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1. ACT 48 Workshop: Differentiated Supervision Showcase

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: AIU SPEECH/LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

Dates: 5/14/2021

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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.

2. ACT 48 Workshop: Best Practices for Teaching Students Who are Blind/Visually Impaired

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: TEACHERS OF STUDENTS WHO ARE BLIND/VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Dates: 5/14/2021

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Teachers of Students Who are Blind/VI regularly review best practices to determine efficacy in regards to the Expanded Core Curriculum for Students who are Deaf/HH. In this session, teachers will present findings from their Differentiated Supervision Topics related to strategies for the following areas as they relate to the ECC: The I-M-Able Braille Curriculum, Family Engagement, Voiceover for iPads and laptops, Accessible Technology, Virtual Orientation and Mobility Instruction, using QR codes for access to instruction during remote learning, and completing the Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Range for evaluation. Teachers will have an opportunity apply findings to their caseload of students.

3. CPE Course: Pittsburgh Heritage I

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators, social studies teachers

Dates: 6/1/2021 to 6/23/2021

Meeting Times: Online

NEW COURSE for Summer, 2021!

Registration for this course closes on 5/26/2021


INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Greenwald, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

This course will provide the classroom teacher with the opportunity to explore Pittsburgh's heritage through the lens of architecture. Participants will be introduced to interrelated topics of local and regional history, cultural heritage, historic preservation, and visual awareness of the local environment, with creative classroom applications.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Online

Dates: 6/3/2021 to 6/29/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 5/31/2021

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.

5. CPE Course: A Closer Look at Learning Disabilities - A Refresher Course for all Classroom Teachers

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 6/7/2021 to 6/25/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/2/2021

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: The Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook: Ready-to-Use Strategies and Activities for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities, 3rd edition. Authors: Harwell, Joan M and Jackson, Rebecca Williams ISBN-13: 978-0787997557


In today's classroom, every teacher must be prepared to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities. This course is designed to equip teachers with resources, techniques and the methodology necessary to help students with learning disabilities succeed in the regular education classroom. This course uses scientific research and best practices to guide participants in planning and developing specific classroom interventions for students with varying learning disabilities. Behavior and classroom management techniques as well as academic goal-setting and assessment methods will be addressed. Special education laws and the IEP are also reviewed in detail, as well as the classroom teacher's role in assessing and identifying students with learning disabilities.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 6/7/2021 to 6/28/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/2/2021

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.

7. CPE Course: How to Design a Digital Classroom for the 21st Century Learner

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/7/2021 to 7/3/2021

NEW COURSE for Summer, 2021!
Registration for this course closes on 6/2/2021

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks

Over the past year, educators have been challenged in unprecedented ways. One of those challenges has been the shift from teaching in a brick-and-mortar classroom to designing and facilitating instruction in a virtual environment.

In this three-credit online course, participants will learn how to create and integrate technology rich activities that will provide opportunities for students to develop 21st Century Skills so they are better prepared to learn in a virtual environment. Students will be able to, through a technology enriched environment be creative, think critically, collaborate with others and communicate with people in and outside of the classroom. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to design and manage a digital classroom, create flipped activities, utilize appropriate instructional strategies for a digital classroom, integrate digital citizenship skills, use digital tools for formative assessment and integrate digital tools into lessons and activities.

8. CPE Course: Introduction to Text Comprehension

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 6/7/2021 to 7/16/2021

Meeting Times: Online Course

NEW COURSE for Summer, 2021!
Registration for this course closes on 6/2/2021

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.

9. 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: 6/14/2021 to 7/5/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/9/2021

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.

10. 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: 6/14/2021 to 7/2/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/9/2021

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.

11. CPE Course: Establishing Habits of Mind in K-12 Computer Science

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: K-12 Computer Science and STEM educators; All K-12 educators

Dates: 6/14/2021 to 7/7/2021

Meeting Times: ONLINE

NEW COURSE for Summer, 2021!

Registration for this course closes on 6/9/2021


INSTRUCTOR: Linda Muller

Computer science courses are commonly offered within a K-12 curriculum. Research suggests that a well-rounded computer science curriculum should include teaching Habits of Mind alongside problem-solving, computational thinking, and writing code in order to help students develop and sustain specific aptitudes that are necessary for mastering comprehensive computer science courses and to prepare students for post-secondary educational programs as well as life and work into the 21st-century.

What are your plans for helping students identify and develop those essential Habits of Mind aptitudes? This course will introduce you to the 16 essential Habits of Mind as you explore how they can be seamlessly integrated into the computer science classroom and across a school system. Participants will discover the connections among various research-based sources on Habits of Mind and develop grade-appropriate instructional materials and assessments that they can use for classroom implementation of Habits of Mind with their students.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators

Dates: 6/15/2021 to 7/11/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/10/2021

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.

