The Center for Professional Development

 

Home and School Visitor Courses

Students enrolled in the Home and School Visitor Certificate program are granted enrollment priority in these courses that are required for completion of academic requirements for the Certificate. Registration requests from non-HSV participants will be considered once HSV students have enrolled.  Both courses offer CEUs and  Act 48 credit (NOTE: Act 48 credits may be applied only to an existing PDE certification and not to courses taken in the pursuit of the HSV Certificate).

B5020*
English Language Learners: The Role of the School Social Worker
Two Saturday classes; plus student-arranged ESL classroom visit and ESL instructor interview
Course Fee - $375
Classroom dates Sept. 28 and Nov.9, 2013- 9am-3:30pm
18 CEUs - 18 Act 48 credits

Reading Requirement: Materials/assignments will be distributed in advance of this course, with the expectation that students will review the readings prior to attending the first session. There may be a small fee associated with these readings.

This course introduces candidates in the Home-School Visitor Certificate Program to the current issues, policies and procedures associated with English as a Second Language Programs and the education of English language learners as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The first classroom session introduces students to basic ESL programming considerations and educational models, second language acquisition, the Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) assessment of ELLs. The second classroom session is devoted to discussion of student-scheduled classroom visit and instructor interview experiences that take place in the interim between the two classroom sessions. Participants develop a clearer understanding of the issues that impact ESL programs, as well as how to address the difficult challenges facing ELL students, teachers, families and school communities. 
Linnea Iles, is ESL Facilitator in the English as a Second Language Program of the Manheim Central School District.

B5000*
Psychological Testing for School Social Workers (Part I)
February 1, 2014 - 12:30-5:30pm -
$110
5 CEUs - 5 Act 48 credits

Reading Requirement:  Get Smart about Tests: The Essential Parent and Teacher's Guide to Understanding Children's Educational and Psychological Testing.
Author: Joseph D. Rocchio, Ph.D.,Copyright 2011.
Assigned Chapters: 1 (Welcome to the World of Testing, 2 (What Do All the Numbers Mean?), & 3 (Intelligence Tests)
Social workers can potentially play a key role in supporting students and their families throughout the process of a psychological evaluation, in making sense of reports, and in ensuring that students’ strengths and needs are understood. In this course, participants are introduced to issues in school-based psychological testing, and learn how to assist families in understanding assessment results, with specific attention to the assessment of cognitive functioning and development in children and adolescents.  The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children IV is described and demonstrated, as are other commonly-used cognitive measures.  The historical context of psychological testing is also discussed.  Upon completion of Part I of this course, participants will have learned: (1) the role of norm-referenced testing within the broader process of comprehensive, ecologically-based assessment (2) to define psychometric concepts as they apply directly to the use of major tests; and (3) to assist parents in understanding psychological test results. No prior experience in conducting psychological assessments or interpreting test data is required for this course. There will be a brief quiz on the assigned readings at the beginning of Part II. This two-part course is required for those in the Home and School Visitor Certificate program.
Joan Manhardt, PhD, is a licensed and certified school psychologist.  She conducts evaluations and provides psychological services for a local public school district

B5010 *
Psychological Testing for School Social Workers (Part II)
February 15, 2014 – 12:30-5:30pm - $110
5 CEUs - 5 Act 48 credit
Reading Requirement:  Get Smart about Tests: The Essential Parent and Teacher's Guide to Understanding Children's Educational and Psychological Testing.
Author: Joseph D. Rocchio, Ph.D.,Copyright 2011
Assigned Chapters: 4 (Proficiency and Achievement Tests), 7 (Other Useful Tests), & 9 (Frequently Asked Questions About Testing)
Drawing on the foundation provided in Part I of this course, Part II addresses issues in intelligence testing, including the major forms of test bias, and introduces participants to guidelines for culturally competent school-based consultation.  Also explored are tests of information processing, academic achievement, and social/emotional functioning currently used in schools, as well as links between assessment and intervention in a school context.  The impact of federal IDEA legislation on the identification of learning disabilities is discussed. Upon completion of Part II of this course, participants: (1) understand the cultural issues and biases inherent in the use of standardized tests; (2) are familiar with issues in identification of students’ needs within public school systems; (3) continue to learn and practice how to speak with parents and students about the results and reports of psychological test findings. A brief quiz is administered during this session that covers previously assigned readings. Completion of Part I of this course is a prerequisite for enrollment in Part II. Both sessions are required for students in the Home and School Visitor Certificate program.
Joan Manhardt, PhD, is a licensed and certified school psychologist.  She conducts evaluations and provides psychological services for a local public school district

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