• Professional Development Overview


    The Professional Development Department provides technical support and training for professional and paraprofessional staff in districts, IU programs, Approved Private schools, Nonpublic schools, and Charter schools on current issues and topics in education. In addition, parent education programs are offered regularly.  The department offers a range of relevant training opportunities from introductory overviews to in depth training and technical assistance in support of ongoing school improvement. The goal of the department is to assist schools in their quest to increase the achievement of all students by expanding the knowledge and skills of those invested in the education of children. Current topics of interest to educators are anticipated and researched, and presentations are developed based on the needs of a particular audience. Information is based on current trends and research-based interventions and strategies.  
    Professional Development Specialists work closely with state education agencies to support schools in implementing best practices for statewide initiatives related to a variety of topical areas such as behavior support, inclusive practices and least restrictive environment, response to intervention, transition, autism, and assistive technology. 

    Paraeducator Training

    Current training topics are aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators and will assist paraprofessionals in gaining Highly Qualified status.

    Title II Services

    Title II services provide nonpublic schools with funds for instructional materials and staff development in accordance with state and federal laws. Funding is determined by enrollment.


    Nikki Borradaile, Program Supervisor of Professional Development – 610-938-9000 ext. 2034 | nborradaile@dciu.org
    Cyndy Napp, Professional Development Secretary – 610-938-9000 ext. 2130
    Paula Coons, WebReg-My Learning Plan/Act 48 Secretary – 610-938-9000 ext. 2132
    Barbara Grimste, Title II Secretary – 610-938-9000 ext. 2138