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1. CPE Course: The First Days of School: How to be an Effective Teacher

Program: CPE Courses

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/26/2022

Meeting Times: Online

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Registration for this course closes on 6/29/2022


INSTRUCTOR: Dr. William Yerger

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 First Days of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher, 5th Edition. Author: Harry K. Wong, Harry K. Wong Publications. ISBN-13: 978-0976423386

This course walks the educator through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year. It will be great for the first-time teacher and just as much as for the seasoned professional! This course will provide educators with a goldmine to pertinent information to make not only the first day of school but every day run smoothly adding other numerous strategies besides what's in the book. This may be one of the most amazing books on teaching practices you will ever read! You will be able to complete assignments ahead of the required dates to adjust to your schedule. There are no required Zoom or group meetings. This class is meant to be stress free.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

2. 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: 7/6/2022 to 7/27/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 6/30/2022

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.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

3. CPE Course: Introduction to Text Comprehension

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 7/8/2022 to 7/29/2022

Meeting Times: Online Course

Registration for this course closes on 7/6/2022

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.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 7/11/2022 to 7/29/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/7/2022

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.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 7/11/2022 to 8/5/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/7/2022

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.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

6. 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: 7/15/2022 to 8/5/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/13/2022

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.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

7. ESL 2 Course: Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 7/18/2022 to 11/14/2022

Meeting Times: In person classes: 7/18-21/2022 from 8 am to 11:30 am; Final class: 11/14/2022 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration closes for this course on 7/13/2022

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.


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.

8. 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: 7/22/2022 to 8/12/2022

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 7/20/2022

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.

Online CPE courses take place in our Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email each registrant 1-2 days prior to the start date of the course with instructions on how to access and log into Canvas LMS to begin the course. Please check your email Inbox and Spam folder for the instructor's message. If you do not receive an email message by noon on the first day of the course, please email Linda Muller. Thank you.

9. ESL 3 Course: Language Acquisition and Development

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 12/5/2022

Meeting Times: In person classes: 8/1-4/2022 from 8 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 12/5/2022 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm (In person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration closes for this course on 7/27/2022

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.


How Languages are Learned (5th ed). Authors: Lightbrown, Patsy and Spada, Nina. Oxford Press - ISBN 9780-194406291.


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.

10. ONLINE Act 48 PD Series: Text-Dependent Analysis Part 2

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: ELA teachers in grades 4-8

Dates: 9/15/2022

This three-module 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. Cost: $450 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first module opens. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

11. ONLINE Act 48 PD Series: Text-Dependent Analysis: Effective Instructional Practices

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: ELA teachers in grades 4-8

Dates: 9/15/2022

This fully online four-module 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. Cost: $600 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first module opens. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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.

12. ACT 48 PD Series: K-3 Reading Apprenticeship

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: ELA Teachers in Grades K-3

Dates: 9/20/2022 to 5/17/2023

The K-3 Reading Apprenticeship Model is a unique professional development model that supports primary reading teachers with the knowledge, skills, best practices, and on-site support in teaching all students to be skilled readers and writers. This professional development opportunity consists of initial intensive, comprehensive training in reading history, pedagogy, theory, research, and proven instructional practice and monthly follow-up trainings to build breadth and depth of professional knowledge in the English Language Arts. Teachers meet for 12 sessions at the AIU and additional technical support takes place at each site. Cost: $3,800 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first session. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

13. ACT 48 PD Series: Text-Dependent Analysis: Effective Instructional Practices

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: ELA Teachers in Grades 4-8

Dates: 9/21/2022 to 1/23/2023

This four-day 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. Cost: $600 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first session. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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.

14. ACT 48 PD Series: Text-Dependent Analysis: Effective Instructional Practices PART 2

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: ELA Teachers in Grades 4-8 who have previously participated in the AIU's Text-Dependent Analysis: Effective Instructional Practices series

Dates: 9/29/2022 to 3/1/2023

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. Cost: $450 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first session. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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.

