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1. EI New Staff Training Day #1

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 8/21/2017

Location: 307

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These are the 4 additional training days required of first-year BCIUEA staff in Early Intervention. PSSU teaching staff are welcome to attend. Flextime will be provided to PSSU staff with supervisor approval. DAY ONE: Evaluation Process

2. Paraprofessional Academy-4 days in August

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 8/22/2017 to 8/25/2017

Location: 1111 Commons Blvd. Reading, PA 19605

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This is the first four days of an eight-day series that will prepare paras to meet the rigorous federal and state standards and the Pennsylvania Paraeducator credential. Once the eight 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 eight sessions to meet the requirements.

YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL 4 DAYS OF THESE FIRST AUGUST DATES. OTHERWISE, PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE OCTOBER 3rd 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.

3. EI New Staff Training Day #2

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 8/22/2017

Location: Room 307

Starting Soon
These are the four additional training days required of first-year BCIUEA staff working in Early Intervention. PSSU teaching staff are welcome to attend. Flextime will be provided to PSSU staff with supervisor approval. DAY 2: IEP Processes

4. EI New Staff Training Day #3

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 8/23/2017

Location: 307

Starting Soon
These are the 4 additional training days required of first-year BCIUEA staff in Early Intervention. PSSU teaching staff are welcome to attend. Flextime will be provided to PSSU staff with supervisor approval. DAY Three: Goal Writing, Data Collection, Progress Reporting, Informing Instruction

5. EI New Staff Training Day #4

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 8/24/2017

Location: 307

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These are the 4 additional training days required of first-year BCIUEA staff in Early Intervention. PSSU teaching staff are welcome to attend. Flextime will be provided to PSSU staff with supervisor approval. DAY Four: Special Ed Law and Professional Responsibilities, Conflict Resolution, Transition (3@3 and School-age)

6. What happens at the Kidney Table? Guided Reading in the K-5 Classroom

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-5 teachers

Dates: 9/1/2017 to 9/12/2017

Location: Hertz/ Rohrbach

Guided reading, as defined by Fountas and Pinnell, is a teaching approach designed to help individual students learn how to process a variety of increasingly challenging texts with understanding and fluency. How does a teacher effectively accomplish this? In this hybrid workshop, teachers will analyze their own student data, examine student grouping methods, learn guided reading lesson components, and develop a responsive approach to student needs. Teachers will create differentiated small-group lesson plans, teach the lessons, and reflect on their students’ learning. Both sessions must be completed. Workshop structure: Half-day face-to-face, half-day asynchronous online.

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.

Asynchronous Online Dates: 09/01/17-09/30/17

Face-to-Face Date/Time: 09/12/17 8:30-11:00

7. Google Tools for Educators (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

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 Tanya Bonilla Smith @ 610-987-8494 or tanbon@berksiu.org.

8. Creating Writers through 6-Trait Writing K-12 (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

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

Dates: 9/10/2017 to 10/22/2017

Location: ALL ONLINE - NO CLASS MEETINGS

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 Tanya Bonilla Smith @ 610-987-8494 or tanbon@berksiu.org.

9. Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom K-12 (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: Teachers and administrators, K-12

Dates: 9/10/2017 to 10/22/2017

Location: ALL CLASSWORK DONE ONLINE, NO CLASS MEETINGS

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 Tanya Bonilla Smith @ 610-987-8494 or tanbon@berksiu.org.

10. Get More Math!

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Math Educators

Dates: 9/12/2017

Location: Commonwealth AB

Josh Britton, a math teacher from Lampeter- Strasburg High School, created Get More Math while working in the classroom over the last 12 years. He developed the software to support initial mastery and long-term retention for grades 5 to Algebra 1. It works! His students have averaged 40 points of growth on the Algebra 1 Keystone Exam, helping to place his high school 3rd out of 700 districts in 2015-2016. Teachers interested in trying Get More Math in their classrooms can take advantage of a free trial for the 2017-2018 school year.

You will need to bring a laptop in order to set up your teacher account. Curriculum materials are optional, but may be useful depending on our timeline. Do you have a set scope and sequence? A new textbook series you're following? Bring them along! Time permitting, our GMM team will assist you in blending our program with your needs.

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.

For more information please contact Tanya Bonilla Smith @tanbon@berksiu.org or 610-987-8494.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 9/12/2017

Location: Washington 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.

12. Berks Administrator/ Coach Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 9/13/2017

Location: George /Washington/Hertz/Commonwealth

The workshop is designed for the coach(es)and the building principal(s) (or administrator) to plan and discuss effective coaching in their school and network with other schools in the area.

Recent research from John Hattie suggests that Collective Efficacy is the number one factor influencing student achievement.

This workshop will include how administrators and coaches can facilitate Collective Efficacy in a school and conditions for effective coaching practices that can influence student outcomes and improve student learning.

If you have any questions regarding registration please email Tanya Bonilla-Smith at tanbon@berksiu.org or Gail Porrazzo at gaipor@berksiu.org for questions regarding the workshop.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 9/13/2017

Location: Washington 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.

14. Actively Engaging Readers in the English Classroom (CPE Class)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: Secondary English Language Arts teachers (grades 6-12), including reading instructors

Dates: 9/13/2017 to 11/15/2017

Location: Allmon Room

This face-to-face course, based upon the recently published book Between the Lines: Actively Engaging Readers in the English Classroom, written by local educator Michael Anthony, is designed to immerse secondary English Language Arts 6-12 instructors in student engaging classroom activities and approaches to independent reading fully connected to the PA Core ELA Standard. The course introduces a new classroom workshop model which goes beyond silent sustained reading to actively involve readers in observable engaged student learning involving differentiated instruction, on-demand writing, text dependent analysis, social inquiry, reflective writing, and ongoing student-teacher dialogue.

Throughout the course, participants will be introduced to high interest, complex young adult literature and proven suggestions for building a classroom library with award winning and popular titles. Learned workshop approaches will include effective journal writing strategies, student reading log maintenance, and time saving practices for keeping up with the student reading/writing load.

15. Pediatric First Aid w/ CPR - (5:00pm - 9:30pm)

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 9/14/2017

Location: Washington Room

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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.

