022

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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

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

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

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/25/2022 to 11/27/2022

Location: ONLINE CLASS

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

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

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

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/25/2022 to 11/27/2022

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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

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

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

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org.

5. 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: 10/1/2022 to 10/31/2022

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: Educators

Dates: 10/1/2022 to 11/12/2022

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

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

7. Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom: Strategies, Techniques, and Material (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: Pre-K - 12th Grade Educators

Dates: 10/7/2022 to 10/31/2022

Location: ALL WORK IS DONE ONLINE - NO CLASS MEETINGS

This online, 3-credit course will provide Pre-K thru 12 participants with a thorough understanding of Howard Gardners concept of multiple intelligences. The book, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom (2018) by Dr. Thomas Armstrong will be studied, connections made to chapters, responses made to participants' posts, and a study guide completed for each chapter. Participants will view multiple intelligence activities implemented in schools that have achieved well in dealing with how students process information. The class will emphasize that each student is attracted to, becomes comfortable with and skilled in different ways of processing information. Three lessons and hands-on or computer-generated projects will be developed and shared with the group to apply the theory of multiple intelligences. The instructor will provide sample lessons along with the instructor modeling a lesson on video. Participants will also develop one artifact (materials provided) for each intelligence.

Goals:

(1) Impact student learning by the teacher applying the principles of multiple intelligence teaching to assist students in processing information in their preferred manner(s).

(2) Provide guidance in developing lesson plans that produce student learning.

(3) Strengthen student growth in the classroom by studying and applying research on improving student achievement.

(4) Increase the success of all students by adhering to the philosophy that all students will succeed in their classroom, not just can succeed.

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

8. 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: 10/26/2022 to 12/12/2022

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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

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

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

Any questions regarding the process for graduate credit, please contact Jill Darlington at jildar@berksiu.org.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: PreK-12 Educators

Dates: 10/31/2022 to 12/11/2022

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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

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

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 10/31/2022 to 12/11/2022

Location: All work done online in Canvas

This online course is designed to examine the concept of resilience and how building teacher resilience can lead to more compassionate classrooms for both teachers and students. Specifically, the focus areas of developing mindful awareness, communicating effectively, building community, discovering personal strengths, and cultivating compassion will be explored through the course. The content of this course is relevant to most standards relating to adult professional learning, health and well-being, classroom management, social and emotional learning including developing student interpersonal skills.

The course requires the following texts: Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar ISBN: 1119364892 AND Onward Workbook: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar ISBN:1119367387

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)/Graduate Credit

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 11/28/2022 to 12/23/2022

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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

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