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This practicum has an open rolling enrollment. Any qualified participants who wish to register may do so at any point in the year. Web-based start dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis and communicated at the beginning of each month. Once enrolled, you will be on our mailing list to receive updates and information.  

The WRS Level I Certification program is designed to prepare teachers to effectively implement Steps 1-6 of the Wilson Reading System with students reading and spelling below grade level and those diagnosed with language based learning disabilities. Participants will demonstrate mastery of the Wilson Reading System or WRS lesson plan, including multisensory techniques and effective strategies in a 1:1 setting. Certification provides extensive professional learning and support enabling teachers to effectively implement the program with fidelity. Certification includes approximately 90 hours of online instruction, a 65-lesson practicum including demonstrations,  five observations, and feedback from a Wilson credentialed trainer. 

This path to Wilson Reading System (WRS) Level I Certification involves online coursework and live, web-based practicum observations with a Wilson Credentialed Trainer. Participants should be comfortable with the use of computers.

Registration:
Please carefully review the WRS Level I Certification informationWeb-Based Practicum requirements, and Technical Requirements prior to registration, as the commitment is considerable. It is highly recommended that you have a practicum student in mind who appears to fit the selection criteria.


PREREQUISITE:
Along with a Bachelor's degree in Education or related field, participants must have completed the WRS Introductory Course within the last 5 years. Participants will need to administer the WIST test kit for pre/post-testing practicum student requirements and an additional standardized normed reading test with subtest that compare word attack to comprehension skills. All WRS Level I participants need to have WRS 4th Ed. materials to use during this course available at WilsonLanguage.com. 


CANCELLATION POLICY:
*Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the course start up date: $250 drop fee to be paid by the participant
*Cancellation after 30 days (after the course start-up): full course cost will be due, paid by the participant ($2,100 for members/$2,300 for non-members)


Eligible participants from nonpublic schools in Montgomery County may be eligible to attend through federal funding. Please contact Lisa Moore at lmoore@mciu.org to verify eligibility.
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Starts Starts: 9/15/2020 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
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Status Status: 4 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
As we know, teachers matter more to student achievement than any other aspect of schooling. LETRS® is a professional development course that supports teachers as they bridge research into practice and is applicable to any classroom regardless of the literacy program in use. This professional development opportunity provides educators with the background, depth of knowledge, and tools to teach language and literacy skills to every student that enters their classroom.


This year, we will be offering Volume 1: Units 1-4 which provides participants with theoretical models from reading science, phonology, basic and advanced phonics, screening and educational diagnostic assessment. We understand the need for flexibility in this current environment and will combine online learning, classroom application, and 8 synchronous half-day professional development offering regardless of what next year might look like. The dates for the synchronous sessions will be released by mid-summer once more is known regarding school schedules. Materials will be shipped to each participant's address of choice prior to the start of the course.


For more information regarding LETRS® CLICK HERE. Registration for this course closes September 21, 2020.

Cost includes materials and professional development. One staff member per district is eligible to participate under IDEA funding at no cost to the district during the first year of online implementation.


Eligible participants from Montgomery County nonpublic schools may be eligible to attend with funding. Please contact Lisa Moore at lmoore@mciu.org to verify eligibility.
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Starts Starts: 10/12/2020 4:00 PM
Sessions Session: Online
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Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 8 seats
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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.

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.

Intended Audience: Grades 3-12 Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators

Graduate Credits are available. 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 email 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.

-Course drops or changes made within 48 hours of being given course access by PDI will be processed at no charge. No PDI refunds or course changes will be allowed after 48 hours. All coursework must be completed by June 30th. Extensions to complete courses beyond June 30th will not be granted.
-Following your enrollment in this Professional Development Institute course through the MCIU, you will receive a detailed email from PDI including your course access within two weeks of this registration. This message will come from PDI Program Specialist Samantha Moore at samantha@webteaching.com. If you have additional questions, please contact our registrar, Lisa Cullen, at lcullen@mciu.org.
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Starts Starts: 1/15/2021 6:00 AM
Sessions Session: Online
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
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.



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.



Graduate Credits are available. 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 to 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.



-Course drops or changes made within the first 48 hours of being given course access by PDI will be processed at no charge. No PDI refunds or course changes will be allowed after 48 hours. All coursework must be completed by June 30th. Extensions to complete courses beyond June 30th will not be granted.


-Following your enrollment in this Professional Development Institute course through the MCIU, you will receive a detailed email from PDI including your course access within two weeks of this registration. This message will come from PDI Program Specialist Samantha Moore at samantha@webteaching.com. If you have additional questions, please contact our registrar Lisa Cullen at lcullen@mciu.org.



