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Events & Conferences

Events and Conferences for Educators

Educators from across Berks County and beyond gather for the Berks County Intermediate Unit’s annual events and conferences. The events feature some of the most recognized national speakers as well as the most talented local educators, all with the goal of inspiring and challenging educators to take what they learn and apply it to their own classrooms.

Core Connections

to Instruction & Technology

This two-day conference emphasizes instructional best practices, innovation and practical classroom application. The sessions are designed to deepen understanding of instructional tools and techniques that promotes student centered learning and equity.

Core Connections is a joint venture of the Berks County Intermediate Unit, Antietam School District, Boyertown Area School District, Governor Mifflin School District, Muhlenberg School District, Reading School District, and Wilson School District.

Participants may attend one or both days and may earn up to 10 ACT 48 Hours. The conference is offered free to Berks County educators ($25 for out-of-county participants).

Common Inservice

for the Related Arts

Common Inservice Day for Berks County’s Related Arts Educators is scheduled annually on Columbus Day in October.

Professional development sessions are offered for Art, Berks Area School Counselors Association (BASCA)/Nurses, ESL, Family and Consumer Science, Gifted, Music, Health and Physical Education, Library, Technology Education, and World Languages.

The Berks County Intermediate Unit provides Act 48 hours for all sessions.

Leadership Series

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.”

Invitation to the 2020 Keeping Kids Safe Symposium

Keeping Kids Safe

For more than 10 years, the Berks County Intermediate Unit has brought experts in school safety and security to Berks County for the annual Keeping Kids Safe Symposium. Keeping Kids Safe is an opportunity for school administrators, counselors, psychologists, nurses, SAP, emergency response personnel, and community partners to hear from the leaders in the field. 

The next Keeping Kids Safe Symposium will be held on April 15, 2020. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Lina Alathari. Dr. Alathari is the Chief of the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), where she oversees the center’s targeted violence behavioral research program. The findings from these projects have identified behaviors, motives, and triggers of individuals who engage in various forms of violence, including school and workplace violence.

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