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Accelerated Learning

Learning has been interrupted since the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IU13 is committed to supporting member school districts in their efforts to accelerate learning for students during the 2021-2022 school year by providing technical assistance, consultation, and professional development in four areas.  

IU13 is supporting member districts with…

  • Healthy System Conditions that both engage community stakeholders in fully understanding the needs of the system and respond with staffing, technology, scheduling, and continuous improvement processes that create the conditions for acceleration of learning.
  • Supportive Learning Environments that place inclusive, trauma-informed principles at the core of planning to create a safe space for learning, form positive and supportive relationships, and support students and staff to mentally and socially recover. 
  • High-Quality Academics that cultivate a thriving data culture to ensure every student has access to the instructional strategies, resources, and supports necessary to successfully engage with and master grade-level content.
  • A System of Scaffolded Supports that provide a continuum of evidence-based academic, behavioral, social, and emotional supports aligned with student needs.

Accelerated Learning Events

Here is a list of upcoming professional learning opportunities to support member districts with accelerated learning.


Supportive Learning Environment Collaborative

Learn about the IU13 Supportive Learning Environment Collaborative here!


Mathematics Roundtable 2

Date: February 8, 2022

Facilitators: Kristina Fulton, Dr. Lauren Beal

Description: Who is doing the talking in math classrooms? “Too much teacher talk reduces opportunities for students to use their own prior achievement, understanding, sequencing, and questioning. This means less thinking and less learning for kids” (Hattie et al, 2017, p. 142). This roundtable will provide an opportunity for participants to dig deeper into best math instructional practices. Conversations will center on current research on visible learning and questioning techniques to support the productive struggle, pose purposeful questions, and promote effective discourse.

A hybrid option will be offered for this professional development. A Zoom link will be sent the day prior to the event for participants who want to attend virtually.

Cost: Free to all IU13 Member and Non Member Districts


School Scheduling Workshops


  • Tuesday, March 29, 2022:  Designing Quality Elementary School Schedules
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022:  Scheduling Strategies for Middle Schools
  • Thursday, March 31, 2022:  Trends and Issues in High School Scheduling

Facilitators: Kelly Galbraith (IU13), Ami Healy (IU15), Tanya Morret (IU12)

Description: Intermediate Units 12, 13, and 15 have partnered to bring Dr. Michael Rettig from School Scheduling Associates, LLC, to the Central PA region. Dr. Rettig will facilitate the following aforementioned school scheduling workshops at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center. Please see flyer for more information.

Cost: $40 Per School Team Member


Accelerating Learning Through High Quality PBL

Date: April 12, 2022

Facilitators: Dr. Lauren Beal, Toni Martindell

Description: This introductory session provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary for designing and implementing high quality project-based learning opportunities for all students. Using resources from PBL Works (formerly BIE), participants will:

  • Understand the distinction between “doing projects” and Project Based Learning.
  • Incorporate best practices in formative and summative assessment into project designs.
  • Learn to use peer-driven feedback protocols.
  • Draft a standards-based project design, including key success skills, a driving question, and major student products, that is ready to implement in the classroom to support accelerated learning.

Cost: Free to all IU13 Member and Non Member Districts


Using Feedback and Formative Assessment to Accelerate Learning

Date: April 28, 2022

Facilitators: Kristina Fulton, Toni Martindell

Description: Formative assessment is a planned and ongoing process that provides teachers and students with feedback on the learning process. In this session, participants will explore formative assessment strategies to accelerate learning and discuss the qualities of high impact feedback.

Cost: Free to all IU13 Member and Non Member Districts


Ensuring Clarity in Learning

Date: May 11, 2022

Facilitators: Dr. Jennifer Bean, Dr. Lauren Beal

Description: When teachers are clear about their expectations and instruction, students succeed. Teacher clarity is both a mindset and a method of teaching. It is teaching that is organized and intentional. It is with this clarity that learners are enabled to judge their own progress and, in turn, plan and set goals. In this session, participants will develop strategies for writing clear learning targets and success criteria to  provide clarity and support accelerated learning.

Cost: Free to all IU13 Member and Non Member Districts


Capitalizing on Student Ownership to Bolster Student Achievement

Date: May 12, 2022

Facilitators: Dr. Jennifer Bean, Nicole Wilkinson, Kristina Fulton

Description: Tasks that allow students to reflect and/or predict their academic progress can reinforce student expectations. The second highest effect size that John Hattie’s research identifies as significantly affecting student achievement is what he coined Self-reported Grades/Student Expectations. This strategy develops student ownership of their academic skills and to self-monitor their progress towards defined success criteria. In this session, participants will walk away with strategies that can be implemented in the classroom tomorrow to increase student ownership in learning.

Cost: Free to all IU13 Member and Non Member Districts


Accelerated Learning Webinars

During the 2021-2022 school year, IU13 is providing no-cost, virtual professional development to member schools based on their requests and feedback, educational research and promising practices, and guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units.  

Each after-school webinar is one-hour in length and takes place from 3:30-4:30 pm. Attendees who participate in these synchronous webinars can earn Act 48 credit. All sessions will be recorded and posted on IU13’s Accelerated Learning Webinar Series YouTube channel. Participants must register to attend each session using Frontline.  

Webinars will continue to be added here as available. (NOTE: Scroll down in the table below as needed to see additional sessions.)

View recordings of previous webinars here, and access webinar resources here.

Accelerated Learning Support Requests

Please contact our Accelerated Learning team with questions or requests: