Professional Development Courses

One licensure renewal credit for each of the following courses:

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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 you wish to attend and the direct benefits you expect this opportunity to bring to you and to your students.

Scholarship awards will be applied directly to the Professional Development class specified in the application (limit one per person per year).

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Teaching for Financial Literacy Success with “S.T.E.A.M.” With Joanne Kuster – July 15/16

PEI Conference Center 974 73rd Street, Suite 30, West Des Moines, IA

Instructor: Joan Kuster July 15/16 (Mon/Tues) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm $40 PEI member, $60 non-member, $115 for graduate credit through Drake University This 15-hour course is targeted to educators who want to go beyond the basics in personal finance with plenty of S.T.E.A.M. (Strategies, Tools, Examples, Activities about Money). Any educator who may teach a financial literacy class (as ...

Ethical Educators with Terry Gladfelter & Bryan Stearns – January 31/Feb 1

PEI Conference Center 974 73rd Street, Suite 30, West Des Moines, IA

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 ...

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

PEI Conference Center 974 73rd Street, Suite 30, West Des Moines, IA

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 ...

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

PEI Conference Center 974 73rd Street, Suite 30, West Des Moines, IA

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. If you wish to take this class remotely via Zoom conference call, please email info@peiowa.org.  Instructors: Nathan Arnold, Terry Gladfelter, ...

Financial Planning for Teachers with Mike Johnson – July 21/22 – CLOSED

ZOOM ONLY

Instructor: Mike Johnson July 21/22 (Tues/Wed) 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 ...

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

PEI Conference Center 974 73rd Street, Suite 30, West Des Moines, IA

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, ...

Ethical Educators with Terry Gladfelter & Bryan Stearns – June 17/18

PEI Conference Center 974 73rd Street, Suite 30, West Des Moines, IA

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 ...

Uniquely Wired: Creating a (Dyslexia) Friendly Classroom Environment with Elizabeth Hoksbergen – June 24/25

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 ...

PEI Legal Lab – Legal Knowledge is Power with Nathaniel E. Arnold, J.D. – June 30/July 1

Navigate the legal pitfalls that can besiege Iowa teachers in an increasingly complex landscape. Learn the history and application of modern education law. Be equipped to use the law to protect your careers. Some of the topics to be covered are 1st amendment rights, social media, special education, reporting obligations, contracts, assault, electronic issues, FMLA, workers comp, and a host ...

Financial Planning for Teachers with Mike Johnson – July 7/8 – ZOOM ONLY

ZOOM ONLY

Instructor: Mike Johnson July 7/8 (Wed/Thurs) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm $60 PEI member, $100 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 ...

Ethical Educators with Terry Gladfelter & Bryan Stearns – July 19/20

PEI Conference Center 974 73rd Street, Suite 30, West Des Moines, IA

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 ...

A Comprehensive Framework for Facilitating Fluency Development in Reading, Spelling, Writing, and Mathematics with Elizabeth Hoksbergen – July 29/30

Helping students move from accuracy to automaticity across the spectrum of literacy and math skills can be a daunting, discouraging process. How do we facilitate automatic, fluent reading, spelling, writing, and math skills in students who struggle with word recognition, decoding, word retrieval, rapid naming, processing speed, math fact retrieval, and recall of procedural steps? Is it even possible for ...

The Enneagram as a Lens for Understanding Student Behavior: A Tool for Increasing Empathy, Compassion & Resilience – for Self and Others November 30, December 7, 14 – Tuesday Classes

PEI Conference Center 974 73rd Street, Suite 30, West Des Moines, IA

This course, taught by a certified Enneagram coach, will provide awareness, education, and resources for educators to identify and appropriately respond to student – and peer - behaviors they encounter in the classroom. The 9 Personality Types of the Enneagram are driven by their own set of core emotions, fears, and beliefs.  Understanding these 9 Personalities increases empathy and compassion ...

April 14, 15 – The Enneagram as a Lens for Understanding Student Behavior: A Tool for Increasing Empathy, Compassion & Resilience – with Barb Ranck

PEI Conference Center 974 73rd Street, Suite 30, West Des Moines, IA

This course, taught by a certified Enneagram coach, will provide awareness, education, and resources for educators to identify and appropriately respond to student and peer behaviors they encounter in the classroom. The 9 Personality Types of the Enneagram are driven by their own set of core emotions, fears, and beliefs.  Understanding these 9 Personalities increases empathy and compassion – for ...

June 20-21 – The Enneagram as a Lens for Understanding Student Behavior – with Barb Ranck

ZOOM ONLY

Monday, June 20 - Tuesday, June 21 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm)  VIA ZOOM ONLY This Zoom course, taught by a certified Enneagram coach, will provide awareness, education, and resources for educators to identify and appropriately respond to student – and peer - behaviors they encounter in the classroom. The 9 Personality Types of the Enneagram are driven by their ...

June 23-24 – Doubling Down on Dyslexia – with Elizabeth Hoksbergen

PEI Conference Center 974 73rd Street, Suite 30, West Des Moines, IA

Thursday, June 23 - Friday, June 24 (8:00am - 4:30pm) Course Description When it comes to dyslexia, we are in the beginning phase of turning the tide for students and teachers in Iowa. In this engaging course Elizabeth Hoksbergen invites you to join her for an interactive adventure to learn all about dyslexia. Together, we will travel through understanding the ...