• 2019-2020 EL Professional Learning opportunities

    Providing solutions for english learners to flourish academically and socially

  • Examining best practices and leading edge research to find new ways of meeting the needs of the ever-growing population of english language learning students. Teachers and administrators are welcome to participate and explore how best to help language learners in their classrooms and schools.

    Register today for the workshops below by clicking the category title to access the online catalog and enroll. Thinking of attending multiple workshops?  Consider joining the CCIU EL Consortium!  Members can receive federal and PDE updates, consultations with an EL consultant, and seats to the following EL and Equity workshops that will allow schools and districts to meet the educational needs of their English Learners: Learn more by visiting www.cciu.org/ELConsortium

  • English Learner Workshops:

    One of the overarching goals of Title III is to support the education of English Learners (EL). Led by Educational Consultant Ana Sainz de la Pena from the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), the CCIU offers professional development opportunities to address the educational needs of English learners and increase capacity at the local level.

    Family Engagement for English Learners
    October 23, 2019, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    This session focuses on current standards for engaging families and communities as partners in student learning and achievement. Participants will identify the federal ESSA requirements for family engagement, define meaningful family engagement for EL’s success and implement culturally responsive family and community engagement in their school context.

    English Learners’ Academic Achievement within a Culturally Responsive Learning Environment  
    December 3, 2019, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Workshop participants will explore culturally responsive practices to strengthen general education systems to meet the needs of diverse learners. They will examine the impact of shared ownership and Federal and State policies and procedures on multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) implementation for English Learners.

    Equity and Disproportionality of English Learners in Special Education
    January 16, 2020, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. snow date, January 23, 2020 

    Often, the academic delays specific to the process of second language acquisition and acculturation can be misinterpreted as learning disabilities. In this workshop, participants explore data, analyze evidence-based practices and engage with tools and resources to better inform the decision-making process of the Multi-Disciplinary Team when considering referring English Learners for special education evaluation.

  • STEM Equity and EL Workshops:

    To support equitable access to hands-on STEM learning for all learners, the CCIU Innovative Educational Services is providing educators with two exciting STEM workshops designed to assist in providing STEM opportunities that empower EL students.

    Electronics & Computer Programming for English Learners
    May 6, 2020, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    This activity will be held virtually. All participants will receive a link to join the Zoom room prior to the start time. Click here to register.

    At the Innovation Playground, CCIU Innovative Educational Services staff will introduce you to the latest STEM products and equipment and help answer any questions regarding how they are used, ways to integrate them into your curriculum and what to expect in terms of costs. This interactive workshop will provide educators with ways to engage English Learners, as well as ALL students, in a rich, collaborative, innovative way.

    Innovation Lending Library  

    Attend one or both of our workshops to acquaint yourself with cutting-edge, innovative technology equipment available for loan from CCIU's catalog. Then, borrow from our lending library catalog so you can incorporate STEM opportunities for students across all curricula without the expense of purchasing your own devices and kits. For questions about the Lending Library, contact: Cathy Lenhart at CathyL@cciu.org


  • Agents of Equity Series Workshops:

    This school year, join the CCIU for our rollout a of new professional learning series centered on equity and school culture. The Agents of Equity series provides your school and leadership personnel with the support necessary to make equity and positive school climate an explicit focus. Participants can attend any, all or some of the sessions offered; however, schools may want to consider sending a team to the entire series as a way to create "agents of equity" and build capacity within their schools and districts. 

    Understanding Implicit Bias and Its Impact in Schools 
    December 12, 2019, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Social activist and creator of My Reflection Matters, Chemay Morales-James, will join educators and present on implicit bias and ways to employ critical consciousness and anti-bias techniques in the classroom. Morales-James is social liberation coach and parent organizer with over 17 years experience working as a social justice educator.

    Equity Disciplinary Practices: Vulnerable Decision Points
    March 25, 2020, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Nikole Hollins-Sims from the Pennsylvania Department of Education will join us to discuss Equitable Disciplinary Practices. She will highlight the racial disparities that exist as a result of exclusionary school discipline and offer alternatives to school leaders and educators.

    What We Say Matters: Language To Support Learning & Behavior 
    April 21, 2020, 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    This session is being delivered online via Zoom from 8:00 - 12:00 PM, registered participants will receive the link to participate.

    To register, visit: www.cciu.org/King

    The culminating equity event will feature Shauna King, presenter and school culture coach, whose highly engaging workshop offers participants ways to integrate social and emotional learning practices in order to improve academics and behavior. Shauna is a former principal, Positive Behavior Supports coordinator and classroom teacher with over 20 years of experience in public and non-public school settings.