Resource Roundup: Summer 2019

A rundown of summertime professional development for educators, local and national conferences, grants and other funding opportunities, and learning programs for children, youth, and families

The school years has come to an end. Graduation caps have been tossed. Maybe you’ve had a chance to catch your breath or take a dip to cool down. But learning never sleeps (though it might find a shady spot for a nap).

To help you keep learning over the summer, Remake Learning has gathered together a collection of opportunities happening in July and August. It’s the perfect time to learn something new, connect with colleagues near and far, and get plans (and funding) in place to roll out more engaging, relevant, and equitable learning opportunities when the new school year rolls around. It’ll be here before you know it.

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Professional Development for educators

Hopefully you’re already familiar with our Summer Professional Development page. June was full of intensive trainings, bootcamps, and institutes that challenged educators to expand their skillsets in everything from design thinking to coding to making and more. Here are a few more options for July and August:

Wayfinder East Coast Summer Institute | July 9-12

Wayfinder Summer Institutes provide high school educators with the experiential training they need to bring purpose learning back to their school community and successfully implement Project Wayfinder’s Navigation Toolkit in the classroom. They’ve just opened up 10 additional spots to the institute. Learn more and register here.

Introduction to Alice 3 Workshop | July 15-19

Join national experts and learn to use the Alice 3 programming environment for teaching fundamental programming concepts. This workshop is designed for teachers and mentors of students from upper elementary school through first-year college-level with little or no experience with Alice and/or computer programming. Sign up here.

CUE Summer Educator Forum | July 18-20

A forum and professional learning experience for education professionals (pre- and practicing educators) that focuses on Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. This year, the theme is Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Re-imagining Policies, Practices, and Politics in Education Systems and features keynote speaker Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: The Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. There’s still time to save your seat. Learn more and register here.

From Containment to Capitulation: Exploring the Vietnam War Era Teacher Institute | July 22-24

This three-day educator institute accompanies the Heinz History Center’s current exhibition, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975. Educators will dive deep into the history of the Vietnam War to explore the breadth of the conflict, from the doctrine of Communist containment that spurred U.S. involvement to the capitulation of Saigon in 1975. Learn more and register here.

redesignED: Learning in a World of Change | July 25

RedesignED is a one-day power conference designed to spark innovation in instruction and learning. The conference will welcome keynote speaker Adam Kulaas, Director of Getting Smart. Sign up here.

2019 Summer Teacher’s Institute: Introductory Session | July 29-31

Join the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh for a three-day intensive for teachers with less than 5 years experience teaching the Holocaust. Teachers grades 6 through 12 are invited to apply for the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s Summer Teachers’ Institute. Apply to participate.

Laying the Foundation Summer Institute | July 30-August 2

Offered by the National Math and Science Initiative, this four-day institute provides hands-on professional development for teachers from elementary to high school levels in ELA and Social Studies, Math and Science. Learn more and register here.

STEAM Tinker Tank for Educators: Design, Make, and Innovate | August 5-7

At this free, 3-day session hosted by New Castle Area School District, participants will take part in challenge-based tasks, asking participants to solve using a project-based, hands-on approach to learning. All participants will be challenged to design, make, and innovate as each session unfolds. Learn more and register here.

Maker Educator Boot Camp | August 6-9

Join the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for research-based workshops on the forms of making, maker learning, and more. Developed through years of experience and research in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s MAKESHOP, Boot Camp emphasizes that maker education is about more than a space and the right tools. Register for the August boot camp here.

Mind Your Step! Navigating Change in Education | August 16

This informative, fast-paced, daylong workshop will help educators get out of their own way, drop the jargon, communicate more effectively, and design experiences for community members that are engaging, inclusive, and authentic. Learn more and buy tickets.

Conferences, Convenings, and other events

Remake Learning events like Meetups and Lunch & Learns offer you a chance to connect with your peers, while out-of-town conferences are a way to expand your horizons. See where the summer will take you at these upcoming events.

Remake Learning Rural Meetup @ Westmoreland Intermediate Unit | July 10

Feeling like you could use a social boost or need some inspiration? What are you working on, celebrating, struggling with? How might other Remake Learning Network members support you? Just curious to see what all the hub-bub is about? Join fellow educators, government, industry, higher ed, parents and more for this “open swim” style meetup to simply share what’s going on in the Remake Learning Network, with a focus outside of Allegheny County. RSVP here.

National Forum on Education Policy | July 10 -12

Join education leaders from across the states to learn about policy challenges and innovative solutions. The agenda for the education policy convening of the year includes sessions on top education policy priorities, with plenty of time to network, too. Register to attend here.

New Tech Annual Conference | July 15 – 19

New Tech Network is a national non-profit and leading design partner for comprehensive school change. New Tech works closely with over 200 districts and schools to transform teaching and learning around the country, improving student success and college and career readiness. New Tech’s annual conference brings together educators and partners for a week of training, collaboration, and learning. Learn more and register to attend here.

Big Bang 2019: The International Conference on Student-Centered Learning | July 22-25

Big Bang 2019: The International Conference on Student-Centered Learning takes conferencing beyond the hotel doors for three days of intergenerational collaboration, where students and educators come together as equals to learn from one another and from the community. Register to attend.

Professional Learning Collaborative Happy Hour | August 8

Join Remake Learning’s Professional Learning Collaborative workgroup to celebrate the summer and preview their plans for the upcoming school year. The Professional Learning Collaborative connects professional learning providers, staff developers, and other professional development experts in the greater Pittsburgh region, allowing them to understand each other’s work, collaborate where appropriate, and develop projects that meet regional objectives too large for one organization to undertake alone. RSVP to get involved here.

Play Make Learn | August 8-9

The Play Make Learn Conference promotes high-quality learning opportunities for educators, researchers, developers, designers, foundation leaders, policy makers, museum and library professionals, and school leaders who are dedicated to promoting making, gaming, and playful learning. Register to attend here.

State of Black Learning Conference | August 15-16

State of Black Learning (SBL) is a two-day conference designed for thought leaders, learning stakeholders, and educators across Pittsburgh and the country who teach and support learning through various platforms. Register to attend here.

Grants and Funding Opportunities

Money isn’t the only thing, but it’s an important thing. Get the scoop on upcoming funding opportunities and throw your hat into the ring.

Blueprint for Learning | July 31

Blueprint for Learning will provide 16 grants of up to $50,000 to help schools, out-of-school time organizations, early childhood facilities, museums, libraries, and higher education institutions reimagine, redesign, and remake their learning spaces. Learn more here.

NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) | August 19

ITEST is an applied research and development (R&D) program providing direct student learning opportunities in pre-kindergarten through high school that seeks proposals that pursue innovative instructional approaches and practices in formal and informal learning environments. Get more info here.

Learning programs for children, youth, and families

Did you miss our Summer of STEAM rundown earlier this spring? Check it out here to get an eyeful of all the wonderful learning opportunities available for kids this summer!

Published July 01, 2019