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1. American Kestrel Webcam Teacher Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science and Language Arts educators, grades 1-8

Dates: 4/19/2019

Location: Hawk Mtn. Sanctuary

Starting Today
For ACT 48 ONLY

2. Community Collaborations: Improving Services to Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 4/23/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

Starting Soon
Participants will take part in a facilitated discussion to develop strategies to improve services to children and families experiencing homelessness.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 4/23/2019

Location: Allmon Room

Starting Soon
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 County Transition Coordinators Meeting (BCTC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 4/24/2019

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Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 4/24/2019

Location: Allmon Room

Starting Soon
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.

6. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 4/25/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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2018-2019 Instructional Coaches and Technology Coaches Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

7. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Audience: School district homeless liaisons and foster care POCs et al.

Dates: 4/25/2019

Location: IU13 Conference Center

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Training sessions will focus on advanced-level McKinney-Vento and foster care topics

8. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 4/25/2019

Starting Soon
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.

9. School Climate Network Group Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, School Leaders, Counselors, and other Support Staff

Dates: 4/26/2019

Location: Commonwealth A & B Rooms

The Berks County School Climate Leadership Network will connect school leaders and staff who have an interest in, a need for, and ideas to promote a more positive school climate within their educational organizations. Leveraging the strategies of facilitation required for highly collaborative professional networks, participants will learn from one another, grow together, and reflect on their practice with their peers. April 26th half-day meeting will focus on building a cohesive and ready team and exploring strategies for building strong connections and supportive relationships between students and staff members. This event is open to all staff members from Berks County schools at no cost and is part of the School Climate Leadership Initiative through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Carissa Noel at carnoe@berksiu.org.

10. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Audience: School district homeless liaisons and foster care POCs et al.

Dates: 4/30/2019

Location: IU13 Lebanon

Training sessions will focus on advanced-level McKinney-Vento and foster care topics

11. Developing Career Ready Graduates - Elementary or Middle or High School

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 5/1/2019 to 5/31/2019

During this six-hour, online, Act 48 course, teachers will examine state and federal policy and initiatives that support career education at their grade level. They will analyze national and regional workforce data and ways to make use of it during student and parent interactions as well as examine examples of career connections in the classroom. Finally, they will have the opportunity to assess and analyze PA Career Education and Work Standards and construct or modify an existing lesson or activity that demonstrates the integration of a career connection(s).

After registering, participants will receive an email with a link to the class in Canvas. A new class will begin the first of every month.

12. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: A Staff Development Opportunity for Berks County School DistrictsÔÇÖ employees including general and special education teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals

Dates: 5/1/2019 to 5/2/2019

Location: BCIU Main Office, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

13. Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Advancing Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 5/2/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

The Advancing Workshop is intended for Pathway Partners who are completing the Pathway process. Participants reflect on the implementation of their Actin Plans and their school/district's connection to the four pillars of STEM education. The goals of the workshop include: 1. Reflect upon your connection to the four pillars of STEM education 2. Share experiences on Action Plan implementation 3. Make a plan to continue the Pathway

Participants are asked to bring a fully charged laptop.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Tanya Bonilla-Smith (tanbon@berksiu.org).

If you have questions about workshop content, please contact Charlie Trovato (chatro@berksiu.org).

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 5/4/2019

Location: Allmon Room

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.

15. Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 5/6/2019 to 5/24/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

This online 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 Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

16. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting #4

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 5/7/2019

Location: George/ Washington Room

2018-2019 Teachers of the Gifted, Network Meeting and Training. The gifted network provides an opportunity for gifted educators to discuss and collaborate with their peers on issues at the federal, state and local level that impact the delivery of gifted services. Each meeting will begin with time devoted to updates on gifted issues and professional development. The remaining time will be allocated for open dialogue among the participants and an opportunity to develop GIEPs with support from fellow gifted educators.

17. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Audience: School district homeless liaisons and foster care POCs et al.

Dates: 5/7/2019

Location: Dogwood Room

Training sessions will focus on advanced-level McKinney-Vento and foster care topics

18. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 5/8/2019

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

19. STEM Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 5/8/2019

Location: Hertz

The purpose of the BCIU STEM Network Meetings is to give STEM leaders and educators an opportunity to: * Stay informed of the most current information from the PDE and professional organizations, and share that information with colleagues in their school or district * Engage in collegial professional development activities for the purpose of building their own capacity to strengthen standards aligned systems at the classroom, building and district levels * Serve as a collaborative resource for regional professional development activities * Network and engage in collegial dialogue with other "job alike" professionals

20. Vision Training - May

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 5/8/2019

Location: Lincoln Room

Vision Itinerant Training-Best practices and teaching techniques

21. Discovering & Dealing with Root Causes of Classroom Behavior (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 5/8/2019 to 5/18/2019

Location: BCIU-1111 Commons Blvd - Lincoln Room

This three credit Face-to-Face 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.

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 PA 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 Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

22. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Audience: School district homeless liaisons and foster care POCs et al.

Dates: 5/9/2019

Location: TBA

Training sessions will focus on advanced-level McKinney-Vento and foster care topics

23. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Audience: School district homeless liaisons and foster care POCs et al.

Dates: 5/10/2019

Location: Commonwealth A/B

Training sessions will focus on advanced-level McKinney-Vento and foster care topics

24. Reading Units of Study Network Meeting 3-5

Program: Professional Development

Audience: 3-5 Teachers

Dates: 5/13/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

The Reading Units of Study Network Group will be facilitated using the Open Spaces concept. Open Spaces allow smaller groups to form within a larger group based upon topics the participants have identified. Within the small groups, teachers collaborate, learn from each other, and collectively determine next steps.

