Professional Learning for Families, Staff and Students

Welcome to the professional learning webpage for students, staff, and families. Here you will find professional learning opportunities to usher in our virtual opening of schools and beyond. The opportunities are focused around the following key areas: Technology; Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment; Pedagogy; Social-Emotional Well-Being and Coaching for Engagement/Success; Accessibility Tools for Instruction & Home; Equity; Health & Safety; and Onboarding, Induction, Mentoring, Communication & Collaboration. The professional learning opportunities are grounded equity and social-emotional learning to ensure that equitable environments are established in our virtual and traditional learning spaces. Our goal is to update the professional learning opportunities throughout the year so please continue to visit this web page. If you are interested in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for the fall semester (FY 2021) you can register through the Professional Development Online (PDO) system. The fall semester runs from October 2020 through January 2021.


Office Legend

OTI = Office of Technology Integration

SFSE = Student Family Support & Engagement

CIP = Curriclum & Instructional Programs

SE = Special Education

DHOH = Deaf & Hard of Hearing

HIAT = High Incidence Accessible Technology

DGPGS = Department of Professional Growth Systems

DPSPRS = Division of Prekindergarten Special Programs, & Related Services

PEP = Preschool Education Program


For Families

Technology Training

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
PDO Course #
for Staff
Student Account Information ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
How to log in to key applications (myMCPS Classroom, Zoom, ParentVUE) ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
Navigating myMCPS Classroom ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
Navigating ParentVUE
  • Setting up parent/student portal account
  • Accessing myMCPS Classroom via StudentVUE/ParentVUE
 
ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
Additional courses ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
How to Sign In to A Chromebook All SFSE  

Curriculum Training

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
PDO Course #
for Staff
Understanding Eureka Math ES CIP Resources on the Parent Resources page in the Eureka Math myMCPS classroom for use by schools
Understanding Benchmark Advance & Navigating the Benchmark Universe Platform ES CIP  
Understanding the instructional block ES, MS, HS CIP  
Understanding LearnZillion MS CIP  
Understanding StudySync MS CIP  
Navigating NWEA/MAP platform ES, MS, possibly HS CIP/OTI  

Social Emotional Well-Being and Coaching for Engagement/Success

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
PDO Course #
for Staff
Personal Management and Routines (For Families of students on Alternate Learning Outcomes in discreet special education programs) ES, MS, HS SE/Extensions  
Applying for and Obtaining Community Supports (For Families of students on Alternate Learning Outcomes in discreet special education programs) ES, MS, HS SE/Extensions September 29 or 30, 2020- 6:30-8:30 pm Meeting ID
meet.google.com/qhx-wnct-qif
Phone Numbers
(US)+1 260-297-0045
PIN: 428 107 077#
 
Supporting Parent Communication with Their Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HOH) - Sign Language Pre-K, ES, MS, HS SE/D/HOH Synchronous and Asynchronous- Staff are working individually with families in their program to arrange schedules
Supporting Parent Communication with Their Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HOH) - Cued Speech Pre-K, ES, MS, HS SE/D/HOH Synchronous and Asynchronous- Staff are working individually with families in their program to arrange schedules
Mindful Moments Video Series

Addressing mindfulness strategies to support adult and student well-being
All SFSE Learn More
Waymaking Video Series

Addressing social emotional supports and student well-being
All SFSE Learn More
Parent Academy

