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1. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting #2

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 12/11/2018

Location: George/ Washington Room

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

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Special and Regular Education Teachers, Administrators, Psychologists, Related Service Professionals & Parents, Sorry, no Paraprofessionals

Dates: 12/11/2018 to 12/12/2018

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

Topics will include:

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

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

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

3. Guided Math

Program: Professional Development

Audience: All

Dates: 12/12/2018

Location: Washington

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This professional development opportunity will support teachers' learning and implementation of Guided Math/Math Workshop, an instructional practice to support students' learning and understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures.

Any questions regarding workshop please contact Josh Hoyt joshoy@berksiu.org

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

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 12/12/2018

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

Content:

- Research related to executive functioning skills

- Impact of executive functioning on school performance and daily living

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

- Practical strategies for teaching executive functioning skills

- Task analysis and instructional design related to functional skills

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

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

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

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

5. STEM Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 12/12/2018

Location: Hertz

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

6. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting (BCTC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 12/13/2018

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Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

7. PA Youth Survey - What Can Be Learned from the 2017 PAYS Survey?

Program: Office of the Executive Director

Audience: Superintendents, Pupil Services Directors, Special Education Administrators, SAP Coordinators, Community Organizations Supporting Youth

Dates: 12/14/2018

Location: TBD

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Join Geoffrey Kolchin, PAYS Project Leader, to learn how the 2017 PAYS survey results can inform and influence your school district. The data can be used by participants to identify strategies for supporting youth and to assess the effectiveness of current prevention and intervention efforts in schools and the community. Superintendents and school district personnel will gain perspective on how valuable complete county level data is for success in their district.

The PAYS data serves two primary needs. First, the results provide critical information about students’ perspectives of their school environment, as well as knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors towards alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence, depression, and other problem behaviors. Second, the survey assesses risk factors that are related to anti-social behaviors and the protective factors—people or conditions in a community that help guard against them.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Kozloski at 610-987-8486.

8. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 12/20/2018

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

9. BSPA:

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 12/21/2018

BSPA Meeting: PaTTAN ER/RR Danita Baber & Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims Educational Consultants - PaTTAN

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

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

Program: Professional Development

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

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

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

11. Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 1/7/2019 to 1/25/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

This online course is designed to examine adolescent development, from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. Various theories of learning and human development will be explored, in relation to adolescents (i.e. youth aged twelve and older). The cognitive, social, emotional, physical, moral, and motivational domains will be examined in order to provide a comprehensive, integrative approach to working with adolescents in secondary schools. Course participants will also examine various models for secondary education that are consistent with 21st century teaching and learning. Through research-based readings, case studies, conceptual designs, discussions, and theoretical analyses, course participants will develop a thorough understanding of the developmental processes that affect the decisions, behaviors, and learning outcomes of adolescents. In turn, participants will be better positioned to positively impact the learning, development, and achievement of secondary school students.

Any questions, please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

12. The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Classroom Teachers, Homeschool Teachers, Afterschool Professionals (YMCA, 4-H, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.) Parents, and more

Dates: 1/7/2019

Location: Hertz/ Rohrbach

The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators is a fun, hands-on learning experience where you'll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit. We'll explore how to teach circuits and conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put those skills to use to design your own inventions! Participants will learn best practices and gain access to a multimedia training website that can be used when working with students or future trainees.

-Bring Your Laptop & Charging cable: Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Linux operating systems work great. Tablets will not work. Regardless of the kind of laptop used, it must have the ability to plugin a USB “type A” plug - - these are the most common type of USB plugs and it’s how the Makey Makey is connected to a computer. Some new laptops don’t accept a USB type A plug so the user must supply their own adaptor (“dongle”).

NOTE: If you're using a school issued laptop make sure you're able to access the internet outside of school. Make sure you can access all websites (like youtube). Sometimes school issued laptops are "locked down" or have some kind of restriction placed on them.

