What: The Fluency Fellowship, in partnership with ABC CREATE, is a collaborative venture that will explore the role of inquiry in the lives of students, teachers, and administrators, as practiced in learning ecosystems. Fluency's practice of inquiry is aimed at technologies for teaching and learning, non-traditional data, and the ensuing effects on the education of our student population. The overall design of the professional learning for teachers and administrators is driven by values grounded in equity, authenticity, agency, and compassion.
(See full CREATE Lab email).
Who: This Fellowship is open to all (first preference will be to ABC CREATE partner districts; if there is space available, other regional district educators will be considered). We encourage school leadership to apply as much of this work is designed through a systems-level lens.
When: Fluency Fellowship will be held during the 2020-2021 school year and can be facilitated virtually if necessary. Fluency Fellows will meet monthly for half-day workshops and agree to implement their own inquiry project.
Cost: Participation in this year-long professional learning opportunity is a joint venture with support from ABC CREATE, Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab, and the Grable Foundation; it is of no cost to the educators or districts participating.
How: Application includes Signature of Support from someone in your district.
Application Deadline: May 22, 2020
Questions, comments, concerns: Please reach out to Jordan Mroziak (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jess Kaminsky (email@example.com)
Date: April 20, 2020
Cost: $50 (ABC CREATE will pay registration for educators in ABC CREATE partner districts; contact Colleen Smith ASAP and before registering.)
Target Audience: STEAM decision makers – superintendents, curriculum coordinators, principals, academic coaches and content specialists. Teacher leaders and artists are included.
Theme: Quite Like You: Accessing Humanity in the STEAM Classroom
This year's conference seeks to highlight projects, curriculum and tools that engage attendees in thoughtful discussions centered around the deep impact that can be made when humanity lives at the center of our work in STEAM.
Location: Remote via Zoom
Date and Time: Designated Afterschool (4 - 8 PM) and Saturday sessions (8 AM - 12 PM)
To learn more and to see the full range of date offerings, scroll down to the Early Spring Updates for ABC CREATE. Upcoming April dates are on the top right of this page.
Overview: With support from our PAsmart grant, ABC CREATE is continuing to develop Learning Pathways (learning unit modules focusing on integrating K-12 STEAM technologies and project-based learning). We are looking for educators who are interested in designing something new, capturing an existing classroom project, or completing a learning pathway already in progress. Best practices for remote delivery of instruction may also be considered.
ABC CREATE is loaded with phenomenal educators. We have educators who are recognized as award-winners in a variety of STE(A)M communities -- nationally, regionally and locally. These teacher leaders have expertise and are willing to share their knowledge and experiences to support other educators. One of those esteemed professionals, Rachelle Dene Poth, is kind enough to share resources and support designed for her colleagues at Riverview across the ABC CREATE Community. Below you will find weekly trainings that Rachelle will be hosting as well as written resources:
What: How to use Buncee for everything
When: Tuesdays 4:30 PM
Learn about Buncee for creating lessons, sharing videos, providing resources, having students create, making flyers, newsletters and more.
How: Register in advance
What: Using Nearpod
Learn about Nearpod and how to use it for lessons, how to create, the virtual reality trips, and other tips for getting started quickly. Also integrates with Remind, Google Classroom, Teams, and can be assigned live or student pace
When: Fridays starting April 24th at 3:30 - 4:00 PM
How: Register in advance
What: ISTE Online Learning Page and ebook, Resources and Support for the Online Educator.
This free downloadable collection of excerpts from ISTE books (including a chapter from Rachelle's new book: Chart A New Course) contains strategies, tips and insights to help you navigate a landscape of online learning. The activities and tools are designed for an online or home situation, or can be easily adapted for such environments.
What: Choosing the Right Tools for Remote Learning
This online article written by Rachelle Dene Poth and published by Getting Smart shares ideas for tools that educators can use and that families can have fun with, too. Included are suggested games, interactive lessons, videos, virtual reality and Live Cams around the world.
Might you be willing to connect via email or video chat or whatever to share your expertise and support your colleagues?
We'd like to continue to provide peers support for and from ABC CREATE educators by putting together a casual opportunity for educators within the ABC CREATE community (partner districts + districts or others from the wider ABC CREATE communities) to support one another with the use of tech sites/apps that teachers are likely using right now. We know that many teacher leaders, like Rachelle, are providing this support within their districts, and we want to be sure to support teachers who may be looking for an additional avenue for help with questions or navigation of the technology in a judgement free space.
Seeking local educators with sufficient expertise in tech applications for remote teaching/learning to be able to provide support to educators with less experience with technologies. Must be willing to field some calls/emails. Must lead with kindness and create a safe space for learning. 😀
If you’re willing to make yourself available, please complete this brief form. We’ll share the information out in future ABC CREATE Updates.
Members of the Committee will be tasked with reviewing current research, national and state trends and stakeholder data to make recommendations to the State Board of Education.
Application Deadline: April 20, 2020
Application and PDF version (helpful for preparing your application because it allows you to see all the questions before beginning the application)
If You Could Ask a Civil Engineer - Questions Needed
The American Society of Civil Engineers (PA Chapters) is initiating an Outreach Campaign to virtually support educators and learners and will be creating a series of YouTube sessions answering fun engineering questions.
Submit questions: firstname.lastname@example.org by April 29, 2020
DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES
CSTA: CSTA-Compiled Resources to Support Teaching During COVID-19
Just for Fun
8 Tips Looking Good on Video Conference Calls
Remote Learning @AIU
Remote Learning @AIU combines a curated list of asynchronous learning opportunities with virtual professional development sessions and office hours, designed to support you in transitioning to virtual instruction.
Remake Learning in the time of COVID-19
Remake Learning is working to curate the most helpful resources for K-12 educators, share promising practices and success stories, and create opportunities for virtual community building.
Wide Open School
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.