Catalog: Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU)

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1. Executive Functioning Skills - Organization, Task Initiation and Time Management-Day 3

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: teachers, school psychologists, therapists, guidance counselors and school social workers, parents and paraprofessionals. Teaching Executive Function Skills: An Overview is a pre-requisite to this session.

Dates: 1/17/2017

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(Pre-Requisite to this session -Teaching Executive Functioning Skills- An Overview held on any of these dates- 7/11/16, 12/9/15, 7/7/15, 3/24/15 or 7/28/14)

Description:

Students with executive functioning skill deficits require explicit instruction, guided practice, and reinforcement in order to learn and apply skills related to organizing materials, initiating tasks, and managing their time. Often, they require visual strategies or technology to prompt and reinforce completion of routines related to these skills. When students lack these executive function skills, the result is often incomplete assignments, a downward spiral of disengagement, and/or over-reliance on verbal prompts.

Objective:

In this session, K-12 educators will learn how to assess skills related to organization, task initiation, and time management. Participants will learn how to explicitly teach, reinforce, and progress monitor these skills, and how to address these skills in the IEP.

There will be an emphasis on practical strategies for integrating instruction in these skills into school routines and schedules. Participants will learn how to utilize graphic organizers and technology to teach, prompt, and reinforce these skills.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

2. Reading Apprenticeship

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Administrators, ELA Teachers, and content area teachers.

Dates: 1/17/2017 to 1/19/2017

Location: Rohrbach Room

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Join us for a three-day Reading Apprenticeship Series for secondary content area teachers that provides educators with the opportunity to investigate how to move standards aligned instruction in literacy and academic content beyond proficient. Pennsylvania Core and Academic standards require that all students be capable of reading to learn. Reading Apprenticeship provides a framework to achieve this goal so that all students are college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school. Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org.

3. CPR / First Aid - (5:00pm - 9:30pm)

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 1/17/2017

Location: Allmon Room

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CPR / First aid training by the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (Adult, Child, & AED) First Aid Training Completion card is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, Please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

4. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 1/18/2017

Location: George /Washington/Hertz, Room

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2016-2017 Instructional Coaches and Technology Coaches Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

5. IU14 Data Quality Network Meeting- January 2017

Program: Information Technology

Audience: Data Team, PIMS Administrators, Tech Coordinators, Data Analysts, Data Entry Personnel, Building and District Level Administrators

Dates: 1/18/2017

Location: Rohrbach

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Monthly PIMS Data Quality Network Meeting: January 2017

Concentration:

8:55 - 9:05 - Welcome/Roll Call

9:05 - 9:10 - January Housekeeping

9:10 - 9:50 - PIMS Submission Tips for Making PIMS Less Painful - Amber Lind, PIMS Application Support Supervisor

9:50 - 10:05 - Question and Answer

10:05 - 10:50 - Student Privacy and Data Governance - Amelia Vance, Policy Counsel, Future of Privacy Forum

10:50 - 11:00 - Question & Answer/Break

11:00 - 11:30 - eScholar Linking to PIMS for CRDC - Joe Cowan, EdFacts Coordinator, PDE

11:30 - 11:45 - Question & Answer

11:45 - 11:50 - DQN Data Governance Award of Excellence - Cindy Gavazzi

11:50 - 12:00 - Local Wrap Up

Agenda is posted in the meeting info drop down at http://dataqualitynetwork.net.

6. BSPA Meeting / Topic: Best Practices in Autism Identification

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 1/20/2017

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Topic: Best Practices in Autism Identification

7. Behavior Assessment & Intervention Training - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY in both General and Special Education

Dates: 1/23/2017

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This workshop will focus on teaching participants the science of behavior as well as the behavior assessment process. Participants will learn how and when to conduct informal and formal functional behavior assessments (FBA's).

It will also teach participants how to use behavior assessment information for the purpose of developing a specific behavior intervention plan with goals and specially-designed instruction.

