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Teaching & Learning Collaborative Professional Learning Offerings

The IU13 Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) has developed a variety of high-quality, professional learning sessions. Each session description indicates whether the session will be conducted face-to-face or virtual, synchronously or asynchronously. Some of the asynchronous sessions below are non-facilitated, and others are facilitated, which means that the facilitator will provide feedback on activities and assignments as you complete the session at your own time and pace.

For each of our professional development offerings, additional details regarding meeting dates and pricing can be found by clicking on the registration link. All professional development sessions require pre-registration via Frontline Professional Learning.

Explore the full 2022-2023 TLC Catalog below for additional live and online professional learning opportunities  — and meet our TLC Team here!

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  • Learn more or register for upcoming TLC professional learning opportunities below.

Professional Learning Offerings

Explore Upcoming TLC Training Sessions   Explore TLC Job-Alike/Networking Meetings

Please note:

  • Each session description indicates whether the session will be conducted face-to-face or virtual. Please click on the “register” link to learn more.
  • Each session description indicates whether it is synchronous or asynchronous.
  • Registration details for asynchronous learning sessions also include completion dates and if a date/time is scheduled for a Zoom orientation or synchronous “kickoff.”
  • Please contact the session facilitator or Danielle Craig ( | 717-947-1742) with any questions.

Training Sessions

Regional Instructional Technology Collaboration – Virtual

Dates: February 25, 2022 & May 20, 2022

Facilitators: Timothy Leister, Ken Zimmerman, Keith Royer

IU12, IU13, and IU15 would like to welcome all instructional technology educators from any region to join us for a great morning of collaboration in eastern Pennsylvania. We will kick off the morning with an overview of the agenda and engaging activities to build inter-IU relationships. The rest of the morning will be in an open spaces edcamp format to share and discuss with others with a common focus and/or passion in the educational technology field. All instructional coaches/specialists who facilitate and support instructional technology are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please note: A Zoom link will be sent out to all registered participants a day prior to the event.

Cost: Free to all IU13 Member and Non Member Districts

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Start SOLE: Self Organized Learning Environments (In-Person)

Date: June 14, 2022

Facilitators: Nikki Wilkinson and Tom Esposito

Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) is a simple education approach designed to promote inquiry and foster self-empowerment. In Self-Organized Environments (SOLEs), small groups of students are asked big questions and then left to work together to answer those questions. Join us to learn more about SOLE and how to StartSOLE in your classroom by tomorrow! To learn more about SOLE go to:

Cost: Free to all IU13 Member and Non Member Districts

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Science of Reading Academy

Date: June 16, 2022 – May 3, 2023

Facilitators:  Dr. Terri Lewis and Rachael Haverstick

This professional learning series is designed equip teachers with knowledge of the science of reading and structured literacy instruction. A blend of

full-day sessions, job-embedded activities, and PLC meetings will support educators as they refine literacy practices to ensure all learners have the skills necessary to thrive as readers.  Topics include: What is the Science of Reading? Scarborough’s Rope, Simple View of Reading, How Students Learn to Read, Word Recognition (Decoding), Language Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Structured Literacy.

Cost:  $75/person (This professional learning series is being partially funded by Accelerated Learning funding for public school participants & by Act 89 funding for nonpublic school participants.)

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Engaging Learners in Environmental Education Using a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE)(In-Person)

Date: June 16, 2022

Facilitators: Dr. Lauren Beal and Nikki Wilkinson

Are you looking for ways to get your students outside and engaged in environmental education?  As PA implements new 3D standards focused on environmental literacy and sustainability,  the MWEE framework provides a structure for teachers to design engaging curriculum-aligned lessons that empower students, teach critical environmental standards, and promote civic action.  This workshop also includes a local outdoor field experience and resources to support instruction.

Cost: Free to all IU13 Member and Non Member Districts

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CMU CS Academy – Virtual Workshop

Date: June 28 & June 29, 2022

Facilitators: Kristina Fulton

IU13 has partnered with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Center for Creativity in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University to offer a training cohort for CMU’s CS Academy in order to increase the
capacity and number of educators implementing computer science instruction, with a particular focus on equity and expanding opportunities for students with special needs.

