The Berks County Intermediate Unit is committed to equipping our school leaders with the tools for success. Throughout the year, the BCIU hosts events and workshops for school administrators that challenge and inspire them with new ways of thinking about their school districts. These include annual events like the Administrators’ Conference and Leadership Series, as well as PIL courses and networking groups.
The Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Initiative (PIL) provides a statewide, standards-based leadership development and support system for school leaders at all levels through a delivery system that is cohort-based and embraces the regional collaboration of Intermediate Units and their partners.
BCIU is located in PIL Region 2, along with Colonial IU 20, Carbon Lehigh IU 21, and Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29.
Held annually in August, the Berks County Administrators’ Conference is a professional development opportunity for superintendents and their staff. Recent topics have included leadership, workplace culture, and in 2019, developing your team. The events also include job-alike sessions for staff members and a legal briefing on a topic of concern for school districts.
The 2019 Administrators’ Conference featured keynote speaker Mr. Bill Simpson, retired CEO and President of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company. Mr. Simpson’s talk, “How to Develop Your Team,” focused on professional development for staff and company culture as it relates to employee retention and morale.
The BCIU’s Leadership Series is three days of learning designed for teams of district-level curriculum leaders, school-based administrators, and teacher leaders.
The 2019-2020 Leadership Series featured Dr. Tyrone C. Howard, noted author and thought-leader serves as a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Dr. Howard is also the inaugural director of the new UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. Dr. Howard presented a three-part series called “Equitable and Excellent: Schools Where All Students Succeed.”
In addition to providing the intermediate unit’s almost 1,200 full-time, part-time, and substitute personnel with a variety of services pertinent to their employment, the BCIU’s Department of Human Resources also has an external focus.
Human Resources staff coordinates bimonthly meetings of Berks County school officials with human resources responsibilities. As part of this endeavor, they forward information of interest to these individuals as well as coordinate “requests for information” to be shared with the entire group.