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Online and Blended Professional Learning Options

As schools and districts adapt to remote learning, social distancing, and the "new normal," the Teaching Excellence Academy is here to support the needs of educators with new online professional learning options.

Connect virtually with this blended professional learning model consisting of live workshops, independent practices, and live coaching support. Participants engage in valuable learning experiences and leave with ideas for the implementation of STEM education in their classrooms and/or digital learning environments.

Additionally, schools and districts can support their educators with the Online Engagement package, a set of workshops dedicated specifically to engaging students via virtual instruction.

Each workshop can accommodate up to 30 educators and includes instruction in the use of a digital application to enhance engagement and productivity.

Thirty-minute post-workshop coaching sessions for up to 15 educators provide valuable feedback on lesson planning that implements STEM education.

All six workshops can be purchased as a package for $5,000. Act 48 credit is available.

For more information, call Jeremy Bassett, Teaching Excellence Academy Manager, at 412.237.1634 or email bassettj@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.


Online Engagement:

Our Online Engagement workshops are designed specifically for educators who want to enhance the effectiveness of their virtual instruction. Each workshop offers an hour-long session focused on student engagement tools in an online learning environment with a follow-up half-hour coaching session. Choose the entire package of six online courses, or select individual workshop options that are suited to your needs.

Online Engagement Workshops

One-hour live virtual format with one follow-up coaching session | Cost: $750 each

These workshops aim to help teachers navigate the demands of virtual instruction for the upcoming school year. School leaders can select participants to attend, based upon their professional learning needs.

Video Conferencing 101
Explore the features of your selected video conferencing application that best support key components of effective virtual instruction. Brainstorm ways that video conferencing can foster class community, collaboration, and communication.

Google Classroom
Discover how Google Classroom can be utilized as a learning management system for all educators regardless of discipline or technical expertise. Explore features that can enhance virtual learning for a diverse group of students.

Google Features
Take a tour of the myriad of free Google applications and features that promote authentic learning in a virtual classroom setting. Discuss strategies for incorporating the selected options into your instruction regardless of the discipline.

Online Collaboration Tools
Experience digital tools that promote collaboration within a virtual learning environment. Practice using application features that help to minimize the challenges that can exist when implementing group work outside of the physical classroom.

Online Assessment
Learn how to effectively use online assessment tools to monitor the comprehension and progress of your students in a virtual learning environment. Brainstorm ways in which these tools can allow for differentiation and encourage valuable student feedback.

Interactive Tools
Explore various tools that are aimed to increase student engagement during their virtual classroom experience. Consider options for using interactive digital tools to promote authentic learning and a deeper connection to subject matter content.


Prerequisites:

Our “What is STEM?” and “The Next Step in STEM" workshops are designed to establish a strong foundation for STEM professional learning. Because of this, these two workshops are prerequisites for other Online Professional Learning Options.

What is STEM?

Two-hour live virtual format | Cost: $1,000 (prerequisite for The Next Step in STEM workshop)

Digital application utilized for the evaluation of school/district’s current STEM program

STEM best practices can be woven into any classroom or lesson plan. In this first workshop, we’ll discuss factors that make for a collaborative STEM learning environment, as well as resource materials that incorporate STEM into multiple subject areas. Develop STEM buy-in with fellow stakeholders using our proven strategies.

The Next Step in STEM

Two-hour live virtual format | Cost: $1,000 (prerequisite for all other online workshops)

Digital application utilized for brainstorming and creating STEM education improvement goals and implementation plan

Participate in an action-oriented workshop that will have you collaboratively planning for the implementation of your STEM education program. Learn about employing strategic methods such as creative matrices and directed brainstorming. Through guided group discussion and visualization, set your school on a successful track with the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway.


Additional Options:

Take a deeper dive into the four Pillars of STEM Education: project-based group learning, inquiry-based education, integrated curriculum, and career awareness.

Project-Based Learning

One-hour live virtual format with two follow-up coaching sessions | Cost: $750

Digital application utilized for creating and maintaining electronic portfolios with students

Regardless of your content area, project-based learning (PBL) is sure to inspire and excite your students about STEM. Use your expertise to develop STEM projects that address real-world problems and require students to be engaged. Project resources, group work strategies, and collaborative opportunities are also included.

Inquiry-Based Education

One-hour live virtual format with two follow-up coaching sessions | Cost: $750

Digital application utilized for creating concept/mind maps to illuminate thinking learning

Transitioning a traditional classroom to one that is more question-centered does not require a total curriculum rewrite. Learn simple classroom strategies to turn existing lessons and activities into ones driven by student curiosity that give kids the opportunity to practice and develop their STEM skills.

Integrating STEM into Your Classroom

One-hour live virtual format with two follow-up coaching sessions | Cost: $750

Digital application utilized for online collaboration for creating integrated lessons and activities

Traditionally, the concept of “siloing,” or teaching subjects independently of one another, has been the standard within K–12 schools. In this workshop, educators will learn the value of curriculum integration and its place within the STEM universe. Participants will be asked to brainstorm potential avenues for subject integration and design integrated lessons that can be used upon leaving the workshop.

Career Awareness Through Tech Exploration

One-hour live virtual format with two follow-up coaching sessions | Cost: $750

Digital application utilized for creating avatars to enhance public speaking skills

Learn how to illuminate career pathways through the use of innovative educational technology. Explore different types of educational technology such as Spheros, littleBits, StikBot Studio, Puzzlets, and Bee-Bots, and bring back activities to your classroom.

