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Best Practices and New Approaches to Scheduling at the Elementary Level

Best Practices and New Approaches to Scheduling at the Elementary Level

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Thursday 16 May 8:00AM

Programs & Services

Step On It: Using the Giant Maps of PA

Did you know that the Bucks IU purchased two different giant maps of Pennsylvania to support students' geographic learning? Come learn with Keith Bellinger, a teacher in the Centennial School District and member of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Geographic Education, as he shares lesson plans you can use in your classrooms as you teach Pennsylvania geography to your students. You must participate in a workshop in order to borrow one of the giant maps.

4:30 PM - Registration

5:00 PM - Light dinner (included in registration price)

5:30-6:30 PM - Interactive workshop
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Tuesday 26 March 4:30 PM

Folger Shakespeare Library's Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Professional Learning Day

This workshop taught by Folger Shakespeare Library Teaching Institutes' teaching professionals features unique resources and experience to provide lively, hands-on practice with approaches that connect all kinds of students in all kinds of classrooms with the language of Shakespeare and other complex texts. Teachers gain highly effective tools that they can use the next day in class and throughout the school year. Conducted over one or more days, activities are sequenced to build knowledge and confidence in teachers and students, and to support your district’s performance goals.
Participants walk away
More capable and confident in their teaching
More familiar with Shakespeare and his works
Skilled in the Folger’s language-based techniques for teaching Shakespeare and other complex texts
With instructional materials that teachers and students love
With access to the Folger staff as a new partner and champion for improved classroom practice
Folger Shakespeare Library's Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Professional Learning Day - View Event Details
Tuesday 02 April 8:30 AM

Responsive Classroom Overview

The Responsive Classroom approach to teaching emphasizes academic, social, and emotional growth in a strong school community. That how children learn is as important as what they learn, and that academic success is inextricably tied to building social-emotional competencies. This overview will show how Educators can become empowered to create experience that's responsive to the developmental strengths and needs of the students while helping them develop the academic and social skills they need to be successful.
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Wednesday 03 April 8:30 AM

Kindergarten...Ready or Not, Here I come!

This workshop, sponsored by the Bucks IU Tender Bridges Advisory Council, will be conducted by certified and experienced occupational therapists. The presenters will highlight both sensory processing and the continuum of fine motor skill development in young children. Specifically, the morning session will focus on the sensory processing patterns that influence how a child interacts with objects and people in their environment. The afternoon session will address the continuum of fine motor skill development that occurs during the preschool years and supports the successful transition into kindergarten.


Participants will:
Learn to recognize sensory processing patterns in young children.
Learn how to support the young child's development of sensory processing in every day activities.
Learn the normal development of fine motor skills and understand the parameters of the continuum as seen in the classroom and how to support the young child's fine motor skill development.

Registration starts at 8:00am.
Kindergarten...Ready or Not, Here I come! - View Event Details
Thursday 04 April 8:30 AM

Connecting the SAT to the Classroom

Join us for an interactive workshop that takes inside look at the test and question design of the SAT Suite of Assessments. Designed for curriculum leads and/or lead teachers, we will take an up-close look at the questions on the SAT Suite of Assessments. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of not only the question format and structure, but the content and skills students are asked to demonstrate. Participants will work in subject groups to brainstorm instructional strategies they can bring back to their schools and classrooms as well as receive resources to conduct subject specific workshops in their schools. This workshop will be broad in nature, but would appropriate for all subject areas, include Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies and Science.
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Tuesday 16 April 8:30 AM

Discover Kagan: Unleash the Power of Engagement

Vague definitions of “student engagement” create
confusion and contribute to the achievement gap.
Have you created a common definition of “student
engagement” in your district? Are all leaders looking
at engagement through the same set of eyes? Do your
instructional practices ensure ALL students are active
with academic content? Kagan has the answer! Structured
interaction is the key. During this interactive session,
Kagan will demonstrate how engagement for ALL can
become a reality in your district.
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Tuesday 16 April 8:30 AM