15. ONLINE Act 48 PD Series: Adolescent Literacy Institute

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: Middle and high school reading and English teachers

Dates: 10/1/2022

The Adolescent Literacy Institute is a series of online modules 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. Cost: $600 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first module opens. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

16. ONLINE Act 48 PD Series: Keys to Comprehension

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: Reading and ELA teachers in grades 3-8

Dates: 10/1/2022

This professional development series consists of four online modules 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. Cost: $600 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first module opens. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

17. ONLINE Act 48 PD Series: Thinking Through the Pencil

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: ELA and writing teachers in grades 4-8

Dates: 10/1/2022

Thinking Through the Pencil is a four-module online 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. Cost: $600 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first module opens. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

18. ACT 48 PD Series: Keys to Comprehension

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: Reading Teachers in Grades 3-8

Dates: 10/5/2022 to 1/31/2023

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. Cost: $600 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first session. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

19. ACT 48 Network Series: Reading Specialists' Network 2022-23

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: READING SPECIALISTS IN GRADES K-12

Dates: 10/7/2022 to 3/31/2023

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. Sessions will be held in a hybrid format, giving participants the option to join in person at the AIU or via Zoom. There is no charge for this network series.

20. ACT 48 PD Series: Thinking Through the Pencil

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: ELA and Writing Teachers in Grades 4-8

Dates: 10/12/2022 to 2/7/2023

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. Cost: $600 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first session. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

21. ACT 48 PD Series: Adolescent Literacy Institute

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: ELA Teachers in Middle and High School

Dates: 10/18/2022 to 2/14/2023

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. Cost: $600 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first session. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

22. ACT 48 PD Series: Word Wizards

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: ELA, Reading, and English Teachers in Grades 3-12

Dates: 10/27/2022 to 2/1/2023

Build your students into word wizards! This three-session professional development series presents teachers in grades 3-12 with research and practical strategies to strengthen students word knowledge, through both indirect vocabulary exposure and direct vocabulary instruction. Cost: $450 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first session. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

23. ONLINE Act 48 PD Series: Word Wizards

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: ELA, reading, and English teachers in grades 3-12

Dates: 11/1/2022

Build your students into word wizards! This online professional development series presents teachers in grades 3-12 with research and practical strategies to strengthen students word knowledge, through both indirect vocabulary exposure and direct vocabulary instruction. Cost: $450 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first module opens. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

24. ACT 48 Workshop: ELA Symposium: Engagement Strategies for Reading Comprehension (Grades 3-5)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: ELA Teachers in Grades 3-5, Administrators

Dates: 11/1/2022

The ELA Symposium is the Reading Achievement Center's annual workshop addressing a critical need for strengthening teacher practice that improves student achievement. This session, for ELA teachers in grades 3-5, will focus on engagement strategies for reading comprehension.

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

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 11/3/2022 to 1/30/2023

Meeting Times: Virtual classes scheduled for: Thursday, 11/3/2022; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturdays: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19; 8:00 am to 11:30 am. Final class: Monday, 1/30/2023; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Registration for this course closes on 10/31/2022

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.


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.

26. 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: 1/4/2023 to 3/20/2023

Meeting Times: First in person class: Wednesday, 1/4/2023 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm; Saturday classes: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21 from 8:00 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 3/20/2023 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 12/29/2022

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.


Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges to Educational Equity (2nd ed). Author: Gottlieb, Margo. 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.

27. ACT 48 Workshop: ELA Symposium: Engagement Strategies for Reading Comprehension (Grades 6-8)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: ELA Teachers in Grades 3-5, Administrators

Dates: 1/10/2023

The ELA Symposium is the Reading Achievement Center's annual workshop addressing a critical need for strengthening teacher practice that improves student achievement. This session, for ELA teachers in grades 6-8, will focus on engagement strategies for reading comprehension.

28. ONLINE Act 48 PD Series: Comprehension, Close Reading, and Complex Text: Laying the Foundation K-2

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: Reading and ELA teachers in grades K-2

Dates: 2/1/2023

Transitioning students to the demands of the PA Core Standards is not a job just for teachers in the tested grades! This four-module 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. Cost: $450 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first module opens. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

29. ACT 48 PD Series: Comprehension, Close Reading & Complex Text: Laying the Foundation K-2

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: Primary Teachers of Reading (Grades K-2)

Dates: 2/8/2023 to 5/10/2023

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. Cost: $450 per participant. Districts will be invoiced after the first session. When registering, please select "Purchase Order” 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 participate in this workshop, and your supervisor is aware of the professional development fee.

30. 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: 2/20/2023 to 4/17/2023

Meeting Times: First in person class: Monday, 2/20/2023 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm; Saturday classes: 2/25, 3/4, 3/11 from 8:00 am - 11:30 am; Final class: 4/17/2023 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (in person classes meet at AIU3 central office)

Registration for this course closes on 2/15/2023

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Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs [2011], Author: Soltero, Sonia 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.