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1. ACT 48 Workshop: Resources and Strategies for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired (1/25/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to: AIU3 Teachers of the Visually Impaired

Dates: 1/25/2019

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This session will focus on resources and strategies for teachers of the visually impaired. Participants will identify opportunities to use the various educational resources, strategies and curriculum with the students on their caseloads.

2. ACT 48 Workshop: Working with Students Who Exhibit Behavioral Challenges: Effective Interventions for Tough Kids (1/30/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to: Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, and Administrators in Grades K-8.

Dates: 1/30/2019

THIS SESSION IS DESIGNED FOR SCHOOL PERSONNEL IN GRADES K-8. THE TRAINING WILL FOCUS ON SUPPORTING ANY STUDENT WHO EXHIBITS BEHAVIORS THAT ARE BARRIERS TO THEIR LEARNING OR THAT OF OTHERS. DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE TOOLS TO IDENTIFY BEHAVIORAL PATTERNS AND ALIGNING THOSE PATTERNS TO THE APPROPRIATE STRATEGY. 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. MATERIALS INCLUDED WILL BE: THE TOUGH KIDS BOOK

3. ACT 48 Workshop: DART Inservice (1/30/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to: DART Staff Only

Dates: 1/30/2019

An Overview of Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) LAMP is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach designed to provide a means of independent and spontaneous expression through a speech generating device. This course will cover the basic components of LAMP.

4. ACT 48 Workshop: Integrating Applied Behavior Analysis (1/31/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to: Special Education Teachers, Speech Therapists and Others Interested in ABA.

Dates: 1/31/2019

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This session explores the use of principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. This is your opportunity to explore features of ABA that you can utilize to address student-specific needs. Join your peers, share ideas, and explore strategies for assessment and instruction using ABA principles.

5. ACT 48 Workshop: What's Working in MTSS Forum (1/31/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to: Teachers and Administrators interested in MTSS practices.

Dates: 1/31/2019

JOIN THE AIU IN WELCOMING ALLEGHENY COUNTY SCHOOL TEAMS AS THEY SHARE BEST PRACTICES, SUCCESSES, AND CHALLENGES OF IMPLEMENTING MULTI-TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT IN ACADEMICS AND BEHAVIOR. TEAMS WILL PRESENT ON TOPICS SUCH AS DATA TEAMING, TIER ONE PRACTICES, DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT, AND TIERED INTERVENTION AS WELL AS ALLOW TIME FOR Q & A AIU Training and Consultation (TaC) Coordinators will share steps to get started or refine current practices surrounding MTSS.

6. CPE Course: Designing Making and Makerspaces for K-12 Schools

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 2/28/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 1/30/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Jacie Maslyk


Recommended Text: it is recommended that participants in this course obtain the following text. The text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers.

Title: STEAM Makers: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom Author: Maslyk, Jacie ISBN-13: 978-1506311241

The goal of this course is to impact student learning by increasing teacher knowledge and skills of the best practices for teaching maker learning. Additionally, this online course is designed to elevate student learning by supporting the development of logical reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity among K-12 students. Making is certainly enjoyable, but research suggests that it also enhances higher order thinking. Educators will learn how to create usable lessons that can be delivered traditionally, in a hybrid style of learning environment, or exclusively online that meet the rigor of the Pa Core Standards.

“Designing Making and Makerspaces in K-12 Schools” course is designed for educators to explore the history of the Maker Movement, curate free and inexpensive resources to use with students; adapt sound pedagogical approaches to infuse Making into existing curricula, and develop practical materials and methods to aid in Maker education.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 2/24/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 1/30/19

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.

8. ACT 48 Workshop: Now I Get It!! Understanding Social Expectations (2/4/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Staff, Family and Others Working with Students Who Struggle with Social Expectations

Dates: 2/4/2019

Social problem solving is the ability to evaluate and apply specific social behaviors that are aligned with social success. It requires investigation, synthesis, decision making and action. Individuals who struggle to understand the social realm will find these skills very valuable. The approach is appropriate for students who have at least a basic foundation in conversational abilities.