Disciplinary Literacy in the Digital Realm

This workshop will focus on ways to interact with digital resources in an informed manner. Specifically, it will highlight ways to critically analyze relationships between media and audiences and between information and power. Strategies will also be provided to help students develop skills in evaluating media content and the effects of media as well as to develop ways to effectively use and create via new digital literacies.
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Wednesday 01 May 8:30 AM

TDA Networking Day

This day is designed to facilitate networking and sharing of turn-around training experiences by those educators who participated in the Four-Day TDA Series that occurred in Fall 2018 at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. The day will include district presentations, networking discussions, and job-alike break-out groups.
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Monday 13 May 8:30 AM

Best Practices and New Approaches to Scheduling at the Elementary Level

The creation of an effective school schedule is a key component of every elementary leadership team’s work. Based upon 30+ years of experience working in schools across the country Michael D. Rettig, Professor Emeritus from James Madison University, and co-author of Elementary School Scheduling: Enhancing Instruction for Student Achievement, will outline problems that have been identified with typical elementary school schedules, relate general principles for effective district and school scheduling, provide a process for creating quality schedules, and share examples and templates. Handouts and a digital scheduling template (in Excel) will be provided. Significant time will be devoted to possible scheduling options for intervention and enrichment activities in Multi-tiered Support Systems.
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Thursday 16 May 8:00 AM

Technical Assistance for K-12 Guidance and Counseling Plan Trainings - Session #2

This technical assistance opportunity will complement the K-12 Guidance and Counseling Plan Training series. Participants will receive additional support and assistance as they work on their 13-part K-12 Guidance and Counseling Plan.
Technical Assistance for K-12 Guidance and Counseling Plan Trainings - Session #2 - View Event Details
Wednesday 29 May 9:00 AM

Bucks County Student Shakespeare Festival

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Thursday 30 May 8:00 AM

Preparing for AP2019

We’re making some improvements to the way AP works, including giving students and teachers new resources to support them all year. Beginning August 1, 2019, AP teachers and students will have access to a robust set of new classroom resources. At the same time, some of the processes around AP Exam registration and ordering will change.

Learn more about the new resources and classroom supports for teachers and students, including a new AP Question Bank, digital performance dashboard, planning guides that outline content and skills for commonly taught units within a course, and more. This workshop will be broad in nature and is applicable for all AP Subjects.
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Wednesday 05 June 8:00 AM

Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway: Advancing Workshop

Are you looking for a way to improve STEM Education at your school? The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is a strategic planning process to improve STEM education at your school or district. Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is provided by the Bucks IU in collaboration with Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh.

The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is built on the belief that school systems, individual schools, departments, and individual teachers can improve their STEM education practices through a positive, collaborative approach. It is designed to help the widest possible range of school districts and schools adopt best practices in STEM education.

The Advancing Workshop is intended for schools or districts who are completing the Pathway process. Participants reflect on the implementation of their Action Plans and their organization’s connection to the four pillars of STEM education.

The goals of the Advancing workshop are to:

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.
Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway: Advancing Workshop - View Event Details
Thursday 06 June 8:30 AM

From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers - Finding the Right Amount of Rigor for Math and Science Learners

Is this going to be on the test? Why do we have to know this? Is this for a grade? Can you tell me what I need to do to get this right? These questions haunt each and every math and science teacher that is on the receiving end of such inquiry. When inspired and passionate teachers create an environment that fosters and nurtures engagement, questions like these evaporate from our schools and classrooms while our students deep dive into learning. Over the past fifteen years, the science of learning has provided many insights into how we think. Furthermore, these promising principles provide a starting point for inspired and passionate teachers to build the capacity in math and science learners to engage in higher order thinking. This workshop shows you how! Participants will experience targeted and specific strategies for finding the right level of rigor, striking the ideal balance between surface and deep learning, and identifying the perfect level of challenge for each student – regardless of their current level of learning. Practicing what we preach, participants will take part in an out-of-your-seat experience that models the promising principles from science of learning for deep thinking and understanding: simple to complex, concrete to abstract, and the idea that memory is the residue of thought.
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Tuesday 05 November 8:30 AM

Special Education

Cortical Visual Impairment -CVI- What's it all about?