Any questions regarding the meeting please contact Christina Foehl chrfoe@berksiu.org

25. Reading Units of Study Network Meeting K-2

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-2 Teachers

Dates: 5/13/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

The Reading Units of Study Network Group will be facilitated using the Open Spaces concept. Open Spaces allow smaller groups to form within a larger group based upon topics the participants have identified. Within the small groups, teachers collaborate, learn from each other, and collectively determine next steps.

Any questions regarding the meeting please contact Christina Foehl chrfoe@berksiu.org

26. What Every Teacher Should Know about Teaching English Language Learners (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 5/14/2019 to 6/25/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

This online course is intended to help be more successful with the EL’s in the classroom. All the course’s reading and writing assignments are intended to help participants better align their teaching with five Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards. This framework was revised by the PA Department of Education in 2015 to better correlate with Pennsylvania Core/Academic Standards, thus increasing rigor in the ESL program and giving ELs equitable access to subject content. Throughout the course we utilize the PA English Language Proficiency Standards along with their Model Performance Indicators, to illustrate and teach how to effectively differentiate instruction and assessment across content areas for ELs at varying levels of English Language Proficiency.

This course requires a textbook to be purchased prior to the start date: The Language-Rich Classroom (ISBN# is 978-1-4166-0841-7).

Any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

27. Para Academy-Day 8

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/14/2019

Location: Commonwealth A

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

28. Para Academy-Day 8

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/15/2019

Location: Commonwealth A

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

29. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 5/16/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

2018-2019 Instructional Coaches and Technology Coaches Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

30. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Audience: School district homeless liaisons and foster care POCs et al.

Dates: 5/16/2019

Location: ESC Caln Room 401

Training sessions will focus on advanced-level McKinney-Vento and foster care topics

31. Bullying/Cyber-Bullying and the Legal Considerations of Safe2Say Initiative

Program: Information Technology

Audience: Berks County SD Superintendents, Central Office Adminstrators, Building Principals and Counselors, and Technology Staff

Dates: 5/16/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach Rooms

New
Attorney Mark Walz will review the varied laws and essential legal considerations surrounding bullying, cyber-bullying and implementation of the new Safe2Say system. The presentation provides school administrators with specific examples of key problem areas, and how to avoid them through careful legal analysis. Time for questions and answers will be allotted.

32. BSPA: Bilingual Assessment & Intervention

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 5/17/2019

BSPA Meeting: Presenter: Anelys Santos & Nixa Rodriguez

This meeting is only available to those who hold a valid school psychologist certification/credential and/or are currently enrolled in a school psychology training program.

33. No Fear Coding for Beginners: K-12 (CPE Class)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-8 Educators

Dates: 5/20/2019 to 6/24/2019

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

New
The online course is appropriate for all K-12 educators who have little or no experience in computer science. The course aims to help participants understand how computational thinking fits into the larger curriculum. There will many opportunities to try coding at the students comfort level and support critical thinking more generally.

The learners will have diversified opportunities to engage in the content through discussions, interactive video, article readings, slide shows, video and hard copy tutorials. Students will be able to have options to select lessons and activities that address their instructional environment and their personal learning style.

Any questions, please contact Tanya Bonilla-Smith, 610-987-8494, tanbon@berksiu.org.

34. Threat Assessment Team Training (V-STAG)

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 5/21/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines (V-STAG) is an evidence-based model for schools to use in conducting threat assessments in K-12 schools. The model provides a step-by-step process in the manual, Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines, for conducting a threat assessment when a student has made a threat or engaged in threatening behavior. The goal of this model is to prevent violence and return a student to school by understanding why a threat was made and resolve the conflict or problem that stimulated the threat. This model was developed by Dr. Dewey Cornell and colleagues at the University of Virginia and has been widely adopted by schools in Virginia and nationwide.

Workshop Learning Objectives:



• Learn the rationale for using a threat assessment model.



• Learn and apply Threat Assessment Guidelines in schools.



• Become familiar with legal and mental health issues in threat assessment.



• Practice using the model to address cases of threats made by students.

Manual:



• One copy of the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines will be included with team registration.



• Additional manuals may be requested when registering and will be made available for teams at training, if preordered. Cost is $50.00 per additional manual.

35. ESL Administrators & Teachers Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Administrators

Dates: 5/22/2019

Location: Commonwealth A/B

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

36. Applied Digital Skills Workshop

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers and School Librarians grades 5 and up

Dates: 5/23/2019

Location: Commonwealth

Join Kiker Learning to learn how you can use the free Applied Digital Skills G Suite curriculum to help your students develop critical, job-ready digital skills that meet state standards.

In this hands-on training, we'll walk through lessons with tangible outcomes:

Introduction to the curriculum and deep dive into units: You will get expert-led training that takes you through the curriculum and its blended learning format.

Hands-on time: You will have hands-on time where you pretend to be a student using the curriculum, and create your first class as a teacher.

Brainstorm uses: You will brainstorm with experts and your colleagues on ways to integrate the curriculum into your classroom to maximize your students' learning outcomes.

All teachers and school librarians are invited to join us! We've seen the curriculum used in everything from culinary arts classes to science and technology classes and recommend it for grades 5+. We are so excited to provide your district with this limited time, pilot PD opportunity, and welcome all educators.

This 3 hour workshop is aimed to help teachers in grades 5 and up to learn and start using the APPLIED DIGITAL SKILLS free online course to build digital literacy as part of the GROW WITH GOOGLE campaign. Applied Digital Skills is designed to help learners obtain new digital skills using G Suite that they can prepare for job and life situations.

