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1. ACT 48 Workshop: Text-Dependent Analysis: Effective Instructional Practices

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: ELA TEACHERS IN GRADES 4-8

Dates: 9/23/2021 to 1/27/2022

This four-session series focuses on effective teaching practices for helping students overcome some of the biggest struggles with the text dependent analysis (TDA) portion of the PSSA. Sessions will focus on teaching students how to understand the prompt, read and write for analysis, determine the best evidence, and craft the essay. Participants will engage in modeled research-based and classroom-tested activities to strengthen their own instruction. $600 per participant (Administrators can accompany their paid participants at no charge) Districts will be invoiced after the first session When registering, please select "Check” as your payment method if the district is to be invoiced for the cost of the workshop. By registering, you certify that you have obtained supervisor permission to attend this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee. If you are paying for your own fee, please select "Credit Card” as your payment method. Payment will be processed after the first session.

2. ACT 48 Workshop: Text-Dependent Analysis: Effective Instructional Practices PART 2

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: ELA TEACHERS IN GRADES 4-8

Dates: 9/29/2021 to 2/23/2022

This three-session series is open to participants who attended "TDA: Effective Instructional Practices” during a previous school year. In this series, participants will deepen their understanding of the reading, thinking, and writing processes necessary for TDA success, examine student work, and use the TDA Learning Progressions to make instructional decisions. $450 per participant (Administrators can accompany their paid participants at no charge) Districts will be invoiced after the first session When registering, please select "Check” as your payment method if the district is to be invoiced for the cost of the workshop. By registering, you certify that you have obtained supervisor permission to attend this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee. If you are paying for your own fee, please select "Credit Card” as your payment method. Payment will be processed after the first session.

3. ACT 48 Workshop: Thinking Through the Pencil

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: ELA/WRITING TEACHERS IN GRADES 4-8

Dates: 10/14/2021 to 2/1/2022

Thinking Through the Pencil is a four-session workshop series designed to build students' critical thinking skills through writing. Designed for practical application in grades 4-8 ELA classrooms, participants engage in instructional practices based on current research on what makes a difference in student writing. Topics include teaching academic form, increasing the frequency of writing opportunities, providing effective and timely feedback, incorporating writing into reading, incorporating grammar instruction into reading and writing, conducting document reviews of student work, and teaching mode-specific writing to meet the writing requirements of the PA Core Standards. $600 per participant (Administrators can accompany their paid participants at no charge) Districts will be invoiced after the first session When registering, please select "Check” as your payment method if the district is to be invoiced for the cost of the workshop. By registering, you certify that you have obtained supervisor permission to attend this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee. If you are paying for your own fee, please select "Credit Card” as your payment method. Payment will be processed after the first session.

4. Leadership Course - Supporting Teacher Growth with ELA Common Core Shifts

Program: Leadership Courses

Audience: This course is for school-based administrators who are seeking additional professional learning to support teacher practice in the area of literacy as it relates to the Common Core Shifts, specifically K-5

Dates: 10/15/2021 to 3/11/2022

This course is for school-based administrators who are seeking additional professional learning to support teacher practice in the area of literacy as it relates to the Common Core Shifts, specifically K-5 Price: $300 per person (participants will be billed after the first session) When registering, please select "Check” as your payment method if the district is to be invoiced for the cost of the workshop. By registering, you certify that you have obtained supervisor permission to attend this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee. If you are paying for your own fee, please select "Credit Card” as your payment method. Payment will be processed after the first session. >br>This is an Online synchronous Course


This course is 41 Act 45 hours

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Lisa Yonek

5. ACT 48 Workshop: Adolescent Literacy Institute

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: ELA TEACHERS IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL

Dates: 10/19/2021 to 2/16/2022

The Adolescent Literacy Institute is a series of workshops for middle and high school teachers focused on research-based literacy practices that support students as they become college and career ready. Specifically aligned with brain research on how adolescents learn, this workshop series engages participants in the research behind and modeling of effective reading and writing instruction for the secondary grades. $600 per participant (Administrators can accompany their paid participants at no charge) Districts will be invoiced after the first session When registering, please select "Check” as your payment method if the district is to be invoiced for the cost of the workshop. By registering, you certify that you have obtained supervisor permission to attend this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee. If you are paying for your own fee, please select "Credit Card” as your payment method. Payment will be processed after the first session.

6. ACT 48 Workshop: Reading Specialists' Network

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: READING SPECIALISTS IN GRADES K-12

Dates: 11/4/2021 to 5/3/2022

Join the RAC Reading Specialists' Network for an opportunity to connect with other reading specialists in Allegheny County. Each session will feature research-based best practices and strategies that specialists need in order to be effective in their role as they work with students, teachers, and parents in all three tiers of literacy. There is no charge for this workshop.

