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Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences That Impact a Lifetime

Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences That Impact a Lifetime

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Wednesday 04 March 8:00AM

Programs & Services

Teaching Language and Content: Meeting the needs of ELs in mainstream classrooms

All teachers who have English learners in their classrooms need to develop the knowledge and skill to help them both learn the content and continue to gain proficiency in English. The way to achieve this goal is to consciously plan for not only content learning, but also language learning. Mainstream classroom teachers may have many questions about what this looks like in real classrooms, including: 1) How can I teach language if I'm not a trained ESL teacher? 2) Does focusing on language take away from students' content learning, and isn't the content learning more important? 3) If the English learners in my class have different levels of English proficiency, how can I meet the language needs of all of them? The goal of this session is to look realistically at how mainstream classroom teachers can assist English learners in their language development. Participants will have the opportunity to share real issues and concerns, learn a realistic approach to the inclusion of language objectives in mainstream classes, and produce a sample lesson plan incorporating language objectives alongside content objectives.
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Wednesday 05 February 8:30 AM

"I told you that yesterday!" How to give ELs feedback that sticks

This workshop is "a deeper dive into the kind of feedback which fosters English language development."

Differentiating lesson plans for English learners (ELs) is the necessary starting point in meeting their needs. However, differentiated lessons are only half of the skill set needed to help ELs progress in language development. The other half of the equation is teachers' real-time response to ELs as they use language. How do teachers respond to errors or gaps in language use? Why do students sometimes seem to not remember or apply what they have been told? Is it the kind of feedback that teachers provide really what helps ELs grow in language skill? After a short refresher on differentiating instruction for ELs, this session introduces research on the effectiveness of various types of feedback, showing what helpful feedback looks like in both oral and written language use, at diverse language levels. Participants will engage with EL language samples, envisioning what effective feedback looks like, through small group discussion. Participants will leave the seminar having created protocols for providing oral and written feedback within their own teaching context.
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Thursday 06 February 8:30 AM

Kagan Cooperative Learning

This workshop will be conducted by a Kagan Professional Development Specialist. It will focus on the updated and expanded edition of the famous Kagan Cooperative Learning Textbook. Participants will find new step-by-step structures, hundreds of helpful management tips, many more teacher-friendly activities and forms, and up-to-date research on proven methods. Participants will learn how schools have used Kagan Cooperative Learning to boost academics, close the achievement gap, improve student relations, and create a more kind and caring school community. After decades of training and working with hundreds of thousands of teachers, Kagan has refined and perfected the most widely used and respected form of cooperative learning ever. The Kagans make it easy for you to dramatically increase engagement and achievement in your class!


Each participant will receive the latest edition of the Kagan Cooperative Learning Textbook, Cooperative Learning Course Workbook, Action Plan 1: Kagan Cooperative Learning and Mix-Pair-Share Software.

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Tuesday 03 March 8:30 AM

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 03 March 4:30 PM

Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences That Impact a Lifetime

This workshop will support educators who want to make learning personal and authentic for their students. You will learn how to make an impact for students and colleagues by developing personal and authentic relationships. The Bucks IU is pleased to welcome Tom Murray as the workshop facilitator. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants will also receive a copy of Tom's latest book, Personal & Authentic, as part of the registration price.
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Wednesday 04 March 8:00 AM

Engaging Early Learners in STEAM

STEAM [science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics] has become a buzz term in education lately, with many researchers and STEAM experts advocating for STEAM exposure very early in a child's school career. Many early childhood teachers, though, have questions about bringing STEAM into their classrooms: How? Why? What? All of these questions (and more) will be answered in this professional learning workshop! Participants will gain an understanding of why STEAM is important in early childhood classrooms and will engage in easy to implement STEAM activities. This day will be very hands-on, with teachers leaving with ready to implement activities!
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Thursday 30 April 8:30 AM

Special Education

4th Annual Schools Concussion Conference: The Continuum of Concussion Management and Return to Learn

This is a one day conference that will address current research and information in concussion management as it relates to the return to learn process for all students.