13. CPE Course: Connecting with Kids

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 6/16/2021 to 7/7/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/11/2021

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.

14. 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: 6/21/2021 to 7/9/2021

Meeting Times: Online

NEW COURSE for Summer, 2021!
Registration for this course closes on 6/16/2021

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.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 6/21/2021 to 7/12/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/16/2021

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.

16. ESL 1 Course: Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Certified K-12 educators seeking ESL specialist certification

Dates: 6/21/2021 to 10/18/2021

Meeting Times: In person classes: 6/21-25/2021 from 8 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 10/18/2021 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 6/16/2021

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.


And Justice for ELs: A Leader's Guide to Creating and Sustaining Equitable Schools. Cooper, Ayanna, Corwin Press - ISBN 978-1-5443-8814-4.


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.

17. 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: 6/25/2021 to 7/16/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/22/2021

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.

18. CPE Course: Exploring Your Neighborhood and City

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: K-12 Educators, Social Studies Teachers

Dates: 6/25/2021 to 7/16/2021

Meeting Times: Online Course

NEW COURSE for Summer, 2021!

Registration for this course closes on 6/22/2021


INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Greenwald, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

This course will provide classroom teachers with a first-hand knowledge of the historical and architectural development in Pittsburgh, a city of 90 neighborhoods. This course shares the advantages of using the immediate community as a "classroom” for teaching social studies, art, English, as well as other subjects - and to provide teachers with the skills required to use the community as a learning resource in their own classroom.

NOTE: This is a 3-credit CPE course. However, CPE credits for this course are split between two PDE course ID numbers and will be reflected on the participant's PERMS record as: 1 credit for Exploring Your City and 2 credits for Exploring Your Neighborhood.

19. CPE Course: Backwards: The Flipped Classroom Concept

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 6/28/2021 to 7/16/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/23/2021

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes


There is no text for this course.


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? 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.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/28/2021 to 7/19/2021

Meeting Times: Online Course

NEW COURSE for Summer, 2021!

Registration for this course closes on 6/23/2021


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!

21. CPE Course: Examining Classroom Management

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 6/28/2021 to 7/16/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/23/2021

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.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 6/28/2021 to 7/16/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/23/2021

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.

23. CPE Course: ADHD in Education

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 7/2/2021 to 7/23/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/29/21

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.

24. CPE Course: Beat the Bullying: A Look Into Prevention and Intervention

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators

Dates: 7/2/2021 to 7/29/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/29/2021

INSTRUCTOR: Kristina Rose


All students need to feel a sense of belonging in the classroom so their anxieties and fears don't drive them to drop out before graduating. This course will focus on training teachers how to provide a nurturing environment where students can focus on their school work in a healthy learning environment. Participants will learn many techniques and modifications that they can take back to their classroom in order to encourage children to be self-confident and be respectful of others opinions, styles and choices. This course will help support the retention and success rate of students by reducing bullying. Students need to develop positive, healthy relationships with their teachers which in turn motivate students to thrive academically and personally.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 7/5/2021 to 7/23/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/30/2021

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.

26. 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: 7/5/2021 to 7/31/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/30/2021

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.

27. 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: 7/7/2021 to 7/28/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/2/2021

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.

28. CPE Course: Project-Based Learning and Challenge-Based Learning

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 7/12/2021 to 8/7/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/7/2021

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks


In order to keep pace with a rapidly changing world, teachers need to infuse 21st century skills into their classrooms. The students of today need to be prepared to enter a world that requires them to be able to think critically, create, communicate and collaborate to solve meaningful problems. Problem-Based Learning and Challenge-Based Learning are two instructional strategies, when used can accomplish these goals. In this three credit course, through a series of lessons, videos and various other activities, participants will learn the basic pedagogy, benefits and framework of Project-Based Learning and Challenged-Based Learning.

29. ESL 2 Course: Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 7/12/2021 to 11/15/2021

Meeting Times: In person classes: 7/12-16/2021 from 8 am to 11:30 am; Final class: 11/15/2021 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration closes for this course on 7/7/2021

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.


Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners. Authors: Snyder, Sydney and Staehr-Fenner, Diane. Corwin Press - ISBN 978-1-544-39025-3


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.

30. CPE Course: Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 7/16/2021 to 8/6/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/13/2021

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.

31. CPE Course: Building Pride - Building Character

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 7/19/2021 to 8/9/2021

Meeting Times: Online

NEW COURSE for Summer, 2021!