16. BSPA Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 9/15/2017

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BSPA Meeting

17. Gifted Boot Camp/ Day 1

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers new to Gifted or those wishing to brush up on requirements of Chapter 16

Dates: 9/18/2017

Location: Hohl Room

This is a 2-day workshop. You may attend one or both days, but you need to register for each day separately.

September 18 | Rules, Regulations, and Procedures | Participants will review the components of the Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP), the legal development of this document, and best practices for ensuring individualized specially designed instruction for whom the document is written. Anticipated topics will include an overview of PA’s definition of Gifted, a review of Chapter 16, and a review of the updated forms that support Gifted education. Special focus will be on the procedural requirements of screening, evaluating, and planning for the instruction of Gifted students.

September 27 | Data to Inform Present Level, Goal Planning | The information learned today will determine the need for instructional levels, the types of data that are available to teachers of the gifted, and how this data is included in a GIEP. Participants will end the session gathering individual goal planning tactics and determining when to appropriately recommend enrichment, acceleration, or a combination of both.

If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and need assistance at this event, please contact the BCIU’s Civil Rights Compliance Officer at 610-987-8470 at least one (1) week in advance.

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.

For more information on workshop content, contact Charlie Trovato at chatro@berksiu.org . For registration information, contact Tanya Smith at tanbon@berksiu.org

18. 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: 9/18/2017

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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 610-987-8495.

19. Speech and Language Assessment in Multicultural Populations-ASHA webinar

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 9/18/2017

Location: Hertz

THIS IS A REPLAY OF AN ASHA WEBINAR

Assessing individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds can be challenging. This webinar will give SLPs the tools and processes needed to confidently make diagnostic decisions for their students and clients from diverse backgrounds. The webinar will evaluate formal assessment tools and describe effective informal assessment approaches that can help SLPs confidently tease apart differences from disorder.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

-Identify characteristics consistent with language development in English Language Learners from different language backgrounds

-Utilize a framework to enhance understanding of speech and language patterns in English Language Learners from different language backgrounds

-evaluate formal testing instruments for multicultural populations

-analyze and interpret results from informal assessment approaches

-describe expected VS unexpected errors

(0.2 CEUs) available

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 Josie Brunner, josbru@berksiu.org, 610-987-8316

20. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 9/20/2017

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

21. Annual Retreat "Berks Early Care and Education Council"

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/21/2017

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach (126AB)

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The Berks Early Care and Education Council (BECEC) is a community based organization that consists of parents, representatives of the local Early Intervention administrative agencies, Early Intervention service provider agencies, early childhood programs, and other organizations concerned with early learning and developmental needs for children from birth to 5 years old. The vision of the Berks Early Care and Education Council is that ALL children, birth to five in Berks County, reach their full potential. The Council is having its annual retreat on 9/21/17 to plan for the 2017-2018 year. Registration will be from 8:30-9:00AM. The information session will occur in the morning before adjourning to work in subcommittees. A light lunch will be provided. The retreat should be over by 2:00PM. Registration should be completed by 9/14/17. Our theme this year is "I'm Part of the Community TOO." Your input is needed in planning services for all families and professionals in child development and early learning. Bring your ideas and creativity!

22. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 9/21/2017

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.

23. Flipped, Blended and Beyond! (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/25/2017 to 11/27/2017

Location: ON LINE CLASS

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” 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 Tanya Bonilla Smith @ 610-987-8494 or tanbon@berksiu.org.

24. Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/25/2017 to 11/27/2017

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 Tanya Bonilla Smith @ 610-987-8494 or tanbon@berksiu.org.

25. Behavior Assessment & Intervention - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY in both General and Special Education

Dates: 9/25/2017

This session 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). Participants will also learn how to use behavior assessment information for the purpose of developing a specific behavior intervention plan with goals and specially designed instruction.

SORRY, NO PARAPROFESSIONALS

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

26. Item Writing & Hand Scoring Workshop - MATH

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Administrators and teachers

Dates: 9/26/2017

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This professional development opportunity on item writing and hand scoring will increase Pennsylvania educators’ command of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone Exam item writing and hand scoring processes. Throughout this workshop, participants will learn about the processes involved, discuss examples, and work as grade level content teams to write items and score samples. This workshop will be facilitated by IU and District staff who have been trained by the state team. This particular session will be specific to PA MATH standards and eligible content. Separate offerings are available in ELA, math, and science.

27. Gifted Boot Camp/ Day 2

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers new to Gifted or those wishing to brush up on requirements of Chapter 16

Dates: 9/27/2017

Location: Hohl Room

This is a 2-day workshop. You may attend one or both days, but you need to register for each day separately.

September 18 | Rules, Regulations, and Procedures | Participants will review the components of the Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP), the legal development of this document, and best practices for ensuring individualized specially designed instruction for whom the document is written. Anticipated topics will include an overview of PA’s definition of Gifted, a review of Chapter 16, and a review of the updated forms that support Gifted education. Special focus will be on the procedural requirements of screening, evaluating, and planning for the instruction of Gifted students.

September 27 | Data to Inform Present Level, Goal Planning | The information learned today will determine the need for instructional levels, the types of data that are available to teachers of the gifted, and how this data is included in a GIEP. Participants will end the session gathering individual goal planning tactics and determining when to appropriately recommend enrichment, acceleration, or a combination of both.

If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and need assistance at this event, please contact the BCIU’s Civil Rights Compliance Officer at 610-987-8470 at least one (1) week in advance.

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.

For more information on workshop content, contact Charlie Trovato at chatro@berksiu.org . For registration information, contact Tanya Smith at tanbon@berksiu.org


Conference

28. Creative Solutions for Displaced Youth - 2nd Annual Regional Youth Homelessness Conference

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 9/27/2017

The 2nd Annual Regional Youth Homelessness Conference is sponsored by the ECYEH program at the Berks County Intermediate Unit and the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness. Finding solutions for displaced students requires an understanding of existing approaches, as well as the ability to think creatively and build a support within your community. This conference will provide important information to guide your work with displaced youth and provide you with the opportunity to network with others in your region. Representatives and resources from homeless coalitions across our region will be available. Our region includes: Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties.

