skip to content

CALENDAR OF EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

featured event
Challenging the Gifted Conference 2018

Challenging the Gifted Conference 2018

View Event Details
Wednesday 12 December 8:30AM

Programs & Services

Tuesday 27 November 8:00 AM

Maximizing Growth: Using CDT Results with Students

This workshop will address the following topics related to the use of CDT results:
Viewing and comparing CDT Data Maps with more than one CDT administration
Analysis of the growth between CDT administrations at both the individual student and class levels.
Strategies for supporting students in addressing individual needs and for supporting the whole group needs of a class.

This workshop will allow participants to share and discuss data (e.g., Eligible Content) that is being reported in the CDT Data Maps. It will be interactive and will be customized based on those who attend.

Participants who attend this workshop will earn three Act 48 hours.
View Event Details
Wednesday 28 November 8:30 AM

Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway: Emerging 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. The Pathway consists of three separate workshops: Emerging, Progressing, and Advancing. 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 Emerging Workshop is intended as a first step to improving your STEM offerings or to re-evaluate your progress on the Pathway in subsequent iterations of the improvement process.

The goals of the Emerging Workshop are to:

Create a common understanding of high quality STEM education;
Enable schools to reflect on the current conditions of STEM education in your school and/ or district;
Identify key Priority Areas for improvement; and
Create an Action Plan using the online Pathway Tool.
Schools will be given time to work collaboratively with their STEM Leadership team for the purposes of creating an Action Plan to put into place at their educational institution.

The Emerging Workshop is the first in a series of three workshops designed to support schools and districts as they engage in the STEM Excellence Pathway.
View Event Details
Thursday 29 November 8:00 AM

Building Trauma Sensitive Classrooms: Effective Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Trauma

Childhood trauma can have a direct impact on the ability of a child to learn. Educators have the unique opportunity to help children that have been impacted with trauma feel safe and connected in the classroom so that they can achieve their potential socially, emotionally, and academically.

During this workshop educators will:
Learn practical strategies to reach and teach students impacted by trauma
Develop trauma-informed lens to effectively recognize, understand and address the learning needs of
children that have been impacted by trauma
Discover how to create a positive learning environment that supports all learners

During this workshop educators will:
Understand the impact of trauma on the brain and behavior
Learn practical strategies to reach and teach students impacted by trauma
Develop trauma-informed lens to effectively recognize, understand and address the learning needs of
children that have been impacted by trauma
Discover how to create a positive learning environment that supports all learners
View Event Details
Tuesday 11 December 9:00 AM

Technical Assistance for K-12 Guidance and Counseling Plan Trainings - Session #1

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.
View Event Details
Wednesday 12 December 8:30 AM

Challenging the Gifted Conference 2018

Please plan to join us for this dynamic keynote presentation and follow-up sessions on innovative gifted student learning and engagement.
View Event Details
Tuesday 08 January 8:30 AM

Engaging Students in the Engineering Design Process: Getting Ready for the 2019 STEM Design Challenge

The engineering design process encompasses a mindset that emphasizes open-ended problem solving and encourages students to learn from failure. Experiencing the engineering design process nurtures students’ abilities to create innovative solutions to challenges in any subject. In this professional learning workshop, teachers will engage in the engineering design process and acquire strategies to foster this mindset in their students. The 2019 STEM Design Challenge will also be introduced and educators will learn details to get their students ready for this year’s Challenge!
View Event Details
Friday 11 January 8:30 AM

What School Leaders Need to Know about English Learners: Benefits for ALL by Meeting the Needs of ELs

When schools actively pursue initiatives to meet the needs of ELs, everyone benefits!
When teachers at all levels and in all content areas learn more about language and the language acquisition process, all students benefit, because all students are developing language skills even as they learn content.
When schools truly embrace and value cultures and languages, all students and teachers develop the understanding and skills needed by global citizens.
When collaboration is valued at all levels, all learners’ needs can be known and considered in the decision-making process. This can result in individualized placement and instruction of ELs, with consideration of the needs of all learners and teachers.
Come to this workshop to develop understanding, skills and perspectives needed to meet the needs of English learners, and discuss school applications which can bring positive benefits to all.
The Registration Price includes a copy of Jan's book, "What School Leaders Need to Know about English Learners."
Registration also includes a light breakfast and lunch.

