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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.

Featured Events!

Developing iOS Applications Using Swift Get WaTeR: Guiding Educators Through Watershed Teaching Resources Advancing Environmental Literacy Leadership Academy: Act 45 Program

  • Explore the full 2021-22 TLC Catalog for additional live and online professional learning opportunities here — and meet our TLC Team, too!
  • Learn more or register for upcoming TLC professional learning opportunities below.

Professional Learning Offerings

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 (danielle_craig@iu13.org | 717-947-1742) with any questions.

3-Dimensional Learning and Teaching (Virtual)

Duration: July 1, 2021 – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Facilitator: Dr. Lauren Beal

Description: How are you preparing for the new science, technology, engineering, environment, and ecology standards on the horizon in PA? In this workshop, participants will explore three-dimensional teaching and learning, and the use of performance expectations to support student inquiry in science. During the workshop, participants will discover how disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and science and engineering practices intertwine to provide a rich and authentic learning experience for students.

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Redefining Literacy (Virtual Non-Facilitated)

Duration: July 1 – July 30, 2021

Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Bean

Description: 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.

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Making Sense of Text Analysis (Virtual Non-Facilitated)

Duration: July 1 – July 30, 2021

Facilitator: 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 text dependent analysis. Participants will also participate in and receive lesson templates that utilize tools for analysis.

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Asynchronous Google Summit 2021: July Cohort (Virtual Non-Facilitated)

Duration: July 1 – July 30, 2021

Facilitator: Ken Zimmerman

Description: We invite you to join PA Intermediate Units 12, 13, and 15 for our 4th Google Summit 2021 (1st Asynchronous). This year’s virtual summit is delivered via Schoology. This 6-hour professional learning event features G-Suite for Education applications that promote K-12 student learning, collaboration, and creativity.

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Strategies for Facilitating eLearning (Virtual Non-Facilitated)

Duration: July 1 – July 30, 2021

Facilitator: Ken Zimmerman

Description: When preparing and designing eLearning for students, it is important to consider how to use the same instructional strategies that we use when face-to-face and how they may look differently in an online or blended learning environment. This course will provide an overview of the 5 E’s Instructional Strategies Framework including tools and resources to use when Engaging, Exploring, Explaining, Elaborating, and Evaluating. In addition, there are a number of blended learning models teachers use when mixing face-to-face and online learning, one of which is Flipped Learning. Participants will learn an overview of Flipped Learning and how to implement Flipped Learning strategies and resources using Schoology. Participants will explore other district profiles in order to see the Flipped model in action in other districts. Screencasting, Edpuzzle, Actively Learn, Schoology student completion, badges, and recording will be explored. Throughout this 3-hour asynchronous course, Strategies for Facilitating eLearning, participants will explore the topics above and will practice & create resources and strategies that will be uploaded as job-embedded assignments.

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Empowering All Learners Through High-Quality Project-Based Learning (Virtual)

Duration: July 7, 2021 – 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Facilitator: Toni Martindell

Project-based learning (PBL) has been shown to increase learner engagement, offer interdisciplinary learning opportunities, and give learners opportunities to practice collaboration and critical-thinking skills that are in high demand in the modern workplace. Whether schools are providing face-to-face, blended, or remote instruction, PBL can be a powerful practice to remedy unfinished learning by engaging all learners in high-quality grade-level content. PBL is also proven to mitigate the effects of stress and trauma by cultivating strong teacher-student and peer-to-peer relationships, as well as expose learners to authentic new learning experiences. In this session, participants will collaborate with PBL Works certified coaches to learn more about the Gold Standard PBL and how to design, facilitate, and assess project-based learning in a post-COVID environment.

