PHASE 2: CREATE A PLAN

  • Create a plan for shifts in science teaching and learning


    During this second phase, science leaders embark on the planning process for the strategic implementation of phenomenon-based, three-dimensional science instruction in their school or district that is aligned with the K-12 science standards in the PA STEELS standards.

    The following opportunities will be offered in the 2022-2023 school year, summer of 2023, 2023-24 school year, and the summer of 2024. Please note that some following offerings have important prerequisites for participation:


    Science Leadership Group

    Join other science leaders from Allegheny County school districts every other month to collaboratively learn and grow around science instructional leadership. Open to any science leader, the AIU's Math & Science Collaborative encourages school districts to have at least one representative participate in the group.

    Science Leadership Group Continuing Participants

    The AIU Science Leadership Group will continue the work we began together in 2022-23 when we engaged in the Framework for K-12 Science Book Study. Extend the collaborative work we’ve begun as learners, leaders and colleagues!

    Price: Free to all AIU educators

    Audience: Science leaders/educators who participated in the Framework Book Study during the 2022-23 school year

    2023-24 Meeting Dates

    Full days at the AIU: 10/27/23, 12/11/23, 2/14/24, 4/11/24 


    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. This training is free to the first 20 registrants.

    Price: $1200 per district team of three to six participants

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

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

    Secondary Sciences Institute: Year 2

    Price: Free to all AIU educators; Educators outside the 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

    Spring Semester, 2024 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 aAIU educators; Educators outside the 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