Presenters will include Dr. Matt Grady (CHOP), Roni Robinson CRNP (CHOP), Kim Wyand & Coady Knowles (NovaCare), Tracy Yatsko (survivor), Dr. Stephen Russo (Springfield Psychology). There will also be several resource tables set up for the day.

A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided to all participants of this conference.
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Wednesday 29 January 8:30 AM

ParaEd: Integrating Trauma Informed Practices into Current School-wide and Classroom Systems

This training will focus on classroom practices and school-wide systems to support students impacted by trauma. Staff will review definitions of trauma, fight/flight/freeze response, as well as analyzing classroom practices and how they are trauma informed.
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Monday 03 February 4:30 PM

County-Wide School Social Work Professional Development

Dr. Rachel Silliman Cohen from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine will be presenting on the epidemiology of child maltreatment with a particular focus on Caregiver-Fabricated Illness. She will also discuss supporting traumatized children in the school setting and the effects of secondary trauma on educators and providers.
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Monday 24 February 8:30 AM

Orientation and Mobility Training for the 21st Century

Join fellow orientation and mobility specialists for this hands-on training that will explore emerging teaching areas in the field of Orientation & Mobility. Rideshare, Aira, Seeing AI, and Clew are powerful independence tools for individuals with visual impairments by providing new ways to access and navigate the community. The morning portion of this training will explore each app and include hands-on trials. The middle portion of training will include a Rideshare trip to a specific location where participants will engage in a scavenger hunt, using the various apps, and then have lunch. After returning to the IU for the afternoon, participants will engage in facilitated discussion about their experiences (e.g., pros/cons, considerations). The day will culminate with participants planning how to implement these technologies into lessons.
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Monday 24 February 9:00 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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Tuesday 10 March 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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Tuesday 10 March 12:00 AM

ParaEd: Fostering Student Independence

Participants will learn how to foster and promote student independence through understanding the application of prompting and prompt fading and learning how to capitalize on teachable moments.
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Wednesday 25 March 4:30 PM

ParaEd: Mindfulness

This workshop will define mindfulness, discuss the benefits of practicing mindfulness, how to develop the practice for oneself and how to incorporate mindfulness into the classroom for students. We will also look at the obstacles to doing mindfulness and how to overcome the barriers. Wear comfortable clothing as we will be doing some actual mindful meditation.
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Thursday 02 April 4:30 PM

Bucks County Truancy Taskforce

The Bucks County Truancy Taskforce meets several times during the school year to share ideas, research best practices, examine policies and procedures and develop resources to address student truancy. The taskforce is a collaboration between Bucks County School Districts, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Bucks County Children and Youth, Bucks County Juvenile Court/District Justices and social service agencies. Discuss current legislation and implications for school policies/procedures. Review relevant research and assess best practice models. Discuss application of laws and PA Department of Education policy. Share ideas on intervention/prevention models and strategies. Network and build relationships between schools, courts and all child service providers.
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Friday 17 April 9:00 AM

ParaEd: Removing Barriers: Strategies to promote inclusive and equitable practices for all learners

In this session, participants will discuss various barriers within our schools and classrooms, and develop a bank of strategies to help students overcome those barriers.
Participants will be able to identify a variety of barriers students face in the school setting.
Participants will be able to compare and contrast ways to help overcome those barriers.
Participants will be able to share strategies for helping students overcome barriers.
Participants will be able to create a draft action plan for helping students overcome these barriers.
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Thursday 07 May 4:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Completion: After viewing the webinars and completing the accompanying activities, please log back into MyLearningPlan to complete the respective evaluation for each block. You may want to print the evaluation templates below and complete the evaluation questions while working through the content. All evaluation content will need to be typed into the online evaluation form found in MyLearningPlan.
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Sunday 10 May 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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Sunday 10 May 12:00 AM

Legal update 3: A final deep dive into the most pressing topics in special education law.

