Events

2017-2018

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 – Jim Hawkins

June 8/9 (Fri/Sat), OR July 9/10 (Mon/Tues)

$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 10 required. Maximum enrollment of 50.

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

June 12/13 (Tues/Wed), OR July 24/25 (Tues/Wed)

$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.

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EverFi

Teaching STEM Career Readiness and Financial Education- Lincoln Hughes

June 18/19 (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.

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Teaching 21st Century Financial Literacy – Joanne Kuster

June 25/26 (Mon/Tues)

$40 PEI member, $60 non-member

This PEI class for professional development is specifically targeted to boost the skills of K-12 teachers who teach 21st century financial skills. PEI’s goal is to help educators to become better money managers as well as teaching personal finance concepts to their students based upon the Iowa Core.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 10 required. Maximum enrollment of 50.

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Programming Standards for Talented and Gifted Students via a Multi-Tiered System of Support – Mary K Overholtzer

July 12/13 (Thurs/Fri)

$40 PEI member, $60 non-member

This class will share best practices between teachers who are often sole practitioners within their talented and gifted positions, yet utilize a district wide systemic awareness of talented and gifted practices. These practices can easily be utilized within special education departments and regular programming. Creating a strong TAG program guide through a multi-tiered system of support is vital to create district support of educators who implement the Iowa Code requirements for TAG programs. This class will be a valuable place for networking, resources, and overall learning and implementation of a district’s talented and gifted program.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 10 required. Maximum enrollment of 50.

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Starting Now: Personal Financial Literacy for Educators – Mike Johnson

July 16/17 (Mon/Tues)

$40 PEI member, $60 non-member

Teaching financial literacy is a need for educators in order to have a full grasp of personal financial management.  This course will cover topics essential for individuals to be financially self-sufficient.  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.

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Experiencing and Teaching Students with Disabilities – Angie Hulsebus and Shannon Freeman

July 20/21 (Fri/Sat)

$40 PEI member, $60 non-member

Attendees will engage in hands-on experiments simulating how their students with various different disabilities function in their classrooms. There will be peer discussions, hands-on learning, and role play.  The experiences will create a sense of awareness as to student needs.  Best practices will be provided on how to engage students to enhance learning, reduce stress, aligning the student to meet educational goals, and strengthening relationships for the optimal educational experience.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 10 required. Maximum enrollment of 50.

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

July 31/August 1 (Tues/Wed)

Pre-requisite:  Different by Design – June 12/13, July 24/25

$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 10 required. Maximum enrollment of 50.

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

August 7/8 (Tues/Wed)

Pre-requisite:  Different by Design – June 12/13, July 24/25

$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.

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PEI Conference and Leadership Seminars – Jodie Nation, Terry Gladfelter, Bryan Stearns August 3/4 (Fri/Sat)

$35 PEI member, $60 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.

The leadership seminar has been revised to contain sections on ethics, law, education regulations, liability, documentation, member issues, chapter development and other issues that will provide you the tools to be effective in working with other PEI members in your schools.

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

PEI is offering two other leadership seminars on two different dates so that members can attend and have completed the Leadership Seminar by the August 3 conference date.

The other two dates are:

June 21 (Thurs.) – Pizza Ranch, Carroll

July 26  (Thurs) – Pizza Ranch, Fairfield

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