Curriculum & Technology

The Office of Curriculum Services provides consultation and technical assistance in three areas: Curriculum Development, Educational Planning, and Instructional Improvement.

Curriculum Development

  • Providing assistance to districts in curriculum mapping and Standards Aligned Systems (SAS)
  • Facilitating the IU9 elementary and secondary curriculum councils, IU9 school counselors, and IU9 coaches
  • Maintaining ESL resource library
  • Acting as IU9 contact/facilitator for the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) initiative for school administrators

Educational Planning

  • Acting as a resource for Pennsylvania’s Chapter 4, which includes the Academic Standards, the PSSA (PA System of School Assessment), Keystone Exams, and PA Core
  • Facilitating workshops and meetings that provide professional education opportunities for IU/district staff members
  • Developing and coordinating the annual Seneca Highlands Summer Curriculum Institute
  • Providing a STEM lending library
  • Coordinating the delivery of Continuing Professional Education courses (face-to-face and online instruction)
  • IU9 liaison for Acts 48 and 45 and training/consultation on Acts 48 and 45 Guidelines
  • Facilitating the Comprehensive Planning Initiative

Instructional Improvement

  • Working with districts to design and implement Comprehensive Plans
  • Delivering specific training on literacy and math instructional strategies
  • Delivering specific training on instructional strategies for content-area teachers
  • Providing ongoing training/consultation for districts and IU staff on data analysis tools
  • Providing focused assistance to struggling schools
  • Providing training and consultation in content literacy
  • Providing training and resources in STEM
  • Participating in the IU9 Training Team for Substitute Teachers
  • Delivering specific training on implementing virtual instruction

Instructional Media Program

Instructional Media Services includes instructional technology, distance learning, printing, media, and audio-visual services including:

  • IU9 Educational Technology Group: comprised of technology coordinators in all districts, meeting to discuss technology issues and solutions for schools
  • Digital Streaming Video: provide access to Discovery Education digital video resources such as Digital Curriculum
  • Pennsylvania Computer Fair: Regional and state-wide computer fairs for high school and middle school students
  • Professional Development: continuing professional education (CPE) and workshop programs in instructional technology
  • IU9 Website: coordinate and support use of www.iu9.org
  • STEM Lending Library: maintain resources and provide professional development in the implementation of the resources in the classroom.

Instructional Media Materials

PA Core Flipcharts
Eligible Content Placemats

EdTech & STEM

The IU9 provides many services to support educational technology and STEM in the classrooms. Our work is to help provide support for educators to provide their students with engaging, authentic, and creative ways to showcase their understanding. From supporting teachers with Google Classroom integration to coding robotics with real world application. The IU9 is committed to delivering supportive and informative face-to-face and virtual professional development. 

STEM Lending Library

We have a STEM Lending Library. If you would like to request something from our library please fill out the STEM Lending Library form. We will work our hardest to grant every request, but be advised that we have limited supplies. All requests will be granted at a first come, first serve bases. Items may be checked out at most for a two week period. We also request that if you do use a tool please document its use through pictures and video and share them with us by sending them to Greg Macer. Please send questions and/or comments to Greg Macer.

Technology Integration

"Technological literacy is defined as computer skills and the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity, and performance." – United States Department of Education

Technology is simply a tool to improve and enhance education. Many educators believe that technology is a separate subject, such as science or art; however, it is impossible to separate technology from the regular curriculum. The power of technological skills comes when we integrate them into the curriculum in a meaningful and purposeful way.

Digital Resources
IU9 Instructional Media Services (IMS) provides all schools in Cameron, Elk, McKean, and Potter counties with access to instructional technology resources in many forms, including the media library, distance learning, and professional support for instructional technology integration. Every school has access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

Professional Support
IU9 Instructional Media provides professional support for K–12 instructional technology integration via custom designed professional development workshops, regularly scheduled meetings, and annual regional middle and high school computer fairs that qualify students to compete with their peers at the state level.

Technology Services

Member schools include Austin, Coudersport, Galeton, Johnsonburg, and the IU9 Career and Technical Center.

We provide the following services:

  • Personnel: four technology professionals to work with districts as requested
  • Setup, management, and monitoring of LANS, firewall, content filter, servers, switches, routers, wireless access points, backups, imaging solutions, virtual environments, antivirus, and security camera systems
  • On-site technology repair
  • Working with district leaders to advise on new technology initiatives, plan purchases, reduce technology costs, plan recovery in the event of a disaster or cybersecurity incident, complete summer projects and assist or lead E-rate Category 2 projects