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1. Behind the Wheel Instruction 16-17 SY

Program: Driver Training Program

Audience: Students enrolled in a Berks County High School

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jul 1, 2016)

Location: TBD

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This class will provide students with six hours of Behind the wheel training.

**IN ORDER TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION, YOU MUST EMAIL DRIVER TRAINING WITH YOUR DRIVER/ID # AND DRIVERS TEST ELIGIBILITY DATE!** A $30.00 fee can be charged for a missed lesson or per extra lesson(s). You will be ineligible to start class until this information is received by Driver Training. {610-987-8584/ drivertraining@berksiu.org}

Once an instructor becomes available, you will receive an email confirmation that you have been enrolled in the Behind the Wheel training class. Once you are enrolled, your credit card will be charged and an instructor will contact you regarding date/time/location of the training.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/1/2016 to 7/31/2016

Location: ALL WORK ONLINE

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

3. Introduction to Executive Functioning Skills: PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Program: Summer Workshops

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

Dates: 7/11/2016

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

Content:

- Research related to executive functioning skills

- Impact of executive functioning on school performance and daily living

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

- Practical strategies for teaching executive functioning skills

- Task analysis and instructional design related to functional skills

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

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

4. Discovering & Dealing with Root Causes of Classroom Behavior

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/12/2016 to 7/21/2016

Location: Allmon Room

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

5. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: Summer Workshops

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

Dates: 7/12/2016 to 7/13/2016

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

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

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


Conference

6. Berks county eSchool IEPPlus user group meeting

Program: Information Technology

Dates: 7/12/2016

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Please join us for the annual BCIU eSchool IEPPlus combined user group meeting!! Tuesday, July 12th from 9-3:30 at BCIU! A great time to collaborate with fellow clients and spend some one on one time with your favorite application support specialists: Barry, Kim, Erika, and Candy!! Whether you are attending one or both sessions, please sign up and join us for a collaborative working lunch provided by BCIU!

Tentative agenda:

9-12: eSchool topics

~SCP and AD

~Admin app

~EOY checklist

~SOY checklist

~PIMS roundtable -Review/Q&A: CAD, Safe Schools, summer withdrawal, Transgender, discipline/attendance

~COGNOS

~High support topics

~Gradebook- review/Q&A

12-1: Lunch and networking! Lunch provided by BCIU!

1-3:30: IEPPlus topics

Release of the new IEPPlus special education process doc

This document will walk you and your special ed team through the processes that should be run, how to run them, how often to run them to ensure your data is complaint and accurate. Step by step training and Q&A on the recommended IEPPlus processes and best practices to be used in order to help you manage your students and staff.


7. Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities: An Overview - Day One of Two Day Series (Day Two is July 14, 2016)

Program: Summer Workshops

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

Dates: 7/13/2016

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

Day 1 is An Overview.

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

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

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

Program: PA Inspired Leadership Program (PIL)

Audience: Principals and Assistant Principals

Dates: 7/14/2016 to 10/25/2016

Location: CLIU #21

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For administrators who have completed NISL Course 1.

9. Screencasting for Teaching and Learning using Screencast-O-Matic

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 7/14/2016

Location: Lincoln

Screencast-O-Matic is a free and easy-to-use screen-capturing tool used to record anything on a computer screen. Teachers are using screencasting to record lectures for their students and to flip their classrooms, and students are using screencasting to collaborate for group projects. This is a free web-based tool.

10. Teaching Skills Essential for Transition to Postsecondary Education - Day Two of Two Day Series (Day One is July 13, 2016)

Program: Summer Workshops

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

Dates: 7/14/2016

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

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

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

11. Community Based Instruction: The Role of the Paraprofessional

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: For PARAPROFESSIONALS

Dates: 7/18/2016

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This one day course is specifically designed for paraprofessionals who participate regularly or will be participating regularly in community based instruction activities during the 2016/2017 school year. Community Based Instruction will be defined and its purposes explored. The role that the Paraprofessional plays in the instruction of students in the community will be outlined as well as the effective teaching methods that must be used to facilitate active student participation and effective student learning.

