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1. ACT 48 Workshop: DART Mental Health Fair (3/28/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to DART Staff

Dates: 3/28/2019

Starting Soon
DART Mental Health Resource Fair beginning at 3:30 at the AIU. Presentations will run from 4-6 and tables will be set up for information sharing from 3:30-6:30. Included in the evening events will be presenters from: FirstStep, Wesley Family Services, Cool Zone, Allegheny Family Network

2. ACT 48 Workshop: Spring Into ESL, ESY, EOY - Speech/Language Induction Session #4 (3/28/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to: AIU SLPs who are participating in induction and their mentors only. Other requests for participation should be directed to Eileen.cirelli@aiu3.net.

Dates: 3/28/2019

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This is session #4 in the AIU Speech/Language Support Program for SLPs participating in the Induction Program. This session will examine ESL (English as a Second Language, ESY (Extended School Year Programming) and EOY (End of Year Program Analysis.) Join the session prepared to share your own ideas and problem-solve With other inductees.

3. 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: 4/1/2019 to 4/22/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/27/2019

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.

4. CPE Course: Being Mindful - Teacher and Student Wellness - Section II

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 4/1/2019 to 5/3/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration closes for Section II on 3/27/2019. Both Sections I and II are the same course running on different dates.

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.

5. CPE Course: Break the Ice - Ice Breakers for all Ages

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 4/1/2019 to 5/3/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/27/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes


Recommended Text: it is recommended that participants in this course obtain the following text. The 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: Icebreakers a la Carte. Paperback. Author: Christian, Sandy ISBN-13: 978-1570252136

A course for classroom teachers, grades K-12, counselors, and club or group sponsors. This course explores the impact and effectiveness of well-created icebreakers. Participants will analyze numerous icebreaker activities. This course will provide tools and information to create and modify icebreakers to be used in the classroom or with your group on a regular basis. There is a broad spectrum of icebreakers that can be used for introducing new topics/material, reviewing curriculum/objectives, and most importantly helping to build camaraderie within your class/group. Participants will partake in numerous icebreakers throughout the course. Participants will examine ways icebreakers help to captivate an audience and initiate an interest in any subject/content area. When icebreakers are used effectively, students have the tendency to open up, share, and actively participate in your lesson. This course will explore the ways in which icebreakers can create a dynamic learning environment and serve as an excellent classroom management tool for participants and their students.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Online

Dates: 4/1/2019 to 4/27/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/27/2019

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.

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. This course will help participants design challenging and engaging group tasks that ensure group and individual accountability. Effective assessment of group work will be analyzed by creating appropriate and content specific 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.

7. 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: 4/1/2019 to 4/20/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/27/2019

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.

8. CPE Course: Achieving Excellence - 14/17 Things That Matter Most

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 4/8/2019 to 5/6/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/8/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Colleen Anzio


Required Text: participants must obtain the following required 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: What Great Teachers do Differently: 14/17 Things That Matter Most, 2nd edition. Author: Whitaker Todd ISBN-13: 978-1596671997

This 3 credit online course is designed to describe the beliefs, attitudes, and interactions that form an atmosphere conducive to learning in our best classrooms and schools. It focuses primarily on “specific things that great teachers, legendary teachers” do. The book “What Great Teachers Do Differently” is filled with strategies and ideas to motivate students. There are many meaningful websites to stimulate your students and simple suggestions that you can integrate into your current routine.

9. CPE Course: Backwards: The Flipped Classroom Concept

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 4/8/2019 to 5/3/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/3/18

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: Flipping the Classroom - Unconventional Classroom: A Comprehensive Guide to Constructing the Classroom of the Future. Paperback. Author: Ogles, Matthew Ralston ISBN-13: 978-0990003625

The role of the classroom teacher is evolving. Students have access to a plethora of information in a technology and media saturated society. With so much available at students’ fingertips, why not make your class lessons available so that main concepts and basic vocabulary can be introduced before students arrive to your class? This way, students can work through introduction material at his/her own pace and the differentiation of delivery is done before they get to your classroom. A flipped classroom is one that allows for information to be introduced to students outside the classroom and allows for more teacher facilitated assignments and applications in the classroom. Teacher facilitation during these times is much more critical. This course provides participates with detailed step-by-step plans and directives on how to begin transitioning their traditional classroom to create a flipped classroom. This course will guide participants through the process of creating basic presentations and links for students to view outside the classroom. This course also places great emphasis on how participants can continue to address the needs of their diverse student populations, considering special needs and language barriers as part of the flipped classroom concept.

