WooHoo! Governor Wolf announced the PAsmart Advancing Grant Awards – including one for ABC CREATE! ABC CREATE will receive $328,944.
Put these on your radar for Summer 2019:
PAsmart: Learning Pathways
Planning to pay stipends for three teachers in each ABC CREATE district to work on the Learning Pathways created by the ABC CREATE collaborative. Expected to be 2 days in June 2019 and 1 day in August 2019.
PAsmart: CS Opportunities
Providing professional development for four teachers (and paying a stipend for attendance) from each member district to participate in a training for code.org’s CS Discoveries curriculum to help develop skills and confidence for our teachers in CS. Our further goal is to expose all ABC CREATE district students to the 6 CS Discoveries units by the end of 8th grade. This will prepare them for a more advanced coding language course and will move forward from simple drag and drop platforms. Expected to be 5 days of training during Summer 2019.
More to come...focusing on equity and an workforce + education task force ....
Skills for Today and Tomorrow - Register Now!
Location: Penn State New Kensington,
3550 7th Street Road, New Kensington, PA 15068
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Arrival: 8 AM Showcase Ends: 3 PM
Overview: The ABC CREATE Showcase 2019: Skills for Today and Tomorrow is taking shape! With his presentation, “Industry 4.0 – Technologies Shaping Modern Business, Education, and Society”, our featured speaker, Dr. Joseph Cuiffi from Penn State New Kensington’s Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology program will frame the day by creating a better understanding of how the Digital Revolution is shifting approaches to teaching, learning, living, and working.
We have a wonderful mix of showcase presentations from which to choose highlighting technologies in the classroom, project-based learning, and building relevant skills for our students. You can expect sessions that include AR/VR/AI, Desmos, the Hummingbird Bit, entrepreneurship, social justice + the technology classroom, global competencies, STEAM/CS + Students with special needs, cross-curricular projects, School Retool, and more!
Free. Open to educators (including pre-service students) in ABC CREATE and the local region.
Lunch provided. ACT 48 eligible.
Potential opportunity for 2 - 5 ABC CREATE content experts (enthusiasts, like you, who are using technologies/project-based learning in your classrooms) for peer-led instruction for each of the three-day camps. Stipend available.
Preference will be given to teachers who can commit to both weeks of camps.
For more information, contact Colleen Smith
Save the Dates
Kids’ STEAM Camp - June 17 - 19, 2019 | Teachers’ STEAM Camp - June 24 - 26, 2019
Registration will follow.
With support from the Grable Foundation, up to seven (7) districts within the ABC CREATE collaborative have an opportunity to examine and strengthen their district professional development systems. As of today, there are a few district spots remaining. Districts that choose to participate will have the opportunity to investigate and strengthen their own professional learning systems, with the longer term goal being that we share, build upon, and spread models that support collaboration and learning across the entire collaborative.
Districts that choose to participate will:
- Engage a small team in independently taking an online PD assessment to gather multiple perspectives
- Convene the team for a 2-3 hour meeting to review the PD assessment results and discuss priorities, with the support of a Sevenzo facilitator
- Be invited to attend a half-day convening late in the spring with other participating districts and ABC CREATE to exchange ideas and support one another in planning a few specific PD system changes
- Identify a few concrete and realistic action steps to strengthen teacher peer-led learning experiences and address other essential gaps
If you would like to learn more or are ready to sign up to participate, please contact Meredith Bortz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kennametal and Highlands: Preparing Students for Industry 4.0 - May 16th - 6 - 8 PM
Siemens and Allegheny Valley: Preparing Students for Industry 4.0 - Date TBA
Eye-Bots + District Player(s) To be named soon: Preparing Students for Industry 4.0 - Date TBA
Saturday Robotics Build - Date TBA
- Seeking HS (or maybe MS) teacher and students who have been working with drones
- Seeking skilled Hummingbird Robotics instructor to lead a Saturday Robotics build for MS students and their parents
Location: 1021 Puckety Church Road
Lower Burrell, PA 15068
Date and Time: March 28, 2019
Food Trucks 5pm - 8pm (open to the public)
STEAM Activities 6pm - 8pm (3rd grade Burrell students)
5th Grade Food Truck Entrepreneurship Showcase 6pm - 8pm
(open to the public)
Overview: STEAM Night is an open to the public event designed for 3rd grade students to visit Stewart Elementary School and immerse themselves in the opportunity to preview what they will experience in 4th grade. New to STEAM Night this year is the 5th grade entrepreneurship food truck showcase. To celebrate the food truck projects, actual food trucks have been invited to setup at Stewart Elementary to kick-off the event. All are invited to patron the food trucks at 5pm and stick around to gallery-walk the food truck projects beginning at 6pm. 3rd grade STEAM Night activities will also begin at 6pm.
The Continuing Education Department at Penn State New Kensington is recruiting instructors for their Kids in College Summer Camp Program. We are looking for individuals who enjoy working with children, have special talents or hobbies and can coordinate hands-on activities. Camp topics can be anything creative, educational or unique that would be appropriate for youth ranging in grades 1-12.
Bachelor’s degree or certification in related field is preferred for these paid positions.
Summer camp programs are scheduled for the weeks of July 8, 2019, July 15, 2019 and July 22, 2019 with morning (9:00-11:30 a.m.) and afternoon (Noon-2:30 p.m.) sessions.
Please feel free to contact Megan Krachanko, Youth Coordinator, to discuss your ideas!
DUE: Applications are due by March 22, 2019
The NoVo Foundation and their partners, Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, recently released the 2019-20 application for Innovation in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) grantees. Educators can apply for up to $5,000 and districts can apply for up to $25,000 in support of SEL projects with a focus on elevating belonging, well-being, non-violence, inclusion, and equity. There are some prioritized student populations, including immigrant and English learner students, LGBTQIA+ students, girls of color, and students with learning disabilities.
If you or your schools is trying to do more from an equity perspective, perhaps this grant opportunity could help.