7. ACT 48 Workshop: Comprehension, Close Reading, and Complex Text: Laying the Foundation K-2

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: PRIMARY TEACHERS OF READING (GRADES K-2)

Dates: 1/12/2022 to 4/20/2022

Transitioning students to the demands of the PA Core Standards is not a job just for teachers in the tested grades! This four-session series will support teachers in the primary grades in aligning their instructional practices to the PA Core. Participants will engage with teaching informational text, text dependent questions, close reading, scaffolding instruction using complex text, annotating text, designing rigorous tasks, and incorporating academic vocabulary into students' vocabularies, specifically focusing on how to implement these concepts into everyday practice. (Lunch on your own 11:30 o 12:30) $450 per participant (Administrators can accompany their paid participants at no charge) Districts will be invoiced after the first session. When registering, please select "Check” as your payment method if the district is to be invoiced for the cost of the workshop. By registering, you certify that you have obtained supervisor permission to attend this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee. If you are paying for your own fee, please select "Credit Card” as your payment method. Payment will be processed after the first session.

8. ACT 48 Workshop: Engineering the Environment to Enhance Student Autonomy - CANCELLED

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: This course is intended for anyone with a physical space (e.g. classroom or therapy room) in the school setting that supports students with significant disabilities. This includes general education teachers, special education teachers, and related service providers.

Dates: 1/27/2022

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CANCELLED!! Neuroscience research tells us the aesthetics of learning spaces impact brain function and influence how students learn. Beyond that, the educational environment is critical to supporting the independence of students with significant disabilities. After reflecting on current classroom setup, participants will be asked to consider the intersection of communication and the environment. Finally, we will explore how educators can foster independence in the areas of academics, self-regulation, self- advocacy, activities of daily living and classroom routines.

9. ACT 48 Workshop: Engineering the Environment to Enhance Student Autonomy - CANCELLED!

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: This course is intended for anyone with a physical space (e.g. classroom or therapy room) in the school setting that supports students with significant disabilities. This includes general education teachers, special education teachers, and related service providers.

Dates: 1/27/2022

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CANCELLED! Please use the link in the Workshop Flier to register and to see additional dates.

You CANNOT register for this workshop through Frontline.

Please contact Training and Consultation Administrative Support Traci Seibert if you have any questions.

Frontline is not accepting registrations for this workshop.

10. ACT 48 Workshop: Classroom Management: Active Supervision

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: K-12 General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Behavior Specialists, First Year Educators, and Administrators

Dates: 1/27/2022

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Please use the link in the Workshop Flier to register and to see additional dates.

You CANNOT register for this workshop through Frontline.

Please contact Training and Consultation Administrative Support Traci Seibert if you have any questions.

Frontline is not accepting registrations for this workshop.

11. ACT 48 Workshop: K-12 Developing Phrases & Clauses When Writing Across Content Areas

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Grades k-12 General Education Teachers (ELA and content area teachers), Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, ELL Teachers, educators, and administrators interested in improving writing instruction in grades K-12

Dates: 1/31/2022

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Please use the link in the Workshop Flier to register and to see additional dates.

You CANNOT register for this workshop through Frontline.

Please contact Training and Consultation Administrative Support Traci Seibert if you have any questions.

Frontline is not accepting registrations for this workshop.

12. ACT 48 Workshop: : Classroom Management: Linking Behavioral and Instructional Practices to Increase Student Achievement

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: K-12 GENERAL EDUCATION, SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS, BEHAVIOR SPECIALISTS, FIRST YEAR EDUCATORS, AND ADMINISTRATORS

Dates: 2/3/2022 to 3/10/2022

Utilizing effective teaching principles and classroom management strategies when designing and delivering instruction can lead to the reduction of a large number of supervision issues. This comprehensive classroom management training will allow participants to explore the six Evidenced-Based Practices of Classroom Management and how they can be used to design an effective classroom management plan. Practical strategies, tips, and basic procedures that teachers can use to make favorable modifications in their students' behavior will be shared throughout the training.

13. CPE Course: Best Practices in Teaching K-12 Online

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/7/2022 to 2/28/2022

Meeting Times: Online Course


Registration for this course closes on 2/3/2022


INSTRUCTOR: Dan Morrow


Online learning continues to evolve and progress with each passing year and more implementation. With the necessity of many schools having to go to online instruction under current circumstances it is more important than ever for educators to become trained in the best practices of teaching online.

By offering this CPE course "Best Practices in K-12 Online Teaching and Learning”, educators who don't have experience or training in online learning can become better prepared to help their students be successful. The course is based on the iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning) National Standards for Quality Online Courses. It will help educators develop skills and knowledge, based on research and best practices, including developing easy-to-navigate courses, methods of authentic online assessments, online teaching strategies, online communication and feedback, course organization, and much more!

