Curriculum & Technology Trainings:
- These trainings, unless otherwise noted, are free of charge for Schuylkill IU 29 member districts. To obtain the Training Fee Schedule for non-member educational entities and community agencies, please call the Curriculum Department at (570) 544-9131 x1276.
- Trainings can be customized to fit existing professional development needs and can be conducted at the school district or at one of the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit facilities: the Maple Avenue Campus or the North or South Schuylkill Technology Center.
- It is recommended that consideration for continued reflection and follow-up professional development in the training area is planned.
- Training times listed are approximate and in some cases may be altered. Other trainings can be arranged upon request, recognizing that sufficient time is needed for planning and preparation.
Free Trainings for Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 Member Districts:Co-Teaching and Collaborative Planning
Curriculum Alignment and Development
Danielson’s Framework for TeachingEducator Effectiveness Training
English Language Learners – Separating Language Difference and Learning DisabilityInstructional Coaching Services
Keystone Exams Project Based Assessments
Meeting the Needs of English Language LearnersSAS Trainings
SAS Curriculum Mapper
SAS Teacher Tools
School Improvement Planning
Student Learning Objectives
Teacher Effectiveness Training
TransACT – Using the Online Collection of Documents
Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
For Fee Trainings:
Microsoft Office Tools 2013If looking for additional training, please inquire with Diane Best or Lynn Ann Wiscount
Assessment Literacy Series - Dr. Diane Best or Barb Wilkinson or Dr. Andrew Gavalis
Develop high-quality performance measures for use within the greater educator effectiveness system.
Increase assessment literacy of participants.
Gain a deeper understanding of academic content standards with a focus on the long-term goal of positively impacting student achievement.
1-2 hours (introduction) or full day (analyzing school data)
What are the CDTs?
How do teachers, administrators and technology departments prepare for the
test day?Using the data to guide instructionComprehensive Planning Process – Barb Wilkinson
Effective use of online toolCo-Teaching and Collaborative Planning - Dr. Diane Best and TaC Staff
What is Inclusion?
What is Collaborative Planning?
Elements and Benefits of Co-Teaching
4 Approaches for Co-Teaching
Curriculum Alignment and Development – Dr. Diane Best
3 hours to full days
Sessions can be arranged to assist with curriculum alignment and development based on district need.
Danielson’s Framework for Teaching – Dr. Diane Best
Train-the-trainer workshop regarding Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching.Data Analysis - Dr. Andrew Gavalis or Vince Hoover
2 hours to full day
Any other available district dataDIBELS Math - Vince Hoover
Learn the foundations behind this K-6 mathematics universal screener to identify students who may need additional help in the area of mathematics. Teachers will learn how to administer and score this assessment.
Differentiated Instruction - Barb Wilkinson
3 hours to full day
This newly updated Differentiated Instruction training provides an opportunity for K-12 educators to enhance Tier 1 Core Instruction through high-quality, research-based differentiated instruction and formative assessment techniques.2-3 hours for overviewThe Educator Dashboard Early Warning System (EWS) is a free, voluntary tool available to all commonwealth LEAs. Building upon existing data, the EWS provides a lens through which schools are able to
Educator Effectiveness Training (training for administrators who evaluate teaching and non-teaching professionals, including: Education Specialists, Instructionally Certified, and Supervisors and principal training) – Dr. Diane BestTime based on specific needs
- identify students at rsk of dropping out
- build a library of district-specific interventions
- increase community partnerships and support schools
- set goals for student achievement
- improve student success rates
2 days (Day 1 Teacher Effectiveness/Day 2 – NTP Effectiveness)
Who are the NTPs? How will they be evaluated?
SupervisorsEnglish Language Learners – Separating Language Difference and Learning Disability - Barb Wilkinson
What is language difference? How is it different than a learning disability?
Making the appropriate instructional decisions for English language learners.Formative Assessment - Barb Wilkinson
3 hours to full dayReview research related to formative assessment, improve the use of formative assessment tools, learn and apply principles of effective questioning, discussion, and feedback.Gifted Education - Annie Milewski
For all faculty:
Chapter 16 review and compliance
Using data to increase achievement of gifted students
Developing resources for advanced and gifted students
For teachers of the gifted:
Chapter 16 compliance
Determining Present Levels of Performance (PLEP)
Writing goals and outcomes
Increasing Cultural Competency - Barb Wilkinson
Creating a school climate that appreciates diversity
What is cultural competence? Why is it important? What strategies and resources exist?Instructional Coaching Services – Dr. Andrew Gavalis
Time varies based on topic and staff level of understanding/needs.
Instructional coaching services can be provided to administrators and teachers to:
Identify strategies for working with adult learners
Help teachers re-focus time on task
Co-teach, model, demonstrate units of study with teachers
Co-facilitate school wide/district/IU wide professional learning
Foster cross district/cross IU visitations
Engage in peer coaching
Plan and facilitate study groups.