Webinars, Virtual Chats, Video-Clips

Providing Families with tips, strategies and resources to support student well-being learning at home
All SFSE Learn More
Supporting Families with Their Students Experiencing Anxiety ES, MS, HS SE  
Executive Functioning Skills for Virtual Learning (For Families of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in diploma-bound services) ES, MS, HS SE/Autism August 24, 26, 27
(Sessions will be 4 PM to 6 PM on the following dates 8/27,9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24) all other sessions will be from 7 PM to 9 PM)
Flexible Thinking Skills for Virtual Learning  (For Families of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in diploma-bound services) ES, MS, HS SE/Autism September 1, 2, 3, 2020
(Sessions will be 4 PM to 6 PM on the following dates 8/27,9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24) all other sessions will be from 7 PM to 9 PM)
Building Independence for Virtual Learning  (For Families of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in diploma-bound services) ES, MS, HS SE/Autism September 8, 9, 10, 2020
(Sessions will be 4 PM to 6 PM on the following dates 8/27,9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24) all other sessions will be from 7 PM to 9 PM)
Supporting Development of Social Skills and Navigation of Social Situations in the Virtual Learning Environment  (For Families of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in diploma-bound services) ES, MS, HS SE/Autism September 14, 15, 17, 2020
(Sessions will be 4 PM to 6 PM on the following dates 8/27,9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24) all other sessions will be from 7 PM to 9 PM)
Supporting Your Child’s Self-regulation Skills during Virtual Learning (For Families of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in diploma-bound services) ES, MS, HS SE/Autism September 22, 23, 24, 2020
(Sessions will be 4 PM to 6 PM on the following dates 8/27,9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24) all other sessions will be from 7 PM to 9 PM)
Structuring the Home Environment for Successful Virtual Learning  (For Families of students in CAPP, elementary and secondary Autism programs) Pre-K, ES, MS, HS SE/Autism For CAPP/ES - August 25, 26, 27, 2020
For MS/HS - August 24 and 25, 2020
All sessions are 6:30-8:30 pm
Strategies for Engagement and Student Fluency with Technology to Increase Participation in Virtual Learning (For Families of students in CAPP, elementary and secondary Autism programs) Pre-K, ES, MS, HS SE/Autism For CAPP/ES -September 1, 2, 3, 2020
For MS/HS -August 31 and September 1, 2020
All sessions are 6:30-8:30 pm
Addressing Challenging Behaviors during Virtual Learning and in the Home Environment (For Families of students in CAPP, elementary and secondary Autism programs) Pre-K, ES, MS, HS SE/Autism For CAPP/ES -September 8, 9 10, 2020
For MS/HS - September 7 and 8, 2020
All sessions are 6:30-8:30 pm
Increasing Functional Communication for Virtual Learning and Success in the Home Environment (For Families of students in CAPP, elementary and secondary Autism programs) Pre-K, ES, MS, HS SE/Autism For CAPP/ES- September 15, 16, 17, 2020
For MS/HS - - September 14 and 15, 2020
All sessions are 6:30-8:30 pm
Self-care in the Home Environment (For Families of students in CAPP, elementary and secondary Autism programs) Pre-K, ES, MS, HS SE/Autism For CAPP/ES - September 22, 23, 24, 2020
For MS/HS -September 21 and 22, 2020
All sessions are 6:30-8:30 pm
Overview of accessibility tools in MCPS Gr 3 - 12 SE/HIAT Coming soon - early September
Using speech to text Gr 3-12 SE/HIAT Coming soon - early September
Text-to-speech as an accommodation and a learning tool ES, MS, HS SE/HIAT Coming soon - early September
Accessibility tools for ALO students ES, MS, HS SE/InterACT Coming soon - mid September Asynchronous

Accessibility Tools for Instruction

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
Using text to speech and speech to text and word prediction with curriculum materials MS, HS SE/HIAT

For Students

Technology Training

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
PDO Course #
for Staff
Student Account Information ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
How to log in to key applications (myMCPS Classroom, Zoom, ParentVUE) ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
Navigating myMCPS Classroom ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
Navigating ParentVUE
  • Setting up parent/student portal account
  • Accessing myMCPS Classroom via StudentVUE/ParentVUE
 
ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
Engaging in live sessions with Zoom ES, MS, HS OTI Back to School Conference

Curriculum Training

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
Understanding Eureka Math ES CIP
Understanding Benchmark Advance & Navigating the Benchmark Universe Platform ES CIP
Understanding the instructional block ES, MS, HS CIP
Understanding LearnZillion MS CIP
Understanding StudySync MS CIP

