Catalog: Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU)

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1. NISL EDP/PA Version Sustaining Transformation through Capacity and Commitment (NISL Course 2)

Program: PA Inspired Leadership Program (PIL)

Audience: Administrators who have taken NISL Course 1

Dates: 7/20/2020 to 12/2/2020

Location: Virtual

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2. Google Certified Educator Level 2 Bootcamp

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/22/2020

Location: Online (virtual)

This workshop will provide educators with hands-on learning experiences in various G Suite for Education apps to help them enhance their skillsets as well as prepare to take the Level 2 Google Certified Educator exam. Whether or not you decide to pursue the GCE Level 2 certification, this session will boost your comfort with and knowledge of G Suite!

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 8/3/2020 to 9/25/2020

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 Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

4. Flipped, Blended, and Beyond! (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/20/2020 to 11/29/2020

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 Lori Gerber @ lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

5. Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/20/2020 to 11/29/2020

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 Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

6. Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 educators

Dates: 9/21/2020 to 10/30/2020

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 Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/28/2020 to 11/20/2020

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 Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

8. Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Anyone that works with children.

Dates: 9/28/2020

Location: George/Washington

This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to recognize and help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or crisis. YMHFA is primarily designed for adults that interact with young people. You must attend the full 8-hours to receive credit for attending this course.

9. Interactive Digital Writing (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: Primary & Secondary Educators/Supervisors

Dates: 10/5/2020 to 11/16/2020

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 Lori Gerber, 610-987-8421, lorger@berksiu.org.

10. No Fear Coding for Beginners K-12 (CPE Course)

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-8 Educators

Dates: 10/5/2020 to 11/16/2020

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 Lori Gerber, 610-987-8421 or lorger@berksiu.org.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: PreK-12 Educators

Dates: 10/12/2020 to 11/22/2020

Location: ALL WORK DONE ONLINE

"This course is designed to examine the theory and practice of mindfulness and how it can influence both a teacher's personal and professional life. Basic mindfulness practices, neuroscience, identification of thoughts and emotions, and mindful communication practice will be explored, as well as applying these practices/concepts to both personal and professional situations. In addition, clear connections will be made between how personal practice can inform classroom management and interactions with students. Finally, participants will delve into how this same mindfulness practice can aid in the development of students of all ages. Teachers will be given strategies and techniques to introduce mindfulness appropriately into their classrooms and to begin a dialogue about mindfulness with other teachers and administration."

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

Any questions/concerns, please contact Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org or 610-987-8421.

12. STEM Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: STEM Educators

Dates: 10/22/2020

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

13. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Gifted education teachers and specialists

Dates: 12/9/2020

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

Networking and professional learning gathering for gifted teachers and supervisors in Berks County schools.

14. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Gifted education teachers and specialists

Dates: 3/18/2021

Location: George/Washington

Networking and professional learning gathering for gifted teachers and supervisors in Berks County schools.

15. Teachers of the Gifted Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Gifted education teachers and specialists

Dates: 5/4/2021

Location: George/Washington

Networking and professional learning gathering for gifted teachers and supervisors in Berks County schools.