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1. Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Emerging Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 12/18/2017

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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The Emerging Workshop is intended for Pathway Partners as a first step to improving their STEM offerings or for those re-evaluating their progress on the Pathway in subsequent iterations of this improvement process. Goals of this workshop: 1. Create a common understanding of high quality STEM education; 2. Enable schools to reflect on the current conditions of STEM education in the Partner's school and/or district; 3. Identify key Priority Areas for improvement; and 4. Create an Action Plan using the online Pathway Tool. Partners will be given time to work collaboratively within their STEM Leadership team for the purposes of creating an Actin Plan to put into place at their educational institution. Participants will be provided with a workbook (no charge). Participants are asked to bring a fully charged laptop. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Tanya Bonilla-Smith (tanbon@berksiu.org). If you have questions about workshop content, please contact Charlie Trovato (chatro@berksiu.org).

2. IU14 Data Quality Network Meeting- December 2017

Program: Information Technology

Audience: LEA Admin, Special Education Data Managers, PIMS Administrators, Data Teams, Curriculum Directors, Principals

Dates: 12/20/2017

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach Room

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

9:05 - 9:45 – Assessment and Accountability;

Presented by Shazia Waters, Program/Policy Advisor PDE Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting

9:45 - 10:05 - Q & A

Break

10:15 - 10:35 – Child Count Follow-up;

Presented by Jodi Rissinger and Dan Ficca, PDE Bureau of Special Education

10:35 - 10:45 – Q & A

10:45 - 10:55 – Menti Quiz; Theo Smith, MCIU

10:55 - 11:40 - PIMS Help Desk; Presented by Amber Lind

11:40 - 11:55 – Q & A

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

3. 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.

4. Child Sexual Abuse, General Child Abuse and Neglect of Children (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 1/8/2018 to 2/13/2018

Location: ALL WORK ONLINE

This ONLINE three credit graduate level course is designed to prevent child sexual abuse. It will assist educators in recognizing student behaviors resulting from predatory pedophile threats, as well as physical abuse and neglect in their lives. The class will conduct forensic reviews of cases involving pedophiles, review warning signs of sexual abuse in children, and delve into the psychological torment inflicted on victims and how that torment is then transferred into the school setting. It will provide techniques and resources for supporting the traumatized child within the school setting. The course will also review criteria for mandated reporters when addressing issues of general child abuse and neglect; however, at the present time, this course does not replace the mandated 3-hour training required by Section 1205.6 of the Public School Code of 1949.

The following book (approx. $15 on Amazon) is required for use with this class. "Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, & Other Sex Offenders. Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children." Salter, Anna Ph.D. (2003). New York, NYC: Basic Books. ISBN# 0-465-07173-2

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

5. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 1/9/2018

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

6. Low Incidence: It's All About the Instruction

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General & Special education teachers and related professionals

Dates: 1/9/2018

Many teachers are now using research based instructional materials that use the Direct Instruction method of teaching. However, there are times during instruction when students are not understanding the procedure that is being used or needs additional practice in the skill. This is when a teacher must decide to "step out of program" and give additional instruction and practice to achieve mastery. How and when do you "step out of program" and maintain the fidelity of your instruction? This training will also look at common procedure issues that arise in the math and reading programs and how to pre-teach those procedures. Experience with teaching direct instruction programs is preferred.

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.

7. Supporting Students with Rett Syndrome - 2 day series

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special and General Ed teachers, Related Service Providers, Paras, Parents

Dates: 1/9/2018

MAY ATTEND ONE AND/OR BOTH DAYS - REGISTRATION IS SEPARATELY LISTED.

DESCRIPTION:

Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder affecting primarily girls. This disorder has a profound impact on an affected girl’s ability to perform voluntary actions including speaking and using her hands. This two-day training series (you may attend either one or both days) will provide an overview of this disorder to assist school district personnel to change their perspective regarding instruction for these students.

GOALS:

Day 1-January 9, 2018

Review the characteristics of Rett syndrome

Review and discuss how Rett syndrome affects participation in school activities

Discuss options for supporting girls with Rett syndrome in various school environments

Day 2 - March 8, 2018

Discuss options for enhancing communication

Review effective methods of reading instruction that meet the unique needs of girls with Rett syndrome.

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

8. 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: 1/10/2018 to 1/11/2018

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

Wait List

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.

