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1. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 9/29/2016

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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.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 10/1/2016

Location: Washington Room

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

3. Supporting Students with Autism in the General Education Classroom

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 10/3/2016

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

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

Objectives:

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

-Gain an understanding of methods to teach social/behavioral skills

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


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

4. Flipped Learning Conference

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators Grades 6-12

Dates: 10/4/2016

Location: Hertz Rorhbach

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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. Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations sup

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 10/4/2016

Location: Washington Room

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

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 10/4/2016

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

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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.

7. 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

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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.

8. 2016 Keeping Kids Safe Symposium

Program: Professional Development

Audience: School team of administrators, counselors, psychologists, nurses, SAP, Emergency Response & Incident Command team members.

Dates: 10/5/2016

"Reevaluating Emergency Plan and Lockdown Procedures" - designed to provide educators with the latest research, tools, and resources that will result in sound emergency plans for schools. 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 PA Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

9. Indicator 13 Training - DAY 1

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Indicator 13 Cohort 1 Districts

Dates: 10/5/2016

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

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

10. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 10/6/2016

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

11. Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT): Overview, Data Analysis, and 1:1 Conferencing

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Curriculum Coordinators, Principals, or Grades 3-12 Educators

Dates: 10/6/2016

Location: Washington Room

The Pennsylvania Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) is a set of online assessments, divided by content area, designed to provide diagnostic information in order to guide instruction and remediation. Training will include an overview of the CDT as well as running reports and analyzing data to guide instruction for whole class, small groups, and individuals. Additionally, time will be spent discussing best practices in one-to-one conferencing with students regarding their data and how to set goals and promote ownership in their learning. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop to this session. Any questions, please contact Josh Hoyt at 610-987-8535. 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.

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers Leaders, Technology Specialists, & Instructional Coaches

Dates: 10/7/2016

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.

13. BCSHA County Wide Inservice - SHRINER'S HOSPITAL

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: School Nurses

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: SHRINER’S HOSPITAL

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

14. Art at GoggleWorks

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Art Educators

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: Goggleworks

(This session will be held at GoggleWorks) Teachers will engage in several hands on workshops facilitated by GoggleWorks staff. The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts offers workshops in ceramics, digital arts, drawing, fibers, fused glass, glassblowing, lampworking, metalsmithing, painting, photography, stained glass, and writing.

15. ESL: "Building Capacity in Small ESL Programs: Meeting the Diverse Needs of English Learners"

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 ESL Educators

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: Muhlenberg Middle School

Meeting the diverse needs of English learners in small programs requires creativity, collaboration and the ability to tap into existing resources. This interactive workshop will support networking among ESL Teachers/Coordinators and development of strategic solutions for building effective programs and supports for ELs and culturally diverse families in contexts with limited resources and over-stretched ESL Teachers.

16. FCS: "Child Development: They Can do What?!"

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: FCS Educators

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: Muhlenberg Middle School

Come join us as we explore "The Child" and discover the many skills of typical development and how you can support children's development. We will discuss the importance of the first years of life, brain development, basic principles and domains for child development and major developmental milestones, and why this information is important for you. This session will cover children from birth to five years of age.

17. Gifted AM:" Break-out EDU"

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: Educators of the gifted

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: Muhlenberg Middle School

This hands-on learning experience will allow teachers to experience Breakout EDU. Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Specialty K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context. Teachers can purchase "breakouts" from Breakout EDU, or they can access free templates from the Breakout EDU website to design their own games.

18. Health and PE: "Cooperatively Catching Critters; Let's Have Fun in Health Class; Creative Structuring of your Warm-up; Student-Centered Lessons; and Words of Wisdom"