This session will provide practical information for supporting students with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)in classroom settings. Strategies for recognizing the impact of a visual environment on the student's ability to access visual information will be enhanced by participation in simulation opportunities.
Cortical Visual Impairment -CVI- What's it all about? - View Event Details
Monday 25 March 1:30 PM

Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 1: Webinars 1 to 3

This webinar series focuses on the Teaching Pyramid, which is the framework for practices used in the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This series is adapted from and based on the training modules developed through the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (csefel.vanderbilt.edu).

Webinar One. This webinar is an introduction to Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Information is provided regarding the importance of preventing and addressing challenging behaviors, as well as on the various components of PBIS.

Webinars Two and Three. These two webinars explore in detail the first level of the Teaching Pyramid, which focuses on the importance of nurturing and responsive relationships in the successful implementation of PBIS. This is considered a universal practice, meaning that we know that those responsive, positive relationships must be in place for all individuals within a program.

Format: There are activities interspersed throughout the series, so please download handouts that accompany the various webinars. The webinars were designed to be completed in small groups, so, if possible, please watch each webinar with at least one other colleague. Following viewing of the webinars, at various points, you will need to write an action/goal statement that you will later place into an evaluation form to document your participation in the webinars so that you are able to receive credit. These action plans are also designed to help you to determine how you will use the information gained in each webinar.

Completion: After viewing the webinars and completing the accompanying activities, please log back into MyLearningPlan to complete the respective evaluation for each block. You may want to print the evaluation templates below and complete the evaluation questions while working through the content. All evaluation content will need to be typed into the online evaluation form found in MyLearningPlan.
Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 1: Webinars 1 to 3 - View Event Details
Thursday 04 April 12:00 AM

ParaEd: Secondary Transition: A K to 12 Paraeducator Perspective

Starting at Age 14, all students with IEPs in Pennsylvania must have a plan embedded within their IEP to coordinate the transition to life after taking the HS diploma. These goal driven plans focus on Postsecondary Education/Training, Employment, and Independent Living. Paraprofessionals play an essential role in this process starting well before the age of 14.
ParaEd: Secondary Transition: A K to 12 Paraeducator Perspective - View Event Details
Thursday 04 April 4:30 PM
Friday 05 April 8:00 AM

Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 2: Webinars 4 to 8

This webinar series focuses on the Teaching Pyramid, which is the framework for practices used in the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

Webinars Four through Eight. These webinars provide comprehensive information about the universal Pyramid Model practices that focus on designing high quality supportive environments. Research has shown us that how we, as the adults, structure our classrooms, establish schedules and routines, facilitate transitions, establish rules, and promote the engagement of children makes a profound difference in preventing challenging behaviors, and promoting social-emotional development.

The following practices are addressed in these webinars:

Webinar 4: Schedules and Routines

Webinar 5: Classroom Design

Webinar 6: Promoting Engagement during Activities

Webinar 7: Transitions

Webinar 8: Expectations and Rules

Format: There are activities interspersed throughout the series, so please download handouts that accompany the various webinars. The webinars were designed to be completed in small groups, so, if possible, please watch each webinar with at least one other colleague. Following viewing of the webinars, at various points, you will need to write an action/goal statement that you will later place into an evaluation form to document your participation in the webinars so that you are able to receive credit. These action plans are also designed to help you to determine how you will use the information gained in each webinar.

