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Working Group

November 2019

Dear Professional Learning Leaders,

As we enter into the holiday season, it’s a good time to celebrate successes, reflect on the year, and do some goal setting for 2020. One goal I have for the workgroup in this upcoming year is that we continue to provide meaningful, relevant, and iterative professional learning for educators in this region. I am excited for our Collaboration session on December 5 where we will work as teams to develop PD “small bets” that will be funded by Remake Learning. Learn more about our upcoming workgroup meeting and other opportunities in this month’s newsletter.


Allyce Pinchback-Johnson
Professional Learning Collaborative Lead
Remake Learning

Our Next Meeting

Professional Learning Think Tank Session 2: Collaboration

The Collaboration session is an opportunity to partner on a professional learning "small bet" with other workgroup members. Remake Learning will be providing five $2,000 mini-grants to teams of workgroup members to support this work. This session will be held on December 5 from 12 - 3 pm at CKV Suites. Please register here. The event password is NextGenPLC.

For those of you who cannot attend the December 5 work session (or if your collaborative team may need more work time), we are planning some mini collaboration sessions on alternative dates. Please complete the Doodle poll with your availability.

To get our wheels turning in advance of the session, please complete this Google doc with a project idea you're currently working on (or would like to work on) that would lend itself to collaboration. This list is by no means exhaustive; it will simply serve as a starting point for our discussions at the session.

Deepening Our Work

The Professional Learning Collaborative's Think Tank Series

The Professional Learning Think Tank welcomes professional development providers to an open, year-long reflection on professional learning in the greater Pittsburgh region. Think Tank events will help providers, developers, and other professional learning leaders reconnect with their passion and explore innovation, equity, and collaboration in educator learning.

This series will help staff developers of all content areas and expertise connect and further their practice, in order to provide more engaging, relevant, and equitable professional learning to educators in our region.

Four sessions will each tackle a different theme:

  • Motivation: Reconnect to the "why" of your work as a provider of professional learning. Review the session slides here. (Held September 20, 2019 @ CoLab18)
  • Collaboration: Partner on a professional learning "small bet" with other workgroup members. Register here. (December 5, 12 - 3 pm @ CKV Suites)
  • Inspiration: Learn from local leaders and see how they're transforming student experience through innovative professional learning. (Early 2020)
  • Creation: Using what you've learned, help build the next iteration of a vision for the future of professional learning in our region. (Spring 2020)

Featured Item

50 examples of innovative approaches to professional growth from across the world

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and Innovation Unit have analyzed top professional learning and performance and development models from around the globe. Each approach is ranked according to quality, innovation, and evidence, and includes a breakdown of key features.

Learn More & Download The Slide Deck

Opportunities for You

NOVEMBER 19 & 21

ASSET Learning Materials Warehouse Sale

Are you looking for hands-on science materials at a low cost? Then you don’t want to miss this great opportunity to get thousands of items for cents on the dollar!
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Measuring Impact: Three Districts Share Their Experiences Collecting, Compiling, and Sharing Data

At every level - federal, state, and local - policy and decision makers want to know if professional learning is making a difference. Join us for this important conversation as these district leaders share how they are measuring impact and how they are sharing their findings.
Register for the Webinar


2019 Learning Forward Annual Conference

Education leaders and policy makers will gather in St. Louis to share professional learning expertise focused on creating and sustaining equity and excellence in teaching and learning every day. Make connections and take home tools and strategies to understand and implement effective professional learning in classrooms, schools, and districts.
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FEBRUARY 11-13, 2020

Assessment for Learning Conference

For the past three years, the educators and system leaders of the Assessment for Learning Project have been designing, learning, and innovating together to reimagine what’s possible for assessment. Join us in San Diego and become part of the dynamic and growing Assessment for Learning Community.
Learn More
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