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The Office of Professional Development and Curriculum directs and coordinates all professional development activities for early childhood and school personnel. The predominant focus of this office is on curriculum, instruction, assessment, and the use of data.
Mr. Daniel Richards serves as the director of the Office of Professional Development and Curriculum. This Office directs and coordinates all professional development activities for early childhood and school personnel for the BCIU. The predominant focus of this office is on curriculum, instruction, assessment, and the use of data. As such, Mr. Richards has extensive experience collaborating with IHE and other professional development agencies, meeting with stakeholders in support of strategic planning, designing and developing professional development including credit bearing courses, facilitating enrollment, and managing various funding streams.
Mr. Richards started his career in education by teaching chemistry and middle school science at Antietam Middle-Senior High School for 15 years. During that time, he also served as an alternative education teacher for the Governor Mifflin, Wilson, and Antietam school districts. He then served as instructional technology coach for two years before becoming K-12 math and science supervisor of Antietam School District in 2010.
Mr. Richards started at the BCIU in 2013 as a program administrator, also serving as assistant director of the Office prior to becoming director. In addition to the director role with BCIU, he serves as the current statewide lead for professional development of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDTs), lead for Region 10 Career Readiness Training Support, and advisory role for the PDE Statewide Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI). Additionally, he recently served a two year commitment as the eastern Pennsylvania lead for Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units’ (PAIU) curriculum coordinator group.
Mr. Richards is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program at Neumann University. He earned his M.A. in physical science from West Chester University in 2003 and received a B.S. in chemistry and secondary education from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, he holds a K-12 principal’s certificate, a supervisory certificate in curriculum and instruction, and a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.
Dr. Christina Foehl serves as the assistant director of the Office of Professional Development and Curriculum. Dr. Foehl’s responsibilities include leadership in the area of literacy, work with the nonpublic schools program, continuing professional education programs, comprehensive school planning, various state initiatives, and other services related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Dr. Foehl began her educational career as a teacher’s assistant in a residential treatment facility. Upon receiving her elementary teaching certification and master’s degree, she began teaching third grade in Wissahickon School District in Montgomery County, PA. After moving to Berks County and completing her reading specialist certification, she was hired as a reading specialist at Wilson School District. She was also training in Reading Recovery.
Dr. Foehl desired to learn more about the reading process in order to better support her students so she completed her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Reading at Widener University. She has since also earned a supervisory certification in curriculum and instruction. She is now using her experience and education in her multifaceted work as she strives to serve the students, teachers, and schools in Berks County.