Completion: After viewing the webinars and completing the accompanying activities, please log back into MyLearningPlan to complete the respective evaluation for each block. You may want to print the evaluation templates below and complete the evaluation questions while working through the content. All evaluation content will need to be typed into the online evaluation form found in MyLearningPlan.
Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 2: Webinars 4 to 8 - View Event Details
Saturday 06 April 12:00 AM

English Learners: Speech-Language Evaluations and Interpreting Results

This workshop will review best practices for evaluating speech-language skills in English Learners, including the appropriate use of standardized assessment and dynamic assessment and distinguishing the difference between speech/language differences vs. disorder.
English Learners: Speech-Language Evaluations and Interpreting Results - View Event Details
Thursday 11 April 4:00 PM

Behavior Analyst Professional Development

Training of behavior analysts for networking, mentoring and professional development
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Wednesday 24 April 4:30 PM

ParaEd: Evidence Based Literacy Interventions

This session will focus on literacy interventions appropriate for the role of the paraprofessional. Participants will engage in learning and practicing literacy interventions for building phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. The content of this session will cover literacy skills needed for the elementary and secondary grade spans.
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Tuesday 07 May 4:30 PM

County-wide School Social Work Training

These meetings include a series of presentations and professional discussions on topics of interest to school social workers, such as Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Ethics, ADHD, etc
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Wednesday 08 May 8:30 AM

Behavior Analyst Professional Development

Training of behavior analysts for networking, mentoring and professional development
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Thursday 16 May 2:00 PM

Cultural Considerations in the School-Aged Speech-Language Evaluation

This workshop will provide a basic overview of cultural variations in speech articulation, syntax, and pragmatics which are commonly encountered in the speech-language evaluation process, and review strategies for therapists who seek to increase their cultural competence.
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Tuesday 21 May 4:00 PM

Cortical Visual Impairment -CVI- What's it all about?

This session will provide practical information for supporting students with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)in classroom settings. Strategies for recognizing the impact of a visual environment on the student's ability to access visual information will be enhanced by participation in simulation opportunities.
Cortical Visual Impairment -CVI- What's it all about? - View Event Details
Thursday 23 May 4:30 PM

Non-Public Services

Nonpublic Spring Meeting

Timely and Meaningful consultation to plan for the 2019-2020 nonpublic equitable services under ESSA.
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Wednesday 24 April 8:00 AM

Online CPE Credited Courses

Autism in Pop Culture

A 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course - With more and more students being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders, it is important for educators to examine their perceptions and expand their knowledge base of this disability category in order to meet these students' needs. Time Frame: 3/21/19 - 5/23/19

Session 1: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - The participant will read the book, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Session 2: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - The participant will read the book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

Session 3: Eye Contact - The participant will read the book, Eye Contact, by Cammie McGovern

Session 4: Napoleon Dynamite - The participant will view the movie, Napoleon Dynamite.

Session 5: Rain Man - The participant will view the movie, Rain Man.



This is an online course. An introductory letter will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how you will participate in this event. Michael and Rhonda Bielawski are the instructors.
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Thursday 21 March 12:00 AM

Addressing Learning Disabilities in Education

A 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course - Time Frame: 3/25/19 - 4/15/19

With approximately 7 to 8% of students being diagnosed with learning disabilities, it is important for educators to examine their perceptions and expand their knowledge base of learning disabilities in order to meet these students' needs. Given the information provided throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to more completely understand what learning disabilities are, how they are identified and how they are managed in the educational setting. It is with this knowledge through viewing videos, examination of research, discussions amongst colleagues, review of legal cases, assessment of student case studies and development of sample lesson plans, IEP goals, accommodations and modifications, that participants will have tools to implement strategies within their classroom to promote student achievement for all students with learning disabilities.


