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Working Group

January 2019

A Note from Allyce

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fun and relaxing holiday season. I look forward to re-energizing the workgroup in 2019, so we can continue to build the capacity of educators across our region. As always, feel free to share upcoming PD events or just drop me a line at

Allyce Pinchback
PD Working Group Lead
Remake Learning

Working Group Happenings

Working Group Meeting

Our next workgroup meeting will be held on Friday, February 22 from 12-3pm at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Lunch will be provided. The meeting will be a planning session to set priorities for the year.

Remake Learning Network Survey

As a Professional Learning Collaborative workgroup member, your perspective is essential. Please take the time to share your thoughts by completing the Remake Learning Network survey. It should take you no more than 30 minutes.

We're hoping to have at least 100 network members weigh in; please help us reach that goal. Click here to take the survey.

Deepening Our Work

The workgroup is focused on three areas: equity, PD impact on teacher and student outcomes, and cultures/conditions of highly effective PD systems. If you are interested in co-leading this work/serving on a steering committee, please send me an email at

Opportunities for You

February 5

Expanding Innovation 2.0 Fall Cohort Celebration & Final Presentations

Check out the Expanding Innovation 2.0 Fall Cohort Celebration & Final Presentations on February 5 from 5-7 pm at Industrious Pittsburgh. District teams will present their projects, the LUMA Human Centered Design methods that drove their work, challenges overcome, learning gained, and next steps.

Register to attend

March 15

Submit to HundrED's Spotlight on Pittsburgh

Ready to share your education innovation with the world? Get started with Deadline for submission is March 15.

Share your innovation

Invitation to Participate

Advancing Teacher-Driven Learning and Collaboration

With support from the Grable Foundation, Sevenzo is leading a collaborative project with ABC CREATE and a group of member districts to investigate the current state of district professional development systems and take action to strengthen teacher-led collaboration and professional learning.

Contact Meredith Bortz at to learn more and sign up.

Funding Opportunity

Excite Award & InvenTeam Grant

The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching for 35 high school teachers, working in grades 11-12, for Excite Award consideration. Award recipients receive a free trip to MIT for a 3-day professional development workshop and become finalists for the 2020 $10,000 InvenTeam grant. Interested teachers must apply before April 8, 2019 at Potential applicants are encouraged to participate in an informational webinar scheduled for February 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM EST.

Register for the webinar

Funding Opportunity

Assessment for Learning Micro-Grants

Is your district interested in ALP-style assessment redesign? The Assessment for Learning Project is accepting applications for $15,000 “micro-grants” designed for school districts interested in changing their assessment systems to better support student learning. Grantees will join ALP’s network of educators and administrators working on this, along with experts who can offer technical support and research advice. The project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, both of which are among the many funders of The Hechinger Report.

Learn more about the grant application

Resources & Interesting Reads

Digital Promise: Addressing the Five Key Areas of Professional Development through Instructional Coaching

Ed Week: Gates Giving Millions to Train Teachers on 'High Quality' Curricula

iNACOL: Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency- Based Education
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