Burlington County Professional Development Institute

2016-2017 Offerings

Your Resource for Professional Development in Burlington County

Workshop Contact:

Marie Phillips

Administrator, BCPDI

(609) 234-4879

Email: mphillips@bcsssd.k12.nj.us

Workshop Location:

BCSSSD Westampton Campus

Media Center

20 Pioneer Blvd.

Westampton, NJ 08060

All workshops will be held in the Media Center at BCSSSD, 20 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton, NJ unless otherwise noted.


January 25, 2017

Legally Compliant IEPs

Presenter: Jessika Kleen

Target Audience: CST Members , Teachers of All Grade Levels, Administrators, Directors, Counselors

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Workshop Description:

This workshop will provide an in-depth explanation of what courts expect to see in IEPs. Key components in IEPs that can render them both legally and technically sound, most notably the Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAFP) and the goals and objectives sections, will be identified. This session will focus on combining best practices with educational strategies that are reasonable and practical for child study teams to utilize every day.

About the Presenter:

Jessika Kleen, Esq. is a partner of the Machado Law Group and has devoted her legal career to the practice of education law. Jessika has the unique experience of working in the Special Education Law Clinic while attending Rutgers Law School, and has been with the Machado Law Group since its inception. Jessika’s practice involves all aspects of education law and has an in-depth background in special education law, board policy, and administrative matters. Ms. Kleen lectures extensively on special education and other student topics throughout the state of New Jersey, provides professional development workshops to all of the firm’s clients, and co-authored Avoiding Legal Pitfalls of Developing New In-District Programs.

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Registration Deadline: January 18, 2017

February 7, 2017

Effective Strategies for Teaching Mathematics at the Middle and High School Level

Presenter: Dr. Deborah Ives

Target Audience: 7 – 12 Classroom Teachers of Mathematics; Administrators; Supervisors

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Workshop Description:

Participants will engage in active learning about the integration of essential content and process standards in mathematics, with a focus on highly effective pedagogy and best practice for ALL students using the 3 Stages of Learning: Concrete, Pictorial, and Abstract. Materials and resources, including multimedia open-source digital tools, will be integrated with concrete, hands-on manipulatives through the lens of meaningful, parallel tasks. Emphasizing a balanced approach for every learner, participants will examine questioning techniques designed to engage all students in reasoning, sense making, and the mathematical processes for understanding, specifically the (8) Math Practices in the New Jersey State Math Standards. The development of open questions, highlighting problem solving strategies through the use of dynamic classroom assessment, will be linked to current state testing expectations.

About the Presenter:

Deborah Ives has been a classroom teacher, K-12 supervisor, and mathematics leader in New Jersey for over twenty-five years. Dr. Ives has also served as a Team Facilitator in an Aeronautics, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (A-STEM) Academy in an Abbott District and as an Instructional Leader in Mathematics, where she worked closely with teachers and students in the area of mathematics pedagogy and curriculum.

Recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Deborah Ives is currently the Lead Content Advisor to WNET/Thirteen for the Educational Multimedia Project, designed to help middle and high school students taking algebra appreciate its importance, usefulness and connections to other subjects.

A Past President of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey, Dr. Ives provides workshops to K-12 teachers throughout New Jersey. She is also a frequent speaker throughout the country, and as a delegate to the NCTM Annual Conference.

Deborah Ives has made educational contributions as an invited curriculum writing team member for the State of New Jersey Department of Education K-12 Standards Clarification Project and the American Diploma Project (ADP) New Jersey Algebra I Standards, K-12 Math Task Force Member 2009, NJ Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (ASK) Proficiency-Setting Panelist, and a Special Review Assessment Advisory Task Force Member.

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Registration Deadline: February 1, 2017

February 21 & 22, 2017

All-Hazards Continuity of Operations Planning

Presenters: NJ Department of Education Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning; FEMA

Target Audience: Administrators; SROs; Central Office Personnel; Members of School Emergency Planning Committee

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Please note this is a 2-Day workshop and participants must commit to attend both days.

Please note: Space for the this workshop is limited to 25 participants so please register as soon as possible.

Workshop Description:

This workshop will discuss how to plan, develop, implement, and test a Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan. A COOP plan is a required element of a district’s Emergency Operations Plan (or School Safety and Security Plan) and is activated when a disaster has struck and facilities are inoperable. The COOP plan will assist in answering questions such as: If we had to move our students and staff to another facility, how would we maintain our academic operations? How do we create an emergency relocation group? What agreements should be in place with other school districts in order to transfer students to their facilities?

The program will include experts in continuity planning from FEMA, county Office of Emergency Management (OEM) staff, and NJ State Police OEM, who have developed innovative planning solutions for public institutions. This thorough and comprehensive working session will help begin the development of your COOP plan. The goal of the two-day session is for participants to leave with a tailored, substantially completed COOP plan for their districts.

