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

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 8 participants.

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.

SUMMER AND FALL COURSES

The Middle School Teacher’s Role in Developing College and Career Ready Graduates5/8/18-6/19/18 – This online course is designed to expand and deepen teachers’ ability to effectively integrate college and career readiness skills and attributes into their curricula. Classroom teachers will effectively utilize Pennsylvania’s academic standards, the learning and activities embedded in this course align with the PA CEW Standards, specifically the grade eight benchmarks for each of the four areas: Career Awareness and Preparation, Career Acquisition, Career Retention and Advancement, and Entrepreneurship.

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Teach 21st Century Skills – 5/14/18-6/14/18 – This online course is designed to help educators apply the current trends, research, and best practices for supporting instruction with appropriate application of recent and innovative educational technologies – specifically Web 2.0 tools. For both experienced professionals and newcomers interested in incorporating the latest Internet technology into existing curricular units to help students achieve their educational standards and objectives.

Building 21st Century Learners through Web-Based Learning for the Elementary Teacher5/14/18-6/22/18 – 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.

Google Tools for Educators6/1/18-7/6/18 – 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.

What Every Teacher Should Know about Teaching English Language Learners6/4/18-8/3/18 – 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.

Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed6/11/18-6/22/18 – 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. The cognitive, social, emotional, physical, moral, and motivational domains will be examined 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.

Mindfulness for Educators and Their Students6/11/18-7/22/18 – 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.”

Flipped, Blended and Beyond!6/17/18-7/1/18 – 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.

Teaching in Mixed Ability Classrooms6/17/18-7/1/18 – 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.

Child Sexual Abuse, General Child Abuse and Neglect of Children7/1/18-7/31/18 – This online course is designed to prevent child sexual abuse and assist educators in recognizing student behaviors resulting from predatory pedophile threats, as well as physical abuse and neglect in their lives. The class will conduct forensic reviews of cases involving pedophiles, review warning signs of sexual abuse in children, and delve into the psychological torment inflicted on victims and how that torment is then transferred into the school setting.

Classroom Leadership & Community Development7/2/18-8/26/18 – This blended course (online and in-class) provides classroom management skills to streamline instruction and eliminate negative behaviors. Drawing upon the latest research and professional practices in both the education and corporate worlds, the course invites participants to deeply analyze their own instructional practices and create a practical action plan for future development as a classroom leader.

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Teach 21st Century Skills – 7/2/18-8/6/18 – This online course is designed to help educators apply the current trends, research, and best practices for supporting instruction with appropriate application of recent and innovative educational technologies – specifically Web 2.0 tools. For both experienced professionals and newcomers interested in incorporating the latest Internet technology into existing curricular units to help students achieve their educational standards and objectives.

Discovering & Dealing with Root Causes of Classroom Behavior7/10/18-7/19/18 – 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.

Creating Writers through 6-Trait Writing K-127/15/18-8/26/18 – This online course is designed to meet the needs of any writing that is used in the content areas. During this course, you will receive 6-Trait writing lessons, teacher and kid-friendly writing rubrics, knowledge on effective feedback to students and information on how this model will help you transition into the new Common Core Standards for writing.

Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom K-127/15/18-8/26/18 – 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.

It’s a WILD World—Project WILD Workshop7/25/18-7/26/18 – Environmental education is about the physical, biological, natural and cultural world around us. Environmental education fosters awareness of how important it is to conserve our shared natural resources. Conservation has become extremely important to Berks County especially considering such environmental concerns as urban sprawl, farmland development, water quality, erosion and sediment control, and other land-use issues. The Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology focus on a wide range of topics including “Watersheds and Wetlands,” and “Humans and the Environment.” Environmental education is all about what we breathe, eat, and drink.

Google Tools for Educators8/1/18-9/5/18 – 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.

What Every Teacher Should Know about Teaching English Language Learners9/4/18-11/2/18 – 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.

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 Teacher10/1/18-11/9/18 – 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 Students10/1/18-11/12/18 – 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.”

The Middle School Teacher’s Role in Developing College and Career Ready Graduates10/1/18-11/12/18 – This online course is designed to expand and deepen teachers’ ability to effectively integrate college and career readiness skills and attributes into their curricula. Classroom teachers will effectively utilize Pennsylvania’s academic standards, the learning and activities embedded in this course align with the PA CEW Standards, specifically the grade eight benchmarks for each of the four areas: Career Awareness and Preparation, Career Acquisition, Career Retention and Advancement, and Entrepreneurship.

 



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