9. ACT 48 Workshop: LETRS Module 1

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

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

Dates: 2/5/2019

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

10. CPE Course: Improving Reading and Writing Using Children's Literature

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 2/6/2019 to 3/5/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 1/31/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Patricia Metinko


This course is designed to introduce and explore wonderful examples of children’s literature and ways to implement their use in the classroom. As we move through this course, we will be looking at children's literature, from pre-school nursery rhymes and picture books that are read to children, to the stories, myths, legends, and chapter books that children read on their own in the elementary grades and early middle school years. The primary focus is the development of your appreciation for children’s literature and how it should be included in all subject areas to enhance student learning and to make children lovers of reading. In addition, by truly incorporating children’s literature throughout subject areas, we provide the time for children to learn to love literature and to become lifelong readers. This course will introduce participants to examples of the various genres of children’s literature, explore writing styles and techniques, enhance their understanding and enjoyment of children’s literature and reading, and facilitate their growth as an advocate, proponent, and reader of children’s literature. Finally, participants will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate how they would select and use children’s literature within their classrooms, creating sequences of lessons to authenticate the coordination and interrelation of literature, reading, speaking, and writing skills.

11. ACT 48 Workshop: The Sharing Meeting (2/8/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to: AIU Speech/Language Pathologists

Dates: 2/8/2019

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12:30 – 1:00 Review critical analysis for best practice and research-based therapy. 1:00 – 3:00 Participants will move through 4 stations in half-hour increments. The stations will present evaluation, research, and therapy materials in given topics. 3:00 – 3:30 Full group questions, comments, and discussions.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 2/18/2019 to 3/15/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/13/19

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: 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.

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

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 2/18/2019 to 3/7/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/13/2019

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.

14. CPE Course: Using Instructional Technology and Media to Improve Student Achievement

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 2/21/2019 to 3/21/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/18/19

INSTRUCTOR: Jeff Taylor


This course will offer a systematic, yet very engaging, approach for using technology and media to improve student achievement in the 21st century. This approach is based on the ASSURE model, which helps teachers plan effective, integrated lessons following a six-step process. This course will explore both traditional technologies and innovative, cutting-edge approaches to selecting, using, and evaluating instructional technology and media in order to improve student achievement.

15. CPE Course: Being Mindful - Teacher and Student Wellness - Section I

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 2/25/2019 to 3/22/2019

Meeting Times: Online

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Registration for Section I of this course closes on 2/20/2019. Section II of this course is offered later this term with registration closing on 3/27/2019 for Section II. Both Sections I and II are the same course running on different dates.

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes


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

16. CPE Course: Uncovering the Truth About Fake News

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 2/25/2019 to 3/16/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/20/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks


Students that enter the classroom today are digital natives. They do not know a world without digital technologies. They are quite adept at using computers and smartphones and navigating the internet and social media websites. However, when it comes to being able to recognize authentic, fact-based news versus fake news the majority of today's students cannot tell the difference. Throughout this course, participants will explore how media literacy skills and comprehension strategies like close reading can help students analyze and evaluate news in order to determine its purpose and validity. Participants will learn how to design and model close reading strategies that will enable students in grades 4-12 to comprehend, analyze, summarize and interpret text and text structure by creating lessons that integrate media literacy skills.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Current ESL educators and educators seeking ESL specialist certification.

Dates: 2/25/2019 to 4/15/2019

Meeting Times: 2/25/19 @ 5:30-8:00 pm, Saturdays 3/2, 3/9, 3/16 @ 8:00-11:30 am, 4/15 @ 5:30-8:00 pm

Registration for this course closes on 2/20/19

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: Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs: Creating Linguistically and Culturally Responsive K-12 Schools. [2011], Heinemann Publishing. Author: Soltero, S. ISBN-13: 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.

18. CPE Course: Autism in Pop Culture

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 2/28/2019 to 5/3/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/25/2019

INSTRUCTORS: Michael and Rhonda Bielawski


As much as we may wish it were not so, we cannot ignore the power of pop-culture and the influence it has had, and will continue to have, on the public perception of autism. If you asked the person on the street his or her notion of what autism is and to provide some point of reference – the gem lodged in popular public consciousness is “that guy in Rain Man.” Those familiar with the wide spectrum of ASD clearly understand that this pop-culture archetype represents only a fraction of the true picture. In the absence of any other information (that doesn't require actually going out and finding it), what people see from these sources is what they will believe and what they will think is the truth about Autism. This course explores how Autism is portrayed in pop culture. Participants will be responsible for buying or borrowing the following books and movies: Mark Haddon's novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Cammie McGovern’s novel, Eye Contact, Jonathn Safran Foer’s novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, as well as the films Napoleon Dynamite and Rain Man.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators

Dates: 3/1/2019 to 3/30/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/26/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Kristina Rose


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

Title: 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.

