PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Kedzior and Fifield, Teacher Professional Development, describe effective professional development for educators as:

“a prolonged facet of classroom instruction that is integrated, logical and on-going and incorporates experiences that are consistent with teachers’ goals; aligned with standards, assessments, other reform initiatives, and beset by the best research evidence.”

BCIU offers a variety of professional development opportunities and support for K-12 teachers to expand their skills.

We offer on-site and online workshops, professional certification, and summer institutes.

Many professional development opportunities are available to new and experienced teachers, designed to improve the quality of classroom instruction.

ACT 48

As an approved provider of Act 48, Berks County Intermediate Unit offers a variety of professional development opportunities for Berks County educators. Summer workshops, common inservice programs, content specific trainings, and continuing professional education programs are all provided for Act 48 credit.

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ADMINISTRATORS’ CONFERENCE

The Administrators’ Conference is a professional development opportunity offered at no cost to Berks County school district administrators. This year’s keynote will be delivered by Mr. Bill Simpson, Retired President & CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.

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COMMON INSERVICE

Common Inservice Day for Berks County’s Related Arts Educators is scheduled annually on Columbus Day in October. Professional development sessions are offered for Art, Berks Area School Counselors Association (BASCA)/Nurses, ESL, Family and Consumer Science, Gifted, Music, Health and Physical Education, Library, Technology Education, and World Languages.

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CORE CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE

Core Connections is a “for teachers by teachers” conference. This two-day conference emphasizes instructional best practices, innovation and practical classroom application. The sessions are designed to deepen understanding of instructional tools and techniques that promotes student centered learning and equity. Participants may attend one or both days. Participants may earn up to 10 ACT 48 Hours.

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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) courses are offered by BCIU. These graduate level courses offer credit toward a Level II Instructional or Educational Specialist Certificate, a Master’s Equivalency Certificate, Act 48, self-improvement, or professional development.

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INSIDE BERKS BUSINESS

Inside Berks Business is a five-day summer learning experience for educators that brings members of the education and business communities together for activities designed to give educators an insider’s look at local
businesses.

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KEEPING KIDS SAFE SYMPOSIUM

School teams of administrators, counselors, psychologists, nurses, and mental health and community partners are invited to attend the annual Keeping Kids Safe Symposium, a free seminar for the education community of Berks County.

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LEADERSHIP SERIES

The BCIU’s Leadership Series is three days of learning designed for teams of district-level curriculum leaders, school-based administrators, and teacher leaders.

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PENNSYLVANIA INSPIRED LEADERSHIP

The Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Initiative (PIL) will provide a statewide, standards-based leadership development and support system for school leaders at all levels through a delivery system that is cohort-based and embraces the regional collaboration of Intermediate Units and their partners.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOPS

The BCIU’s Office of Professional Development and Curriculum hosts Special Education Workshops throughout the school year. Topics vary and appeal to a wide range of education professionals.

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SUMMER WORKSHOPS

The BCIU offers a wide variety of workshops for the professional development of teachers, administrators, and other education professionals. Topics include standards and assessments, reading, math, and science programming, classroom management, exceptional students, computer software and hardware, the Internet, and many others. Attendees earn Act 48 professional education hours.

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WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

The BCIU offers a wide variety of workshops for the professional development of teachers, administrators, and other education professionals.

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