Participants will earn 5 1/2 Act 48 hours.
View Event Details
Wednesday 06 February 8:30 AM

Building Mathematical Mindsets

Banish math anxiety and give students of all ages a clear roadmap to success! Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. This workshop will explore the work of Jo Boaler—Stanford researcher, professor of math education, and expert on math learning — who has studied why students don’t like math and often fail in math classes. Boaler translates Carol Dweck’s concept of ‘mindset’ into math teaching and parenting strategies, showing how students can go from self-doubt to strong self-confidence, which is so important to math learning. Boaler reveals the steps that must be taken by schools and parents to improve math education for all. We will explore how Mathematical Mindsets….
Explain how the brain processes mathematics learning
Reveal how to turn mistakes and struggles into valuable learning experiences
Provide examples of rich mathematical activities to replace rote learning
Explain ways to give students a positive math mindset
View Event Details
Thursday 28 February 8:30 AM

Linda Rief: Choice and Challenge in the Reading and Writing Workshop

What do high standards really look like? Each year Linda asks this question of herself and of her students, as she plans, designs and implements the kind of reading and writing instruction that builds on what students know and pushes them to challenge their notions of what makes effective writing and the deepest reading. Not only will we look at the what, and how, of helping students engage closely and widely as writers and readers, but also the why. What are the beliefs about literacy that guide our teaching?

In this one-day workshop based on her two newest books, Linda will show us ways that get kids reading and writing, ways to deepen their response to reading, ways to help students strengthen their writing through constructive feedback and mentor texts, and ways to expand their ideas into a variety of genres, including persuasive writing. Ultimately, she is guiding, challenging, teaching students to be thoughtful readers and writers in order to be thoughtful, articulate citizens of the world.

In this workshop we will read, write, talk—and look at the implications for our classrooms. We will ask of each other, in what ways are we using what we believe about reading and writing to guide our practice? The Quickwrite Handbook and ReadWriteTeach are meant to help frame the conditions that need to be in place to lead adolescent students on the journey to becoming lifelong readers and writers.
View Event Details
Wednesday 06 March 8:30 AM

Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway: Progressing 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 Progressing Workshop is intended for schools or districts who have been consistently working for several months to implement the Action Plans created during the Emerging Workshop. The primary goal of this workshop is to collaborate with other Pathway Partner schools in the sharing of best practices toward completing the Action Plans and addressing challenges to implementing change. Partners will have the opportunity to collaborate with one another specifically in breakout sessions designed around common Action Plan goal areas. Partners teams will also review their progress toward completing their Action Plans, identifying further supports and resources that can be used to complete their goals.
View Event Details
Tuesday 26 March 4:30 PM

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
View Event Details
Thursday 04 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.
View Event Details
Thursday 16 May 8:00 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.
View Event Details
Wednesday 29 May 9:00 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.
View Event Details
Thursday 06 June 8:30 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.
View Event Details

Special Education

Monday 19 November 8:30 AM

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
View Event Details
Tuesday 27 November 4:00 PM

The Growing Brain: Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development

This workshop will identify factors that affect brain growth and development, provide an understanding of the effect of stress on brain development, and teach the 5 R’s of supporting healthy brain development.
View Event Details
Thursday 06 December 4:30 PM

Paraprofessional Workshop: Coping with Stress

A little stress can be productive when it comes to accomplishing tasks, but consistently high levels of stress can negatively affect health. Learn what stress is, the impact it has on your functioning, and strategies to cope.
View Event Details
Thursday 13 December 4:00 PM

The Growing Brain: Cognition and Executive Function

This workshop will discuss how cognitive development unfolds and how to support cognitive development, as well as executive functioning and its role in cognitive development.
View Event Details
Monday 17 December 8:30 AM

Using Essential for Living to Teach Functional Life Skills to Children and Adults with Moderate-to-Severe and Profound Disabilities Including, But Not Limited To, Autism

In a two-day workshop, participants will learn to teach functional life skills using Essential for Living, a Communication, Behavior, and Functional Skills Assessment, Curriculum, and Teaching Manual for Children and Adults with Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities, including Autism. This will be accomplished through didactic and hands-on training. Specifically, participants will learn to: select functional skills for older children, adults, or children with very limited skill repertoires or multiple disabilities and develop functional IEPs and ISPs, improve the effectiveness of their instruction and minimize the occurrence of problem behavior by emphasizing The Essential 8 Skills, select an alternative method of speaking for non-verbal learners that lasts a lifetime measure and document very small increments of learner progress, track learner progress with respect to functional skills and problem behavior, track very specific information about supports that learners require and easily transfer this information to new settings or new programs, and teach more effectively using specific, scientifically-validated procedures.
View Event Details
Tuesday 18 December 2:00 PM

