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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.
We are always looking for instructors to author and facilitate CPE courses. Interested? review the requirements below, along with incentives that BCIU offers.
• 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 email@example.com
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.)
Google Tools for Educators – 8/1/18-9/5/18 – This online course focuses on the integration of Google tools for variety of educational contexts. Emphasis is placed on how these tools can impact classroom practice. This course is designed for teachers who want to utilize free, powerful, and collaborative tools for instructional purposes.
Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom K-12 – 8/5/18-9/16/18 – This online course will help teachers/administrators build a specific set of evidence-based practices, methodologies, and interventions for teaching and working with children with autism spectrum disorders. The participants will define autism, understand inclusive schooling, learn to create a comfortable classroom, discuss the importance of social belonging, learn how to develop and implement meaningful instructional strategies for students with autism.
What Every Teacher Should Know about Teaching English Language Learners – 9/4/18-11/2/18 – This online course is intended to help be more successful with the ELL’s in the classroom. This framework was revised by the PA Department of Education in 2015 to better correlate with Pennsylvania Core/Academic Standards, thus increasing rigor in the ESL program and giving ELs equitable access to subject content. Throughout the course we utilize the PA English Language Proficiency Standards along with their Model Performance Indicators, to illustrate and teach how to effectively differentiate instruction and assessment across content areas for ELs at varying levels of English Language Proficiency.
Digital Writing: Multisensory Multimedia and Interactive Writing – 9/20/18-11/1/18 – 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. This course is designed for asynchronous, self-paced learning, a student mastery-centered approach that utilizes web-based tools, resources and discussions that are appropriate for each student’s learning environment.
Flipped, Blended and Beyond! – 9/23/18-11/25/18 – 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. Participants will analyze specific models of flipped instruction and design strategies for using the teaching model in their own classes.
Building 21st Century Learners through Web-Based Learning for the Elementary Teacher – 10/1/18-11/9/18 – This online course will begin to show teachers how they can reach students far beyond just giving them knowledge, as well as ways to increase student engagement, create data-driven instruction, and individualize instruction. They will also see the “big picture” as it relates to technology including digital citizenship, foundation skills, ISTE standards, and STEM. 21st Century Learning is a term that educators are buzzing about. This course will narrow the 21st Century skills into eleven units. This course will take educators through the journey of what a 21st Century elementary classroom should look like. Teachers will learn the background, be introduced to the latest trends, and be given time to explore web-based applications.
Mindfulness for Educators and Their Students – 10/1/18-11/12/18 – 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. The teacher will be working to implement the course material into his/her own life and classroom, thus meeting the “Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning.” In turn, the students will be directly impacted by the deliberate choices and modifications the teacher makes, hence helping the students to meet the standards of “PA Academic Standards for Student Interpersonal Skills.”
Understanding Childhood Trauma and Its Negative Impact on Students in the Educational Environment – 10/1/18-10/31/18 – The goal of this online course is to impact student learning by expanding their knowledge about and perspectives on children who are impacted by developmental trauma, such as neglect; divorce; physical, emotional and sexual abuse; significant familial mental health and substance abuse; witnessing domestic violence; displacement and homelessness. Further, participants who take this course should be expected to see changes in student learning by being able to identify what the behaviors of a child who has experienced developmental trauma look like in the classroom setting, and being able to respond to those students’ unique needs by having learned strategies to utilize within the classroom setting in order to mitigate significant behavioral and emotional manifestations that negatively impact educational performance and progress.