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Building Deeper Readers and Writers

Building Deeper Readers and Writers

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Tuesday 26 March 8:30AM

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Monday 18 February 9:30 AM

Planting Seeds STEAM Workshop

Explore STEAM methods for teaching and learning about the local environment and habitat issues.

See highlights of the Planting Seeds exhibit in Artmobile and meet artist Kim Kurki.

Kurki will outline the multifaceted approach she used to create her monthly feature in Your Big Backyard magazine over eight years – observing, researching and highlighting insects, animals and plants, largely from her own Bucks County backyard. Experience her methodology first-hand during a nature walk and discover her inspiration for creativity and learning.

Take home Planting Seeds Teacher Manuals, explore lesson samples, and share your STEAM ideas with colleagues.
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Wednesday 27 February 8:30 AM

Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies

This workshop focuses on disciplinary literacy in the area of social studies. Participants will explore how to support students in thinking as informed citizens; reading, writing, speaking, and listening like historians and social scientists; navigating media; and learning how to approach controversial subjects with a critical and reflective stance.
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Wednesday 27 February 8:30 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 operational changes, including key implementation information for AP Coordinators and school administrators. These changes will affect all schools who offer Advanced Placement courses, and it is important that schools are equipped with the key information and resources to implement the new changes prior to August 1st. It is recommended that schools send at least one person to this workshop. There will be a separate workshop just for AP Teachers on June 5, 2019.
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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.
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Thursday 07 March 8:30 AM

Disciplinary Literacy in English, Literature, and the Arts

This workshop will focus on disciplinary literacy as it is defined in the areas of English, Literature, and the Arts. The workshop will focus on strategies to support students in being responsive, responsible, and compassionate when speaking, listening, reading, writing, and thinking. It will also promote student empathy and insight as students explore relationships vicariously through literature and viscerally through the arts.
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Thursday 21 March 8:30 AM

Disciplinary Literacy in Science

This workshop will focus on the role of literacy within a science classroom with specific strategies designed to support students in thinking and communicating as scientists. In addition techniques for operating in STEAM ecosystems at the intersection of scientific and engineering practices, cross-cut concepts, and disciplinary core ideas will be highlighted.
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Tuesday 26 March 8:30 AM

Building Deeper Readers and Writers

Join literacy coach, Lynne Dorfman, and reading specialist/staff developer, Rose Cappelli, for a day focused on the use of mentor texts to teach literary skills in the classroom. The presenters are co-authors of three books on writing, including Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature. Participants and presenters, together will explore generating writing topics, building content, developing style, experimenting with different structures, and developing an understanding of grammar and mechanics and more.
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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
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Tuesday 02 April 8:30 AM

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
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Wednesday 03 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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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.
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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

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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Wednesday 01 May 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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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.
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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.
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Wednesday 05 June 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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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.
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Special Education

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.
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Monday 04 March 2:00 PM

Behavior Analyst Professional Development

Training of behavior analysts for networking, mentoring and professional development
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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
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Monday 25 March 1:30 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.
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Thursday 04 April 12:00 AM

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.
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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.
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Friday 05 April 8:00 AM
Saturday 06 April 12:00 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.
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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.
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Wednesday 24 April 4:30 PM

Behavior Analyst Professional Development

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

Behavior Analyst Professional Development

Training of behavior analysts for networking, mentoring and professional development
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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.
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Thursday 23 May 1:30 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.
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Non-Public Services

Wednesday 24 April 8:00 AM

Nonpublic Spring Meeting

Timely and Meaningful consultation to plan for the 2019-2020 nonpublic equitable services under ESSA.
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Online CPE Credited Courses

Tuesday 19 February 12:00 AM

The Teacher's Toolbox Series: How to Identify and Combat Bullying in Our Schools

This Online 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) course will help you learn how to deal with any bullying. Time Frame: 2/19/19 - 3/19/19

Everyone knows Bullying is an issue. Hopefully you haven't been forced to deal with it. But you can't just sit on the sidelines and wait for the worst to happen. No! You must take this course so that you can be counted as one of the many who are fighting against bullying in our schools! 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.

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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Friday 01 March 12:00 AM

Supporting Students with Autism in Education

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: 3/1/19 - 3/22/19

Session 1: Autism Spectrum-The class participant will examine the latest research from the National Institute of Mental Health on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Aspergers
PDD-NOS
Autism

Session 2: Social Aspect of Autism-The class participant will explore the social idiosyncrasies of students with autism.
Modern movie portrayals of people with autism
Examine "The Social Code," a program to promote social inclusion
Social Stories

Session 3: Working with Students with Autism in your Classroom-The class participant will research strategies and interventions to utilize in the classroom when working with students with autism.
Multiple learning modalities
Promoting on task behavior
Defining teacher role vs. assistant role
Routines

Session 4: Setting your Classroom up for Success - the particpant will review teacher tested strategies for supporting students with autism in their classroom.
Creating calm classroom climate
Building positive relationships between home and school
Augmentative and alternative communication options

Session 5: Autism and the Law. The class participant will examine current case studies dealing with students with autism in the classroom.
Case studies of current legal cases
IEP development
IEP implementation


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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Wednesday 06 March 12:00 AM

Live, Laugh and Learn Through Educational Games

A two credit online (60 Act 48 Hours) course designed to provide educators an overview of benefits in using games as a source of reinforcement in the classroom. Participants will explore successful strategies and instruction used in the daily classroom to accommodate each student.Time Frame: 3/6/19 - 3/26/19
Participants will be acquainted with the purpose of games, developing, adapting and implementing the appropriate game to fit their curriculum. They will become acquainted with the different types of games including, memory, physical and board games.

Throughout the course participants will analyze, adapt, create and demonstrate the use of appropriate and effective learning tools based on readings, activities and group discussions. They will learn techniques used to improve motivation and learning through classroom experiments and games.

Strategies for implementation of this course include:

Participants will view several websites, lectures and videos, these resources will acquaint one with suggestions for establishing and developing many meaningful games to be used in the classroom setting.

Participants will evaluate and synthesize information on creating a classroom climate that enhances academic learning by using games to promote and instill valuable social and educational skills in the classroom.

The participant will be evaluated through participation in discussion groups, they must reply to at least 2-3 classmates for each lesson. The panels will provide positive feedback between class members by exchanging meaningful ideas and strategies within the group.
Culminating activities will include various educational games they devise and use in class that encourage the use of physical activity, memory games and board games as reinforcement strategies.

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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Thursday 21 March 12:00 AM

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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Monday 25 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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Tuesday 26 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 02 April 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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Friday 05 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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Tuesday 09 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 16 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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Wednesday 17 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.
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Sunday 21 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.
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Friday 10 May 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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CPI/CPR Catalog

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.
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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.
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Board Meetings

Tuesday 19 February 7:00 PM

Right to Education Task Force

Thursday 28 March 7:00 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.
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