This is the first of a series of sessions with Andrew Faust, esq. covering the most relevant topics in special education case law, IDEA, Chapter 14 and Section 504.
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Friday 15 May 9:00 AM

Online CPE Credited Courses

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: 1/28/20 - 2/28/20 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.
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Tuesday 28 January 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: 2/3/20 - 3/3/20 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. For registration questions please email: cdehaven@bucksiu.org
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Monday 03 February 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: 2/3/20 - 3/3/20 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.
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Monday 03 February 12:00 AM

A-Z Guide on Positive Discipline - Solutions for Classroom Behavior Problems

This 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course is designed to address modern-day problems and provide practical solutions for establishing an effective learning environment. Time Frame: 2/4/20 - 3/8/20 The participant will develop an awareness of suggestions for establishing and maintaining respectful, nurturing relationships with students. The participant will be acquainted with creating a classroom climate that enhances academic learning, uses encouragement rather than rewards and instills valuable social skills and positive behavior. The participant will understand the motivation behind students' behavior instead of looking for causes. Participants will read the book "Positive Discipline, A Teacher's A-Z Guide, by Jane Nelsen, Linda Escobar, Kate Ortolano, Roslyn Duffy, and Deborah Owen-Sohocki"- this book will acquaint one with suggestions for establishing and maintaining respectful, nurturing relationships with students, while understanding the motivation behind students' behavior. Participant will evaluate and synthesize information on creating a classroom climate that enhances academic learning by using encouragement and instilling valuable social skills. Participants will participate in group discussions by replying to 2-3 participants per discussion panel- the panels will provide positive feedback between class members by exchanging meaningful ideas and strategies within the group.
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Tuesday 04 February 12:00 AM

Art of Interaction

This 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course is designed to provide educators with powerful insights into new ways to help children become happier and more successful. Time Frame: 2/6/20 - 3/6/20 This course will show teachers and parents how to find creative solutions to difficult problems that you encounter while working with children. The book "The Dance of Interaction" by Jeanine Fitzgerald is full of stories and ideas that give hope and help to those who love children. As educators you will gain an understanding and ability to create a bond and develop an awareness that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Participants will read the book above. This book will acquaint one with creative solutions to handle the challenging behaviors of children. Participants will analyze and implement strategies by gaining insights into new ways to help children become happier and more successful, realizing the most important factors in a child's success is having a relationship with a supportive, competent adult. Participants will participate in group discussions by replying to 2-3 participants per discussion panel-open discussions provide open communication between all participants. Culminating Project: Participants will be given several scenarios of inappropriate behavior; they will discuss possible strategies the teacher may use which display creative solutions. Solutions which are successful when dealing with a challenging behavior.
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Thursday 06 February 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: 2/11/20 - 3/11/20 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!
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Tuesday 11 February 12:00 AM

