ABC CREATE Summer STEAM Retreat 2021 - SAVE the DATES
Mark your calendars, and plan to attend! Registration info coming soon!
Date: August 10, 11, 12, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: TBD - Expected to be in person (That's why we say "Back to the Future: PD like it's 2019!)
West Liberty University Connected Classroom Virtual Learning Series
The Connected Classroom Virtual Learning Series is focused on approaches, resources and tools for teaching and learning in K-16+ classrooms. In these fifty-minute virtual sessions, educators will learn new ways to use engaging and relevant methods and technologies. Join us for one or more of the thirty-eight sessions being offered this summer.
The Summer 2021 Series will run from June 22, 2021 through July 29, 2021 with sessions scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:00am and 10:30am. There are a few sessions at 1:00pm throughout the series.
The schedule and registration information are available at:
Please reach out to Lou Karas at email@example.com or 304-336-8162 if you have any questions about the Connected Classroom 3.0 schedule or a specific session.
Educators have the option of receiving graduate credit, through West Liberty University, for their participation in the Connected Classroom Virtual Learning Series 3.0 this summer. Both three credit and six credit options (for re-certification and pay increments) are available at the special rate or $180 for three credits and $360 for six credits.
For additional information about the graduate credit options or to register for the classes, please contact: Vincent Sirianni, Graduate Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-336-8156.
For information about the required assignments for the graduate credit courses, please contact Dr. Nicole Ennis, Director of the Masters of Arts in Education Program at email@example.com, 304-336-8486 (office) or 304-830-1777 (cell).
The Connected Classroom Virtual Learning Series is a program of the Center for Arts and Education and the Masters of Arts in Education Program of the College of Education & Human Performance at West Liberty University.
WE ARE (Anti-Racist Educators) - Leaders and Learners Workshop
We ARE (Anti-Racist Educators) is a cohort-based approach to growing into anti-racist leaders, recognizing that this work is most successful when done in community. “We ARE - Leaders and Learners” is a 5 session workshop series designed for superintendents, principals, instructional coaches, school board members, and others in school leadership positions. Participants will develop a lexicon, create habits, and generate dynamic practices as leaders in education creating an anti-racist future. By exploring personal identity through critical reflection, we will examine how we are present in systems of oppression and how we can best act as anti-racist change agents. This series is designed from the perspective of white educators working to dismantle the inherent racism in our education system though all are welcome to join.
Date and times: July 27, 28 and August 3, 4, and 5 from 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm EST
Cost: $400 - ABC CREATE educators in partner districts are eligible to use discount code ABCCREATE to receive 25% off the listed price.
ABC CREATE STEAM Show & Tell Series Recordings Available
Teachers and/or our education partners have shared tech tools or pedagogical approaches that have helped them to resolve challenges that arose while teaching through a global pandemic.
All sessions have been recorded and are viewable HERE.
2021 IU1 Virtual Summer Institute
IU1 will be hosting the 2021 Virtual Summer Institute on August 3-4, 2021. The theme of the 2021 IU1 Summer Institute is “What Now? Supporting Educators Moving Forward from a Pandemic.” There are over 30 different sessions offered over two days and each session will last approximately 1 hour. Session topics include Google, SEL, ELA, Math, tech tools, and more. There will be two sessions offered focused on open discussions where basic research learned during the pandemic will be shared, and participants will have plenty of time to share their own experiences, learning, and resources too! The cost per session is $10. Seats will fill quickly, so register early to ensure your seat at the 2021 IU1 Summer Institute!
Dates: August 3 - 4, 2021
Cost: $10 per session
Equitable Practices Hub
The purpose of the Equitable Practices Hub is to establish a coherent collection of resources that an educational community may use in promoting intentional equity in their communities. The resources have been hand-picked and reviewed, and represent best practices, models, and guidance from all their component parts.
So many of us are asking: Where do we go from here? What comes next? A better tomorrow isn't guaranteed, but it is possible if we act today. In this online publication, you’ll find “insights & actions to shape a post-pandemic future of learning that is just, equitable, and learner-centered.”
Does your school or program have a bold idea that challenges the status quo—and wants to be considered for funding in this next phase of Moonshot Grants?
Requesting Your Voice on the PA Science & Technology and the Environment & Ecology Standards
Deadline: July 6th, 2021
The State Board of Education's current regulations include two sets of science standards – Science and Technology and Environment and Ecology – which serve as the basis for curriculum development and instruction in schools. Both sets of standards took effect on January 5, 2002.
After several public stakeholder sessions and the work of 60 STEM education colleagues serving on content and steering committees from across our Commonwealth, a modified set of standards has been proposed. On September 9, 2020, the State Board of Education voted to adopt as a proposed regulation (Chapter 4) the three sets of science standards developed by the committees: Pennsylvania Integrated Standards for Science, Environment, Ecology, Technology and Engineering (Grades K-5); Pennsylvania Integrated Standards for Science, Environment and Ecology (Grades 6-12); and Pennsylvania Technology and Engineering Standards (Grades 6-12) (reflected in Appendix B-1)
Here is how you can make a difference:
1) Create an EMAIL: Karen Molchanow, State Board of Education Board
firstname.lastname@example.org with your recommendations and specific content you feel may be missing from the proposed sets of standards.
2) Please encourage as many individuals across all sectors - business & industry, libraries, higher education, science/art centers & museums, schools etc. to send comments as soon as possible. The reviewers of the comments will be counting the number of comments asking for certain things then make a determination to allow the proposed standards to go through a round of revisions/updates or not.
3) You can also sign this Call to Action below:
From the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, there is a call to action regarding the Environment and Ecology standards. "In an egregious oversight, the newly proposed science education standards for Pennsylvania could eliminate all of the requirements for students to learn about the state's environment and ecology." Please use your voice and speak up for this critical area to be addressed.
Green Schools Conference
Green Schools Conference (GSC) is an annual event that convenes people from across the world to further the vision of sustainable, healthy schools. GSC is the only event to bring together all of the players involved in making green schools a reality: the people who lead, operate, build and teach in our nation’s schools.
Dates: June 28 - 29, 2021
CodeJoy Virtual Student Sessions
January 9-13, 2023
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Upcoming ABC CREATE Events
CodeJoy Teacher PD
BBC micro:bit (virtual)
January 30, 4-7 pm
February 21, 5:45-8:45 pm
March 8, 4-7 pm
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January 31, 4-7 pm
February 22, 5:45-8:45 pm
March 6, 4-7 pm
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Finch 2.0 (virtual)
February 1, 4-7 pm
February 23, 5:45-8:45 pm
March 7, 4-7 pm
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Hummingbird Inputs (virtual)
March 1, 5:45-8:45 pm
March 14, 4-7 pm
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Robot Potluck @ PSNK
February 9, 4:15-6:15 pm
February 28, 6-8 pm
March 22, 4:15-6:15 pm
Robot Potluck @ ARIN IU
March 15, 4:15-6:15 pm
March 30, 4:15-6:15 pm
April 4, 4:15-6:15 pm
Click HERE to register for a Robot Potluck session!