14. ACT 48 Workshop - LETRS Module 1 - 2nd Edition

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: K-5 General Education Teachers, K-12 Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, ESL Teachers, educators and administrators interested in literacy.

Dates: 2/8/2022

Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS), is professional development for educators responsible for improving K-12 instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. Module 1: The Challenge of Learning to Read - Explores the nature of skilled reading: the progression of reading development; the reasons why many children do not become good readers; the influences of biological, linguistic, environmental, and instructional factors in learning to read; and the components of effective reading instruction. Cost: No fee, workbooks will be provided at no cost for AIU3 member districts and charters only Participation in Module 1 is a prerequisite for later modules.

15. CPE Course: Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: DART and Speech & Language

Dates: 2/11/2022 to 3/4/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/8/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Michael and Rhonda Bielawski


A growth mindset is the belief that intelligence can be developed with effort. Students with a growth mindset understand they can get "smarter" through hard work, the use of effective strategies, and getting help from others when needed. A fixed mindset is the belief that intelligence is a fixed trait handed out at birth. Course participants will review the research about the brain and how the brain, like a muscle, changes and grows in response to challenge. Throughout the course we will explore how we, as educators, can praise students for effort and process rather than praising them for being "smart." Participants will take with them practical strategies to implement whether they are teachers, counselors, speech therapists, nurses, parents, or simply anyone who wants to learn more about fostering a growth mindset in themselves or others.

16. ACT 48 Workshop: Show Your Heart - CPR & AED

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: AIU SCHOOL-AGED PROGRAM SPEECH/LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS AND INVITED GUESTS

Dates: 2/11/2022

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"Show Your Heart” with Jamie Moder by learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) techniques and the appropriate use of automated external defibrillator (AED). This course will present classroom lecture and offer optional written/physical competency testing that will result in American Red Cross Certification for the successful participant. Wear RED to "Show Your Heart.”

17. ACT 48 Workshop: Supporting Students with Autism: Foundational Skills in Reading

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Special education teachers K-12

Dates: 2/14/2022

Do you support students with autism who have difficulty with word recognition and decoding? Please join us for a session focused on understanding the component skills of reading related to word recognition, including phonemic awareness and phonics, and an exploration of methods to effectively teach your students. Objectives: Deepen educators' understanding of the foundational skills required in skilled reading Apply that information to interpreting assessment information and implementing effective practices in classroom instruction

18. ACT 48 Workshop: The Evaluation Process: Purpose, Procedures, Trends, and Tips

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: This course is intended for special education administrators and school psychologists.

Dates: 2/15/2022

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This session will engage participants in the exploration of equitable processes and procedures for evaluations for special education services and supports. The participants will share effective and meaningful processes and practices used in their setting, as well as discuss trends from referral to eligibility determination. Participants will have the opportunity to explore resources and share best practices and tools with one another.

19. CPE Course: Creating and Supporting a Positive, Bully-Free School Climate

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: ESL, ESS/Special Ed

Dates: 2/17/2022 to 3/10/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/14/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Rhonda Bielawski & Elaine Obidowski


Interrupt the bullying cycle! This course will provide participants with the skills and ideas to create a more positive school climate and decrease the bullying incidents in their school and classroom. Using the latest available research based curriculum, participants will learn how to impact bullies, victims, and bystanders. The course explores ways to promote a bully free school environment and encourage all individuals, not just bullies and victims, to be part of the solution in their school.

20. CPE Course: Anxiety & Stress: Teacher and Student Wellness

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: BVIP, D/HH, DART, ESL, ESS/Special Ed, SLP, Vision

Dates: 2/21/2022 to 3/18/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/17/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes


Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers.

Title: Stress Management for Teachers: A Proactive Guide. [Paperback, 2015] Authors: Herman, Keith C. and Reinke, Wendy M. ISBN-13: 978-1462517985

This course guides participants in developing and implementing classroom strategies that cultivate teacher and student well-being. Mental health is of great concern in the world today as educational, financial, social, mental and emotional pressures can seem overwhelming at times. Teacher and student well-being must first be addressed before teaching and learning can take place. In addition to exploring curricula to best deal with students' anxiety and stress in the classroom, participants will also explore scientific research, best practices and the holistic education of the mind and body in support of our 21st century students. Both teacher and student must maintain a level of self-care and awareness in order to make great academic and personal strides.