A Guide to Effective Teaching

This 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course is a teacher's toolkit of strategies that are effective with all types of students. Time Frame: 2/14/20 - 3/18/20 This course offers practical suggestions for both new and seasoned veterans to create a dynamic classroom environment. It focuses primarily on; proactive strategies for preventing misbehavior, activities that foster positive teacher-student connections, ideas for addressing student learning preferences, and tips for developing higher-order thinking skills into lessons. There are many meaningful websites and simple suggestions to integrate into your current routine.
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Friday 14 February 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, & encourage self-esteem in students through appropriate use of classroom management techniques & motivational strategies in the class. Time Frame: 3/2/20-4/6/20 The participant will become acquainted with the various personality profiles, including their own, & 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 & with this knowledge adapt lessons accordingly. The strategies will be presented to promote positive teacher/student interaction, gain insight on predicting a students' behavior, & 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 various profiles & strategies to encourage an atmosphere conducive to a 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 & strategies in a non threatening environment. Culminating Project: Participants will select one scenario from section 6 & 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. Order online at www.personalityinsights.com A welcome email will be sent a few days before the start date with information on how to participate in this event. Colleen Anzio is the instructor. You may email the instructor for questions about the content of the program. For registration questions please email: cdehaven@bucksiu.org
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Monday 02 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 & expand their knowledge base of this disability category in order to meet these students' needs. Time Frame: 3/3/20-3/24/20 Session 1: Autism Spectrum-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-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-Research strategies & 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-Review teacher tested strategies for supporting students with autism in their classroom. Create calm classroom climate Build positive relationships between home and school Augmentative and alternative communication options Session 5: Autism and the Law-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 email 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. You may email the instructor for questions about the content of the program. For registration questions please email: cdehaven@bucksiu.org
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Tuesday 03 March 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: 3/4/20 - 4/3/20 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. For registration questions please email: cdehaven@bucksiu.org
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Wednesday 04 March 12:00 AM

Developing and Empowering Students as Creative and Critical Thinkers

This 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course takes a deeper look into creative and critical thinking and the importance of promoting both to ensure student success and college and career readiness. Time Frame: 3/4/20 - 4/3/20 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.
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Wednesday 04 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. Time Frame: 3/6/20 - 3/26/20 Participants will be acquainted with the purpose of games, developing, adapting & implementing the appropriate game to fit their curriculum. They will become acquainted with the different types of games including, memory, physical & board games. Throughout the course participants will analyze, adapt, create & demonstrate the use of appropriate & 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. Participant will: View several websites, lectures & videos, these resources will acquaint one with suggestions for establishing & developing many meaningful games to be used in the classroom setting. 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. 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 & strategies within the group. Culminating activities will include various educational games they devise & use in class that encourage the use of physical activity, memory games & board games as reinforcement strategies.
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Friday 06 March 12:00 AM

Achieving Excellence: 14 Things That Matter Most

This 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course is designed to describe the beliefs, attitudes, and interactions that form an atmosphere conducive to learning in our best classrooms and schools. Time Frame: 3/6/20 - 4/8/20 This course focuses primarily on "specific things that great teachers, legendary teachers" do. The book "What Great Teachers Do Differently" is filled with strategies and ideas to motivate students. There are many meaningful websites to stimulate your students and simple suggestions that you can integrate into your current routine. Required book: "What Great Teacher's Do Differently - 14 things that matter most" By Todd Whitaker (May be purchased at Amazon or other book stores)
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Friday 06 March 12:00 AM

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

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: 3/17/20 - 4/17/20 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. You may email the instructor for questions about the content of the program. For registration questions please email: cdehaven@bucksiu.org
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Tuesday 17 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: 3/20/20 - 5/22/20 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.
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Friday 20 March 12:00 AM

Addressing Learning Disabilities in Education

A 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course - Time Frame: 3/25/20 - 4/15/20 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.
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Wednesday 25 March 12:00 AM

ABC's on Teaching Strategies for Pre K -3

This 3 credit (90 Act 48 hours) online course is designed to focus on successful teaching instruction & strategies for preschool to grade 3. Time Frame: 4/3/20-5/5/20 Subject areas include the strategies for promoting: a comfortable learning environment, positive reinforcement, icebreakers, learning & literacy centers, organization skills for teacher & student, successful subject area lessons (math, language arts, social studies, science, art, music, physical education), & overall meaningful teaching and learning strategies. This course contains hundreds of activities & lessons that all teachers can access; and illustrates ways all students can participate in them. Some Interpersonal skills for participants will include: Read, discuss & implement strategies for promoting a comfortable learning environment. Read meaningful articles & websites and be able to enforce positive reinforcement skills. Some Academic skills include: Read, analyze & develop successful teaching and learning activities for grades Pre K-3. Participate & develop activities, techniques & strategies for Pre K-3, which include content areas. (math, social studies, science, reading, physical education, art, music) Understand the various techniques to provide a positive learning environment. Some Early Childhood Skills include: Participant will read & develop activities to promote social interaction. Participant will build a file of activities which promote physical activity while engaging in other forms of learning. Participant will analyze & present activities which encourage curiosity and exploration for the student. No book required, all work will be completed through websites and discussion panels.
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Friday 03 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: 4/6/20 - 5/5/20 This course contains hundreds of familiar novel activities that all teachers can access; and illustrates ways all students can participate in them.
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Monday 06 April 12:00 AM

