Pittsburgh Regional Center for Science Teachers
The Pittsburgh Regional Center for Science Teachers (PRCST) is a
non-profit educational outreach for the School of Education, University
of Pittsburgh, Department of Instruction and Learning, and has provided
educators, administrators and others with exciting resources and
professional development opportunities for thirty years.
The Pittsburgh Regional Center for Science Teachers (PRCST)
professional development focus is on using the instructional strategy
"STS by Green Design" to enhance teachers' ability to address multiple
standards in one teaching lesson/plan. A special summer institute and
complementary workshops throughout the year are open to area teachers
Pittsburgh Regional Center for Science Teachers (PRCST) was
incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization in 1983-4
dedicated to providing support for area teachers of science,
mathematics, and technology through professional development
professional development opportunities have been mainly to help K-12
teachers enable their students to meet the academic standards by:
- Deepening content knowledge in the academic areas of science,
mathematics, social studies, and language arts (also linkage to
humanities and economics).
- Building access and skills in the integration of existing
materials and human resources. Expanding knowledge of and connections
to valuable resources.
- Providing knowledge and skills development in the utilization of technology:
- Information technology
- Laboratory technology and skills
- Geology – mapping, GPS
- Integrating current learning theory and best teaching practices into models of instructional strategies.
- Alignment of classroom work with the standards and assessment anchors through knowledge and practice.
- Building ACT 48 Hours opportunities.
For 25 years,
PRCST has provided a broad range of programs for educators in the
western Pennsylvania area: special topic workshops, skills training,
seminars, Science-Technology-Society (STS) Symposia, and programs
funded through specific grants. A recent successful program is
"Environment and Health: A Systems Approach," an interdisciplinary
program tested in area classrooms for three years. Special topic
areas include the obesity crisis, air quality, (especially fine
particulates), water quality, and climate change. Appropriate
provided and, in recent years, programs have been linked to the PA NASA
Resource Center, located at the University of Pittsburgh and
directed by Jane Konrad. All programs are designed to bring results
directly into classrooms through professional development opportunities
for teachers - the agents of change - and to help teachers improve their
PRCST was an initial affiliate of the Triangle Coalition for Science
& Technology, and Konrad served on the Board of Directors for many
years, chairing development of a successful Volunteer Project and
serving on writing committees for Triangle publications.