The Technology Integration Institute offers attendees with the pedagogical foundation and the hands-on experience to effectively integrate technology in classroom settings. While focusing on specific tools and applications, the institute is designed to show how technology can be incorporated throughout the curriculum to foster 21st Century Skills. Although the institute has been developed for educators and school personnel at a variety of grade levels, the week will focus on integrating technology in the K-8 classroom and offer authentic examples from a group of practicing elementary and middle level teachers who will serve as facilitators.
English as a Second Language
The English as a Second Language Institute uniquely provides administrators, classroom teachers, and ESL teachers with a critical understanding of how schools can take proactive steps at bridging the achievement gap as it relates to linguistically and culturally diverse learners.
Disability Leadership Institute
The Institute uniquely provides elementary, middle school and high school teachers, school counselors and school nurses with an understanding of the critical intersections between contemporary theory and effective learning and service practices, examining them within the context of disability rights narrative, special education and social theories of marginalization.
By the conclusion of the Institute professionals will expand their knowledge about serving the needs of each individual learner as they explore how to: understand each students most pressing needs, evaluate organizational structures as they apply to the students experience and design methods of practice based on a whole child approach. This institute meets the requirement as a 3 credit Inclusion course towards instructional II.
Annual Writing Institute
The Annual Pennsylvania Writing Institute is an invigorating week of professional learning and sharing. Participants will spend the mornings during the week with nationally-renowned speakers, and will have an opportunity to interact with them after lunch in a Question-Answer format. Following each day's Question-Answer session, participants will break into grade-alike sessions to develop themselves as writers, and as teachers of writing, under the direction of talented teacher-facilitators. Respect for the work that teachers do, and for the knowledge that they bring, is paramount in this Institute.
This institute week will encourage new strategies for helping gifted students; build bridges to connect instruction with theory; and provide time for collaboration with professionals.