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Working Group

April 2020

Dear Professional Learning Leaders, 

I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy. Since we last met, I welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Ari Allyce Johnson into this world. While I had anticipated getting back to work around mid-March, I am thankful for the unexpected time I’ve had to bond with her. 

We may be social distancing, but professional learning leaders are still hard at work; supporting school districts and organizations as they transition to remote learning, and retooling plans for summer and possibly even fall PD. However, this pandemic has brought a new set of challenges, as some of us are in holding patterns waiting on funding decisions, or experiencing loss of income and employment.

As we navigate these unprecedented and unpredictable times, know that the Professional Learning Collaborative and the Remake Learning network are here for you. Our team has curated a helpful list of COVID-19 Resources for K-12 Educators & Families, and we shared some personal and professional reflections during our COVID Conversation on April 6th which you may find useful. Next month, our workgroup will reconvene virtually for our Inspiration session (be sure to respond to the Doodle poll in this newsletter).

In the meantime, stay at home (if you can), wash your hands, and be kind to yourself. Educators, students, and families need us now more than ever. We will get through this #AloneTogether. 


Allyce Pinchback-Johnson

Professional Learning Collaborative Lead

Remake Learning

Working Group Updates

Professional Learning Think Tank Session 3: Inspiration
Join us for a virtual conversation about how professional learning leaders are staying inspired and innovative during COVID-19. Please respond to the Doodle poll with your availability.

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 over the 2019-2020 school year will each tackle a different theme:

  • Motivation: Reconnected us to the "why" of our work as providers of professional learning. (September 20, 12-3pm @ CoLab18)

  • Collaboration: Partnered on professional learning "small bets" with other workgroup members. (December 5, 12-3pm @ CKV Suites)

  • Inspiration: A virtual conversation about how professional learning leaders are staying inspired and innovative during COVID-19. Respond to the Doodle poll with your availability. 

  • Creation: Using what you've learned, help build the next iteration of a vision for the future of professional learning in our region. (TBD)

Resources & Opportunities


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The Remote DEI Collective: Exploring the Intersections of Remote Work and DEI 

Continually improving DEI in the workplace is critical for an organization’s success, so virtual teams must “walk the talk,” regularly examining the challenges of remote work and improving practices to reduce workplace inequities, rather than exacerbate them.

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Student Voice in Teacher Professional Learning

Teachers can study their content area, child development, and pedagogy, but students are the best "source" to really know if the instruction is engaging, relevant, and appropriately challenging.

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Three Ways to Build Trust and Strengthen Teacher PD

When done well, professional development for teachers improves the quality of students’ learning experiences and boosts teacher retention.

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