The NEIU partners with districts to provide support and training needed to prepare an effective, data informed comprehensive plan. This process will contribute to the cultivation of a quality-learning environment and enhance district and school capacity to address the needs of all stakeholders, ultimately contributing to the improvement of the school.
Our curriculum team can work with districts to surface pre-requisite knowledge (standards, resources, assessments) professional development needs to consult and develop a curriculum plan with ongoing support including evaluating, editing, writing new or existing curriculum.
The curriculum network is open to superintendents and curriculum coordinators in each of the 20 districts. Meetings are held bi-monthly. The purpose of this network is to provide members a forum to discuss state and local programs related to curriculum, instruction, assessment and staff development. Please complete the meeting survey if you would like a spot on the agenda, share a program in your district which is working well or would like to address a concern at a curriculum network meeting.
Professional learning options can be found on the IU19 registration site or by request on the following initiatives related to educator effectiveness: Specialist Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness and Principal Effectiveness. Student Learning Objective training and support can also be provided.
NEIU provides professional development for teachers of gifted education related to Chapter 16, the Basic Education Circular, construction of GIEPs and other topics as identified within Gifted Network meetings. Gifted Network meetings are held at least three times per school year and provide opportunities for teachers of gifted education to network, share resources, and receive updates about state and federal initiatives related to gifted programming, curriculum, instruction, assessment and other topics related to education of gifted students.
Teacher Induction Consortium
Member school districts participate in the Teacher Induction Consortium for new teachers and their mentors. Meeting four times a year from October through April, programs focus on curriculum, instructional strategies, assessment practices, portfolio systems and classroom management.
In cooperation with PDE’s Office for Safe Schools, NEIU coordinates school safety and security programs, collection of the annual school violence statistics, coordination of anti-violence efforts, and development of policies and strategies to combat school violence. The office supports and provides technical assistance and professional development programs in the following areas and security-related activities to support school safety: crisis intervention, school police training, violence prevention, and social/emotional wellness and safety provides services to all local school entities.
NEIU also provides training and technical assistance for Act 126, Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting, Act 71, Suicide Prevention and Awareness, as well as providing PA Emergency Management Association (PEMA) school safety planning. In conjunction with PEMA, NEIU provides annual updates to school safety planning as well as providing technical assistance in the use of the on-line website to share school safety plans with local and state emergency management.
PDE Data Resources
Professional learning options can be found on the IU19 registration site or by request on the following initiatives related to student and teacher data: PVAAS, eMetric, CDT and School Performance Profile.