FALL & WINTER 2017-2018

What Happens at the Kidney Table?  Guided Reading in the K-5 Classroom New**

Guided reading, as defined by Fountas and Pinnell, is a teaching approach designed to help individual students learn how to process a variety of increasingly challenging texts with understanding and fluency.  How does a teacher effectively accomplish this?  In this hybrid workshop, teachers will analyze their own student data, examine student grouping methods, learn guided reading lesson components, and develop a responsive approach to student needs.  Teachers will create differentiated small-group lesson plans, teach the lessons, and reflect on their students’ learning.
Workshop structure:  Half-day face-to-face, half-day asynchronous online.
Instructor: Christina Foehl
Who:  K-5 teachers
When:  September 12, 2017 8:30-11:00
Asynchronous Online Dates:  9/1/17-9/30/17

Computer Science for Elementary New**

K-5 Education Teachers:  Learn to integrate computer science and coding into your classroom.  Use both the online platform and “unplugged” activities.
K-8 Special Education Teachers:  Every student should have access to computer science.  Learn how to infuse computational thinking into every lesson and adapt Code Studio for every student.
STEM and Technology Staff:  Offering a pull-out technology class?  Ready to help your teachers infuse computational thinking?  Join us to learn more about Computer Science in K-5.
Please bring an Internet Connected Device.
In partnership with and DCIU.
Location:  Berks County Intermediate Unit
Workshop Structure:  Face-to-face
Who: K-5 Classroom Teachers, K-8 Special Education Teachers, STEM, Tech Ed, Media Specialists
When: October 5, 2017 8:30-3:30

The One Doing the Talking is the One Doing the Learning:  Accountable Talk® New**

Using Accountable Talk® in the Classroom is based on the learning principle that talking with others promotes learning. This interactive hybrid workshop will engage teachers in discussion and ideas to ignite the power of purposeful and accountable talk in the classroom.  Participants will be given strategies and an opportunity to design purposeful talk lessons for their own classroom.
Workshop structure:  Half-day face-to-face, half-day asynchronous online.
Instructor: Christina Foehl
Who: K-12 Teachers
When: October 23, 2017 8:30-11:00
Asynchronous Open Online Dates:  10/1/17-11/12/17

Making Learning Visible: Digital Badging Basics One-Day Workshop New**

This full-day, hands-on workshop is designed to show teachers how they can motivate students to learn by implementing digital badging. Participants will make badging criteria, graphics, and an organizational implementation. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • An introduction to digital badging
  • The basics of creating a digital badge
  • Digital badges, learning, and assessment
  • The anatomy and taxonomy of badges and which kinds of classic gaming mechanics best drive student behavior to earn badge achievements by fulfilling their criteria.
  • Learn how badges can be automatically awarded or be part of a rich instructor lead assessment system.
  • Saving digital badges to a backpack
  • Free web-based tools for designing a digital badge
  • Web-based tools for managing digital badges
  • Implementing a badging system into your classroom

Instructor: Kevin Andreyo
Who: K-12 Teachers
When: October 25, 2017 9:00-3:00
Cost: $95
Max Enrollment: 20 teachers

The Art of Questioning in Today’s Classroom New**

Questions pique our natural inquisitiveness and aid the brain’s search for personal connection and meaning. How do we use questioning to increase the effectiveness of teaching and learning?  How do we shift the responsibility for question asking to students?  This asynchronous online course will provide the research basis for questioning and different question techniques/protocols. Teachers will observe questioning in action, design effective questions, and incorporate them into lessons.  Workshop Structure:  Asynchronous online
Instructor: Christina Foehl
Who:  K-12 Teachers, Administrators
Asynchronous Online Dates:  11/13/17-12/22/17

Raspberry Pi and Electronic Circuits One-Day Workshop New**

This full-day workshop is designed to show teachers how they can introduce electronics and coding to their students. Teachers will learn how to use the Raspberry Pi to develop STEM activities and how the Pi can be integrated into the classroom. In this workshop, we will cover:

  • Getting started with paper circuits
  • Getting started with circuits (breadboarding)
  • Understanding the basics of how microcontrollers work
  • Getting started with the Raspberry Pi
  • Understanding coding thru CS Unplugged
  • Connecting the Pi to breadboard (controlling LEDs and adding components)
  • Starting to code with Scratch and Node-red
  • Internet of Things

Each participant will be given a Basic Raspberry Pi basic Kit to keep.  This kit contains the following:
Raspberry Pi 3, USB power supply, 16gb SD card, Wi-Fi dongle, Breadboard, 3 LEDs, 2 Buttons, Buzzer, Wires, Case, and Classroom Activities
Instructor: Jigar Patel
Who: Middle School/High School STEM Teachers
When: October 16, 2017 8:30-3:30
Cost: $195 (includes the basic Raspberry Pi Kit an $80 value)
Max Enrollment: 15 teachers

Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT):  Overview, Data Analysis, and 1:1 Conferencing

