PAECT Regional Events

Welcome to the Southwest Region of PAECT!


The Post-Heart of Teaching Meet-Up

Join PAECT for appetizers, camaraderie, and conference sharing March 20, 2024, from 3 to 5 PM at Sharky's Cafe, 3960 US 30, Latrobe, PA 15650.

The Heart of Teaching Conference

Sponsored by the Saint Vincent College Education Department and the Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English (WPCTE), The Heart of Teaching conference will feature informative, interactive, and trendsetting professional learning sessions delivered by some of our best local educators and organizations with a focus on active learning of ELA, SEL, reading and writing across the curriculum, technology, and general teaching concepts that have immediate application to grades 4-12 schools and classrooms. March 20, 2024, from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM and St. VIncent College, Fred Rogers Center, Latrobe, PA.

frED Camp!

Discover how the "Fred Method" is helping every learner thrive in this professional development opportunity for formal and informal educators along with parents and caregivers.

This is a free professional development event, ACT 48 Credit is available.Learn from fellow educators who make Mister Rogers matter still today.

This event is hosted by "When YouWonder, You're Learning:  Mister Rogers' Edurign Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids."  You will also hear from guest speakers from the Fred Rogers Institute and Project Fuel, along with many other presenters.

You can register for this FREE EVENT HERE.

The Meet and Geeks are back! 

We will be holding our Meet and Geek Meet Ups again this year, times and locations to be announced at a later date.  We are hoping to hold them in person, but have a fall back position of VIRTUAL MEET UPS if necessary.  Please keep up to date on events around the state by checking the PAECT calendar on the site's homepage.

Join Southwest PAECT and meet our new Keystone STARS at The Yard in Robinson for an informal meetup.  Reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones as we start off the 2022-2022 School Year.  Appetizers on PAECT!

When:  Thursday, September 15, 2022.

Time:  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where:  The Yard in Robinson 

670 Chauvet Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15275

Click HERE to Register.

Join PAECT members and KTI Stars  Melissa Krenzer, Ryan Kaiser, and Emily Trace as they lead us in a book study,  When You Wonder, You're Learning, Mister Rogers' Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids by Gregg Behr & Ryan Rydzewski.

Meet via Zoom each week for discussion.  Join when you can!

Register here and you will be sent a confirmation email with details on how to join the virtual discussions via Zoom.

TRETC Proposals Due

TRETC, The Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference is looking for proposals for PRESENTATIONS, INNOVATION ZONE, STUDENT SHOWCASE, and POSTER SESSIONS. TRETC is a great regional conference, many PAECT members  and KTI Stars have presented in the past, continue the rich tradition.  Click HERE to check it out.


BirdBrain and CodeJoy Webinar

Looking for some FREE PD? Spend an hour with BirdBrain Technologies and CodeJoy Education and learn about hands-on robotics in the classroom. Find out how you can use BirdBrain’s products, the Hummingbird robotics kit and the Finch Robot, to support coding, engineering design, and creative problem solving. As part of the hour, you’ll be invited to experience one of CodeJoy’s remote robot programming shows, and will learn how you can use these shows to build excitement in your students and school for hands-on robotics. All attendees will have the opportunity after the session to borrow a Finch Robot or Hummingbird Robotics Kit from BirdBrain for free while also accessing our free asynchronous PD courses. We will have sessions April 19th for anyone who took these courses to ask follow up questions and share their learning.  You can register for the event HERE.


GetConnectedELA Sponsored by the Saint Vincent College Education, Communication, and English Departments and the Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English (WPCTE), and PAECT, Get Connected will feature informative, interactive, and trendsetting professional learning sessions delivered by some of our best local ELA, English, Communication, and Reading teachers, and Library/Media Specialists.

You can find more information on the conference and register at

BirdBrain and CodeJoy Follow Up Webinar

BirdBrain and CodeJoy Follow Up Office Hours: Check out homepage to register for these TWO follow up sessions to our February 23 Webinar. The 6:30 PM session will focus on the Finch Robot, while the 7:30 session will focus on the Hummingbird.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 " SWPAECT Meet and Geek:  TechWorks Playground"

Come check out TechWorks in Homestead, PA, and try out some of the awesome technology on site!  We will have Playground time at TechWorks with refreshments after at a nearby restaurant.  Come hang meet fellow PAECT members from the area and network while you play!

Wednesday- August 18, 2021 " SWPAECT Post Keystones Meet-up” 

Southwest PAECT will be having a post Keystones Summit Meet up for all members to come out and meet our new KTI Stars.  The location will be post shortly along with the link to sign up for this event.

