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​June 16, 2021

This message was shared for the 2020-21 school year.

Dear Colleague,

With the end of this school year, school leaders across the Commonwealth are turning their energies to accelerating student learning to mitigate learning gaps and emotional health concerns during the 2021-22 school year.

In the spring, the Department launched the second phase of the Roadmap for Educational Leaders, Accelerated Learning through an Integrated System of Support, in partnership with the PA Intermediate Units and PA Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN). This toolkit and webinar series provide an equitable, systematic process and technical support for school communities to make important decisions for the start of the new year. Key aspects include an updated collection of lessons learned, research, and planning templates that incorporate probing questions to guide decision-making, along with a series of synchronous and asynchronous professional learning activities.

The Accelerated Learning series allows school leaders to access this information two ways: 1) by following a step-by-step process through targeted professional learning webinars; or 2) by selecting individual components of the process based on local needs. Concepts addressed in Accelerated Learning include:

  • Identifying and planning for a reset of system conditions within school operations including health and safety, instructional models, and teaching and learning;
  • Building a welcoming, safe, and supportive community for students and staff;
  • Identifying where students are entering school academically;
  • Aligning assessments, curriculum, and instruction to help each student progress; and
  • Developing teachers to support all students, particularly those most vulnerable.

Included with this letter is a checklist explaining each module and session in the Accelerated Learning series that school leaders can use to track their participation. All sessions are asynchronous and accessible through the Accelerated Learning webpage. Recognizing the importance of this planning, school leaders can attain up to 60 hours of Act 45 credit for completing this series of professional learning sessions and applying their learning by developing and implementing their school plans. Information on registering for and attaining Act 45 credit .

In addition to the Accelerated Learning sessions, community of practice sessions will be held throughout the summer for school leaders to ask questions and share ideas with other school leaders. Intermediate Units will continue to provide support and technical assistance during the 2021-22 school year as schools implement ongoing and new accelerated learning opportunities in a scaffolded support approach.

We wish you all the best as you begin to plan and prepare to accelerate the learning and emotional wellbeing of our students.

Best in Education, Sherri