Objectives:

- Participants will review the process of conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and informal assessments.
- Participants will review the process of utilizing behavior assessments to drive the development of effective Behavior Intervention Plans.
- Participants will review how to use data to make necessary adjustments to Behavior Plans.

Agenda:

- The Science of Behavior
- Conducting Behavior Assessments
- Data Collection
- Writing Measurable Behavior Goals
- Developing Behavior Intervention Plans

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

8. Berks Early Care and Education Council (BECEC) Professional Development/Inclusion Committee

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/24/2017

Location: Wyomissing Family Restaurant, 1245 Penn Avenue, Wy

The Berks Early Care and Education Council (BECEC) Professional Development/Inclusion Committee will be having a luncheon and forum please register by January 17, 2017 seats are limited. The topics will include: How an IFSP/IEP can expand the quality of your center. Will provide table activities on how to implement IFSP/IEP's in the classroom for all children ages birth through 5.

9. Classroom Leadership & Community Development

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators & K-12 School Counselors

Dates: 1/24/2017 to 2/21/2017

Location: Lincoln Room

This blended course (online and in-class) provides classroom management skills to streamline instruction and eliminate negative behaviors. Drawing upon the latest research and professional practices in both the education and corporate worlds, the course invites participants to deeply analyze their own instructional practices and create a practical action plan for future development as a classroom leader. Building Classroom Communities: Strategies for Developing a Culture of Caring by David Levine is a required text for this course (ISBN-10: 1935249916; ISBN-13: 978-1935249917). Please secure a copy prior to the start of the first session. Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org.

10. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/26/2017

Location: 111A

Day 6 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

SNOW DATE - Tuesday, JANUARY 31 if needed.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org, 610-987-8532

11. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 1/26/2017

The virtual academy directors and coordinators in Berks County are meeting to discuss, share and compare each district's online program. The objective of the meeting is to collaborate and implement best practices for operating a successful online program. If you'd like to network with the group, please join us. Just be sure to register for each month you are planning to attend.

12. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/27/2017

Location: 111A

Day 6 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

SNOW DATE - Tuesday, JANUARY 31 if needed.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org, 610-987-8532

13. Focus on Teaching and Learning (NISL Course 2)

Program: PA Inspired Leadership Program (PIL)

Audience: Principals and Assistant Principals

Dates: 1/30/2017 to 5/9/2017

Location: CIU

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For administrators who have completed NISL Course 1.

14. Motivating Mindsets: Teaching that Empowers Growth

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers K-12

Dates: 1/31/2017

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

Learn how to foster a growth mindset philosophy in your classroom that will empower students to reach their full learning potential. Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara @ 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

15. Module 1 - Effective Grading + Reporting for ALL Students

Program: Professional Development

Audience: School leaders and teachers

Dates: 2/1/2017

Location: Online

Essential Questions - What is the purpose of grading and reporting? How do we distinguish progress, process, and product learning goals? CONTENT DAY 1 A. Clarifying purposes in standards-based grading and reporting. Problems & concerns with existing grading practices. B. Different types of grading: --Grading with rubrics instead of percentages. --Using product, process, and progress learning goals to improve students learning and achievement. --Standards-based grading for exceptional and struggling learners. --The Inclusive Grading Model.

16. Teaching Employability Skills Through Classroom Routines

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Related Services Providers

Dates: 2/1/2017

Pennsylvania Code 4.11 cites that the purpose of public education is to prepare students for adult life. The employability skills that businesses value most take years to learn, practice and generalize. This process begins in kindergarten and continues through graduation.

Educators attending this training will learn how to explicitly teach employability "soft skills" to students with low incidence disabilities and complex support needs.

Employers seek workers with both "hard" and "soft skills". Hard skills are specific to a particular job. Soft skills are those that apply to all jobs in all industries. Examples include work habits, communication, and problem solving.

