The ABC CREATE Fall Convening this year, in keeping with this UNusual 2020, will be an UN-conventional - UN-convening - UN-conference.
Who: Anyone within the ABC CREATE community (ABC CREATE districts and any other interested educators)
What: Using an UN-conference format, participants will determine the topics to be explored; participants will then choose an area of interest and connect with peers with shared interests.
When: Tuesday, December 15th from 4 - 5:30 PM (just long enough)
WHY? You deserve a chance to connect with other educators who are experiencing teaching through a pandemic and working hard to deliver quality education -- including STEAM/future-ready skills. Besides, we miss you!
- Share ideas
- Hear how others are creatively navigating remote, hybrid, and F2F instruction
- Release some stress
- Inspire and be inspired
ABC CREATE Year-End Assessment Survey
The good and the bad: Let us hear it! Really. We want to take a brief moment to check in with you, hear how you’re navigating all the changes this year, and learn how ABC CREATE can support you and your students going forward. There are two ways you can share your thoughts to ensure they're reflected in our end-of-year assessment.
- Respond to this 10-15 minute survey.
- Spend 15-20 minutes on the phone with our evaluator (email MeredithBortz@gmail.com with a couple available times).
We wouldn't ask if we didn't believe so strongly in listening to you and ensuring our next steps are in sync with what you need most right now. Thank you! (PS - If you’ve already completed this survey or connected with Meredith -- Thank You -- and no need to do it again, now.)
Airviz + CREATE Lab are partnering with ABC CREATE to explore elements of maker practices, environmental education, and community engaged design through the use of the Speckle. If you are interested in exploring how to use the Speckle in your classroom, please click on the link below and fill out the form.
The Speckle, a small DIY air quality monitor, will be shipped to your school district for free.
If you are interested in collaborating with us on the design of a lesson on air quality involving the Speckle as a measurement tool, please indicate this on the form. A small stipend is available. (You do not need to develop a lesson plan/learning pathway to receive a free Speckle.)
ABC CREATE educators are rock stars doing great work! We’d love to have a collaborative presentation of ABC CREATE educators (or individual individual educators) showcasing the innovative, integrated, engaging STEAM teaching and learning happening in your classrooms (F2F, virtual, or hybrid).
Check out this piece of the description from the Call for Proposals, and let Colleen Smith know if you’d like to be a part of putting together a conference proposal. (ABC CREATE will pay the cost of the conference registration.)
Have you found solutions or created innovative ways of leveraging immersive technology, community partnerships, citizenship and diversity for the betterment of STEAM education? How does STEAM drive your progress? Has STEAM opened your mind to new possibilities? This year's conference seeks to build leaders through the engagement of educational pathfinders-- that are changing the way people think, by fostering and designing authentic STEAM learning experiences through remote, blended, informal, or hybrid learning.
Classroom Sets: Classroom sets of 15 Finch 2.0s are now available for borrowing from the ABC CREATE Resource Library.
Workshops: We want to be sure you are ready to roll with the Finch 2.0s, so we’re offering online Finch 2.0 workshops in early 2021. You need only register for one session. Priority registration reserved for ABC CREATE partner districts; all others will be welcomed as space allows.
DATES (Register for one session only)
Kickoff Session: On Black English
Date: December 16
Time: 4 - 5:30 PM
Guest speakers Dean Valerie Kinloch, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh and poet and educator Dr. Sheila Carter-Jones join us to consider both the importance and the complexities of "Black English" and utilizing language as both liberator and as a means of oppression.
The Empowered Educators Series provides a forum for teachers, educators, administrators, counselors, and the like to think critically and openly discuss topics of race, equity, bias, and pedagogy. Empowered Educators Series promotes ongoing learning, partnerships with supporting organizations, and community building among teachers.
Pennsylvania STEM Coalition Meeting
What: STEM Year in Review
When: December 10, 2020 4 - 5 PM
Where: Zoom Log-in: https://zoom.us/j/91891474586
The PA STEM Coalition is being led by Judd Pittman, Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education on STEM, and the Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystems (PSSE). The vision of the PSSE is to support all Pennsylvanians' access to quality STEM education and career pathways and to becoming tomorrow’s leaders, influencers, and problem-solvers. We invite all of the Pennsylvania’s STEM Champions to join us and to continue to support Pennsylvania’s vision for STEM!
Save the dates for future STEM Coalition Meetings: January 14, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22, May 13 & May 27.
State-wide opportunities to share
Educators' Showcase of Learning, Adapting, and Modeling (Ed-SLAM). PDE is pleased to request proposals for their February 24 virtual symposium.
Family Night Coding, sponsored by PA PBS, will take place on December 10 from 7–8pm on your local PBS station.
Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge. Can you code an Amazon Hercules robot to deliver your friend’s birthday present on time?Bring real-world industry to your classroom.