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Half price Professional Development Scholarships available! Apply here. 

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

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

Course Descriptions

Ethical Educators – Terry Gladfelter & Bryan Stearns

June 10/11 (Mon/Tues) OR July 23/24 (Tues/Wed) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm – PEI Conference Center

OR – (NEW LOCATION!)

July 9/10 (Tues/Wed) – Mississippi Bend AEA – 729 21st Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722

$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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Starting Now: Personal Financial Literacy for Educators – Mike Johnson

June 12/13 (Wed/Thurs) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

The movement for teaching financial literacy is growing and the need for educators to have a full grasp of personal financial management is imperative.  This course will cover the entire financial range essential for individuals to be self-sufficient and independent.  Topics covered will be personal budgeting, debt control, how to leverage credit, understanding taxes, securing the best loan, wise loan payment, retirement planning, personal investment, and IPERS planning.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 10 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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Teaching STEM Career Readiness and Financial Education- Lincoln Hughes (EverFi)

June 17/18 (Mon/Tues)

$40 PEI member, $60 non-member

Educators can expect to leave the professional development with both practical tools and a deeper understanding of integrating technology into their classroom. With the help of EVERFI, teachers will complete three stages of professional development and leave the experience with up to 15 hours of lesson plans to implement.  Stage one will include a broad-overview of recent developments and trends in the world of education technology, STEM education and financial literacy. Stage two will give participants access to EVERFI’s digital programs to explore from a student’s journey perspective. The last stage will ask educators to synthesize what they have learned and put together an action plan for them to put their newfound knowledge into practice in the upcoming school year.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 10 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) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

$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

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A Plan to Manage Your Classroom – Bryan Stearns

June 25/26 (Tues/Wed) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

$40 PEI member, $60 non-member

This course is designed to further develop a teacher’s classroom management skills.  Topics will include student expectations, positive reinforcement, character education and organizational techniques.  This course will also focus on the importance of knowing your students and developing management skills for the diverse classroom.  Students will be asked to examine their current practices and to develop or revise their individual Classroom Management Plan (CMP) for use during the 2019-2020 school year.  Participants should bring a personal laptop/tablet.

Course Fee includes a copy of the book, The First Days of School (5th Edition) by Harry and Rosemary Wong.

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

July 17/18 (Wed/Thurs)

$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 10 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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PEI Conference and Leadership Seminar, Part II – PEI Staff

August 2/3 (Fri/Sat)

$60 PEI member, $180 non-member

The topics for the annual PEI conference are determined on a year-to-year basis based on perceived need, legislation, and trends.  The annual surveying of members with reference to their needs and concerns is important for optimum conference programming.  Highly qualified professionals are utilized to bring the best in information, techniques, and challenges.  A view of the conferences of each year is available at www.peiowa.org.

What rights do you have as a teacher?

This year’s Leadership Seminar, Part II,  will be a review of teacher rights, privileges, and duties under Iowa law.  Nathan Arnold, PEI attorney, will be guiding you through the legal issues that are encountered frequently by our members.

To receive the 1 credit toward licensure, both the conference and leadership seminar must be taken the same year.

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Breaking the Code: Fundamentals of Multi-Sensory, Structured Literacy Instruction – Elizabeth Hoksbergen

August 6/7 (Tues/Wed)

$40 PEI member, $60 non-member

This course will analyze phonological processing, phonemic awareness, orthographic processing, rapid naming (word retrieval abilities), and morphological awareness as well as their critical connection to the acquisition of language and literacy skills.  Moreover, course coverage will illuminate the essential elements fundamental to multi-sensory, structured literacy curricula: phonology, sound-symbol association, syllable instruction, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Emphasis during the course will include how to identify and teach phoneme types, graphemes, the six syllable types (and their exceptions), syllable division, syllable marking, and morphemes. Through demonstration and practice, teachers will learn to identify and mark all of the six syllable types of the English language. Additionally, participants will examine key components of effective structured literacy instruction, including diagnostic-prescriptive decision-making; systematic coverage; direct, explicit instruction with modeling; and cumulative review. Participants will learn the inextricable link between these concepts and reading comprehension as well as how to apply this content to their particular instructional context.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 10 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.