As the school year comes to a close, we hope you are able to take time to pause and reflect on the positive impact you made this year on the lives of your students. Your time and dedication to growing the minds in front of you cannot be underestimated. When our focus is so much on helping others, we sometimes forget to help ourselves. We hope you will find your own opportunities to learn and grow through our initial summer slate of offerings listed below.
"We can't become what we need to be
by remaining what we are."
- Oprah Winfrey
Also coming in August... One-day Responsive Classroom Workshops! Official registration opening soon - pre-register here to be notified first when these sessions become available.
Responding to Misbehavior
Special Areas Teachers
Sustaining RC Momentum
John Spencer returns in person to MCIU!
Student choice is about more than just a menu option. It's about student ownership. This includes ownership of the processes, the assessment, the strategies, and the metacognition. But how do we make this happen?
PBL can seem daunting when you have time constraints, standards, and a curriculum map. What does it look like? How do you even get started? In this workshop, we begin with the "why" and move into the "how." As a group, we will do a mini-project and plan out an initial PBL unit. Learn with John on August 25!
Summer Sessions with ASCD...
MCIU has partnered with ASCD to offer 4 in-person sessions focused on social emotional learning and culturally responsive pedagogy. These sessions will take place in August and are currently in pre-registration. Pre-register here to be notified as soon as they are available.
Student Assistance Program (SAP) K-12 Training
What is SAP? The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student's success. SAP helps students overcome these barriers in order that they may achieve, remain in school, and advance. This in-person, 3 full-day session, training is approved by the Interagency Committee and will provide all trainings with certification for being a fully-trained SAP K-12 team member.
Picture Perfect STEM workshops are ideal for elementary teachers, special educators, and librarians who want to integrate STEM and literacy in their classroom or STEM lab. You will build a solid understanding of STEM and literacy integration and the 5E model through participation in model lessons and engaging, hands-on learning tasks. By the end of this workshop, you will have the skills, knowledge, and confidence you need to successfully begin implementing Picture Perfect STEM Lessons in your classroom! Sessions take place in-person and are available for K-2 or grades 3-5 educators. Click below for details.
Blended Sessions -
Learn Online and In-Person!
Foundations of 3-Dimensional Teaching and Learning
This is a blended learning offering with 4 hours of asynchronous learning and 6 hours of in-person learning. The asynchronous portion is for participants to build a common language and understanding around the phenomena and the three dimensions of science teaching and learning; science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. The in person portion will provide participants an opportunity to experience integrating phenomena and the three-dimensions.
Using Math Tasks to Increase Student Discussion:
Focus on Tasks
Effective teaching of mathematics engages students in solving and discussing tasks that promote mathematical reasoning and problem solving and allow multiple entry points and varied solutions. Participants will explore the characteristics and cognitive demand of various mathematical tasks and the teacher and student behaviors necessary for successful implementation of high level mathematics tasks.
Effective teaching of mathematics facilitates discourse among students to build shared understanding of mathematical ideas by analyzing and comparing student approaches and arguments, and by posing purposeful questions to assess and advance students' reasoning and sense making about important mathematical ideas and relationships. Participants will explore the necessary components for a culture of discourse in a mathematics classroom as well as the teacher and student behaviors necessary for successful implementation of classroom discourse.
Learn the three principles of Universal Design for Learning and the role of the framework in intentional design to provide equitable and meaningful learning for all students.
Advanced Placement Summer Institutes
Week 1 virtual, Week 2 in person at MCIU this summer!
The MCIU Advanced Placement® Summer Institute is designed to engage both novice and experienced AP® teachers. Through the APSI, participants will work with veteran, College Board certified instructors to:
Review recent updates in AP® programs and exams
Reflect on instructional delivery practices that impact student learning in an AP® environment
Examine course design options that best fit their settings