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Programs & Services

Events are organized by category in chronological order.

Programs & Services

Defined STEM: Connecting Careers, Standards-Based Content, Skills and Projects

This Defined STEM professional learning experience will provide participants with an overview of Defined STEM and the pedagogical connections to careers, authentic learning and project based learning. Participants will engage in an active modeling experience working through a performance task and utilizing the available resources to complete the task. Once complete, the group will engage in reflection to determine benefits and barriers to be considered in all schools.

The second part of the time will involve an overview of the Defined STEM resource highlighting opportunities for standards-alignment, personalization, and navigation. Participants will learn how to assign tasks to students and classes through the project and portfolio manager system based upon standards, 21st century skills, and/or career relevance.

Finally, participants will explore the resource to determine tasks that can be utilized in the classroom, aligned with curriculum, and assigned to students.
Defined STEM: Connecting Careers, Standards-Based Content, Skills and Projects - View Event Details
Friday 18 October 9:00 AM

Career Readiness Boot Camp Training

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is pleased to announce a one-day 6-hour train-the-trainer boot camp (Act 48) designed to assist districts in meeting the statewide postsecondary attainment 2025 goal of 60 percent of Pennsylvanians with a postsecondary credential, certificate, or degree. Training will include the following:
Career Readiness and Workforce in PA (Career Education and Work Standards)
Industry-Based Learning
Stakeholder and Workforce Partnerships
Classroom and Workforce Alignment
Supporting Resources
District training teams should include a minimum of three and no more than ten K-12 educators. The lead team member should be a building principal or assistant principal. With an emphasis on classroom alignment to workforce needs, team composition should include teachers from both elementary and secondary. (Please note: Specialized training for school counselors will be offered separately via Counselor Symposiums).

The goal of this training is the development of an action plan that utilizes stakeholder and workforce partnerships to expand the classroom to career connections and to build schoolwide momentum for career readiness. Team members will be poised to provide support in the implementation of the action plan.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
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Tuesday 22 October 8:30 AM

K-12 School Guidance Plan - Training #5

This session provides a review of the previous four trainings from 2018-2019 and an update on the status of each district's/school's plan. A working knowledge of the Accountability System is introduced as well as the use of data to determine impact on students linked to the "Future Ready PA Index."
Further discussions of the development of the K-12 Advisory Council.
The use of the Quality Assurance Rubric to self-assess the final version of the K-12 School Guidance Plan (Chapter 339).
The template for the Showcase in Training #6 (March 11 or March 12, 2020) is reviewed.
Further assistance with the development of the Academic/Career Plan Process and Portfolio provided.
Technical Assistance time is provided in this session.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
K-12 School Guidance Plan - Training #5 - View Event Details
Tuesday 29 October 8:00 AM

Bucks County Career Pathways Partnership - Key Communicator Training #2

In Pennsylvania, many young people are struggling to make successful transitions to postsecondary education and to careers, and many employers are having difficulty finding workers with strong employability skills and in-demand technical skills. To address these challenges, schools and employers have come together to form the Bucks County Career Pathways Partnership (BCCPP). Members of the BCCPP are collaboratively exploring strategies intended to provide learners with the preparation needed to enter and thrive in today's workforce.

The BCCPP Executive Committee has asked school district leaders to identify K-12 representatives to participate in information and training sessions on September 25, 2019 and October 30, 2019. In addition to teams from local school districts, business and community organizations representatives will be in attendance.

The Key Communicator Trainings are designed to help teachers, counselors, and school leaders understand and implement strategies in their classrooms, buildings, and school districts, school systems related to career readiness for all students. Specifically, the sessions will help K-12 educators better understand the implications of workforce trends for education, learn how to implement the Pennsylvania Career Education and Work Standards and meet the Future Ready PA Index Career Readiness Indicators, strengthen employer and community partnerships to support career education, and examine strategies and best practices in career readiness.
Bucks County Career Pathways Partnership - Key Communicator Training #2 - View Event Details
Wednesday 30 October 8:00 AM

Classroom Management Basics: Building A Positive Classroom Community Through Constructive Classroom Rules, Clear Routines and Procedures, and Engaging Instruction

This workshop will focus on the role of classroom rules, routines and procedures, and the classroom environment as the basis for establishing strong, positive teacher/student relationships through a classroom management system that promotes joyful learning and teaching as well as high student achievement.
Classroom Management Basics: Building A Positive Classroom Community Through Constructive Classroom Rules, Clear Routines and Procedures, and Engaging Instruction - View Event Details
Wednesday 30 October 8:30 AM

World Language Common In-Service Day: Daily Lesson Planning in a Proficiency-Oriented Classroom

Learn the nuts and bolts of a flexible daily instructional framework for World Language that includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking each day and creates lessons that practically plan themselves.

Participate in a demonstration lesson and then observe several easy-to-implement strategies in action.