10. CPE Course: How to Develop Good Digital Citizens

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 4/8/2019 to 4/27/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/3/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks


21st century learners spend hours on social media platforms and consuming other forms of digital media. Do we know for certain that students are engaging in good digital citizenship? Are they being respectful to others? Do they know how to cite sources for all types of media? Do they know their digital rights and responsibilities when working online? Teaching digital citizenship is essential to help students collaborate and communicate responsibly and safely. Students must learn that their online actions have consequences and can affect others. This 3-credit course sets out to define digital citizenship, the role the teacher plays in developing digital citizens and the proper digital etiquette required when working online. By the end of the course, participants will have a plethora of resources to help them develop good digital citizens.

11. 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: 4/11/2019 to 5/2/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/8/19

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.

12. CPE Course: Supporting Students with Autism in Education

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 4/11/2019 to 5/2/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/8/19

INSTRUCTOR: Michael and Rhonda Bielawski


This course will provide participants descriptions of disorders that fall under the autism spectrum. Participants will review the latest research in the autism field and legal aspects of having students with autism in the classroom. We will explore fostering social competence in students with autism, developing and implementing IEPs for students with autism, and how to best meet these students' needs while promoting acceptance from the other classmates. Participants will take with them practical educational and instructional strategies to implement within their classroom.

13. ACT 48 Workshop: Historic Pittsburgh: Teaching the Region

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Dates: 4/11/2019

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Make history come alive and relevant through this workshop delving into primary sources from around the Pittsburgh area! Through guidance from the University of Pittsburgh’s librarians and archivists, teachers will become introduced to teaching and assessment methods that promote historical thinking on the local level. Participants will be availed to the manifold free resources available to them from the experts at the University of Pittsburgh.

14. ACT 48 Workshop: Keeping the Child Together: How Motor, Cognitive and Language Systems Co-Emerge and Drive Development (4/12/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to: AIU Speech/Language Pathologists and Invited Guests Only!

Dates: 4/12/2019

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PEDIATRIC THERAPISTS TRAINED IN SPECIALTY AREAS SUCH AS PHYSICAL THERAPY, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, AND SPEECH THERAPY PROVIDE SKILLED EXPERTISE WITHIN THEIR INDIVIDUAL DOMAINS, AS WELL AS ENGAGE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY ACTIVITY WITH EACH OTHER. HOWEVER, CURRENT NEUROSCIENCE REVEALS THAT OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE MAY BE AN ARTIFICIAL DIVISION, WITH CO-DEPENDENCY OF SYSTEMS BEING MORE THE NORM. THIS PRESENTATION WILL FOCUS ON THE MOTOR, COGNITIVE AND LANGUAGE SYSTEMS IN EARLY DEVELOPMENT, AND HOW THESE SYSTEMS DEVELOP IN CONCERT WITH EACH OTHER.

15. CPE Course: RUBRICS - Coordinating Instruction and Assessment

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 4/20/2019 to 5/4/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/16/19

INSTRUCTOR: Kristina Rose


RUBRICS: Coordinating Instruction and Assessment is designed for teachers K-12 to become familiar with different types of rubrics and which are appropriate for a variety of different assignments. Rubrics help students learn and help coordinate instruction and assessment. The course will define and examine the parts of a rubric and compare analytical and holistic rubrics and general and task specific rubrics. It will analyze a variety of rubric writing websites and examine the Orange Slice Add-On from Google Docs. The participant will create rubrics using specific criteria related to their curriculum in order to enhance student learning and understanding. It is important for students to have a clear understanding of teacher expectations and be held accountable for their performance and participation. Rubrics are the foundation for which this is created and go hand-in-hand with a successful learning environment.

16. ACT 48 Workshop: Differentiated Supervision Showcase (5/10/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to: AIU Speech/Language Pathologists and Invited Guests Only!

Dates: 5/10/2019

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Throughout the school year, Allegheny Intermediate Unit SLPs, in cooperation with their supervisors, utilized The Danielson Differentiated Supervision model to explore professional practice through peer collaboration and/or action research. During this session the results of that research will be shared with peers. At the conclusion of this activity, the participants will be able to: 1. Design methods to explore best practice and current trends in the profession. 2. Improve instructional practice and student progress through peer sharing. 3. Examine their own practice in relation to the Danielson Framework for Teaching -Differentiated Supervision peer projects and presentations.

17. ESL Course: Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Certified K-12 educators seeking ESL specialist certification

Dates: 6/24/2019 to 10/22/2019

Meeting Times: In person classes: 6/24-28, 2019 from 8 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 10/22/2019 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 6/18/19

Required Text: There is no required textbook for this course - a variety of reports and articles will be provided.


This is a basic introductory course to English as a Second Language. It will include the five domains of teaching English language learners - culture, language, planning instruction, assessment, and professionalism. Emphasis is placed on the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teaching standards and the ESL K-12 standards. Teachers will examine research-based practices in relation to the five domains and identify their role as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher.

