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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 2/19/2019

Location: George Room

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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.

2. Early Intervention Full Staff Inservice

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 2/20/2019

Location: Various

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EI Inservice

3. Data Quality Network Meeting - Februray 2019

Program: Information Technology

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

Dates: 2/20/2019

Location: Hertz Room

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09:00 - 09:05: Welcome/Roll call

09:05 - 10:00: Safe Schools Incident Coding and Scenarios; Steve Beck, MCIU

10:00 - 10:15: Question & Answers

10:15 - 10:30: Break

10:30 - 10:45: Mini-presentations from LEA Security Officers; TBA

10:45 - 10:50: Question and Answers

10:50 - 11:20: Safe Schools/Special Ed Discipline Overview and Scenarios; Greg Hess, IU13 and Lindsey Wallace, IU20

11:20 - 11:35: Local Activity/Discussion

11:35 - 11:45: Question and Answers

4. 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.

5. 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: 2/27/2019 to 6/28/2019

Location: TBD

Administrators who have taken NISL Course 1

6. 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.

7. 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!

8. 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.

9. Math PD for Administrators

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Administrators, Coaches

Dates: 3/4/2019

Location: Hertz

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

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

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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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.

13. PA Coaching Course

Program: PA Inspired Leadership Program (PIL)

Audience: Superintendents, Asst. Superintendents, Principals, Asst. Principals

Dates: 3/5/2019 to 5/6/2019

Location: TBD

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The PA Coaching Course is designed to help principals and school leaders coach faculty members to deeply embed standards-aligned education into the systems and practices of their schools. As part of a district's reform strategy and professional development plan, Instructional Coaching is one of the most effective means of fostering improvements and realizing results. Participants practice how to coach others in "learning how to learn through relationships, collaboration, and commitment, with a focus on increasing the quality and effectiveness of classroom teaching.

14. 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.

15. Campus Connections: High School to College Partnerships to Serve At-Risk Students

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Audience: Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, College Personnel, High School Personnel

Dates: 3/5/2019

We invite you to join us for Campus Connections, a forum to address the needs of at-risk youth in their pursuit of higher education. This forum will discuss the challenges faced by these students, explore solutions, and allow participants to network with colleagues across the region. Experienced professionals and students will share their perspectives in this regional forum.

16. 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

17. Behavioral Self Regulation: PARAPROFESSIONALS ONLY

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Dates: 3/6/2019

Location: Hertz

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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.

18. Vision Training - March

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 3/6/2019

Location: Lincoln Room

Vision Itinerant Training-Best practices and teaching techniques

19. 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 Lori Gerber at lorger@berksiu.org.

20. Safety Care RECERTIFICATION Behavioral Safety Training

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

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

Dates: 3/11/2019

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.

21. 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

22. Pediatric First Aid w/ CPR - (5:00pm - 9:30pm)

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 3/12/2019

Location: washington Room

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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.

23. 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

24. 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

25. 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.

26. Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Reading and Writing teachers

Dates: 3/16/2019

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This is a day when literacy educators from across the globe come together to learn. There is something for everyone in this fast-paced day brimming with over 125 workshops focusing on higher level comprehension, content area literacy, units of study in writing/reading/phonics, assessment-based instruction, increasing student engagement, or bringing books to life. Keynote: Jason Reynolds, an author and poet for young adults, knows there are A LOT of young people who hate reading, and that many of these book haters are boys. His personal goal is to change that. He published several poetry collections before his first novel, When I Was The Greatest, in 2014. He has since written multiple novels and books of poetry, and won many of the most auspicious awards for young adult authors. His most recent work, Long Way Down (2017), a novel in verse was named a Newbery Honor book, a Printz Honor Book, and best young adult work by the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Awards.

27. 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.

28. 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

29. 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

30. 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.

31. 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.