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Health and PE Educators

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: Muhlenberg Middle School

Cooperatively Catching Critters: An Alliteration of Physical Education Ideas & Activities (2 hours; K-12) presented by Jeffrey Jacobs This workshop will present a variety of ideas and activities that require cooperation, problem-solving and communication skills. It will also include some ideas for using technology to put together short musical activities and brain breaks. Let's Have Fun in Health Class (Breakout A - 1 hour; K-12) presented by Melanie Lynch Interactive, skills-based health education is a crucial part of any fun and effective health class. This session will provide participants with lessons and activities that will facilitate them to effectively create an energized health class appropriate for all students. Creative Structuring of your Warm-up/Workout (Breakout B - 1 hour; Middle/Secondary) This session is all about getting creative with the structure of your physical fitness warm-up exercises and workout exercises! You will ACTIVELY learn how to format an EMOM (Every minute on the minute), AMRAP, Tabata, and Chipper. Student-Centered Lessons in the 21st Century: Making the Lessons You Already Have, Student-Centered (1.5 hours; K-12) presented by Todd Bedard Shifting teacher centered lessons to student centered by using 21st century skills and giving more control to the students. After a brief overview, participants will have a chance to collaborate on a lesson plan. Bring a lesson plan that you would like to revise. Words of Wisdom - Lessons Learned: Managing the School Environment Conveyed through Anecdotes, Multi-Mediate and Physical Activity (1.25 hours; K-12) presented by Jeffrey Jacobs This session will present and discuss some challenges that PE professionals face in their teaching environment and provide ideas, strategies and activities for managing them.
ESSA UPDATE: WHAT THE NEW FEDERAL EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT MEANS FOR MUSIC AND ARTS EDUCATION (Full Group 1.5 hours) A look at the new ESSA and what it REALLY means for you in your music classroom. CHOICE OF SESSIONS (1.5 hours): THE MARKETING (ADVOCACY) SIDE OF YOUR MUSIC PROGRAM How to make marketing your program part of your advocacy routine, and why it matters in your music classroom. CHROMEBOOKS IN THE MUSIC CLASSROOM Current approaches to incorporating Chromebooks in your Middle School and High School music classrooms, including popular apps and music websites that can be readily integrated with your lessons. TIPS, TRICKS, & TRADE SECRETS YOU CAN USE NOW: GENERAL MUSIC SHARING SESSSION Returning by popular demand, a "rapid fire" sharing session of best practices you can use immediately in your general music classes. AFTERNOON KEYNOTE SESSION (Full Group 1.5 hours): PROGRAM PARTNERS: DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY MUSIC ORGANIZATIONS AND ENSEMBLES Representatives from the Reading Symphony, Berks Youth Chorus, Ringgold Band, and other organizations in an open and interactive forum, where the organizations will present and discuss programming and partnership opportunities. CHOICE OF SESSIONS (1.5 hours): OLD SCHOOL/NEW SCHOOL: MAKING THE SPECTRUM OF EXPERIENCE ON YOUR MUSIC STAFF WORK TO YOUR PROGRAM'S ADVANTAGE A panel of Berks music teachers takes an open and honest look at blending new philosophies with those tried-and-true to create stronger, more cohesive programs. CHROMEBOOKS IN THE MUSIC CLASSROOM SUPPORTING SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS (INCLUDING THOSE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM) IN THE MUSIC CLASSROOM Educators are finding special needs students in their music classrooms. "Specials," such as music, are the go-to classrooms for integrating special needs students with their typical peers. With little special education training, teachers are being asked to provide music education for these students within the context of their classrooms.

20. World Language "Developing and Assessing Interpersonal Communication"

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: World Language Teachers

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: Kutztown University

Look who's talking! In the language classroom, the goal is for both the teacher and the learners to use the target language 90% or more of the time. How can student use of language be supported at each level (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)? This workshop provides ideas for developing, practicing, and assessing student-to-student conversations (or text message exchanges) and emphasizes what it takes to move from the Novice range of performance to the Intermediate range - and from the Intermediate range toward the Advanced range. Learn strategies to maintain learners' use of the target language and build their confidence to interact with native speakers.

21. 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

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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.

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST attend ALL 3 days in order to receive credit hours.

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

22. 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

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The Inclusion Strand 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 may attend

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST attend ALL 3 days in order to receive credit hours.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org

23. 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 may attend

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST attend ALL 3 days in order to receive credit hours.

Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Reardon, marrea@berksiu.org

24. 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

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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 may attend this training.

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

25. The Berks School Psychologists Countywide In-Service Training

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: Alvernia Student Center - Private dining room

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

8:15 - 8:30 AM: Registration

Presenter: Jen Lillenstein

Topic: Dyslexia - Assessment and Intervention

Location: Alvernia Student Center/Private Dining Room

Lunch: Will be on your own

Questions: Contact Kathy Githens @katgit@berksiu.org or 610-987-8377

NOTE: Parking on campus is very limited - please park at the Angelica Lake lot and use the shuttle service to the campus center.