18. ESL Course: Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Certified K-12 teachers seeking ESL specialist certification, ESL teachers

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 11/12/2019

Meeting Times: In person classes: 7/15-19, 2019 from 8 am to 11:30 am; Final class: 11/12/19 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration closes for this course on 7/10/19

Required Text: Culturally Responsive Standards Based Teaching. Authors: Saifer, Edwards, Ellis, Ko & Stuczynski. Corwin Press - ISBN 978-1-4129-8702-2


This course will provide an examination of theory, diversity, and pedagogy constructs for explicit applications to practice in classrooms with English Language Learners. A historical exploration of immigration, cultural perspectives, and teaching practices that demonstrate and explicate the interconnectedness of culture and cognition are provided. By examining the background of English Language Learners and their cultures a framework for creating a culturally responsive classroom environment is developed. ESL teachers will be prepared to view culture as a dynamic and multilayered system of symbolic resources that impact individuals’ identity, values, and behaviors in varying degrees. They will also be prepared to address the deep and often invisible dimensions of culture (i.e. worldviews, power, privilege) and their impact on student achievement, participation in the target language community, and patterns of interaction between home and school. Moreover, successful candidates view cultural identity or affiliation as an on-going process of negotiation within and among groups as well as within individuals. Candidates will develop an awareness of how their own culture impacts their views of teaching, learning, and classroom expectations; explore the varied roles of teacher, parent, and student in terms of cultural and educational expectations; and understand that acculturation is not only a complex process, but a matter of individual choice.

19. ESL Course: Language Acquisition and Development

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Certified K-12 teachers seeking ESL specialist certification, ESL teachers

Dates: 7/29/2019 to 12/9/2019

Meeting Times: In person classes: 7/29/19 - 8/2/19 from 8 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 12/9/19 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm (In person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration closes for this course on 7/24/19

Required Text: How Languages are Learned (4th ed). Authors: Patsy Lightbrown and Nina Spade. Oxford Press - ISBN 978-0194541268.


This course is designed to give the participants an understanding of the theories of how language is acquired. We will be discussing various language acquisition theories, the stages of language acquisition, and strategies of how to help your students acquire language in the four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. We will also discuss accommodations and modifications along with these teaching strategies that can be used during small group ESL instruction and by general education teachers.

20. ESL Course: Observing, Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 10/28/2019 to 2/3/2020

Meeting Times: First in person class: 10/28/19 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm; Saturday classes: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 from 8 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 2/3/2020 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 10/23/19

Required Textbook: Classroom Instruction That Works with English Learners (2nd ed). Authors: Hill & Miller. ISBN: 978-14166-1630-6


Teachers will examine the theories, principles, and practices that assist English language learners in achieving academic proficiency in the content areas. Planning standards-based instruction and adapting instruction in the content areas is emphasized. To promote the academic success of English language learners, teachers will involve the family and community, and analyze the learner to establish learning goals and assessment measures that are appropriate for the individual student. ESL teachers will be able to demonstrate knowledge of their ELLs and the role of individual characteristics in the process and outcome of language learning. Drawing upon this knowledge, they will demonstrate an ability to observe and plan standards-based ESL and content instruction for students from K-12. They will use the PA Academic Content Standards, as well as, the PA English Language Proficiency Standards when planning lessons. They will use performance-based measures to assess ELLs discrete and integrated ability to use grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading, and writing to communicate.

21. ESL Course: Assessment and Support for English Language Learners

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Current ESL educators or educators who are seeking ESL specialist certification.

Dates: 1/6/2020 to 3/23/2020

Meeting Times: First in person class: 1/6/20 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm; Saturday classes: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25/2020 from 8 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 3/23/2020 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 1/2/20

Required Textbook:Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges to Educational Equity (2nd ed). Author: Gottlieb, M. ISBN: 978-1483381060


Assessing and supporting English Language Learners can be challenging for teachers and students. As English language learners in grades K-12 acquire English, there needs to be appropriate and valid measures in place when assessing their progress. Assessment tools need to be based upon individual proficiency levels of students. In this course, student teachers will gain exposure to the tools necessary to assess English Language Learners. The course will offer knowledge on benchmarks for each English proficiency level.

ESL teachers demonstrate and share knowledge and techniques of appropriate assessments with a range of stakeholders. This includes the ability to administer required testing as well as to make accommodations to such testing when appropriate; the expertise to help colleagues and families understand how assessment can be designed and interpreted to best demonstrate what ELLs know and are able to do; the use of data generated by multiple measures to ensure that ELLs have access to a quality language instructional program; Revised 12/18/2017 and to make progress toward benchmarks and display academic growth while receiving services within an ESL program.

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

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 2/24/2020 to 4/20/2020

Meeting Times: First in person class: 2/24/20 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm; Saturday classes: 2/29, 3/7, 3/14/20 from 8 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 4/20/20 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 2/19/20

Textbook Title: 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.