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Working Group

August 2019

Greetings Professional Learning Collaborative,

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend the workgroup happy hour on August 8. It was great to catch up with you! Make sure you register for our workgroup meeting on September 20; more details below. I’ve enjoyed visiting professional learning opportunities around the region this summer, and I plan to continue during the school year. Feel free to share your upcoming opportunities and I’ll try to stop by!


Allyce Pinchback-Johnson
Professional Learning Collaborative Lead
Remake Learning

Our Next Meeting

Join us for the first Think Tank session on Sept. 20

The Professional Learning Think Tank Motivation session, led by Diarra Clarke of Soul Flex, will reconnect you to the "why" of your work as a provider of professional learning. The session will be held on Friday, September 20 from 12-3pm at CoLab 18. Lunch will be provided. Please register here. The event password is NextGenPLC.

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, further their practice, and explore innovation, equity, and collaboration—all in order to provide more engaging, relevant, and equitable professional learning to educators in the region.

Four sessions in the coming school year will each tackle a different theme:

  • Motivation: Reconnect to the "why" of your work as a provider of professional learning. (September 20, 12-3pm @ CoLab18)
  • Collaboration: Partner on a professional learning "small bet" with other workgroup members. (Late 2019)
  • 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 Read

Add Sriracha to your Welcome Back PD

The school year is right around the corner and you know what that means: Welcome back PD. But teachers and staff don’t want just any boring and bland meeting! Skip the PowerPoints. Add some sriracha to your welcome back PD.

Opportunities for You

Expanding Innovation Program Spring Wait List

Contact the Consortium for Public Education to get your school team (1 administrator and 2 staff) on the Expanding Innovation program waiting list for the spring. Expanding Innovation is a professional development program aimed at helping leaders in K-12 education use the principles and practices of Human-Centered Design to advance improvements in their districts and schools.
Contact the Consortium  

Practitioner Certification Program

LUMA Institute now offers its Practitioner Certification Program to the public! The program combines expert instruction in the LUMA System of Innovation through hands-on training, peer-to-peer learning, and on-demand resources to help everyone build skills and confidence thinking and working like a designer. Contact Bill Lucas at for a promo code.

Transforming Learning Conference & Incubator

Take the next step on your learning or school redesign with the Transforming Learning Collaborative, which includes a conference and incubator opportunities from Next Generation Learning Challenges.
Get the details
Add Your Opportunity
Do you have an upcoming PD opportunity? Add it to the Remake Learning Calendar!

Extras & Items of Interest

For Teacher Professional Growth, Study the Soil

Any PD offering needs to meet teachers where they are. But to do that well, facilitators need to take the time to know the teachers and their context.
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What Happened When My School Started to Dismantle White Supremacy Culture

When the staff at Visitacion Valley Middle School explored White Supremacy Culture, it gave them a new framework to define their North Star: being an anti-racist school.
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Professional Learning Strategies for Deeper Learning

When teachers work collaboratively to identify specific student skill gaps, they can improve learning for all students more quickly.
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