29. Motivating Mindsets: Teaching that Empowers Student Growth

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 teachers, Administrators

Dates: 10/1/2017 to 10/23/2017

Location: Hertz/ Rohrbach

What do Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey all have in common? They all failed miserably! However, each person also has a growth mindset which allowed them to use their failure as a vehicle for growth and greatness. This interactive hybrid 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.

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.

Both sessions must be completed. Workshop structure: Half-day face-to-face, half-day asynchronous online.

Asynchronous Online Dates: 10/01/17-11/12/17

Face-to-Face Date/Time: 10/23/17 1:00-3:30

30. The One Doing the Talking is the One Doing the Learning: Accountable Talk®

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 teachers

Dates: 10/1/2017 to 10/23/2017

Location: Hertz/ Rohrbach

Using Accountable Talk® in the Classroom is based on the learning principle that talking with others promotes learning. This interactive hybrid workshop will engage teachers in discussion and ideas to ignite the power of purposeful and accountable talk in the classroom.

Participants will be given strategies and an opportunity to design purposeful talk lessons for their own classroom.

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.

Workshop structure: Half-day face-to-face, half-day asynchronous online.

Asynchronous Online Dates: 10/01/17-11/12/17

Face-to-Face Date/Time: 10/23/17 8:30-11:00

31. Autism in Inclusive Settings

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Administrators, Related Service Personnel

Dates: 10/2/2017

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

This one day training will provide participants with a general overview of effective research validated strategies for supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in inclusive classrooms. Participants will learn strategies to support students academically and socially.

Objectives:

-Gain an understanding of various visual supports used to support students with ASD.

-Gain an understanding of methods to teach social/behavioral 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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

32. Early Literacy Skill Builders/Early Reading Skill Builders - ELSB/ERSB

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Life Skills, Multiple Disabilities, and Autistic support teachers, Speech therapists, and ONLY Paras working with students in LSS/MDS/AS

Dates: 10/2/2017

A reading program for students with moderate to severe disabilities

DESCRIPTION:

ELSB and ERSB are research based reading programs designed for students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities. Both programs provide lesson formats for students who are verbal, limited verbal and non-verbal. ELSB is for students who need to learn how to answer questions through beginning blending and segmenting. ERSB begins where ELSB leaves off and brings a student to a 2nd grade reading level. Phonemic awareness, decoding, site vocabulary, and comprehension are taught throughout both programs.

OBJECTIVES:

Participants will receive an overview of the components of the Early Literacy Skills Builder and Early Reading Skills Builder.

Participants will review student assessment in both programs.

Participants will learn how to complete a story lesson.

Participants will practice doing the word and sound building lessons.

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.

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

33. Item Writing & Hand Scoring Workshop - SCIENCE

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Administrators and teachers

Dates: 10/2/2017

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This professional development opportunity on item writing and hand scoring will increase Pennsylvania educators’ command of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone Exam item writing and hand scoring processes. Throughout this workshop, participants will learn about the processes involved, discuss examples, and work as grade level content teams to write items and score samples. This workshop will be facilitated by IU and District staff who have been trained by the state team. This particular session will be specific to PA SCIENCE standards and eligible content. Separate offerings are available in ELA, math, and science.

34. Using Web 2.0 Tools to Teach 21st Century Skills (CPE Class)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 10/2/2017 to 10/31/2017

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 Tanya Bonilla Smith at 610-987-8494.

35. Keeping Kids Safe

Program: Professional Development

Audience: School teams of administrators, counselors, psychologists, nurses, and mental health and community partners

Dates: 10/3/2017

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

Equity for all Students: Navigating Gender Identity Issues. Sponsored by Berks County MH/DD Program and BCIU.

36. Paraprofessional Academy-October 3, 2017 - Evening Session

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 10/3/2017

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

Cannot attend the August Academy but can attend four days in June, 2018?

The 4 August days will be repeated on June 12, 13, 14, 15, 2018. If you elect to attend the June dates, then you must attend an introductory meeting on October 3, 2017 from 4:00-7:30 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 15, 2018.

This is an eight-day series that will prepare paras to meet the rigorous federal and state standards and the Pennsylvania Paraeducator credential. Once the eight 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 eight 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.

37. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting (BCTC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 10/4/2017

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

38. CRA Approach to Math: Addition and Subtraction

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-6 Educators

Dates: 10/4/2017

Location: Hertz Room

This professional development opportunity will support teachers’ learning and implementation of the Concrete Representational Abstract (CRA) sequence of instruction, a research-based instructional practice, to support students’ learning and understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures.

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 Josh Hoyt at 610-987-8535

39. Health and PE: “Teambuilding, Technology, Fitness and Self Care in Health & Physical Education”

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Health and PE Educators

Dates: 10/9/2017

Location: Wilson West Middle School

The program starts with a welcome presentation, “Professional Learning Community: Who You Are, Why You’re Here & Importance of Specialized Professional Development” from the executive board members from our state and local association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Throughout the day various break-out sessions will be offered for Elementary PE, Secondary PE, Health Education. There will also be a general session which outlines the “Essential Elements of Quality Health and Physical Education Programs” and collaboration opportunities to exchange lesson ideas! Participants are encouraged to attend the networking lunch at PJ Whelihan’s.

40. ESL: “Approaches to Curriculum Development for English Learners”

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 ESL Educators

Dates: 10/9/2017

This workshop will explore approaches to comprehensive curriculum development for English Learners in grades K-12 with a focus on meeting the complex needs of local school district programs. Participants will explore important considerations for planning instruction and curriculum development including fundamental elements, existing models, and resources, as well as strategies for engaging in the curriculum development process amidst time constraints and limited resources.

