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Standard-Aligned Systems - Professional Development Training


Participants Achieve Proficiency in Selecting and Applying SAS Resources




6-12 Administrators & Teachers


The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Standards Aligned System (SAS) is a comprehensive, researched-based resource to improve student achievement. SAS identifies six elements that impact student achievement: Standards, Assessments, Curriculum Framework, Instruction, Materials and Resources, and Safe and Supportive Schools. Schools and educators across Pennsylvania are supported in their efforts to implement SAS by the development of a state-of-the-art portal which has been designed to organize and deliver educational content carefully aligned to the PA Academic and Core Standards, while providing teachers with integrated classroom tools to enhance their instructional effectiveness. The SAS portal also provides Pennsylvania educators with leading-edge networking technologies that create opportunities to communicate and collaborate with peers.

This workshop engages participants in hands-on activities that guide them in exploring SAS and its portal and in determining which resources are most applicable to their own teaching and learning. The workshop is customized for an in-depth analysis of specific areas of study, depending on which aspects of SAS districts and their teachers wish to address, including:

  • Standards: Searchable databases of all Pennsylvania Academic and Core Standards and Assessment
  • Assessments: An assessment creator, as well as information on state exams and graduation requirements
  • Curriculum Framework: Long-Term Transfer Goals, Big Ideas, Essential Questions, Concepts and Competencies for all content areas
  • Instruction: Source for the Educator Effectiveness resources as well as a collection of videos and best practice strategies to meet needs of diverse learners
  • Materials and Resources: Searchable, aligned classroom resources, learning progressions, lesson plans, and a Voluntary Model Curriculum
  • Safe and Supportive Schools: An evidence-based framework for school and student safety, positive educational environment, and engagement
  • Teacher Tools: Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT), Curriculum Mapping, ePortfolio, Professional Development Communities, Publish Your Best, and Website Builder