9. Berks County School Library Association

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 1/10/2018

Location: George Room

Reading Olympics work session for Elementary, Middle and Senior High Level committee members. We will pick books, and develop questions and answers for 2018-19 Reading Olympics.

10. The SAT: Accessing, Understanding, and Using Score Reports

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 1/11/2018

Location: George-Washington Rooms

The SAT Score Reports are now more robust than ever and using those reports has never been easier with the K12 Assessment Reporting Tool. Educators can quickly identify strengths and areas for improvement schoolwide, by specific demographics and even by custom groups. Educators can use the reports to assess and motivate students to perform their best on test day. During this workshop, attendees with receive an overview of the SAT Suite of Assessments and a demonstration of the reporting portal to provide a deeper understanding of the enhanced scores, data, and reporting available. This session will provide support along with best practices in developing strategies for using these rich data sources to improve student outcomes starting with the PSAT 8/9 and continuing through the SAT, as well as time for attendees to review and analyze their school’s data.

REQUIREMENT: Attendees should bring laptops to the session and should confirm they have access to the K12 Assessment Reporting Tool through their College Board online account.

11. EI Transition Refresher Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/12/2018

Location: Main Office - Lincoln Room

New
A "refresher" meeting to review the requirements, processes and procedures for the transition to Kindergarten meetings held with families and district representative, followed by a Q&A period.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 1/16/2018

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.

13. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 1/17/2018

Location: George /Washington/Hertz/Commonwealth

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

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 1/17/2018 to 1/27/2018

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.

15. Behavior Assessment & Intervention - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY in both General and Special Education

Dates: 1/18/2018

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.

16. BSPA Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 1/19/2018

BSPA Meeting

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

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 1/20/2018

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.

18. Executive Functioning Skills - Focus on Planning, Prioritizing, and Self Monitoring-Day 2

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: teachers, school psychologists, therapists, guidance counselors and school social workers, parents, and paras MUST HAVE ATTENDED 12/7/17 OVERVIEW

Dates: 1/23/2018

Location: Rohrbach

(PRE-REQUISITE to this session -Teaching Executive Functioning Skills- An Overview held 12/7/17)

Description:

In order to succeed in school, students must be able to prioritize tasks, plan action steps toward completion of a task, and monitor their own behavior and progress toward goals. When students do not have these executive function skills, assignments are not completed, behaviors do not meet classroom expectations and/or the student become over-reliant on verbal prompts.

Students with executive functioning deficits require explicit instruction, guided practice and reinforcement in order to learn and apply these skills.

Objection:

In this session, K-12 educators will learn how to assess skills related to planning, prioritizing and self-monitoring. Participants will learn how to explicitly teach, reinforce, and progress monitor these skills, and how to address these skills in the IEP.

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

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


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

19. 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: 1/23/2018

Wait List

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

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

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 1/23/2018

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.

21. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 1/25/2018

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.

22. Cris Tovani

Program: Professional Development

Audience: 5th-12th Grade Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Special Education Teachers, ESL Teachers, Administrators

Dates: 1/26/2018

Location: Hertz/ Rohrbach

New
One event with two thought provoking sessions:

How do I Know What Students Know? Assessing, Planning, and Differentiating for Students’ Literacy Needs- Participants will examine why kids disengage and take away strategies and ideas that will help them meet more of their students' literacy needs.

When Reading is Challenging: Using Thinking Strategies to Keep Kids from Quitting- As students move through the grade levels, the amount of academic reading increases and becomes more rigorous. Readers don’t always know how to negotiate difficult text. Often, they quit and rely solely on the teacher to tell them what they need to know. Cris Tovani will share how she uses think alouds, think sheets, and multiple texts to help students access information.

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

Any questions regarding registration please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

23. Google for Education Workshops

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers, administrators, school leaders, curriculum directors, supervisors, etc. who are looking to effectively integrate technology.

Dates: 1/29/2018

Location: Various Rooms

OVERVIEW: During this 1-day learning experience, participants will explore the best practices of connected learning using Google Suite for Education with a focus on design thinking and instructional excellence. These workshops will focus on the skills and techniques needed to leverage GSuite for Education in engaging, effective, and creative ways.

