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 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 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.
Increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in modern learning pedagogies
Professional Learning Collaborative events 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.
Igniting thought leadership around innovative professional learning
In 2019-20, the Professional Learning Think Tank series will welcome professional development providers to an open reflection on professional learning in the greater Pittsburgh region. Four Think Tank sessions will help staff developers and professional learning leaders of all content areas and expertise connect and further their practice, in order to provide more engaging, relevant, and equitable professional learning to educators in the region:
- Session 1 – Motivation: Reconnect to the “why” of the work as a provider of professional learning. (October 2019)
- Session 2 – Collaboration: Partner on a professional learning “small bet” with other workgroup members. (Late 2019, date TBD)
- Session 3 – Inspiration: Learn from local leaders and see how they’re transforming student experience through innovative professional learning. (Early 2020, date TBD)
- Session 4 – Creation: Help build the next iteration of a vision for the future of professional learning in our region. (Spring 2020, date TBD)
Empowering Peer to Peer PD
Knowing not every teacher from every school can take advantage of regional PD opportunities, professional learning providers within the collaborative 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.