Registration for this course closes on 7/14/2021


INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Greenwald, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

This course will help educators build the expertise necessary to develop a character-education approach to connecting classroom curricula to "the real-world," so learning becomes more alive and relevant to their students, while building student achievement, pride, and character. Through a series of exploratory experiences, discussions, readings, and more--all of which use architecture as an interdisciplinary theme--educators will incorporate the Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation's decade-long experience in using the built environment as a classroom and the "Resiliency Wellness Approach" as advocated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education into their classrooms.

32. 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: 7/19/2021 to 8/7/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/14/2021

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.

33. CPE Course: Moving From Problems to Solutions - Building Resiliency Skills

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 7/21/2021 to 8/11/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/16/2021

INSTRUCTORS: Rhonda Bielawski and Elaine Obidowski


How do we maximize our influence to make a difference? Students of today face an increasingly complex variety of problems. The ability to successfully adapt to adversity can sometimes mean the difference between achievement and failure. In this course, we will recognize and develop the protective factors which fosters resiliency in students. We will explore the role Student Assistance has with developing resiliency, and the latest research on resiliency.

34. CPE Course: Addressing Learning Disabilities in Education

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 7/23/2021 to 8/13/2021

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/20/2021

INSTRUCTORS: Michael and Rhonda Bielawski


Participants will have the opportunity to further understand what learning disabilities are, how they are identified and how they are managed in the educational setting. Through viewing videos, examination of research, discussions among colleagues, review of legal cases, assessment of student case studies and development of sample lesson plans, standards aligned IEP goals, accommodations and modifications, participants will have tools to implement strategies within their classroom to promote student achievement for all students with learning disabilities. Pennsylvania's Resiliency/Wellness Framework elements of high expectations for students with learning disabilities, meaningful student engagement among students with learning disabilities, connectivity and bonding with students with learning disabilities, skills for life for our students with learning disabilities, clear and consistent boundaries for our students with learning disabilities as well as unconditional support for these students will also be covered.

35. CPE Course: Pittsburgh Heritage II

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators, social studies teachers

Dates: 7/30/2021 to 8/13/2021

Meeting Times: Online

NEW COURSE for Summer, 2021!

Registration for this course closes on 6/27/2021

This is a 2-credit CPE course


INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Greenwald, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Pittsburgh Heritage II will continue the themes introduced in Pittsburgh Heritage I, i.e. teaching local history and heritage through the lens of architecture. Participants will explore further the interrelated topics of local and regional history, cultural heritage, architectural styles, and visual awareness of the local environment. Remote walking tours, creative activities, readings, and a mini-lesson project will give educators an opportunity to gain further insight and enhance their ability to transfer such knowledge through established curricula to their students.

36. ESL 3 Course: Language Acquisition and Development

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 8/2/2021 to 12/6/2021

Meeting Times: In person classes: 8/2-6/2021 from 8 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 12/6/2021 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm (In person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration closes for this course on 7/28/2021

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.


How Languages are Learned (4th ed). Authors: Lightbrown, Patsy and Spade, Nina. 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.

37. 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

New
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.

38. ACT 48 Workshop: Reading Apprenticeship

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: PRIMARY TEACHERS, SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS K-5

Dates: 9/29/2021 to 5/5/2022

New
This 12 session course provides research based professional development for teaching beginning reading with emphasis on phonics, phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and beginning writing. On-site technical support is provided to all teachers in the form of coaching. All materials are included. (Lunch on your own 11:30 o 12:30)

39. 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

New
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.

40. ACT 48 Workshop: Keys to Comprehension

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: READING TEACHERS IN GRADES 3-8

Dates: 10/5/2021 to 1/18/2022

New
This professional development series consists of four sessions that focus exclusively on the literacy domain of reading comprehension. Targeted for teachers in grades 3 to 8, the content is directly aligned with the PA Core standards and state test expectations. Participants learn instructional techniques to unlock reading comprehension, applicable to both literature and informational text.

41. 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

New
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.

42. 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

New
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.

43. ESL 4 Course: Observing, Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 11/1/2021 to 1/31/2022

Meeting Times: Virtual classes scheduled for: Monday, 11/1/2021; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturdays: 11/6, 11/13, 11/20; 8:00 am to 11:30 am. Final class: Monday, 1/31/2022; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Registration for this course closes on 10/27/2021

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.


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.

44. 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

New
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.

45. ESL 5 Course: Assessment and Support for English Language Learners

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 1/3/2022 to 3/21/2022

Meeting Times: First in person class: 1/3/2022 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm; Saturday classes: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 from 8:00 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 3/21/2022 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 12/29/2021

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.


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.

46. ACT 48 Workshop: Comprehension, Close Reading, & Complex Text with Primary Students

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

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

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

New
This 4 session course provides research based professional development for teaching beginning reading with emphasis on phonics, phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and beginning writing. On-site technical support is provided to all teachers in the form of coaching. All materials are included. (Lunch on your own 11:30 o 12:30)

47. 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.