This is an online course. An introductory letter will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how you will participate in this event. Michael and Rhonda Bielawski are the instructors.
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Monday 25 March 12:00 AM

Building Self Esteem in the Classroom to Achieve Success, Beat Bullying and to Foster a Positive Learning

This is an online 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) Moodle course teaching a six step process to building self esteem in kids. Time Frame: 3/26/19 - 4/26/19

Objectives:
The participants will demonstrate that self esteem building is an important educational issue.
The participant will be able to identify and state three elements of good Digital Citizenship as defined by Pa Technology Standards.
Participants will take an online self esteem quiz at www.selfesteemawareness.com/selfesteem_quiz.htm to assess their current level of self esteem.
Participants will read and evaluate several articles that support positive self esteem in children and post a review of the article on our Moodle.
The participant will develop a six step plan to build self esteem in their students.

This course is an online Moodle class. Each Session is a series of lessons, video, written response, and other activities designed to lead the participant to the knowledge that will allow them to meet the session objective.


An introductory letter will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how you will participate in this event. Josh Stein is the instructor.
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Tuesday 26 March 12:00 AM

Developing and Empowering Students as Creative and Critical Thinkers

This 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course takes a deeper look into creative and critical thinking and the importance of promoting both to ensure student success and college and career readiness. Time Frame: 4/2/19 - 5/2/19

It offers new and veteran teachers detailed information and practical strategies to effectively begin or enhance classroom instruction that will develop a classroom of creative and critical thinkers. The course focuses on increasing student achievement and learning outcomes through; understanding the foundations of thinking skills and learning theories, creating a learning environment for creative and critical thinking, analyzing how to develop critical thinkers, and exploring strategies and tools to assist educators in promoting and developing students as creative and critical thinkers, as well as problem solvers.

This is an online course. An introductory letter will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how you will participate in this event. Ashleigh James is the instructor.
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Tuesday 02 April 12:00 AM

Formative Assessment and the Differentiated Classroom

This 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course takes a deeper look into formative assessment and provides educators with a solid knowledge base on the topic. Time Frame: 4/2/19 - 5/2/19

It offers new and veteran teachers detailed information and practical strategies to effectively begin or enhance formative assessment and differentiated instruction in the classroom. The course focuses on increasing student achievement and learning outcomes through; understanding and implementing the elements of the formative assessment process in the classroom, using formative assessment data to inform instruction and develop tiered lessons that will address all student needs, and exploring strategies and tools to assist with the natural integration of formative assessment and differentiation into all educator's instruction.

Given a great number of resources and readings on formative assessment, by the end of this course, all participants will:
Identify, describe, evaluate and synthesize essential ideas while reading several articles and informative resources on formative assessment.
Apply learned information by developing formative assessment and differentiation strategies for the classroom.
Develop tiered lesson plans, as well as lesson plans focusing on GRR elements.
Implement formative assessment strategies and use collected student data to differentiate and inform instruction in the classroom.
Participate in online group discussions, synthesizing information, ideas, and opinions, and responding in an informative and professional manner.
Utilize online educational tools (examples of alternate methods of assessment) to complete assignments.

This is an online course. An introductory letter will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how you will participate in this event. Ashleigh James is the instructor.
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Tuesday 02 April 12:00 AM

Active and Engaging Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom

This 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course is designed to focus explicitly on inclusive classrooms and provides unique suggestions for meeting the needs of students with disabilities, including those with learning, cognitive, and sensory differences.Time Frame: 4/5/19 - 5/5/19

This course contains hundreds of familiar novel activities that all teachers can access; and illustrates ways all students can participate in them.

Participants will need to purchase and read the book "Joyful Learning-Active and Collaborative learning in Inclusive Classrooms" by Paula Kluth and Alice Udvari-Solner. This book will present a range of strategies that can be used at both the elementary and secondary levels to engage students in discussion, debate, creative thinking, questioning and teamwork. Providing classroom -tested examples, specific guidelines and reproducibles.


