Upcoming Workshops

  • Workshops

    Reminders:

    • 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. 


     LITERACY FOCUS

    Title: Mathematical Literacy: Developing Students' Writing Skills in Mathematics

    • Date: June 26, 2019 OR August 1, 2019 - email Diane with your choice!
    • Time8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
    • LocationKASD (building/room TBD)
    • Audience: Grades K-12 Mah Teachers

    Description: 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. Workshop to be held at KASD either June 26 or August 1. E-mail Diane if interested.

    Title: 6th Annual Literacy Symposium: Complete Comprehension

    • Date: June 12, 2019
    • Time8:30 – 3:30 PM
    • Location: DeSales University
    • Audience: Grades K-8 Teachers

    Description: The keynote speaker for this conference is Jennifer Serravallo. You may have heard the adage that up to third grade, children learn to read, but from then on they read to learn. Ms. Serravallo believes that all children--of any age, of any level of proficiency--still need to learn to read. It's based on the conviction that with explicit teaching and ample time spent reading, every student can be taught to read more thoughtfully, meaningfully, and insightfully. In this workshop, Ms. Serravallo will explore assessment and strategies that support comprehension goals and the ways in which comprehension intersects with levels of text complexity. Breakout sessions follow for the remainder of the day.

    Title: Core Connections to Instruction and Technology Conference 2019 (*sessions on many topics)

    • Date: June 12 and 13, 2019
    • Time8:30 – 3:00 PM
    • Location: Governor Mifflin High School
    • Audience: Grades K-2 Teachers

    Description: 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 promote student centered learning and equity. 

    Title: Units of Study in Phonics Quickstart

    • Date: June 21
    • Time8:30 – 2:30 PM
    • Location: BCIU
    • Audience: Grades K-2 Teachers

    Description: Learn directly from professional developers from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) team to guide your students to use both item knowledge (such as blends and digraphs)
    and also the strategies and purposes that allow them to draw on that item knowledge to become
    problem solvers, word scientists, super-power readers, and writers. The TCRWP team will provide an
    orientation to The Units of Study in Phonics and how it integrates with the Reading and Writing Units
    of Study.

    Title: Literacy Across the Student Day - How to Build a Foundation of Disciplinary Literacy in Grades 4-12

    • Date: June 27
    • Time: 8:30 – 3:30 PM
    • Location: BCIU
    • Audience: Grades 4-12 Teachers

    Description: Richard Allington's research tells us that the most significant way we can increase student literacy achievement is by increasing the sheer volume of reading and writing happening across the student day. What can literacy activities look like in different content areas, and how can we leverage them to build student engagement? Join us for a day of best practices in disciplinary literacy and leave with ideas about how to grow the literacy skills of your scientists, historians, mathematicians, and more!


    DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION FOCUS

    Title: DI Planning and Review Day

    • Date: June 7, 2019
    • Time: 8AM - 3PM
    • Location: Middle School, Room 200
    • Audience: K-12 Teachers Previously Trained in DI

    Description:

    This program for teachers trained in DI provides participants an opportunity to extend and refine their application of DI. Participants will:

    • Plan new approaches and/or edit plans developed in the past
    • Discuss how you use Assessment to drive instruction including Targeted Checks for Understanding
    • Analyze DI Strategies to identify approaches that may increase rigor and motivation
    • Experience new strategies/ask questions/develop plans to start the year

    Participants should bring content materials, assessment ideas and projects to create for the new school year. A majority of the day is focused planning time.


    CAREER READINESS FOCUS

    Title: Educator in the Workplace

    • Date: Schedule the day on your own (contact Stacy Dunleavey @ BCIU)
    • Time: Workday
    • Location: A Berks County Employer
    • Audience: K-12 Teachers

    Description: Designed as an opportunity to build capacity and interest in the summer internship program, this one-day, self-scheduled Educator in the Workplace experience will give educators an opportunity to leave the classroom and spend a day at an industry related to the educator’s content and interests. In addition, educators will join a facilitated online learning cohort with grade band-alike educators from across the county where they will participate in a pre-orientation session, submit a reflection demonstrating how they will integrate new knowledge into lessons and activities and will share curriculum connections with cohort members. Educators will be granted seven (7) Act 48 hours for their participation. 

    Title: Developing Career Ready Graduates

    • Date: On Your Own
    • Time: You choose!
    • Location: Online
    • Audience: K-12 Educators

    Description: During this six-hour, online, ACT 48 course, teachers will examine state and federal policy
    and initiatives that support career education. They will analyze national and regional workforce data and ways to make use of it during student and parent interactions as well as examine examples of career connections in the classroom. Finally, they will have the opportunity to assess and analyze PA Career Education and Work Standards and construct or modify an existing lesson or activity that demonstrates the
    integration of a career connection(s). 


    STE(A)M FOCUS

    Title: GSuite 101

    • Date: June 27, 2019
    • Time: 8:30-3:30PM
    • Location: BCIU
    • Audience: K-12 Teachers

    Description: Learn how to navigate and utilize the Google ecosystem of Chrome, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Classroom, Sites, Youtube etc...

    Title: Canvas LMS for Beginners

    • Date: July 2, 2019
    • Time: 8:30-11:30AM
    • Location: BCIU
    • Audience: K-12 Teachers

    DescriptionParticipants will learn the fundamentals of Canvas LMS. Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) with tools for teaching and learning. Participants will learn how to use the LMS tools in the context of practical strategies for design, development, and management of online, hybrid, or traditional courses through hands-on exercises. Please bring a laptop or notify the instructor that you would like to borrow one.

     Title: Integration of STEM and Career through Project Based Learning

    • Date: (online) July 1 - July 31, 2019
    • Time: 6 hours
    • Location: Online
    • Audience: K-12 Teachers

    DescriptionThrough this innovative online workshop, educators will engage in professional development exploring Project-based Learning (PBL) and integrating STEM Thinking and Career Education and Work Standards. Upon completion, teachers will have an outline of one unit to be developed and implemented during the school year. Participants will gain further knowledge to continue this work after the course has ended. Participants will continue to become versed in:

    • the challenges their students must be equipped to address in future careers,
    • the knowledge and skills required to tackle these challenges, and
    • opportunities to engage with best instructional practices to enhance student learning 

    Title: Building Problem-Solving Habits in Our Youngest Learners with Elementary STEM Design

    • Date: July 30, 2019
    • Time: 8:30-3:00PM
    • Location: BCIU
    • Audience: K-5 Teachers

    Description: STEM is all around us! While there is no shortage of inspiring STEM activity ideas, how can you connect the dots from one to the next in order to grow habits of problem-solving and design in the elementary learner? In this workshop, we will explore how exposing kids to authentic global problems and leaning into the design process will transform your elementary students and lift the level of their thinking, problem-solving and design.

    Title: PCTM Annual Conference

    • Date: August 7-8, 2019
    • Time: 8:00-4:30PM
    • Location: Hilton, Harrisburg
    • Audience: Math Teachers

    Description: Please join us at the PCTM 2019 Annual Summer Conference to be held Wednesday-Thursday, August 7-8th at the Hilton Harrisburg, One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.