41. FCS: “Food Allergies and Intolerances: Focus on Gluten Intolerance and BCTC Overview and Career Exploration"”

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 FCS educators

Dates: 10/9/2017

Location: BCTC - East Campus (Oley, PA)

Discussions will occur on reading ingredient declarations on food packages and recipe ingredient substitutions. Participants will have the opportunity to prep and taste gluten free recipes. Time will be provided for participants to translate the training into a lesson plan for students. In the afternoon, participants will receive an overview of BCTC secondary and post-secondary educational programs with emphasis on advanced placement opportunities available through the Technical Academy and SOAR program; review the PA High Priority Occupation List; and view Kevin Fleming’s “Success in the New Economy” video. Time will be allotted for a tour of the BCTC East Campus.

42. Gifted AM: "Raising Student’s Thinking Skills through Depth and Complexity"

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Educators of the Gifted

Dates: 10/9/2017

Location: Wilson West Middle school

Participants will be provided with a helicopter tour of the framework, sharing the fundamentals of how it works in real, live classrooms, and the best way to introduce the icons to students. Participants will explore three different possibilities for sharing the framework with students (one of which will be sure to meet everyone’s unique teaching style and needs of all students).

During this day long program, Lisa Van Gemert (the acclaimed “Gifted Guru”) will provide teachers with the tools necessary to provide both gifted students and their parents a truly individualized educational experience. Teachers will attend two sessions focused around the following areas: Depth and Complexity Framework, Pre-Assessment Strategies, Perfectionism and Internal Motivation.

43. Library: “Future Ready Librarians”

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Librarians

Dates: 10/9/2017

Location: Governor Mifflin Middle School

Our focus for the day will be the goals set forth in Future Ready Librarians. We will be focusing on these major points: 1. Innovative Use of Space and Time: a. Makerspaces b. Scheduling -- tools and resources 2. Curriculum and Instruction: a. Project Based Learning through ideas such as 20 Time in Education and Open Minds Innovation challenges b. Digital citizenship -- librarian and teacher resources 3. Digital Resources and Curation Tools

44. Music: “Playing Your Part: Collaborating Your Way to an Effective Music Department”

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Music Educators

Dates: 10/9/2017

Location: Muhlenberg Middle School

District-wide music departments will be guided through a series of collaborative sessions addressing their current needs and future goals, producing a self-assessment directed at determining what is necessary to become a more effective, efficient, and cohesive department. Activities will include collaborating as individual departments to refine current practices and develop new ways to synchronize/align: 1) performance planning; 2) curriculum; 3) equipment and materials budgeting and sharing; and, 4) short-term and long-term goals in shaping a team-determined direction for the future.

45. World Language: “What’s Trending in the CI Classroom”

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 World Langauge Educators

Dates: 10/9/2017

Teaching with Comprehensible Input is one of the most powerful methodologies in practice today among language teachers. Join us in October to learn more about our ongoing process to implement this methodology across our curriculum from levels 1 to AP. CI and TPRS are powerful teaching methodologies that are based on proven techniques and sound pedagogy. Defined as input-based methodologies, they focus on specific activities and techniques that expose the learner to an abundance of rich, entertaining and authentic high frequency language in a condensed period-of-time. The idea is to create a pseudo-immersion experience by establishing meaning, maximizing comprehensible input and maintaining the effective aspects of an immersion experience: context, clear and comprehensible messages, natural language and a great deal of novel repetition. We look forward to your ideas and questions as we lead you in discussions about the following: 1. Teaching Upper Level CI, Assessment Strategies, Pop up Grammar to Support CI 2. The Deskless Classroom environment, Story Asking in the lower levels 3. TPRS 101, PQA (personalized questions and answers), Movie Talk and Novels

46. Advanced Para - Behavior Strand Series - Year 1

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: All participants must have completed "Working As A Para" or already considered highly qualified

Dates: 10/9/2017 to 6/11/2018

The Behavior Strand course work will be focused on specific strategies for Paras to use with students with behavioral challenges. Paras who work with students receiving Learning Support and Emotional Support will gain validated strategies to positively and proactively support students. Observation skills, working together & following directions will be the focus of year one.

Day 1:Behavior Basics /ABC's and Observation Skills Day 2: How to Help Students Play and Work Together Day 3:How to Help Students Follow Directions

>>>Specialized Paraprofessional Advanced Three Year Plan- YOUR Responsibilities<<<

1) All participants must have completed "Working As A Paraprofessional or already be considered highly qualified. (Associates Degree or higher)

2) Participants choose one strand to complete over the course of three years.

3) Participants may not change strands during a school year.

4) Action plans MAY be completed after each class for Days 1 and 2. It is the Paraprofessionals' responsibility to have a partner teacher verify the completion of each action plan with a signature and a comment. Action plans must be related directly to the class material covered. The school district is responsible for giving 1 credit hour for completion of this action plan.

5) After the last class of the school year attended, the Paraprofessional may print a certificate of attendance from My Learning Plan. You MUST attend all 3 classes in order to receive credit.

6) All action plans and certificates of attendance must be maintained in a binder with all class materials by the paraprofessionals. Copies will NOT be kept at the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

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

47. Advanced Para - Inclusion Strand Series - Year 1

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals who have completed the Para Academy or are already highly qualified

Dates: 10/9/2017 to 6/11/2018

Wait List
The Inclusion Stand of the Advanced Paraprofessional course work will be focused on the strategies and methods for including students receiving Learning Support or Emotional Support. Practical information about team communication, effective instruction, and paraprofessional responsibilities will be the focus for year one of this three year strand. Day 1: What is Inclusion? Why? What are Para Responsibilities? Day 2:Being a member of a team-General Ed or Special Ed Day 3:Effective Instruction: Helping All Students Learn

>>Specialized Paraprofessional Advanced Three Year Plan- YOUR Responsibilities<<<

1) All participants must have completed "Working As A Paraprofessional or already be considered highly qualified. (Associates Degree or higher)

2) Participants choose one strand to complete over the course of three years.

3) Participants may not change strands during a school year.

4) Action plans MAY be completed after each class for Days 1 and 2. It is the Paraprofessionals' responsibility to have a partner teacher verify the completion of each action plan with a signature and a comment. Action plans must be related directly to the class material covered. The school district is responsible for giving 1 credit hour for completion of this action plan.

5) After the last class of the school year attended, the Paraprofessional may print a certificate of attendance from My Learning Plan. You MUST attend all 3 classes in order to receive credit.

