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.

SUMMER AND FALL COURSES

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.

What Every Teacher Should Know about Teaching English Language Learners 05/08/19 – 05/18/19 – This online course is intended to help be more successful with the EL’s in the classroom. All the course’s reading and writing assignments are intended to help participants better align their teaching with five Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards. 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. This course requires a textbook to be purchased prior to the start date: The Language-Rich Classroom (ISBN# is 978-1-4166-0841-7).

No Fear Coding for Beginners K-85/20/19 – 6/24/19 – 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.

Be Trauma-Informed: When Behavior Plans Don’t Work6/1/19 – 6/30/19 – 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.

Flipped, Blended and Beyond6/16/19 – 6/30/19 – 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 6/16/19 – 6/30/19 – 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.

Building 21st Century Learners through Web-Based Learning for the Elementary Teacher 6/17/19 – 7/6/19 – 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. Many teachers have heard of this term but are not sure where to even begin as it relates to these skills. It is our job to begin to prepare students for a world that is unknown to them. When we begin to give them the skills necessary to be successful, we can begin to prepare them for their future. This course will narrow the 21st Century skills into eleven units.

Mindfulness for Educators and Their Students 7/1/19 – 8/11/19 – 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.

Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed – 7/8/19 – 7/26/19 – 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 Behavior7/9/19 – 7/18/19 – 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.

Creating Writers through 6-Trait Writing K-12 7/14/19 – 8/25/19 – What is 6-Trait Writing? It is an assessment model and a powerful instructional tool that is used by teachers all over the country to help students improve their writing grades K-12! It is so popular, that even Scholastic and the website “Writing Fix” have embraced this model created by Education Northwest more than 20 years ago. This online course is designed to fit your needs, whether you are teaching in the primary or intermediate grades. It also can be adapted 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. This course can be successfully completed by a novice online participant.

Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom K-127/14/19 – 8/25/19 – This online course will help teachers and administrators K-12 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 in all content areas, sustain positive behavior supports, and collaborate with parents and professionals.

Flipped, Blended and Beyond 9/22/19 – 11/24/19 – 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 9/22/19 – 11/24/19 – 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.

Best Practices in Helping Adolescents Succeed – 9/23/19 – 10/11/19 – 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.

Mindfulness for Educators and Their Students 10/14/19 – 11/24/19 – 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.



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