This is an online course. An introductory letter will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how you will participate in this event. Colleen Anzio is the instructor.
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Friday 05 April 12:00 AM

A+ Ideas for Every Student's Success

This 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course is designed to improve academic performance, increase productivity, and encourage self-esteem in students through appropriate use of classroom management techniques and motivational strategies in the class. Time Frame: 4/9/19 - 5/8/19

The participant will become acquainted with the various personality profiles, including their own, and strategies to encourage an atmosphere conducive to the students' ultimate learning ability. Participants will develop an awareness of how their profile interacts with student profiles and with this knowledge adapt lessons accordingly. The strategies will be presented to promote positive teacher/student interaction, gain insight on predicting a students' behavior, and knowing how to uniquely respond to the students differentiated styles.
Participants will read the book "A+ Ideas For Every Student's Success", by Robert Rohm - this book will acquaint one with the various profiles and strategies to encourage an atmosphere conducive to the Student's ultimate learning.
Participants will participate in group discussions by replying to 2-3 participants per discussion panel.- open discussions provide an open communication between all participants, it also encourages participants to exchange ideas and strategies in a non threatening environment.

Culminating Project- Participants will select one scenario from section 6 and give a reasonable explanation for the behavior of the four profile types according to Dr. Robert Rohm. They will also state the reaction of the teacher, giving an example of each profile.


Required Book: A+ Ideas For Every Student's Success, by Robert Rohm.
Order online at www.personalityinsights.com

This is an online course. An introductory letter will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how you will participate in this event. Colleen Anzio is the instructor.
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Tuesday 09 April 12:00 AM

The Teacher's Toolbox Series: The 21st Century Educator

This Online 3 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credit (90 Act 48 Hours) approved by the PA Dept of Education at a graduate level Moodle course is designed to persuade and encourage educators to use effective 21st century best teaching practices and to expose them to resources and techniques to facilitate this. Time Frame: 4/16/19 - 5/16/19
Objectives:
Participants will be able to identify their personal learning style. Participants will be able to describe at least 2 learning styles of current students.
The participant will be able to identify and state three elements of good Digital Citizenship as defined by Pa Technology Standards.
The participant will experience a variety of new technologies and will be able to describe educational uses for these technologies.
The participant will be able to describe; Chat rooms, Blogs, Wikis and forums.
The participant will be able to define and integrate three Formative Assessment practices in their community.

This course is an online Moodle class. Each Session is a series of lessons, video, written response, and other activities designed to lead the participant to the knowledge that will allow them to meet the session objective.

This is an online course. An introductory letter will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how you will participate in this event. Josh Stein is the instructor.
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Tuesday 16 April 12:00 AM

New Look at Working with Students with Autism

A 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online Course - Time Frame: 4/17/19 - 5/8/19

With more and more students being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders, it is important for educators to examine their perceptions and expand their knowledge base of this disability category in order to meet these students' needs.
Given a current research related to Autism Spectrum Disorder and best practices in working with students with such diagnosis, the course participants will be able to develop and implement sample IEPs for students with autism by writing about at least three (3) current legal case studies, with at least three (3) personal reactions to each case, and at least three (3) impacts to the field of education.


This is an online course. An introductory letter will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how you will participate in this event. Michael and Rhonda Bielawski are the instructors.
New Look at Working with Students with Autism - View Event Details
Wednesday 17 April 12:00 AM

The Teacher's Toolbox Series: How To Effectively Communicate With Parents

This Online 3 credit course (90 Act 48 hours) will help you learn how to deal with any parent. Time Frame: 4/21/19 - 5/21/19

You will learn how to diffuse anger as well as inspire action. Become proactive in your communication and hold students as well as parents accountable. The course is designed as a self paced distance learning module. You can learn from the comfort and privacy of your own home. You will be required to read books and articles, watch videos, provide written responses as well as write a brief essay at the culmination of class. If you want to learn how to talk to parents then this is the course for you!

