Events

2018-2019

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS OF IOWA

Professional Development Courses

Courses to be held in PEI Conference Center – 974 73rd Street, Suite 30, West Des Moines 50265

2019 Summer Classes yet to be posted

All courses will be held from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Course Descriptions

Dyslexia: Different by Design—Understanding the Most Common Learning Disability – Elizabeth Hoksbergen

December 6/7 (Thurs/Fri)

$40 PEI member, $60 non-member

This 15-hour, interactive course will examine the unique neurobiological profile and cognitive characteristics of dyslexia. From early identification to appropriate accommodations, this course will provide an overview of dyslexia by exploring key issues: neurobiological markers, indicators by developmental range, elements of effective intervention, characteristics of a dyslexia friendly classroom, socio-emotional supports, and designing an effective 504 Plan. Engaging, participant-focused activities will bring the content to life, helping each participant internalize the information for transference to his or her practice upon return to the classroom. Interactive activities interlaced through the two-day course include mini presentations of cognitive-linguistic characteristics, student case studies, identifying a suite of strategies for a particular learning environment, sorting developmental indicators by grade levels, and experiencing dyslexia through reading and writing simulations.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 20 required. Maximum enrollment of 50.

Cancellations due to low class enrollment, full refunds will be issued
Student initiated cancellation 72 hours prior to course, $10 cancellation fee
Student initiated cancellation less than 72 hours prior to course, non-refundable

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Ethical Educators – Terry Gladfelter & Bryan Stearns

February 7/8 (Thurs/Fri), OR April 27/May 4 (Sat/Sat), OR June 6/7 (Thurs/Fri)

$40 PEI member, $100 non-member

With the increase in litigation and risk, it is important for educators to know the legal and ethical boundaries while working with students.  The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE), the Department of Education (DOE), Professional Educators of Iowa (PEI), and individual school districts all have polices that need to be understood in order to keep oneself from litigation. Case studies and interactive solutions makes this a course offered in “real-time”.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 12 required. Maximum enrollment of 50.

Cancellations due to low class enrollment, full refunds will be issued
Student initiated cancellation 72 hours prior to course, $10 cancellation fee
Student initiated cancellation less than 72 hours prior to course, non-refundable

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Cognitive Strategies to Fuel Mastery of Math Facts, Algorithms, and Concepts – Elizabeth Hoksbergen

February 21/22 (Thurs/Fri)

$40 PEI member, $60 non-member

Math can be painfully difficult for some students with dyslexia. They frequently struggle with the mechanics of math, including fact retrieval and remembering the sequence of steps in long division or the order of operations. Is it possible to foster math fact fluency, propel procedural memory, and reinforce conceptual learning without undue psychological angst? Yes, it is not only possible, it is achievable! By engaging the channels of implicit, informal, and formal learning, we can create a path for student success in mathematics. Learn specific strategies to cultivate calculation skills, fuel fact fluency, and automate algorithms while deepening students’ conceptual understanding of the underlying math processes and numeric relationships.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 20 required. Maximum enrollment of 50.

Cancellations due to low class enrollment, full refunds will be issued
Student initiated cancellation 72 hours prior to course, $10 cancellation fee
Student initiated cancellation less than 72 hours prior to course, non-refundable

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Uniquely Wired: Creating a (Dyslexia) Friendly Classroom Environment – Elizabeth Hoksbergen

March 28/29 (Thurs/Fri)

Pre-requisite: Dyslexia: Different by Design

$40 PEI member, $60 non-member

This 15-hour course will provide a thorough investigation of the five cognitive-linguistic domains most commonly associated with dyslexia as well as how to design instructional supports for students with deficits in these areas. Over the two-day course the participant will gain a deep understanding of phonological processing, orthographic awareness, rapid naming, memory function, and processing (and perceptual) speed along with how each one impacts student learning. This course will equip general classroom and special education teachers with the necessary knowledge and tools to design a learning environment that supports the achievement of students with dyslexia while facilitating the success of every learner. Through engaging activities, participants will learn to design specific strategies and supports to help students with dyslexia capitalize on their strengths, cultivate areas of natural weakness, bolster confidence, and improve self-efficacy for unprecedented scholastic success.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 20 required. Maximum enrollment of 50.

Cancellations due to low class enrollment, full refunds will be issued
Student initiated cancellation 72 hours prior to course, $10 cancellation fee
Student initiated cancellation less than 72 hours prior to course, non-refundable

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A Comprehensive Framework for Facilitating Fluency Development in Reading, Spelling, Writing, and Mathematics – Elizabeth Hoksbergen

June 19/20 (Wed/Thurs)

$40 PEI member, $60 non-member

Helping students move from accuracy to automaticity across the spectrum of literacy and math skills can be a daunting, discouraging process. How do we facilitate automatic, fluent reading, spelling, writing, and math skills in students who struggle with word recognition, decoding, word retrieval, rapid naming, processing speed, math fact retrieval, and recall of procedural steps? Is it even possible for these individuals to reach automaticity? By leveraging the science of how the brain consolidates new learning and identifying a sequence of specific, multi-sensory strategies, we will articulate a framework to help struggling learners garner both accuracy and automaticity in reading, spelling, writing, and math.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 20 required. Maximum enrollment of 50.

Cancellations due to low class enrollment, full refunds will be issued
Student initiated cancellation 72 hours prior to course, $10 cancellation fee
Student initiated cancellation less than 72 hours prior to course, non-refundable

Click here to register.