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New Grant Will Help Redefine Professional Development

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The Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) is proud to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $87,500 from Remake Learning’s Tomorrow campaign in order to identify and analyze radical new methods of delivering professional development. 

The AIU’s transformED program is one of only 17 Tomorrow grant awardees. The Grants are funded by the Grable Foundation.

As more lessons and teaching methods migrate to online platforms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AIU, along with Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, CodeJoy and a local business partner will collaborate to rethink traditional models of educator professional learning and establish new paradigms that are highly flexible, agile and supportive of new and existing technologies to support remote engagement. 

This program will continue the rich tradition of AIU training and professional development that blends new and exciting 21st century learning techniques with time-tested approaches to engaging and educating K-12 learners. 

The project will operate in three phases: 

  1. The convening of a core group of partners to observe and engage professional development in order to synthesize findings into a design brief.
  2. A two-day “design sprint” with an extended group of stakeholders to brainstorm and build out prototypes. 
  3. The testing and refining of prototypes with Allegheny County public school districts. 

This is an exciting opportunity to expand upon existing knowledge and leverage technology to create new and unique models of professional development that can reach all educators regardless of their subject matter or the grade level that they teach.