Curriculum Department Updates

January 2021

Professional Employee Evaluations

PIMS Meeting Keystone Exam Information


Visit this Link to see a menu of upcoming virtual PVAAS trainings. These trainings are designed specifically for groups of educators:

  • District Leaders
  • School Leaders
  • School Counselors
  • ELL District Contact

Included in the link above are recordings of previous training provided by the state PVAAS team.

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

ACT FREE Waiver Program

Students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch are eligible for up to four ACT registrations. Students will also receive free access to the Official Self-Paced Course and additional resources. Application to colleges may also be waived. Click here to read more.

Curriculum Council Discussion

Please visit this Padlet to add content during our discussion around pressing questions surrounding this pandemic era as we move into the second semester of this school year. As a Western PAIUCC team of curriculum directors, we are working to select days to facilitate topics such as these and others to be added in a virtual session open to all Western PA curriculum directors.

Your IU Support Offerings

IU28 Asynchronous Training Library

NEW Filling the Gaps in Math through Meaningful Instruction

Filling the Gaps in Math through Meaningful Instruction

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.

Get More Math

ARIN IU28 and RIU6 will be hosting three trainings on the Get More Math program for those districts participating in our consortium. These are free trainings with a GMM consultant, and will be beneficial for teachers implementing GMM in their classroom. There will be no Act 48 credits awarded for these training sessions.

The first training on January 27, 2021 will go over the steps of setting up your classes, adding students, and creating assignments. You can join again on February 10, 2021 to learn more about monitoring your students’ progress and tips to increase the effectiveness of GMM in your classroom. The final training will be offered on February 24, 2021, and will look closer at creating assessments, and using data to drive math instruction.

For additional information, and to register with GMM, please follow this link:

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:

March 2, 2021 8:30AM-11:30AM


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.

IU28: January 12, 2021 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm and

February 16, 2021 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm

To register for this training go to

IU6: March 8, 2021 from 9:00-11:00am


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:

PDE: Stem and Computer Science FAQs

  1. K-8 Computer Science Virtual Pathway: Spring and Summer Cohorts Available
  2. Additional CS Opportunities through RIU#6 and our Partners
  3. Hour of Code: At Home Edition
  4. CS Exam - FREE Self-Paced Online CS Praxis Prep Course, Learn More HERE

Resources for Families

Common Sense Education:

Check out all of the amazing resources and information available for families through Common Sense Media by clicking here.

PDE & PA PBS - Learning at Home:

Check out all of the amazing resources and information available for families through PDE & PA PBS - Learning at Home initiative by clicking here.

OnRamp to Remote Learning

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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