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MER Act 48/Chapter 14 Events

2019-2020

The Mideastern Region and Division members will have an opportunity to earn up to 18 hours of Act 48/Chapter 14 credit via evening events this upcoming school year!

The schedule includes two nights at the Michener Museum and Applied Digital Skills G Suite - one event in Bucks and one event in Montgomery County. We will also be hosting an author event at our region office, along with professional development ranging from improving your craft, working with EA and ESP colleagues, student achievement and poverty, and a professional voice coach.

Upcoming Events

January 07, 2020

Working with your EA & ESP Colleagues

When: Tuesday January 7th, 2020

Time: 5pm

Where: Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville, PA 18936)

In this interactive workshop, teachers and support staff will discuss the important relationship they share in their buildings. This workshop will challenge participants to talk about how their personal paradigms and attitudes impact their ability to work together. Participants will be asked to consider how their communication styles impact their work in the classroom.

Presented by Allison Bronson and Dustin Mott, MER UniServ Representatives

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February 10, 2020

Student Achievement & Poverty

When: Monday February 10th, 2020

Time: 5pm

Where: Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville, PA 18936)

This session examines socio-economic status and student achievement and takes a look at approaches and interventions that are being implemented to help "close the achievement gap" for students around the country. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of the facts and helpful knowledge and resources related to poverty and student achievement.

Presented by: Dr. Chris Clayton, PSEA Assistant Director for Student Services

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March 09, 2020

Read Aloud with Confidence

When: Monday March 9th, 2020

Time: 5pm

Where: Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville, PA 18936)

Be prepared to get up on  your feet and learn how to be clear, engaging, and comfortable reading in front of an audience of your students and colleagues. Through a series of fun exercises and improvisation games you will learn to apply simple techniques used by voiceover artists and actors to hold audience attention and interest. Reading aloud to students both slows down and simultaneously intensifies the classroom experience. In a world of sound bites and half-formed ideas expressed quickly in electronic formats, students benefit from hearing complete ideas, expressed with originality and attention, such as one finds in literary language. 

Presented by: Emlyn McFarland, Actor/Voiceover Artist/Comedian

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April 15, 2020

Helping Students Build Connections with "Everyday Hero" Stories - Sponsored by CAPS

When: Wednesday April 15th, 2020

Time: 5pm

Where: Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville, PA 18936)

Studies who that young readers who feel a personal connection to what they are reading demonstrate better comprehension and derive greater enjoyment from their reading. They engage more thoroughly when they see ideas connecting to their own experiences and passions. They see themselves in new roles, have a clearer picture of historical events, and become more actively involved in learning scientific theories. Connections also help them bridge the gap between current knowledge and new material. Choosing strong, well-crafted nonfiction is a good first step toward building these connections. 

Join author Aimée Bissonette for an interactive discussion about using nonfiction and, in particular, "Everyday Hero" stories to intentionally guide young readers to a discovery of how books connect to their lives. Participants will be provided with model classroom activities and a list of suggested "Everyday Hero" stories. 

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