Morning Session:

- What skills do employers identify as most important? (A look at research and direct dialogue with local job coaches who support adults with disabilities in competitive employment)

- Explicit instruction and intentional reinforcement of employability skills at elementary, middle and secondary levels.

Afternoon Session:

- Establish classroom routines that provide guided practice in essential employability skills

- Employability Skills Portfolio

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

17. Google Tools for Educators (CPE class)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/1/2017 to 2/28/2017

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL ONLINE

The primary focus of this online course is the integration of Google tools (approx. 20) for variety of educational contexts. Emphasis is placed on how these tools can impact classroom practice. This course is designed for teachers who want to utilize free, powerful, and collaborative tools for instructional purposes. The course provides a blend of tool training and tool application for the classroom. Any questions please contact Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org.

18. Enhancing Everyday Communication Skills With Assistive Technology (AT for Communication)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special and General Ed Teachers, Speech/Language Therapists, Paraprofessionals

Dates: 2/3/2017

Description:

Some students struggle with communicating to meet their basic needs while other have difficulty expressing complex thoughts. A wide variety of technology is available to assist students with communication. Supports can range from low tech options like paper communication boards to high tech electronic devices.This training will provide a general overview of these options.

Objectives:

-Explore resources to profile students' current communication skills and to prioritize communicative functions to be addressed first

-Explore core vocabulary and its role in communication

-Explore low tech options that are easily available to support communication

-Explore a variety of electronic technology options that provide voice output for communication

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

19. Instructional Technology Professional Learning Community (IT-PLC)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers Leaders, Technology Specialists, & Instructional Coaches

Dates: 2/3/2017

Location: Lincoln Room

Instructional Technology Professional Learning Community (IT-PLC) Meeting. This network meeting will focus on technology to support teaching and learning. If you are interested in sharing ideas, tools, and best practices with your Berks County colleagues, we encourage you to join us. For more information, please contact Kevin Andreyo at 610-987-8468 or kevand@berksiu.org or Michele Buck at 610-987-8278 or micbuc@berksiu.org.

20. Low Incidence: Recreation and Leisure

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special Ed Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Paraprofessionals

Dates: 2/6/2017

description:

As part of our services to students identified with special needs, we are required to teach academic AND functional skills.- Students with Low Incidence disabilities (Intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities), require much more instruction and practice in all areas of development.- Recreation and Leisure skills are an important part of a person's everyday life for many reasons, including emotional well being and social interactions. Therefore, some of our instructional time is well spent focusing on the development of these skills.- This training will help you to identify areas of Recreation and Leisure skills that you can teach and practice in school and how those skills can positively impact a student's life in the present and in the future.

objectives:

-Identify recreation and leisure skills that a student may enjoy.

-Task analyze the activity to assess the student's current level to determine where the student needs instruction to begin.

-Explore the local area to identify what recreation and leisure activities are available and the cost associated with those activities.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org, 610-987-8532

21. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: A Staff Development Opportunity for Berks County School Districts’ employees including general and special education teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and related services providers

Dates: 2/6/2017 to 2/7/2017

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This two day training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

22. Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/6/2017 to 4/10/2017

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

This online, three credit course is for educators working in inclusive classes with students possessing varied levels of academic ability including learning disabilities, but also physical, and emotional and gifted requirements as well. Educators will be provided with a perspective on the rational of inclusionary settings, as well as preparation to implement best practices for maximizing student achievement tools. Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara @ 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org.

23. Corrective Reading - Decoding

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Paraprofessionals

Dates: 2/7/2017

Description:

The focus of this session will be effective implementation of Corrective Reading-Decoding program. Participants will learn how to place students into the appropriate level of the program, present lessons, and measure progress within the program. Participants will be provided time to practice important elements of the program including error corrections, signals, correct sound production, and providing specific praise. Participants will also be provided time to practice presenting lessons.

