Curriculum Department Updates
Local Assessment Survey
Statewide Accelerated Learning Plan
- Stakeholder input
- Assessment (local assessment survey)
- Technology Infrastructure
Flexible Instruction Days Application
2021 Spring Testing Windows
PVAAS Upcoming Webinars
- What Decisions? So, What Data? - District Leader focus (Feb 23, 9-10am)
- What Decisions? So, What Data? - School Leader focus (Feb 25, 9-10am)
- What Decisions? So, What Data? - Teacher Leader focus (March 3, 9-10am)
- Planning for Next Year: Beyond Past Practices to Effective Data Use – Elementary focus (April 6, 9-10am & April 15, 1-2pm)
- Planning for Next Year: Beyond Past Practices to Effective Data Use – Secondary focus (April 8, 1-2pm & April 13, 9-10am)
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
- Educational Values
- Meaningful Local Engagement Under ESSA
- Phase 2 Planning Timeline
- Phase 3 Planning Timeline
Comprehensive Planning Tip Jar
Your IU Curriculum Department Offerings
Join us for Remake Learning Days – Northwestern PA!
May 6-16, 2021
Remake Learning Days (RLD)
An innovative learning festival for families and youth. Northwestern PA is one of 17 regions involved across the country. These hands-on and engaging events are designed for kids of all ages at libraries, schools, tech centers, museums, play spaces, community centers, and more.
Participate as an Event Host!
Remake Learning Days would not be a success without event hosts like you. YOU can be a part of this national festival.
It can be as simple as an already planned in-class event/project. It doesn't have to be publicly OPEN for individuals to attend - just publicly VIEWABLE for the community to see/hear what's happening in your school building OR it could be a spring showcase for parents/families (whether virtual or F2F), a virtual Goosechase, etc. I know there are some great things happening in our schools - let's highlight Northwestern PA through the Remake Learning Days festival!
Here are examples of events happening in schools during Remake Learning Days:
- Poetry Slam @ California (PA) Middle School
- Social Justice through Art @ Woodland Hills SD
- Science Experiments @ ACH Clear Pathways
Submit Your Event:
Submit your event to www.remakelearningdays.org by February 26, 2021, to be included in RLD marketing materials.
Chronic Absenteeism (NEW)
In this four-hour training, we will review the problems and negative effects chronic absenteeism has on the students, classroom, school, family, and community as well as the research findings. We will evaluate what works and does not work ultimately creating an outline of a multi-system of support plan for absenteeism. Participants will obtain a wide range of resources to support their plan including: possible approaches, motivations, and parent/community supports. Click here to see a SMORE about this session.
Content Area Reading Strategies (NEW)
In this seven-hour training, you will become familiar with the shared literacy standards in the content areas. You will also become confident in implementing before, during, and after reading strategies to scaffold reading comprehension for your students to access content area text. Click here for a SMORE about this session.
Filling the Gaps in Math through Meaningful Instruction (NEW)
This series will focus on the learning gaps of our math students, underlying causes, and ways we can help them overcome a variety of barriers to close their learning gaps. Participants will look at their current curriculum pacing, formative assessments that can be used in the classroom and online to drive instruction, best practices to deliver content, and more. Although the training is focused on struggling learners, many of the strategies and techniques can be used with all learners to provide meaningful math instruction. For more information, click here.
This is a self-paced asynchronous training available in Google Classroom.
Guest Teacher Program
IU 6 Guest Teacher – January 26
Flyer with dates for the next two years
- 6 attendees
- 3 certified
- 3 still working on paperwork/incomplete
- People can get certified anytime (rolling enrollment)
- March 30 is our next face to face training event
IU28 Guest Teacher
- 7 participants in January
- Running a third virtual session beginning March 1
- Looking at 2020-2021, we are intending to expand the program to include 2 face to face training opportunities and two virtual training opportunities
Engineering By Design
Engineering by Design (EbD™) is a comprehensive pre-K-12 resource for integrative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics instruction. Access to all PreK-12 EbD™ content is available for download at no cost to PA educators.
Need more information? Click here and join us to get started using these resources in your classroom:
IU6: Dates and format of offering available upon request by districts.
IU28: Offered Asychronously beginning March 30, 2021
SOLE stands for Self Organized Learning Environment and is a teaching strategy that draws on children's natural curiosity to create a dynamic space to learn, interact, and develop critical problem solving skills. For more information, click here.
Both IUS 6 and 28 are offering free training sessions for our district teachers on StartSOLE.
To register for this training go to https://www.solutionwhere.com/ww/arin/
IU6: March 8, 2021 from 9:00-11:00am
IU28: Available Asychronously on March 22, 2021
Computer Science in PA
Computer Science Certification
This is preliminary information released by the Department of Education in a press release, and we are awaiting further details. The press release includes the Computer Science Program Guidelines: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=1002
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
Join us: 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 at https://zoom.us/j/6961604968:
February 24, March 23, May 18