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Making Mathematicians – Strategies to Support Sense Making for Primary Learners (Virtual)

Duration: July 8, 2021, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Facilitator: Rachael Haverstick

In order to build a strong mathematical foundation, it is essential for primary learners to not only understand how mathematical operations work, but also to understand why. This virtual professional development will focus on shifting instructional practices so that learners remember how but ultimately understand why. Participants will dig into effective mathematics teaching practices and leave the session with strategies to provide learners with sense making opportunities.

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Building BLOCS (Virtual)

Duration: July 12, 13, 14, 2021 – 8:30 AM-3:30 PM (1 hour lunch break)

Facilitator: Dr. Lauren Beal and Rachael Haverstick

Description: Building BLOCS is a 3-day virtual professional development where participants will explore the connections between design thinking, computational thinking, computer science, and environmental literacy, and be supported in developing an integrated design challenge based on these connections. All participants will receive a SAM Labs Learn to Code Alpha kit (which contains a micro:bit) and a Lego kit (over $200 value!) to use as a learner and to keep for classroom use! Participants will also receive a $200 stipend upon successful completion of this professional learning. This opportunity is being funded by the Bosch Community Fund.

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BrainPOP 101

Duration: July 13, 2021, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Facilitators: Keith Royer, Tim Leister, and Ken Zimmerman

Description: Participants will learn how to utilize BrainPop to maximize student learning in both the classroom and a remote learning environment. This workshop will provide an overview of how to assign videos, quizzes, and activities as well as how to engage students through BrainPOP games and creation tools

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Starlab Certification Workshop

Duration: July 13, 2021 – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Facilitators: Keith Royer, Tim Leister, and Ken Zimmerman

Description: This exciting interactive training session will include basic instruction on ordering the STARLAB from IU13, set-up procedures, and curriculum instructions ranging from basic to more advanced lessons including the Lewis and Clark, ocean currents, and plate tectonics curricula.

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Developing Student Inquiry Through Teaching Phenomena (Virtual)

Duration: July 15, 2021 – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Facilitator: Dr. Lauren Beal

Description: The world we live in provides endless learning opportunities. In this workshop, participants will acquire skills to support students in making meaning of science concepts by collecting evidence to explain natural phenomenon and observable events. By providing students with a complex phenomenon, rooted in real-world context, students will develop content knowledge, utilize authentic science and engineering practices, and make cross-curricular connections to deepen their understanding of the concept.

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Discovery Education Experience

Duration: July 15, 2021 – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Facilitators: Tim Leister, Keith Royer, and Ken Zimmerman

Description: Participants will learn how to utilize Discovery Education to maximize student learning in both the classroom and a remote learning environment. This workshop will provide an overview of how to curate and assign videos, texts, photographs, activities, and other Discovery Ed content, as well as how to engage students through virtual tours and e-books.

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Google Expeditions Certification Workshop

Duration: July 15, 2021 – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Facilitators: Tim Leister, Keith Royer, and Ken Zimmerman

Description: Come explore with our newest Instructional Media Service Resource: Google Expeditions powered via Virtual Reality (VR). Teachers can take students on over 200 virtual fieldtrips without ever leaving the classroom walls. This classroom set is built specifically for Google Expeditions and works with Google Cardboard devices as well. Learn how to reserve, use, and return these amazing virtual reality sets taking your classroom to all new heights of exploration and expeditions!

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GET WaTeR: Guiding Educators Through Watershed Teaching Resources (Face-to-Face Outdoors)

Duration: July 19 – July 23, 2021 – 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, and ongoing support throughout 2021-2022 school year

Location: Millersville University WETi Creek Lodge

Facilitator: Dr. Lauren Beal (IU13) and Tamara Peffer (PDE)

Description: GET WaTeR (Guiding Educators Through Watershed Teaching Resources) is designed to support teachers in making the shift to learner-centered, three-dimensional standards AND ALSO to providing relevant, timely environmental education programming for students. Participants will be provided professional development and support in developing curriculum-aligned units that both utilize the Environmental Literacy Model (ELM) and incorporate a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE). The project includes a five-day summer professional development institute and additional school-year support, to help educators of Grades K-12 develop a curricular-aligned unit using the ELM that incorporates a MWEE in their classrooms during 2021-22.