Content:

- Research validation of programs

- Design components of the program

- Effective use of DI scripts, correction, visual and auditory signals, and sound production

- Effective classroom arrangement, use of descriptive feedback, and methods to ensure mastery learning.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

24. Focus on Teaching and Learning (NISL Course 2)

Program: PA Inspired Leadership Program (PIL)

Audience: Principals and Assistant Principals

Dates: 2/7/2017 to 6/20/2017

Location: CLIU

New
For administrators who have completed NISL Course 1.

25. Reading Mastery Classic

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Paraprofessionals

Dates: 2/7/2017

The focus of this session will be effective implementation of the Direct Instruction programs, Reading Mastery Classic I and II. Participants will learn how to place students into the appropriate level of the program, present lessons, and measure progress within the program. Participants will be provided time to practice important elements of the program including error corrections, signals, correct sound production, and providing specific praise. Participants will also be provided time to practice presenting lessons.

Content:

- Research validation of programs

- Design components of the program

- Effective use of Direct Instruction scripts, correction, visual and auditory signals, and sound production

- Effective classroom arrangement, use of descriptive feedback, and methods to ensure mastery learning.

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

26. K-5 Math & Science Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-5 Science and Mathematics Educators

Dates: 2/7/2017

Location: Reading Museum

This meeting will provide a forum for county K-5 teachers and content leaders of mathematics and science to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices in the realm of mathematics and science.

27. CPR / First Aid - (5:00pm - 9:30pm)

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/7/2017

Location: Commonwealth A

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CPR / First aid training by the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (Adult, Child, & AED) First Aid Training Completion card is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, Please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

28. CPR / First Aid - (9:30am - 2:00pm)

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/8/2017

Location: Commonwealth A

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CPR / First aid training by the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (Adult, Child, & AED) First Aid Training Completion card is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, Please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

29. Teachers of the Gifted Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 2/8/2017

Location: Board Room

2016-2017 Teachers of the Gifted, Network Meeting and Training

30. Discovering & Dealing with Root Causes of Classroom Behavior

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/8/2017 to 2/18/2017

Location: Allmon Room

This three credit course is designed for educators K-12 who are interested in learning more about the root causes of classroom behavior, and how to address issues that may arise. Participants will receive an overview of various mental health disorders that may manifest in the classroom, along with effective strategies for how to respond to problem behavior, as well as factors that contribute to social skills development. Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494.

31. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 2/9/2017

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

32. World-Class Schooling: Vision and Goals (NISL Course 1)

Program: PA Inspired Leadership Program (PIL)

Audience: Administrators who are required to take Act 48 PIL Hours

Dates: 2/9/2017 to 5/19/2017

Location: CIU

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This course is open to all administrators who are required to accrue Act 45 hours. Other administrators are eligible to apply and will be enrolled if space permits. Course 1 is also part of the Principal Induction Program which is for principals and assistant principals who have five years or less of school administrator experience. This program is required for principals and assistant principals hired since January 1, 2008 and includes completing NISL Courses 1 and 2. NISL Course 1 must be completed before any of the other NISL courses (2 and 3) are taken.

33. CPR / First Aid - (8:00am - 12:30pm)

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/11/2017

Location: Washington Room

New
CPR / First aid training by the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (Adult, Child, & AED) First Aid Training Completion card is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, Please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

34. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 2/15/2017

Location: George Washinton Room

2016-2017 Instructional Coaches and Technology Coaches Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

35. Berks Math Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Mathematics Educators

Dates: 2/15/2017

Location: Reading Museum

This meeting will provide a forum for county teachers and content leaders of mathematics to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices in the realm of mathematics.

36. Berks Science Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators

Dates: 2/15/2017

Location: Reading Museum

This meeting will provide a forum for county teachers and content leaders of science to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices in the realm of science.