Price includes Makey Makey kit ($49.95 value)

Lunch will be provided from 11:30-12:30.

Questions regarding the workshop, please contact Charlie Trovato chatro@berksiu.org (or) Marcelle McGhee marmcg@berksiu.org

13. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/8/2019

Location: Commonwealth A

Only for those paras already enrolled in the Para Academy.

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

14. PIIC Promising Practices in Literacy Series

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 1/8/2019 to 4/8/2019

Location: Various

Join us for a 4-day series of professional learning focused on high-leverage instructional practices supporting college and career readiness! This series is open at no cost to all PIIC-participating schools with teacher teams from all content areas in grades 4-12 who are working with instructional coaches.

Over the course of the series, participants will dive into content and disciplinary literacy and will apply their knowledge of each to improve learning and achievement in the content they teach. Participants will deepen their understanding of the role of the instructional coach through participation in one-on-one coaching cycles throughout the series.

Teams of instructional coaches and 1-4 teachers with whom they work will be able to describe the challenges of adolescent literacy, explore strategies and techniques to address the challenges, delineate the demands of literacy in various disciplines, and develop strategies to meet those demands. A unique element of the PIIC Promising Practices in Literacy series is the opportunity for instructional coaches to work in partnership with teams of their teacher colleagues within a collaborative professional learning community.

Please be sure that your team consists of a PIIC-participating instructional coach and a team of 1-4 teachers with whom he/she works. Participants should be prepared to attend all four days of the series and be willing to try a few of the 30+ new strategies in their own classrooms between sessions.

Please feel free to contact BCIU PIIC Mentor Carissa Noel with any questions at carnoe@berksiu.org.

15. Navigating Gender Identity Issues: Equity for All Students

Program: Professional Development

Audience: School district administrators, counselors, psychologists, nurses, teachers

Dates: 1/9/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

Jo’e Simons, Director of Training and Facilitator for the LGBT Center of Greater Reading will provide LGBT101 base training with concentration on gender identity issues, resources, and support.

16. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 1/9/2019 to 1/10/2019

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

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

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

17. Vision Training - January

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 1/9/2019

Location: Lincoln Room

Vision Itinerant Training-Best practices and teaching techniques

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 1/9/2019 to 1/19/2019

Location: BCIU-1111 Commons Blvd

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

Any questions, please contact Tanya Bonilla Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

19. Tools & Techniques for BeginningTeachers - "Assessment Literacy"

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 1/9/2019

Location: Commonwealth A

This session (face-to-face) 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 sue 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.

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

20. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 1/10/2019

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

21. Understanding Childhood Trauma and Its Negative Impact on Students in the Educational Environment (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

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

Dates: 1/12/2019 to 2/16/2019

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK IS DONE ONLINE

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

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

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

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

22. CS for Administrators & Counselors

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Administrators, Counselors

Dates: 1/14/2019

Location: Hohl

This free, half-day professional development workshop provides participants with an understanding of the importance of computer science education and strategies for increasing computer science access for all students. Participants engage with CSTA standards and CS lessons, discuss barriers for implementation and recruitment, and set goals for expanding CS within their schools and districts.

Any questions, please contact Charlie Trovato chatro@berksiu.org

23. CRA Early Numeracy/ Addition/ Subtraction/ Multiplication/ Division Grades K-4

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Mathematics, Special Education Educators, Administrators

Dates: 1/15/2019

Location: Rohrbach

Participants will explore hands-on CRA strategies for elementary algorithms as well as strategies to support and promote problem solving in the mathematics classroom.

Any questions regarding workshop please contact Josh Hoyt joshoy@berksiu.org

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

24. Para Academy-Day 6

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 1/15/2019

Location: Hertz

Only for those paras already enrolled in the Para Academy.