New Look at Working with Students with Autism

A 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online Course - Time Frame: 4/17/20 - 5/8/20

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. You may email the instructor for questions about the content of the program. For registration questions please email: cdehaven@bucksiu.org
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Friday 17 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: 4/21/20 - 5/21/20 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. You may email the instructor for questions about the content of the program. For registration questions please email: cdehaven@bucksiu.org
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Tuesday 21 April 12:00 AM

Adopting a Growth Mindset in Education

A 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course - Time Frame: 5/1/20 - 5/22/20 A growth mindset is the belief that intelligence can be developed with effort. Students with a growth mindset understand they can get "smarter" through hard work, the use of effective strategies, and getting help from others when needed. A fixed mindset is the belief that intelligence is a fixed trait handed out at birth. Course participants will review the research about the brain and how the brain, like a muscle, changes and grows in response to challenge. Throughout the course we will explore how we, as educators, can praise students for effort and process rather than praising them for being "smart." Participants will take with them practical strategies to implement whether they are teachers, counselors, speech therapists, nurses, parents, or simply anyone who wants to learn more about fostering a growth mindset in themselves or others.
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Friday 01 May 12:00 AM

ADHD in Education

A 3 credit (90 Act 48 Hours) online course - With more & more students being diagnosed with ADHD, it is important for educators to examine their perceptions & expand their knowledge base of this disability category in order to meet these students' needs. Time Frame: 5/11/20-6/1/20 Given current research related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & best practices in working with students with such diagnosis, participants will be able to analyze social behaviors students exhibit by developing at least three lessons, & at least two action plans to implement an enhanced program within a classroom setting. Given a current research related to ADHD & best practices in working with students with such diagnosis, participants will be able to develop and implement sample IEPs for students with ADHD by writing about at least three current legal case studies, with at least three personal reactions to each case, & at least three impacts to the field of education. Given a current research related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & best practices in working with students with such diagnosis, participants will be able to design a classroom management plan with at least five positive behavior supports, at least three ways in which student independence can be enhanced, & at least three 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.
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Monday 11 May 12:00 AM

CPI/CPR Catalog

CPR and First Aid

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

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

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

Steps to follow:

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

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

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

4. 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 11 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. 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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Tuesday 21 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. 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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Monday 11 May 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. 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 June 3:30 PM

Act 45 Hours

Act 45: New Hope District Level Improvement Planning

As a result of this program, New Hope district leaders will analyze their own district's data and then apply that analyses to a systems-based approach to identify the root causes of their most pressing concerns. Based on this identification district leaders will develop at least one action plan that has a clear goal, research-based strategies, and a series of implementation steps. The action plan will contain clear indicators of effectiveness based on improved student achievement.
Participants will be able to explain the process of developing a district-level improvement plan.
Participants will be able to defend the creation and use of a district-level improvement plan as a method to improve student achievement
Participants will be able to organize and disaggregate multiple sources of data.
Participants will be able to analyze and explain the connections between different sources of data.
Participants will be able to conduct and explain a root cause analysis connecting district system characteristics and data to a specified student achievement concern.
Participants will be able to develop and explain a district-level improvement plan that addresses specific student achievement concerns.
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Friday 31 July 8:00 AM

Board Meetings

Tuesday 18 February 7:00 PM