Curriculum Updates

December 2021

PDE Updates

Act 13 Updates in the Chapter 4 Report

There are updates to the Chapter 4 reporting that reflect that changes to Act 82 in Act 13. These changes are primarily reflective in nature, but there are also some questions to consider in planning for the future.

Please take a look at these changes by viewing the slides here.


PVAAS Updates Slide Presentation

  • Update to the login page: will now have the roster verification dates and roster verification will be completed THIS SPRING!

  • Links for the PVAAS Powershots will be on this page.

  • There are companion guides for some of the videos.

  • There is a slide on the Teacher: 3-Year Composites.

Science Standards

On December 1st, the recommendations and standards revisions produced in response to the stakeholder feedback were presented to the State Board of Education. The document compiling the revisions can be reviewed HERE.

Act 158 Trainings

To assist LEAs with Act 158 implementation (beginning with the class of 2023), PDE is offering trainings during the months of Sept., Nov., & Dec. Prior to participating in office hours, please review the Act 158 Toolkit and associated resources on the SAS website. Click on this link for more information on training dates/times. Training topics include:

  • Act 158 Overview
  • Resources
  • Implementation
  • Tracking and Reporting

Here is a link to access all of the recorded sessions. Office hours are offered in November and December, and in these office hours specific student scenarios will be reviewed and discussed in depth. Here is a list of other topics and a format for how the office hours will operate.

Act 35: Accessing and Completing the Survey

The survey is housed in the Future Ready Comprehensive Planning Portal system and is available on November 15, with a reporting deadline of January 7, 2022.

Here is a link to a reporting guide for Act 35.

ARIN's Curriculum Department

Accelerated Learning Choice Board

Our curriculum department created this choice board of Accelerated Learning topics for you to use FREE in your schools if you'd like. Each topic consists of 2 hours of professional learning for teachers and/or principals.

*This choice board meets all Accelerated Learning topics

Asynchronous Training Winter 2022

Our fall asynchronous training sessions ended on December 1st. We are opening the winter window of asynchronous training from January 3rd through March 31st.

The Achievement Mindset

When we think about reaching and teaching students in poverty, what are the greatest factors in their success? Where does individual teacher expectations of their students' success fall in the ranking of factors? Through this four hour training, teachers will assess their understanding of how poverty impacts student learning and learn how to set gutsy goals for ALL of the students in their classroom. Participants will also learn key strategies for how to set micro-goals for their students and how to ultimately help students self-manage these goals on the path to reaching high expectations.

Google Training: Google Basics and Bootcamp

Google Basics Part One

Part 1 of this bootcamp teaches participants the basics of using Google Drive, Docs, Slides, and Forms. Participants will listen to instructional videos, complete a skills challenge for each Google Application, and also reflect on each skills challenge. By the end of part 1, participants will have a Google Doc, Google Slide, and Google Form ready to use in their classroom. This section of the bootcamp takes a full day to complete, or seven hours.

Google Basics Part Two

In Part 2, you will learn how to operate the tools and features in Google Sheets to create spreadsheets, sort and analyze data collection, and consider how to use this application in your classroom. Learners will also create a Google Site and navigate the features in a Site. The Gmail/Calendar portion of the learning experience will expose participants to organizational features in these applications to enhance workflow and collaboration. An introduction to Google Meet and some practical suggestions for successful synchronous lessons and meetings are included in this training, followed and concluded by a useful section on creating channels, playlists, and using YouTube in a classroom. This section of the bootcamp takes a full day to complete, or seven hours.

Google Classroom

Part 3 of this bootcamp concludes with learning on Google Classroom and how to set up a classroom, create and assign interactive assignments, differentiate assignments, and more. This section of the bootcamp takes a half day to complete, or four hours total.

*Accelerated Learning Categories: Equitable Practices, Class-Wide Supports, SEL

Asynchronous Training Catologue

Sessions in this entire catalogue are available to your district upon request!


ACT WorkKeys

ARIN IU is hosting a training session regarding the ACT WorkKeys Assessment and National Career Readiness Certificate. Rick Harris, from ACT, will engage learners in a three hour session of information and hands-on exploration of the ACT WorkKeys assessment. Participants will learn about the three WorkKeys assessments that award the National Career Readiness Certificate, which are the Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents assessments. Click here for an agenda of this session.