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Registration Deadline: February 14, 2017

February 23, 2017

Google EDU Across the Curriculum (Beginner to Intermediate Level)

Presenter: Rich Kiker

Target Audience: Pre-K – 12 Classroom Teachers; Administrators; Supervisors; Directors. Beginner to Intermediate Level Google Users

Note: Workshop limited to 50 participants.

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Please Note: Participants must bring their own electronic devices

Workshop Description:

During this hands-on learning experience, participants will explore the best practices of connected learning using Google Apps for Education, Drive, and Classroom with a focus on design thinking and instructional excellence. The design labs will have a major focus on multiple content area integration strategies for classroom instruction. The goal is for each participant to complete the workshop series with a toolkit of new designs for the classroom!

About the Presenter:

Rich Kiker is the Founder and CEO of Kiker Learning, 1 of 5 Google Education Partners for professional development in the world. Rich also serves as the part time Director of Online Learning for Palisades School District in Pennsylvania, 1 of 9 school districts in the county to be spotlighted by the US Department of Education as a model “Future Ready” district and has been recognized as the Outstanding Contributor to Blended and Online Learning with blendedschools.net. He has been awarded the “20 to Watch” award by the National School Board Association and has served in many roles that combine his expertise in both technology and education including Classrooms for the Future Coach, eLearning Architect, and Creative Design Consultant. He is a content author for Google EDU, is a frequent advisor to Google for Education's global professional development strategy, and has been recognized by the Google for Work team as a Social Influencer.

Rich can be found online at +Rich Kiker and @rkiker.

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Registration Deadline: February 16, 2017 or once maximum capacity of 50 is met

March 1, 2017

The Art of Teaching: Effective Communication with Parents and Students

Presenter: Edward Albert

Target Audience: K – 12 Classroom Teachers; Administrators; Supervisors; Counselors; CST Members

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Workshop Description:

During this full-day training, time will be allotted for participants to collaborate, role play, and discuss how to apply this professional development content with parents and students in their educational setting. Participants should be able to immediately implement what they learn and continue the use of these strategies throughout the school year.

Participants will learn:

· Key strategies for effective parent-teacher conferences

· Techniques for enhancing parent communication throughout the year.

· Parent engagement strategies

· Classroom management strategies using effective student communication.

· Strategies for successful implementation of de-escalation strategies

· Effective student communication strategies to de-escalate situations and what this looks like in the classroom.

About the Presenter:

Edward Albert is a dynamic, enthusiastic educator with expertise in the areas of standards, curriculum, at-risk students, response to intervention, differentiating instruction, and multiple intelligences. He has served as a classroom teacher, principal, staff development specialist, and education consultant. During his down-to-earth, humorous presentations, Ed offers practical strategies that can be implemented in the classroom immediately. Ed’s genuine, honest, and humorous style of presenting earns him high marks with even the most reluctant participants. His practical strategies have helped thousands of teachers across the county raise student achievement and change the way they think about reaching and teaching all students.

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Registration Deadline: February 22, 2017

March 9, 2017

Best Practices in Emergency Planning

Presenter: Jeff Gale

Target Audience: Administrators; SROs; Central Office Personnel; Members of School Emergency Planning Committee

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Workshop Description:

As you know, all schools in NJ are required to develop a School Safety and Security Plan; however, is your district's plan reflective of best practices in emergency planning and procedures? This workshop is a great opportunity for you to learn about what high quality and effective emergency plans should include as well as the opportunity to engage in tabletop exercises that allow you to best understand the planning process. Participants are encouraged to bring their district’s School Safety and Security Plans and attend with their district's emergency planning teams so you can engage in meaningful analysis of how your plan aligns with best practices.

About the Presenter:

Mr. Jeffrey Gale served with the New Jersey State Police for 26 years, retiring in 2011 at the rank of Captain. During his career he has provided security for government officials, including presidents and governors; critical infrastructure sites; and large venues/events, including professional and collegiate sporting events and concerts.

Mr. Gale now works for the NJ Department of Education, Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning. He provides direct support to New Jersey's schools to establish safe and secure school environments. He provides training for school administrators and staff to prevent and counter school violence, and to prepare for emergencies.

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Registration Deadline: March 2, 2017

March 16, 2017

English Language Learners (ELL) in the Mainstream

Presenter: Kathy Fernandez

Target Audience: Classroom Teachers PK-12; CST Members; Supervisors; Administrators

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Workshop Description:

This presentation will address English Language Learners and classroom issues, providing a guide on ways to adapt instruction to make it accessible to ELLs and all students. Who are our ELL students? What impact do linguistic and cultural diversity have on student learning? There will be discussion on ways to affirm student diversity and include it in approaches to teaching and learning. We will look at factors teachers need to know regarding the cultural backgrounds of English Language Learners. We will also focus on the theoretical and methodological perspectives that inform our instruction for English language learners. There will be a brief overview of second language acquisition theory and how it shapes best practices for teaching second language learners. A demonstration of ways sheltered instruction techniques can be incorporated into all classrooms and a look at the ways assessments can be differentiated for English Language Learners will be included.

