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1. Structured Literacy Training: Administrators

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Administrators who hold certificates that require structured literacy training

Dates: 7/25/2023

Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Reading Achievement Center presents relevant professional development that meets Chapter 49 structured literacy requirements and is tailored to meet the literacy needs of different certificate holders' classrooms. This two-day session is tailored to administrators who cold certificates that require structured literacy training and will focus on how administrators can support the components of structured literacy in their teachers' classrooms.

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

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: ELA teachers in grades 4-8

Dates: 9/15/2023 to 3/1/2024

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.

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

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: ELA teachers in grades 4-8

Dates: 9/15/2023 to 1/2/2024

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.

4. ACT 48 Workshop: Supporting Students Struggling in Mathematics

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: K-8 Special Education Teachers, Paraeducators, Interventionists & Coaches, Reading Specialists, Special Education Liaisons

Dates: 9/26/2023

In this year-long series, participants will learn about the evidence-based practices in mathematics through the Universal Design for Learning framework in order to provide equitable access for all students. Within this process, we will engage in data analysis to determine the needs of all students, some students, and a few students. In addition, participants will work on structuring their math instructional minutes in alignment with the learning hierarchy. Participants are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to attend all sessions in series. Partial Act 48 offered. Flyer Link: Workshop Flier

5. ACT 48 Network Series: Reading Specialists' Network 2023-24

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: READING SPECIALISTS IN GRADES K-12

Dates: 9/29/2023 to 4/12/2024

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.

6. ONLINE Act 48 PD Series: Adolescent Literacy Institute

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Middle and high school reading and English teachers

Dates: 10/1/2023 to 1/2/2024

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.

7. ONLINE Act 48 PD Series: Keys to Comprehension

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Reading and ELA teachers in grades 3-8

Dates: 10/1/2023 to 1/2/2024

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.

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

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: ELA and writing teachers in grades 4-8

Dates: 10/1/2023

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.

9. ONLINE Act 48 PD Series: Word Wizards

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

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

Dates: 11/1/2023

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.

10. ACT 48 Workshop: Supporting Students Struggling in Mathematics

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: K-8 Special Education Teachers, Paraeducators, Interventionists & Coaches, Reading Specialists, Special Education Liaisons

Dates: 11/28/2023

In this year-long series, participants will learn about the evidence-based practices in mathematics through the Universal Design for Learning framework in order to provide equitable access for all students. Within this process, we will engage in data analysis to determine the needs of all students, some students, and a few students. In addition, participants will work on structuring their math instructional minutes in alignment with the learning hierarchy. Participants are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to attend all sessions in series. Partial Act 48 offered. Flyer Link: Workshop Flier

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

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Reading and ELA teachers in grades K-2

Dates: 2/1/2024 to 5/1/2024

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.

12. 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: 2/20/2024 to 4/15/2024

Meeting Times: Live classes via Zoom: Tuesday, 2/20/2024 from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm; Saturdays: 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 2024 from 8:00 am - 11:30 am; and Monday, 4/15/2024 from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Attendance is mandatory for all live Zoom classes.

Registration for this course closes on 2/15/2024

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, 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.

13. Structured Literacy Training: Administrators

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Administrators who hold certificates that require structured literacy training

Dates: 2/27/2024

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Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Reading Achievement Center presents relevant professional development that meets Chapter 49 structured literacy requirements and is tailored to meet the literacy needs of different certificate holders' classrooms. This two-day session is tailored to administrators who cold certificates that require structured literacy training and will focus on how administrators can support the components of structured literacy in their teachers' classrooms.

14. CPE Online: AI Tools in the Classroom: Introduction and Exploration

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: K-12 Educators, Academic Coaches, STEM/STEAM educators

Dates: 3/4/2024 to 3/25/2024

Meeting Times: Online

New

Registration for this course closes on 2/28/2024


INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Brian Stamford

NEW COURSE FOR SPRING 2024!

Unlock the Future of Education with AI Tools in the Classroom: Introduction and Exploration [The first in a series of two courses for K-12 educators].

In this course participants will understand how Artificial Intelligence is making a significant impact in K-12 education. Participants will also explore the broader application for using AI across a variety of subject areas and learn how AI can support teacher preparedness and improve the way teachers engage with students. Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead in education's digital evolution!

Online CPE courses are facilitated through Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email registrants 1-2 days prior to the course start date 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.