This is an online course. An introductory letter will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how you will participate in this event. Josh Stein is the instructor.
The Teacher's Toolbox Series: How To Effectively Communicate With Parents - View Event Details
Sunday 21 April 12:00 AM

ADHD in Education

A 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course - With more and more students being diagnosed with ADHD, it is important for educators to examine their perceptions and expand their knowledge base of this disability category in order to meet these students' needs. Time Frame: 5/10/19 - 5/31/19

Given a current research related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and best practices in working with students with such diagnosis, the course participants will be able to analyze social behaviors students exhibit by developing at least three (3) lessons, and at least two (2) action plans to implement an enhanced program within a classroom setting.

Given a current research related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and best practices in working with students with such diagnosis, the course participants will be able to develop and implement sample IEPs for students with ADHD by writing about at least three (3) current legal case studies, with at least three (3) personal reactions to each case, and at least three (3) impacts to the field of education.

Given a current research related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and best practices in working with students with such diagnosis, the course participants will be able to design a classroom management plan with at least five (5) positive behavior supports, at least three (3) ways in which student independence can be enhanced, and at least three (3) ways in which support personnel are valued in the process.

Exploring positive behavior supports in a meaningful way in a classroom setting opens multiple pathways for learning. The course was designed to provide practical strategies for appropriate implementation within a classroom setting.



This is an online course. An introductory letter will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how you will participate in this event. Michael and Rhonda Bielawski are the instructors.
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Friday 10 May 12:00 AM

CPI/CPR Catalog

CPR and First Aid

Comprehensive CPR, First Aid and AED Training by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute. Certificates are good for two years.

CPR and First Aid cards for IU staff and contractors will be filed in employee's file. CPR and First Aid cards will be mailed to external participants.

The BCIU is now only offering CPR and First Aid training as a HYBRID workshop. This means that the first part of the workshop is taken online (knowledge) and the second part is face-to-face (demonstration of skills). You must complete the knowledge portion of the test before you attend the face-to-face demonstration of skills.

Steps to follow:

1. Register online here for the date you want to demonstrate the skills you acquired.

2. Two weeks before the date of the demonstration of skills portion of the workshop, you will be sent an email with directions on how to log on to the ECSI website and participate in the knowledge portion of the workshop.

3. You will take an online test at the end of the knowledge portion. Upon successful completion of this test, you will receive a certificate. You will print out your certificate. You MUST bring the certificate with you to the skills portion of the workshop.

4. You will receive an email a few days before the demonstration of skills portion of the workshop as a reminder.

5. Go to the face-to-face skills class. Time is open ended. You may come anytime between the hours listed. It should only take 10-15 minutes for you to show the instructor the skills you have mastered through the online learning. There will be a sign in sheet for verification of your attendance.



Cut off date for registration is two weeks (approximately) before Demonstration date.
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Wednesday 10 April 3:30 PM

Act 45 Hours

Act 45: Engineering Effective STEAM Leadership

School leaders face a unique challenge in their schools as they strive to build a culture for STEAM education, build equitable access to STEAM opportunities for their students, and connect STEAM stakeholders in their communities. This course is designed to help school leaders meet these challenges. In the course, the following key topics will be addressed:
STEAM as an essential literacy for all students
Best practices in STEAM education
The Engineering Design Process
The Design Thinking Process



Participants will attend two full days (12 hours) of professional learning. They will also be expected to complete two (2) hours of online learning and sixteen (16) hours of job-embedded assignments. All assignments, including the culminating project, must be submitted through Canvas in order to receive course credit. Participants that successfully complete the course will receive thirty (30) Act 45 or Act 48 hours of credit.

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Friday 03 May 8:30 AM

Board Meetings

Tuesday 16 April 7:00 PM

Right to Education Task Force

Bucks County Right to Education Task Force

Bucks County - Join us for these FREE informational events. Parents and guardians of children with special needs, their families, service providers, agency members, and educators are encouraged to attend. Refreshments provided.
Bucks County Right to Education Task Force - View Event Details
Thursday 28 March 7:00 PM