Educators looking for opportunities to continue their education will now be able to do so locally. Beginning this spring, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will offer Pennsylvania Act 48-approved continuing education classes. The program, “Act 48 at Pitt-Johnstown,” is expected to serve pre-K-12 teachers in 300 schools throughout a 79-district region including Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Blair, Clearfield, Indiana, Westmoreland, and Fayette counties. Pennsylvania Act 48, enacted in 1999, requires teachers to complete 180 contact hours in continuing education activities every five years in order to maintain their state certification.
According to Dr. Paul Douglas Newman, program director and Pitt-Johnstown professor of history, “This is a community project. We were receiving phone calls from area educators and alumni asking if we offered Act 48. We are responding to that need.
“While school districts offer programs through ‘in-service’ days, those opportunities are primarily pedagogical in their approach. The Pitt-Johnstown program will offer content-based programming to assist teachers with revising or adding new content to their lessons, in addition to pedagogical and issue based topics”
Program contact hours will be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Workshop activities for each program will be offered by Pitt-Johnstown faculty members, guest speakers from other universities or the professional world, and primary, middle, and high school teachers in the community. Credits will be available through three program formats: half-day Saturday sessions, day-long symposia, or week-long institutes.
The ACT 48 Saturdays program will offer 3.5 contact hours in discipline specific instruction. The first program will be held April 17. Topics included will be biology, chemistry, computer science, creative writing, social studies, Spanish, and technology in the classroom.
The STEM Symposium is a full-day thematic, multi-disciplinary offering six contact hours with curricula for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The theme for this May 8 event will be “Energy.”
Summer Institutes are week-long thematic, multi-disciplinary activities offering 30 contact hours. Two multi-disciplinary institutes will be offered the week of June 28-July 2: “The Environment” and “Teaching Pennsylvania.”
For more information on ACT 48 programs, visit www.upj.pitt.edu/Act48 or, call Dr. Newman at 814-269-2987 or e-mail ACT48UPJ@pitt.edu. Find the program on Facebook at ACT48 at Pitt-Johnstown.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”
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