To view flyer, highlight the following URL and right click: https://tinyurl.com/y6petq49

Any questions, please contact Josh Hoyt at joshoy@berksiu.org

37. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 5/23/2019

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.

38. Be Trauma-Informed: When Behavior Plans Don't Work (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators, therapists, behavior specialists, mental health workers, and/or social workers

Dates: 6/1/2019 to 6/30/2019

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK IS DONE ONLINE

The goal of this online course is to impact student learning by expanding their knowledge about and perspectives on children who are impacted by developmental trauma, such as neglect; divorce; physical, emotional and sexual abuse; significant familial mental health and substance abuse; witnessing domestic violence; displacement and homelessness.

Further, participants who take this course should be expected to see changes in student learning by being able to identify what the behaviors of a child who has experienced developmental trauma look like in the classroom setting, and being able to respond to those students’ unique needs by having learned strategies to utilize within the classroom setting in order to mitigate significant behavioral and emotional manifestations that negatively impact educational performance and progress.

The required text for this course is "Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress" written by: Debbie Zacarian, Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, and Judie Haynes. Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4166-2460-8. PDF e-book ISBN: 978-1-4166-2462-2.

Any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

39. Developing Career Ready Graduates - Elementary or Middle or High School

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 6/1/2019 to 6/30/2019

During this six-hour, online, Act 48 course, teachers will examine state and federal policy and initiatives that support career education at their grade level. They will analyze national and regional workforce data and ways to make use of it during student and parent interactions as well as examine examples of career connections in the classroom. Finally, they will have the opportunity to assess and analyze PA Career Education and Work Standards and construct or modify an existing lesson or activity that demonstrates the integration of a career connection(s).

After registering, participants will receive an email with a link to the class in Canvas. A new class will begin the first of every month.

40. Threat Assessment Team Training (V-STAG)

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 6/3/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines (V-STAG) is an evidence-based model for schools to use in conducting threat assessments in K-12 schools. The model provides a step-by-step process in the manual, Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines, for conducting a threat assessment when a student has made a threat or engaged in threatening behavior. The goal of this model is to prevent violence and return a student to school by understanding why a threat was made and resolve the conflict or problem that stimulated the threat. This model was developed by Dr. Dewey Cornell and colleagues at the University of Virginia and has been widely adopted by schools in Virginia and nationwide.

Workshop Learning Objectives:




• Learn the rationale for using a threat assessment model.




• Learn and apply Threat Assessment Guidelines in schools.




• Become familiar with legal and mental health issues in threat assessment.




• Practice using the model to address cases of threats made by students.

Manual:




• One copy of the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines will be included with team registration.




• Additional manuals may be requested when registering and will be made available for teams at training, if preordered. Cost is $50.00 per additional manual.

41. Para - June grads only- June 11-14, 2019

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: paraprofessionals in the Academy for the 2018-2019 school year

Dates: 6/11/2019 to 6/14/2019

Location: George

Closed
These 4 days are for Paraprofessionals who did not attend the 4 days in August, 2018 but attended the October 3, 2018 meeting. It will register you for all 4 days, and on Friday, June 14,2019 you will have your interview and graduation.

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

42. Core Connections to Instruction & Technology Conference 2019

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/12/2019 to 6/13/2019

Location: Governor Mifflin High School

This two-day conference emphasizes instructional best practices, innovation and practical classroom application. The sessions are designed to deepen understanding of instructional tools and techniques that promote student centered learning and equity. Any questions please contact Heidi Gamler @ heigam@berksiu.org.

43. Is Your Customer Service Up to PAR (Professional, Accurate, Responsive)?

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 6/13/2019

We may not work at Amazon, but we, as educational office professionals, do customer service every single day. What is good customer service for the school office? What does it mean to you, as the educational office professional? Why is it important to be professional, accurate, and responsive to your customers? What image are you portraying to your customers in your office? During this workshop, we will address these questions, and discuss the importance of teamwork and shared direction in a school office in order to get and keep your customer service up to PAR.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

44. YOU Make a Difference

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 6/13/2019

Do you have pride in your work? Do you feel appreciated? Do you handle all situations in your office well? If you answer "no"´┐½ to any of these, this workshop is for you. We will talk about how to take pride in your work, the power of teamwork, how to feel appreciated (and show appreciation), and how to understand difficult people - all in an effort to help you realize you really DO make a difference in your office environment. There is no unimportant job in any school district. Every job matters, so you have to be armed and ready to show what you do and can do to make yours matter even more.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

45. The Art of Questioning in Today's Classroom

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 Educators and Administrators

Dates: 6/15/2019 to 7/15/2019

Location: Class is online

This online facilitated course begins June 15 and ends July 15. Questions pique our natural inquisitiveness and aid the brain's search for personal connection and meaning. How do we use questioning to increase the effectiveness of teaching and learning? How do we shift the responsibility for question asking to students? This asynchronous online course will provide the research basis for questioning and different question techniques/protocols. Teachers will observe questioning in action, design effective questions and incorporate them into lessons.

46. Flipped, Blended, and Beyond! (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/16/2019 to 6/30/2019

Location: ONLINE CLASS

New
This ONLINE course focuses not only on flipped instruction but also on technology integration and differentiated instruction which is inherently associated with flipping the classroom. Through an examination of ways to move lower depth of knowledge content and activities out of the "spotlight"´┐½ in the classroom, teachers can greatly impact student achievement by increasing the amount of class time used for higher level activities such as discussions, projects, labs, and group activities. This course will impact student learning by providing teachers a clear and specific strategy to use when meaningfully integrating technology into the classroom. Student learning will be positively impacted because flipping the classroom provides avenues for a student-centered learning environment. Participants will analyze specific models of flipped instruction and design strategies for using the teaching model in their own classes.