6) All action plans and certificates of attendance must be maintained in a binder with all class materials by the paraprofessionals. Copies will NOT be kept at the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

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

48. Advanced Para - Low Incidence Strand Series - Year 1

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 10/9/2017 to 6/11/2018

The Low Incidence Strand will be focused on strategies and methods of instruction for Paraprofessionals working with students receiving Multiple Disabilities Sup-port, Autistic Support, and/or Life Skills Support. The focus will be on observation, teaching routines, and functional academics the first year.

Day 1: Behavior Basics & Observation Day 2: Teaching Routines-Functional Independence Day 3: Functional Academics

>>Specialized Paraprofessional Advanced Three Year Plan- YOUR Responsibilities<<<

1) All participants must have completed "Working As A Paraprofessional or already be considered highly qualified. (Associates Degree or higher)

2) Participants choose one strand to complete over the course of three years.

3) Participants may not change strands during a school year.

4) Action plans MAY be completed after each class for Days 1 and 2. It is the Paraprofessionals' responsibility to have a partner teacher verify the completion of each action plan with a signature and a comment. Action plans must be related directly to the class material covered. The school district is responsible for giving 1 credit hour for completion of this action plan.

5) After the last class of the school year attended, the Paraprofessional may print a certificate of attendance from My Learning Plan. You MUST attend all 3 classes in order to receive credit.

6) All action plans and certificates of attendance must be maintained in a binder with all class materials by the paraprofessionals. Copies will NOT be kept at the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

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

49. Advanced Para - Reading Strand Series - Year 1

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals who have completed the Para Academy or are already considered highly qualified

Dates: 10/9/2017 to 6/11/2018

Wait List
The Reading Strand will be focused on how students develop skills in beginning reading and the implementation of best practices in instruction so that all children become readers during year one. Paraprofessionals who support teachers in the instruction of reading to students will gain knowledge in both what to teach and how to teach reading to children. >>>

Day 1: Para Reading-1 Day 2: Para Reading-2 Day 3: Para Reading-3

>>Specialized Paraprofessional Advanced Three Year Plan- YOUR Responsibilities<<<

1) All participants must have completed "Working As A Paraprofessional or already be considered highly qualified. (Associates Degree or higher)

2) Participants choose one strand to complete over the course of three years.

3) Participants may not change strands during a school year.

4) Action plans MAY be completed after each class for Days 1 and 2. It is the Paraprofessionals' responsibility to have a partner teacher verify the completion of each action plan with a signature and a comment. Action plans must be related directly to the class material covered. The school district is responsible for giving 1 credit hour for completion of this action plan.

5) After the last class of the school year attended, the Paraprofessional may print a certificate of attendance from My Learning Plan. You MUST attend all 3 classes in order to receive credit.

6) All action plans and certificates of attendance must be maintained in a binder with all class materials by the paraprofessionals. Copies will NOT be kept at the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

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

50. Nurses: Diabetic Care & Insulin Pumps, Act 105 & Human Trafficking

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Nurses

Dates: 10/9/2017

Location: Inn at Reading

For Act 48 ONLY, must register and pay conference fee ($50 BCSHA members/$65 non-members to BCSHA. Contact: Dawn Schwenk dawsch@bhasd.org

51. Art: "Gallery Studies and Lesson Swap for Art Teachers at RPM"

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Art Educators

Dates: 10/9/2017

Location: Reading Public Museum

(This session will be held at Reading Public Museum) Spend a day at the Reading Public Museum and Planetarium exploring the collection and learning about the many educational programs found at the museum. Activities will include both the museum and planetarium. After lunch we will share our best projects with colleagues from other districts. Please bring along a project example or lesson plan to share in a group discussion.

52. Technology AM: Tour of East Penn Manufacturing (Deka)

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Technology Educators

Dates: 10/9/2017

Location: East Penn Manufacturing

Tour East Penn Manufacturing (EPM) which began in 1946 and has grown from a one-room shop with a product line of five automotive batteries to one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers with over 8,000 employees, 450 product designs, and hundreds of awards for manufacturing and environmental excellence. You will have an opportunity to talk with East Penn Manufacturing leadership about preparing students to be college and career ready. East Penn Manufacturing has many opportunities for students directly out of high school. Some of the employment opportunities at EPM include Industrial Machine Operator, Electrical Mechanical Technicians, Maintenance Mechanics, Carpenters, Accountants, Shift Supervisors, High Voltage Electricians, Design Engineers, Yard Jockeys, Over-The-Road Truck Drivers, Automation Control Technicians, Automation Control Engineers, Electrical Designers, Health and Safety Technicians, Battery Test Lab Technicians, Quality Control Technicians, and Fleet Maintenance Trainers.

53. Gifted PM: "Powerful Pre-Assessment, Perfectionism, and The Secrets of Internal Motivation"

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Educators of the Gifted

Dates: 10/9/2017

Location: Wilson West Middle School

Participants will be presented with an entire alphabet of pre-assessment strategies that can be implemented right away. Participants will understand when to use pre-assessments, how to do them, and what to do with the data. Participants will also navigate through the “perfectionist” mindset of gifted kids, its potentially damaging effects, and the big ideas and strategies for turning this terrible master into a compliant servant. This session will conclude with attendees diving into the secrets behind enhancing achievement drive in gifted students. Attendees will find out the pitfalls of rewards, and take away seven strategies they can use right now to light the fire within any child.

During this day long program (held at Wilson West Middle School), Lisa Van Gemert (the acclaimed “Gifted Guru”) will provide teachers with the tools necessary to provide both gifted students and their parents a truly individualized educational experience. Teachers will attend two sessions focused around the following areas: Depth and Complexity Framework, Pre-Assessment Strategies, Perfectionism and Internal Motivation.