Take an integrated performance assessment based on what we discussed during the demonstrations. Then practice one-on-one in a guided partner skills lab.
World Language Common In-Service Day: Daily Lesson Planning in a Proficiency-Oriented Classroom - View Event Details
Tuesday 05 November 8:00 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.
From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers - Finding the Right Amount of Rigor for Math and Science Learners - View Event Details
Tuesday 05 November 8:30 AM

Library Common Inservice Day: You Have What It Takes To Be A Future Ready Librarian!

What does it mean to be a Future Ready Librarian? How will being a Future Ready Librarian affect my library, school, teachers and especially my students? What can I do to become a Future Ready Librarian today? These questions are central to the Future Ready Librarians initiative. They are also questions we ask ourselves everyday as we embrace our roles within the library and school community.

In our day together, Shannon McClintock Miller will kick us off with a keynote by exploring the critical role that librarians can play in the strategic work of schools and educational systems connected with educational technology leadership, empowering students as creators and learners, content curation, innovative instructional practices, and more. She will share stories and inspire us to embrace the change we can bring through our roles as librarians.

Shannon will then challenge you to unleash the Future Ready Librarian in you by looking at your own practice and digging into the 10 gears of the Future Ready Librarian (FRL) framework including:

Designs Collaborative Spaces
Builds Instructional Partnerships
Empowers Students as Creators
Curates Digital Resources and Tools
Facilitates Professional Learning
Ensures Equitable Digital Access
Invests Strategically in Digital Resources
Cultivates Community Partnerships
Advocates for Student Privacy
Leads Beyond the Library

And of course, Literacy, which is central to everything we do as librarians.

You will strengthen your library leadership skills, deepen your knowledge and develop an action plan as you begin to shape your professional future, as well as the future of those you serve in the library.

You will definitely leave this day knowing you have what it takes to be a Future Ready Librarian.
Library Common Inservice Day: You Have What It Takes To Be A Future Ready Librarian! - View Event Details
Tuesday 05 November 8:30 AM

Common In-Service Day for Bucks County Art Educators: Studio Day at BCCC

Bucks County Arts Educators - Come join us for an exciting and inspiring day of learning at the Bucks County Community College.
Common In-Service Day for Bucks County Art Educators: Studio Day at BCCC - View Event Details
Tuesday 05 November 9:00 AM

PVAAS For Every Season - Morning Session

This day consists of a morning session with all participants, and then two afternoon options.

Morning Session 8:30 - 11:30
Student data is only helpful if you have a system in place for working with your data. This 3-hour session will allow you the opportunity to map out your system and learn ways that PVAAS growth and student projection data can enhance each season of the school year. By the end of the session, participants will have created a plan for analyzing their data across the year.

(Lunch will be on your own)
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Tuesday 12 November 8:30 AM

PVAAS Afternoon Session 2: Rethinking Assessment and Equity (CDT)

Assessment takes a step toward equity by unveiling what students need at that moment in their educational path. Rethinking assessment means finding solutions that assist educators to know the student, promote high expectations for all, help students know their learning story, create flexible routines for personalized learnings, teach failure as a step in the learning process; and build a culturally responsive environment. In speedgeeking style, participants will discuss these topics and seek real solutions to revising the assessment system in their respective settings. Connections to CDTs, The Framework for Teaching, and UDL principles will be made.
PVAAS Afternoon Session 2: Rethinking Assessment and Equity (CDT) - View Event Details
Tuesday 12 November 12:30 PM

PVAAS Afternoon Session 1: Improve Your Year with Projections & Collaborative Conversations

This afternoon program is divided into two sessions. The first session will offer participants a hands-on opportunity to analyze their PVAAS projection data through a variety of lenses, and identify multiple uses within their own district/LEA or school. The second session will offer participants an opportunity for collaborative discussions about the use of PVAAS with their colleagues and the state PVAAS team.
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Tuesday 12 November 12:30 PM

Advanced Classroom Management: Dealing with Difficult Behaviors

Constructive classroom rules, clear and established routines and procedures, engaging instruction, and a positive classroom community can address up to 95% of classroom behavior issues, but what about the other 5%? This workshop will address possible issues that may be causing the behavior difficulties and will introduce the four goals of misbehavior as a diagnostic tool for correctly addressing the child's mistaken belief for how to belong which results in misbehavior. Strategies for developing positive solutions for the student, the classroom, and the teacher will be explored. Classroom-based case studies will used to demonstrate workable solutions.