Cost: No cost – Each participant will receive a $400 stipend upon completion.


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Making Sense of Text Analysis (Virtual Non-Facilitated)

Date: July 1 – July 29, 2022

Facilitators: Dr. Jennifer Bean

Are you looking for strategies to engage your learners in ELA content that is geared to text analysis? Participants will investigate tips and tricks to get even the most reluctant readers and writers engaged in content relevant to the text-dependent analysis. Participants will also participate in and receive lesson templates that utilize tools for analysis.

Cost: IU13 Districts – $80.00 / Non-IU13 Districts $90.00


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Redefining Literacy (Virtual Non-Facilitated)

Date: July 1 – July 29, 2022

Facilitators: Dr. Jennifer Bean

Students are both reading and composing texts as part of a digitally-connected world. During this virtual professional development, participants will examine instructional techniques and tools for digital literacy instruction. Participants will walk away with new ideas for integrating technology in a meaningful way while teaching reading, writing, speaking, or listening.

Cost: IU13 Districts – $80.00 / Non-IU13 Districts $90.00


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Making Sense of 3 Dimensional Teaching and Learning (In-Person)

Date: July 14, 2022

Facilitators: Nikki Wilkinson

How are you preparing for the new science, technology, engineering, environment, and ecology standards in PA? In this workshop, participants will explore what it means to teach in three-dimensions by digging deeper into disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and science and engineering practices.

Cost: Free to all IU13 Member and Non Member Districts

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Supporting K-8 STEM Using Engineering by Design (EbD)(In-Person)

Date: July 20, 2022

Facilitators:  Dr. Lauren Beal

Engineering byDesign™ (EbD)™ is a comprehensive solution for Integrative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (I-STEM). It is built on the belief that the ingenuity of children is untapped, unrealized potential that, when properly motivated, will lead to the next generation of technologists, innovators, designers, and engineers.  This workshop will focus specifically on EbD’s K-8 resources.  Participants will learn about the (EbD)™ curriculum, engage in a STEM design challenge, receive complimentary access to ALL (EbD)™ courses, and begin action planning for implementation.

Cost: Free to all IU13 Member and Non Member Districts

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Designing a Lesson in 3 Dimensions (In-Person)

Date: July 25, 2022

Facilitators:  Dr. Lauren Beal and Nikki Wilkinson

Where do you start when planning a 3-dimensional lesson?  This workshop will walk participants through the 5-E model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) of instruction and unpack the three dimensions of a performance expectation.  Participants will discover how the use of phenomenon provides the support for students to engage in the science practices.  Time will be given to both participate in a 3D learning experience and begin to design a curricular-aligned 3D lesson.

Cost:  $125/person IU13; $140/person non IU13

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Unpacking and Planning for Implementation of the New PA Standards (Science, Technology & Engineering,  Environment & Ecology) (In-Person)

Date: August 1-2, 2022

Facilitators:  Dr. Lauren Beal and Nikki Wilkinson

This two-day series will build awareness of the direction of science, technology & engineering, and environment & ecology education in the state of PA and the state’s timeline for full implementation of the new standards.

On day 1, participants will build a foundational understanding of three-dimensional teaching and learning by unpacking the new PA standards.  Teams will compare current course offerings and grade level units to those articulated in the new standards.

On day 2, participants will create a vision for science and technology & engineering education and a three-year implementation plan that includes curriculum, instruction and assessment considerations and a plan for professional development to be ready for full implementation by July 1, 2025.

Cost: $290/person IU13; $320/person non IU13

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Number Sense & Reasoning Routines (In-Person)

Date: October 5, 2022

Facilitators: John SanGiovanni, a best-selling author and nationally recognized leader in mathematics education.

