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  • Professional Learning & Consultation

    DCIU's Department of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation provides high-quality, job specific professional learning in the areas where specialized training may be less available, including, but not limited to: innovation, STEM, computer science, science, educational technology and instructional delivery. 

     

    Professional Learning is a requirement for both school districts and the individuals who work in those districts. Through the development of data driven needs-based improvement plans, districts undergo a systemic analysis of their program and processes. This analysis highlights professional learning needs aligned to school improvement goals. The department of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation provides consultation and training services for every component of this process. Our team can guide schools through the development of an improvement plan that meets a school's specific needs as well as state and federal regulations.

    Additionally, we can assist with the research needed to determine which research-based strategies will address schools's improvement goals within their unique environment.

    Finally our team can also provide much of the professional development necessary for moving a school forward. Our areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Assessment Literacy, Data Collection and Analysis, Blended Learning, Integration of Technology into the Curriculum, Problem Based Learning, STEM Program Analysis, and STEM development.

    Schools and districts who would like to request professional development services from DCIU's department of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation may complete the TLI Professional Development Request form.

     

     Our Key Focuses

    • Evidence-Based Instructional Approaches
      DCIU is a State recognized leader in providing professional learning and resources focused on STEM and Computer Science.
    • Educational Technology
      DCIU provides a number of resources and support for designing innovative curriculum resources.
    • Grants
      DCIU increases access to educational technology resources to enhance instructional practices at discounted pricing.

     

    Areas of Expertise

    TLI provides leadership in the development and expansion of innovative best practices, strategic leadership and direction on a variety of educational initiatives. Our focus is on STEM, personalized/blended learning, technology, and innovative practices through professional development, hands-on resources and the following initiatives:

    • Delaware County STEM Ecosystem
      The DCIU STEM Ecosystem is a collaboration of various stakeholders to develop action plans around public relations, professional learning and partnerships in STEM. TLI will be working with volunteers from school districts to continue work in accordance with the action plans.

    • Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway
      The Carnegie STEM Pathway is designed to help school districts and schools adopt best practices in STEM education and is an ideal tool for coordinating professional learning between districts with similar goals. DCIU and other STEM professional learning partners will work with districts to leverage resources to support STEM implementation across the county.

    • Computer Science
      Computer Science is a prominent focus for the Teaching, Learning and Innovation department and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. DCIU will support its districts in developing a comprehensive K-12 computer science scope and sequence, and will support all resources including: Apple Swift, Kodable, Scratch, Code.org, bootstrap, Zulama, Ozobot, Dash, Beebots, Drones, and other products.

    • K-5 Computer Science
      DCIU has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to support computer science education for all students in grades K-12. As outlined in the Pennsylvania ESSA plan, DCIU will train up to 800 K-5 educators each year, at no-cost, in the Code.org Computer Science Fundamental (CSF) curriculum.

    • Secondary Computer Science
      The TLI department supports DCIU's commitment to computer science for K-12. Currently, TLI offers both for cost and no-cost resources including Code.org professional learning and curriculum for grades 6-9 and 9-12, as well as robotics equipment from the Boeing Lending Library.