Participants must be well-versed in establishing classroom rules, developing routines and procedures, and designing engaging instruction before participating in the Advanced Classroom Management workshop.
Advanced Classroom Management: Dealing with Difficult Behaviors - View Event Details
Wednesday 13 November 8:30 AM

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS): Accelerating the Performance of ALL Students

Student performance is impacted most directly by instruction. The critical elements of MTSS, when implemented with fidelity, all focus on increasing the impact of instruction on student outcomes. In addition, the MTSS framework emphasizes the integration of academic, behavior and social emotional learning in order to maximize the impact of instruction for ALL students. With this in mind, we know that the quality and impact of instruction in Tier 1 (General/Universal Education) is critical to the effectiveness of interventions in Tiers 2 and 3 as well as to the effectiveness of specially-designed instruction (SDI- Special Education). Therefore, the primary focus of the workshop will be on Tier I instruction and how to integrate such instruction across the Tiers. It will include strategies, schedules, universal design concepts, and a process for data-based decision-making to identify effective instructional strategies that support all three Tiers.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS): Accelerating the Performance of ALL Students - View Event Details
Tuesday 19 November 8:30 AM

AASL National School Library Standards Stage 2 Training Session

Build and strengthen your collaboration with teachers through aligning the American Association of School Librarians National School Library Standards with the PA Core Standards as well as with new ISTE Standards. You'll create an action plan for collaborating with teachers to promote information and digital literacy across the curriculum for all learners, both students and teachers. These aligned Standards provide a solid foundation for developing learner competencies in information fluency and have credibility with administrators and educators. Whatever your situation-one school or multiple schools, solo in your district, fresh from the classroom, or assuming new teaching responsibilities-you'll take away an action plan to tackle how to collaborate effectively with teachers to help your learners. Bring your most successful information literacy lesson plan and learn how to align it with these standards and transform the way you collaborate with your teachers.

What you should bring:

• A copy of the most successful lesson plan you've developed and used with your students. In advance, think about why this lesson was successful for you.


• The name of a teacher or the names of a group of teachers (grade level or subject area) you've had your most successful collaboration with.


• If you can, bring a device with a screen large enough for you to compose a Word document.


We look forward to working together to help you develop a Collaboration Action Plan for partnering with teachers at your school(s) using the AASL National School Library Standards. By participating in this session, you'll benefit the learners in your school community by strengthening your own skills as a leader, instructional partner, and teacher.

AASL National School Library Standards Stage 2 Training Session - View Event Details
Tuesday 19 November 9:00 AM

Accountability Forum

This course looks to demonstrate the benefits of personal accountability, as a means of empowering themselves and fostering an environment of accomplishment and best in-class work cultures. An empowering framework will be introduced, along with interactive exercises and discussions, to help highlight key distinctions, definitions, relationships, behaviors, and expressions that will clarify accountability within themselves and their organization. Concurrently, the course helps identify primary barriers and inhibitors to achieving accountability which are addressed with guidance on thinking levels and insights to language, practices, and conversations.
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Thursday 21 November 1:00 PM

Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines Training

Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) is a workshop to provide guidelines for responding to student threats of violence. It is based on more than a decade of new research and practical experience.

CSTAG retains the original Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines (VSTAG), but introduces a streamlined decision tree, more comprehensive forms, and guidance on threats by adults. It is intended for K-12 school-based multidisciplinary teams including administration, law enforcement, and mental health.

It Incorporates guidance from the FBI and U.S. Secret Service reports on school shootings. The program provides guidance on how to evaluate student and adult threats of violence, quickly resolve less serious transient threats and take appropriate action in response to more serious, substantive threats.

This program has been recognized as an evidence-based practice in 2013 by the federal government's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
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Friday 22 November 8:00 AM

Bold Moves for Schools: Creating Engaging Experiences and Responsive Environments for the Contemporary Learner

In this exciting and interactive seminar, Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs will look at how to develop new versions of school matching the needs of 21st century learners to support modern curriculum and assessment design. The transition will require bold moves, practical steps, and rebooted missions. Dr. Jacobs will provoke our consideration of the four most basic program structures: schedules, student grouping patterns, faculty organization, and learning spaces (both physical and virtual) and challenge us to rethink them, reinvent them and reunite them into a more dynamic learning environment. Key in her presentation is the integration of new literacies - digital, media, and global - into upgraded curriculum maps. The session will be decidedly interactive with a wealth of examples and resources to assist your team in its efforts.

The Registration Price includes a copy of Dr. Jacob's book, "Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments." Registration also includes a light breakfast and lunch. Participants will earn 5 1/2 Act 48 hours.
Bold Moves for Schools: Creating Engaging Experiences and Responsive Environments for the Contemporary Learner - View Event Details
Tuesday 03 December 8:30 AM

The Smallest Warriors: Helping the Anxious Preschooler, Kindergartner, or Early Elementary Student

Please join Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard, Clinical Director of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as she presents on supporting our early childhood learners who are dealing with some form of anxiety. Dr. Dahlsgaard will initially focus on the normative development of healthy anxiety in young children and then will facilitate a discussion on how problematic anxiety develops. She will outine evidence-based intervention strategies for the most common anxiety disorders in young children such as separation anxiety, selective mutism, and specific phobias. Dr. Dahlsgaard will also provide approaches to supporting and partnering with parents of anxious young children, followed by recommendations for self-care strategies for school personnel who work with these children.
The Smallest Warriors: Helping the Anxious Preschooler, Kindergartner, or Early Elementary Student - View Event Details
Wednesday 04 December 8:30 AM