37. Google for Education (2-day professional development)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Administrators, Curriculum Directors, School Leaders, Supervisors, and Teachers who are looking to effectively integrate technology

Dates: 2/16/2017 to 3/28/2017

Location: Various

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During this 2-day learning experience, participants will explore the best practices of connected learning using Google Suite for Education with a focus on design thinking and instructional excellence. These workshops will focus on the skills and techniques needed to leverage G Suite for education in engaging, effective, and creative ways. We also feature workshops geared specifically towards administrators, school leaders, and change agents. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Take a deep dive into the Google Suite for Education ecosystem. Integrate the 4C's (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking) across the curriculum. Understand more deeply what it means to effectively integrate and create 21st-Century teaching and learning experiences.

38. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Making Grading Meaningful"

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 2/16/2017

This session will be blended model. Based on the work of Rick Stiggins and Ken O'Connor, teachers will reflect on grading practices and common pitfalls that contribute to inaccurate, unfair, and unequal reporting of student learning. The essential questions for this session are: What is the purpose for grades? What practices distort achievement? How can grades be used as accurate artifacts of student learning? Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

39. Adolescent Development and Secondary Schools

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 2/16/2017 to 3/4/2017

Location: Allmon room

This face-to-face course is designed to examine adolescent development, from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. Various theories of learning and human development will be explored, in relation to adolescents (i.e. youth aged twelve and older). The cognitive, social, emotional, physical, moral, and motivational domains will be examined in order to provide a comprehensive, integrative approach to working with adolescents in secondary schools. Course participants will also examine various models for secondary education that are consistent with 21st century teaching and learning. Through research-based readings, case studies, conceptual designs, discussions, and theoretical analyses, course participants will develop a thorough understanding of the developmental processes that affect the decisions, behaviors, and learning outcomes of adolescents. In turn, participants will be better positioned to positively impact the learning, development, and achievement of secondary school students. Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org.

40. BSPA Meeting / Topic: Executive Functioning

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 2/17/2017

Topic: Executive Functioning

41. Pediatric First Aid w/ CPR - (8:00am - 12:30pm) EI Only

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/21/2017

Location: Hertz Room

American Heart Association - Pediatric First Aid with CPR. Includes instruction in Adult, Child, Infant and AED. Certification is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

42. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 2/23/2017

The virtual academy directors and coordinators in Berks County are meeting to discuss, share and compare each district's online program. The objective of the meeting is to collaborate and implement best practices for operating a successful online program. If you'd like to network with the group, please join us. Just be sure to register for each month you are planning to attend.

43. Module 2 - Effective Grading + Reporting for ALL Students

Program: Professional Development

Audience: School leaders and teachers

Dates: 3/1/2017

Location: Online

Essential Questions - How do we develop effective standards-based report cards? How do we determine meaningful grades for exceptional learners? What do we want to communicate and why? CONTENT FOR DAY 2: A.Developing effective standards-based report cards: --The role of communication --The purpose statement --Selecting product, process, and progress standards --Developing reliable rubrics for product, process, and progress standards B.Developing effective intervention plans: --The primary focus of intervention plans --Documenting improvement and student achievement --Effectively monitoring progress --Adaptations for grading and reporting

44. Teaching Self Determination Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Related Services Providers

Dates: 3/1/2017

Among Special Education graduates, those with the most self-determination skills have the highest likelihood of attaining outcomes such as employment, independent living, financial independence, health insurance and other benefits. (Wehmeyer and Palmer, 2003; Periano, 1992; Halpern, 1990).

Self-determination includes a variety of complex and important skills. Sample self-determination skills are: informed decision-making; setting goals based upon understanding ones strengths, weaknesses and interests; evaluating ones own progress; developing a support system; advocating for oneself; and understanding the pros and cons of disclosing disability. These skills take years to learn, practice and generalize.

Participants in this workshop will learn how to explicitly teach self-determination skills needed for success after high school. They will learn to develop effective routines that provide guided practice for these skills in the elementary and secondary classroom.

