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MCIU is proud to partner with The Professional Development Institute (PDI) to bring intensive study in a variety of courses. Taking PDI courses through MCIU will allow you to deepen your learning as well as earn Pennsylvania Act 48 hours.

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EL Strategies for Mainstreamed Students
Audience: Grades 6-12 Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators

As the student population becomes increasingly diverse, do you find yourself wondering how to best help the influx of English learners in your own classroom? This online course is designed for teachers of grades 6-12 who wish to explore how to better help their EL students succeed academically, while simultaneously supporting their cultural heritage as well as their social-emotional well-being. Teachers will learn specific strategies to best support ELs on their path to acquisition of a new language while also learning content material. Teachers will take a deep dive into how culture affects the acquisition of a new language, and they will learn a variety of culturally responsive teaching strategies to support their English learners. This course examines best practices for supporting and scaffolding ELs in the areas of vocabulary development, English language arts content, mathematics content, science content, and social studies content. Teachers will also learn how having a growth mindset favorably affects ELs’ forward progress with language acquisition and content mastery.

Preparing English Learners for Success

Audience: Grades K-6 Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators 

Do you find yourself struggling for ways to better assist your English learners? This online course is designed for teachers who want to dig deep into their own teaching practices and explore strategies and initiatives for incorporating students’ cultural backgrounds and experiences so that the focus is on the whole child/student, including his/her cultural and linguistic identity. Information on ELD practices is shared as well as specific strategies for incorporating them into the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening, mathematics, science, and social studies. Teachers will gain a solid understanding of the various ELD models and how to grow their EL students’ vocabularies and comprehension by setting goals, using their home language and culture, and communicating with caregivers.

Teaching Critical SEL Skills Using Picture Books
Audience: Grades PreK-3 Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators
 

Does the prospect of finding a way to incorporate the teaching of critical social-emotional issues send you into a quandary? Do you have a deep love for using authentic children’s literature in your current teaching practices? If so, look no further! Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process for learning essential life skills such as decision making, problem-solving, effective communication, empathy, perseverance, and coping, just to name a few. Teachers are searching for the most effective ways to introduce and teach appropriate social-emotional skills in the classroom as they relate to common classroom issues, some of which can be quite sensitive, and which almost always are beyond their control. This online course provides the perfect approach by using high-quality picture books to deal with a variety of SEL issues from separation anxiety, kindness, and tattling, to poverty and homelessness, divorce, anger management, childhood health and obesity, teasing and bullying, and others. Teachers will be provided with thorough background information on each topic as well as the implications for the classroom environment and teaching. Then, each topic shares three authentic children’s books, together with lessons for each title. The course introduces lesson plans for forty-seven picture books. An additional list of picture books is shared for every single social-emotional topic presented in the course, as well as links to additional resources, as applicable. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident and successful in their quest to embed the teaching of social-emotional skills into their own teaching practices.

Building Critical Social and Emotional Skills Through Literature
Audience: Grades 3-12 Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators
 

Do you wish you had an appropriate and engaging way to address social and emotional issues? Do you like to use authentic literature in your classroom teaching? SEL is a process for learning essential life skills such as decision making, problem solving, effective communication, empathy, perseverance, and coping, just to name a few. Teachers are searching for the most effective ways to introduce and teach appropriate social and emotional skills in the classroom as they relate to sensitive issues, many of which are beyond their control. This course provides the perfect approach by using high-quality literature to deal with sensitive issues from tattling and appropriately developing friendships, to depression, stress and anxiety, bullying, substance abuse, and others. Teachers will be provided with thorough background information on each topic as well as the implications for the classroom environment and teaching. Then, a minimum of two books are shared for each topic along with three-to-five lesson plans for each title. The course introduces lesson plans for over twenty chapter books and thirteen picture books. An additional list of picture books and novels are shared for every single social and emotional topic presented in the course.