Any questions, please contact Lori Gerber @ lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

47. Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/16/2019 to 6/30/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

New
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 Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

48. Building 21st Century Learners through Web-Based Learning for the Elementary Teacher (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: Elementary Teachers

Dates: 6/17/2019 to 7/6/2019

Location: ALL WORK IS DONE ONLINE

New
This online course will begin to show teachers how they can reach students far beyond just giving them knowledge, as well as ways to increase student engagement, create data-driven instruction, and individualize instruction. They will also see the "big picture"´┐½ as it relates to technology including digital citizenship, foundation skills, ISTE standards, and STEM. 21st Century Learning is a term that educators are buzzing about. Many teachers have heard of this term but are not sure where to even begin as it relates to these skills. The world of technology is vast and is growing. It is our job to begin to prepare students for a world that is unknown to them. When we begin to give them the skills necessary to be successful, we can begin to prepare them for their future. This course will narrow the 21st Century skills into eleven units. This course will take educators through the journey of what a 21st Century elementary classroom should look like. Teachers will learn the background, be introduced to the latest trends, and be given time to explore web-based applications. This course is a must for all elementary teachers looking to expand their classroom beyond the traditional methods. Any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

49. Pediatric First Aid w/ CPR - (8:00am - 12:30pm) Early Intervention only

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 6/17/2019

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.

50. BECEC EI Provider Conference "The ABC's of Early Intervention"

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 6/18/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

Working with very young children is a rewarding, yet often challenging experience due to the unique service delivery system. Using a transdisciplinary teaming approach with an emphasis on coaching the caregiver moves therapists from a dyadic model of service delivery to a triadic model, which includes parents and caregivers as integral members of the early intervention team. In this one-day seminar we will examine the ABCs of early intervention to empower providers with critical evidence regarding best practice guidelines when working with very young children and their families. Some of the topics we will explore include: barriers to success in early intervention, coaching the caregiver, creating functional IFSP outcomes, embedding strategies into naturally occurring routines, and providing services in the childcare setting. If you are an early intervention professional or you want to learn effective strategies for coaching the caregiver, this seminar is for you.

51. Units of Study in Teaching Phonics Quick Start Professional Learning Workshop Kindergarten - Grade 2

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-2 classroom teachers, literacy specialists, reading specialists, coaches

Dates: 6/21/2019

Location: George/Washington Rooms

Phonics instruction only matters because it enables reading and writing. In order for phonics to be useful, it must be transferred to authentic situations.

Learn directly from professional developers from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) team to guide your students to use both item knowledge (such as blends and digraphs) and also the strategies and purposes that allow them to draw on that item knowledge to become problem solvers, word scientists, super-power readers, and writers. The TCRWP team will provide an orientation to The Units of Study in Phonics and how it integrates with the Reading and Writing Units of Study.

The TCRWP team will present the most essential ideas and research that illuminate phonics instruction, beginning with knowledge of the student and assessment through responsive teaching techniques. You'll see ways to teach lively, well-paced lessons and have many of your questions answered.

Please bring your Units of Study in Phonics kit with you to the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

52. BCSLA Power Library User Conference - Access PA ILL (SHAREit)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: BCSLA Librarians

Dates: 6/25/2019

Location: George/Washington Room

The POWER Library User Conference will focus on two sessions for beginner and intermediate users of the e-resources and SHAREit. There will be new topics and opportunities to learn and share with your peers. The sessions will focus on E-Resources, Access PA ILL (SHAREit), and the new PA Photos and Documents digital management tool, Islandora. Please bring your own internet-enabled device to the training in order to fully participate. Wi-fi will be available and power outlets for recharging devices will be available during breaks. Special notice for PA Photos and Documents (Islandora) participants. To fully participate in those sessions, a laptop (not a tablet) with Wifi capability is required.

53. BCSLA Power Library User Conference - Power Library E-Resources

Program: Professional Development

Audience: BCSLA Librarians

Dates: 6/25/2019

Location: George/Washington Room

The POWER Library User Conference will focus on two sessions for beginner and intermediate users of the e-resources and SHAREit. There will be new topics and opportunities to learn and share with your peers. The sessions will focus on E-Resources, Access PA ILL (SHAREit), and the new PA Photos and Documents digital management tool, Islandora. Please bring your own internet-enabled device to the training in order to fully participate. Wi-fi will be available and power outlets for recharging devices will be available during breaks. Special notice for PA Photos and Documents (Islandora) participants. To fully participate in those sessions, a laptop (not a tablet) with Wifi capability is required.

54. GSuite 101

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/27/2019

Location: BCIU

How to navigate and utilize the google ecosystem of Chrome, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Classroom, Sites, Youtube etc.

55. Literacy Across the Student Day: How to Build a Foundation of Disciplinary Literacy in Grades 4-12

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Educators, Grades 4-12

Dates: 6/27/2019

Location: BCIU

Richard Allington's research tells us that the most significant way we can increase student literacy achievement is by increasing the sheer volume of reading and writing happening across the student day. What can literacy activities look like in different content areas, and how can we leverage them to build student engagement? Join us for a day of best practices in disciplinary literacy and leave with ideas about how to grow the literacy skills of your scientists, historians, mathematicians, and more!