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

12. Multimedia and the SmartBoard

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators who use SmartBoards

Dates: 7/18/2016 to 8/15/2016

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE - NO CLASS MEETINGS

This online professional development course is designed as an introduction to multimedia presentation utilizing SMART Board technology. The major areas to be covered include: the use of SMART Boards, internet tools for presentation and research, PowerPoint, SMART Board Notebook Software, basic photo editing, sound production and editing, and the use of video. Participants will learn about the SMART Board tools and ways to make use of the technology on a daily basis. Participants will be expected to produce multimedia presentations that they will be able to apply in their classroom. Participants are required to have access to a computer with Microsoft Office 2000 or newer. Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara @ 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 7/20/2016

Location: Washington Room

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

14. Getting Started with Proloquo2Go

Program: Summer Workshops

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

Dates: 7/20/2016

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

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

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

15. TEDEd in the Classroom: Building Engaging Lessons Around any TED Talk or YouTube video

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 7/21/2016

Location: Lincoln

Ed.Ted.com allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED Talks, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. These lessons can include online discussions, assessments, and additional resources. Users can then distribute TED-Ed lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. This is a free web-based tool.

16. Practical Strategies for Reducing Drop Out Risk: How Can We Implement Research Validated Practices?

Program: Summer Workshops

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

Dates: 7/26/2016

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

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

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

Please contact Cathie Marello, catmar@berksiu.org, 610-987-8495 with questions.

17. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: Summer Workshops

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

Dates: 7/27/2016

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

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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 Cathie Marello at catmar@berksiu.org or 610-987-8495.

18. Empower Your Students To Become Published Authors: Shutterfly Photo Story for iPad

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 7/28/2016

Location: Lincoln

With Shutterfly Photo Story for iPad, teachers and students can create stories and nonfiction narratives to publish and share with worldwide audiences. Using a free iPad app, learn how to facilitate student writing that combines text, photos, artwork, and voice to create digital stories or nonfiction accounts.

19. Classroom Management and Effective Instruction for NEW TEACHERS: The Behavior Instruction Connection

Program: Summer Workshops

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

Dates: 8/2/2016

Location: BCIU - 1111 Commons Boulevard - Reading, PA 19605

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

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

20. Embedding Growth Mindset in Teaching and Learning!

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: teachers, coaches, grades 3-12

Dates: 8/2/2016

Location: George

Participants in this half-day training will learn about the importance of a growth mindset approach to teaching and learning. How can growth mindset help teachers increase rigor and develop a metacognitive classroom? How can growth mindset help students develop resilience and stamina to see challenging tasks through to completion?

21. Embedding Growth Mindset in Teaching and Learning! (PM session)

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: teachers, coaches, grades 3-12

Dates: 8/2/2016

Location: George

Participants in this half-day training will learn about the importance of a growth mindset approach to teaching and learning. How can growth mindset help teachers increase rigor and develop a metacognitive classroom? How can growth mindset help students develop resilience and stamina to see challenging tasks through to completion?

22. Behavior Assessment & Intervention - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY in both General and Special Education

Dates: 8/3/2016

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

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

23. 2016 Administrators' Conference - AM Session

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Berks County school district administrators

Dates: 8/4/2016

"Leading Through Storytelling" - Ryan Avery will share how you can become a better speaker, utilize the power of storytelling, and inspire your followers using the power of your words and actions. You'll learn how to easily and quickly implement proven formulas for successful presentations that engage multiple generations and encourage them to take action.

24. 2016 Administrators' Conference - PM Session

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Berks County school district administrators

Dates: 8/4/2016

Job-Alikes for Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents/Curriculum Coordinators, Principals and Assistant Principals, Human Resources personnel, and IT personnel.

25. Train the Trainer for Strategically Creating a CDT Implementation Plan

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Intermediate Units (IU), Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Networks (PaTTAN), and Pennsylvania League of Urban Schools (PLUS).

