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PEI License Renewal Credit Class Half Price Awards  – Up to $1000 Available

  • Apply now!  PEIF is offering half price scholarships for educators attending PEI Professional Development Classes. These scholarships are intended to help classroom teachers expand their professional skills and knowledge in areas of ethics, classroom management, dyslexia, leadership, financial literacy, and stem.
  • To apply for a scholarship, please submit a paragraph to info@peiowa.org describing the workshop that you wish to attend and the direct benefits that you expect this opportunity to bring to you and your students.
  • Scholarship awards will be applied directly to the Professional Development class specified in the application (limit one per person).
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June 2020

Ethical Educators with Terry Gladfelter & Bryan Stearns – June 11/12

June 11 @ 8:00 am - June 12 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States

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…

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Financial Planning for Teachers with Mike Johnson

June 15 @ 8:00 am - June 16 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States

Instructor: Mike Johnson June 15/16 (Mon/Tues) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm $40 PEI member, $60 non-member · 1 licensure renewal credit. Many educators view financial planning as a very personal matter – and it is!  Mike Johnson, as a former educator at Southeast Polk, understands this through the lens of a teacher and now as a financial planner.  His expertise will provide financial knowledge that is practical for those who are entering education to those thinking about retirement.  Consider this…

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Dyslexia: Different by Design—Understanding the Most Common Learning Disability with Elizabeth Hoksbergen – June 18/19

June 18 @ 8:00 am - June 19 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States

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…

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Career Savers with Nathan Arnold, Terry Gladfelter, & Bryan Stearns – June 25/26

June 25 @ 8:00 am - June 26 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States

This course will provide materials and information that brings awareness to your career protection.  Topics covered will be classroom management, Code of Professional Ethics, teacher evaluations, legal issues, master contracts, teacher handbooks, school board policy, effective communication skills, and documentation. Instructors: Nathan Arnold, Terry Gladfelter, & Bryan Stearns June 25/26 (Thurs/Fri) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm $40 PEI member, $60 non-member · 1 licensure renewal credit. Minimum enrollment of 12 required. Maximum enrollment of 50. Cancellations due to low class…

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Substance Abuse Right Under Your Nose – June 29/30

June 29 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States

What is happening in Iowa in the area of substance abuse?  Do you know the current trends?  Can you recognize symbols, clothing, concealment? What moves a student towards substance abuse?  Do you understand the physical affects of the substances?  These questions and many more will be answered as members from the Governor’s Office on Drug Control Policy, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Poison Control Center, Iowa Narcotics Officer’s Association, Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Des Moines Police Department…

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July 2020

Uniquely Wired: Creating a (Dyslexia) Friendly Classroom Environment with Elizabeth Hoksbergen – July 9/10

July 9 @ 8:00 am - July 10 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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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…

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Career Savers with Nathan Arnold, Terry Gladfelter, & Bryan Stearns – July 23/24

July 23 @ 8:00 am - July 24 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States

This course will provide materials and information that brings awareness to your career protection.  Topics covered will be classroom management, Code of Professional Ethics, teacher evaluations, legal issues, master contracts, teacher handbooks, school board policy, effective communication skills, and documentation. Instructors: Nathan Arnold, Terry Gladfelter, & Bryan Stearns July 23/24 (Thurs/Fri) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm $40 PEI member, $60 non-member · 1 licensure renewal credit. Minimum enrollment of 12 required. Maximum enrollment of 50. Cancellations due to low class…

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Human Trafficking in Our Schools – What, How, & Available Resources with Stephanie Olson, Yolanda Harden, & Barb Ranck – July 28/29

July 28 @ 8:00 am - July 29 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States

This course will provide awareness, education, and resources for educators to recognize and appropriately respond to trafficking scenarios they may encounter in the schools and communities in which they serve.   Through lecture, video, facilitated discussions and a survivor testimony, those attending will learn:   Human trafficking – what it is and what it is not.  How to educate through a trauma-informed lens.  How to create protocol when a student discloses. How to educate other educators and students, using available curriculum on:  Facts vs. Myths.  Common Vulnerabilities.  Social…

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August 2020

Cognitive Strategies to Fuel Mastery of Math Facts, Algorithms, and Concepts with Elizabeth Hoksbergen – August 3/4

August 3 @ 8:00 am - August 4 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States

Math can be painfully difficult for some students with dyslexia. They frequently struggle with the mechanics of math, including fact retrieval and remembering the sequence of steps in long division or the order of operations. Is it possible to foster math fact fluency, propel procedural memory, and reinforce conceptual learning without undue psychological angst? Yes, it is not only possible, it is achievable! By engaging the channels of implicit, informal, and formal learning, we can create a path for student…

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