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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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June 2021

Unleash Your Genius Mode! with Dave Dubczak – June 15/16 – ZOOM ONLY

June 15 @ 8:00 am - June 16 @ 4:30 pm
ZOOM ONLY

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

June 17 @ 8:00 am - June 18 @ 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 make this a course offered in…

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

June 24 @ 8:00 am - June 25 @ 4:30 pm

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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July 2021

Guided by Language Structure with Liz Tuecke – July 14/15

July 14 @ 8:00 am - July 15 @ 4:30 am
PEI Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States

Educators and parents have been personally and actively involved with struggling readers.  Many times, these students have demonstrated frustration in their desire to read and their inability to be successful.  Are there opportunities for these students to achieve and excel with their peers? Yes! Liz Tuecke has spent years working with struggling readers no matter what their diagnosis.  This practical “nuts-and-bolts” class provides strategies that can be immediately used in the classroom to help students understand and decode the English…

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

July 19 @ 8:00 am - July 20 @ 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 make this a course offered in…

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The Enneagram as a Lens for Understanding Student Behavior: A Tool for Increasing Empathy, Compassion & Resilience, for Self and Others with Barb Ranck – July 21/22

July 21 @ 8:00 am - July 22 @ 4:30 pm

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 self and others leading to greater resilience. This course will be offered in-person and via Zoom meeting.  Instructor: Barb Ranck…

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

July 29 @ 8:00 am - July 30 @ 4:30 pm

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 leveraging the science of how the brain consolidates new learning and identifying a sequence…

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November 2021

Ethical Educators with Terry Gladfelter & Bryan Stearns – November 12/13

November 12 @ 8:00 am - November 13 @ 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 make this a course offered in…

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