Social Emotional Well-Being and Coaching for Engagement/Success

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
Socially Relevant Social and Emotional Discussions for Students! ES, MS, HS DPGS

For Staff

Technology Training

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
PDO Course #
for Staff
How to log in to key applications (myMCPS Classroom, Zoom, ParentVUE) ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
Navigating myMCPS Classroom ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
Navigating ParentVUE
  • Setting up parent/student portal account
  • Accessing myMCPS Classroom via StudentVUE/ParentVUE
 
ES, MS, HS OTI Parent Webinar Series
Using Synergy for Student Programming Program ES, MS, HS OTI Back to School Conference
Engaging in live sessions with Zoom ES, MS, HS OTI Back to School Conference
myMCPS Classroom Course Series ES, MS, HS OTI Back to School Conference
Using Kami with Online Instruction ES, MS, HS OTI Back to School Conference
Capturing Lessons with Screencasts ES, MS, HS OTI Back to School Conference
Using G Suite Apps for Online Instruction ES, MS, HS OTI Back to School Conference
Capturing Lessons with a Document Camera ES, MS, HS OTI Back to School Conference
Using Web Meetings for Instruction ES, MS, HS OTI Back to School Conference

Curriculum Training

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
PDO Course #
for Staff
Tier One Summer Trainings - See Grid ES/MS/HS CIP  
Customizing the Eureka Math curriculum for Pre-K Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (PDO Course #89483) Pre-K SE/DPSPRS This course occurred live on August 13 and 14, 2020. It is being recorded and will be coming soon for viewing by additional staff.
Customizing the Eureka Math curriculum for Pre-K Students with Significant Disabilities (PDO Course #89481) Pre-K SE/DPSPRS This course occurred live on August 10 and 12, 2020. It is being recorded and will be coming soon for viewing by additional staff
Adapting Eureka Preschool Curriculum Instruction and Materials for Vision PreK students (Course #89472) Pre-K SE/Vision Services This course occurred live on August 17, 2020. The recorded session is occurring through August 21, 2020
Literacy & Nearpod- Developing lessons for the virtual environment. Pre-K SE/PEP Live 8/26/2020 and 8/28/2020 and will be recorded for future viewing
Math Discourse for D/HOH Teachers Pre-K/ES/MS/HS SE/D/HOH Two parts - November 10, 2020 and March 9, 2021
Elementary iReady Reading and iReady Math Intervention Updates ES SE Back to School Conference

Central Curriculum

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
Elective Curriculum Expectations in a Virtual Environment ES/MS/HS CIP/Elective Courses

Pedagogy

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
PDO Course #
for Staff
Designing and Delivering Effective and Engaging Virtual Instruction (possibly separate ES & MS/HS courses) ES/MS/H PD Recovery Committee  
Co-teaching Practices for Inclusive Pre-K Settings (PDO Course 89047 for selected teachers; 89346 for selected paraeducators) Pre-K SE/DPSPRS This course occurred on August 11 and 12, 2020.
Co-teaching Practices in the virtual environment ES, MS, HS SE Back to School Conference
Best Practices for Virtual Learning (For teachers and paraeducators in CAPP and Classic Autism programs) Pre-K, ES, MS, HS SE/Autism Back to School Conference
Best Practices for Virtual Learning for Teachers and Paraeducators in Diploma-bound Autism Services ES, MS, HS SE/Autism Back to School Conference
Studying Skillful Teaching, Promoting Student Learning, Motivation and Achievement (PDO Course #50218)

Courses are currently underway.  Registration for the winter/spring 2021 semester will be posted on PDO on October 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Admin and teacher-level staff DPGS PDO Course # 50218
Observing and Analyzing Teaching I  (PDO Course #85963)

Courses are currently underway.  Registration for the winter/spring 2021 semester will be posted on PDO on October 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Admin and teacher-level staff that serve as certified observers DPGS PDO Course # 85963
Observing and Analyzing Teaching for Aspiring Administrators (PDO Course #53093)

