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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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January 2020

Dyslexia: Different by Design—Understanding the Most Common Learning Disability with Elizabeth Hoksbergen

January 17, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 18, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States

Instructor: Elizabeth Hoksbergen January 17/18 (Fri/Sat) 8:00am-4:30pm $40 PEI member, $60 non-member · 1 licensure renewal credit. 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…

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

January 31, 2020 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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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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February 2020

Breaking the Code: Fundamentals of Multi-Sensory, Structured Literacy Instruction with Elizabeth Hoksbergen

February 21, 2020 @ 8:00 am - February 22, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Instructor: Elizabeth Hoksbergen February 21/22 (Fri/Sat) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm $40 PEI member, $60 non-member · 1 licensure renewal credit. This course will analyze phonological processing, phonemic awareness, orthographic processing, rapid naming (word retrieval abilities), and morphological awareness as well as their critical connection to the acquisition of language and literacy skills. Moreover, course coverage will illuminate the essential elements fundamental to multi-sensory, structured literacy curricula: phonology, sound-symbol association, syllable instruction, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Emphasis during the course will include…

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March 2020

Ethical Educators with Terry Gladfelter & Bryan Stearns – March 27/28

March 27, 2020 @ 8:00 am - March 28, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Instructors: Terry Gladfelter & Bryan Stearns March 27/28 (Fri/Sat) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm $40 PEI member, $100 non-member · 1 licensure renewal credit. 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…

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April 2020

A Comprehensive Framework for Facilitating Fluency Development in Reading, Spelling, Writing, and Mathematics with Elizabeth Hoksbergen

April 3, 2020 @ 8:00 am - April 4, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Instructor: Elizabeth Hoksbergen April 3/4 (Fri/Sat) $40 PEI member, $60 non-member · 1 licensure renewal credit. 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 these individuals to reach automaticity? By…

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