The Pennsylvania Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) is a set of online assessments, divided by content area, designed to provide diagnostic information to guide instruction and remediation. Training will include an overview of the CDT as well as running reports and analyzing data to guide instruction for whole class, small groups, and individuals. Additionally, time will be spent discussing best practices in one-to-one conferencing with students regarding their data and how to set goals and promote ownership in their learning.  Any questions, please contact Josh Hoyt at 610-987-8535.
Workshop Structure:  Face-to-face
Instructor: Josh Hoyt
Who:  Curriculum Coordinators, Principals, or Grades 3-12 Educators
When: August 14, 2017 8:30-3:00

Google for Education (2-day PD)

During this two-day learning experience, participants will learn the essentials of GSuite for Education with a focus on the skills and techniques needed to complete the online exam to achieve “Google Educator” status and pursue “Google Education Trainer” status. You will explore ways to implement G Suites into your classroom and build up your toolkit with the latest resources, as well as expand your learning network.
Workshop Structure:  Face-to-face
Instructor: Josh Hoyt
Who: Administrators and teachers
When: August 16, 2017 and August 18, 2017 8:30-3:00

CRA Approach to Math: Addition and Subtraction

This professional development opportunity will support teachers’ learning and implementation of the Concrete Representational Abstract (CRA) sequence of instruction, a research-based instructional practice, to support students’ learning and understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures
Workshop Structure:  Face-to-face
Instructor: Josh Hoyt
Who: K-6 Educators
When: October 4, 2017 8:30-3:00

CRA Approach to Math: Multiplication, Division and Fractions

This professional development opportunity will support teachers’ learning and implementation of the Concrete Representational Abstract (CRA) sequence of instruction, a research-based instructional practice, to support students’ learning and understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures.
Workshop Structure:  Face-to-face
Instructor: Josh Hoyt
Who: Educators, Grades 3-8
When: October 10, 2017 8:30-3:00

Motivating Mindsets:  Teaching that Empowers Student Growth

What do Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey all have in common?  They all failed miserably!  However, each person also has a growth mindset which allowed them to use their failure as a vehicle for growth and greatness.  This interactive hybrid workshop will immerse educators in growth mindset to develop awareness of the messages we send students that could be precipitating a fixed mindset and limiting student growth.  Teachers will be given the tools to facilitate growth mindsets and academic tenacity with their learners.
Workshop structure:  Half-day face-to-face, half-day asynchronous online.
Instructor: Christina Foehl
Who: K-12 Teachers, Administrators
When: October 23, 2017 1:00-3:30
Asynchronous Online Dates:  10/1/17-11/12/17

Google:  Forms, Sheets, and YouTube

This professional development opportunity will provide educators with opportunities to dive deeper into Google Forms and Sheets as well as YouTube.  Participants will learn how to create instructional videos using devices as well as screencasting.  Additionally, participants will learn how to integrate all three tools to transform learning.
Workshop Structure:  Face-to-face
Instructor:  Josh Hoyt
Who:  K-12 Teachers
When: November 9, 2017 8:30-3:00

Text Complexity/Close Reading/Text Dependent Analysis

Students must read increasingly complex text, analyze the text for its deeper meaning, and then respond to a prompt with proficiency.  Through this hybrid workshop you will learn how to select texts worthy of close reading and text dependent analysis (TDA), how to write high quality TDA prompts, and how to score student work with accuracy and consistency.  All sessions must be attended. Session 1 online:  Choosing Worthy Texts and Teaching Close Reading.  Session 2 face-to-face:  Writing high quality text dependent analysis prompts.  Session 3 face-to-face:  Scoring and Calibrating.
Workshop Structure: Hybrid face-to-face and asynchronous online sessions
Instructor: Christina Foehl and Gail Porrazzo
Who:  3-12 Teachers, Administrators
When: Session 1 Asynchronous Online Dates:  9/26/17-10/26/17
When: Session 2 Face-to-Face Date/Times:  10/26/17 8:30-3:00
When: Session 3 Face-to-Face Date/Times:  12/4/17 8:30-11:00

Item Writing and Hand Scoring Workshop

This professional development opportunity on item writing and hand scoring will increase Pennsylvania educators’ command of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone Exam item writing and hand scoring processes.  Throughout this workshop, participants will learn about the processes involved, discuss examples, and work as grade level content teams to write items and score samples.  This workshop will be facilitated by IU and District staff who have been trained by the state team.  Offerings will be separated by content areas including ELA, math, and science.
Instructors:  BCIU and District Staff
Who:  Teachers and Administrators
When: Math – 9/26/17
When: Science – 10/2/17
When: ELA – 10/19/17


Professional development sessions are offered for Art, Berks Area School Counselors Association, English as a Second Language, Family and Consumer Science, Gifted, Music, Health and Physical Education, Library, Technology Education, and World Languages. A program for school nurses is offered by Berks County School Health Association.

>> Download a pdf with courses and registration information for the 2017 Common Inservice.

All registrations are handled through FRONTLINE EDUCATION (formerly My Learning Plan).
>> Click here to view the course catalog and to register.

Christina Foehl: 610-987-8538 or
Tanya Bonilla-Smith: 610-987-8494 or