20. CPE Course: 21st Century Skills

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/4/2019 to 3/23/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/27/19

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.

21. 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: 3/4/2019 to 3/25/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/27/19

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.

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

Program: CPE Courses

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

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

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/27/2019

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: 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.

23. CPE Course: Connecting with Kids

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/4/2019 to 3/25/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 2/27/2019

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.

24. ACT 48 Workshop: Through Their Eyes Supporting Students with Autism (3/4/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Educators, Related Service Providers, families of other interested participants.

Dates: 3/4/2019

Students with autism spectrum disorder and related challenges present unique learning challenges. Join us to learn more about this group of learners and how we can assist them to make progress towards their goals. Explore research-based practices, tools for collaboration and sample strategies.

25. ACT 48 Workshop: Effective Word Problem Instruction for All Learners (3/5/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to: 2nd - 5th grade regular education and special education teachers.

Dates: 3/5/2019

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Solving mathematical word problems is an ongoing problem for students with both reading and math learning disabilities, as well as students who do not have an identified learning disability. Schema-based instruction is a problem solving strategy that emphasizes identifying the underlying structure or schema to create a visual representation of the important information in order to be able to solve the problem. Through this session, participants will learn each of the underlying structures in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems in order to solve single-step and multi-step word problems.

26. CPE Course: A+ Ideas for Every Student's Success

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/6/2019 to 4/8/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/1/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Colleen Anzio


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

Title: A+ Ideas for Every Student's Success Author: Rohm, Robert ISBN-13: 978-0964108097

This course is designed to improve academic performance, increase productivity, and encourage self-esteem in students through appropriate use of classroom management techniques and motivational strategies in the class. The participant will become acquainted with the various personality profiles, including their own, and strategies to encourage an atmosphere conducive to the students’ ultimate learning ability. Participants will develop an awareness of how their profile interacts with student profiles, and with this knowledge adapt lessons accordingly. The strategies will be presented to promote positive teacher/student interaction, gain insight on predicting a students’ behavior, and knowing how to uniquely respond to the students differentiated styles.

27. CPE Course: "Apps" and iPads for the K-12 Classroom

Program: CPE Courses

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

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

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/13/19

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Roth


COURSE MATERIALS: An iPad is not required, as alternative assignments are available for those participants taking the course to learn about what an iPad can do.

Increase student motivation, interaction, and achievement with the iPad. This course will begin with a review of the basic functionality of the iPad, including some tips and tricks that are great for education, like using the iPad to present, display, project, and record. Interactive whiteboard “apps" demonstrated in this course will help teachers create exciting, usable classroom lessons with the iPad. Teachers will be able to share these lessons electronically, online, or in the physical classroom. Teachers will then be able to help their students create the same type of presentations. Participants will also learn to use the free Socrative app. This app that can be used in several ways for formative assessment. This "app" will show educators how to create exciting interactive questions and quizzes that can be projected in the classroom or sent directly to student devices such as their own iPads, iPhones, or even computers in a computer lab. The immediate feedback generated by this "app" increases the motivation of students and allows teachers to instantaneously assess the proficiency of the students. The course will conclude with the "app blitz". There is always a better "app" out there, the one that is specific to the needs of a particular educator's students. New "apps" are constantly being created, changed, and updated, and we will all put our favorite apps into a discussion board forum.

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: 3/11/2019 to 3/30/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/6/2019

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. CPE Course: ADHD in Education

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/14/2019 to 4/4/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/11/2019

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.

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

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/14/2019 to 4/4/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/11/2019

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.

31. CPE Course: Building Bridges - Working with (Difficult) Parents

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/18/2019 to 4/12/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/13/2019

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: 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.

32. CPE Course: Digital Literacy

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/18/2019 to 4/6/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/13/2019

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.

33. CPE Course: Examining Classroom Management

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/18/2019 to 4/5/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/13/2019

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.