15. CPE Online: Any Device Technology Tools in K-12

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 3/4/2024 to 3/26/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/28/2024

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Roth


This streamlined three-week course will contain short mini-lessons and refreshers on technology tools that work on most devices. You will learn or be refreshed on sites such as Socrative, Quizlet, Padlet, Classtools.net, Fakebook, and Remind. You will spend time creating things that you will use for your classroom with several of these tools. The lessons are short, but optional choices are provided to dive deeper into any of the tools if you wish. Any questions at all about the course content, please feel free to email the instructor, Rick Roth at rothr@nhsd.net.

Online CPE courses are facilitated through Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email registrants 1-2 days prior to the course start date 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.

16. CPE Online: Building Bridges - Working with (Difficult) Parents

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/4/2024 to 3/29/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/28/2024

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes


Required Text: participants must obtain the following text for this course. This text can be ordered online; it may also be available for download to a mobile text reader.

Title: How to Handle Difficult Parents: Proven Solutions for Teachers, 2nd edition. Author: Tingley, Suzanne ISBN-13: 978-1593639587

Parent management skills are just as important as classroom management skills. Parents can reinforce concepts and expectations, and provide both academic and behavioral support which directly effects student success. Parents can also hinder and cause strain on the academic success of students. This course provides strategies and techniques to handle difficult parents, strengthen parent communication, and bridge the gap between home and school. This course also supports the teacher's role in effectively facilitating parent conferences. A teacher's ability to engage not only students but parents as well is crucial to the overall academic and personal achievements of our youth.

Online CPE courses are facilitated through Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email registrants 1-2 days prior to the course start date 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.

17. CPE Online: Digital Literacy

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/4/2024 to 3/30/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/28/2024

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks


Students today are known as the "Touch-Screen Generation."" These students do not know of a time when computers did not exist. They are immersed in technology and many any use mobile devices and smart phones. They know how to tweet and post images but are they digitally literate? Do they know how to analyze and interpret the information they acquired from a Google search? Can students use digital tools appropriately? In this three-credit online course participants will explore the skills necessary to be a digitally literate teacher and the role they play in creating and supporting digitally literate students. By the conclusion of the course, participants will have not only a collection of activities and lessons that they created, but also the confidence to use these digital tools and resources effectively.

18. CPE Online: Integrating the iPad into the Classroom - There Are Apps for That

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/6/2024 to 4/2/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/1/2024

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.

19. CPE Online: When It's Not Just Kids Being Kids: Bullying and Beyond

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/6/2024 to 3/27/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/1/2024

INSTRUCTORS: Rhonda Bielawski and Elaine Obidowski


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

Online CPE courses are facilitated through Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email registrants 1-2 days prior to the course start date 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.

20. CPE Online: 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: 3/8/2024 to 3/29/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/5/2024

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.

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.

21. CPE Online: Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom: Strategies, Techniques, and Materials

Program: CPE Courses

Dates: 3/8/2024 to 4/12/2024

Meeting Times: Online


Registration for this course closes on 3/5/2024

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: Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, 2018, 4th Edition. Author: Dr. Thomas Armstrong. Publisher ASCD, ISBN-13: 9781416625094

This three credit course will provide PreK-12 educators with a thorough understanding of Howard Gardner's concept of multiple intelligences. The class will provide a major focus on the various ways that students process information. Students are attracted to, become comfortable with and skilled in different ways of processing information. The book will be studied and a study guide will be completed. The course will center on developing lessons and activities that incorporate all the intelligences. The instructor will provide sample lessons at various grade levels along with the modeling of lessons. Each participant will develop one artifact for each intelligence and create several lessons. The class is intended 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.

22. CPE Online: Writing Alive: Strategies, Techniques, and Materials

Program: CPE Courses

Dates: 3/8/2024 to 4/8/2024

Meeting Times: Online


Registration for this course closes on 3/5/2024


INSTRUCTOR: Dr. William Yerger

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text for this course. This text can be ordered online; it may also be available for download to a mobile text reader. Please wait to order the course text until 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: Craft Lessons (Second Edition). Authors: Ralph Fletcher and Joanne Portalupi. ISBN-13: 978-1571107060

This course is designed for teachers K- 12 in any subject area. Teachers will learn and utilize writing craft techniques that will be taught to students. This is what's included in the class: A packet of writing ideas, opportunities to enrich your own writing, videos from the experts in writing, the reading of and critiquing articles on writing, the gaining of new thinking about teaching elements of writing craft, opportunities to learn new strategies that simplify writing for students along with creating and sharing lessons based on the text: Craft Lessons. Three proven techniques to enhance writing ability will also be addressed: the AREA Approach, Readers' Theatre, and RAFT.

Online CPE courses are facilitated through Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email registrants 1-2 days prior to the course start date 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.