Audience: Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators


MCIU Title III Consortium Member districts can participate in this session for no cost. Please select VOUCHER for your payment option.
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Starts Starts: 1/15/2021 6:00 AM
Sessions Session: Online
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
MCIU has partnered with Grassroots Workshops to report Act 48 hours for Pennsylvania educators who participate in and complete their workshops. This registration and payment is to have Act 48 hours reported ONLY. Actual workshop registration and payment must be completed through Grassroots Workshops. A link to their registration page will be included in your confirmation email. Grassroots Workshops will provide a Certificate of Completion directly to participants upon course completion. All participants are responsible for forwarding their Certificate of Completion to courses@mciu.org within 30 days of workshop completion to have their Act 48 reported to the state.



If you've wanted your math students to be stronger problem solvers who love learning math but would like tips and examples to help you get started whether you're teaching remotely or in person, then this is the workshop for you. We'll begin by exploring why problem solving is so important. Then we'll discuss how it would work with your students. I'll share video from actual students' lessons done remotely with middle school students as well as in person with kindergarten, eighth grade, and pre-calculus students. From there we'll focus more on implementation including how to prepare to teach a lesson and what to do if it doesn't go as planned. We'll then address how to use problem solving to build students procedural skills and conceptual understanding. Finally, we'll wrap up the workshop by talking about how to merge these ideas with what you're already doing.
Instructor: Robert Kaplinsky
Act 48 Hours: 16 Hours
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Starts Starts: 1/15/2021 6:00 AM
Sessions Session: Online
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
MCIU has partnered with Grassroots Workshops to report Act 48 hours for Pennsylvania educators who participate in and complete their workshops. This registration and payment is to have Act 48 hours reported ONLY. Actual workshop registration and payment must be completed through Grassroots Workshops. A link to their registration page will be included in your confirmation email. Grassroots Workshops will provide a Certificate of Completion directly to participants upon course completion. All participants are responsible for forwarding their Certificate of Completion to courses@mciu.org within 30 days of workshop completion to have their Act 48 reported to the state.

In this 6-week workshop, you'll conceptually explore fractions from 1st grade through 6th grade as you build an understanding around the major concepts we tackle with our students including:
-Meaning of a Fraction
-Equivalence and Comparison of Fractions
-Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
-Multiplication of Fractions
-Division of Fractions
-Ration and Proportions
Each week we will launch the concept through a 3-act task, examine some student work, and then identify our next steps to move thinking forward. We'll extend your thinking of fractions by exploring tasks and activities that will build on the fraction understanding you have already developed. Then we'll engage in some games that will help build fluency for the understanding we've built.
Instructor: Graham Fletcher
Act 48 Hours: 12 Hours
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Starts Starts: 1/15/2021 6:00 AM
Sessions Session: Online
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
MCIU has partnered with Grassroots Workshops to report Act 48 hours for Pennsylvania educators who participate in and complete their workshops. This registration and payment is to have Act 48 hours reported ONLY. Actual workshop registration and payment must be completed through Grassroots Workshops. A link to their registration page will be included in your confirmation email. Grassroots Workshops will provide a Certificate of Completion directly to participants upon course completion. All participants are responsible for forwarding their Certificate of Completion to courses@mciu.org within 30 days of workshop completion to have their Act 48 reported to the state.

Coding literacy is a key component of being college and career ready, yet incorporating it can feel overwhelming. As classroom math teachers ourselves, we also deal with these struggles and want to show you the strategies we use. The mini workshop will show you how to use the coding language Scratch to teach specific math standards. You'll begin by exploring how coding can help your students better understand the math you teach them. Next, you'll learn how to introduce your students to Scratch and integrate it into your math lessons. Then, we'll discuss how to facilitate a coding lesson including strategies and lesson starters that emphasize sense making and critical thinking. Finally, we'll examine how to check for understanding and provide student feedback. No prior experience with Scratch Coding is needed to take this workshop.
Instructor: Ashley Goetz and Mike Larson
Act 48 Hours: 2 Hours
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Starts Starts: 1/15/2021 6:00 AM
Sessions Session: Online
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
MCIU has partnered with Grassroots Workshops to report Act 48 hours for Pennsylvania educators who participate in and complete their workshops. This registration and payment is to have Act 48 hours reported ONLY. Actual workshop registration and payment must be completed through Grassroots Workshops. A link to their registration page will be included in your confirmation email. Grassroots Workshops will provide a Certificate of Completion directly to participants upon course completion. All participants are responsible for forwarding their Certificate of Completion to courses@mciu.org within 30 days of workshop completion to have their Act 48 reported to the state.

