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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. 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 eastern Pennsylvania lead for Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units’ (PAIU) curriculum coordinator group and the statewide lead for professional development of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDTs).
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 a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.
Connie Skipper serves as the assistant director of the Office of Professional Development and Curriculum. As assistant director, Connie is responsible for serving as a BCIU liaison to Berks County schools, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, local businesses, and nonprofit agencies. She is directly responsible for state initiatives, continuing professional education programs, and other services related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Connie began working with Berks County Intermediate Unit in 2005 as an assistant program administrator.
Connie began her career in education as a preschool teacher. In addition, she taught secondary special education, taught and coordinated K-12 gifted education services, and worked extensively in the area of career education and school improvement. Connie is a graduate of Kutztown University (B.S. in Elementary and Special Education) and Wilkes University (M. Ed.). She received her administrative certificate from Penn State University.