Catalog: Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) - PG/WebReg

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1. Paraprofessional Academy - DAY 1

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special education paraprofessionals, instructional assistants, classroom assistants, and Title 1 assistants

Dates: 8/17/2022

Location: 1111 Commons Blvd. Reading, PA 19605

This is the first day of a 6 day training that will prepare paras to meet the rigorous federal and state standards and the Pennsylvania Paraeducator credential. Once the six days have been completed in their entirety, individual assessments are complete, and supervisory approval has been given, the paraprofessional will be able to apply for the PA Paraeducator credential. Participants must attend every one of the six sessions to meet the requirements.

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 not part of a Berks County School.

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST ADHERE TO CDC GUIDELINES, PENNSYLVANIA GUIDELINES, AND THE BCIU HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN IN ORDER TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THESE CLASSES.

Any questions, please contact Sandy Webber at sanweb@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

2. Advanced Behavior Strategies

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Dates: 10/10/2022

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

Many teachers who work with students with low-incidence disabilities struggle with behavioral issues related to basic skills that their students lack. This workshop will give 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 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.

3. Strategies for Paraprofessionals Supporting Students' Reading Comprehension

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Dates: 10/10/2022

Location: BCIU

This workshop will provide paraprofessionals with methods to support students to develop skills necessary for reading comprehension. Participants will be provided with approaches to support vocabulary development, to build background knowledge and to use graphic organizers to support overall reading comprehension. We will have opportunities to practice use of these methods and we will provide hard copies of the suggested procedures and strategies.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the Frontline registration.


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

4. Transition - What Paraprofessionals Need to Know

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Dates: 10/10/2022

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

Participants will learn about the basics of transition planning for students with disabilities. We will spend time discussing the importance of transition planning including the phases of the process and ways paraprofessionals can support students along the way. We will also look at the role of paraprofessionals in providing support services for school aged youth and having an awareness of what support looks like for students after high school graduation.

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

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan (Frontline) registration.

5. 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

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.