23. ACT 48 Workshop: SLP Goal Writing for Students with Complex Needs

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: AIU School-Aged Program Speech/Language Pathologists and Invited Guests

Dates: 3/8/2024

New
Speech language pathologists will learn to utilize data to make decisions regarding goal setting in the speech and academic settings to incorporate mastery criteria and data collection as well as plan for independence for all learners including students with significant cognitive disabilities.

24. CPE Online: 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: 3/11/2024 to 4/2/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/6/2024

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Roth

This is a streamlined, three-week course that focuses on free technology tools that can be used to enhance any classroom. ScreenCast-O-Matic is a free tool used to easily create videos, screencasts, or online lessons, where you can show your computer screen and your lesson to your students. This course will also focus on 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, individual or cooperative assignments, and for group classroom activities. Any questions at all about the course content, please feel free to email the instructor, Rick Roth, at rothr@nhsd.net.

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.

25. CPE Online: Coping Skills: Teacher and Student Wellness

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators, school counselors and education specialists

Dates: 3/11/2024 to 4/5/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/6/2024
INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text for this course. This text can be ordered online; it may also be available for download to a mobile text reader. 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: Coping Skills for Kids Workbook, 2018. Author: Janine Halloran, MA, LMHC. PESI Publishing, ISBN-13: 9781683731221

This online course will allow participants to analyze how coping skills can be used to manage daily emotions and stress in the world of academia. There are coping skills that are proactive and others that are reactive. Participants will identify, differentiate, choose and be encouraged to engage in a variety of coping mechanisms. Basic needs must be met and mental health must be addressed before learning can take place. Participants will develop an action plan for both students and teachers (themselves) in order to implement appropriate coping skills so academic and professional goals can be met.

Online CPE courses are facilitated through Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email registrants 1-2 days prior to the course start date 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.

26. CPE Online: Tech Tools for the 21st Century

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 3/11/2024 to 4/6/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/6/2024

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks


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

27. Structured Literacy Training: Upper Elementary & Middle School ELA Teachers

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Upper elementary and middle school ELA teachers

Dates: 3/12/2024

Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Reading Achievement Center presents relevant professional development that meets Chapter 49 structured literacy requirements and is tailored to meet the literacy needs of different certificate holders' classrooms. This session is tailored to upper elementary and middle school ELA teachers.

28. CPE Online: 21st Century Skills

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/13/2024 to 4/9/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/8/2024

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks


The world that our students will enter after high school is changing on a daily basis. In order to compete in today's technology-driven world, students need to know how to function on a global scale. Teachers and administrators need to provide students with skills for jobs that do not even exist yet. Students need 21st Century Skills and teachers need to know what 21st Century Skills are and how to incorporate and develop creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills. In this three- credit online course, participants will explore 21st Century Skills, describe the unique characteristics of a 21st Century learner and design lessons that develop this skill set.

29. CPE Online: ADHD in Education

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/15/2024 to 4/5/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/12/2024

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.

Online CPE courses are facilitated through Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email registrants 1-2 days prior to the course start date 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.

30. CPE Online: Empathy: Teacher and Student Wellness

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators, school counselors and education specialists

Dates: 3/18/2024 to 4/12/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/13/2024
INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes

NEW COURSE FOR FALL 2023!

Required Text: participants must obtain the following text for this course. This text can be ordered online; it may also be available for download to a mobile text reader. 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: Teaching with Empathy: How to Transform Your Practices by Understanding Your Learners [2021], Author: Lisa Westman. ISBN-978-1-4166-3048-7

Empathy: Teacher and Student Wellness, is an online course that allows participants to analyze the role of empathy in the classroom and put new practices into place. Practicing empathy is key in successful leadership and reaching every student. Empathetic practices support Social Emotional Learning. This course encourages compassionate teaching and acceptance. It provides participants with an action plan and tools to use successfully in the classroom. One of the most important roles of an educator is to ensure student safety and connectedness to learning. Empathy allows for that. Participants will reflect, assess, and consider new practices to be sure that empathy is at the heart of the classroom environment.

Online CPE courses are facilitated through Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email registrants 1-2 days prior to the course start date 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.

31. CPE Online: Teaching K-12 Problem Solving Using Computational Thinking in all Subjects

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 3/18/2024 to 4/9/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/13/2024

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.

32. ACT 48 Workshop: SWPBIS Coaches Networking & PLC Meetings Face to Face Celebration

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: PBIS Coaches & Team Members

Dates: 3/18/2024

Flyer Link: Workshop Flier

33. CPE Online: 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: 3/20/2024 to 4/10/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/15/2024

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.

Online CPE courses are facilitated through Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email registrants 1-2 days prior to the course start date 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.