** Participants will receive field experience equipment as part of this professional development.

Please view the flyer for more information.

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Schoology 101 Workshop

Duration: July 20, 2021 – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Facilitators: Ken Zimmerman, Tim Leister, and Keith Royer

Description: This session will provide participants with an overview of Schoology’s basic features as well as how to maximize its use for both classroom and remote learning use. Participants will explore the differences between courses and groups, and how to best use and organize them. The session will end with a dive into resources.

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Schoology Level Up

Duration: July 20, 2021 – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Facilitators: Ken Zimmerman, Tim Leister, and Keith Royer

Description: This Schoology Level Up session will dig into the more advanced features that allow the LMS to be a powerful learning tool in both the classroom and remote learning environments. This session will explore features such as assigning learning outcomes, setting student completion, creating learning paths, master-based learning, badging, and utilizing the portfolio.

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Schoology for Administrators Workshop

Duration: July 22, 2021 – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Facilitators: Ken Zimmerman, Tim Leister, and Keith Royer

Description: This workshop will provide administrators with an overview of how they can use Schoology to communicate and collaborate with their staff for professional learning.

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Telepresence Robotic Systems Certification Workshop

Duration: July 22, 2021 – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Facilitators: Ken Zimmerman, Tim Leister, and Keith Royer

Description: Learn how to access, reserve, and utilize the new Telepresence Robotics systems brought to you via the IMS. Participants will learn how to reserve and operate the equipment in order to utilize with parents/students who are homebound or hospitalized. Participants must attend a certification workshop in order to reserve the Telepresence Robotics systems via the IMS.

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Personalize Learning Using the State Rotation Framework – July Cohort

Duration: July 27, 28, & 29, 2021 – 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Facilitator: Ken Zimmerman

Description: How do we take advantage of the skills, tools, and resources our teachers have learned during this pandemic? This professional learning series will focus on utilizing the three modalities of learning used in station rotation in order to meet the specific needs of today’s learners.

Participants will experience and learn about the station rotation framework and how to apply both personalized and individualized learning strategies, resources, and tools to maximize learning. During the three-day hands-on sessions, attendees will participate in a variety of instructional activities and strategies that they will be able to implement in their own classrooms. Participants will reflect on what new learning and skills they have attained this year and moving forward how those apply to a more personalized learning approach in their own classroom.

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Computational Thinking: An Essential Skill (Virtual Non-Facilitated)

Duration: July 1 – July 30, 2021

Facilitator: Rachael Haverstick

Description: Computational thinking is a way of solving problems and designing systems and solutions. While computational thinking is closely connected to STEM and computer science, it is a critical skill to develop for students and goes well beyond computer science. This course is designed to support educators in developing an understanding of computational thinking and consider the opportunities that exist in all content areas for learners to engage in problem solving and develop computational thinking skills.

Participants may register at any time during the course duration window but must complete all coursework by July 30th.

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Unpacking the CSTA Standards and K12 CS Framework (Virtual Non-Facilitated)

Duration: July 1 – July 30, 2021

Facilitator: Rachael Haverstick

Description: In January of 2018, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education endorsed the Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA) K-12 Standards. During this virtual session participants will explore and develop an understanding of the CSTA K-12 standards, which delineate the concepts students are to know and what practices students are to be able to do at various grade-level bands on the K-12 CS Framework. This session will also highlight the importance and relevance of CS for ALL learners.

Participants may register at any time during the course duration window but must complete all coursework by July 30th.