Wednesday- July 21, 2021 " SWPAECT Meet and Geek” 

Come on out and catch up with fellow PAECT members at the Yard in Robinson on Wednesday, July 21 from 1 PM to 3:30ish PM.  It is the week before Keystones and about the midpoint of summer, spend some time enjoying appetizers on us and share your stories from the past year and any plans or ideas for the upcoming school year.  Please click HERE to register.

uesday- November 17, 2020 "Platforms Puzzling You?  SWPAECT Meet and Geek” 

Online Platforms confusing you?  Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas have your brain boggled?  Virtual, Hybrid, In-person have your mind mashed up?  Join Southwest PAECT for some networking and sharing. We will be meeting online to discuss how the various online classrooms and how we are using them in our districts.. Grab your favorite snack and/or beverage and jump online via Zoom to share your experiences with these platforms. The Zoom link will be emailed out the day of the event.

Wednesday- September 16, 2020 "SWPAECT Meet and Geek” 

Join Southwest PAECT for some networking and sharing. We will be meeting online to discuss how back to school is looking and working for everyone. Grab your favorite snack and/or beverage and jump online via Zoom to share your experiences so far. The Zoom link will be emailed out the day of the event. Please go to to register for this event.


Wednesday- August 19, 2020 "SWPAECT Meet and Geek” 

Join us for some networking and sharing.  We will be meeting online to discuss what everyone is planning on for back to school.  Our monthly meet ups will be switching to the THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH UNTIL WE CAN MEET FACE TO FACE AGAIN.

MONDAY- AUGUST 10, 2020 "Social and Emotional Learning” 

SWPAECT will host a VIRTUAL PD event on “Social and Emotional Learning” 

from 7 - 8:00 PM on Zoom. Earn 1 hour for ACT 48.All members welcome. 

Alyssa Mahramus from EverFi

And Jennifer Ehehalt from Creative Commons will present!

The link to the session will be emailed out to attendees on the morning of the event.

Transformative SEL For Back To School and Beyond 

Speaker: Alyssa Lyons  @MahramusAlyssa

Director of K12 Implementation

How do we move the needle with social-emotional learning? With the current health and social stressors, it's important to employ measurable real-world SEL skills to students addressing the whole child. Join EVERFI Director of Implementation, Alyssa Lyons, to explore several resources that measure learning gains, attitudinal, and behavioral changes. You'll have access to strategies for gathering real-time data, tips for administrator buy-in, and discover ways to equip students with SEL skills for life. To get the most out of this information on August 10th, we invite you to register for your free EVERFI Teacher Account at Reach out to Alyssa [] with any questions!

Keep Kids Entertained and Learning Anywhere, Anytime

Speaker: Jennifer Ehehalt @Jehehalt

Sr. Regional Manager, Pittsburgh Common Sense Education

As home becomes a growing place for school, the school-to-home connection has never been more essential.  Educators have been asked to radically change their practice (and quickly), while families have been challenged with a radically new student experience. helps families and educators find and use trusted resources to enrich and support distance learning through an easy-to-use distance learning hub for families and educators in preschool – grade 12.  With Daily Schedules of curated learning activities for students by grade level, Learning Resource Libraries curated by subject, and supplemental activities to support life skills, SEL, physical activity, arts, STEAM, and much more, there is something for everyone! We invite you to come learn about Wide Open School, a new, free online portal of resources to support families and educators supporting remote learning in their school communities.


Join us for some networking and sharing.  We will be meeting online to discuss what everyone is planning on for back to school.  Our monthly meet ups will be switching to the THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH UNTIL WE CAN MEET FACE TO FACE AGAIN.

Tech the Halls

Join PAECT on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Allegheny Intermediate Unit for Tech the Halls.  We will be at AIU from 4-6 for sharing of apps, tools, and best practices.  At 6 PM we will move to one of the many restaurants at the Waterfront for Apps and more sharing.  You can register for this event by clicking here.

Makey Makey

PAECT will be hosting TWO Makey Makey trainings in the region, one in the southern area of the region and another in the northern area.  Specific dates, times, and other important details will be released once our plans our finalized.  Please keep checking back for updates.

A Taste of Technology

Join us for A Taste of Technology, October 12, 2019, at St. Louise de Marillac School, 310 McMurray Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241.  The event runs from 8 AM until 2 PM with food, resources, networking, and Act 48!  Check out the PAECT events page for more details.  You can click here to register.

Southwest PAECT Meet and Geeks

Join us soon for some networking and sharing.  We will be meeting at various locations around the region to network and share ideas. More details will be coming soon.

We are looking for people who are interested in meeting up elsewhere in the region.  Email us at if interested.

TRETC 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019 Baldwin High School, Baldwin PA. 4653 Clairton Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

PAECT is a proud co-sponsor of the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference.

“Tech-Defying the Old School Classroom”

April 25, 2019 Propel Homestead, 129 East 10th Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120 3:45 PM-7:00 PM.

In this Professional Development seminar, general and special education teachers will gain knowledge, skills, and experiences to be able to utilize educational technology in their classrooms with high levels of mastery.  Topics such as video tutorials, iPad Applications, Google Suite, and Promethean will be covered throughout this session.  Educators will be equipped with highly-effective digital tools that will not only provide them with multiple methods of differentiation never learned before but also ways to deliver formative/summative assessments, data collection programs, and collaboration strategies to quickly change classrooms into student-centered environments.