21. CPE Course: Any Device Technology Tools in K-12

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 2/21/2022 to 3/14/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/17/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Roth


Any Device Technology Tools in K-12 is a course that will explore a vast array of assessment, interactive, creation, and collaboration technology tools that are compatible on various types of devices. Implementing tools that are device independent is becoming more important as more school districts are employing 1 to 1 and bring your own device initiatives. Tools that function on iOS, Android, and PC/Mac computers are essential in environments with a variety of devices available. Participants will be creating authentic educational assessments and activities that will motivate and captivate the interest of the modern student, for the purpose of increasing student achievement. Tools discussed in this course include: Socrative, Google Forms, Padlet, Quizlet, Remind, and others. Mastery of these tools will increase the efficiency of the educator and improve his/her ability to relate to and motivate 21st century students, thus preparing the students to not only to achieve more, but also for success in transitioning to the workplace of the future.

22. CPE Course: Examining Classroom Management

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: DART

Dates: 2/21/2022 to 3/4/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/17/2022

INSTRUCTOR: John Green


Successful classroom management is the key to a successful learning environment. Participants in this online course will examine important facets of being a quality classroom manager in the areas of classroom organization, effective teaching styles, behavior management, social skill development & teaching, and parent-teacher communication. Throughout the course participants will analyze their own beliefs and create plans based on readings & activities.

23. ESL 6 Course: English Language Learners, Families, Community and Professionalism

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Certified K-12 educators seeking ESL specialist certification; ESL teachers

Dates: 2/21/2022 to 4/25/2022

Meeting Times: First in person class: 2/21/2022 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm; Saturday classes: 2/26, 3/5, 3/12 from 8:00 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 4/25/2022 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 2/16/2022

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.


Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs [2011], Author: Soltero, S.W. ISBN: 978-0325029221


Most English language learners are from another country. They come in with anxieties and go through phases of cultural adjustments. Without the necessary support, it might be hard for them to transition smoothly and thus be able to learn English well and fast.

This course is geared toward equipping ESL teachers with the necessary tools to give ESL students the support they need while they undergo the challenges of transition. Issues that may arise concerning the support of students in the classroom, school and the community will be addressed.

24. CPE Course: 4 Free Technology Essentials for Educators in the 21st Century

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: ESS/Special Ed, Vision.

Dates: 2/28/2022 to 3/21/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/24/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Roth


A course designed for K-12 Educators to identify, improve, and enhance their own 21st Century Skills so that they may assist the achievement of their own 21st Century students. This online course will focus on the classroom use of free technology tools such as ScreenCast-o-Matic (in conjuction with YouTube) to create or help students create online lessons, Google Forms for formative assessment and online data collection and analysis, and Kahoot! (a type of bar trivia for students that can be used as a formative assessment and feedback tool). Educators will learn how to create useable lessons that can be put online and/or used in the classroom for instruction, enrichment, or differentiation. Participants will also learn and feel comfortable with using the formative assessment and data collection tools that are discussed in the course.

25. ACT 48 Workshop: The Reevaluation Process: More Than Just Compliance; Best Practices for Meaningful RRs

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: This session is intended for administrators, special education leaders, special education teachers, and other school personnel such as behavior specialists or school psychologists who are responsible for writing reevaluation reports.

Dates: 2/28/2022

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Throughout this session, the learner will focus on the following topics: Compliance vs. Purpose, Essential Dates and Timelines, Interpreting Assessments, Determining if Additional Data is Needed, Making Meaningful Recommendations to the IEP Team and Getting Specific for SLD.

26. CPE Course: Making an Impact - Building Positive Relationships with Students

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators

Dates: 3/1/2022 to 3/26/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/24/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Kristina Rose


Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.


Title: Effective Classroom Communication Pocketbook [paperback] Author: Churches, Richard ISBN-13: 978-1906610111


This course, Making an Impact: Building Positive Relationships with Your Students, is designed for teachers K-12 to become familiar with different ways to create healthy student/teacher relationships through effective communication. Strong and healthy relationships can promote better student learning and increase their overall performance. This course will focus on how to communicate effectively, how to provide a friendly, successful, and productive learning environment, using your words to influence, effective questioning techniques, how to motivate students and give them a desire to learn, to ensure the right climate for learning, become more aware of your verbal and non-verbal cues, using your voice effectively, and most importantly to engage your students so they look forward to your classroom and WANT to work for you. It is extremely important that students WANT to LISTEN to you. A bond between a teacher and student can go beyond the classroom and last a lifetime.

27. ACT 48 Workshop: Strategies to Cultivate Creativity and Historical Literacy Using Technology

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Social Studies teachers, all teachers.

Dates: 3/4/2022

Educators consistently explore new pathways to engage students when teaching history. Throughout the last 15 months, that innovation has undergone continued transformation as technology continues to become more accessible to teachers and learners. Within this session, let's examine methods that we can use to enhance both student creativity as well as their historical literacy as we put students in positions to collaborate, innovate, and personalize their experience as young historians. From creating graphic novels, to leveraging music, to small-group breakout sessions exploring complex sources in greater detail, we will discuss how everyone can create while still cultivating historical literacy skills.