26. Technology AM: "Industry Tour: New Holland Manufacturing Operations"

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Technology Education

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: New Holland Manufacturing 300 Diller Avenue, New H

(300 Diller Avenue, New Holland, PA 17557). Please arrive by 9:15 AM to sign waivers; the tour will begin promptly at 9:30 AM. (NOTE: open-toed shoes, sandals, and high heels are NOT permitted. Safety glasses are mandatory in the plant and are provided for use during the tour). During the tour, teachers will have the opportunity to walk the factory floor, observe operations, examine machinery, and ask questions of the tour guide. After the tour, a Q&A session will follow. During the Q&A session, teachers may ask our hosts about job opportunities for students, job requirements, training, expectations of new employees, and the abilities and traits of employment candidates who are successful at gaining and maintaining employment within this industry. This educational experience will help teachers better prepare students for 21st century skills, career exploration, and local industry employment.

27. Gifted PM:"Continuing the Conversation"

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: Educators of the gifted

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: Muhlenberg Middle School

Building off our last session participants we will continue to work on developing GIEPs. Participants MUST bring a current/upcoming completed GIEP with all of the personally identifiable information redacted. Along with that, they should know all of the assessments that are currently available in their system. We will review GIEPs, recommend changes and further consideration, and spend much of the time talking about specially designed instruction. Time for Q&A will be provided.

28. Technology PM: "Industry Tour: Met-Ed/First Energy"

Program: Common Inservice (PD&C)

Audience: K-12 Technology Education

Dates: 10/10/2016

Location: Met-Ed/First Energy 2800 Pottsville Pike

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(2800 Pottsville Pike (Rt. 61), Reading, PA 19605). Please arrive by 1:15 PM to clear security (bring Photo ID); the tour will begin promptly at 1:30 PM. (NOTE: open-toed shoes, sandals, and high heels are NOT permitted. The tour of MET-ED/First Energy will include a tour of the facilities including the Call Center (Customer Service) and the Field Training Facility (Lineworkers). There are opportunities for employment for both high school and college graduates. FirstEnergy employs a large workforce of power line and substation employees who work on our transmission and distribution system every day to ensure safe and reliable electric service to the customers. Lineworkers are responsible for the construction, maintenance and repair of transmission and distribution lines, while substation electricians construct, inspect and maintain our substation equipment. Whether they are testing substation performance, constructing distribution lines for a new residential development, or repairing damaged power lines after a storm, line workers and substation employees enjoy fast-paced and rewarding careers. Additionally, there are many exciting career paths for both entry-level and experienced engineers at FirstEnergy. Engineering disciplines commonly hired by FirstEnergy include: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 10/11/2016

Location: Washington

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.

30. Early Intervention - Berks Early Care and Education Council Provider Conference

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Audience: Therapists, Early Care Educators, Higher Education Faculty, Special Instructors, Service Coordinators, Administrators, Professional Development Leaders, Technical Assistant Providers, and Family Members of the Birth to Five Population

Dates: 10/11/2016

Location: Commonwealth AB

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This is a training designed for therapists, early care educators, special instructors, service coordinators, social workers, and administrators of the birth to five population.

31. Indicator 13 Training - DAY 1

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Indicator 13 Cohort 1 Districts

Dates: 10/11/2016

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

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

32. 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.

 

33. PDE PVAAS Conference with Teachers (AM Session)

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

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"�½½½ï¿½½½½½ï¿½½½½ï¿½½½½½½½ 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.

34. 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.

35. Making it Obvious! Using Visual Supports to Aid Student Participation - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY in both General and Special Education, Speech Language and Occupational Therapists

Dates: 10/13/2016

Visual supports can be used to help students of all ages and abilities accomplish tasks, understand expectations, and become more organized and more independent. Participants will have the opportunity to design and produce visual supports that can be used immediately in their classroom.

Objectives:

Review how visual supports can be used to assist students:

- within daily routines
- with behavioral expectations
- with academic tasks

Develop customized visual supports based on templates provided

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


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

36. 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 Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

37. Corrective Reading - Decoding

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 10/19/2016

Description:

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

Content:

- Research validation of programs

- Design components of the program

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

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

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


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

38. 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.

39. Reading Mastery Classic

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Paraprofessionals in Berks County

Dates: 10/19/2016

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

Content:

- Research validation of programs

- Design components of the program

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

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

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


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

40. 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.