34. CPE Online: A New Look at Working with Students with Autism

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/22/2024 to 4/12/2024

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/19/2024

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.

Online CPE courses are facilitated through Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email registrants 1-2 days prior to the course start date 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.

35. CPE Online: AI Tools in the Classroom: Planning and Instruction

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: K-12 Educators, Academic Coaches, STEM/STEAM educators

Dates: 3/22/2024 to 4/12/2024

Meeting Times: Online

New

Registration for this course closes on 3/19/2024

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Brian Stamford

NEW COURSE FOR SPRING 2024!

Unlock the Future of Education with AI Tools in the Classroom: Planning and Instruction. [The second in a series of two courses for K-12 educators].

In this course, you will move beyond a basic understanding of AI to learn how to revolutionize your instructional planning. Topics include creating diverse learning objectives for each learner, enhancing student engagement, and using AI to create next-generation assessments while you explore cutting-edge AI technologies tailored for K-12 classrooms. Gain practical skills and insights to seamlessly integrate AI into your lessons, opening new horizons for personalized learning and innovation. Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead in education's digital evolution!

Online CPE courses are facilitated through Canvas learning management system [LMS]. Course instructor(s) will email registrants 1-2 days prior to the course start date 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.

36. ACT 48 Workshop: Supporting Students Struggling in Mathematics

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: K-8 Special Education Teachers, Paraeducators, Interventionists & Coaches, Reading Specialists, Special Education Liaisons

Dates: 3/26/2024

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In this year-long series, participants will learn about the evidence-based practices in mathematics through the Universal Design for Learning framework in order to provide equitable access for all students. Within this process, we will engage in data analysis to determine the needs of all students, some students, and a few students. In addition, participants will work on structuring their math instructional minutes in alignment with the learning hierarchy. Participants are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to attend all sessions in series. Partial Act 48 offered. Flyer Link: Workshop Flier

37. ACT 48 Workshop: IES Practice Guide: Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Elementary general education teachers, special education teachers, paraeducators, interventionists & coaches, reading specialists, school psychologists, building principals, other, building level admin, curriculum directors, special education liaisons, speech language pathologists.

Dates: 4/4/2024

This session will review the research and practical application of the four recommendations for teaching foundational reading skills to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common obstacles. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. This guide is geared towards teachers, administrators, and other educators who want to improve their students' foundational reading skills, and is a companion to the practice guide, Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade. To preview the practice guide, visit. Flyer Link: Workshop Flier

38. ACT 48 Workshop: Dyscalculia

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: K-12 General/Special Education Teachers, Special Education Liaisons, Paraeducators, Reading Specialists, Building Principals, Interventionists, & Coaches

Dates: 4/9/2024

This session is intended to develop an awareness of Dsycalculia and how to be support students within the mathematics classroom. Time will be devoted to exploring characteristics, myths and misconceptions, and appropriate strategies. In addition, assistive technology tools will be explored that can aid in accessing the mathematics. Flyer Link: Workshop Flier

39. Structured Literacy Training: Special Educators and Reading Specialists

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Special educators and reading specialists

Dates: 4/9/2024 to 4/10/2024

Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Reading Achievement Center presents relevant professional development that meets Chapter 49 structured literacy requirements and is tailored to meet the literacy needs of different certificate holders' classrooms. This two-day session is tailored to special educators and reading specialists.

40. Supporting Student Storytelling

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: Arts Educators, School & Program Leaders, SEL Contacts

Dates: 4/10/2024

We continue to live through challenging times. Students and school adults alike are still navigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The arts can be a helpful tool for reflecting, processing, and finding a way forward. Combining questioning strategies, storytelling, and different arts disciplines can create powerful personal narrative learning opportunities for educators and their students. During this workshop, participants will:


• Create a personal narrative and use different arts disciplines to support storytelling



• Develop questioning strategies that support personal narrative development for students



• Learn how to create an environment that encourages students to process and share their feelings



• Integrate trauma-informed teaching

Please contact Genevieve Pietrusinski at pietrusinskig@artsedcollab.org or 412-622-5544 with questions.

41. Arts Learning Theory of Change

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: Arts Educators, School & Program Leaders, SEL Contacts

Dates: 4/10/2024

At Arts Education Collaborative (AEC), we envision a diverse network of educators in Southwestern Pennsylvania that immerses young people-regardless of appearance, ability, income, or ZIP Code-in powerful, personally relevant arts learning that transforms their sense of self, ability to share thoughts and feelings, and capacity to shape communities. To actualize this vision, we delved into the research and engaged stakeholders to develop a theory of change about arts learning. During this workshop, participants will:

•Explore the three sections of the theory: environmental factors, elements of instruction, and youth outcomes.


