Summer 2021 Professional Learning

MCIU offers a variety of options this summer for educators, both online and in-person. See the full list of professional learning options below.

 Trevor Muir


 August 26

Make Learning Epic – Heightening Engagement and Deepening Learning With the Power of Authenticity

 August 27

EPIC Project-Based Learning

Penny Kittle 

June 2

Planning and Implementing Book Clubs Using Culturally Responsive Texts and Strategies 

 August 25

Launching Your Year With Independent Reading Using Culturally Responsive Texts and Strategies

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Universal Design for learning

August 10-11

Join MCIU and CAST for a learning opportunity designed to teach educators about the core concepts and foundations of UDL, practical applications of UDL to lesson design, and how to support flexible, inclusive instruction.

Sept – December

Our UDL Learning Community will provide the opportunity to engage and be supported in the implementation of UDL practices with colleagues from around the county.


Montgomery County Intermediate Unit is a Wilson® Accredited Partner

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Wilson Fundations – Level 1

Wilson Fundations® is a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program that benefits students in Kindergarten through third grade with a solid foundation for reading and spelling.

  • June 23 (Virtual)

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(WRS) Advanced Strategies for MSL Group Instruction

This three-day Virtual workshop delves into essential techniques and strategies to improve all aspects of Wilson Reading System (WRS) group instruction.

  • June 28, 29, 30 (Virtual)

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Leveled Literacy Intervention Primary Resource Training

This is a Blended 3-day Event

  • June 22 and 23 (Virtual)
  • October 27 (In-Person)

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Additional Opportunities


Elementary Core Course (2 Course Time Available)

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Elementary Advanced Course (2 Course Time Available)

personalized learning




  • Special MCIU Pricing

Acadience Essentials


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Acadience Reading K-6 Essentials (August 10-11)

Acadience Math Essentials (August 12)


MCIU Blended and Asynchronous Learning


View Catalog and Course Descriptions

    • Teaching Online
    • Literacy/ELD
    • STEM
    • Social-Emotional/Behavioral
    • MTSS

Let’s LEARN Together!


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Dr. Donna M. Gaffney has served as Montgomery County Intermediate Unit's Director of Professional Learning since 2013. With a diverse background in curriculum, instruction and professional development, Dr. Gaffney has collaboratively envisioned and advanced professional learning opportunities throughout Montgomery County.

Dr. Gaffney began her career as a Mathematics teacher in 1994. She has instructed students at both the middle and high school level in traditional as well as multi-disciplinary, co-taught, and vocational environments. In her work as a staff developer and school district administrator, Dr. Gaffney has supported a variety of schools and districts with comprehensive professional development and continuous improvement planning. Her work and involvement in education at the local and state level is foundational to her knowledge and understanding of best-practices in teaching and learning today.

Dr. Gaffney is passionate about leadership development, serving as practicum supervisor to aspiring and practicing school leaders as they build or strengthen their capacity to lead. She is currently partnering with the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) on a pilot program that focuses on principal pathways and pipelines.

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Dr. Michael K. Webb serves as the Assistant Director in the Office of Professional Learning at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in Norristown, PA. Over the past 11 years, he has designed, coordinated, and delivered intermediate unit training and professional learning programs in the greater Philadelphia region and formerly served as co-lead for PAIUCC. Mike began his career in education as a French, Spanish, and Latin teacher first in southwestern and then in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Prior to entering the IU world, he worked in public and non-public schools teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He has since served as a coordinator, administrator, and director of consulting teams across 2 regional education services agencies and developed targeted professional learning and systemic improvement plans with over 35 school districts and more than 100 independent schools. Mike is passionate about building and coaching teams that thrive when faced with ambiguously-defined challenges and consistently pursue professional growth both for themselves and for their clients.

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Stephanie Schwab is the STEM Program Administrator for Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and a member of the PA STEM Experiences for Equity and Diversity (SEED) Ecosystem Executive Team. In both of these roles, she works with school districts in developing and implementing STEM curriculum, assessments, and effective instructional practices, and to connect and cultivate relationships among school districts and various stakeholder groups working to improve STEM education for ALL students.

Stephanie's passion for STEM began at a young age when she realized she wanted to be a mathematics teacher. Over the years, that passion has grown as she has advanced throughout her career as a middle and high school mathematics teacher, instructional coach, and curriculum supervisor. Her two young children have added to her inspiration to continually improve STEM experiences for all students. Stephanie is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and holds two Master's Degrees; one in Curriculum and Instruction and another in Development and Strategies.

Follow Stephanie on Twitter @StephSschwab

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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

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Brandon Langer serves as the Program Administrator of Instructional Technology at MCIU where he oversees the Montgomery Virtual Program and supports the integration of instructional technology in the Office of Professional Learning. As a former teacher and an instructional coach, Brandon has conducted numerous professional development sessions centered around technology applications and integrating student-centered instruction into the classroom. He has also worked closely with fine and performing arts teachers throughout the northeast to create and advocate for arts programs and modernize arts assessment practices. His passion for student success is grounded in his belief that teachers, not the computer, are the most powerful asset in the classroom today.

Brandon is the host of the OPL Podcast from MCIU and has earned a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University. He is a regular participant in many online PLN Twitter chats and can be followed @BrandonLanger.