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Colonial Intermediate Unit 20

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24/7 Social Learning

    CIU 20 incorporates digital platforms that allow educators to share resources, access news, participate in best-practice discussions, attend live web-events, and collaborate with well-known industry experts.  Rather than a traditional top-down, passive model, this allows for a blended approach to professional development combining active, constructivist thinking with the engaging and transparent format of social media.  The result is improved engagement, expanded and sustainable networks, and a more personal professional development experience.


    Earn Act 48 Hours at Your Own Pace

    CIU 20 Online Schoology Courses
    Each course is designed for participants to work at their own pace. 
    Upon completion, 7 Act 48 hours will be awarded for each course.  Hours will be awarded within 2 weeks of course completion notification.
    Please note: There is no certificate of completion for these courses. If your district requires a letter of completion, it may take a minimum of 2 weeks.
    • No cost for CIU 20 member districts.
    • Non-CIU 20 member district, non-pubs, and private school participants: A $30 registration fee (per course) will be charged.
    Assistive Technology
    Throughout this online course, participants will gain a better understanding of what assistive technology is. During this course, participants will explore various assistive technology resources that they can use to access information as well as resources to utilize in their classroom. Participants will examine a process for determining assistive technology for students. 
    Differentiated Instruction for Secondary Education
    The idea of differentiating instruction to accommodate the different ways that students learn involves a hefty dose of common sense, as well as sturdy support in the theory and research of education. It is an approach to teaching that advocates active planning for student differences in classrooms.
    Differentiated instruction is the way in which a teacher anticipates and responds to a variety of students' needs in the classroom. To meet students' needs, teachers differentiate by modifying the content (what is being taught), and/or the process (how it is taught), and/or the product (how students demonstrate their learning). This course will explore Principles of Effective Differentiation and classroom applications.
    Educating Students with Complex Instructional Needs
    The purpose of this learning path is to prepare educators to understand presuming competence as a foundational component of education. Participants will examine factors impacting students with complex instructional needs. Additionally, participants will focus on how to eliminate barriers and identify solutions to support students with complex needs to access general education curriculum regardless of placement.
    Increasing Student Engagement
    The purpose of this course is to deepen the participants understanding surrounding all aspects of student engagement. The sources and activities on this path range from theory, research, and practice. These materials have been selected to present a full picture of engagement, and allow you to challenge, refine, expand, and/or strengthen your current understanding of the topic. The hope is that the activities will be flexible enough to meet the needs of teachers from all grades, content areas, and experience levels.
    Making Content Accessible for English Language Learners (ELLs)
    Become a more culturally responsive and effective teacher for all students, including English Learners (ELs)! This online course focuses on effective, targeted strategies for making content area curriculum accessible for ELs in your classroom. Following the course pathway, you will become aware of resources for setting and meeting your EL students’ language objectives and evidence-based approaches for teaching key academic vocabulary.  Making Content Accessible to English Learners  will give you insights to better match your instruction to students’ language needs within your core class content. 
    Making Words Stick: How to Make Your Vocabulary Instruction More Effective
    Did you know that vocabulary can contribute 50- 60% of a student's reading comprehension? This course will enable you to dig deeper and consider instructional strategies that will build your background knowledge on vocabulary instruction. This learning path not only provides educators with strategies about how to make vocabulary instruction more effective, but it also enables them to make vocabulary "stick" and become a part of the learning process.
    Peer Observation
    Participants of this learning path will learn about the benefits of observing/being observed by your peers to enhance the quality of teaching practices. Rooted in the Danielson Framework, participants will examine their own growth, collaborate with others, and support each other in the development of teaching skills.  
    Overview of PA Core Standards / Alternate Eligible Content
    This online course will allow participants to develop an understanding of the Core Standards in English Language Arts by exploring materials that support each of the Core Standards for this subject area. Additionally, there are activities devoted to determining the instructional implication of the Core Standards with an emphasis to the rigorous instruction that is necessary given that the Core Standards are in place.
    Special Education Law: IDEA Refresher
    As educational professionals, it is imperative that we are familiar with special education law and the implications for our daily practices. Topics explored in this learning path include the history of Special Education, Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Child Find, IEPs and Evaluation/Reevaluation Reports, Placement, Discipline, and more. A blend of videos, articles, interactive sites, and direct instruction are used to support your learning as you reacquaint yourself with the law that protects our students with disabilities.  
    Questions? Contacts:
    Gretchen Stoudt
    Professional Learning Services