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EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATION

REGARDING THE JANUARY 19, 2021 MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Bucks IU Board of School Directors will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm.  Prior to the Board Meeting, there will be a Finance Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM. Per the Bucks IU Health and Safety plan in response to COVID-19, the meetings will be held virtually and are open to the public.

To join the meeting(s), please use the following information.  If you have not used Zoom before, you may need to follow the program instructions to download the application prior to being able to join the meeting(s).  You may also join the meeting(s) via audio conference only using the Call-in number and Webinar ID below:

Finance Committee Meeting
Zoom (online video and audio):
https://bucksiu.zoom.us/j/92465375818?pwd=OWUxejlwSnA0TjUvOXlqQTk3c004dz09
Passcode: 288365
Audio only conference:
Call-in: 312 626 6799 - Webinar ID: 924 6537 5818

Board Meeting
Zoom (online video and audio):
https://bucksiu.zoom.us/j/93359748686?pwd=R2JLV05ocG8xZTNsYVRjSW1EcWV1dz09
Passcode: bucksiu
Audio only conference:
Call-in: 312 626 6799 - Webinar ID: 933 5974 8686

EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATION
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Special Education

Events are organized by category in chronological order.

Special Education

Resilience and Gratitude: Paraeducator Training

Participants will explore the concepts of resilience and gratitude through various lenses. Participants will examine how these topics are relevant in both their professional roles and personal lives.
Resilience and Gratitude: Paraeducator Training - View Event Details
Thursday 21 January 4:30 PM

Bucks County Truancy Task Force

Bucks County Truancy Task Force meets three times during the school year. Participants discuss issues related to school attendance, discuss district policies/procedures, truancy court, development of intervention plans and involvement of outside agencies. The goal is to reduce truancy among school age students and provide schools with interventions that improve school attendance. This collaborative effort brings together professionals from school districts, child welfare, juvenile probation, law enforcement, district justices, Bucks County IU and community social service agencies.
Bucks County Truancy Task Force - View Event Details
Friday 22 January 9:00 AM

Considerations for English Learners in the Pre-Referral and Referral Process for Special Education

This course will cover important factors to consider when referring English Learners to special education. Course content includes typical second language acquisition patterns, legal, linguistic and cultural considerations and information gathering in the pre-referral process.
Participants will be able to:
Name the various cultures that are being served in Bucks County.
Define what bilingualism is.
Label typical second language acquisition patterns
Define important legislation related to English Learner's in Special Education
List the key components to consider in the pre-referral process for English Learner's to Special Education
Considerations for English Learners in the Pre-Referral and Referral Process for Special Education - View Event Details
Wednesday 27 January 3:30 PM

American Sign Language for Friends and Families

American Sign language instruction for friends and family members of students who use sign language for communication. This will include an introduction to understanding Deafness and Deaf culture. Virtual classes with be held for one hour/week over a period of 6 weeks focusing on relevant topics each week. Participants will have the opportunity to request specific vocabulary themes. There will be ample time for practice. This is an opportunity for families to network with other families who are interested in learning sign language.
American Sign Language for Friends and Families - View Event Details
Wednesday 27 January 4:30 PM

Unique Learning System PLC

Participants will take part in a yearlong professional learning group to learn more about the Unique Learning System curriculum and platform. This training is for IU & school district staff that are using Unique Learning System within their classrooms.
Unique Learning System PLC - View Event Details
Thursday 28 January 7:00 AM

American Sign Language for Educational Staff

American Sign language instruction for beginners and advanced beginners working in the field of education This will include an introduction to understanding Deafness and Deaf culture. Virtual classes with be held for one hour/week over a period of 6 weeks focusing on relevant topics each week. Participants will have the opportunity to request specific vocabulary themes. There will be ample time for practice.

Participants will be able to:

Give 3 examples of basic wants and needs you are able to express using American Sign language.
Give examples of 3 simple requests made by others using sign language that you are able to understand.
Identify three features of the Deaf Community/Deaf culture.
American Sign Language for Educational Staff - View Event Details
Thursday 28 January 4:30 PM

The Power of Relationships During Remote Learning: Paraeducator Training

ASYNCRHONOUS: This session will review pandemic stresses as it relates to the impact on adults and students in the learning environment. With remote learning and social distancing in place, there is a greater importance and need to nurture relationships and connect with people. These relationships are critical when looking at student engagement and achievement. We will review strategies to strengthen relationships with students and problem-solve potential barriers and strategies to connect with those difficult to reach students.
This course will be open and available for completion from the first of the month through the last day of the month. All content, to count for credit, must be submitted within the month's timeframe. Details regarding course access will be forwarded to MLP registrants prior to the opening of the course.
The Power of Relationships During Remote Learning: Paraeducator Training - View Event Details
Monday 01 February 8:00 AM

The Truth About Lying: Paraeducator Training

SYNCHRONOUS: Let's be honest, most of us have lied at some point in our lives, but when lied to, may have strong reactions. The way we respond to lying can strengthen our connection and understanding of a child, and nurture honesty; or it can give the message that lying is the way to deal with trouble. This workshop will address how to respond to lying so that honesty is valued and the temptation to lie is lessened.
The Truth About Lying: Paraeducator Training - View Event Details
Wednesday 24 February 4:30 PM