Behavior Analyst Professional Development

Training of behavior analysts for networking, mentoring and professional development
View Event Details
Thursday 10 January 4:30 PM

ParaEd: The Hidden Curriculum

“Social intuition is the lifeline that saves most of us on a daily basis from an array of potentially disastrous social situations.” Understanding The Hidden Curriculum by Myles, Trautman, and Schelven provide you with strategies to support students who need assistance in this critical area.
View Event Details
Monday 14 January 2:00 PM

Behavior Analyst Professional Development

Training of behavior analysts for networking, mentoring and professional development
View Event Details
Thursday 17 January 4:00 PM

The Growing Brain: Social Emotional Development

This workshop will discuss how emotional development unfolds and areas of the brain involved in social interactions and emotional reactions. This course will also discuss the role of relationships and attachment in social emotional development, the effects of stress on social emotional development, and the development of empathy.
View Event Details
Wednesday 30 January 8:15 AM

3rd Annual Schools Concussion Conference

This conference is intended to provide individuals from the schools with the latest concussion information and to directly apply that information in the school setting for students during the return to learn process. This includes initial concussion management from an academic perspective through prolonged recoveries. Cost of this event includes a light breakfast and a full lunch.

Participants will be able to describe clinical updates, treatments, research in concussion as they relate to the impact on education.

Participants will be able to describe initial management and academic modifications for students with concussion, as well as what to consider for a student with a prolonged recovery from concussion.

Participants will be able to identify discipline specific (e.g., nursing, psychology, counseling, ATCs) procedures/supports that might benefit students with concussions in the return to learn process.

Speakers:

Dr. Matt Grady (CHOP Concussion Clinic)

Roni Robinson CRNP (CHOP Concussion Clinic)

Sarah Krusen (Bucks County BrainSTEPS Team)

Kevin Reilly (Former NFL Player)

Graham Thomas (Untold Foundation)

Justin Rubenstein (Bensalem High School Psychologist)

Sarah Hobensack/Karen Barnett (Centennial & Central Bucks School Nurses)

Dr. J Stone (Neuropsychologist)

Dr. Sarah Babins (William Tennent School Counselor)

Coady Knowles (Physical Therapist-Nova Care)

Dr. Ryan Tierney (Temple University)
View Event Details
Thursday 07 February 8:30 AM

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
View Event Details
Monday 11 February 2:00 PM

Behavior Analyst Professional Development

Training of behavior analysts for networking, mentoring and professional development
View Event Details
Thursday 28 February 4:00 PM

English Learners: Speech-Language Considerations in the Pre-Referral Process

This workshop will review considerations specific to English Learners during the pre-referral process, including gathering parent input, screening procedures, collaborating with teachers, and gathering evidence to make appropriate referrals.
View Event Details
Monday 04 March 2:00 PM

Behavior Analyst Professional Development

Training of behavior analysts for networking, mentoring and professional development
View Event Details
Tuesday 12 March 8:30 AM

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
View Event Details
Thursday 04 April 4:30 PM

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.
View Event Details
Thursday 11 April 4:00 PM

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.
View Event Details
Wednesday 24 April 4:30 PM

Behavior Analyst Professional Development

Training of behavior analysts for networking, mentoring and professional development
View Event Details
Wednesday 08 May 8:30 AM

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
View Event Details
Thursday 16 May 2:00 PM

Behavior Analyst Professional Development

Training of behavior analysts for networking, mentoring and professional development
View Event Details
Tuesday 21 May 4:00 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.
View Event Details

Non-Public Services

Friday 07 December 8:30 AM

Enhanced Flex CPI-Non-Public Schools (By Invitation Only)

Completion of this face to face Training, in addition to completion of the Enhanced Flex online CPI modules, will meet the requirements for Enhanced CPI Certification.
View Event Details

CPI/CPR Catalog

Tuesday 05 February 3:30 PM

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.
View Event Details
Tuesday 05 March 3:30 PM

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.
View Event Details
Wednesday 10 April 3:30 PM

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.
View Event Details

Board Meetings

Tuesday 20 November 7:00 PM

Right to Education Task Force

Friday 25 January 12:00 PM

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.
View Event Details