•Learn how to advocate for arts education to different types of decision makers.


•Consider how this framework supports their particular teaching practice and context.


•Brainstorm ways to push their professional practice further, connecting to supports available through AEC and other partners.


Workshop Flier


Please contact Genevieve Pietrusinski at pietrusinskig@artsedcollab.org or 412-622-5544 with questions.

42. ACT 48 Workshop: Managing Unexpected Behavior

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: K- 12 School Personnel

Dates: 4/17/2024

You have a strong classroom management foundation in your classroom, but some students need additional strategies to be successful in that environment. This session is designed for school personnel in grades K-8 and will include tools to identify behavioral patterns and aligning those patterns to the appropriate strategy or intervention. These are interventions and strategies that are most effective for students who require more intensive class-wide and individual motivational strategies, and should be paired with effective classroom management systems. Workshop Flier

43. Structured Literacy Training: Non-ELA Certificate Holders

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Upper elementary and middle school non-ELA teachers; those holding certificates that require structured literacy training but are not currently using that certificate.

Dates: 4/17/2024

Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Reading Achievement Center presents relevant professional development that meets Chapter 49 structured literacy requirements and is tailored to meet the literacy needs of different certificate holders' classrooms. This session is tailored to certificate holders who are required to take structured literacy training but not teaching ELA (for example, middle school non-ELA certificate holders) or those holding a certificate but not using it (for example, a high school teacher who is special education certified but not teaching special education classes).

44. An introduction to the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS)

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: Arts Educators, School & Program Leaders, SEL Contacts

Dates: 4/17/2024

PDE developed arts learning standards in the early 2000s. The NCAS were updated in 2016 and are going through another round of revisions. The national standards are discipline specific, with a focus on connected learning, and include media arts. For the past six years, AEC has been incorporating the national standards into all of our professional learning programs, successfully encouraging school districts to utilize them to support curriculum writing. During this workshop, participants will:

• Learn about the different components of the NCAS including the artistic processes, anchor standards, enduring understandings, essential questions, and performance standards.


• Relate the national standards to the PA standards, leveraging a crosswalk developed by the Pennsylvania Arts Education Association.


• Align current teaching practices to the eleven anchor standards while discovering new learning opportunities and connections.


Please contact Genevieve Pietrusinski at pietrusinskig@artsedcollab.org or 412-622-5544 with questions.


Workshop Flier

45. Authentically Integrated the Arts + Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Program: Other Registered Events

Audience: Arts Educators, School & Program Leaders, SEL Contacts

Dates: 4/17/2024

Social emotional learning has been a major feature in education for well over five years now. Arts educators often note that arts learning is particularly well suited to supporting SEL in school. While this is true, doing it well requires intentional planning. Luckily, the Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning created a crosswalk between the NCAS and five SEL competencies. AEC has been using this dynamic tool in workshops to help educators. of all kinds deepen their integrated SEL instructional practices. During this workshop, participants will:


• Learn about the component parts of the NCAS/SEL crosswalk.



• Learn how to use the NCAS/SEL crosswalk to support instruction.



• Draft and/or update lesson plans based on this tool with coaching support.

Workshop Flier


It is recommended that you attend the workshop, An Introduction to the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) as a prerequisite or come to this session with prior experience with these standards.


>Please contact Genevieve Pietrusinski at pietrusinskig@artsedcollab.org or 412-622-5544 with questions.

46. ACT 48 Reporting: Transition Coordinating Council of Allegheny County (TCCAC) Meeting Series

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Transition Coordinators, Special Education Liaisons, Agency Personnel, Parents, & Families, and other district educational professionals

Dates: 4/30/2024

Flyer Link: Workshop Flier

47. Structured Literacy Training: PreK and Primary K-2 Teachers

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: PreK and Primary (grades K-2) teachers

Dates: 5/7/2024

Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Reading Achievement Center presents relevant professional development that meets Chapter 49 structured literacy requirements and is tailored to meet the literacy needs of different certificate holders' classrooms. This session is tailored to PreK and primary (grades K-2) teachers.

48. ACT 48 Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide for School Teams

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Principals, special education liaisons, school counselors, school psychologists, social workers, Other Building level Admin, Other District Level Admin

Dates: 5/13/2024

Join us for a focused professional development session to craft a streamlined Chapter 504 process. Tailored for 504 administrators, coordinators, and stakeholders, this session covers legal history, eligibility, service agreements, LEA responsibilities, and current trends. Together, we'll design an efficient process for conducting, evaluating, implementing, and progress monitoring 504s.