Keystone Exams Project Based Assessments - Dr. Diane Best
Understanding the project based assessments (PBAs), including the roles and responsibilities associated with administering the PBAs, the evaluator application process, and previewing the PBA Field Test site
Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners - Barb Wilkinson
What is ESL? Who is an ELL (English Language Learner)?
What is the role of the classroom teacher?
What strategies should be used and what resources are available?Moodle Workshop Level 1 - Moodle Basics – Lynn Ann Wiscount and Vince Hoover
Hands-on workshop to create a course environment (e.g., layout, settings, assignments, activities) to match their course objectives and syllabus.
Moodle Workshop Level 2 - Advanced Moodle - Lynn Ann Wiscount and Vince Hoover
Hands-on workshop on advanced features in Moodle such as Assessment (e.g., tests, quizzes, grades), HTML editor, and multimedia integration
Note: Moodle Levels 1 and 2 may be combined into one day.Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII) - Annie Milewski or Dr. Andrew Gavalis or Ashley Hess, TaC StaffSchuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 offers a support series for schools implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII). Participation in this training series affords building teams the opportunity to develop a well-integrated multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) that connect general, remedial, and special education services. IU consultants provide strong support in the areas of systematic data collection, effective interventions, and ongoing data analysis of student progress. Teams are also able to share experiences related to the implementation of scientifically-based practices and the use of data-based decision making procedures.Informational Sessions and OverviewsElementary and Secondary CohortsOnsite SupportRegional NetworkingIntegration with SASCritical ComponentsTools for successful implementationData AnalysisTiered InstructionUse of school personnel and resourcesResearch-based interventions4.5 hours
What is Common Core?
Developing an Understanding of Common Core
English Language Arts
Understanding Common Core State Standards (Breakouts)
Examining Common Core Standards from a PA Perspective
Elements for Effective Transition
Common Core State Standards and My Curriculum (Breakouts)
Using Common Core Transition Tools
Applying Transition Tools to Your CurriculumSAS Trainings - Dr. Diane Best or Barb Wilkinson
Trainings can be customized to meet your needs focusing on areas such as instruction and assessment or instruction and curriculum, etc.
SAS Curriculum Mapper - Dr. Diane Best
An initial administrative training to determine the column headings for the templates is followed by training for staff.
Administrative training includes:
Creating a Curriculum Map Template
Populating the Curriculum Map
My Curriculum and My Instructional Maps
Training outcomes for staff include:
Developing and populating a curriculum map within the SAS Portal Curriculum Mapping Tool.
Utilizing the My ePortfolio tool to upload and embed items within a curriculum map
Adding a curriculum map to the My Curriculum tab in the SAS Portal
Understanding the rationale for developing Instructional Maps and practice using this functionality with the Curriculum Mapping Tool
SAS Overview - Dr. Diane Best or Barb Wilkinson
Provides participants with a basic overview of the 6 SAS circles
Links the 6 SAS Circles to student achievement2.5-5 hours
Provides knowledge and creation of:
A SAS profile
A teacher webpage
Provides knowledge about:
The Professional Development Center
PYB-Publish Your Best
School Improvement Planning - Barb Wilkinson
3 hours-5 hours
Provides an overview about what has changed in the School Improvement process
Equip schools with the tools needed to start the school improvement planning process
Student Learning Objectives – Dr. Diane Best or Barb Wilkinson or Dr. Andrew Gavalis3 hours-2 full days
Developing an understanding of the student learning objective portion of the teacher effectiveness model including basic overviews, train the trainer sessions, and facilitated work sessions.
Teacher Effectiveness Training - Dr. Diane Best or Barb Wilkinson
Time based on need
PA Teacher Effectiveness Model Train the Trainer workshop for administrators
Technology Integration - Lynn Ann Wiscount or Vince Hoover
Web 2.0 tools
Lesson planning for integration
Evaluation techniquesDiscovery EducationDefined STEM
TransACT: Using the Online Collection of Documents - Barb Wilkinson
Session length varies depending on need and audience. This session is appropriate for office personnel, administrators and educators.
What is TransACT?
Is this only for ESL?
How to best use this resource?
Webb’s Depth of Knowledge - Dr. Diane Best
Why consider DOK? PSSAs/21st Century Skills
Incorporating higher-order thinking skills
DOK and the Keystone Exams
Test Review and Refine
For Fee Training Details:
3 hours to full day (depends on user knowledge)
Using Publisher to create signage, menus, advertisements and fliers
Microsoft Office Tools 2013
1 hour to full day (depends on user knowledge or number of tools needed)
Using the tools effectively – shortcuts