56. Integration of STEM and Career through Project Based Learning

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 Educators and Administrators

Dates: 7/1/2019 to 7/31/2019

Location: Class is online

This online facilitated course begins July 1 and ends July 31. Through this innovative online workshop, educators will engage in professional development exploring Project-based Learning (PBL) and integrating STEM Thinking and Career Education and Work Standards. Upon completion, teachers will have an outline of one unit to be developed and implemented during the school year. Participants will gain further knowledge to continue this work after the course has ended. Participants will continue to become versed in:

• the challenges their students must be equipped to address in future careers,

• the knowledge and skills required to tackle these challenges, and

• opportunities to engage with best instructional practices to enhance student learning

57. Mindfulness for Educators and Their Students (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: PreK-12 Educators

Dates: 7/1/2019 to 8/11/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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This online course is designed to better understand the concept of mindfulness and how it benefits emotional well-being of both teachers and students, the content of this course is relevant to most standards relating to adult professional learning, health and well-being, classroom management, social and emotional learning including developing student interpersonal skills.

The teacher will be working to implement the course material into his/her own life and classroom, thus meeting the "Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning."´┐½ In turn, the students will be directly impacted by the deliberate choices and modifications the teacher makes, hence helping the students to meet the standards of "PA Academic Standards for Student Interpersonal Skills."´┐½

This course does require a text: Mindfulness for Teachers by Patricia Jennings (ISBN 978-0393708073).

Any questions/concerns, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

58. Canvas LMS for Beginners

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/2/2019

Location: BCIU

During this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of Canvas LMS. Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) with tools for teaching and learning. Participants will learn how to use the LMS tools in the context of practical strategies for design, development, and management of online, hybrid, or traditional courses through hands-on exercises. Please bring a laptop or notify the instructor that you would like to borrow one.

59. Making the Most of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Your Classroom

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/3/2019

Location: BCIU

During this workshop, you will get practical advice on how you can use open educational resources in your classroom. Access thousands of learning resources and rich media including lesson plans, units of study, courses, videos, interactives, and complete standards-aligned textbooks. The OER movement has your back with free, Creative Commons licensed materials that will help your students access and keep high quality, effective learning resources. Please bring a laptop or notify the instructor that you would like to borrow one.

60. Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 7/26/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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This online 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 Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

61. The Science of Behavior: Behavior Instruction Connection-2 Days

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Special and Regular Education Teachers, Administrators, Psychologists, Related Service Professionals & Parents, SORRY, NO PARAPROFESSIONALS

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 7/9/2019

Location: Commonwealth

This two-day training will provide participants with information on changing student behavior through the use of research-based effective instructional practices. Participants will learn how to use effective instructional and classroom management techniques to prevent problem behaviors. By utilizing principles and strategies from both behavior and effective instruction research, school personnel can focus on preventing disruptive behavior that occurs in the classroom.

Topics will include:

- Basic Behavior Principles
- Organizing and structuring your classroom
- Designing and implementing explicit and fair classroom rules
- Assessing behavior
- Developing Behavior Intervention Plans
- Effective instructional strategies based upon the 10 Effective Teaching Principles
- Strategy instruction related to keeping students actively engaged with instruction including how to use response cards, error correction, group response, time trials, and guided notes

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 PA 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 Frontline Education registration.

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

YOU MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS TO RECEIVE CREDIT HOURS

62. Discovering & Dealing with Root Causes of Classroom Behavior (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 7/18/2019

Location: BCIU-1111 Commons Blvd

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This three credit Face-to-Face 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.

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 PA 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 Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

63. Drop Out Prevention

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: General and Special Ed Administrators, Teachers, Guidance Professionals and Related Service Personnel

Dates: 7/9/2019

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Blvd. - Reading, PA 19605

State and federal mandates hold school districts increasingly accountable for graduation rates of all students. Students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to drop out of school compared to students without disabilities. Extensive research points to practical strategies for meeting the needs of students who demonstrate high "alterable" risk factors.

The session will provide an overview of dropout prevention research and participants will begin to develop plans for applying evidence-based dropout prevention strategies in their school settings. Emphasis will be placed on tiered models of intervention that have been demonstrated to impact graduation rates of high-risk students when implemented at elementary, middle or high school levels, in rural, suburban and urban districts.

Please contact Cheryl Gregory, chegre@berksiu.org, 610-987-8425 with questions.

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 Frontline registration.

64. Communication Systems for Life Skills Support and Multiple Disabilities Support Classrooms-CANCELLED

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Special Education Teachers

Dates: 7/10/2019

Location: Board

Classroom communication systems can be used to enhance the development of communication skills for all students in life skills support and multiple disabilities support classes. These classes often have students with widely varied skills in this area; however, classroom systems can provide common ground for instruction. Embedding explicit language instruction into daily routines can provide for instruction and generalization of developing language. This training will include information about functions of communication, essential vocabulary for these systems, and how to model 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.

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

65. Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities: An Overview - Day One of Two Day Series (Day Two is July 11, 2019) You must register for EACH day if attending both sessions

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Teachers, administrators, parents, paraprofessionals, related service personnel, and agency staff serving students with disabilities approaching age 14 through 21 years

Dates: 7/10/2019

Location: BCIU Main Office, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA

Day 1 is An Overview.

This session will address transition assessment and multi-year transition planning for students with disabilities who plan to attend 4 year college, community college, or technical school. The session will include opportunities for direct interaction with representatives of postsecondary institutions. Participants will develop next step action plans to apply what they have learned to their work with students.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

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 Frontline registration.

