MSC Course Offerings

  • The AIU’s Math & Science Collaborative offers robust personalized professional learning for mathematics and science teachers and school leaders. Built on research and delivered by experts, these offerings will prepare teachers to develop students as mathematical and scientific thinkers. Visit the Preparing to Implement PA STEELS K-12 Science Standards page for additional professional development opportunities.

    Math & Science Collaborative: Building the Pillars of STEM
  • Mathematics Offerings

    Thanks to the generous funding provided by the PPG Foundation, a limited number of free tuition tickets are available for educators in high-needs schools (at least 30% of families identified as low-income). School districts participating in the AIU MSC RK Mellon STEM+C will be supported by the generous funding provided by the RK Mellon Foundation.

    We will explore how classrooms can incorporate “three shifts” that are essential for equitable teaching and are necessary to develop mathematical proficiency and agency, specifically: 

    1. How can we engage students in problem-based tasks and lessons?

    2. How do we create math lessons that promote access, inclusion, and equity for all learners?

    3. How do we use school mathematics to develop job-essential skills such as perseverance, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking?


    Illustrative Mathematics Network

    Are you using or considering using the Illustrative Mathematics Curriculum in any form (through Imagine Learning, Open Up Resources, Kendall Hunt, Desmos, etc.)? Presentations by current users and a panel discussion about hot topics for implementation will be showcased.

    Price: Free to AIU Member Districts

    Audience: K-12 teachers and leaders considering or using Illustrative Mathematics curriculum

    Date: February 7, 2024

    Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Location: Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120

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    Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics

    Do your students lack confidence and/or motivation to do mathematics? Are your students content to wait for the right answer from the teacher? Do your students lack perseverance when the answer is not immediately obvious? If so, come learn how to Build a Thinking Classroom. A thinking student is an engaged student! Built on 14 key practices teased out over 15 years of research, it’s a way of teaching that gets students up on their feet, collaborating and thinking through challenging problems on a daily basis.

    Price: $450 per person (includes a copy of the book Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl)

    Audience: Grades K-12 mathematics teachers and leaders (administrators are free when attending alongside a participating teacher)

    2023-24 School Year Meeting Dates: January 16, 2024; February 8, 2024; March 11, 2024

    Location: Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120

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    Building Fact Fluency

    Are you struggling with developing students’ fact fluency in a meaningful and engaging way? If so, join us for a 2-part series on Building Fact Fluency.  

    The two intensive days of professional learning will introduce you to all the strategies in the Building Fact Fluency toolkits (Addition and Subtraction and/or Multiplication and Division) and accompanying website. Strategies include number talks, games, three-act tasks, application problems, and others, thoughtfully designed to increase engagement and understanding while developing fact fluency.

    Price: The two days of professional learning are free. You only pay for the cost of the toolkit(s) you choose to purchase. Price of the addition/subtraction toolkit with accompanying website access is $569. Price of the multiplication/division toolkit with accompanying website access is $589. If you opt not to purchase a toolkit, access to freely available resources for fact fluency will be provided.

    Audience: K-5 mathematics teacher and leaders (including interventionists)

    2023-24 School Year Meeting Dates: January 29 and February 28, 2024

    Location: Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120

    Act 48 hours will be awarded pending approval by PDE for those who attend all sessions and complete related assignments.

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    Math Coaches/Administrators Network

    The Math Coach/Administrator Network, a free network, is a professional learning community that brings together math coaches and leaders to learn from and with each other, exploring and sharing successful strategies that actively engage students in the content and practices of the PA Core Standards for Mathematics.

    Price: Free to AIU Member Districts

    Audience: Mathematics coaches and administrators  

    2023-24 School Year Meeting Dates: October 6, 2023; December 8, 2023; February 9, 2024; April 12, 2024

    To register, contact Samuel Shaneyfelt.

