Curriculum Department Updates

November, 2020

PDE Updates

State Asessments

  • Fall Keystone scores should be available December 4th, 2020
  • The Keystone Winter testing window has been extended from December 2, 2020 through March 31, 2021. Please see this letter from Matt Stem and PDE for more information.
  • There is currently no provision for home testing and no cancellation of state assessments
  • The opt out regulations are still in effect - religious is the only opt out allowed by law others are counted as refusal (both will still count against participation rates and proficiency)
    • Students have the waiver for federal accountability if they meet the following 2 criteria the waiver remains for that student.

      • They were in the trigger course in 2019-20

      • They were a first time test taker in 2019-20

      • PDE will provide schools with a list of students that are included in the 2019-20 waiver - likely January

  • Act 158 Training: still waiting

  • Lauren's Act 158 Discussion for Our Region


PVAAS Slide Deck of Updates

  • Site Updates
  • File Updates
  • Professional Learning


  • PIMS - next deadline Noon on Nov 12 - Student enrollment and Staff Account Creation

  • Noon on December 17 - Student enrollment

  • Noon on January 19 - Student enrollment and Staff account update

  • ELL Projections training in the works will send the dates as soon as they have them set.

Comprehensive Planning

The Phase 2 Comprehensive Planning deadline has been extended to November 30, 2021. The Phase 3 Comprehensive Planning deadline has been extended to March 30, 2022. You may submit the plan at any point prior to this date as well.

Help Guides for the Prepare for Planning Phase

Comprehensive Planning Google Site

Pandemic Supports

PDE Navigating the Roadmap Series

Dec. 10th Prioritized Standards in ELA

Dec. 14th Prioritized Standard in Math

Dec. 15th Prioritized Standards in Science and Technology.

All sessions will be held from 2:45-3:45 via the Zoom link: OR 1 646 558 8656

Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

The U.S. Department of Education released a new Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide, a resource to help parents and guardians understand how digital tools can provide tailored learning opportunities, engage students with course materials, encourage creative expression, and enrich the educational experience.

PSU: A Systematic Approach to Distance Education / Planning for Tomorrow

Flyer with Registration

Under and Disconnected Students Pilot Program

United SD, Marion Center SD, and Purchase Line SD, Forest Area SD, Titusville Area SD, Punxsutawney Area SD, and Allegheny-Clarion Valley SD Qualify

Meeting Recording Link

Access Passcode: j%Q2wV+D

Pennsylvania PBS

PBS affiliate stations throughout Pennsylvania have partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and created Learning at Home. These efforts provide continuity of educational opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.

  1. On-air broadcasts of educational, standards-aligned programs Monday - Friday from 10 am-3pm to supplement your distance learning. Programming is aligned by grade bands and color-coded by Learning Goals so that you can easily find the program that's right for your child/student. (If students have access to the internet, they can also live stream their PBS station’s channel.)
  2. Weekly educational activity sheets for pre-k and elementary grades.
  3. Ten days of pre-packaged, standards-aligned curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies for grades K-12 through WQED’s Support our Schools.
  4. Short Webinar Series that will help you understand how to use these resources.
  5. Pennsylvania PBS education directors who can call you directly to help you understand how to use these resources.

Follow, share, and tag the great work you are doing in your classrooms with Pennsylvania PBS:

Hashtags: #TogetherPennsylvania #learningathome
Hashtags for PBS affiliates: #WHYY #WITF #PBS39 #WPSU #WQED #WQLN #WVIA


Riverview IU6:

"High Flyers" Drone Camp. Educators from DuBois Area, DuBois Central Catholic, JEFF TECH, Oil City, Punxsutawney, Redbank Valley, Titusville, GEMS Club, and Penn State Extension will receive training from For the Win Robotics on their BUILD, FLY, CODE lessons. Educators will then engage students in these lessons. Each district received a set of drones and resources on a Raspberry Pi, to engage students -even without Internet access - in STEM. This is a program working with our partners at PA Rural Robotics, For the Win Robotics, TIU#11, and WQED Pittsburgh.

Family Code Night

Family Code Nights occurring in November and December across PA!

The #CSinPA team is pleased to partner with CS is Elementary to offer National Family Code Nights to elementary school communities across the Commonwealth. Since its launch at one elementary school in 2018, there have been thousands of Family Code Nights across the country, including at the White House. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CS is Elementary created virtual Family Code Nights.

There are 10 National Family Code Night events between October 19 - December 9, and we’d love to see Pennsylvania schools engage in every one of them. As a starting point, here are a few pre-made resources.

