CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

 

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. All participants are strongly urged to comply with PDE’s policy of 100% attendance for full credit.

Courses are considered graduate-level study and are designed to meet the same level of rigor as those offered at universities. Courses are offered during the fall, winter, spring, and summer.

> Click here to request a duplicate copy of a CPE course letter.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR CPE INSTRUCTORS

We are always looking for instructors to author and facilitate CPE courses. Interested? review the requirements below, along with incentives that BCIU offers.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Must have a masters degree or higher
• Subject/content expertise
• Prior professional development experience
• Must become an employee of the BCIU

BENEFITS FOR YOU:
• Earn $750 per credit taught
• Personal professional development
• Leadership opportunity
• Ability to share your area of interest
• Support for face-to-face and online course development
• Earn a $300 bonus if you propose and are approved for a new three-credit course.
• Earn an additional $300 bonus after you teach your first course with a minimum of 6 participants.
• Salary for courses will count towards PSERS contributions.

For additional information, contact Dr. Kevin Andreyo, 610-987-8468 or kevand@berksiu.org

FRONTLINE EDUCATION (FORMERLY MY LEARNING PLAN)

The Berks County Intermediate Unit uses the Frontline Education (formerly My Learning Plan) registration system for enrollment of courses. You will need to register using the step-by-step instructions that will display on the screen when you have accessed the online registration page. (Please contact the BCIU if you have any problems or questions.)

>> Click here to register for CPE classes online.

WINTER AND SPRING COURSES

Teaching 21st Century Skills with Technology11/12/18-12/16/18 – This online course introduces the Framework for 21st Century Learning from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills to re-envision learning and prepare students for a rapidly evolving global and technological world. Participants will discover why highly respected education leaders, researchers, and innovators believe these skills are necessary, which skills are most important, and how to best help teachers to include these skills in curriculum and instruction.

Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed – 01/07/19-01/25/19 – This online course is designed to examine adolescent development, from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. Various theories of learning and human development will be explored, in relation to adolescents (i.e. youth aged twelve and older). The cognitive, social, emotional, physical, moral, and motivational domains will be examined in order to provide a comprehensive, integrative approach to working with adolescents in secondary schools. Course participants will also examine various models for secondary education that are consistent with 21st century teaching and learning.

Discovering & Dealing with Root Causes of Classroom Behavior01/09/19-01/19/19 – This in-class course is designed for educators K-12 who are interested in learning more about the root causes of classroom behavior, and how to address issues that may arise. Participants will receive an overview of various mental health disorders that may manifest in the classroom, along with effective strategies for how to respond to problem behavior, as well as factors that contribute to social skills development.

Coding and Computational Thinking for Beginners K-8 – 01/21/19-03/04/19 – The online course is appropriate for all K – 8 educators who have little or no experience in computer science. The course aims to help participants understand how computational thinking fits into the larger curriculum. There will many opportunities to try coding at the students’ comfort level and support critical thinking more generally. The learners will have diversified opportunities to engage in the content through discussions, interactive video, article readings, slide shows, video and hard copy tutorials. Students will be able to have options to select lessons and activities that address their instructional environment and their personal learning style.

Flipped, Blended and Beyond – 02/03/19-04/07/19 – This online course focuses not only on flipped instruction but also on technology integration and differentiated instruction which is inherently associated with flipping the classroom.  Through an examination of ways to move lower depth of knowledge content and activities out of the “spotlight” in the classroom, teachers can greatly impact student achievement by increasing the amount of class time used for higher level activities such as discussions, projects, labs, and group activities.

Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms – 02/03/19-04/07/19 – This online course is for educators working in inclusive classes with students possessing varied levels of academic ability including learning disabilities, but also physical, and emotional and gifted requirements as well. Educators will be provided with a perspective on the rational of inclusionary settings, as well as preparation to implement best practices for maximizing student achievement tools.

Digital Writing: Multisensory Multimedia and Interactive Writing – 02/04/19-03/18/19 – The purpose of this online course is to impact student learning through the digital workshop framework that provides authentic writing opportunities for specific purposes. Computer mediated writing provides for choice about topic and genre, active revision, publication beyond the classroom, and addressing the craft of writing. Social networking and collaborative writing technologies are engrained in students’ lives. Teachers have a crucial role in supporting students in understanding the complexities of communicating in a twenty-first century world. Digital writing is about the changes in the ecology of writing and communicating and what it means to write, to create, and to compose and share.

Mindfulness for Educators and Their Students – 02/11/19-03/24/19 – This online course is designed to better understand the concept of mindfulness and how it benefits emotional well-being of both teachers and students, the content of this course is relevant to most standards relating to adult professional learning, health and well-being, classroom management, social and emotional learning including developing student interpersonal skills. This course does require a text: Mindfulness for Teachers by Patricia Jennings (ISBN 978-0393708073).

Discovering & Dealing with Root Causes of Classroom Behavior03/06/19-03/16/19 – This in-class course is designed for educators K-12 who are interested in learning more about the root causes of classroom behavior, and how to address issues that may arise. Participants will receive an overview of various mental health disorders that may manifest in the classroom, along with effective strategies for how to respond to problem behavior, as well as factors that contribute to social skills development.

Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed – 05/06/19-05/24/19 – This online course is designed to examine adolescent development, from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. Various theories of learning and human development will be explored, in relation to adolescents (i.e. youth aged twelve and older). The cognitive, social, emotional, physical, moral, and motivational domains will be examined in order to provide a comprehensive, integrative approach to working with adolescents in secondary schools. Course participants will also examine various models for secondary education that are consistent with 21st century teaching and learning.

Discovering & Dealing with Root Causes of Classroom Behavior05/08/19-05/18/19 – This in-class course is designed for educators K-12 who are interested in learning more about the root causes of classroom behavior, and how to address issues that may arise. Participants will receive an overview of various mental health disorders that may manifest in the classroom, along with effective strategies for how to respond to problem behavior, as well as factors that contribute to social skills development.



contact:
Jill Darlington – 610-987-8649 – jildar@berksiu.org