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

25. Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Progressing Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 1/16/2019

Location: Hertz

The Progressing Workshop is intended for Pathway Partners who have been consistently working for several months to implement the Action Plans created during the Emerging Workshop. The primary goal of this workshop is to collaborate with other Pathway Partner schools in the sharing of best practices toward completing the Action Plans and addressing challenges to implementing change. Partners will have the opportunity to collaborate with one another specifically in breakout sessions designed around common Action Plan goal areas. Partner teams will also review their progress toward completing their Action Plans, identifying further supports and resources that can be used to complete their goals.

Goals of this workshop: 1. Review Action Plan goals of Pathway Partners 2. Sharing of Best Practices through collaboration 3. Review of progress on Action Plans 4. Identifying further supports and resources

Participants are asked to bring a fully charged laptop.

Snow Date: 01/23/2019

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

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

26. NISL EDP/PA Version World-Class Schooling: Vision and Goals (Course 1)

Program: PA Inspired Leadership Program (PIL)

Audience: Administrators who are required to take Act 48 PIL Hours

Dates: 1/16/2019 to 5/8/2019

Location: TBD

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This course is open to all administrators who are required to accrue Act 45 hours. Other administrators are eligible to apply and will be enrolled if space permits. Course 1 is also part of the Principal Induction Program which is for principals and assistant principals who have five years or less of school administrator experience. This program is required for principals and assistant principals hired since January 1, 2008 and includes completing NISL Courses 1 and 2. NISL Course 1 must be completed before any of the other NISL courses (2 and 3) are taken.

27. Behavior Assessment & Intervention Training - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY in both General and Special Education

Dates: 1/17/2019

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

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

Objectives:

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

Agenda:

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

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


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

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 1/17/2019

Location: Rohrbach

(PRE-REQUISITE to this session -Teaching Executive Functioning Skills- An Overview held 12/12/18)

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.

OBJECTIVE:

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.

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

29. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 1/17/2019

Location: Hertz

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

30. BSPA: TBD

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 1/18/2019

BSPA Meeting: Presenter: Dr. George McCloskey

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

31. Coding and Computational Thinking for Beginners K-8 (CPE Class)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-8 Educators

Dates: 1/21/2019 to 3/4/2019

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

The online course is appropriate for all K – 8 educators who have little or no experience in computer science. The course aims to help participants understand how computational thinking fits into the larger curriculum. There will many opportunities to try coding at the students comfort level and support critical thinking more generally.

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

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

32. Teaching Employability Skills Through Classroom Routines

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Related Services Providers

Dates: 1/22/2019

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 Frontline Education registration.


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

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 1/24/2019 to 3/7/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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

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

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

34. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 1/24/2019

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

35. Google for Education Workshops

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, School Leaders, Curriculum Directors, Supervisors, etc. who are looking to effectively integrate technology.

Dates: 1/28/2019

Location: Various Rooms

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

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

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

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

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 2/1/2019 to 2/28/2019

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

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

37. Math PD for Administrators

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Administrators, Coaches

Dates: 2/1/2019

Location: Hertz

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

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

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

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/3/2019 to 4/7/2019

Location: ONLINE CLASS

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

Any questions, please contact Tanya Bonilla Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

39. Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/3/2019 to 4/7/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

This ONLINE, three credit course is for educators working in inclusive classes with students possessing varied levels of academic ability including learning disabilities, but also physical, and emotional and gifted requirements as well. Educators will be provided with a perspective on the rational of inclusionary settings, as well as preparation to implement best practices for maximizing student achievement tools.

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

40. Digital Writing: Multisensory Multimedia and Interactive Writing (CPE Class)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: Primary & Secondary Educators/Supervisors

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 3/18/2019

Location: NO CLASS MEETINGS - ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

The purpose of this online course is to impact student learning through the digital workshop framework that provides authentic writing opportunities for specific purposes. Computer mediated writing provides for choice about topic and genre, active revision, publication beyond the classroom, and addressing the craft of writing. Social networking and collaborative writing technologies are engrained in students’ lives. Teachers have a crucial role in supporting students in understanding the complexities of communicating in a twenty-first century world. Digital writing is about the changes in the ecology of writing and communicating and what it means to write, to create, and to compose and share. This course is designed for asynchronous, self-paced learning, a student mastery-centered approach that utilizes web-based tools, resources and discussions that are appropriate for each student’s learning environment. Discussions will enable participants to share thoughts and ideas.