Participants will select four 80-minute sessions from a menu of choices. Topics include: Google Classroom, Sheets, Forms, YouTube, Primary Coding, Gamification, Flipped Learning, Around the World with Google, Google and Mathematics, and possibly more!

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Take a deep dive into the Google Suite for Education ecosystem. Integrate the 4C's—Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking, across the curriculum. Understand more deeply what it means to effectively integrate and create 21st-Century teaching and learning experiences.

24. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/29/2018

Location: 111A

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

SNOW DATE - Thursday, February 15 if needed.

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

25. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/30/2018

Location: 111A

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

SNOW DATE - Thursday, February 15 if needed.

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

26. Safety Skills for Students with Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special education teachers and related professionals, administrators and paraprofessionals

Dates: 1/30/2018

Keeping individuals with low incidence disabilities and autism safe is an ongoing concern for families and caregivers. There are services available to assist with this concern, but there are also basic safety skills that can be taught to facilitate this process. For many of our students with communication challenges, long-term planning and instruction may be required for these skills to fully develop. This training will explore services available, safety skills to be addressed and instructional options for teaching these skills.

Objectives:

- Explore various services that provide tracking services and communication with law enforcement, including Project Life Saver.

- Identify safety skills that are required in various settings and establish priorities for instruction.

- Discuss techniques to provide instruction and reinforcement of safety 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 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.

27. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/31/2018

Location: 111A

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

SNOW DATE - Thursday, February 15 if needed.

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

28. PVAAS 101- (AM Session)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Supervisors, Building Level Administrators, District Level Administrators.

Dates: 1/31/2018

Location: George Washington

New
If you have heard of PVAAS but have no idea where to start, then this is a workshop session for you! Participants will gain a deep understanding about what PVAAS is, how it can be used to help drive instructional decisions, and what the components all mean. Items addressed during this 3-hour workshop will include:


• What PVAAS is,


• The many benefits to educators and students,


• The difference between achievement and growth,


• Specific tools and reports, and


• Demystifying any common misconceptions related to PVAAS

Workshop participants will take an in-depth tour of the launch pad to understand the reporting tools, meanings of visuals (i.e colors associated with meeting/maintaining/no meeting PA standard for academic growth), and different graphical representations. Participants will take away how to effectively navigate through PVAAS and use the data presented to best inform curriculum, instruction, assessment, and organization with fidelity.

Any questions regarding the session please contact Charles Trovato @ chatro@berksiu.org.

Any questions regarding registration please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

29. PVAAS- Child Success Summary (PM Session)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Supervisors, Building Level Administrators, District Level Administrators.

Dates: 1/31/2018

Location: George Washington

New
A new report, called the Child Success Summary, is available through the PVAAS reporting site as of Fall 2017. This is a parent/guardian-friendly report for LEAs (districts) to use to communicate prior state assessment history, as well as projections to future state and college readiness assessments. LEAs can choose if and how they would use this reporting with parents, guardians, and students. This 3-hour session will review the key features of this new report, as well as strategies to create effective and meaningful discussions with parents, guardians, and students.

Any questions regarding the session please contact Charles Trovato @ chatro@berksiu.org.

Any questions regarding registration please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/1/2018 to 2/28/2018

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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/4/2018 to 4/8/2018

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.

32. Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/4/2018 to 4/8/2018

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.

33. Low Incidence: Generalization of Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special education teachers and related professionals, administrators and paraprofessionals

Dates: 2/5/2018

The purpose of all instruction is to provide skills to students to use in the "real world". Generalization of what is taught in the school is vitally important to the success of students in all areas of learning. How do we help students apply what they have learned into practice in multiple environments with different people? How do we identify those skills that are most important to be able to generalize? Planning and preparing for students to use learned skills in multiple places with multiple people must be part of initial and ongoing instruction. This training will identify ways to practice and prepare students for meaningful skill development across their entire lives.

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.

34. Teaching Relevant Behavior/Social Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General and Special Education Teachers - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Dates: 2/5/2018

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.

35. Teachers of the Gifted Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 2/5/2018

Location: Board Room

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

36. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting (BCTC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 2/6/2018

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

37. Classroom Leadership & Community Development (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

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

Dates: 2/12/2018 to 3/30/2018

Location: Allmon Rooms and On Line

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

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/13/2018

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.

39. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 2/15/2018

Location: George /Washington/Hertz/Commonwealth

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

40. 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: 2/15/2018

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.

