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

July 21 @ 8:00 am - July 22 @ 4:30 pm
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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 will provide financial knowledge that is practical for those who are entering education to those thinking about retirement.  Consider this…

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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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Unleash Your Genius Mode! with Dave Dubczak – August 6/7 – ZOOM ONLY

August 6 @ 8:00 am - August 7 @ 4:30 pm
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Do you have students struggle to think outside the box? When you give your students an example, do they wind up just copying the example? How many of your students think they’re geniuses? The good news is, we all have an internal “Genius Mode” we can turn on! Geniuses are good at a few specific creative thinking skills, and these are skills that should be taught and incorporated into our classrooms. In this course, learn how to Activate the Genius…

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