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 10/20/2016

PA Chapter 14 regulations require that the IEP of all students 14 years of age and older include "appropriate measurable post- secondary goals related to training, education, employment, and when appropriate independent living". These post- secondary goals must be "based upon age-appropriate transition assessments".

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

This workshop will provide Learning Support and Emotional Support teachers and other IEP team members with foundational information about regulatory requirements, transition assessment, agency partnerships, and instructional planning related to post -secondary goals.

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


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

42. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Danielson's Framework for Teaching--Domains I, III, IV"

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 10/20/2016

This "blended" session will help teachers answer the following questions--How can we develop distinguished lesson plans? How can questioning and discussion techniques propel our teaching to be exemplary? What does an engaged classroom look like? What is the role of students in assessment and instruction? Teachers will analyze a lesson and engage in a pre-observation and post-observation dialogue with their peers to gain a better understanding of the difference between proficient and distinguished in Domain I Preparation and Planning), Domain III (Instruction), and Domain IV (Professional Responsibilities). 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.

43. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 10/21/2016 to 10/28/2016

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

44. K-2 Core Literacy - Close Reading

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-2 Teachers

Dates: 10/24/2016

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

This workshop will address the unique needs of teaching Kindergarten through second grade learners to comprehend challenging texts. The session will capitalize on hands-on, interactive activities to increase the transfer of knowledge and skills to classroom lessons. Participants will analyze texts to uncover the elements which make texts complex. Scaffolding techniques will be explored which will enable close reading of texts that otherwise would have presented unsurmountable difficulty. Please contact Christina Foehl at chrfoe@berksiu.org with any questions. Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

45. Para Academy-Day 5

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 10/25/2016

Location: Hertz

Day 5 of the Para Academy - registration is ONLY for those who are already in the program.

46. Para Academy-Day 5

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 10/26/2016

Location: Hertz

Day 5 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

47. Indicator 13 Training - DAY 2

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Indicator 13 Cohort 1 Districts

Dates: 10/27/2016

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

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

48. 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

49. 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.

50. Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA): Multiplication & Division

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-8 Math/Special Education Teachers

Dates: 11/1/2016

Location: Commonwealth A

This professional development opportunity will support teachers' learning and implementation of the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) sequence of instruction, a research-based instructional practice, for the topics of multiplication and division. Teachers will experience CRA as both a teacher and a learner.Any questions please contact Esteffani Alcantara, 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org. Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

51. Concussion Management Team Networking - CMT

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: existing CMT members, those interested in becoming members of CMT

Dates: 11/2/2016

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DESCRIPTION:

Annually, approximately 22,000 child & adolescent concussions occur in PA. Current research states that approximately 90% of students will recover in the first 4 weeks. Returning to the full demands of school must be carefully managed, because returning to a full academic load too soon following a concussion can significantly increase recovery time and intensify symptoms.

District-based Concussion Management Teams (CMTs) support both student athletes & non-athletes at the local, district level, who are returning to the demands of school while promoting recovery. CMTs partner with BrainSTEPS consulting teams that cover the state, based out of the educational Intermediate Units.

This training event is designed to clarify membership roles of CMTs and BrainSTEPS teams, provide updated information for working with students with concussions, and review case studies.

OBJECTIVES:

-Learn how to become a member of a Concussion Management Team (CMT)

-Review how CMTs work with local BrainSTEPS teams

-Discuss Academic Accommodations for student with brain injury

-Review Case Studies

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

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

52. Star Lab Training

Program: Information Technology

Audience: Science Teachers/Curriculum

Dates: 11/4/2016

Location: Commonwealth B

The BCIU is proud to provide the Star Lab system with state-of-the-art fiber arc technology. Training for classroom use will be held Friday, November 04, 2016 at BCIU's main office building from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This training is designed for those teachers who would like to use this innovative instructional environment in their classrooms. The cost is $50.00 for up to 3 participants.

53. Gifted Boot Camp

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teacher's of the Gifted

Dates: 11/7/2016

Location: George

This training is designed for teachers new to gifted education or those wishing to brush up on the requirements of Chapter 16 and best practices in supporting gifted learners. A significant portion of the training will focus on writing appropriate, legally defensible GIEPs. Time will be allotted in the afternoon for teachers to work on revising or creating GIEP Goals and specially designed instruction (SDI). 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.

