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Week-long Governor's Institutes will bring early learning professionals from birth-5 and K-3 settings together in teams to focus on instructional strategies to promote a comprehensive set of early learning standards; and support teams to develop an action plan to implement Pre-K to Grade 3 strategies in their local settings.

The Institutes are funded through Pennsylvania's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant.

Apply now for the 2017 P-3 Governor's Institute:  P-3 Collaboration - Working Together for Student Success

Application deadline:  March 17, 2017 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Child Development and Early Learning is pleased to announce the 2017 Prenatal to Grade 3 (P-3) Governor's Institute: P-3 Collaboration - Working Together for Student Success. The purpose of Pennsylvania's P-3 Governor's Institute is to help school districts, early learning providers, and community organizations throughout the commonwealth make the vital connections and collaborations necessary for student success from prenatal through grade 3. The 2017 P-3 Governor's Institutes are being offered regionally:

  • June 27-29 at the Marriott in Cranberry
  • July 11-13 at the Sky Top Lodge in the Poconos
  • July 31- August 2 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey

Participation in the 2017 institute is limited to 28 teams per region. Participating teams will be selected through an application process. Districts, birth-5 early learning programs, and community organizations may submit an application. Applications may be submitted for more than one team from the same organization, if each applying team represents a different elementary school and birth-5 feeder school/program. Teams should be built around a specific elementary school(s), its feeder early-learning programs, and the local community. Selected teams will participate in this three-day event. Professional development will be offered to support team specific implementation of P-3 efforts.

Most expenses, except meals, will be covered for participating teams using Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant funds. Act 48, and Act 45/PIL professional development credits and Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) hours will be offered.

To be considered for participation in this event, participating teams must agree to the following:

  • Participate in pre-conference webinar or call;
  • Attend and actively engage in the entire three-day event;
  • Bring a core team of no less than four educators (maximum participating team of eight members): a birth-5 administrator, a birth-5 teacher, a K-3 administrator, and a K-3 teacher. Preference will be given to applicants who include up to four of the following: family leader or family representative, Early Intervention representative, out of school time professional, community member, librarian, curriculum specialist, higher education partner, IU representative, Home Visiting, and Family Support.
  • Engage in continuous improvement via sharing and implementation of strategies/programs that will enhance student achievement; and
  • Maintain an active role in the Governor's Institute cohort subsequent to the event (e.g., professional learning community, webinars, monthly follow up).

Applications are now available.  Deadline to submit an application is March 17, 2017.  Selected applicants will be notified via email by April 3, 2017.

The application can be accessed at:  Governor's Institute P-3 2017 Application

If you have any questions, please contact Jolie Phillips at