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 2/15/2018

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

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers Leaders, Technology Specialists, & Instructional Coaches

Dates: 2/16/2018

Location: Hohl 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.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/19/2018

Location: washington Room

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

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/20/2018

Location: washington Room

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

45. Teaching Employability Skills Through Classroom Routines

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Related Services Providers

Dates: 2/21/2018

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

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

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

Morning Session:

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

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

Afternoon Session:

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

- Employability Skills Portfolio

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


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

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/22/2018

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.

47. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 2/22/2018

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.

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: teachers, school psychologists, therapists, guidance counselors and school social workers, parents and paras.MUST HAVE ATTENDED AN OVERVIEW-12/7/17

Dates: 2/26/2018

(PRE-REQUISITE to this session -Teaching Executive Functioning Skills- An Overview held 12/7/17)

Description:

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

Objective:

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

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

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


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

49. Math PD for Administrators

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 2/26/2018

Location: Commonwealth B

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This professional development opportunity will consist of conceptual mathematics topics for administrators and instructional coaches in order to provide support and instructional feedback to elementary teachers. Vocabulary, Algorithms, Use of Manipulatives, Teaching Strategies, and Problem Solving will be modeled and discussed.

If you have questions regarding the workshop please contact Josh Hoyt @ joshoy@berksiu.org.

If you have any questions regarding registration please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

50. Discovery Education Streaming

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/28/2018

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During this virtual workshop, you will learn how to access Discovery Education Streaming from a computer. This resource, provided by BCIU to all public-school districts in Berks County, gives you 10,000+ video resources to use for teaching and learning. You’ll learn how to search for resources by media type, publisher, content area, and standard, and you’ll learn how to organize and share your videos with your students.

NOTE: You will need access to an internet-connected computer to participate in this virtual workshop.

Any questions regarding the workshop please contact Kevin Andreyo @ kevand@berksiu.org. Any questions regarding registration please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 3/1/2018 to 3/31/2018

Location: Session will be online

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

52. Teaching Self Determination Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Related Services Providers

Dates: 3/5/2018

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

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

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

Morning Session:

Self-Determination Research

Teaching Key Self-Determination Skills

- Decision-Making/Goal Setting/Action Planning

- Self Evaluation/Problem Solving

Afternoon Session:

Guided Practice and Generalization

Classroom Routines (practice opportunities)

Disability Disclosure

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


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

53. CRA Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-8 Mathematics and Special Education Teachers

Dates: 3/6/2018 to 3/7/2018

Location: Rohrbach

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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.

March 6th Early Numeracy-Addition-Subtraction-Multiplication-Division

March 7th Multiplication-Division-Fractions-Integers-Equations

if you have questions regarding the workshop please contact Josh Hoyt @ joshoy@berksiu.org.

If you have questions regarding registration please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

54. 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: 3/6/2018 to 3/7/2018

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.

55. ESL Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Administrators

Dates: 3/7/2018

Location: Hertz Room

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

56. ESL Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 3/7/2018

Location: Hertz Room

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

57. Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 3/7/2018

Location: George Room

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

58. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 3/8/2018

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

59. Supporting Students with Rett Syndrome - 2 day series

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special and General Ed teachers, Related Service Providers, Paras, Parents

Dates: 3/8/2018

MAY ATTEND ONE AND/OR BOTH DAYS - REGISTRATION IS SEPARATELY LISTED.

DESCRIPTION:

Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder affecting primarily girls. This disorder has a profound impact on an affected girl’s ability to perform voluntary actions including speaking and using her hands. This two-day training series (you may attend either one or both days) will provide an overview of this disorder to assist school district personnel to change their perspective regarding instruction for these students.

GOALS:

Day 1-January 9, 2018

Review the characteristics of Rett syndrome

Review and discuss how Rett syndrome affects participation in school activities

Discuss options for supporting girls with Rett syndrome in various school environments

Day 2 - March 8, 2018

Discuss options for enhancing communication

Review effective methods of reading instruction that meet the unique needs of girls with Rett syndrome.

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

60. 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: 3/9/2018

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

61. Para Academy-Day 7

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/13/2018

Location: 111A

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

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

62. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 3/13/2018

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.

