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Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The Penn Hills SD Department of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment works to facilitate the development and implementation of the District's K-12 curriculum, adoptions, and resources used in the classroom. This is based on standards developed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and adopted by the Penn Hills School District. Departmental responsibility also includes the written curricula taught through instruction that is matched to student needs and outcomes that are culturally responsive.   The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment also supports District staff in the development and implementation of standards-based local assessments that are used to adjust instructional practices . We are committed to high-quality instruction and engaging learning environments that intellectually stimulate our diverse student population. If you have questions related to any of the following areas of responsibility, please feel free to contact my office at 412-793-7000 X1251

  • District Curriculum/ PA Standards
  • Instructional Methods

  • Professional Development/Act 48

  • Comprehensive Planning/School Improvement

  • District/State Assessments

  • Federal Programs (exclusive to Title I, II, & IV)

  • English As A Second Language

  • AEDY appeals

  • Virtual Learning (Synchronous) 

  • Penn Hills Cyber Academy (PHCA) (Asynchronous)

  • Graduation pathways

Department Leadership

Renel Williams

Renel Williams

Assistant to the Superintendent for Teaching, Learning, and Asse
Theresa DeBasi

Theresa DeBasi

Education Secretary

Recent News

Penn Hills School District Exits Financial Recovery Status

We are thrilled to announce that the Penn Hills School District has officially exited Financial Recovery status. This monumental achievement was announced on May 23, 2024, by Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Khalid Mumin, at Penn Hills Middle School.

Linton Middle School's Heartfelt Mentor Appreciation

Over the past two days, Dr. Robinson and YESS Team member Miss Nia guided over 30 eighth-grade students in delivering a special gift to someone of their choosing. About a month ago, an idea was hatched to create t-shirts that allow our kids to give thanks to someone in the building who has truly been a mentor to them during their time at Linton.

Spotlight on: A Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunity

Educators and students, we're excited to share a fantastic summer opportunity that's gaining recognition across the state! Sigma Resources’ subsidiary, Simcoach Games, is partnering with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and regional schools to offer the Junior Game Developer Pre-Apprenticeship in video game development.

Free After-school Meal Program Launches in Penn Hills School District

The Penn Hills School District, in collaboration with The Nutrition Group, is excited to announce the launch of a new initiative aimed at providing free afterschool meals to school-age children within the community. This program is part of a broader effort to support the nutritional needs of children and ensure they have access to healthy meals outside of regular school hours.

PA FAFSA Submission Deadline Extended

In an important update for students and families across Pennsylvania, the Board of Directors at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has extended the submission deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to June 1, 2024.

Upcoming Events

Contact Information

Renel Williams
Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
(412) 793-7000, Ext. 1251

Terri DeBasi
(412) 793-7000, Ext. 1280