28. CPE Course: Being Mindful - Teacher and Student Wellness

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 3/7/2022 to 4/15/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/3/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes


Being Mindful: Teacher and Student Wellness is a course that explores and allows participants to develop and implement classroom strategies that cultivate teacher and student well-being. Mindfulness is a management strategy that can be implemented in any classroom. Well-being and mindfulness must first be addressed before learning can take place. Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose in the present moment in such a way that is balanced for both teacher and student. Participants will explore curricula for mindfulness in the classroom, as well as scientific research, best practices and the holistic education of the mind and body that we strive to provide our 21st century students. Both teacher and student must maintain a level of self-care and awareness in order to make great academic and personal strides. Participants will develop an action plan to introduce mindfulness in the classroom so that awareness, insightfulness and presence are established so academic goals can be met.

29. CPE Course: Differentiated Instruction - Helping all Students to be Successful

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: NPS, ESL, ESS, Speech & Language, Hearing and Vision

Dates: 3/7/2022 to 3/25/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/3/2022

INSTRUCTOR: John Green


It is no longer possible to reach all students with the same instruction practices. Teachers are faced of instructing students with diverse learning backgrounds and cultures. Classrooms have many challenges. To help all students be successful teachers need to instruct differently to reach all students' learning styles and abilities. This course will explore Differentiated Instruction in today's classrooms. Throughout the course participants will analyze their own beliefs and create plans based on readings & activities.

30. CPE Course: Teaching K-12 Problem Solving Using Computational Thinking in all Subjects

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 3/7/2022 to 3/28/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/3/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Roth

This course will focus on Problem Solving techniques for students at all levels and subjects of K-12. The new buzz word on the horizon in education is computational thinking, in other words, helping students think like a computer to solve problems. This course will show examples, activities, and lesson plans of problem solving and computational thinking techniques for various subjects and levels. Techniques such as Decomposition, Algorithmic Thinking, and Pattern Recognition will be shown, discussed, and applied. This will be a fun course to get you to look at problem solving in a new and different way.

31. CPE Course: Tech Tools for the 21st Century

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 3/7/2022 to 4/2/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/24/2021

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks


No two students learn the same way. In this three-credit online course learn how to use technology to create a learning environment in which all students can achieve their very best. Explore the latest tech tools that are available for the K-12 classroom and how to use these trending tools to differentiate any lesson or activity. The course content will provide participants with ideas and activities on how to use social media, podcasts, gamification tools, websites, and much, much more. By the conclusion of the course, participants will not only have a collection of activities and lessons that they created for their classroom, but also the confidence to use the tech tools successfully. When using technology, students are more engaged. A more engaged student learns. More learning leads to higher student achievement.
NEW COURSE for Spring, 2022!

Registration for this course closes on 3/3/2022


INSTRUCTOR: Michelle Senneway

Student assessment data identities a need for middle grade students to develop and build their computational skills with fractions.
When students in the middle grades are unable to master these basic math skills, it will make it harder for students to find success as they progress throughout their mathematics courses in 8th grade and beyond. As fractions enter the mathematical curriculum in the middle grades, the computational skill level becomes more complex which is why it is important to introduce fractions in a way that is easily comprehended by young minds.
This course begins with the concept of fractions and builds to utilizing best instructional practices with all four operations of fractions. By presenting the teaching of operations of fractions through research, discussion, and current successful instructional practices, course participants will successfully design a fraction computation unit that may be used in the middle school classroom.


33. ACT 48 Workshop: K-12 Developing Sentence Writing Across Content Areas

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Grades k-12 General Education Teachers (ELA and content area teachers), Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, ELL Teachers, educators, and administrators interested in improving writing instruction in grades K-12

Dates: 3/7/2022

This session provides an overview of the research and explores 8 practical activities grades K-12 educators can use to increase students' sentences. These activities are appropriate for ELA classes, content area educators, special educators, and ELL teachers.

34. ACT 48 Workshop: K-12 Developing Phrases & Clauses When Writing Across Content Areas

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Grades k-12 General Education Teachers (ELA and content area teachers), Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, ELL Teachers, educators, and administrators interested in improving writing instruction in grades K-12

Dates: 3/7/2022

This session provides an overview of the research and explores practical activities grades K-12 educators can use to enhance students writing by expanding on phrases and clauses. Activities included are appropriate for ELA classes, content area educators, special educators, and ELL teachers.