About the Presenter:

Kathleen Fernandez joined the College of Education at Rowan University in Fall of 2010 as an adjunct professor. She has a MEd. in English as a Second Language Education from The College of New Jersey. Ms. Fernandez teaches a variety of courses related to language teaching and learning and multicultural education at Rowan University. Ms. Fernandez is an English as a Second Language teacher for grades K-8 in the Lumberton Township School District, Lumberton, NJ. She has taught ESL in a variety of settings during her 26 year career, including high school sheltered science classes, preschool handicapped program participants, and adult and workplace ESL programs.

Ms. Fernandez is the Burlington County ESL Consortium Chapter Leader of NJTESOL/NJBE and has served as a member of the executive board. She has worked on test development for the English as a New Language PRAXIS and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards on-line assessments. She also served on the NJDOE Bilingual Advisory Committee.

Professor Fernandez regularly provides professional development in the region on methods for effective planning, teaching, and assessment in K-12 ESL classrooms and differentiating instruction for ELLs and culturally diverse students in mainstream classrooms.

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Registration Deadline: March 9, 2017

March 21, 2017

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Presenter: Dr. Djanna Hill

Target Audience: Grades K – 12 Teachers, Administrators, Supervisors

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Workshop Description:

This all-day workshop for New Jersey teachers will focus on diversity, culturally responsive teaching, teacher sensitivity, and ways to increase student achievement. Current definitions and characteristics of cultural diversity will be explored and student learning styles and pedagogical applications will be reviewed. Characteristics of culturally competent teachers, alternative assessments, as well as ways to increase student achievement will be discussed. Teachers will also engage in collaborative learning activities and case studies involving multicultural concepts in the different content areas. The workshop will conclude with lesson plan ideas that align with state standards and classroom resources. The morning session will include information and discussion on responsive teaching, case study discussions, and current definitions. The afternoon session will include collaborative learning activities and lesson plan ideas.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Djanna Hill is a professor at university in northern New Jersey with over 15 years of experience preparing teachers for K-12 classrooms. Dr. Hill’s academic degrees are from Howard University and Columbia University. First trained as a scientist, Djanna taught middle and high school science in Baltimore, MD and Brooklyn, NY. Her doctorate in urban & multicultural education, led her to teach educational foundations, multicultural education, research methods, and science methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her focus has been to prepare teachers to serve students with diverse cultural and experiential backgrounds. Dr. Hill served on the board for the National Association for Multicultural Education from 2005 – 2008. She is a recent Fulbright-Hays recipient and a member of several national committees, including the urban learning, teaching, and research education interest group, the social context in education committee, and the Caribbean and African studies in education interest group of the American Educational Research Association. As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Hill has expanded the context of her contributions as a teacher educator by sustaining a funded project for teacher candidates and in-service teachers. The goal of the project was for educators to have an intercultural experience that enriched pedagogy and content in teaching South Asia in US schools. Professor Hill performs yearly in-service professional development in the areas of multicultural education and diversity, science education, and pedagogical strategies.

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Registration Deadline: March 14, 2017

April 5, 2017

Grief Speaks

Presenter: Lisa Athan

Target Audience: Classroom Teachers PK-12; CST Members; Supervisors; Administrators

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Workshop Description:

Please note: this workshop will address two topics related to death and grieving: Suicide Prevention (9:00 – 11:30 AM) and When Parents Leave Children Beyond (12:30 – 3:00 PM).

Session I: Suicide Prevention (9:00 – 11:30 AM) Grades 5-12

Thousands of teens commit suicide each year in the United States. In fact, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds. Middle school suicides have doubled from 2007 to 2014. Suicide does not just happen. Studies show that at least 90% of teens who kill themselves have some type of mental health problem. They may also have problems at school or with friends or family, or a combination of all these things. Others may be struggling with issues related to sexual identity. Kids spend so much time at school it is imperative that adults in schools recognize warning signs, learn risk factors, and identify protective factors as well as what to do and who to turn to for help. This session will help educators learn how to identify warning signs and risk factors, in addition to understanding what to do and say when faced with a troubled student. Participants will be provided with resources to help support students and families.