Online and Blended Professional Learning Options

As schools and districts adapt to remote learning, social distancing, and the "new normal," the Teaching Excellence Academy is here to support the needs of educators with new online professional learning options.

Connect virtually with this blended professional learning model consisting of live workshops, independent practices, and live coaching support. Participants engage in valuable learning experiences and leave with ideas for the implementation of STEM education in their classrooms and/or digital learning environments.

Additionally, schools and districts can support their educators with the Online Engagement package, a set of workshops dedicated specifically to engaging students via virtual instruction.

Each workshop can accommodate up to 30 educators and includes instruction in the use of a digital application to enhance engagement and productivity.

Thirty-minute post-workshop coaching sessions for up to 15 educators provide valuable feedback on lesson planning that implements STEM education.

All six workshops can be purchased as a package for $5,000. Act 48 credit is available.

For more information, call Jeremy Bassett, Teaching Excellence Academy Manager, at 412.237.1634 or email bassettj@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.


Online Engagement:

Our Online Engagement workshops are designed specifically for educators who want to enhance the effectiveness of their virtual instruction. Each workshop offers an hour-long session focused on student engagement tools in an online learning environment with a follow-up half-hour coaching session. Choose the entire package of six online courses, or select individual workshop options that are suited to your needs.

Online Engagement Workshops

One-hour live virtual format with one follow-up coaching session | Cost: $750 each

These workshops aim to help teachers navigate the demands of virtual instruction for the upcoming school year. School leaders can select participants to attend, based upon their professional learning needs.

Video Conferencing 101
Explore the features of your selected video conferencing application that best support key components of effective virtual instruction. Brainstorm ways that video conferencing can foster class community, collaboration, and communication.

Google Classroom
Discover how Google Classroom can be utilized as a learning management system for all educators regardless of discipline or technical expertise. Explore features that can enhance virtual learning for a diverse group of students.

Google Features
Take a tour of the myriad of free Google applications and features that promote authentic learning in a virtual classroom setting. Discuss strategies for incorporating the selected options into your instruction regardless of the discipline.

Online Collaboration Tools
Experience digital tools that promote collaboration within a virtual learning environment. Practice using application features that help to minimize the challenges that can exist when implementing group work outside of the physical classroom.

Online Assessment
Learn how to effectively use online assessment tools to monitor the comprehension and progress of your students in a virtual learning environment. Brainstorm ways in which these tools can allow for differentiation and encourage valuable student feedback.

Interactive Tools
Explore various tools that are aimed to increase student engagement during their virtual classroom experience. Consider options for using interactive digital tools to promote authentic learning and a deeper connection to subject matter content.


Prerequisites:

Our “What is STEM?” and “The Next Step in STEM" workshops are designed to establish a strong foundation for STEM professional learning. Because of this, these two workshops are prerequisites for other Online Professional Learning Options.

What is STEM?

Two-hour live virtual format | Cost: $1,000 (prerequisite for The Next Step in STEM workshop)

Digital application utilized for the evaluation of school/district’s current STEM program

STEM best practices can be woven into any classroom or lesson plan. In this first workshop, we’ll discuss factors that make for a collaborative STEM learning environment, as well as resource materials that incorporate STEM into multiple subject areas. Develop STEM buy-in with fellow stakeholders using our proven strategies.

The Next Step in STEM

Two-hour live virtual format | Cost: $1,000 (prerequisite for all other online workshops)

Digital application utilized for brainstorming and creating STEM education improvement goals and implementation plan

Participate in an action-oriented workshop that will have you collaboratively planning for the implementation of your STEM education program. Learn about employing strategic methods such as creative matrices and directed brainstorming. Through guided group discussion and visualization, set your school on a successful track with the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway.


Additional Options:

Take a deeper dive into the four Pillars of STEM Education: project-based group learning, inquiry-based education, integrated curriculum, and career awareness.

Project-Based Learning

One-hour live virtual format with two follow-up coaching sessions | Cost: $750

Digital application utilized for creating and maintaining electronic portfolios with students

Regardless of your content area, project-based learning (PBL) is sure to inspire and excite your students about STEM. Use your expertise to develop STEM projects that address real-world problems and require students to be engaged. Project resources, group work strategies, and collaborative opportunities are also included.

Inquiry-Based Education

One-hour live virtual format with two follow-up coaching sessions | Cost: $750

Digital application utilized for creating concept/mind maps to illuminate thinking learning

Transitioning a traditional classroom to one that is more question-centered does not require a total curriculum rewrite. Learn simple classroom strategies to turn existing lessons and activities into ones driven by student curiosity that give kids the opportunity to practice and develop their STEM skills.

Integrating STEM into Your Classroom

One-hour live virtual format with two follow-up coaching sessions | Cost: $750

Digital application utilized for online collaboration for creating integrated lessons and activities

Traditionally, the concept of “siloing,” or teaching subjects independently of one another, has been the standard within K–12 schools. In this workshop, educators will learn the value of curriculum integration and its place within the STEM universe. Participants will be asked to brainstorm potential avenues for subject integration and design integrated lessons that can be used upon leaving the workshop.

Career Awareness Through Tech Exploration

One-hour live virtual format with two follow-up coaching sessions | Cost: $750

Digital application utilized for creating avatars to enhance public speaking skills

Learn how to illuminate career pathways through the use of innovative educational technology. Explore different types of educational technology such as Spheros, littleBits, StikBot Studio, Puzzlets, and Bee-Bots, and bring back activities to your classroom.

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