66. Communication Systems for Life Skills Support and Multiple Disabilities Support Classrooms - 1/2 day

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Special Education Teachers

Dates: 7/10/2019

Location: Board

Classroom communication systems can be used to enhance the development of communication skills for all students in life skills support and multiple disabilities support classes. These classes often have students with widely varied skills in this area; however, classroom systems can provide common ground for instruction. Embedding explicit language instruction into daily routines can provide for instruction and generalization of developing language. This training will include information about functions of communication, essential vocabulary for these systems, and how to model communication.

Objectives for Day One

1. Review of core vocabulary

2. Presentation of framework pairing core vocabulary with functions of language

3. Introduction to applying of functions of language to daily routines and classroom procedures

4. Correlation of language functions to transition 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.

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

67. Teaching Skills Essential for Transition to Postsecondary Education - Day Two of Two Day Series (Day One is July 10, 2019)

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Teachers, administrators, parents, paraprofessionals, related service personnel, and agency staff serving students with disabilities approaching age 14 through 21 years

Dates: 7/11/2019

Location: BCIU Main Office, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA

Participants will learn practical strategies for teaching skills such as time management, organization, problem solving, action planning, and self-evaluation that are essential for successful transition to postsecondary education. The session will include instructional materials, as well as examples for assessment, goal writing, and progress monitoring related to essential functional skills.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

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 Frontline registration.

68. Creating Writers through 6-Trait Writing K-12 (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: Educators in all content areas, from primary grades through college

Dates: 7/14/2019 to 8/25/2019

Location: ALL ONLINE - NO CLASS MEETINGS

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What is 6-Trait Writing? It is an assessment model and a powerful instructional tool that is used by teachers all over the country to help students improve their writing grades K-12! It is so popular, that even Scholastic and the website "Writing Fix" have embraced this model created by Education Northwest more than 20 years ago.

This ONLINE Canvas course is designed to fit your needs, whether you are teaching in the primary or intermediate grades. It also can be adapted to meet the needs of any writing that is used in the content areas. During this course, you will receive 6-Trait writing lessons, teacher and kid-friendly writing rubrics, knowledge on effective feedback to students and information on how this model will help you transition into the new Common Core Standards for writing. This course can be successfully completed by a novice online participant.

Participants are required to have access to a computer with Microsoft Office 2000 or newer.

Any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

69. Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom K-12 (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: Teachers and administrators, K-12

Dates: 7/14/2019 to 8/25/2019

Location: ALL CLASSWORK DONE ONLINE, NO CLASS MEETINGS

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This ONLINE course will help teachers and administrators K-12 build a specific set of evidence-based practices, methodologies, and interventions for teaching and working with children with autism spectrum disorders. The participants will define autism, understand inclusive schooling, learn to create a comfortable classroom, discuss the importance of social belonging, learn how to develop and implement meaningful instructional strategies for students with autism in all content areas, sustain positive behavior supports, and collaborate with parents and professionals.

This course will utilize the book "You're Going to Love This Kid!" (second edition/ISBN-10: 159857079X) by Paula Kluth along with online peer reviewed articles, videos, websites on autism, and discussion forums to meet the objectives of this course. To culminate this course, the participants will be required to write either a unit of lesson plans or a researched-based three page essay utilizing APA format describing strategies and techniques for teaching students with autism in the inclusive classroom.

Any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

70. Motivating Mindsets: Teaching that Empowers Student Growth

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 Educators and Administrators

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 8/15/2019

Location: Class is online

This online facilitated course begins July 15 and ends August 15. What do Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey all have in common? They all failed miserably! However, each of these people also have a growth mindset which allowed them to use their failure as a vehicle for growth and greatness. This asynchronous online workshop will immerse educators in growth mindset to develop awareness of the messages we send students that could be precipitating a fixed mindset and limiting student growth. Teachers will be given the tools to facilitate growth mindsets and academic tenacity with their learners.

71. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: Summer Workshops

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

Dates: 7/16/2019 to 7/17/2019

Location: BCIU Main Office, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

72. Science Goal Setting and Root Cause Analysis

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Building Level Principals, Science and Biology Educators

Dates: 7/18/2019

Location: BCIU

Join us for a day of digging into and making data informed decisions around curriculum to help increase student achievement and growth. During this workshop, participants will dive into root cause analysis of teacher and school level data to help drive and inform curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices. Participants will create and walk away with an action plan built to implement the next day! Participants are asked to bring a fully charged laptop/device, PVAAS login credentials, and an outline of their curriculum or copy of their scope and sequence for Biology.

73. Introduction to Executive Functioning Skills: PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Professionals including teachers, school psychologists, therapists, guidance counselors, school social workers. Sorry - NO PARAPROFSSIONALS

Dates: 7/23/2019

This session provides an overview of key executive functioning skills such as time management, organization, self-regulation, self-monitoring, impulse control, planning, and problem solving. Participants will learn about the impact of executive functioning on school success and daily living. Practical strategies for teaching executive functioning skills will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on how to prioritize the skills to be taught, and how to plan and implement practical instructional strategies.

Content:

- Research related to executive functioning skills

- Impact of executive functioning on school performance and daily living

- Assessment, determining which skills need to be taught, prioritizing skills to be taught

- Practical strategies for teaching executive functioning skills

- Task analysis and instructional design related to functional skills

- Graphic organizers and use of technology to support the development of executive functioning skills

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

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.

74. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Berks County School District General and Special Education who hold CURRENT Safety-Care certification. Please check your expiration date on your certificate to determine your eligibility for recertification.