     

  • Science Offerings

    Participants will explore the progression of the newly adopted Pennsylvania Integrated Standards for Science, Environment, Ecology, Technology and Engineering through their grade band. Attendees will develop a shared understanding of phenomenon-based and problem-driven science instruction that effectively incorporates all three dimensions of the standards (disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices and cross-cutting concepts). Participants will engage pedagogical practices that foster reasoning and sense-making in the science classroom and support equity and access for all students.

    They will also gain access to readily available instructional tools and resources for science and engineering instruction at their respective grade bands as they become familiar with what science instruction looks and feels like when implementing Pennsylvania's updated standards. Administrators are encouraged to attend with the teacher(s) from their district/school. Act 48 hours will be awarded pending approval by PDE for those who attend all sessions and complete related assignments. 


    Technology and Engineering Opportunity:

    But what about the 'T' & 'E' in PA STEELS?

    Attend a lively and interactive event showcasing the importance of technology and engineering in Pennsylvania.

    Join us for an in-person event at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. This event will delve into the often overlooked aspects of PA STEELS -- the technology and engineering standards. Brandt Hutzel, who serves as the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Technology & Engineering Content Advisor, will discuss the STEELS Technology & Engineering Standards, Implementation Supports and Upcoming Assessments. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights, network with other educators and expand your knowledge. Mark your calendars and be part of this engaging event! 

    Price: Free to member districts

    Date: January 26, 2024  Note: This course will be rescheduled for a future date, TBD.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Location: Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120

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    Science Institutes: Year 2

    Are you ready to learn more about pedagogy and assessment aligned to STEELS?  Join us for this new, "Year 2" secondary science institute!

    Join us for a newly designed, in-person science professional learning offering from the Math & Science Collaborative at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit! The Year 2 Science Institutes are designed for educators who have already attended one of the three-day Science Institutes (e.g., K-2 STEM Institute, Grades 3-5 Science Institute, Secondary Physical Science Institute, Secondary Life Science Institute). This new professional learning opportunity is perfect for science educators who are ready to dig deeply into the classroom culture, pedagogical practices, and assessment practices aligned to science teaching and learning with the PA STEELS standards. Don't miss out on this free opportunity to learn more about teaching science for the next generation. Mark your calendars and get ready for the Year 2 Science Institutes!

    Note: Administrators are encouraged to attend with the teacher(s) from their district/school. Act 48 hours will be awarded pending approval by PDE for those who attend all sessions and complete related assignments. 

    Secondary Sciences Institute: Year 2

    Price: Free to all AIU educators; Educators outside AIU: $450

    Audience: Any secondary science (middle or high school) educators who previously attended either the Secondary Physical or Life Science Institute from AIU MSC

    Meeting Dates: January 18, February 22, and March 7, 2024 (Optional fourth day offered on April 25, 2024)

    Location: Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120


    Register: Secondary Science Institute - Year 2

    Elementary Sciences Institute: Year 2

    Price: Free to all AIU educators; Educators outside AIU: $450

    Audience: Any K-5 Science, Engineering, or STEM educators who previously attended either the K-2 STEM Institute or the Grade 3-5 Science Institute from AIU MSC

    Meeting Dates: January 30, February 29, and March 13, 2024 (Optional fourth day offered on April 25, 2024)

    Location: Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120


    Register: Elementary Science Institute - Year 2


     

     

    Planning for Professional Learning around Science Standards: 
    Strategically Building Capacity for Sustained Practice

    Designed for a small team of three to six individuals from each school district, this is a two-day training opportunity to plan for science professional learning in your district.

    Price: $1,200 per district team

    Audience: A district team of three to six science leaders including at least one administrator.  See Important Prerequisites.

    Important Prerequisites: At least one administrator on your team must have already attended the administrator-specific science leadership experience in Phase 1: Make the Case, and all other team members must have already attended at least one science institute or science immersion experience in the initial phase. 

    Meeting Dates: April 16-17, 2024

    Location: Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120

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