Tier #1 ENGINE of Central PA: 3D STEELS Educator Community of Practice – Virtual (Fall)

September 28, 2023 - February 1, 2024


Instructor(s): Peney E. Wright, Jeff Remington

Description of Activity: Tier #1 Series Our goals are to begin conversations about the shift towards the new Pennsylvania Science, Technology, Engineering, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Academic Science Standards (STEELS) that were fully adopted in June 2022. A series of ten interactive webinars will include an introduction to Phenomena-based science education, 3D teaching and learning, equity and inclusion, Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Student Performance Expectations, PBL, Productive Student Discourse, Technology and Engineering Integration, 3D Assessments, and Reviewing and Critiquing for High Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM.)  Sessions build upon knowledge, pedagogy and practices of the preceding ones. It is recommended that all are taken, in order, to develop a foundation for this shift in science education. You must select each session individually to be registered and receive ACT 48 hours upon completion.

Asynchronous work is required: pre-reading one STEM Teaching Tools Practice Brief, posted reflections regarding the readings, and applying what is learned to participants’ contexts.  Participants may join virtually in-person, work completely asynchronously or attend as a hybrid mix.

For a full list of sessions and dates, click on Fall '23-24 ENGINE 3D STEELS Educator CoP.

FYI: Spring Series: Tuesdays 1/2/24 – 5/7/24

Series closes June 31, 2024 for both series.

Recommended Prerequisite: read the National Research Council: A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas (2012), free download

“As our school district begins the journey to implement the new science standards for our teachers and students, this overview of the new STEELS standards and the great introduction to the resources available to us as teachers provides me with a solid place to start this new journey. “High School Chemistry Teacher, Attendee Pilot Year #1 January 2023 - May 2023.

****35 ACT 48 hours will be presented after completion of all sessions.You must select each session individually to be registered and receive ACT 48 hours upon completion. (If registration is closed for the session you want email cflaherty@tiu11.org)

Session 1 

Fall 9/28/23

Introduction and Phenomena-based teaching and learning

Session 2 

Fall 10/12/23

STEELS for ALL Students Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Session 3 

Fall 10/26/23

3-Dimensional Learning: Science & Engineering Practices

Session 4 

Fall 11/9/23

3D Learning: Cross Cutting Concepts

Session 5 

Fall 11/30/23

3D Learning: Disciplinary Core Ideas

Session 6 

Fall 12/7/23

Student Performance Expectations: Teaching Practices and Administrators Look-fors

Session 7

 Fall 12/21/23

Project/Problem-based learning and Productive Student Discourse

Session 8 

Fall 1/4/24

Technology and Engineering Integration

Session 9 

Fall 1/18/24

3D Formative and Summative Assessments

Session 10 

 Fall 2/1/24

Selecting and Modifying Science Curriculum for High Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM)

Fall 2023

Close Date

Final Live Session Date: February 1st, 2024

Close Date: June 30, 2024


Registration closed on 9/28/2023

Available Credit or Activity Hours

Act 48 Activity Hours
35.0 Hours
Academic Content Studies Science


Thursday, September 28
Thursday, October 12
Thursday, October 26
Thursday, November 9
4 - 5:30pm
Session 4: 3D Learning: Cross Cutting Concepts
Thursday, November 30
4 - 5:30pm
Thursday, December 7
Thursday, December 21
Thursday, January 4
4 - 5:30pm
Thursday, January 18
4:30 - 5:30pm
Thursday, February 1
4 - 5:30pm