Dates: 7/24/2019

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

75. Building Problem-Solving Habits in Our Youngest Learners with Elementary STEM Design

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Grades K-5, STEM Coaches and Building Level Administrators

Dates: 7/30/2019

Location: BCIU

STEM is all around us! While there is no shortage of inspiring STEM activity ideas, how can you connect the dots from one to the next in order to grow habits of problem-solving and design in the elementary learner? In this workshop, we will explore how exposing kids to authentic global problems and leaning into the design process will transform your elementary students and lift the level of their thinking, problem-solving and design.

76. Communication Systems for Life Skills Support and Multiple Disabilities Support Classrooms - 1/2 day

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Special Education Teachers

Dates: 7/30/2019

Location: Board

Classroom communication systems can be used to enhance the development of communication skills for all students in life skills support and multiple disabilities support classes. These classes often have students with widely varied skills in this area; however, classroom systems can provide common ground for instruction. Embedding explicit language instruction into daily routines can provide for instruction and generalization of developing language. This training will include information about functions of communication, essential vocabulary for these systems, and how to model communication.

Objectives for Day Two

1. Brainstorm core vocabulary associated with daily routines and special events

2. Practice modeling of vocabulary using visual supports

3. Develop plans to implement strategies to focus on communication in daily routines/procedures

4. Develop a classroom visual support to monitor core vocabulary instruction

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

77. Grow a Classroom Culture of Empathy and Collaboration

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Educators, Grades K-12, Counselors, Building Leaders, Instructional Coaches

Dates: 7/31/2019

Location: BCIU

The new school year brings an opportunity to build strong relationships and form a classroom family around a common learning purpose. In this workshop, we will explore strategies for breaking down the barriers that divide students in a classroom and prevent them from connecting to the learning and to their peers. You will leave with fresh ideas about how to grow your classroom family with a focus on empathy and collaboration.

78. Transition to Supported or Competitive Employment for Students with Disabilities

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Professionals & Paras who work with students with disabilities ages 14 years and up

Dates: 7/31/2019

In May 2016, Governor Wolf signed an Executive Order that requires schools to work with the PA Department of Human Services and the PA Department of Labor to prepare youth with disabilities for competitive, integrated employment.

This training will prepare special education teachers, paraprofessionals and other school staff to provide age-appropriate career and employability assessment and to collaborate with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Developmental Programs to connect students with funding for agency support. Agency representatives will be available to provide information about recent changes related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory, chegre@berksiu.org, 610-987-8425.

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 Frontline registration.

79. Getting Started with Proloquo2Go - 1/2 Day

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Speech/Language therapists and special education teachers, SORRY NO PARAPROFESSIONALS

Dates: 7/31/2019

Location: Hertz

Proloquo2Go is the choice of many school district teams for students using an augmentative/alternative communication app. This three hour session will cover features and customization of vocabulary within this app. Participants are encouraged to bring iPads with this app installed as there will be only a few iPads available for participants to share.

Please contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org, 610-987-8532, with questions.

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.

80. Administrators Conference 2019 (AM Session)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Berks County school district administrators

Dates: 8/1/2019

Location: Perkins Bldg

Presenter to be determined

81. Administrators Conference 2019 (PM Session)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Berks County school district administrators

Dates: 8/1/2019

Location: Various Rooms

Job-Alike Sessions

82. Behavior Assessment & Intervention Training - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY in both General and Special Education

Dates: 8/6/2019

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 Frontline registration.


If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

83. Low Incidence Math Instruction

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: General and Special Education Teachers - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Dates: 8/6/2019

Description:

In this training we will explore various low incidence math programs. This session will provide information on academic and functional math skills. Participants will learn best instructional practices and how to build math fluency for students with cognitive disabilities. Also included will be error-less teaching procedures and procedures to task analyze math skills. p>

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.


If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8425.

84. Teaching Math Developmentally and Conceptually

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Educators Grades K-8, Special Education, and Administrators

Dates: 8/6/2019

Location: BCIU

Participants will be provided with an overview on how to teach mathematics conceptually and developmentally. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment will be modeled and discussed.

85. Classroom Management for NEW TEACHERS

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: Regular and special education teachers of students preschool through age 21, administrators, psychologists and related professionals who have recently changed positions or have been hired in the last 1-3 years. SORRY, NO PARAPROFSSIONALS.

Dates: 8/7/2019

Location: Rohrbach

This one day training is intended for PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY (sorry, no Paraprofessionals). This training will provide participants with the skills necessary to implement effective procedures in their classrooms related to the fundamental connection between behavior and instruction. Instructional topics will include basic behavioral science, basic effective instructional practices that promote active student engagement, developing and teaching effective classroom rules and procedures, steps to structuring classrooms that will promote improved classroom management, steps to avoid common classroom management traps, and effective behavioral programs to manage groups of students.

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

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.

86. Paraprofessional Academy- 2 days in August

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special education paraprofessionals, instructional assistants, classroom assistants, and Title 1 assistants

Dates: 8/21/2019 to 8/22/2019

Location: 1111 Commons Blvd. Reading, PA 19605

This is the first two days of a six-day series that will prepare paras to meet the rigorous federal and state standards and the Pennsylvania Paraeducator credential. Once the six days have been completed in their entirety, individual assessments are complete, and supervisory approval has been given, the paraprofessional will be able to apply for the PA Paraeducator credential. Participants must attend every one of the six sessions to meet the requirements.

YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND BOTH DAYS OF THESE FIRST AUGUST DATES. OTHERWISE, PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE OCTOBER 2rd EVENING CLASS.

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

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.

