- You must obtain prior approval to attend conferences and workshops. Please download the Conference Request Form, complete, and submit to your principal at least two weeks prior to the event.
- Upon your return from a workshop, submit your Employee Expense form to request reimbursements.
- Conferences with expenses over $1000 will need Board approval.
- Not all workshops will be approved for Flex hours. Any professional development for which a teacher is compensated or for which a teacher will use for payscale movement cannot also be used for Flex.
Online courses facilitated by Mr. Chris Simmons are available including Canvas Basics, Google Tools for Teachers, Introduction to Chromebooks, and Blended Learning - Flipped Lesson.
EPIC NETWORK PD
The Kutztown Area School District and the Berks County Intermediate Unit are pleased to announce the launch of the Eastern Pennsylvania Innovation Catalyst (EPIC) Network. The goal of the EPIC Network is to ensure equitable practices and innovation is connected to and within reach of rural and socioeconomcally disadvantaged populations. BCIU and KASD will serve as “satellite” sites for UPenn’s Graduate School of Education’s Catalyst Center, connecting to their Experiences in Applied Computational Thinking (EXACT) and Computer Science (CS)/STEM master educators programs.
The EPIC Network is designed to be a hub of educational innovation in Berks County and Eastern Pennsylvania. Anchored in STEM (science, technology,
engineering, and math) and computer science education, the network aims to enhance instructional practice, increase opportunities, and develop a network of
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Interested in learning more about Social Emotional Learning? Immaculata University is offering a Social, Emotional, Behavioral Wellness PreK-12 Endorsement. This fully online, 10-credit endorsement will help educators acquire knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand emotions and help PreK-12 students manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Click here for details.
FOUNDATIONS OF READING
October 9, 2019 – PaTTAN Harrisburg -8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
February 18, 2020 – PaTTAN East - 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Beginning readers need to learn that letters represent the speech sounds of our language. One instructional tool to facilitate this understanding is a sound wall. A sound wall organizes words by place and manner of articulation of speech sounds. Organizing words by speech sounds helps early readers connect phonology and orthography. This training provides the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to move from a word wall to a sound wall, grounding the learning in a seminal theoretical framework. Register at https://www.pattan.net/events/ .
October 21, 2019 – PaTTAN East - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
November 18, 2019 – PaTTAN Harrisburg - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
This training will focus on the research evidence related to phonics instruction for primary students in grades Kindergarten through Second Grade. Participants will be instructed in how to successfully implement direct, explicit, and systematic phonics instruction into daily classroom practice. Specifically, instructional practices shared will support students’ consistent engagement with systematically teaching the sound-symbol structure of English orthography. Assessments related to phonics will also be offered. Register at https://www.pattan.net/events/ .
December 12, 2019 – PaTTAN Harrisburg - 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
April 15, 2020 – PaTTAN East - 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Due to the persistent obstacles for children just learning to read and those who are at-risk for reading failure, it is imperative that teachers select the most appropriate text tools for instruction. This training provides practitioners with necessary foundational knowledge in text type selection for instructional impact. Register at https://www.pattan.net/events/ .
January 07, 2020 - PaTTAN East - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
January 08, 2020 - PaTTAN Harrisburg - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
This training will focus on the research evidence related to vocabulary instruction for primary students in grades Kindergarten through Second Grade. Participants will be instructed in how to successfully implement explicit vocabulary instructional routines, use the WIDA Can Do Descriptors to plan instruction for diverse learners, embed indirect vocabulary instruction in daily oral language. Other multi-sensory techniques will be shared such as word matrices (morphology work) and sentence elaboration. Ways to assess vocabulary will also be shared. Register at https://www.pattan.net/events/ .
February 12, 2020 - PaTTAN Harrisburg - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
February 13, 2020 - PaTTAN East - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
This training is anchored in the theoretical model of Hollis Scarborough’s Reading Rope, specifically related to the language comprehension strands of the reading rope. Components of this training will include: background knowledge, vocabulary, language structures, verbal reasoning, and literacy knowledge. Classroom application of the components will include: a case study, instructional routines, videos of practice, graphic organizers, anagram activities, word sums/matrixes, functional language systems by ear, eye, mouth, and hand. Register at https://www.pattan.net/events/ .