35. CPE Course: Exploring Architecture

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators, social studies, general education

Dates: 3/8/2022 to 3/23/2022

Meeting Times: Online


Registration for this course closes on 3/4/2022

This is a 2-credit CPE course


INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Greenwald, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Architecture is the one art form that we interact with every day as we live, work, and play; yet we seldom consciously think or talk about it, since few people have had training in architecture. The purpose of this course is to alert educators to architecture as a cultural "barometer” of history, art, and technology and an effective means of helping students understand their communities. Through readings, walking tours, sketches, and simple exercises in architectural problem-solving, participants will experience architecture as a creative discipline applicable to every classroom.

36. ACT 48 Workshop: LETRS Classic Module 2: The Speech Sounds of English: Phonetics, Phonology, and Phoneme Awareness

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: K-2 General Education Teachers, K-12 Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, ESL Teachers, educators and administrators interested in literacy

Dates: 3/8/2022

Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS), is professional development for educators responsible for improving K-12 instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. Module 2: The Speech Sounds of English: Phonetics, Phonology, and Phoneme Awareness - Defines the ‘ph' words; introduces the speech sound (phoneme) system of English; and discusses the importance of phonological awareness for reading and spelling an alphabetic writing system. Module 2 clarifies why children confuse certain phonemes and how to give corrective feedback. Cost: No fee, workbooks will be provided at no cost for AIU3 member districts and charters only Participation in Module 1 is a prerequisite for Module 2 Please use this link Google Form to fill out a questionnaire.

37. ACT 48 Workshop: RENEW Facilitator Training

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Administrators, School Psychologists, Teachers, Para-Educators, Counselors

Dates: 3/9/2022 to 5/4/2022

RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work) is a tertiary level intervention within the PBIS framework and an evidence-based practice. Developed in 1996 for students with serious emotional disorders, RENEW is a structured school-to-career transition planning and individualized wrap around process. RENEW focuses on developing a positive social student-driven process using person-centered planning. This session is specifically designed to prepare the adults that are going to work directly with the student in this intervention. The participant will learn certain effective characteristics that enable them to better engage youth, families, and other people who are critical to the youth's success.

38. CPE Course: ADHD in Education

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: Speech & Language, Hearing and Vision.

Dates: 3/11/2022 to 4/1/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/8/2022

INSTRUCTORS: Michael and Rhonda Bielawski


With more and more students being diagnosed with ADHD, it is important for educators to examine their perceptions and expand their knowledge base of this disability category in order to meet these students' needs. Throughout the course, participants will explore the debate surrounding medication and the myths associated with ADHD. Furthermore, they will complete activities providing them with first-hand experience about what it is like to live with ADHD. We will examine research proven strategies and methods to help learners with ADHD gain meaningful access to elementary through secondary curriculum content. With the information covered in the course, participants will take away practical strategies to implement across all school environments and ways to provide effective instruction to students with mild to severe ADHD.

39. ACT 48 Workshop: Screening Protocols for Speech/Language Services (date change from 1/14/22 to 3/11/22)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: AIU SCHOOL-AGED PROGRAM SPEECH/LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS AND INVITED GUESTS

Dates: 3/11/2022

Speech/Language Pathologists (SLPs) will review current research examining best-practice methodology for screening of student skills across school-age ranges. Working in small groups across the age/grade level served, SLPs will determine appropriate screening protocols for the students whom they serve. A final project of standardized screening protocols across the Allegheny Intermediate Unit will be compiled.

40. CPE COURSE: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 Educators, School Counselors and Education Specialists

Dates: 3/14/2022 to 4/9/2022

Meeting Times: Online

NEW COURSE for Spring, 2022!

Registration for this course closes on 3/9/2022


INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks

Culturally responsive teaching is a student-centered approach that recognizes and respects students' differences. Diversity in the classroom is increasing however, teaching styles and instructional materials don't always reflect the diverse cultures and backgrounds of today's students. When students' cultural origins and backgrounds are not considered, problems such as language barriers, systemic discrimination and lack of representation can occur. This course will address these issues by exploring the principles of culturally responsive teaching and applying teaching strategies that promote a culturally responsive classroom.


41. CPE Course: Connecting with Kids

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: ESS, ESL

Dates: 3/17/2022 to 4/7/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/14/2022

INSTRUCTORS: Rhonda Bielawski and Elaine Obidowski


Students and teachers alike face many stressors in today's educational setting. By examining our own teaching styles and exploring our students' learning styles, we can maximize our students' learning. This course will also look at how we can better connect with our students academically, personally and socially to build a climate of comfort and belonging in our classrooms.

42. CPE Course: Are Your Students Tuned In? Strategies for Engaging Every Student

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: ESL, ESS/Special Ed, SLP.

Dates: 3/21/2022 to 4/15/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/17/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes


Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.