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

41. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 2/4/2019

Wait List

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

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

42. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting (BCTC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 2/5/2019

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

43. Teaching Relevant Behavior/Social Skills - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: General and Special Education Teachers - PROFESSIONALS ONLY

Dates: 2/5/2019

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 - SORRY, NO PARAS)

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


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

44. Tools & Techniques for Beginning Teachers - "Approaches to Instruction"

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 2/5/2019

This session (face-to-face) will focus on the varying types of instructional strategies to enhance student learning and increase student achievement. Participants will dive into how to use assessment data to develop small groups, manage small group instruction in the classroom, as well as other effective pedagogical strategies in t he classroom. These strategies will include station rotation model and blended 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 Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

45. Vision Training - February

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 2/6/2019

Location: Lincoln Room

Vision Itinerant Training-Best practices and teaching techniques

46. CS Beauty and Joy of Computing Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers, Administrators

Dates: 2/7/2019

Location: Board Room

The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) is an AP Computer Science Principles compliant curriculum. It emphasizes the joy and complexity of creating visual computer programs and apps, balanced with critical reflection on both the potential benefits and harms of new computing technologies. BJC has a strong design and programming focus, using the visual programming language Snap! and a collaborative, exploratory approach where students work in teams to bring their own unique creations to life.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: PreK-12 Educators

Dates: 2/11/2019 to 3/24/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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

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

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

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

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

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 2/14/2019

(PRE-REQUISITE to this session -Teaching Executive Functioning Skills- An Overview held 12/12/18)

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.


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

49. Reading Units of Study Network Meeting 3-5

Program: Professional Development

Audience: 3-5 Teachers

Dates: 2/14/2019

Location: George Washington

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

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

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

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/15/2019

Location: Rohrbach Room

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

51. BSPA: Attendance

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 2/15/2019

BSPA Speaker: Ginny Kelbish

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

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/19/2019

Location: George Room

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

53. Teaching Self Determination Skills

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Related Services Providers

Dates: 2/26/2019

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

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

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

Morning Session:

Self-Determination Research

Teaching Key Self-Determination Skills

- Decision-Making/Goal Setting/Action Planning

- Self Evaluation/Problem Solving

Afternoon Session:

Guided Practice and Generalization

Classroom Routines (practice opportunities)

Disability Disclosure

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


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

54. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 2/28/2019

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

55. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 2/28/2019

Location: Commonwealth A

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

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

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 3/1/2019 to 3/31/2019

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

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

57. The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-12 Classroom Teachers, Homeschool Teachers, Afterschool Professionals (YMCA, 4-H, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.) Parents, and more

Dates: 3/4/2019

Location: Board Room

The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators is a fun, hands-on learning experience where you'll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit. We'll explore how to teach circuits and conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put those skills to use to design your own inventions! Participants will learn best practices and gain access to a multimedia training website that can be used when working with students or future trainees.

-Bring Your Laptop & Charging cable: Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Linux operating systems work great. Tablets will not work. Regardless of the kind of laptop used, it must have the ability to plugin a USB “type A” plug - - these are the most common type of USB plugs and it’s how the Makey Makey is connected to a computer. Some new laptops don’t accept a USB type A plug so the user must supply their own adaptor (“dongle”).

NOTE: If you're using a school issued laptop make sure you're able to access the internet outside of school. Make sure you can access all websites (like youtube). Sometimes school issued laptops are "locked down" or have some kind of restriction placed on them.

Price includes Makey Makey kit ($49.95 value)

Lunch will be provided from 11:30-12:30.