If you've heard of Open Middle Problems and maybe used a few of them, but you're not satisfied with how things have gone and want consistently good results, then this mini workshop is for you. I want your students to love using Open Middle problems and have them be your favorite problems to use when getting observed. We'll begin by discussing how Open Middle problems can help you and your students. Then we'll work through specific examples for grades K-1, 2-5, and 6-12. We'll use them to talk about how to prepare to use a problem as well as how to use them with students. We'll also address how you can use Open Middle problems when teaching students remotely, and there's even video of me teaching a digital lesson. Then we'll talk about where you can find more Open Middle problems to use and when and where you want to use them in your units. Finally, there's a bonus lesson on how you can use Open Middle problems at home with your own children.
Instructor: Robert Kaplinsky
Act 48 Hours: 3 Hours
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Starts Starts: 1/15/2021 6:00 AM
Sessions Session: Online
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Status Status: 24 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
MCIU has partnered with Grassroots Workshops to report Act 48 hours for Pennsylvania educators who participate in and complete their workshops. This registration and payment is to have Act 48 hours reported ONLY. Actual workshop registration and payment must be completed through Grassroots Workshops. A link to their registration page will be included in your confirmation email. Grassroots Workshops will provide a Certificate of Completion directly to participants upon course completion. All participants are responsible for forwarding their Certificate of Completion to courses@mciu.org within 30 days of workshop completion to have their Act 48 reported to the state.

Have you been curious about Clothesline Math, but not sure how to implement it in your classroom? If your answer is yes, then this mini-workshop will answer all your questions. Your students will love to explore how numbers work and relate to one another while using this interactive, kinesthetic routine. In this mini workshop, we will start by investigating what Clothesline Math is and how it can help your students. We will review how to plan for a Clothesline Math lesson as well as the preparations needed for the lesson. We will explore all the mathematical content that Clothesline Math can assist with including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents. And finally, we will end out workshop with plenty of resources.
Instructor: Kristen Acosta
Act 48 Hours: 2 Hours
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Starts Starts: 1/15/2021 6:00 AM
Sessions Session: Online
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Status Status: 24 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
MCIU has partnered with Grassroots Workshops to report Act 48 hours for Pennsylvania educators who participate in and complete their workshops. This registration and payment is to have Act 48 hours reported ONLY. Actual workshop registration and payment must be completed through Grassroots Workshops. A link to their registration page will be included in your confirmation email. Grassroots Workshops will provide a Certificate of Completion directly to participants upon course completion. All participants are responsible for forwarding their Certificate of Completion to courses@mciu.org within 30 days of workshop completion to have their Act 48 reported to the state.

If you love Desmos and have wanted to get started with Activity Builder but have felt intimidated and not sure how to get started, you're in the right place. In this mini workshop, you will learn how to use Activity Builder to create lessons that will help you see students' work, give them feedback, and help you facilitate conversations both in person and virtually. We'll begin by discussing why we should use Activity Builder. From there, we'll get you comfortable by exploring how to use an already created Activity Builder. Then you'll learn how to create and edit your own Desmos Activity with a focus on best practices. Finally we'll talk about how to facilitate a lesson using Activity Builder and how do I merge this with what you're already doing.
Instructor: Christelle Rocha
Act 48 Hours: 3 Hours
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Starts Starts: 1/15/2021 6:00 AM
Sessions Session: Online
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
MCIU has partnered with Grassroots Workshops to report Act 48 hours for Pennsylvania educators who participate in and complete their workshops. This registration and payment is to have Act 48 hours reported ONLY. Actual workshop registration and payment must be completed through Grassroots Workshops. A link to their registration page will be included in your confirmation email. Grassroots Workshops will provide a Certificate of Completion directly to participants upon course completion. All participants are responsible for forwarding their Certificate of Completion to courses@mciu.org within 30 days of workshop completion to have their Act 48 reported to the state.



If you've heard of Would You Rather Math or maybe even used it with your students, but you haven't seen the engagement and discourse you were hoping for, then this mini workshop is for you. You'll learn what you can do to consistently have students excited to argue, disagree, and defend their mathematical reasoning. We'll begin by breaking down what Would You Rather Math looks like both in person and remotely. Then we'll explore how to effectively use the tasks with students including what happens when things don't go as planned. Then we'll talk about how to get students thinking and reasoning critically and then explaining that thinking to others. Finally, we'll talk about how to create your own powerful Would You Rather Math prompts.
Instructor: John Stevens
Act 48 Hours: 2 Hours
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Starts Starts: 1/15/2021 6:00 AM
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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.

Intended Audience: Grades 4-8 Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators

Graduate Credits are available. 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 email 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.

-Course drops or changes made within 48 hours of being given course access by PDI will be processed at no charge. No PDI refunds or course changes will be allowed after 48 hours. All coursework must be completed by June 30th. Extensions to complete courses beyond June 30th will not be granted.
-Following your enrollment in this Professional Development Institute course through the MCIU, you will receive a detailed email from PDI including your course access within two weeks of this registration. This message will come from PDI Program Specialist Samantha Moore at samantha@webteaching.com. If you have additional questions, please contact our registrar, Lisa Cullen, at lcullen@mciu.org.
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Starts Starts: 1/15/2021 6:00 AM
Sessions Session: Online
Pricing Pricing:
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
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