54. Technology PM: Brentwood Industries Tour

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Technology Educators

Dates: 10/9/2017

Location: Brentwood Industries

Brentwood Industries started as a thermoformer in 1965, and vigorously developed a willingness to learn about different plastics, applications, and industries, which led to the development of new capabilities. Since then, Brentwood’s plastics knowledge has extended well past thermoforming. From custom-blending materials to actively engaging in product design. They are experts in all aspects of the plastics manufacturing process. The breadth of their product portfolio and capabilities enabled Brentwood’s geographical expansion. What began as a small plastics business evolved into a global corporation with world-class facilities, including seven domestic sites that span from coast-to-coast and three international operations – located in Thailand, the Czech Republic, and India. You will have an opportunity to talk with Brentwood Industries leadership about preparing students to be college and career ready. Brentwood Industries has many opportunities for students directly out of high school. Brentwood’s manufacturing opportunities range from machinists and quality inspectors to production controllers and process managers. Some positions within manufacturing include Machine Operator, CNC Set-up Technician, Set-up Technician, Quality Assurance Supervisor, Material Handler, Lead Person, Quality Assurance Inspector, Production Planner, Production Supervisor, and Machine Operator. Other positions within engineering, distribution, sales, finance and administration include Quality Engineer, CAD Designer, Process Specialist, Production Planner, Warehouse Associate, Account Specialist, Aftermarket Sales Manager, Financial Systems Analyst, Staff Accountant, Human Resources Generalist, and Vendor Development Coordinator.

55. Indicator 13 Training - DAY 1

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Indicator 13 Cohort 1 Districts

Dates: 10/10/2017

This is the first day of a two-day training. This training is designed to meet PDE requirements for Cohort 1 school districts. In order to meet the requirements, participants must attend BOTH days of training. Participants may choose any Day One date AND any Day Two date. Participants must bring an IEP for a transition age student to Day One of the training. Day One Topics: Overview of IDEA Transition Provisions and the Indicator 13 Checklist, Pre-Test using Indicator 13 checklist to evaluate a current IEP, focus on Age Appropriate Transition Assessments, Post-School Goals, Courses of Study, Transition Services. Day Two Topics: Agency Representation, Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance, Measurable Annual Goals, Condition, Clearly Defined Behavior, Performance Criteria.

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

56. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 10/11/2017

Location: George /Washington/Hertz/Commonwealth

2017-2018 Instructional Coaches and Technology Coaches Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

57. CRA Approach to Math: Multiplication, Division and Fractions

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-6 Educators

Dates: 10/11/2017

Location: Washington

This professional development opportunity will support teachers’ learning and implementation of the Concrete Representational Abstract (CRA) sequence of instruction, a research-based instructional practice, to support students’ learning and understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures

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 Josh Hoyt at 610-987-8535

58. Continuum of Skills Training - 3 day training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers,Related Service Providers & Paras of LSS, Multiple Disabilities, and Autistic Support

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/4/2017

Location: 126A Hertz Room

This 3-day workshop is for educators who have not been previously trained on the Continuum of Skills.It will focus on the Continuum of Skills for children with disabilities who need to develop prerequisite skills prior to accessing the general education curriculum. The focus of the training will be the introduction of the continuum, including each of its target areas and goal prioritization for individual students. Planning for individual student needs and IEP goal writing will be addressed based on data collection on specified skill areas in the continuum.

OBJECTIVES:

-Become familiar with the Life Skills Support/Multiple Disabilities Support/ Autistic Support Continuum of Skills developed by teachers in the Exeter School District and the BCIU.

-Goal prioritization based on the needs of the individual within the context of the Continuum of Skills.

-Planning a child's education over the long term. What skills are needed, and when?

-Writing goals for individual students based on the data collected in the Continuum of Skills.

FEES: THERE IS NO COST FOR BERKS COUNTY EMPLOYEES; HOWEVER, THE MANUAL MAY BE PURCHASED FOR DISTRICT USE. CHECK ON DAY 1 OF CLASS FOR PRICING.

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.

Registrants must attend ALL 3 days to receive credit/training hours.

Paraprofessionals may only attend if they work in LSS/MDS/AS classrooms.

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

59. ESL Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Administrators

Dates: 10/16/2017

Location: Commonwealth A

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

60. Indicator 13 Training - DAY 1

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Indicator 13 Cohort 1 Districts

Dates: 10/16/2017

This is the first day of a two-day training. This training is designed to meet PDE requirements for Cohort 1 school districts. In order to meet the requirements, participants must attend BOTH days of training. Participants may choose any Day One date AND any Day Two date. Participants must bring an IEP for a transition age student to Day One of the training. Day One Topics: Overview of IDEA Transition Provisions and the Indicator 13 Checklist, Pre-Test using Indicator 13 checklist to evaluate a current IEP, focus on Age Appropriate Transition Assessments, Post-School Goals, Courses of Study, Transition Services. Day Two Topics: Agency Representation, Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance, Measurable Annual Goals, Condition, Clearly Defined Behavior, Performance Criteria.

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

61. Raspberry Pi and Electronic Circuits One-Day Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Middle School/High School STEM Teachers

Dates: 10/16/2017

Location: George

This full-day workshop is designed to show teachers how they can introduce electronics and coding to their students. Teachers will learn how to use the Raspberry Pi to develop STEM activities and how the Pi can be integrated into the classroom. In this workshop, we will cover:

Getting started with paper circuits

Getting started with circuits (breadboarding)

Understanding the basics of how microcontrollers work

Getting started with the Raspberry Pi

Understanding coding thru CS Unplugged

Connecting the Pi to breadboard (controlling LEDs and adding components)

Starting to code with Scratch and Node-red

Internet of Things

Each participant will be given a Basic Raspberry Pi basic Kit to keep. This kit contains the following:

Raspberry Pi 3, USB power supply, 16gb SD card, Wi-Fi dongle, Breadboard, 3 LEDs, 2 Buttons, Buzzer, Wires, Case, and Classroom 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 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.

Cost includes the basic Raspberry Pi kit, an $80 value

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

62. ESL Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 10/16/2017

Location: Commonwealth A

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

63. Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 10/16/2017

Location: Commonwealth A

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

64. Item Writing & Hand Scoring Workshop - ELA

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Administrators and teachers

Dates: 10/19/2017

New
This professional development opportunity on item writing and hand scoring will increase Pennsylvania educators’ command of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone Exam item writing and hand scoring processes. Throughout this workshop, participants will learn about the processes involved, discuss examples, and work as grade level content teams to write items and score samples. This workshop will be facilitated by IU and District staff who have been trained by the state team. This particular session will be specific to PA ELA standards and eligible content. Separate offerings are available in ELA, math, and science.