The date for this session is Thursday, December 16th:

  • Session #1: 8:00am-11:00am
  • Session #2: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Lunch will be provided at 11:00am. If you attend the first session, you can stay for lunch, and if you attend the second session, you can come early for lunch. The cost of this session is $40 to help cover the expense of the trainer. Please click here to register and access more information!

New School Director Training

ARIN IU 28 is offering a training for new school directors in January 2021. The training is designed for two evenings of interactive learning and participation. Interested attendees can choose from the options listed below:

Session A: January 11th and January 27th from 5:30pm-8:30pm

Session B: January 10th and January 26th from 5:30pm-8:30pm

Here are the agendas for each evening of the training:

Please contact Danielle Patterson ( for registration information.

Math Training Opportunities

Building Blocks for Math

Building Blocks: Early Numeracy

Participants will look at what early numeracy is, why it is important, and what they can do to increase early numeracy skills in their students. There will be a focus on number identification, subitizing skills, and the progression of learning that takes place at the primary level. Supplemental activities will be shared to help enhance the current curriculum being used in the classroom.

February 2, 2022 from 8:30am-3:00pm

Building Blocks: Number Sense

Participants will look at ways to introduce problem solving to their students, building consistency across grade levels, and improving their students' problem solving skills. Various activities and strategies will be shared that promote number sense and ways to help students develop number sense so they can check for logical answers when solving problems. These skills are important for students to acquire, and continue to use, in order to be successful as they progress through different levels of their mathematical education.

March 1, 2022 from 8:30am-3:00pm

NEW Data Series Training Opportunity

Know Your Data (and what to do with it)!

This three day series is not designed to train on analyzing data from specific assessments: it is a learning experience designed to dig into the why and how of data analysis and how to support overall assessment literacy in efforts to use data productively in our schools. We will look at data on a systematic level, from developing and using assessment maps to creating data teams, and we will also look at data at the classroom level, from having productive data team meetings to creating an action plan with identified strategies to inform and adjust instruction.

Please click here for more information.

NEW Co-Teaching Training Opportunity

Co-Teaching in the Classroom

This training is recommended for all teachers, however, districts are encouraged to send co-teaching partners. This training will focus on the different models of co-teaching, the pros and cons associated with each model, and it will also help teachers to determine the best model to use in their classrooms. We will look at ways to best utilize all professionals (teachers and support staff) in a classroom in order to actively engage learners and meet the needs of every student.

Please click here for more information.

STEM Sessions and Competitions

Upcoming Student Competitions

STEM Design Challenge

ARIN Regional Competition: March 30, 2022 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Elderton High School Gym

Media and Design Competition (MadCom)

Regional Competition Date: April 6, 2022 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Registration for all regional competitions will open November 1, 2021

To register to

STEAM 2021 - 2022 Sessions

Check out the STEAM offerings for next semester here!


These sessions are designed to provide deeper learning for participants involved in the new teacher induction series. They can also be accessed by ANY teacher as well.

New Teacher Requirements

This session would be additional focus on the TIMS website, requirements for level two certification, and teacher evaluations.

Meeting Special Education Needs in My Room, Including Gifted Students

Additional information geared toward general education teachers with full inclusion within their classroom. We will look at what they are required to do legally, but also how they can meet the needs of their learning support students along with the students who are learning at a much higher level. Explore ways to make sure all students are showing growth, writing and understanding an IEP and GIEP, etc.

Visible Learning and Accelerated Learning

This training will look at best practices to help all students learn and succeed in your classroom. There will be additional information on differences between accelerated learning and remediated learning, instructional practices that hold all students to high expectations, and making sure we are exposing students to core content at grade level.

Universal Design for Learning

This training will take a deeper dive into Universal Design for Learning, how to incorporate it into your classroom daily without burning yourself out, and creating a learning environment that impacts all learners. There will also be some focus on Webb's Depth of Knowledge, and making sure that educators are getting higher level questions and activities into their lessons.

Winter TaC Events

Click here for a run down of all of the amazing support our TaC team is offering this winter!

We Need Your Help! Paraprofessional Series in Development

We are in the process of designing an asynchronous training library of learning for the paraprofessionals in our region. The anticipated launch date of this training is August 01, 2022. In efforts to design the most interesting and desired learning for our paraprofessionals, please help us by distributing this survey to the paraprofessionals in your schools. THANK YOU!