Technology to Support Learning and Independence: Paraeducator Training

ASYNCHRONOUS: This asynchronous course will allow you to navigate a self-paced exploration of technological tools that can lend support to the enhancement of learning opportunities for students. It will allow you to explore and increase your familiarity with different commonly used platforms and their supportive tools.
This course will be open and available for completion from the first of the month through the last day of the month. All content, to count for credit, must be submitted within the month's timeframe. Details regarding course access will be forwarded to MLP registrants prior to the opening of the course.
Technology to Support Learning and Independence: Paraeducator Training - View Event Details
Monday 01 March 9:00 AM

Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students

During this workshop, participants will increase their knowledge and competency when working with transgender students. Samantha will focus on language, terminology and factors influencing an individuals' awareness of gender identity. Samantha will highlight current research studies regarding mental health outcomes for LGBTQ students. Based on these outcomes, participants will learn more regarding best practice guidelines for providing affirming care and support to transgender youth.
Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students - View Event Details
Tuesday 09 March 8:30 AM

High Leverage Practices for Paraprofessionals: Paraeducator Training

SYNCHRONOUS: Paraprofessionals play a critical role in the day to day functioning and instruction of students with special needs. This can be rewarding yet challenging work. High Leverage Practices (HLP's) are practices that can be used to leverage student learning across different content areas, grade levels, and student abilities and disabilities. This professional learning opportunity will focus on the Collaboration and Instruction HLP's and ways to directly apply these concepts to everyday interactions with students.
High Leverage Practices for Paraprofessionals: Paraeducator Training - View Event Details
Tuesday 09 March 4:30 PM

Relationships and Gratitude: Paraeducator Training

ASYNCHRONOUS: This session will include information about the importance of relationships across various individuals in schools and how they contribute to positive school climates. Gratitude, as a piece to the school climate, will also be discussed with strategies on embedding opportunities to foster both relationships and gratitude.
This course will be open and available for completion from the first of the month through the last day of the month. All content, to count for credit, must be submitted within the month's timeframe. Details regarding course access will be forwarded to MLP registrants prior to the opening of the course.
Relationships and Gratitude: Paraeducator Training - View Event Details
Thursday 01 April 8:00 AM

Addressing Trauma and Grief: Paraeducator Training

SYNCHRONOUS: Many of our students, colleagues, and ourselves have experienced trauma and grief during the pandemic and for some, trauma unrelated to the pandemic. This workshop will discuss recognizing trauma and how to manage behaviors in the classroom and how to help students through the grieving process. Coping with our own grief and developing self-care routines will also be addressed.
Addressing Trauma and Grief: Paraeducator Training - View Event Details
Thursday 15 April 4:30 PM

Promoting Student Independence - Academics: Paraeducator Training

SYNCHRONOUS: As educators, it is our continuous goal to support and foster student independence. This training will discuss topics such as learned helplessness, praise, mindsets, self-advocacy, and proximity, and discuss how these elements can impact learning and student outcomes. It will discuss applicable strategies that can be applied to support students in becoming independent learners.
Promoting Student Independence - Academics: Paraeducator Training - View Event Details
Tuesday 20 April 4:30 PM

Bucks County Truancy Task Force

Bucks County Truancy Task Force meets three times during the school year. Participants discuss issues related to school attendance, discuss district policies/procedures, truancy court, development of intervention plans and involvement of outside agencies. The goal is to reduce truancy among school age students and provide schools with interventions that improve school attendance. This collaborative effort brings together professionals from school districts, child welfare, juvenile probation, law enforcement, district justices, Bucks County IU and community social service agencies.
Bucks County Truancy Task Force - View Event Details
Friday 23 April 9:00 AM

Say This, Not That - The Importance of Mathematics Language: Paraeducator Training

ASYNCHRONOUS: The language of mathematics, especially vocabulary terms, is essential for understanding mathematics in both oral and written forms. This training will highlight the importance of mathematics language and the words that teachers and paraprofessionals select to foster learning. Participants will also explore strategies for supporting vocabulary development in the mathematics classroom.
This course will be open and available for completion from the first of the month through the last day of the month. All content, to count for credit, must be submitted within the month's timeframe. Details regarding course access will be forwarded to MLP registrants prior to the opening of the course.
Say This, Not That - The Importance of Mathematics Language: Paraeducator Training - View Event Details
Saturday 01 May 8:00 AM

Exploring Transition Resources: Paraeducator Training

SYNCHRONOUS: Provide an understanding of secondary transition and how to locate and utilize resources to assist students and families with the transition process.
Exploring Transition Resources: Paraeducator Training - View Event Details
Monday 03 May 4:30 PM

Social Skills: Pareducator Training

SYNCHRONOUS: During this session participants will explore various social skills tools and strategies. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore how they can incorporate these strategies into the classroom.
Social Skills: Pareducator Training - View Event Details
Thursday 03 June 4:30 PM