Title: You Can't Teach Until Everyone is Listening, 1st edition. Author: Page, Marilyn L. ISBN-13: 978-1412960151


Are Your Students Tuned In? Strategies for Engaging Every Student is an online course exploring research-based ways that student behavior and academic success are directly related to teacher behavior and management techniques. Throughout this course, participants will be given explicit instructions and tools for encouraging and directing student behavior and developing a classroom community where every student is an active member and listener. The course textbook, written by Marilyn Page, examines strategies and provides directives to engage every student. Evidence shows that before academic objectives can be met, the environment must be conducive for learning and civility must be practiced. This course provides teachers with the management tools to support and succeed with today's students, focusing specifically on recognizing each student as a stakeholder in class.

43. CPE Course: Integrating the iPad into the Classroom - There Are Apps for That

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators, technology specialists, academic coaches.

Dates: 3/21/2022 to 4/16/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/17/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks


2012 marked the start of the iPad invasion into the classroom. The use of this device has the power to revolutionize the way students learn. Today's students need to be creative, think critically, collaborate and communicate in order to be successful. Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as the skills that separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not.(Framework for 21st Century Learning 2007). Using the iPad as part of instruction can help to achieve the 21st Century Student Outcomes that are outlined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills in their Framework for 21st Century Learning.
In this three credit online course, participants will identify the unique needs that 21st century students bring into the classroom, explore apps that align with Bloom's Digital Taxonomy, learn how to effectively integrate the use of iPads into the classroom according to best practices and discover a plethora of apps that are available. By the conclusion of the course, participants will have not only a collection of apps and lessons that they created for their classroom, but also the confidence to use the iPad effectively.

44. ACT 48 Workshop: Understanding Trauma

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: ADMINISTRATORS, GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS, TEACHERS, PARAEDUCATORS COACHES AND PBIS TEAM LEADERS

Dates: 3/22/2022

This session is designed for classroom practitioners to gain a deeper understanding on the prevalence and impact of trauma in the classroom as well as the greater school community. The session will focus on specific trauma responsive classroom practices that can be embedded within daily classroom routines.

45. ACT 48 Reporting: Supporting Students with Autism: Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Special education teachers K-12

Dates: 3/24/2022

Do you support students with autism who have difficulties with vocabulary development and reading comprehension? Please join us for a session focused on understanding the strands of language comprehension and how to effectively address these components in literacy instruction for all learners. Objectives: Deepen educators' understanding of the complexities of comprehending written academic language Apply that understanding to the interpretation of formative assessments and implementation of classroom practices in teaching vocabulary and comprehension skills

46. ACT 48 Workshop: LETRS Module 3: Spellography for Teachers: How English Spelling Works

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: K-5 General Education Teachers, K-12 Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, ESL Teachers, educators and administrators interested in literacy

Dates: 3/28/2022

LETRS, Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling, is professional development for educators responsible for improving K-12 instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. Module 3: Spellography for Teachers: How English Spelling Works - Explores the structure and history of English spelling from several angles: historical layers in English orthography; phoneme-grapheme correspondences; letter patterns in orthography, including syllable types; orthographic rules; and meaningful word parts (morphemes). The module clarifies differences between syllables and morphemes and between irregular and high-frequency words. Cost: No fee, workbooks will be provided at no cost for AIU3 member districts and charters only Participation in Module 1 is a prerequisite for Module 3 Please use this link Google Form to fill out a questionnaire.

47. CPE Course: Group Work Dynamics - Collaboration and Assessment

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Online

Dates: 4/4/2022 to 4/28/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/31/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Kristina Rose


Required Text: participants must obtain the following text in order to successfully complete this course. This text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers. Please wait to order the course text until 3-5 days prior to the course start date, after you receive a confirmation email that your course tuition payment has been processed. Waiting until AIU processes tuition payments for a course will ensure that you won't need to return a text for a canceled course.


Title: Productive Group Work: How to Engage Students, Build Teamwork, and Promote Understanding, 1st edition. Authors: Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas, and Everlove, Sandi ISBN-13: 978-1416608837


This course focuses on instructional and managerial techniques to encourage success of all students when working in groups, building camaraderie, interpersonal skills, effective communication, and respectful responses to their peers opinions and beliefs. Participants will design challenging and engaging group tasks that ensure group and individual accountability. Effective assessment of group work will be analyzed by creating rubrics that enable individual grading within a group. Participants will identify ways to adapt group projects to enable this individual grading. Participants will design and differentiate multiple strategies to create interdependence and positive interaction among students during group work, determine how groups or pairing will be decided, accommodate mixed readiness levels, introduce collaborative learning routines, and facilitate the actual work in progress. Learning to work together to resolve a common goal is pertinent to succeed in future work and career endeavors. Feeling accepted, respected, and having confidence when working with peers, will in turn motivate students to thrive academically.