Thousands of households and families will not be able to stream the virtual event due to a lack of broadband. To support access and equity in education, Pennsylvania PBS stations are working with PDE to air family code night on TV. Households can participate in the family code night by watching it on their local PBS station and using simple household items as their “coding kit”

Statewide broadcast Dec. 10 from 7 pm-8 pm on all 7 Pennsylvania PBS stations

Program Description: This hour-long special will encourage children, ages kindergarten through fifth grade, and their families to get excited about computer science together! Computer science is an exciting and growing field that impacts the world in countless ways. A large part of computer science is computer coding. If you don’t know much about computer coding, you will not want to miss this special. Children and their families will not only learn about coding and the exciting careers that depend on it, they’ll also be invited to participate in hands-on activities that will help to introduce the basic principles of coding. The best part? No computer or special materials will be required.
PBS: Learning at Home

Click here for information ALL about PDE & Pennsylvania PBS Initiatives and Projects

AIU in Partnership with IUs 1, 5, 6, 27, and 28

Allegheny Intermediate Unit is leading a regional collaborative with intermediate units, non-profits, universities and out-of-school time partners to provide support for distance education. The collaborative is called ONRAMP. ONRAMP will provide educators professional learning on how to design instruction in a distance learning environment
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Your IU Supports

IU 28 Asynchronous Training Library

*NEW* to the offerings: Hyperdocs, The Achievement Mindset, Tapping into the Four Lenses of Learning to Increase Student Engagement. Click on the yellow "button" above to access the training library!

RIU#6 Asynchronous Training Library

*NEW* to the offerings: Hyperdocs, The Achievement Mindset, Tapping into the Four Lenses of Learning to Increase Student Engagement. Click on the yellow "button" above to access the training library!

Educational Technology Office Hours Support

With the increasing number of schools moving to remote instruction, our curriculum department has instituted a series of office hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to help accommodate the number of ed tech questions that teachers have as they instruct their students online.

To access the Zoom room for office hours, please use this link:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Nov. 23rd-December 18th



Remote and Hybrid Teaching: Coaching and Consulting

We are offering a three day package of training, coaching, and consultation at no cost to each district. Here are the components of the package:

1. A four hour training (your choice of delivery---in person, synchronous, or self-paced asynchronous) on the themes and components of effective instruction and how those components transcend delivery mode. We will address how to strengthen and increase student engagement, deeper learning, our online strategy toolbox, and complete an assessment of online tools for learning purposes. This training includes examples of practical strategies that can be used to elicit engagement and deeper thinking from students, no matter the delivery method.

2. Two and half days (used at your discretion) with a team of curriculum specialists to work with small groups of teachers in implementing components of the above training.

3. Click here to watch a short video explaining the details of the package. Please schedule by clicking here if you are interested.

Student Competitions

Governor's STEM Competition - “Improving Pennsylvania Through STEM”

ARIN's Regional Virtual Event will be held on February 25, 2021.

RIU#6's Regional Virtual Event will be held on February 26, 2021.

Informational Flyer

Register for this event HERE.

The state event will be held virtually on May 6, 2021.

STEAM Lending Library

We are OPEN!!

Limited Menu of Availability IU28

Limited Menu of Availability IU6

Protocols for Cleaning and Sanitation IU 28

Protocols for Cleaning and Sanitation IU6

A couple of our items have been repurposed due to the shift in needs of our regional educators. For example - Osmo base and reflector can be borrowed to be used as an at-home document camera for teachers to use with their students. HUE Animation Studio kits will be broken down (upon request) to provide a document camera to those who need one. Create a free account on and reserve your items today!

Engineering by Design: December 17, 2020

Same information offered 3 times to accommodate various schedules:

7:30 AM

11:15 AM

3:00 PM



PIIC (Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching)

September Agenda

October Agenda

Next Meetings:

  • Dec 16
  • Jan 28
  • Feb 25
  • Mar 24
  • May 17

You can still join! If you decide to participate as a district, as many teachers as you'd like can come! Email

ELD Supports for Face to Face of Virtual Learning

PATTAN has released newsletters filled with resources to support ELD teachers. The newsletters are referred to as "nuggets" : Nugget #1 Teacher Collaboration and Co-Teaching, Nugget #2 Family and School Partnerships, and Nugget #3 English Language Components and Literacy Development. You are welcome to share these resources with teachers of EL's as well as their supervisors.

Technology Integrator Meetings

RIU#6 will host Technology Integrator Meetings again this year. 3 different times to accommodate as many schedules as possible!
  • 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
  • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Connection Link

Join us: December 17, Jan 21, Feb 18, March 18, April 15, and May 20

ARIN IU 28 is hosting Technology Integrators sessions again this year. We are meeting from 2:30 pm - 4 pm on the following dates:

December 16, January 20, February 24, March 23, May 18