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 11/7/2016

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

Content:

- Research related to executive functioning skills

- Impact of executive functioning on school performance and daily living

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

- Practical strategies for teaching executive functioning skills

- Task analysis and instructional design related to functional skills

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

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

EXCEPTIONS: If you attended on 7/11/16, 12/9/15, 7/7/15, 3/24/15,or 7/28/14-You are eligible to register for Days 2 and/or 3

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


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

55. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 11/7/2016

Wait List

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

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

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 11/8/2016

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

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


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

57. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 11/8/2016

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

58. Indicator 13 Training - DAY 2

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Indicator 13 Cohort 1 Districts

Dates: 11/9/2016

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

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

59. Berks Science Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Science Educators

Dates: 11/15/2016

Location: Board 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.

60. Text Dependent Analysis Series

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers of students in grades 3-12

Dates: 11/15/2016 to 12/13/2016

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

Combination of Online and Face to Face sessions. Learn how to select texts worthy of close reading and text dependent analysis (TDA), how to write high quality TDA prompts, and how to score student work with accuracy and consistency. Session 1 online during the month of September: Choosing Worthy Texts and Teaching Close Reading Session 2 (11/15/16) -Writing high quality text dependent analysis prompts and scoring student work (Full day face-to-face) Session 3 (12/13/16) - Scoring and Calibrating (1/2 day face-to-face) Any questions, please contact Esteffani Alcantara @ 610-987-8494 or estalc@berksiu.org Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

61. Principal Effectiveness Training (AM)

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Central office administrators and principals

Dates: 11/16/2016

This half-day professional development opportunity is intended to provide an overview of the Correlation Data and Elective Data components of the Principal Effectiveness Model. Time will be spent exploring each element and providing guidance for administrators who supervise principals and assistant principals. Participants will be offered the opportunity to share best practices to support principal growth.

62. K-5 Math & Science Partnership Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-5 Science and Mathematics Educators

Dates: 11/16/2016

Location: Commonwealth A Room

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

63. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Assessment Literacy"

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 11/16/2016

This session (blended model) will explore the basic principles of sound assessment practices. Participants will review the differences between summative, formative, benchmark, and diagnostic forms of assessment and learn how to make use of a variety of assessment methods to gather evidence of student learning. The primary goal of the session is to enable teachers to engineer an effective classroom assessment environment that boosts student motivation to learn. 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.

64. 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 Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

65. Essential 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: 11/18/2016

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 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.

66. BSPA Meeting / Topic: Legal Issues in School Psychology

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 11/18/2016

Topic: Legal Issues in School Psychology

67. Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 11/28/2016 to 1/23/2017

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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

68. Teaching Relevant Behavior/Social Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Regular and Special Education Teachers - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Dates: 11/29/2016

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.

69. PDE PVAAS Success in Algebra I

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 12/1/2016

Location: Rohrbach

Algebra I is universally recognized as the critical path to mathematics and success in high school and post-secondary pursuits. This workshop will focus on the use of data (including PVAAS) as a tool to assess the components of a successful secondary Mathematics program in order to maximize the potential for greater numbers of successful students in Algebra and beyond. This session will include these components:

• Organization - the session will provide an opportunity for each participating LEA to analyze their secondary Mathematics sequences with a lens of multiple windows of entry to Algebra I and reasonable support courses for struggling students

• Placement - the session will provide suggestions on how to use PVAAS and other data sources to inform placement decisions both in middle school and high school

• Curriculum - the session will detail the curricular implications of acceleration of middle school mathematics to make middle school Algebra I possible

• Instruction - the session will review the Standards for Mathematical Practice and Webb's Depth of Knowledge and will suggest concrete ways to incorporate the Standards and raise the DOK level of classroom instruction

• Assessment - the session will explore ways to align the style and methods of classroom and school assessment to the state and national assessment system

70. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 12/5/2016 to 12/6/2016

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

71. Behavior Instruction Connection-2 Days

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 12/7/2016 to 12/8/2016

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

Topics will include:

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

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


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

72. 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.

73. 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 paraprofessionals

Dates: 12/7/2016

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

Description:

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.

74. 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.

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers Leaders, Technology Specialists, & Instructional Coaches

Dates: 12/9/2016

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.

76. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 12/12/2016

Wait List

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

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

77. Transition Planning for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 12/12/2016

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

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


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

78. 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

79. 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 Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

80. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 12/15/2016

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

81. Bookshare/AIM - Using Assistive Technology to Support Reading

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special Education Teachers and Administrators, General Education Teachers

Dates: 12/16/2016

description:

Students who are reading significantly below their grade level peers experience tremendous difficulty using general education curriculum materials. Students with IEPs are guaranteed access to instructional materials that are accessible to them despite their disabilities. Fortunately, there are many forms of technology to assist in bridging this gap. With the right systems, we can make educational materials accessible, while increasing learners reading efficiency, independence and enjoyment of reading.

objectives:


Review the assessment process to identify specific student needs to be addressed via assistive technology

Review assistive technology options, both free and with cost, that support students with accessing reading materials

Review sources of text available to students with learning disabilities

Review alternative reading formats that can be used to provide access to information to students with cognitive impairments

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.

82. BSPA Meeting

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 12/16/2016

BSPA Meeting

83. Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA): Fractions and Integers/Equations

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-8 Math/Special Education Teachers

Dates: 12/21/2016

Location: Washington

This professional development opportunity will support teachers' learning and implementation of the Concrete Representational Abstract (CRA) sequence of instruction, a research-based instructional practice to support students' learning and understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures. Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for 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.

84. 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.

85. 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: 1/10/2017

Wait List

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

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

86. Tech Tools for Math and ELA

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 1/10/2017

Location: Rohrbach

This session will focus on current trends in digital tools, apps, and assessments to enhance classroom instruction, assessment, and engagement in Math and ELA classrooms. Participants should bring a laptop or tablet to the session. Professional development sessions are offered for Berks County Intermediate Unit member district staff and staff from organizations supporting students from Berks County member districts. Additionally, sessions are offered for Pennsylvania districts per contracted work that falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Statewide System of Support services. Fees will apply to all other participants as listed in the My Learning Plan registration.

87. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 1/11/2017

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

88. Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT): Overview, Data Analysis, and 1:1 Conferencing

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Curriculum Coordinators, Principals, or Grades 3-12 Educators

Dates: 1/11/2017

Location: George

The Pennsylvania Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) is a set of online assessments, divided by content area, designed to provide diagnostic information in order to guide instruction and remediation. Training will include an overview of the CDT as well as running reports and analyzing data to guide instruction for whole class, small groups, and individuals. Additionally, time will be spent discussing best practices in one-to-one conferencing with students regarding their data and how to set goals and promote ownership in their learning. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop to this session. Any questions, please contact Josh Hoyt at 610-987-8535. 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.

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 1/17/2017

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

Description:

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

Objective:

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

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

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


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

90. 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 Professional Development and Network Meeting. Please bring your laptop with you!

91. Tools & Techniques for BeginningTeachers - "Meeting the PA Core Standards and Utilizing SASAligned System (SAS)"

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third teachers

Dates: 1/18/2017

This session (blended model) will allow participants to familiarize themselves with the PA Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics through the utilization of SAS - an outline collaborative product of research and good practices. Participants will develop an understanding of the organization and content of the PA Core Standards and learn how to utilize and apply the standards in the classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to explore Pennsylvania's SAS resources related to PA Core/CCSS as well as other free resources available online. This workshop is highly recommended for elementary teachers and secondary teachers of English, Mathematics, Science, and History/Social Studies. 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.

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 1/20/2017

Topic: Best Practices in Autism Identification

93. Behavior Assessment & Intervention Training - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY in both General and Special Education

Dates: 1/23/2017

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

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

Objectives:

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

Agenda:

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

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


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

94. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/26/2017

Location: 111A

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

SNOW DATE - Tuesday, JANUARY 31 if needed.

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

95. 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.

96. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/27/2017

Location: 111A

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

SNOW DATE - Tuesday, JANUARY 31 if needed.

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

97. Motivating Mindsets: Teaching that Empowers Growth

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers K-12

Dates: 1/31/2017

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

98. Teaching Employability Skills Through Classroom Routines

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Related Services Providers

Dates: 2/1/2017

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

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

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

Morning Session:

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

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

Afternoon Session:

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

- Employability Skills Portfolio

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


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

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 2/3/2017

Description:

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

Objectives:

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

-Explore core vocabulary and its role in communication

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

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

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


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

100. 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.

101. Low Incidence: Recreation and Leisure

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 2/6/2017

description:

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

objectives:

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

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

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

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

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