48. CPE Course: Infusing Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) into K-12 Classrooms

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 4/4/2022 to 4/28/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/31/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Stamford


Occupations in STEAM-related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth. Familiarizing students with STEAM concepts can occur on a variety of levels from exposure to immersion. This course will discuss the conglomeration of the fields represented in the STEAM acronym, the intentional and prudent addition of the Arts into STEM, the alignment of STEAM with the Pa Core Standards, instructional changes that successfully infuse STEAM across the curricula, and opportunities to procure funding for STEAM projects in K-12 classrooms or schools. It is appropriate for teachers in grades k-12 in all content areas. The course has been carefully created to meet the needs of a diverse group of teachers. It does NOT require a background in any of the STEAM subject areas (science, technology, engineering, the arts, or mathematics). There will be an individualized (self-selected) project at the culmination of the course to meet the diverse needs of the group.

49. CPE Course: Introduction to Text Comprehension

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: K-12 Educators, ELA Teachers, Reading Specialists

Dates: 4/4/2022 to 4/28/2022

Meeting Times: Online Course

Registration for this course closes on 3/31/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Yonek


Being able to comprehend text is a necessary skill in becoming a functioning adult in today's society. Both national and state assessment results show that comprehension is an issue for students and educators; and, students who struggle with comprehension will feel a direct impact on their future success.

This course will instruct educators about the science of the reading process, which includes comprehension and research based strategies for comprehension instruction. In addition, educators will understand the factors that effect comprehension and develop a plan of action to support students with developing strategies to become proficient readers who are able to comprehend text.

50. CPE Course: When It's Not Just Kids Being Kids: Bullying and Beyond

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: ESS

Dates: 4/7/2022 to 4/28/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/4/2022

INSTRUCTORS: Rhonda Bielawski and Elaine Obidowski


In US schools today, educators have become responsible for more than just educating their students. Teachers are faced with a growing trend of anti-social behaviors occurring at earlier and earlier ages. In order to effectively meet the needs of a diverse society, teachers must be adept at recognizing and effectively intervening with various anti-social behaviors. In this course, participants will explore the nuances of bullying further than we did in our first AIU bullying course; however the first bullying course is not a pre-requisite to taking this course. We will continue to dissect the differences between girl bullying and boy bullying. We will examine the notion of ethnic bullying and challenge educators to look at their own teaching style and classroom climate. Bullying leads to eating disorders, depression and violence. We will look at the connection between these and how we, as educators, can implement preventative strategies within the classroom. Participants will also review the latest legal cases dealing with school bullying.

51. ACT 48 Workshop: Supporting Literacy Development: Leveraging the SLPs' Expertise

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Speech Language Pathologists, General Education Teachers K-3, Special Education Teachers K-12

Dates: 4/7/2022

How can Speech Language Pathologists use their expertise to support students' growth in literacy? This session will explore the role of language in the development of literacy and the role Speech Language Pathologists can take in that process. Participants will delve into the science of reading and explore theoretical models of reading and the reading brain. Time will be devoted to application of practices including Sound Walls, phoneme-grapheme mapping, and supports for students with special considerations. SLPs are welcome to attend with a general education or special education teaching peer.

52. CPE Course: A New Look at Working with Students with Autism

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators. Approved for AIU staff in: DART, Speech & Language, Hearing and Vision and ESS.

Dates: 4/8/2022 to 4/29/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/5/2022

INSTRUCTOR: Michael and Rhonda Bielawski


With more and more students being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders, it is important for educators to explore their perceptions and expand their knowledge base of this disability category in order to meet these students' needs. This course takes an inside look into what it is like to live with Autism. We will see and hear first hand accounts from people living with the disorder. Their inspirational and informative stories have motivated participants in the past to examine and reexamine how they work with students on the spectrum of autism. We will explore methods of motivation and classroom management in settings with learners with Autism. Given the information provided throughout the course, participants will also have the opportunity to more completely understand the many services that students with autism can benefit from and how educators can apply this learned information in their area of focus and provide effective instruction to students with mild to severe Autism.

53. ACT 48 Workshop: PBIS Coaches Networking & PLC (In Person)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: PBIS COACHES AND PBIS TEAM LEADERS

Dates: 5/17/2022

The PBIS Coaches Networking & Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a chance for PBIS leaders to meet regularly, share expertise, and establish a culture of collaboration in order to increase the academic and behavioral performance of students across our county. This PLC will allow Coaches and PBIS Leaders to build capacity around the continuation of developing systems, data, and practices. By networking with each other, each coach will have the opportunity to learn strategies around removing barriers and reaching successful outcomes. This face to face meeting will be a way for PBIS teams to celebrate the end of the year by sharing key strategies of successful implementation.