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

33. What Does it Take to Improve Reading Achievement?

Program: Professional Development

Audience: K-4 Classroom Teachers, Literacy Specialists, Coaches, Special Education Teachers, Administrators

Dates: 4/2/2019

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Everyone wants to see higher reading scores. There is a seemingly endless supply of nostrums, silver bullets, and solutions available to schools to accomplish that. Nevertheless, reading achievement in the U.S. continues to languish. Dr. Shanahan’s presentation, sponsored by Step by Step Learning LLC, explores the research-proven elements that make a difference in learning to read.

34. Teaching Reading with Complex Text

Program: Professional Development

Audience: 3-12 Classroom Teachers, Literacy Specialists, Coaches, Special Education Teachers, Administrators

Dates: 4/2/2019

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For generations, teachers have been told that in order to teach reading effectively it is important to teach students at their instructional reading levels. However, more than 40 states have adopted educational standards stating that students be taught how to read complex text. Dr. Shanahan’s presentation, sponsored by Step by Step Learning LLC, will explore the research on this issue and provide a demonstration of how teachers can prepare students for making sense of complex text.

35. 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

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

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

36. Vision Training - April

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 4/3/2019

Location: Lincoln Room

Vision Itinerant Training-Best practices and teaching techniques

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. 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!

44. 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

45. 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.

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: PreK-12 Educators

Dates: 4/29/2019 to 6/9/2019

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

47. 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

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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).

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

52. 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.

53. 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

54. 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.

55. 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

56. Vision Training - May

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

Dates: 5/8/2019

Location: Lincoln Room

Vision Itinerant Training-Best practices and teaching techniques

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

58. 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

59. 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

60. 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

61. 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

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

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 5/14/2019 to 6/25/2019

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

63. Para Academy-Day 8

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/14/2019

Location: Commonwealth A

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

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

64. Para Academy-Day 8

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Paraprofessionals already in the Para Academy

Dates: 5/15/2019

Location: Commonwealth A

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

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

65. Berks Instructional Coaches Collaborative

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Instructional Coaches, PIIC Coaches, & Technology Coaches

Dates: 5/16/2019

Location: Hertz/Rohrbach

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

66. McKinney-Vento Training

Program: Early Childhood & Student Services (ECSS)

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

Dates: 5/16/2019

Location: ESC Caln Room 401

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

67. BSPA: Bilingual Assessment & Intervention

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: Berks School Psychologists

Dates: 5/17/2019

BSPA Meeting: Presenter: Anelys Santos & Nixa Rodriguez

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.

68. ESL Administrators & Teachers Network Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: ESL Administrators

Dates: 5/22/2019

Location: Commonwealth A/B

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

69. Virtual Academy Coordinators' Meeting

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Online Learning Network Group

Dates: 5/23/2019

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.

70. Be Trauma-Informed: When Behavior Plans Don't Work

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

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

Dates: 6/1/2019 to 6/30/2019

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

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

Program: Professional Development

Dates: 6/1/2019 to 6/30/2019

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.

72. Para - June grads only- June 11-14, 2019

Program: PD & C Educational Consultants' Events

Audience: paraprofessionals in the Academy for the 2018-2019 school year

Dates: 6/11/2019 to 6/14/2019

Location: George

Closed
These 4 days are for Paraprofessionals who did not attend the 4 days in August, 2018 but attended the October 3, 2018 meeting. It will register you for all 4 days, and on Friday, June 14,2019 you will have your interview and graduation.

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

73. Core Connections to Instruction & Technology Conference 2019

Program: Summer Workshops

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/12/2019 to 6/13/2019

Location: Governor Mifflin High School

This two-day conference emphasizes instructional best practices, innovation and practical classroom application. The sessions are designed to deepen understanding of instructional tools and techniques that promote student centered learning and equity. Any questions please contact Heidi Gamler @ heigam@berksiu.org.

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

Program: Safety & Operations

Audience: All

Dates: 6/17/2019

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.