Morning Session:

Self-Determination Research

Teaching Key Self-Determination Skills

- Decision-Making/Goal Setting/Action Planning

- Self Evaluation/Problem Solving

Afternoon Session:

Guided Practice and Generalization

Classroom Routines (practice opportunities)

Disability Disclosure

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

45. Using Web 2.0 Tools to Teach 21st Century Skills

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 3/1/2017 to 3/31/2017

Location: NO CLASS MEETING

This online course is designed to help educators apply the current trends, research, and best practices for supporting instruction with appropriate application of recent and innovative educational technologies - specifically Web 2.0 tools. For both experienced professionals and newcomers interested in incorporating the latest Internet technology into existing curricular units to help students achieve their educational standards and objectives. During this course, educators will develop effective teaching methods and instructional strategies that capitalize on students' interest in Web 2.0 technologies and use that familiarity to improve students' acquisition of 21st Century skills. Course content will emphasize student relevant in today's classroom environments. This course addresses the challenge of developing interdisciplinary, active learning experiences that increase technology literacy of students through the use of Web 2.0 tools. Educators will evaluate and analyze current relevant research, and create projects demonstrating conceptual understanding of infusing Web 2.0 technology into the classroom. This course is organized around fifteen content modules. In the content modules there are educational objectives, course content, required readings, learning activities, class discussions, sharing and reflections, technology projects, assessments, and the integration of Web 2.0 activities into the classroom to specifically address 21st Century skills. Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494.

46. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County School District General and Special Education who hold CURRENT Safety-Care certification

Dates: 3/7/2017

Wait List

This one-day re-certification training is intended to refresh previously learned skills and maintain trainee compliance with Safety Care standards. Safety-Care training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety-Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety-Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

47. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 3/8/2017

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

48. ESL Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 3/8/2017

Location: Board Room

This meeting will provide a forum for county administrators and content leaders of ESL to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices.

49. ESL Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 3/8/2017

Location: Board Room

This meeting will provide a forum for county teachers and content leaders of ESL to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices.

50. Behavioral Self Regulation: Teaching Your Students to Manage Stress, Anxiety & Sensory Input BEFORE They Have a "Meltdown" - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: A Staff Development Opportunity for General and Special Education Teachers

Dates: 3/14/2017

This training will focus on providing educators with a method for teaching students to regulate their behaviors related to stress, anxiety and sensory input. Participants will learn to teach students to identify and rate their own levels of anxiety/agitation as well as teach methods for independently implementing strategies to change their behavior. Additionally, participants will learn how to teach students to identify early signs of stress and anxiety so that they can intervene early and provide students with life skills to prevent behavioral challenges and become independent self-regulators. (PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY)

Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

51. Para Academy-Day 7

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/14/2017

Location: George

Day 7 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org, 610-987-8532

52. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 3/15/2017

Location: George /Washington/Hertz, Room

2016-2017 Instructional Coaches and Technology Coaches Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

53. Para Academy-Day 7

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/15/2017

Location: George

Day 7 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

54. BSPA Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 3/17/2017

BSPA Meeting

55. Child Sexual Abuse, General Child Abuse and Neglect of Children

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 3/20/2017 to 4/24/2017

Location: ALL WORK ONLINE

This ONLINE three credit graduate level course is designed to prevent child sexual abuse. It will assist educators in recognizing student behaviors resulting from predatory pedophile threats, as well as physical abuse and neglect in their lives. The class will conduct forensic reviews of cases involving pedophiles, review warning signs of sexual abuse in children, and delve into the psychological torment inflicted on victims and how that torment is then transferred into the school setting. It will provide techniques and resources for supporting the traumatized child, within the school setting. The course will also review criteria for mandated reporters when addressing issues of general child abuse and neglect, however, at the present time, this course does not replace the mandated 3-hour training required by Section 1205.6 of the Public School Code of 1949. The following book (approx. $15 on Amazon) is required for use with this class. "Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, & Other Sex Offenders. Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children." o Salter, A. Ph.D. (2003). New York, NYC: Basic Books. ISBN# 0-465-07173-2 Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org.

56. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Special Education: Legalities and Practicalities"

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 3/22/2017

This session (blended model) is designed to demystify the requirements involved with providing special education services. General and special educators will be provided with practical information about their responsibilities to their students with IEPs. Focus areas will include relevant federal and state regulations, child find, evaluations, eligibility, IEP documents, timelines, discipline, and secondary transition. Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

57. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 3/23/2017

The virtual academy directors and coordinators in Berks County are meeting to discuss, share and compare each district's online program. The objective of the meeting is to collaborate and implement best practices for operating a successful online program. If you'd like to network with the group, please join us. Just be sure to register for each month you are planning to attend.

58. Module 3 - Effective Grading + Reporting for ALL Students

Program: Professional Development

Audience: School leaders and teachers

Dates: 4/1/2017

Location: Online

Essential Questions - How can effective grading practices lead to improved student learning and achievement? How do we develop a comprehensive reporting system that addresses school and district policies and facilitates communications with various stakeholders? CONTENT FOR DAY 3: A. Reviewing standards-based reporting forms: --Learning from others--what has worked? --Processes that guarantee success or lead to failure B. Addressing critical issues related to grade books, report cards, and transcripts C. Best practices in communicating with various stakeholders: --School and district policies to be considered --Facilitating communication between schools and families D. Why consider a comprehensive reporting system?

59. Google Tools for Educators

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 4/1/2017 to 4/30/2017

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL ONLINE

The primary focus of this online course is the integration of Google tools (approx. 20) for variety of educational contexts. Emphasis is placed on how these tools can impact classroom practice. This course is designed for teachers who want to utilize free, powerful, and collaborative tools for instructional purposes. The course provides a blend of tool training and tool application for the classroom. Any questions please contact Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org.

60. Classroom Leadership & Community Development

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators & K-12 School Counselors

Dates: 4/4/2017 to 5/2/2017

Location: Lincoln Room

This blended course (online and in-class) provides classroom management skills to streamline instruction and eliminate negative behaviors. Drawing upon the latest research and professional practices in both the education and corporate worlds, the course invites participants to deeply analyze their own instructional practices and create a practical action plan for future development as a classroom leader. Building Classroom Communities: Strategies for Developing a Culture of Caring by David Levine is a required text for this course (ISBN-10: 1935249916; ISBN-13: 978-1935249917). Please secure a copy prior to the start of the first session. Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org.

61. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Technology-Supported Instruction"

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 4/19/2017

Location: Session will be online

This session (online) enables exploration and practice of 21st Century learning technologies, and investigates how integration of these technologies in the classroom can impact teaching and classroom dynamics. A variety of Web2.0 tools for managing information, creating content, and collaborating for learning will be explored. Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

62. Pediatric First Aid w/ CPR - (8:00am - 12:30pm) EI Only

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 4/20/2017

Location: Washington Room

American Heart Association - Pediatric First Aid with CPR. Includes instruction in Adult, Child, Infant and AED. Certification is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

63. BSPA Meeting / Topic: Neuropsych Applications

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 4/21/2017

Topic: Neuropsych Applications

64. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 4/26/2017

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

65. Discovering & Dealing with Root Causes of Classroom Behavior

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 4/26/2017 to 5/6/2017

Location: Allmon Room

This three credit course is designed for educators K-12 who are interested in learning more about the root causes of classroom behavior, and how to address issues that may arise. Participants will receive an overview of various mental health disorders that may manifest in the classroom, along with effective strategies for how to respond to problem behavior, as well as factors that contribute to social skills development. Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494.

66. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 4/27/2017

The virtual academy directors and coordinators in Berks County are meeting to discuss, share and compare each district's online program. The objective of the meeting is to collaborate and implement best practices for operating a successful online program. If you'd like to network with the group, please join us. Just be sure to register for each month you are planning to attend.

67. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County School District General and Special Education who hold CURRENT Safety-Care certification

Dates: 5/1/2017

This one-day re-certification training is intended to refresh previously learned skills and maintain trainee compliance with Safety Care standards. Safety-Care training is intended to prepare staff to safely prevent and manage dangerous behavior. Staff learns to intervene professionally and therapeutically using a safe, effective approach designed to prevent or reverse escalation of problem behavior and avoid the use of restraint. Safety-Care de-escalation skills work with individuals who can communicate verbally and those who cannot. Safety-Care is based on an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model and focuses on removing/reducing environmental consequences that reinforce problem behavior.

Any questions, please contact Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

68. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 5/9/2017

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

69. Para Academy-Day 8

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/9/2017

Location: Hertz

Day 8 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org, 610-987-8532

70. Teachers of the Gifted Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 5/9/2017

Location: Board Room

2016-2017 Teachers of the Gifted, Network Meeting and Training

71. Berks Science Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators

Dates: 5/10/2017

Location: Washington Room

This meeting will provide a forum for county teachers and content leaders of science to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices in the realm of science.

72. Para Academy-Day 8

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/10/2017

Location: Hertz

Day 8 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org, 610-987-8532

73. Berks Math Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Mathematics Educators

Dates: 5/10/2017

Location: Washington Room

This meeting will provide a forum for county teachers and content leaders of mathematics to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices in the realm of mathematics.

74. K-5 Math & Science Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-5 Science and Mathematics Educators

Dates: 5/11/2017

Location: Washington Room

This meeting will provide a forum for county K-5 teachers and content leaders of mathematics and science to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices in the realm of mathematics and science.

75. ESL Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 5/17/2017

Location: Board Room

This meeting will provide a forum for county administrators and content leaders of ESL to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices.

76. ESL Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 5/17/2017

Location: Board Room

This meeting will provide a forum for county teachers and content leaders of ESL to discuss curriculum and best instructional practices.

77. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 5/18/2017

Location: George /Washington/Hertz, Room

2016-2017 Instructional Coaches and Technology Coaches Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

78. BSPA Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 5/19/2017

BSPA Meeting

79. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 5/25/2017

The virtual academy directors and coordinators in Berks County are meeting to discuss, share and compare each district's online program. The objective of the meeting is to collaborate and implement best practices for operating a successful online program. If you'd like to network with the group, please join us. Just be sure to register for each month you are planning to attend.

80. Pediatric First Aid w/ CPR - (8:00am - 12:30pm) EI Only

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 6/20/2017

Location: Washington Room

American Heart Association - Pediatric First Aid with CPR. Includes instruction in Adult, Child, Infant and AED. Certification is good for 2 years. Any questions regarding this course, please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615.

81. ThreeDays/ThreeModes: Implementing the PA Core Standards in Writing for K-5

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 9/26/2017 to 12/5/2017

This three-day workshop series offers K-5 teachers in all disciplines an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how the PA Core Standards in literacy, specifically writing, impact classroom practices. Through an exploration of the PA Core, participants will uncover the curricular possibilities of the three modes (argumentative, informative, narrative) across all content areas and learn how to integrate them through classroom writing in rich and meaningful ways. Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration. If you have any questions, please contact, Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494; estalc@berksiu.org.

82. ThreeDays/ThreeModes: Implementing the PA Core Standards in Writing for 6-12

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 9/27/2017 to 12/6/2017

This three-day workshop series offers 6-12 teachers in all disciplines an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how the PA Core Standards in literacy, specifically writing, impact classroom practices. Through an exploration of the PA Core, participants will uncover the curricular possibilities of the three modes (argumentative, informative, narrative) across all content areas and learn how to integrate them through classroom writing in rich and meaningful ways. Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration. If you have any questions, please contact, Esteffani Alcantara at 610-987-8494; estalc@berksiu.org.