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cool2read 11-30-2007 11:23 AM

workshop by Bureau of Education & Research
Has anyone ever been to a workshop provided by BER? I am looking to see if anyone has anything positive to say about their workshops. Thanks

desire2inspir 11-30-2007 02:32 PM

That's funny...I just asked the same ? about a month ago. I went to one recently for reading specialists and literacy 1st one and it was well worth it. If you have a chance I absolutely recommend it..some of the best training and ideas I've gotten in a long time:D

iteach4th 11-30-2007 02:38 PM

I've been to many BER workshops. They've all been very well done and worth the money. The ones I've been to have all dealt with reading......guided reading, reading workshop, lit. circles, etc.

dee 11-30-2007 03:17 PM

In five years, I haven't been disappointed yet. The best was a 2-day seminar with something like 20 different sessions to choose from (ranging from 1 hour to half-day.) That was the BEST!

TeacherBB 11-30-2007 03:30 PM

yes...loved them all. Math, Reading and Writing--all beneficial!!

NANCYR 11-30-2007 03:54 PM

ber workshops
I've been to 7 or 8 of their workshops. All but one were excellent... I called them about the one I was disaapointed with and they offered me a complete refund. Very good company... excellent workshops... very practical... lots of things you can use tomorrow.

linda2671 11-30-2007 04:01 PM

Not only do they give you a great workshop, but they give you a book that basically reviews everything you learned. It contains things that you can copy and use in your class. I've been to many, and they were all good (and I tend to be negative about inservice speakers).

mshelbyk 11-30-2007 04:55 PM

I've taken "practical classroom strategies to make inclusion work" with Sonya Kunkel. She was AWESOME. Like the PP, I'm very critical of conferences and presenters. She gave us tons of PRACTICAL ideas to take back to the classroom!

Hylin 11-30-2007 06:41 PM

I've also been to severeal BER workshops and I've loved them all. Cheryl Sweeny does some literacy ones and she's amazing if you get a chance to see her speak.

I agree with the PP who said the resource book is a great tool. I reference mine from different workshops all the time.

I think BER gives great, affordable seminars. Enjoy!

n2n2n2n 11-30-2007 07:10 PM

It is their business and it is slick and well run.
Go. You won't be disappointed.

Suzanne 12-01-2007 04:12 PM

Love them
I, too, love the BER conferences. Like Nancy R, all but one were worth while. I wrote how disappointed I was on the survey/evaluation at the one that I didn't like and they sent me a coupon to attend another conference free. I didn't expect it, so it was a nice surprise.

I wish I could remember the ones that I liked the best. One was on solving math word problems, and the other was with Jim Trelese (who wrote The Read-Aloud Handbook). I've enjoyed others, but these were my favorites.


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