Implementing the Workshop Model in Reading, Writing, Math, and Science
Audience: Grades 4-8 Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators
 

Are you wondering what the word workshop has to do with reading, writing, mathematics, and science? After all, a workshop is typically a messy place where people come to imagine, apply, and create. The fact of the matter is that the whole process of teaching and learning can and should become “messy,” as students grapple with rigorous concepts and ideas within the confines of a predictable, motivating, and engaging routine. This online course is designed for teachers in grades 4-8 who want to learn how to better engage their students as they examine and investigate a variety of interesting and engaging concepts and activities on a daily basis using the workshop model. The focus of the course is on helping teachers implement a workshop model for reading, writing, math, and science that includes a mini-lesson, student-directed independent work (while the teacher meets with small groups or conferences), and sharing. Some of the additional highlighted topics include backwards planning and organization, goal setting, project-based learning through the use of STEM activities, and tapping into students’ natural curiosity using makerspaces, all under the auspices of a rigorous, supportive, and engaging classroom.

The Next Generation Science Standards
Audience: Grades K-12 Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators
 

Have you tried to make sense of the Next Generation Science Standards without feeling successful? Are you overwhelmed because your district has recently adopted these new standards and you are not sure where to begin? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-12 who want to begin to unpack the complexity of the Next Generation Science Standards. This course takes teachers through a step-by-step explanation of the standards, including how to interpret the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas at each respective grade band. The role of curricula is discussed, as well as how Universal Design for Learning plays an important role in the assessment of the standards. Teachers will be introduced to an overview of assessment and how it applies to the Next Generation Science standards, as well as a brief overview of how to bundle some of the core ideas contained within the standards.

Mastering Google Apps for Education

Audience: Grades K-12 Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators
 

Is your school a Google-centric environment? Do you use many of the apps in G Suite for Education? Do you wish you knew how to use Google Apps to improve teaching and learning? This online course is designed to help teachers master the Google apps that are part of G Suite for Education, as well as some others. You will learn the basics of the apps as well as how to integrate them into your classroom and curriculum. The course begins with an overview of the most popular Google apps as well as an introduction to technology configurations and integration. Then, we jump into an in-depth look at how to use the following apps within the context of the curriculum: Drive, Docs, Calendar, Search, Translate, Forms, Slides, Sheets, Earth, Maps, Classroom, Photos, Sites, and Keep. The final step in putting it all together by reviewing and creating lessons that integrate several Google apps into a single lesson.

DATES:

These asynchronous courses are open for registration now through May 30th.  All coursework must be completed by June 30th.

COST:

Member price: $120 / Non-member price: $149
Act 48: 50 hours | Graduate Credits are available*
GRADUATE CREDIT:

The Professional Development Institute, in association with the prestigious University of California San Diego Extension, offers graduate level credit for all PDI online courses. Each PDI course is worth 3 and 1/3 semester units of credit which is equivalent to 5 quarter units of credit (50 hours of training). After registration into the PDI course, participants will receive an e-mail message with a link to register for credit at a special negotiated rate of $184 (per course) for teachers served by the MCIU. Registering for university credit is optional. Credit from UCSD Extension is typically used for credential renewal and/or salary advancement. 

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Proven educational professional with a passion and commitment to lead colleagues forward and to guide curriculum and instruction. Skilled in long-range planning and creating infrastructure to support the growth of teachers, schools and districts. Over 20 years of experience within the North Penn School District serving as a classroom teacher with leadership responsibilities in the areas of literacy, math, science and use of technology to enhance instruction and serving as a reading specialist and district literacy leader developing systems and structures to promote diagnostic and prescriptive instruction within a responsive teaching framework. Currently serving in the role of Program Administrator of Literacy working to ignite change and to encourage growth in teachers and administrators in the area of literacy instruction while also supporting the instructional coaches throughout our region through the PA Institute of Instructional Coaching (PIIC).

Through all of my years in the field, I've continued to have curiosity and interest in the human aspect of our work. I enjoy reading, watching and reflecting on leadership and relationship and how we can better support each other and work together to evolve our educational systems to support the learners of tomorrow. Our future is in their hands!

Academic Degrees and Credentials:
*K-12 Principal Certification, The Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley
*Collaborative Mentorship and Coaching Certificate, The Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley
*Master of Education, with distinction, Arcadia University
*Reading Specialist Certification, Arcadia University
*Merck Institute of Science Education Teacher-Leader
*Elementary and Kindergarten Education Certification, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
*Bachelor of Science in Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 1990