34. ACT 48 Workshop: Special Educators' Network (3/22/19)

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Audience: Restricted to: Special Education Department Chairs OR Special Education Teacher Leaders

Dates: 3/22/2019

NEW for 2018-2019 Join the Special Educators’ Network for an opportunity to connect with other special education teacher leaders working to build capacity in the use of evidence-based practices at your school or district. Sessions will focus on assessment, methods, and strategies to support teachers in educating the whole child. The March 22nd date will focus on LRE and Autism: Explore supports to meet the needs of all types of learners utilizing tenets of IDEA. Review Implementation Strategies to enhance student progress and promote an inclusive school community. Participants will gain insights into the diagnostic and assessment information about autism spectrum disorder. Explore the unique neurological characteristics of ASD and review instructional strategies to promote progress towards goals.

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 3/25/2019 to 4/15/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/20/2019

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.

36. Tech Tools for the 21st Century

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

Dates: 3/25/2019 to 4/13/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/20/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks


Students are 21st Century Learners. Are they entering classrooms equipped to provide them with the opportunity to be creative, collaborate, communicate and think critically? Many classrooms still resemble those of the 1900's. Students need to work with technology. Technology is a part of their world except for when they are in school. This three-credit online class will educate participants on what tech tools are currently available, how to effectively integrate them the classroom and how to use tech tools as a means to differentiate lessons and activities. By the conclusion of the course, participants will have not only a collection of activities and lessons that they created for their classroom, but also the confidence to use tech tools effectively. When using technology, students are more engaged. A more engaged student learns better. More learning leads to higher student achievement.

37. CPE Course: A-Z Guide on Positive Discipline - Solutions for Classroom Behavior Problems

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 3/28/2019 to 4/28/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/25/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Colleen Anzio


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

Title: Positive Discipline: A Teacher's A-Z Guide, (Revised 2nd edition): Hundreds of Solutions for Every Possible Classroom Behavior Problem. Authors: Nelsen, Jane; Escobar, Linda; Ortolano, Kate; Duffy, Roslyn Ann and Owen-Sohocki, Debbie ISBN-13: 978-0761522454

This course is designed to address modern-day problems and provide practical solutions for establishing an effective learning environment. The participant will develop an awareness of suggestions for establishing and maintaining respectful, nurturing relationships with students. The participant will be acquainted with creating a classroom climate that enhances academic learning, uses encouragement rather than rewards and instills valuable social skills and positive behavior. The participant will understand the motivation behind students’ behavior instead of looking for causes.

38. 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: 3/28/2019 to 4/18/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/25/19

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.

39. 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: 3/28/2019 to 4/18/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/25/2019

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.

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

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 4/1/2019 to 4/22/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/27/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Roth


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

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

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

Meeting Times: Online

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

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes


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

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

Program: CPE Courses

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

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

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/27/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes


Recommended Text: it is recommended that participants in this course obtain the following text. The text can be ordered online in new or used condition; it may also be available for download to Kindle or other mobile text readers.

Title: Icebreakers a la Carte. Paperback. Author: Christian, Sandy ISBN-13: 978-1570252136

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

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

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: Online

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

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/27/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Kristina Rose


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

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

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

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

Program: CPE Courses

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

Dates: 4/1/2019 to 4/20/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 3/27/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks


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

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

Program: CPE Courses

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

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

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/8/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Colleen Anzio


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

Title: What Great Teachers do Differently: 14/17 Things That Matter Most, 2nd edition. Author: Whitaker Todd ISBN-13: 978-1596671997

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

46. CPE Course: Backwards: The Flipped Classroom Concept

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

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

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/3/18

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Himes


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

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

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

47. CPE Course: How to Develop Good Digital Citizens

Program: CPE Courses

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

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

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/3/2019

INSTRUCTOR: Jill Brooks


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

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

Program: CPE Courses

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

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

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/8/19

INSTRUCTOR: Rhonda Bielawski & Elaine Obidowski


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

49. CPE Course: Supporting Students with Autism in Education

Program: CPE Courses

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

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

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/8/19

INSTRUCTOR: Michael and Rhonda Bielawski


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

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

Program: ACT 48 Workshops

Dates: 4/11/2019

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

51. CPE Course: RUBRICS - Coordinating Instruction and Assessment

Program: CPE Courses

Audience: All K-12 educators.

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

Meeting Times: Online

Registration for this course closes on 4/16/19

INSTRUCTOR: Kristina Rose


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