Dates: 8/9/2016

Location: Sequoia Room

Overview of Training: Schools across the Commonwealth are implementing the Classroom Diagnostic Tool. Implementation begins with exploration, installation of the technical systems, and introductory professional development. Once CDT testing has been administered, further professional development is needed to support the progress toward initial implementation, full implementation, and eventually innovation & sustainability. In this full-day training, the stages of implementation are paired with the 8 CDT Modules as well as new resources for interpreting significant growth, data team discussions, and administrative walk-through observations of CDT processes. From this training, participants will be prepared to create a CDT implementation plan with schools to support progress toward innovation and sustainability of CDT practices. Participants will need to bring a wireless laptop and earbuds to the training. No breakfast food or beverage will be served. Lunch will be provided. Registration at 8:30 AM.

26. Digital Tools for Formative Assessment

Program: Summer Workshops

Dates: 8/10/2016

Location: Commonwealth AB

This workshop will focus on current trends in digital tools, apps, and assessments to enhance classroom instruction, assessment, and engagement.

27. Train the Trainer for Strategically Creating a CDT Implementation Plan

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Intermediate Units (IU), Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Networks (PaTTAN), and Pennsylvania League of Urban Schools (PLUS).

Dates: 8/10/2016

Location: TBD

Overview of Training: Schools across the Commonwealth are implementing the Classroom Diagnostic Tool. Implementation begins with exploration, installation of the technical systems, and introductory professional development. Once CDT testing has been administered, further professional development is needed to support the progress toward initial implementation, full implementation, and eventually innovation & sustainability. In this full-day training, the stages of implementation are paired with the 8 CDT Modules as well as new resources for interpreting significant growth, data team discussions, and administrative walk-through observations of CDT processes. From this training, participants will be prepared to create a CDT implementation plan with schools to support progress toward innovation and sustainability of CDT practices. Participants will need to bring a wireless laptop and earbuds to the training. No breakfast food or beverage will be served. Lunch will be provided. Registration at 8:30 AM.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 8/11/2016

Location: Washington Room

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

29. Train the Trainer for Strategically Creating a CDT Implementation Plan

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Intermediate Units (IU), Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Networks (PaTTAN), and Pennsylvania League of Urban Schools (PLUS).

Dates: 8/11/2016

Location: Allegheny Room

Overview of Training: Schools across the Commonwealth are implementing the Classroom Diagnostic Tool. Implementation begins with exploration, installation of the technical systems, and introductory professional development. Once CDT testing has been administered, further professional development is needed to support the progress toward initial implementation, full implementation, and eventually innovation & sustainability. In this full-day training, the stages of implementation are paired with the 8 CDT Modules as well as new resources for interpreting significant growth, data team discussions, and administrative walk-through observations of CDT processes. From this training, participants will be prepared to create a CDT implementation plan with schools to support progress toward innovation and sustainability of CDT practices. Participants will need to bring a wireless laptop and earbuds to the training. No breakfast food or beverage will be served. Lunch will be provided. Registration at 8:30 AM.

30. 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: 8/22/2016 to 8/25/2016

Location: 1111 Commons Blvd. Reading, PA 19605

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 4TH EVENING CLASS.

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

31. Berks Math Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Mathematics Educators

Dates: 9/14/2016

Location: Washington Room

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

32. Berks Science Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators

Dates: 9/14/2016

Location: Washington Room

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

33. Multimedia and the SmartBoard

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators who use SmartBoards

Dates: 9/19/2016 to 11/14/2016

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE - NO CLASS MEETINGS

This online professional development course is designed as an introduction to multimedia presentation utilizing SMART Board technology. The major areas to be covered include: the use of SMART Boards, internet tools for presentation and research, PowerPoint, SMART Board Notebook Software, basic photo editing, sound production and editing, and the use of video. Participants will learn about the SMART Board tools and ways to make use of the technology on a daily basis. Participants will be expected to produce multimedia presentations that they will be able to apply in their classroom. Participants are required to have access to a computer with Microsoft Office 2000 or newer. Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara @ 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org.

34. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 9/22/2016

Location: Commonwealth AB

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

35. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 9/22/2016

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.

36. Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/26/2016 to 11/21/2016

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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

37. Flipped Learning Conference

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators Grades 6-12

Dates: 10/4/2016

Location: Hertz Rorhbach

Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter. The goal of flipped learning is to develop learners who are confident, competent problem-solvers who have the abilities and the desire to learn new things on their own, throughout their lives. During this one-day conference, participants will:


•Learn from teachers who are using flipped instruction in their classrooms.


•Identify and select from an array of techniques and tools to help ensure that students engage with digital learning content.


•Implement a plan to evolve how class time is spent to review, reinforce, and further personalize learning.


•Learn strategies to increase active learning in the classroom.


•Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of tools to create interactive flipped learning content.


•Find Open Educational Resources (OER) to support flipped instruction.


•Create a screen-cast.


•Use a variety of techniques to create engaging on-demand video.


•Understand key considerations in flipped content delivery.


• Prepare to overcome various obstacles to implemented flipped instruction.


• Share ideas and insights with other educators.


• Implement flipped teaching and learning in the classroom.

38. Paraprofessional Academy-October 4, 2016 - Evening Session

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 10/4/2016

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

Cannot attend the August Academy but can attend four days in June, 2017?

The 4 August days will be repeated on June 13, 14, 15, 16, 2017. If you elect to attend the June dates, then you must attend an introductory meeting on October 4, 2016 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 16, 2017.

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.

39. Classroom Leadership & Community Development

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

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

Dates: 10/4/2016 to 11/1/2016

Location: Lincoln Room

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

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers Leaders, Technology Specialists, & Instructional Coaches

Dates: 10/7/2016

Location: Lincoln Room

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

41. BCSHA County Wide Inservice - SHRINER'S HOSPITAL

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: School Nurses

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: SHRINER’S HOSPITAL

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ACT 48 ONLY - Must register and submit payment directly to BCSHA

42. Advanced Para-Year 3 - Behavior Strand

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Only Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand

Dates: 10/10/2016 to 6/12/2017

For Year Three, The Behavior Strand 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.

-Day 1: How to Deal with Students who Challenge and Defy Authority

-Day 2: How to Deal Effectively with Lying, Stealing and Cheating

-Day 3: Putting It All Together

Only Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand are eligible to register for these 3 days.

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

43. Advanced Para-Year 3 - Inclusion Strand

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand

Dates: 10/10/2016 to 6/12/2017

The Inclusion Stand of the Advanced Paraprofessional course work will focus on the Science of Behavior and the Behavior Instruction connection with a lot of discussion on data collection, data collection tools, and how observation within the general education classroom will help determine the interventions needed to help students be successful. Also included will be instruction in functional academics, social skills, and self help skills.
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Day 1: Teaching Social Skills in General Ed.
Day 2: Teaching Self-Help Skills in General Ed.
Day 3: Putting It All Together
Only Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand

44. Advanced Para-Year 3 - Low Incidence Strand

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand

Dates: 10/10/2016 to 6/12/2017

The Low Incidence Strand will be focused on strategies and methods of instruction for Paraprofessionals working with students receiving Multiple Disabilities Support, Autistic Support, and/or Life Skills Support.
Day 1: Community Based Instruction & Generalization

Day 2: Social Skills

Day 3: Putting It All Together
Only Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand

45. Advanced Para-Year 3 -Reading Strand

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand

Dates: 10/10/2016 to 6/12/2017

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.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: Vocabulary
Day 2:Comprehension
Day 3: Putting It All Together
Only Advanced Paras who have completed Year 1 and/or Year 2 of Advanced Para Strand

46. Three Day Flight Team Training

Program: Safety & Operations

Dates: 10/12/2016 to 10/14/2016

Location: Commonwealth A

Are you interested in joining the Berks County Crisis Management Flight Team but need training? This three-day series will provide the basics you need to feel prepared to respond to a wide range of incidents involving the deaths of students or staff. Content will include:

 

•The 'big picture' of crisis response.

•Developmentally specific information and strategies to address the needs of bereaved faculty and students of all ages.

•Situation-specific scenarios such as coping with illness, anticipatory loss, and contagious disease; suicide and homicide; trauma; multiple fatalities, and care for the caregivers.

•Skills and interventions for script writing; 'safe' rooms; classroom discussions; school assemblies; debriefings; grief groups; commemorative events, and rituals.