Do your students struggle with reasoning about numbers and operations? Are you looking for practical, high-quality tasks to engage students and ignite discussion? In this engaging session, participants will learn about dynamic, doable activities that engage students in meaningful ways. A collection of ready-for-use resources will be provided and explored so that pursuit of number sense becomes a daily routine. These resources naturally complement every lesson in any elementary or middle school mathematics class. Classroom clips of colleagues leveraging these strategies will be shared and time to create personal examples for participants’ classrooms will be provided.

Cost: $250 per person, includes workshop, book & lunch – Districts with 5+ attending educators, get one FREE seat for an administrator to join!

Job-Alike/Networking Meetings

The TLC Team facilitates a variety of meetings where educators working in similar positions or on similar initiatives can gather to learn, collaborate, share insights, and network. Among the variety of offerings are those below. For questions on these or other opportunities for collaboration offered by the TLC Team, please contact Danielle Craig ( or 717-947-1742).

Curriculum and Instruction Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

IU13 facilitates individual PLCs from 4-6 PM in the following areas: Elementary STEM, K-12 Science, K-12 Mathematics, K-12 Technology and Engineering, K-12 Social Studies, K-12 Literacy, K-12 Health & Physical Education, English Language Development.

The purpose of the PLC Meetings is to give subject educators an opportunity to:

  • Engage in discussions about discipline-specific best practices in remote or blended learning environments.
  • Stay informed of the most current information from the PDE and professional organizations, and share that information with colleagues in their school or district.
  • Engage in collegial professional development activities for the purpose of building their own capacity to strengthen standards-aligned systems at the classroom, building, and district levels.
  • Serve as a collaborative resource for regional professional development activities.
  • Network and engage in collegial dialogue with other “job-alike” professionals.

Dates and registration information can be found on the C&I PLC Flyer.

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Enriched Virtual Forum

The purpose of the Enriched Virtual Forum (EVF) is to support district cyber academies and to develop high-quality course content to supplement and enrich current district virtual programs. Meeting topics will include the National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Quality Matters partnership for use of rubric and review process, Accessibility and WCAG compliance, using LLVS Accelerate Ed content in Schoology/Canvas, and using open-educational resources (OER) and other instructional online content in Schoology/Canvas. School districts will be asked to organize a course development and review committee which will begin to develop an action plan as part of their participation in the Enriched Virtual Forum. Future meetings will focus on participant needs and professional development to support K-12 virtual learning and online course development.

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IU13 and Emerald Esports are joining together to lead Promoting Inclusion and Career Readiness through Scholastic eSports Expansion.

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Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions Advisor Meetings

As a member of Lancaster-Lebanon Virtual Solutions program, advisors, and/or institutional administrators have the opportunity to meet on a regular basis to share ideas, challenges, and updates. In addition, throughout the year, LLVS meetings invite guest speakers, include vendor presentations and training sessions, and offer networking opportunities.

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Librarians’ Collaborative

These POC collaborative meetings are for Lancaster and Lebanon County library stakeholders, including AccessPA member libraries, for the purpose of providing pertinent information concerning technology tools, ethical and legal issues, and professional development opportunities. In addition, time will be devoted for new learning and exploration for the integration of IMS and other tools/strategies supporting all content area curricula.

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Tech Media Integrators’ Collaborative

Monthly meetings will provide school district technology and media staff with a forum for training and sharing in the uses of technology and media in curriculum & instruction. These collaborative meetings will focus on participant needs and professional development supporting technology integration to maximize student learning.

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Virtual Teacher Networking Collaborative

The purpose of the Virtual Teacher Collaborative group is to provide IU13 virtual teachers with a regularly scheduled time to meet with a network of other online educators to collaborate and share best practices for teaching in a solely online environment. Resources for virtual field trips, ideas for class meetings, and asynchronous and synchronous teaching strategies will be provided. Each collaborative meeting will be planned to focus on participant needs and provide targeted professional development that

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Coming this spring!

Federal Programs Parent Conference

Date: May 24, 2022

  • Registration: Coming Soon!

Health and Physical Education Conference

Date: June 21, 2022

Cost: $50.00