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Central Intermediate Unit 10 offers a series of webinars designed to prepare teachers and administrators for online instruction. Each live, 1-hour session will be hosted by at least one of CIU 10's Educational Consultants.

Can't attend? Each session will be recorded for on-demand viewing.

Let us know if you would like to see additional topics added.

IMPORTANT: The links below each session are active. The session will not be live until approximately 5 minutes before the start time.

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April 6 - April 10

Feeling Stressed? Why Teacher Self-Care Matters

Monday, April 6, 2020

Practices to help adults manage their emotion in the face of triggered trauma along with the need for self-care strategies in the wake of stress, compassion, fatigue, burnout, and vicarious traumatization.

What is Trauma? How do we determine if the traumatic experience is a T or t?

Monday, April 6, 2020

Gain a basic understanding of what trauma is. We will discuss the definition of trauma, the ACE’s study, and how adverse childhood experiences could affect us

Basic 101 Trauma & the Brain for Educators, Students and Parents

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Introductory information about basic brain structure, the effect of trauma, and how it impacts learning, self-regulation, and subsequent behavior.

PBIS - Fidelity Updates from the State

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Join us for PBIS Networking and to get updates from the state.

Helping to Promote Healthy Relationships

Thursday, April 9, 2020

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Review the latest research addressing sexual harassment and sexual assault in schools and learn about the resources and programs available to specifically address the promotion of healthy relationships and prevention of sexual harassment and assault.

To register email with your name and PPID number by April 8, 2020.

Foundations of Reading: Advanced Phonemic Awareness

Thursday April 9, 2020

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Explore the research, resources, and strategies to support instruction in the K-2 grades and leave with the confidence in their ability to apply this knowledge with their students.

April 13 - April 17

Information about the Science of Reading 101 Series

This 6-part series will focus on the important topics of revolving around the Science of Reading. Each session will be 1-hour in length. In order to gain Act 48 credits, participants must participate in 3 or 6 sessions, hours can not be given for any other increments.

Questions, please contact: Lauren Smith ( or Heather Spotts (

Depression and Anxiety in Youth

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Anxiety and depression often surface for the first time during youth. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of children and adolescents experiencing anxiety disorders and major depressive episodes. We will examine the triggers of anxiety and depression in adolescents, the current research, the gender differences and look at strategies and resources to help improve adolescents’ mental health.

To register email with your name and PPID number by April 14, 2020.

Science of Reading 101:

Models of Reading including Simple View & the Reading Rope

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Setting the stage for the philosophical framework. Helps teachers visualize how all decisions and understandings of future professional development ‘fit’ into research.

Science of Reading 101:

Correct Articulation of Sounds of Individual Letters

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Most teachers say the sounds of the letters incorrectly since it was not part of our undergraduate programs. With help from the Speech and Language Pathologists, we can better equip our students with breaking the code of English language to read words.

Foundations of Reading:

Sound Walls

Thursday, April 16, 2020

9 am to 12 pm

Take a look at utilizing sound walls within the classrooms to enhance beginning reader's learning.

April 20 - April 24

Science of Reading 101:

Tools to Move Beyond Memorization of Spelling Words

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Focus on the role of orthographic mapping and the impact this has on the way we teach words. Traditionally, students are asked to complete activities to help them memorize spelling words. We’ll look at why and how to change these practices based upon brain research.

Science of Reading 101:

Aiding Students in Reading Multisyllabic Words

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Phonics isn’t just for beginning readers. We use our skills in phonics any time we encounter a new word. This session focuses on how upper grade level teachers can use a quick routine to help students read big words and find out their meanings in the process.

Self Care Part 2: How to Show Up for You

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Part two of self-care involves a deeper dive into practical self-care planning in order to help adults manage their emotions in the face of triggered trauma along with the need for strategies in the wake of stress, compassion, fatigue, burnout, and vicarious traumatization.

Foundations of Reading:

Decodable Text

Thursday, April 23, 2020

9 am to 12 pm

Gain the necessary foundational knowledge in text type selection for instructional impact. Learn the difference between leveled text and decodable text. Then explain the rationale behind text type selection

April 27 - May 1

Science of Reading 101:

Screeners and Diagnostics

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

We’ll cover the what, when, who, and why questions related to universal screeners and diagnostic tools used by teachers across the country to pinpoint areas of need and document growth of student progress.

Science of Reading 101:

Facts & Myths of Dyslexia - How do we know?

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Flipping letters? Visual issues? Need to write letters in the sand to make sense of them? Join this session to discover the common myths and facts related to dyslexia based on brain research.

LETRS Classic Edition: Module 1

The Challenge of Learning to Read

Thursday, April 30, 2020

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Typically offered in place of the 1 hr Science of Reading Session 1 on Models of Reading to go deeper into why so many students struggle with reading and how students learn to read.

Please purchase the book -$30 per teacher for cost of book + shipping.

Questions Contact:

Heather Spotts

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