•Checklists, informational handouts, and resources to have on hand.

•Individual, small and large group activities to put new information into practice.

•Videos, displays, and role plays.

•Lessons learned from past experiences.

If you have any questions, please contact Rodney Good at 610-987-8615 or rodgoo@berksiu.org.

Registration includes all materials and lunch.

 

47. PDE PVAAS Conference with Teachers

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Principals and District Administrators (Act 93 members) who provide supervisory support to teachers and are responsible for teacher evaluation.

Dates: 10/12/2016

Location: Commonwealth AB

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Learn more about ways you can use PVAAS reports to enhance your conferences with teachers to support their professional growth. This live session at a local IU will help you differentiate your conferences to provide targeted feedback to each teacher. The session will illustrate ways that you can integrate the conversation about PVAAS teacher-specific reporting into existing conferences with teachers. You will have an opportunity to practice with sample situations of various types of teachers, as well as your own scenarios. The scenarios will emphasize the purpose of conferences as a support to teachers in their work with their current students. Video segments will illustrate techniques to integrate discussions about PVAAS into your work with your teachers. This session will NOT cover a walk-through of how growth is measured OR a review of PVAAS reporting. Participants should come to this session with a general understanding of PVAAS teacher-specific reporting. Viewing the "Learn Key Reports to Enhance Professional Growth of Teachers"ť webinar will prepare users for this session. Participants can also use the e-learning modules found within the PVAAS site to enhance their knowledge of growth and PVAAS teacher-specific reports.

48. Discovering & Dealing with Root Causes of Classroom Behavior

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 10/12/2016 to 10/22/2016

Location: Allmon Room

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

49. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 10/18/2016

Location: George/Washington Room

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

50. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 10/18/2016

Location: George/Washington Room

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

51. ESL Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 10/19/2016

Location: Board Room

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

52. ESL Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 10/19/2016

Location: Board Room

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

53. ESL Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 10/19/2016

Location: Roosevelt Room

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

54. Teachers of the Gifted Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 10/27/2016

Location: Washington Room

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

55. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 10/27/2016

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.

56. Berks Science Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators

Dates: 11/8/2016

Location: Washington Room

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

57. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 11/17/2016

Location: Rohrbach,Washington, Roosevelt Room

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

58. PDE PVAAS Success in Algebra I

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 12/1/2016

Location: Rohrbach

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PDE PVAAS Success in Algebra I

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers Leaders, Technology Specialists, & Instructional Coaches

Dates: 12/2/2016

Location: Lincoln Room

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

60. ESL Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 12/7/2016

Location: Board Room

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

61. ESL Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 12/7/2016

Location: Board Room

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

62. Teachers of the Gifted Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 12/14/2016

Location: Board Room

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

63. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 12/15/2016

Location: Hertz Room

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

64. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 12/22/2016

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.

65. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 1/18/2017

Location: George /Washington/Hertz, Room

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

66. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 1/26/2017

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

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers Leaders, Technology Specialists, & Instructional Coaches

Dates: 2/3/2017

Location: Lincoln Room

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

68. Teachers of the Gifted Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 2/8/2017

Location: Board Room

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

69. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 2/15/2017

Location: ED CENTRE 2101 Centre Ave Room 173

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

70. Berks Math Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Mathematics Educators

Dates: 2/15/2017

Location: Washington Room

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

71. Berks Science Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators

Dates: 2/15/2017

Location: Washington Room

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

72. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 2/23/2017

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

73. ESL Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 3/8/2017

Location: Board Room

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

74. ESL Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 3/8/2017

Location: Board Room

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

75. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 3/15/2017

Location: George /Washington/Hertz, Room

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

76. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 3/23/2017

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

77. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 4/27/2017

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

78. Teachers of the Gifted Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 5/9/2017

Location: Board Room

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

79. Berks Science Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators

Dates: 5/10/2017

Location: Washington Room

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

80. ESL Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 5/17/2017

Location: Board Room

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

81. ESL Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 5/17/2017

Location: Board Room

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

82. Berks Coaching Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 5/18/2017

Location: George /Washington/Hertz, Room

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

83. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 5/25/2017

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