Session II: When Parents Leave Children Behind (12:30 – 3:00 PM) Grades K-12

Children experience so many different losses (death, divorce, moving, parental incarceration, families affected by addiction, abandonment). Grief in children and teens manifest differently than adult grief. In addition to the loss, youth must also contend with secondary losses - disenfranchised grief, ambiguous loss, and if the loss was anticipated or sudden. Learn how children and teens grieve (physically, emotionally, mentally, socially) and how schools can best support them and their families. Discover ways to create a positive and safe school climate for students coping with different types of loss. Find out myths about grief and identify ways to nurture resiliency and growth in youth affected by loss. Resources that can provide additional help for youth will be discussed.

About the Presenter:

Lisa Athan is the Executive Director and Founder of Grief Speaks. She is a national speaker for teenagers and adults and has over 30 years of experience in the fields of addiction, mental health, grief and loss. Her specialty is facilitating workshops, keynotes and training programs on coping with grief and loss. Lisa speaks on various types of loss experiences, in addition to death, which can also lead one on a journey through grief. Lisa Athan obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling and is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. She serves on the Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth as a Lead Responder in three counties (Union, Essex and Middlesex) and is the Co-Founder and Child Bereavement Specialist for Camp Clover, a NJ weeklong bereavement day camp for children 7-15 years old who have lost a parent, sibling or other important person in their lives through death. Ms. Athan has also worked at Good Grief, a year round peer support program for grieving children and their families as a group facilitator for volunteers, children, teen and adult groups, as well as being the Director of Education and Outreach for Good Grief.

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Registration Deadline: March 29, 2017

May 17, 2017

Mindfulness and Yoga in the PK-12 Classroom

Presenter: Ms. Bobbie Downs and Ms. Lisa Cleary

Target Audience: All School Staff and Administrators

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Workshop Description:

Mindfulness and yoga have proven to be effective methods in helping students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment,” mindfulness gives students the tools they need to focus, interact positively with others, and better understand their emotions. This presentation will discuss the basics of mindfulness, give attendees practical ways to apply it in the classroom, and provide resources that they can use to start their own program. Attendees will learn the importance of mindfulness and yoga in the lives of teachers and administrators as well. In an era of teacher burnout, high stakes testing, and increasing responsibilities, emotional intelligence is imperative. Mindfulness is an easy, applicable strategy to make an impact individually and school wide. Participants will leave the seminar not only personally relaxed, but with a stronger understanding of how mindfulness can be used when they return to their schools. Please wear comfortable clothing as we will do interactive activities and light movement.

About the Presenter:

Bobbie Downs is the Director of the Educational Services Unit under Burlington County Special Services School District. Prior to this position she served as a teacher and then middle school principal at Burlington County Alternative School. During her time there, she implemented mindfulness and yoga in the classroom to effectively help her students. She is a graduate of the Mindful Schools year-long program and continues to seek out professional development in mindfulness education. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Rowan University, where she also received her M.A. in School Administration.

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Registration Deadline: May 10, 2017

Lisa Cleary

Ms. Lisa Cleary is a School Counselor at the Burlington County Alternative School and has been working with at-risk youth for the past 21 years. She has been practicing yoga for 18 years and has been trained and certified in teen yoga at the Medford Yoga Center in Medford, NJ. Ms. Cleary has been leading yoga groups for 15 years at BCAS and began incorporating mindfulness techniques into the classroom last year. She completed her Supervisor Certification and is currently pursuing her M.A. in School Administration at Rowan University.

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Registration Deadline: May 10, 2017

Terms and Conditions

  1. The Burlington County Professional Development Institute (BCPDI) is comprised of districts in Burlington County who pay an annual membership fee. All employees of participating districts are permitted to attend any and all workshops free of charge for the school year in which a membership fee has been paid.
  2. A current photo ID issued by the registrant’s district and indicating he/she is an employee of said district is required for entrance to a BCPDI workshop. No person will be admitted to a workshop free of charge without proof of employment in a membership district on the day of the workshop.
  3. Employees of non-membership districts are permitted to register for any and all BCPDI workshops for a fee of $75 per workshop. Payment in the form of a purchase order, check or money order payable to the “Educational Services Unit - BCPDI” is required for admission on the day of a workshop. Cash and credit cards are not acceptable.
  4. Registrants are required to secure permission to attend a BCPDI workshop according to the “Request for Professional Development Leave” policies established in their districts. The BCPDI is not responsible for securing professional leave for any workshop participant.
  5. A Professional Development Certificate indicating the date and title of the workshop, the name of the presenter, and the number of professional development hours awarded will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop. No PD certificates will be issued prior to the conclusion of the workshop.
  6. In the event of inclement weather or other conditions that result in the cancellation of a scheduled workshop, information will be posted on the Burlington County Special Services School District website (www.bcsssd.k12.nj.us) under the ESU tab. An email will also be sent to all registrants. Every effort will be made to reschedule any cancelled workshop.

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