Educational Programs Update

April 2023

Guest Speaker-Laurie Kolka

Laurie Kolka- PVAAS Statewide Team Member


Local Assessments and PVAAS

PVAAS and Local Assessments


Renaissance has made it very easy for districts to submit their STAR data into PIMS for inclusion into PVAAS. Districts should contact Renaissance and ask them to generate a file that can be submitted to PIMS.

Other Local Assessments (Acadience, iready, MAP…)

Click on this link to access folders that will provide your PIMs administrator with detailed directions on how to submit local assessment data.

Structured Literacy

Starting July 1st 2023 is when "Structured Literacy" training starts. Any training before this will need to complete a refresher course on "Structured Literacy". Our IU will be offering trainings in the future for our districts.
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Professional Development Offerings

1. Enhanced Core Literacy Instruction (ECRI) Training: If your district is looking at purchasing ECRI overlays for your current core program, Deena is now able to provide training free of charge. Submit a TaC request form to schedule or contact Deena for more information (

2. Paraprofessional Training: The TaC Team will be releasing options for both synchronous and asynchronous Paraprofessional training. Asynchronous options will run during the month of August, with in-person sessions being held at the IU office during the week of August 7. Registration will be on Frontline.

3. Structured Literacy Training Options: IU6 is working to create in-person training workshops. Stay tuned for more information. If you have a specific need, please reach out or submit a request.

Remake Learning Day and Career Backpack Challenge

Remake Learning Days Across Pennsylvania is happening between May 4 - 23, 2023! For the third year, PDE and Remake Learning are partnering on the Career Ready PA Backpack Challenge to offer learners an opportunity to enjoy the festival AND earn a #CareerReadyPA badge at the same time. It is now time to officially register each of your buildings for the challenge!

1) Register your School for the Career Ready PA Backpack Challenge

2) Explore Events: Teachers can engage students during the school day and families can engage in evenings and on the weekends.

3) Attend Events: Students earn "badges" (stickers) after they attend a Remake Learning Days event. -- We will send you the stickers! :-)

4) Artifact Survey: If your students complete 100 artifact surveys, you'll receive a banner to proudly display. (See Oil City SD banner below)

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April 2023 - Mathematics Newsletter

Please share Ben's Math Newsletter with your K-12 Math Teachers!

June 20 - Free Training on New Science Standards (STEELS)

The RIU6 PA Science Education Leadership Network (PennSEL) is facilitating a free one-day immersive professional learning experience on June 20. This session is designed for K-12 science educators and school/district leaders to build a foundational understanding of what phenomena-focused, three-dimensional teaching and learning looks like under the new PA STEELS standards.

The professional learning session will run from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Participants will receive a $50 stipend, six Act 48 hours, and lunch will be provided. Seats are limited so be sure to reserve your seat!

Click Here to Register

Let Ben Brobst ( know if you have any questions or problems registering on My Learning Plan.


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Riverview Intermediate Unit #6 is excited to be hosting Lead & Learn for another year of teacher-led professional learning days! This year, there will be Lead & Learn dates on Wednesdays all summer long.

We have so many outstanding educators in our region and we would like to provide them with an opportunity to share their best practices, favorite lessons, resources... Topics & content is not limited. We are hoping for a wide variety (social studies, art, music, ...).

RIU6 is seeking teachers willing to facilitate or co-facilitate 3 hour mini professional development sessions. Facilitators will be paid $250 for preparation and facilitation.


The application to facilitate a session is due April 28, 2023.

Email Ben Brobst ( with any questions.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry announced the availability of approximately $500,000 in funding for the Building and Supporting a Certified Teacher Registered Apprenticeship Program in Pennsylvania. The purpose of this grant is to develop a program framework and template for a Certified Teacher registered apprenticeship. This initiative, led by the Apprenticeship Training Office (ATO) and Bureau of Workforce Development Administration (BWDA) in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), will allow local education agencies (LEAs) to build a pipeline of well-prepared teachers, with an emphasis on subject areas most impacted by local staffing shortages. The application deadline for the Building and Supporting a Certified Teacher Registered Apprenticeship Program Grant is Thursday, June 01, 2023, by 4:00 PM ET.

Please join us at our live bidders’ conference held on Friday, April 14, 2023, at 10:00 AM ET. For more information on the Building and Supporting a Certified Teacher Registered Apprenticeship Program Grant, please visit our website:

PA Career Ready

RIU6 is offering "Skill Up" training if interested for teachers in May. PA Career Ready local outside agencies are collaborating with IU6 to improve knowledge of resources for our local districts. Please fill out questionnaire to assist us in better servicing your school district.

PSSA Testing Reminders

PVAAS Rsster Verification

The PVAAS Roster Verification: Key Concepts and Topics resource has been revised for the current school year. It is now available on the public site. You may access it here: RV Key Concepts and Topics.

PVAAS 2023 Roster Verification (RV) Phase Dates:

· Preview: April 26-May 5

· Teacher Verification: May 6-19

· School Verification: May 20- June 2

· District Verification: June 3-23

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