Next-Gen Professional Learning Collaborative
High-quality, innovative, peer-to-peer professional learning for every educator
Support and training to help K-12 teachers and out-of-school educators lead engaging, relevant, and equitable learning experiences.
What Makes PD Innovative?
Traditionally, professional development for educators has been in the form of lectures and presentations in a dimmed auditorium on mandatory in-service days. The sessions can feel perfunctory and not entirely relevant. In a word, they can be boring.
Remake Learning supports new and more engaging approaches to professional development to help educators achieve their own innovative potential. School districts, colleges & universities, education service agencies, and others offer hundreds of professional development opportunities each year, including workshops, peer networks, one-on-one mentorship programs, and summer seminars–the vast majority of which are free. Hosted in classrooms, makerspaces, and online, each program strives to do for educators what educators do for students: instill a sense of wonder, possibility, excitement, and ownership of their own learning.
Calendars & Resources
Remake Learning connects next-generation professional learning providers 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.
The Next-Gen Professional Learning Collaborative invites anyone in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia providing engaging, relevant, and equitable professional development opportunities steeped in contemporary learning pedagogies (including but not limited to STEAM, Computer Science, Maker Education, Human Centered Design, and more). These experiences are often peer-to-peer.
Professional Learning at the Intersection of Equity, Inclusion, and Innovation
In 2018, next-generation professional learning providers will develop competencies at the intersection of innovative learning and cultural competence/equity and will begin to pass these competencies to the thousands of educators they reach in the region each year.
Increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in modern learning pedagogies
A year-long series of events will make space for teachers and students to give voice to their concerns, build empathy, and surface critical issues in our region around culturally inclusive STEAM, STEM, Maker, Project-Based, and other forms of modern learning.
Empowering Peer to Peer PD
Knowing not every teacher from every school can take advantage of regional PD opportunities, the professional learning providers within this group will attempt to re-orient professional development around the idea of empowering internal teacher champions within schools who can 1.) provide content expertise, 2.) provide continuing “micro” trainings, and 3.) reach their peers who may not have been reached previously by off-site PD.