65. 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 and paraprofessionals

Dates: 10/19/2017 to 10/20/2017

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 610-987-8495.

66. BSPA Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 10/20/2017

New
BSPA Meeting

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: 10/25/2017

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

68. Making Learning Visible: Digital Badging Basics One-Day Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 10/25/2017

Location: George

This full-day, hands-on workshop is designed to show teachers how they can motivate students to learn by implementing digital badging. Participants will make badging criteria, graphics, and an organizational implementation. The workshop will cover the following topics:

An introduction to digital badging

The basics of creating a digital badge

Digital badges, learning, and assessment

The anatomy and taxonomy of badges and which kinds of classic gaming mechanics best drive student behavior to earn badge achievements by fulfilling their criteria.

Learn how badges can be automatically awarded or be part of a rich instructor lead assessment system.

Saving digital badges to a backpack

Free web-based tools for designing a digital badge

Web-based tools for managing digital badges

Implementing a badging system into your classroom

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 Tanya Bonilla Smith at tanbon@berksiu.org or 610-987-8494

69. Teachers of the Gifted Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 10/25/2017

Location: Board Room

2017-2018 Teachers of the Gifted, Network Meeting and Training

70. Use PVAAS to Focus Your Work Supporting Teachers

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Directors of Curriculum and Instruction, Directors of Special Education, and Act 93 members who supervise teachers

Dates: 10/26/2017

Location: George Washington

Morning Session 8:30am-12:30pm Optional Work Session 1:00pm-3:00pm

Today’s school leaders are balancing the needs of instructional leadership with school management. Does your “balance” focus on improving academic results for students? Do you have a laser-like focus when working with department/grade- levels teams and individual teachers to enhance their professional growth? Does this laser-like focus have a goal of providing leadership on the most effective instructional practices teachers can use with their students?

Key PVAAS reports can help you with this important work! This session will highlight the key PVAAS reports to show how you can truly differentiate your supervision and support based on the data of your school. The morning session will highlight various scenarios that demonstrate the use of the School Launchpad and Teacher Summary report to determine if support is needed at the system level, grade/subject level, and/or at the individual teacher level. Once you learn how to analyze these reports, you will be ready to analyze your own data after the release of the fall data.

(Note: Time has been set aside in the afternoon for an optional work session for participants. Bring a snack/lunch so you and/or your team can continue the conversation in the afternoon and plan for the fall data release. Facilitators from the PVAAS Statewide Team for PDE and IU Consultants will be available to answer questions and help make connections for you and your team.)

Who May Benefit From Attending: School Leaders (Principals, Assistant Principals), District Leaders (Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Directors of Curriculum and Instruction, Directors of Special Education), and Act 93 members who supervise teachers

71. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 10/26/2017

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.

72. Transition Planning for Students with Emotional Support and Learning Support Needs

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers and Related Services Providers - SORRY, NO PARAPROFESSIONALS

Dates: 10/27/2017

This training will provide Learning Support and Emotional Support teachers and other IEP team members with foundational information about regulatory requirements, transition assessment, agency partnerships, and instructional planning related to post -secondary goals. PA Chapter 14 regulations require that the IEP of all students 14 years of age and older include "appropriate measurable post- secondary goals related to training, education, employment, and when appropriate independent living". These post- secondary goals must be "based upon age-appropriate transition assessments".

Effective transition assessment and planning is not only legally required, it is essential to the attainment of positive post-high school outcomes for our students.

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

73. Executive Functioning Skills - Work Session

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers/Professional Staff WHO HAVE ATTENDED ALL 3 EX.FUNCTIONING SKILLS WORKSHOPS

Dates: 10/30/2017

PRE-REQUISITE: ALL 3 TEACHING EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING WORKSHOPS

Teachers and professional staff that have attended the three-day Executive Functioning Series are invited to attend this full day workshop. The focus will be on designing data collection tools and planning instruction for a student that you choose with an executive functioning skill deficit. It is expected that each person will bring any data that has been collected on the skill deficit, strategies that have been tried to date, and school routines that have been impacted by the deficit. Class size will be limited so presenters may work with individuals to answer questions and problem solve. A graphic organizer will be provided prior to the workshop for organizing and prioritizing your information.

GOALS:

-Participants will review their existing data to determine if they have enough information to identify the specific skill deficit or if more data needs to be collected.

-Participants will design a data collection tool to identify the student’s skill deficit, shape instruction and monitor progress.

-Participants will begin to design a framework for instruction in targeted skill areas.

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.

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

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 11/1/2017 to 11/11/2017

Location: BCIU-1111 Commons Blvd

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 Tanya Bonilla Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

75. Google Tools for Educators (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 11/1/2017 to 11/30/2017

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 Tanya Bonilla Smith @ 610-987-8494 or tanbon@berksiu.org.

76. Indicator 13 Training - DAY 2

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Indicator 13 Cohort 1 Districts

Dates: 11/6/2017

This is the second day of a two-day training. This training is designed to meet PDE requirements for Cohort 1 school districts. In order to meet the requirements, participants must attend BOTH days of training. Participants may choose any Day One date AND any Day Two date. Day Two Topics: Agency Representation, Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance, Measurable Annual Goals, Condition, Clearly Defined Behavior, Performance Criteria.

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

77. Behavioral Self Regulation: - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 11/7/2017

Location: Washington

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.

OBJECTIVES:

-Participants will learn the principles for teaching students to become independent self-regulators.

-Participants will learn to use visual supports to help students identify and regulate behaviors.

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.

78. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 11/8/2017

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

79. Google: Forms, Sheets, and YouTube

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 11/9/2017

Location: George

This professional development opportunity will provide educators with opportunities to dive deeper into Google Forms and Sheets as well as YouTube. Participants will learn how to create instructional videos using devices as well as screencasting. Additionally, participants will learn how to integrate all three tools to transform 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 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 Josh Hoyt at joshoy@berksiu.org or 610-987-8535

80. The Art of Questioning in Today's Classroom

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 teachers, Administrators

Dates: 11/13/2017

Location: Asynchronous Online

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.