Mathematical Literacy: Developing Students’ Writing Skills in Mathematics
December 3, 2019 – PaTTAN East
March 19, 2020 – PaTTAN Harrisburg
Times: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
This session will engage participants in developing students’ abilities to explain in writing their thinking processes when solving mathematical problems. The session will focus on building vocabulary skills to develop precise language in open ended responses to mathematical questions. In addition, participants will deepen their knowledge of the complex skill of writing and how to support students in the writing process in mathematics.
Target Audience: K-12 Special Educators, K-12 Regular Educators, Math Supervisors and Coaches, Supervisors of Curriculum and Instruction.
Writing Practices for the Core: Evidence-based Practices to Support Writing Instruction.
This series focuses on writing instruction for students in grades 1-8. Evidence-based practices from the Institute of Education Sciences’ (IES) practice guides for “Teaching Elementary and Secondary Students to be Effective Writers” will be used to frame series content. Overall, training will emphasize how to teach the writing process, apply the writing process to genre-specific writing, use writing for learning, and differentiate instruction for students by enhancing writing materials, addressing quality features of writing by integrating reading and writing instruction, and using writing strategies.
Effective Core Writing Instruction at the Sentence Level for Grades 3-12
Dates: November 12, 2019 and November 13, 2019
Times: -8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: PaTTAN Harrisburg
This hands-on, interactive workshop will help teachers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to improve writing instruction for students at the sentence level. First, participants will examine the Sample Writing Scope & Sequence, with an eye towards understanding how best to use it in their work with students. Then, they will review research concerning handwriting, keyboarding, and spelling to understand their impact on the cognitive demands of the student writer. The bulk of this workshop, however, will center around developing sentence skills in student writers. Participants will understand the role of explicit sentence structure instruction in the development of both writing and comprehension. They will work with both parts of speech and sentence parts to assist with student writing. They will learn strategies for helping students improve and expand their sentence-writing ability. This workshop will allow teachers to develop a deeper understanding of writing skills and the ability to implement the teaching of these skills into the classroom setting.
Effective Core Writing Instruction at the Sentence Level for Grades 3-12 - ToT
Date: November 14, 2019
Times: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Location: PaTTAN Harrisburg
Participants in this Trainer of Teachers day will engage in intensive work with a variety of different sentence styles, structures, and teaching practices. They will be provided with more intensive practice with the parts of speech and sentence parts. Particular attention will be paid to clause/phrase and independent/dependent clause structure. Additionally, time will be allotted for problem solving and trouble-shooting, using more difficult sentences with more advanced structures. This workshop will prepare participants to provide quality sentence development instruction to workshop participants and also build sentence writing repertoire in participants themselves.
Writing Practices for the Core: Foundational Paragraph Structure
Date: November 15, 2019
Times: 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Location: PaTTAN Harrisburg
In this hands-on, interactive workshop, participants learn a logical, structured approach to developing foundational paragraph skills for students of all ages. They first review general, overarching instructional strategies useful in guiding best teaching practices. Then, they discuss the importance of a school-wide approach to writing, with an emphasis on common language—for both teachers and their students. They consider differentiated instruction as well as the MTSS model for framing instruction. The central content of the workshop concerns itself with the processes of planning, writing, and revising. Participants have opportunities to generate text as a group and with partners. They discuss the elements of good paragraphs and work to develop strategies to help students meet paragraph requirements. Briefly, at the end of the workshop, participants look at how foundational paragraph skills can segue into genre-specific writing.
Writing Practices for the Core: Foundational Paragraph Structure Train-the Trainer (TOT)
Date: November 15, 2019
Times: 12:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: PaTTAN Harrisburg
In this hands-on Trainer of Trainers workshop, participants discuss and practice presenting elements of foundational paragraph writing. They discuss general, overarching instructional strategies useful in guiding best teaching practices. Then, they discuss how best to present the importance of a school-wide approach to writing, with an emphasis on common language—both for teachers and their students. The central content of the ToT portion of the workshop concerns itself with the processes of planning, writing, and revising. Participants have opportunities to model instruction of idea and paragraph generation as well as revision.