Questions regarding the workshop, please contact Charlie Trovato chatro@berksiu.org (or) Marcelle McGhee marmcg@berksiu.org

58. ESL Administrators & Teachers Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Administrators

Dates: 3/4/2019

Location: George/Washington

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

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

59. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 3/5/2019

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

60. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting #3

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 3/5/2019

Location: Washington Room

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

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 3/5/2019

This session will be blended model (participants must complete the asynchronous online portion prior to attending the face-to-face session). Based on the work of Rick Stiggins and Ken O'Connor, teachers will reflect on grading practices and common pitfalls that contribute to inaccurate, unfair, and unequal reporting of student learning. The essential questions for this session are: What is the purpose for grades? What practices distort achievement? How can grades be used as accurate artifacts of student learning?

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

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

62. Behavioral Self Regulation: PARAPROFESSIONALS ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Dates: 3/6/2019

Location: Hertz

The focus of this training is to provide educators with a method for teaching students to regulate their behaviors related to stress, anxiety and sensory input. Participants will learn to teach students to identify and rate their own levels of anxiety/agitation as well as teach methods for independently implementing strategies to change their behavior.

Additionally, participants will learn how to teach students to identify early signs of stress, anxiety, or behavior problems so that they can intervene early and provide students with life skills to prevent behavioral challenges and become independent self-regulators.

Objectives:
-Participants will learn the principles for teaching students to become independent self-regulators.
-Participants will learn to use visual supports to help students identify and regulate behaviors.

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

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

63. Vision Training - March

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/6/2019

Location: Lincoln Room

Vision Itinerant Training-Best practices and teaching techniques

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 3/6/2019 to 3/16/2019

Location: BCIU-1111 Commons Blvd

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

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

Any questions, please contact Tanya Bonilla Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

65. Para Academy-Day 7

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/12/2019

Location: Hertz

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

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

66. Para Academy-Day 7

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 3/13/2019

Location: Commonwealth A

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

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

67. STEM Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 3/13/2019

Location: Commonwealth A

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

68. BSPA: Child Sexual Abuse & the Profile of Predators

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 3/15/2019

BSPA Meeting: Presenter: Jolee Harclerode

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

69. Verbal Behavior - PROFESSIONAL STAFF ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Sp.Ed Teachers and Administrators, General Ed Teachers (if appropriate), Sorry, no Paraprofessionals

Dates: 3/21/2019

This training is being offered as an introduction to the analysis of verbal behavior. Participants will gain a basic understanding of B.F. Skinner's analysis of human language by learning about the basic verbal operants (mand, tact, intraverbal, echoic, listener responding). Participants will learn how to apply behavior analytic principals to effective intensive teaching procedures. Topics to be covered include basic behavior principles, the verbal operants, the VB-MAPP assessment, pairing with reinforcement, and intensive teaching across the verbal operants.

SORRY, NO PARAPROFESSIONALS

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

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

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers Leaders, Technology Specialists, & Instructional Coaches

Dates: 3/22/2019

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

71. Reading Units of Study Network Meeting K-2

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-2 Teachers

Dates: 3/27/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

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

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

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

72. Reading Units of Study Network Meeting 3-5

Program: Professional Development

Audience: 3-5 Teachers

Dates: 3/27/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

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

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

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

73. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 3/28/2019

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

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

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 4/1/2019 to 4/30/2019

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

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

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 4/1/2019 to 5/13/2019

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

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

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

Any questions, please contact Tanya Bonilla-Smith, 610-987-8494, tanbon@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: 4/3/2019

Wait List

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

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

77. Vision Training - April

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 4/3/2019

Location: Lincoln Room

Vision Itinerant Training-Best practices and teaching techniques

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: First, second, or third year teachers

Dates: 4/4/2019

Location: Session will be online

This session (face-to-face) enables exploration and practice of 21st Century learning technologies, and investigates how integration of these technologies in the classroom can impact teaching and classroom dynamics. A variety of digital tools for managing information, creating content, and collaborating for learning will be explored.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 601-987-8421.

