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Working Group

January 2020

Dear Professional Learning Leaders, 


I hope your 2020 is off to a great start! Here are a few updates:

The recipients of the Collaboration mini-grants have been selected, and they are in the process of planning their professional learning opportunities. Details about some of these opportunities are included in this newsletter.  

As some of you know, I am expecting a baby next month, so I will be on leave until around mid-March. I look forward to continuing our PL Think Tank series when I return. Please complete this Doodle poll to select a date for our Inspiration session. 

In the meantime, please continue to share your upcoming professional learning opportunities on the Remake Learning Calendar and keep inviting me to your PD sessions! 



Allyce Pinchback-Johnson

Professional Learning Collaborative Lead

Remake Learning


Working Group Meeting

Thanks to everyone who applied for the Collaboration mini-grants! We were able to fund all five project ideas that were submitted. The recipients of the $2,000 mini-grants are as follows:

    • Debralyn Woodberry-Shaw, ELIE Circle
    • Stephanie Lewis, APOST
    • Walter Lewis, Homewood Children’s Village
    • LaVerne Baker Hotep, Kingsley Association 
    • Jacie Maslyk, Hopewell Area School District/Beaver County Innovation and Learning Consortium
    • Jess Hill, Beaver Area School District
    • Brittany Story, Hopewell Area School District
    • Joe Barsic, Rochester Area School District
    • Meredith Bortz, Bortz Consulting LLC
    • Erika Gold Kestenberg, Erika Kestenberg Consulting LLC 
    • Jordan Lippman, Collaboration Nation 
    • Jeremy Bassett, Carnegie Science Center
    • Colleen Smith, Penn State New Kensington
  • Rekindle Workshop for Educators
    • Benjamin James Case, The Center for Play & Exploration
    • Colin Williams, Arts Education Collaborative
    • Dave Bindewald, The Center for Play & Exploration
  • Team-work Makes the STEAM Work!
    • Lisa Leibering, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
    • Sarah D’Urzo, Intermediate Unit 1

Stay tuned for more details about these collaborative professional learning opportunities. We hope you’ll plan to attend and/or share with your networks!

Transforming Teaching: What University Presidents and Deans of Colleges of Education Need to Know about Modernizing the K-12 Educator Workforce

"The future-ready teacher workforce is socially, racially, and culturally representative. Its educators demonstrate the skills to design authentic and engaging experiences for all kinds of learners, and they demonstrate the mindsets of continuous learning, collaboration, and inclusion."

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. (September 20, 12-3pm @ CoLab18)
  • Collaboration: Partnered on professional learning "small bets" with other workgroup members. (December 5, 12-3pm @ CKV Suites)
  • Inspiration: Learn from local leaders and see how they're transforming student experience through innovative professional learning. (Early 2020) Please complete 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. (Spring 2020)

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Street Data: A New Grammar for Educational Equity

Whose voices are included, tokenized, and silenced as we address equity in our schools? Gain insight and feel empowered to experiment with the strategic use of "street data" to be more inclusive.

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Opportunities for You


Collaboration Mini Grant Opportunity: Helper's Trauma Professional Learning Community 

Open to anyone who works with young people. All trauma knowledge levels are welcome. Only 12 participants will be accepted into this cohort. Each applicant must be able to commit to all 4 sessions and reflection between sessions.  Participants will receive $100 for full participation in the program.


Collaboration Mini Grant Opportunity: Racial Equity Book Study and Learning Group 

You are invited to join a book study and learning group for professional developers who want to grow their equity practice. The study group will meet monthly beginning in February: 2/6, 3/5, 4/2, and 5/7, all from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Contact Meredith Bortz at to learn more and get involved.

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 them in San Diego and become part of the dynamic and growing Assessment for Learning Community.
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March 9-12, 2020

SXSW EDU (South By Southwest)

The four-day event in Austin, TX offers compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, future-focused competitions, an expo, networking opportunities, and so much more.

Add Your Opportunity
Do you have an upcoming PD opportunity? Add it to the Remake Learning Calendar!
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