You can register for this event here.

Southwest PAECT Meet and Geek Galleria of Mt. Lebanon  TUESDAY, March 2, 2019 at Panera Bread 

PAECT members from around the Southwest Region met and discussed PETE 2019 and the upcoming PETE 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Southwest PAECT Tech the Halls Meet-up

Join us again on TUESDAY, December 4, 2019

3:00 PM-5:00 PM 

Try some new tech, share your favorite tech with your colleagues, and have some holiday fun.

RSVP to Zee Poerio at by Saturday, Dec. 1st if you plan to attend. 

Bring another teacher friend. 

Optional: Bring a wrapped REGIFTER for a grab bag. 

(Don't buy something new, bring a small gift that you received as a gift in the past that could be regifted.)

Refreshments will be provided.

The Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference
November 6, 2018, Baldwin High School, Baldwin-Whitehall School District.

TRETC Post-Conference Meet-Up.
November 6, 2018 from 4-6 PM at Crafthouse Stage and Grill, 5024 Curry Road, Pittsburgh PA 15236.  Come join PAECT members for some after conference discussions.

Inventionland: August 9, 2018

On Thursday, August 9th, NWPAECT and SWPAECT are sponsoring a SUMMER meet-up. We have arranged for a 70 minute tour of the amazing INVENTIONLAND in Pittsburgh, and lunch at a near-by restaurant. The cost of the tour will be FREE for PAECT members and guests. Choose for 10 am tour or 1 pm tour with common meet up for LUNCH at 11:30 at THE LOT at EDGEWATER. Lunch is pay on your own.

KTI Tweetup

Wednesday, July 25th several members of PAECT met at Panera in Bridgeville for the KTI Tweetup with the new 2018 KTIs.  Food and beverages were sponsored by PAECT.

edCampPGH, March 24, Hopewell Jr. High.

Southwest PAECT Mini-Keys, December 9, 2017

Southwest Mini-Keys will be held at the Harrison Middle School in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District, 129 Windvale Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

This is a FREE EVENT for any PAECT member, there is a $35 cost for non-members.  Join us for a day of new ideas, best practices, camaraderie, and PRIZE PATROL.  

$35 admission fee gets non-members admission to the event, lunch, and a one year's membership in PAECT.

TRETC November 6 and 7, 2017

This year's event will be held in Montour School District, it focuses o

on "Digitizing Personal Learning."

EdcampPGH, Saturday October 21, 2017

EdcampPGH's Fall event will be held at 

West Jefferson Hills School District.

EdcampPGH, Saturday May 20, 2017

EdcampPGH's Spring event was held at 

Holy Family Academy in 

Emsworth, PA.

BotsIQ Finals Competition and STEAM Showcase 

at California University of Pennsylvania.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

This event highlights the electrifying ways schools are

Incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, 

Mathematics.  With over 1300 Southwestern Pennsylvania 

high   school students competing, the event gives you the

opportunity to promote your program to an open audience of families, friends, and community members.

This event is FREE to the public.

More information can be found at

Saturday, November 26, 2016.


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 

Galleria of Mt. Lebanon.

1500 Washington Rd, Mt. Lebanon, PA 

Join your local SWPAECT Members.

Let’s kick off the holiday season with a 

quick MEET UP!



Site TBA, Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

Join your local SWPAECT Members.

Let’s kick off the holiday season with a 

quick MEET UP!





10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join your local SWPAECT Members. 

Let’s kick off the holiday season with a 

quick MEET UP!


Coffee Meet-up-Saturday, January 30, 2016 (RSVP by Friday, January 30, 2016)

There will be a meet-up planned for Saturday, January 30th at Starbucks in Greensburg, past Westmoreland Mall, across from the Barnes and Noble, 10:30 - 12   Please email if you can attend.  It is a great opportunity to meet up and share ideas and have some coffee from PAECT!!

School and Public Library Partnership Summit - The past year’s theme  was "Your Kids."  The event was attended by school librarians, public librarians, instructional / technology coaches and other educators. It was held on Monday, December 16th at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. PAECT sponsored lunch for presenters, keynote speaker and the planning committee.

edCamp Pittsburgh - edCampPGH is an ongoing opportunity to learn, network, and share best practices in education.  This attendee driven event is held twice a year in the Southwest Region.  We are in the planning stages for the Spring 2016 event.  For more information visit

Flipped Learning Workshop - Flipped Learning ( along with PAECT ( bring you a full day workshop on Saturday, November 16th at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. The cost of the workshop is $149.00 PAECT member / $184.00 non-member (which includes a 1 year membership to PAECT). For more information visit

TRETC Conference (annual event): The Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC) is the premier K-16 educational technology conference in Western Pennsylvania. More than 300 educators from K-12 schools, higher education and non-profits come to the event. In addition, each year more than 25 vendors showcase their new technologies.

TASTE of TECHNOLOGY - May 23, 2012 @  St. Louise de Marillac School - Pittsburgh, PA



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