63. Para Academy-Day 7

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/14/2018

Location: 111A

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

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

64. Behavioral Self Regulation: PARAPROFESSIONALS ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Dates: 3/15/2018

Location: Hertz

The focus of this training is to provide 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, anxiety, or behavior problems 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 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 Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org, 610-987-8532.

65. Para Academy-Day 7

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/15/2018

Location: George

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

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

66. BSPA Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 3/16/2018

BSPA Meeting

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

67. Discovery Education Streaming

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/21/2018

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During this virtual workshop, you will learn how to access Discovery Education Streaming from a computer. This resource, provided by BCIU to all public-school districts in Berks County, gives you 10,000+ video resources to use for teaching and learning. You’ll learn how to search for resources by media type, publisher, content area, and standard, and you’ll learn how to organize and share your videos with your students.

NOTE: You will need access to an internet-connected computer to participate in this virtual workshop.

Any questions regarding the workshop please contact Kevin Andreyo @ kevand@berksiu.org. Any questions regarding registration please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

68. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 3/22/2018

Location: TBD

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

69. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 3/22/2018

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.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 3/26/2018

Location: washington Room

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

71. Discovery Education Streaming

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/11/2018

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During this virtual workshop, you will learn how to access Discovery Education Streaming from a computer. This resource, provided by BCIU to all public-school districts in Berks County, gives you 10,000+ video resources to use for teaching and learning. You’ll learn how to search for resources by media type, publisher, content area, and standard, and you’ll learn how to organize and share your videos with your students.

NOTE: You will need access to an internet-connected computer to participate in this virtual workshop.

Any questions regarding the workshop please contact Kevin Andreyo @ kevand@berksiu.org. Any questions regarding registration please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 4/18/2018 to 4/28/2018

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.

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 4/18/2018

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

74. BSPA Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 4/20/2018

BSPA Meeting

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

75. 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: 4/24/2018

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.

76. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting (BCTC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 4/25/2018

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

77. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 4/26/2018

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. Google for Education

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers and Administrators

Dates: 5/1/2018 to 5/2/2018

Location: Various Rooms

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During this two-day learning experience, participants will learn the essentials of GSuite for Education with a focus on the skills and techniques needed to complete the online exam to achieve "Google Educator" status and pursue "Google Education Trainer" status. You will explore ways to implement G Suites into your classroom and build up your toolkit with the latest resources, as well as expand your learning network.

If you have questions regarding the workshop please contact Josh Hoyt @ joshoy@berksiu.org.

If you have questions regarding registration please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

79. 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: 5/7/2018 to 5/8/2018

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.

80. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 5/8/2018

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

81. Teachers of the Gifted Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 5/9/2018

Location: Board Room

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

82. Discovery Education Streaming

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/9/2018

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During this virtual workshop, you will learn how to access Discovery Education Streaming from a computer. This resource, provided by BCIU to all public-school districts in Berks County, gives you 10,000+ video resources to use for teaching and learning. You’ll learn how to search for resources by media type, publisher, content area, and standard, and you’ll learn how to organize and share your videos with your students.

NOTE: You will need access to an internet-connected computer to participate in this virtual workshop.

Any questions regarding the workshop please contact Kevin Andreyo @ kevand@berksiu.org. Any questions regarding registration please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

83. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 5/10/2018

Location: George /Washington

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

84. Para Academy-Day 8

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/14/2018

Location: 111A

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

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

85. Para Academy-Day 8

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/16/2018

Location: 111A

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

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

86. Para Academy-Day 8

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/17/2018

Location: 111A

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

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

87. BSPA Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 5/18/2018

BSPA Meeting

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

88. ESL Administrators Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Administrators

Dates: 5/22/2018

Location: George Room

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

89. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 5/22/2018

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.

90. ESL Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 5/22/2018

Location: George Room

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

91. Teacher Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Teachers

Dates: 5/22/2018

Location: George Room

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

92. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 5/24/2018

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.

93. Para - June grads only- June 12-15, 2018

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: paraprofessionals in the Academy for the 2017-2018 school year

Dates: 6/12/2018 to 6/15/2018

Location: Hertz

These 4 days are for Paraprofessionals who did not attend the 4 days in August, 2017 but attended the October 3, 2017 meeting. It will register you for all 4 days, and on Friday, June 15,2018 you will have your interview and graduation.

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

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 6/18/2018

Location: washington Room

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