• Make the case for moving from 'learning about' to 'figuring out'

    During this first phase of moving towards implementing the PA STEELS K-12 science standards, science educators will become familiar with and experience the shifts entailed in moving from “learning about” to “figuring out” in science classrooms.

    The following opportunities will be offered in the 2022-23 school year and the summer and fall of 2023:


    Administrator-Focused Science Professional Learning

    This one-and-a-half-day administrator-focused professional learning offering was specifically created to help leaders support shifts in science instruction towards phenomenon-based, 3-D science teaching. 

    This offering is steeped in both science learning and leadership for science instruction. The experience is based on the Next Generation Science Exemplar System’s Principal’s Learn and Network to Support 3-D Science Learning (PLANS) Pathway. Although this offering is designed specifically for administrators, it is open to any science leaders, including department heads, grade-band science leads and science coaches. (This offering is a prerequisite for a two-day training opportunity in Phase 2: Create a Plan.)

    Price: $350

    Audience: Any and all administrators (district or building) or science leaders (e.g., department head, coach, grade-level lead) are invited to attend  

    Meeting Dates: January 9-10, 2024

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    Half-Day Follow-Up to Administrator-Focused Science Professional Learning

    You've previously attended the Administrator-focused Science Professional Learning. Are your teachers starting to make some of the needed shifts in their science classrooms? If so, you might want some follow-up. We are offering a three-hour session to share some "look fors" in K-12 science classrooms. These can be used during walk-throughs or informal observations. We'll also share information about how the Danielson Framework (especially Domains II and IV) connects with shifts in science instruction.

    Price: Free to member districts

    Audience: Any and all administrators (district or building) who have previously attended the Administrator-focused Science Professional Learning in June 2023, September 2023, or January 2024

    Date: January 10, 2024

    Time: 12:45 to 3:45 p.m.

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

    Tech: Please bring a laptop and/or tablet to access online resources

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    Technology and Engineering Opportunities

    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 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 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 24, 2024

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

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

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    Science Institutes

    View Year 2 Science Institutes at Phase 2: Create a plan for shifts in science teaching and learning