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:Engineering By Design (EbD)
English Learners – Separating Language Difference and Learning Disability
Training Details:Acadience Math - TBD
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.Assessment Literacy Series - Annie Milewski
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.Carnegie STEM Pathways - Annie Milewski3 daysEvaluate current STEM practicesComplete a self-evaluationCreate an Action PlanClassroom Diagnostic Tools - Dr. Andrew Gavalis1-2 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 tool
Curriculum Alignment and Development - Annie Milewski, Dr. Andrew Gavalis, Barb Wilkinson
3 hours to full days
Sessions can be arranged to assist with curriculum alignment and development based on district need.Data Analysis - Dr. Andrew Gavalis
2 hours to full day
Any other available district data
Differentiated Instruction - Monica Vanscoy
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.Educator Effectiveness Training (training for administrators who evaluate teaching and non-teaching professionals, including: Education Specialists, Instructionally Certified, and Supervisors and principal training) – Annie MilewskiTime based on specific needs
2 days (Day 1 Teacher Effectiveness/Day 2 – NTP Effectiveness)
Who are the NTPs? How will they be evaluated?
SupervisorsEngineering by Design (EbD)1 dayGain access to the EbD curriculumNetwork with others to implement the curriculumEnglish 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, Monica Vanscoy
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 outcomesInstructional 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:
Engage in peer coachingIdentify strategies for working with adult learners
Co-teach, model, demonstrate units of study with teachers
Co-facilitate school wide/district/IU wide professional learning
Foster cross district/cross IU visitations
Plan and facilitate Professional Learning Communities
Meeting the Needs of English Learners - Barb Wilkinson
What is ESL? Who is an EL (English Learner)?
What is the role of the classroom teacher?
What strategies should be used and what resources are available?Schuylkill 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 interventionsOpen Educational Resources (OER) - Annie Milewski1-4 DaysExplore the OER site resourcesCreate and curate resources for subject areaSAS Trainings - Annie Milewski or Barb Wilkinson
Trainings can be customized to meet your needs focusing on areas such as instruction and assessment or instruction and curriculum, etc.School Climate Leadership Initiative - Annie Milewski
3 full-day face-to-face meetings and 2 virtual meetingsReview purpose of SCLIReview school climate survey implementationDiscuss data and create an action plan
School Improvement Planning - Barb Wilkinson
3 hours-5 hours
Provides an overview about what has changed in the School Improvement process
Facilitates on-site support of understanding designation of Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI)Equips districts to work through Cycle of Improvement and implementing Essential Practices while creating an action plan
Teacher Effectiveness Training - Barb Wilkinson
Time based on need
PA Teacher Effectiveness Model Train the Trainer workshop for administrators
Technology Integration - TBD
Web 2.0 tools
Lesson planning for integrationText Dependent Analysis (TDA) - Dr. Andrew GavalisSession Lengths vary depending on need and audienceSessions will focus on increasing rigor in ELA curriculum using analysis of text
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 - Annie Milewski
Why consider DOK? PSSAs/21st Century Skills
Incorporating higher-order thinking skills
DOK and the Keystone Exams
Test Review and Refine