79. Teaching Safety Skills to Reduce the Risk of Sexual Abuse

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Teachers and other educational professionals, parents, paras and community agency staff

Dates: 4/9/2019

According to the Justice Department, in an NPR special report, people with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than persons without disabilities. What can teachers and parents do to prepare young people with developmental disabilities to participate in community life with a reduced risk of sexual abuse?

In this training, participants will learn about models such as Community Awareness, Safety and Empowerment (CASE) developed by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and will become aware of community partners such as Safety Berks. Special emphasis will be given to identifying, teaching, and practicing key skills that can prepare students with developmental disabilities to protect themselves from sexual abuse.

OBJECTIVES:

-Learn ways to identify, prioritize, teach, and practice skills that can assist students with developmental disabilities to reduce their risk of sexual assault in community environments.

-Learn of current instruction and support models aimed at reducing the risk of sexual assault for individuals with intellectual disability, autism, and other developmental disabilities.

-Identify community partners that can assist families and persons with disabilities to reduce their risk of sexual assault and receive needed support if assault has occurred.

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

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

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 4/11/2019

Location: Washington Room

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

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 4/12/2019

Location: Washington Room

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

82. BSPA: Legal Update with Andy Faust

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 4/12/2019

BSPA Meeting: Presenter: Andy Faust

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

83. Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting (BCTC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC)

Dates: 4/24/2019

Berks County Transition Coordinators Meeting

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

84. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 4/25/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

85. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

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

Dates: 4/25/2019

Location: IU13 Conference Center

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

86. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 4/25/2019

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

87. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

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

Dates: 4/30/2019

Location: IU13 Lebanon

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

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

Program: Professional Development

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

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

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

89. Safety Care INITIAL Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

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

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

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

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

90. Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Advancing Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 5/2/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

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

Participants are asked to bring a fully charged laptop.

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

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

91. Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed (CPE CLASS)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators

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

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

This online course is designed to examine adolescent development, from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. Various theories of learning and human development will be explored, in relation to adolescents (i.e. youth aged twelve and older). The cognitive, social, emotional, physical, moral, and motivational domains will be examined in order to provide a comprehensive, integrative approach to working with adolescents in secondary schools. Course participants will also examine various models for secondary education that are consistent with 21st century teaching and learning. Through research-based readings, case studies, conceptual designs, discussions, and theoretical analyses, course participants will develop a thorough understanding of the developmental processes that affect the decisions, behaviors, and learning outcomes of adolescents. In turn, participants will be better positioned to positively impact the learning, development, and achievement of secondary school students.

Any questions, please contact Tanya Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

92. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting #4

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ONLY Teachers of the Gifted

Dates: 5/7/2019

Location: George/ Washington Room

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

93. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

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

Dates: 5/7/2019

Location: Dogwood Room

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

94. Berks County Transition Coordinating Council Meeting (BCTCC)

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Dates: 5/8/2019

Berks County Transition Coordinating Council (BCTCC) Meeting

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

95. STEM Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 5/8/2019

Location: Hertz

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

96. Vision Training - May

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 5/8/2019

Location: Lincoln Room

Vision Itinerant Training-Best practices and teaching techniques

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

Location: BCIU-1111 Commons Blvd

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

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

Any questions, please contact Tanya Bonilla Smith @ tanbon@berksiu.org.

98. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

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

Dates: 5/9/2019

Location: TBA

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

99. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

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

Dates: 5/10/2019

Location: Commonwealth A/B

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

100. Reading Units of Study Network Meeting 3-5

Program: Professional Development

Audience: 3-5 Teachers

Dates: 5/13/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

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

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

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

101. Reading Units of Study Network Meeting K-2

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-2 Teachers

Dates: 5/13/2019

Location: Commonwealth AB

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

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

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