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Working Group

December 2019

Dear Professional Learning Leaders,

What a year it has been!

The PL Think Tank has been a success so far. I am excited about the upcoming distribution of the mini grants and the implementation of our collaborative professional learning opportunities in the spring. Learn more about how you can apply in this newsletter.

I have truly enjoyed visiting your professional learning sessions around the region. You all are doing great work on behalf of educators and students!

In just a few short months, we’ll begin planning for next school year. Your input and feedback are welcome and appreciated.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll be able to use this upcoming break to relax, reenergize, and rejuvenate yourself for what will be an amazing 2020.

Happy Holidays!

Allyce Pinchback-Johnson
Professional Learning Collaborative Lead
Remake Learning

Working Group Meeting

Recap: Professional Learning Think Tank Collaboration Session

Thanks to everyone who attended the Collaboration session! As a reminder, our mini grant applications are due December 18. A few logistics:

  • All members of the Professional Learning Collaborative (regardless of if you attended the Collaboration session or not) are eligible to apply.
  • Please click here to access the application. 
  • The professional learning opportunity ideas from the Collaboration session can be found here. If you are interested in collaborating on one of these projects, please contact the listed workgroup members directly.
  • I will be hosting a Zoom call to provide mini grant application support on December 17 from 12-1 pm. No need to register; just call in!

Deepening Our Work

The Professional Learning Collaborative's Think Tank Series

The Professional Learning Think Tank will welcome 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 in the coming school year will each tackle a different theme:

  • Motivation: Reconnected us to the "why" of our work as providers of professional learning. Review the session slides here.
    (September 20, 12-3 pm @ CoLab18)
  • Collaboration: Partnered on professional learning "small bets" with other workgroup members. Apply for one of the $2,000 collaborative mini grants by December 18 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. Note: This session may become and/or include a mini grant recipient work session. More to come soon!
    (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

How the Science of Learning and Development Can Transform Education

The Science of Learning & Development (SoLD) Alliance is a growing partnership of leaders and organizations who believe that the science of learning and development presents powerful lessons to transform our education and other child-serving systems to help each young person achieve their full potential. In October, they released a foundational brief that summarizes several initial lessons from the science of learning and development which have significant implications for those working to advance opportunity, equity, learning, and youth development.

Download the full SoLD Alliance brief

Opportunities for You


Simple Interactions Leadership Program (SILP)

SILP is seeking youth workers to participate in a 6-week professional development experience. Participants will engage in strength-based professional development that will help them identify ways to increase developmental interactions between adults and youth, positively supporting the social and emotional well-being of the youth they serve.
Register Now

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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