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NGSS Bootcamp (Virtual Non-Facilitated)

Duration: July 1 – July 30, 2021

Facilitator: Dr. Lauren Beal

Description: Participants will develop a foundational understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and 3-dimensional learning. This virtual workshop will explore phenomenon-based teaching and challenge participants to apply this concept to their own content. Resources to support NGSS will be provided as well as materials that connect NGSS with PA Academic Standards for Science and Technology. This six-hour professional development session will take place online via Schoology. The entire course will be conducted asynchronously, which means that registrants are able to determine their own schedule for completing the course during the course completion window. Participants may register at any time during the course duration window but must complete all coursework by July 30th.

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Advancing Environmental Literacy Leadership Academy: Act 45 Program (Virtual)

Duration: August 2 – September 26, 2021

Facilitator: Dr. Lauren Beal (IU13) and Tamara Peffer (PDE)

Description: The Advancing Environmental Literacy Leadership Academy is a blended (live-virtual sessions, and online learning) 34-hour program. Through this course, educational leaders will be guided through the strategic planning process by identifying a guiding coalition of various stakeholders to support the work; development of a vision for environmental literacy; articulate the goals, strategies, and activities to achieve their vision; and identify funding and community assets to sustain their environmental literacy plans.

There are three major delivery methods for the program content: a) live-virtual sessions with environmental literacy experts from various organizations within PA, b) reading and reflecting online to assigned chapters in the text and various other assigned supplemental resources, websites, and articles, and c) job-embedded assignments and a culminating project to plan for and act upon the content of the program.

Please view flyer for more information.

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LETRS: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (virtual)

  • Module 1 – August 2, 2021 – 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
  • Module 2 – August 3, 2021 – 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
  • Module 3 – August 4, 2021 – 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
  • Module 6 – August 5, 2021 – 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Facilitator: Rachael Haverstick

Module 1 The Challenge of Learning to Read (*Required for participation in any other modules) Explore the reasons why many students have reading difficulties, the ways children learn to read, and the components of effective reading instruction.

Module 2 The Speech Sounds of English: Phonetics, Phonology, and Phoneme Awareness: Explore phonemes, discuss the importance of phonological awareness in instruction for students in all elementary grades, and address some of the challenges of English learners.

Module 3 Spellography for Teachers: How English Spelling Works: Explore the structure and history of the English language, and learn the content teachers need to approach phonics, spelling, and word study instruction with confidence.

Module 6 Digging for Meaning: Teaching Text Comprehension: Explore why children have difficulty with comprehension, the research base for comprehension instruction, and approaches to use for instruction. Comprehension instruction at the phrase, sentence, paragraph and passage levels will be addressed, as well as the role of metacognition.

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Developing iOS Applications Using Swift

Duration: 8 sessions (8:30 AM-3:30 PM)

  • October 7 & 14, 2021
  • December 8 & 15, 2021
  • January 6 & 12, 2022
  • February 9 & 16, 2022

Facilitators: Apple Professional Learning

Swift is a robust and intuitive programming language created by Apple for building apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. It’s designed to give developers more freedom than ever. Swift is easy to use and open-source, so anyone with an idea can create something incredible. This course will give participants an introduction to app development on Apple platforms with a focus on mobile. Participants will learn about Swift, Xcode, and various technologies that enable developers to solve problems with apps that truly enrich people’s lives.

  • Overview of App Development on Apple Platforms
  • Meet the Swift programming language
  • Meet Xcode – The powerful IDE to build apps
  • Use Xcode Playgrounds to learn concepts and play with ideas
  • Build iOS apps with multiple technologies
  • Learn how to use UIKit to construct and manage UI
  • Using a design cycle to turn ideas in apps
  • Explore options for deploying your app to the world
  • Examine Apple’s free resources to continue learning

Please view flyer for more information.

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COMING THIS FALL!

STEMATHON: RISE 2021 – Resilience in STEM Education (Virtual)

  • October 20, 2021 – Elementary Focus
  • October 21, 2021 – Secondary Focus
  • Leadership Sessions offered on both days!

Elementary & Secondary Technology Conferences (Hybrid)