87. Flipped, Blended, and Beyond! (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/22/2019 to 11/24/2019

Location: ONLINE CLASS

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This ONLINE course focuses not only on flipped instruction but also on technology integration and differentiated instruction which is inherently associated with flipping the classroom. Through an examination of ways to move lower depth of knowledge content and activities out of the "spotlight"´┐½½ in the classroom, teachers can greatly impact student achievement by increasing the amount of class time used for higher level activities such as discussions, projects, labs, and group activities. This course will impact student learning by providing teachers a clear and specific strategy to use when meaningfully integrating technology into the classroom. Student learning will be positively impacted because flipping the classroom provides avenues for a student-centered learning environment. Participants will analyze specific models of flipped instruction and design strategies for using the teaching model in their own classes.

Any questions, please contact Lori Gerber @ lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

88. Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/22/2019 to 11/24/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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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 Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

89. Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 9/23/2019 to 10/11/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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This online 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 Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

90. Paraprofessional Academy-October 2, 2019 - Evening Session

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: special education paras, instructional, classroom and Title I assistants in Berks County

Dates: 10/2/2019

Location: BCIU Main Office-1111 Commons Blvd, (off Tuckerton

Cannot attend the August Academy but can attend two days in June, 2020?

The 2 August days (August 21 and 22, 2019) will be repeated on June 17 and 18, 2020. If you elect to attend the June dates, then you must attend an introductory meeting on October 2, 2019 from 4:00-6:30 pm. You will also be attending the same 4 school-year days in October, January, March and May as the paras that began in August. ALL para interviews, reception and graduation will be held June 19, 2020.

This is a six-day series that will prepare paras to meet the rigorous federal and state standards and the Pennsylvania Paraeducator credential. Once the six days have been completed in their entirety, individual assessments are complete, and supervisory approval has been given, the paraprofessional will be able to apply for the PA Paraeducator credential. Participants must attend every one of the six sessions to meet the requirements.

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

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.

91. Mindfulness for Educators and Their Students (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: PreK-12 Educators

Dates: 10/14/2019 to 11/24/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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This online course is designed to better understand the concept of mindfulness and how it benefits emotional well-being of both teachers and students, the content of this course is relevant to most standards relating to adult professional learning, health and well-being, classroom management, social and emotional learning including developing student interpersonal skills.

The teacher will be working to implement the course material into his/her own life and classroom, thus meeting the "Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning."´┐½½ In turn, the students will be directly impacted by the deliberate choices and modifications the teacher makes, hence helping the students to meet the standards of "PA Academic Standards for Student Interpersonal Skills."´┐½½

This course does require a text: Mindfulness for Teachers by Patricia Jennings (ISBN 978-0393708073).

Any questions/concerns, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

92. Threat Assessment Team Training (V-STAG)

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 10/18/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines (V-STAG) is an evidence-based model for schools to use in conducting threat assessments in K-12 schools. The model provides a step-by-step process in the manual, Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines, for conducting a threat assessment when a student has made a threat or engaged in threatening behavior. The goal of this model is to prevent violence and return a student to school by understanding why a threat was made and resolve the conflict or problem that stimulated the threat. This model was developed by Dr. Dewey Cornell and colleagues at the University of Virginia and has been widely adopted by schools in Virginia and nationwide.

Workshop Learning Objectives:





• Learn the rationale for using a threat assessment model.





• Learn and apply Threat Assessment Guidelines in schools.





• Become familiar with legal and mental health issues in threat assessment.





• Practice using the model to address cases of threats made by students.

Manual:





• One copy of the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines will be included with team registration.





• Additional manuals may be requested when registering and will be made available for teams at training, if preordered. Cost is $50.00 per additional manual.

93. STEM Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 10/23/2019

Location: George

The purpose of the BCIU STEM Network Meetings is to give STEM leaders and educators an opportunity to:

* Stay informed of the most current information from the PDE and professional organizations, and share that information with colleagues in their school or district

* Engage in collegial professional development activities for the purpose of building their own capacity to strengthen standards aligned systems at the classroom, building and district levels

* Serve as a collaborative resource for regional professional development activities

* Network and engage in collegial dialogue with other "job alike" professionals

94. STEM Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 12/10/2019

Location: Hertz

The purpose of the BCIU STEM Network Meetings is to give STEM leaders and educators an opportunity to:

* Stay informed of the most current information from the PDE and professional organizations, and share that information with colleagues in their school or district

* Engage in collegial professional development activities for the purpose of building their own capacity to strengthen standards aligned systems at the classroom, building and district levels

* Serve as a collaborative resource for regional professional development activities

* Network and engage in collegial dialogue with other "job alike" professionals

SNOW DATE IS DECEMBER 17

95. STEM Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 3/17/2020

Location: George

The purpose of the BCIU STEM Network Meetings is to give STEM leaders and educators an opportunity to:

* Stay informed of the most current information from the PDE and professional organizations, and share that information with colleagues in their school or district

* Engage in collegial professional development activities for the purpose of building their own capacity to strengthen standards aligned systems at the classroom, building and district levels

* Serve as a collaborative resource for regional professional development activities

* Network and engage in collegial dialogue with other "job alike" professionals

SNOW DATE MARCH 24, 2020

96. STEM Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 5/5/2020

Location: George

The purpose of the BCIU STEM Network Meetings is to give STEM leaders and educators an opportunity to:

* Stay informed of the most current information from the PDE and professional organizations, and share that information with colleagues in their school or district

* Engage in collegial professional development activities for the purpose of building their own capacity to strengthen standards aligned systems at the classroom, building and district levels

* Serve as a collaborative resource for regional professional development activities

* Network and engage in collegial dialogue with other "job alike" professionals