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.

Workshop Structure: Asynchronous online Start Date: 11/13/17-12/22/17

Any questions please contact Maryanne Simons at marsim@berksiu.org or 610-987-8491

81. Indicator 13 Training - DAY 2

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Indicator 13 Cohort 1 Districts

Dates: 11/13/2017

This is the second day of a two-day training. This training is designed to meet PDE requirements for Cohort 1 school districts. In order to meet the requirements, participants must attend BOTH days of training. Participants may choose any Day One date AND any Day Two date. Day Two Topics: Agency Representation, Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance, Measurable Annual Goals, Condition, Clearly Defined Behavior, Performance Criteria.

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

82. 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: 11/13/2017

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

83. Teaching Relevant Behavior/Social Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General and Special Education Teachers - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Dates: 11/16/2017

Description:

This training will provide participants with a method of teaching social and behavioral skills to students who are often labeled as defiant or difficult. Educators will be shown a method to teach these skills through both planned and incidental instructional moments.

Objectives:

-participants will learn how to provide explicit social skills instruction during planned instructional times.

-participants will learn how to help students to generalize social skills during unplanned instructional times.

-participants will learn how to manage student behaviors when social skills which were taught are demonstrated.

-participants will learn how to manage student behaviors when social skills which were taught are not demonstrated.

(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 Mary Ann Reardon at marrea@berksiu.org or 610-987-8532.

84. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 11/17/2017

Location: George /Washington/Hertz/Commonwealth

2017-2018 Instructional Coaches and Technology Coaches Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

85. BSPA Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 11/17/2017

New
BSPA Meeting

86. Use PVAAS to Find Your School-Wide Focus

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Directors of Curriculum and Instruction, Directors of Special Education and Teacher Leaders who work with school leaders

Dates: 11/21/2017

Location: Hohl

Analyses of data and transforming that information into strategic action is a key skill for school leaders. This session will engage participants and further develop skills in the area of data informed decision making. You will:

• Interpret PVAAS school level growth reports on the Launchpad and the NEW Growth of Student Groups report

• Transform data findings into growth goals/priorities to provide a specific focus

• Investigate strategies for digging deeper into the root cause of student performance results

You’ll also apply the growth results to a year-long plan for professional learning, based on identified priorities. You will leave with an understanding of how to strategically identify and communicate a school level focus at school, grade, and subject levels.

Who May Benefit From Attending: School Leaders (Principals, Assistant Principals), District Leaders (Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Directors of Curriculum and Instruction, Directors of Special Education), and Teacher Leaders who work with the school leader(s) to determine the focus of school-wide goals and priorities

87. Use PVAAS to Find Your School-Wide Focus

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Directors of Curriculum and Instruction, Directors of Special Education and Teacher Leaders who work with school leaders

Dates: 11/21/2017

Location: Hohl

Analyses of data and transforming that information into strategic action is a key skill for school leaders. This session will engage participants and further develop skills in the area of data informed decision making. You will:


• Interpret PVAAS school level growth reports on the Launchpad and the NEW Growth of Student Groups report


• Transform data findings into growth goals/priorities to provide a specific focus


• Investigate strategies for digging deeper into the root cause of student performance results

You’ll also apply the growth results to a year-long plan for professional learning, based on identified priorities. You will leave with an understanding of how to strategically identify and communicate a school level focus at school, grade, and subject levels.

Who May Benefit From Attending: School Leaders (Principals, Assistant Principals), District Leaders (Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Directors of Curriculum and Instruction, Directors of Special Education), and Teacher Leaders who work with the school leader(s) to determine the focus of school-wide goals and priorities

88. Using Web 2.0 Tools to Teach 21st Century Skills (CPE Class)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 12/1/2017 to 12/31/2017

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 Tanya Bonilla Smith at 610-987-8494.

89. Teachers of the Gifted Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 12/5/2017

Location: Board Room

2017-2018 Teachers of the Gifted, Network Meeting and Training

90. Behavior Instruction Connection-2 Days

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special and Regular Education Teachers, Administrators, Psychologists, Related Service Professionals & Parents, Paraprofessionals

Dates: 12/6/2017 to 12/7/2017

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 My Learning Plan registration.

Any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

91. ESL Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Administrators

Dates: 12/6/2017

Location: George Room

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

92. ESL Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 12/6/2017

Location: George Room

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

93. Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 12/6/2017

Location: George Room

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

94. Introduction to Executive Functioning Skills: An Overview- Day 1

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, school psychologists, therapists, school counselors, school social workers, parents and Paraprofessionals

Dates: 12/7/2017

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

PLEASE NOTE: Must complete this in order to take Days 2 and 3.

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.

95. Transition Planning for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers and Related Services Providers - SORRY, NO PARAPROFESSIONALS

Dates: 12/11/2017

This training will provide Life Skills Support, Autistic Support, and Multiple Disabilities Support teachers and other IEP team members with foundational information about regulatory requirements, transition assessment, agency partnerships, and instructional planning related to post -secondary goals. The complex and individualized needs of students with low incidence disabilities will be addressed. PA Chapter 14 regulations require that the IEP of all students 14 years of age and older include "appropriate measurable post- secondary goals related to training, education, employment, and when appropriate independent living". These post- secondary goals must be "based upon age-appropriate transition assessments". Effective transition assessment and planning is not only legally required, it is essential to the attainment of positive post-high school outcomes for our students.

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

96. 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: 12/12/2017

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 Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

97. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 12/13/2017

Location: George /Washington/Hertz/Commonwealth

2017-2018 Instructional Coaches and Technology Coaches Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

98. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting (BCTC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 12/14/2017

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gregory at chegre@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

99. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 12/14/2017

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.

100. BSPA Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 12/15/2017

New
BSPA Meeting

101. Google Tools for Educators (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 1/1/2018 to 1/31/2018

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 Tanya Bonilla Smith @ 610-987-8494 or tanbon@berksiu.org.