Courses are currently underway.  Registration for the winter/spring 2021 semester will be posted on PDO on October 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Prospective admin that plan to enter the AP pool within a year or less DPGS PDO Course # 53093
Observing and Analyzing Teaching II (PDO Course #85964)

(Courses are currently underway.  Registration for the winter/spring 2021 semester will be posted on PDO on October 15 at 4:00 p.m.)
Admin and teacher-level staff that serve as certified observers DPGS PDO Course # 85964
Observing and Analyzing Teaching Update

(PDO and Course Description- click here)
Admin and teacher-level staff that serve as certified observers DPGS PDO Course # 88517
Observing and Analyzing Teaching Recertification

(PDO and Course Description- click here)
Admin and teacher-level staff that serve as certified observers DPGS PDO Course # 52101
Best Practices for Virtual Learning (For teachers and paraeducators in diploma-bound Autism programs) ES, MS, HS SE/Autism  
Effective Strategies for Providing Speech-Language Services in a Virtual Environment Pre-K, ES, MS, HS SE/Speech & Language Services Three hour self-paced online training. Not on PDO. There is a feedback form that staff will complete to be eligible to receive CEUs
Best Practices for Completing Speech-Language Assessments and for Data Collection in a Virtual Environment Pre-K, ES, MS, HS SE/Speech & Language Services September 15 and 17, 2020 at SLP meetings
Effective Virtual Activities, Materials, and Strategies for Speech-Language Goals for PreK Itinerant Students (PDO course #89487) Pre-K SE/Speech & Language Services Occurring August 10- August 23, 2020
Training Paraeducators on Providing Communication Supports to PreK Language Class Students Pre-K SE/Speech & Language Services This course will occur on September 2, 2020
What’s the Complexity? Working with Preschool Special Education Students with Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) (PDO Course #89485) Pre-K SE/Vision Services This is a recorded course occuring August 17-August 21, 2020
Using Sign Language as Part of Multi-modal Communication Plans for Preschool Special Education Students (PDO Course #89462) Pre-K SE/D/HOH This course occurred on August 13, 2020
Beginning Sign Language for all MCPS Teachers (CPD course - will be posted on PDO by CPD office) Pre-K, ES, MS, HS CPD/SE/D/HOH PDO Course 50285- October-December 2020
Special Education Updates (Required) Pre-K, ES, MS, HS SE Back to School Conference
Academic Interventions: Intervention chart.docx ES, MS HS SE Ongoing
Initial training Unique Learning Systems for new ALO teachers ES, MS, HS SE Coming Soon
Specially Designed Instruction:
· MTSS
· Components of specially designed instruction and the special educator’s role during planning, instruction, and assessment using the SDI Development Tool.
· Special educators will receive coaching on development of IEP goals and objectives.
ES, MS, HS SE Coming Soon
New Teacher Workshops ES, MS, HS SE Coming Soon
Learning Center and Alternate Learning Outcomes PLC’s ES, MS, HS SE ALO PLCs coming soon
Best Practices for Virtual Fine Arts Instruction ES, MS, HS CIP/Fine Arts  

Social Emotional Well-Being and Coaching for Engagement/Success

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
PDO Course #
for Staff
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons (Part one, two, three, and four)
  • SEL Overview
  • SEL lesson delivery
  • Integration and delivery of SEL into day-to-day lessons
  • Creating customized SEL’s for classroom delivery
ES, MS, HS SFSE
  • Part One: What is SEL? Implementing Social Emotional Learning (SEL's) Lessons during COVID 19: Asynchronous PDO Course Number: 89531
  • Part Two: Implementing SEL lessons: Building Relationships and Identifying student needs: Asynchronous PDO Course Number 89532
 
Restorative Justice: Beginning to Develop an Anti-Bias Anti-Racist lens ES,MS, HS SFSE  
Verbal De-escalation strategies ES MS, HS SFSE Verbal De-escalation strategies: Asynchronous PDO Course Number: 89533
A Cry for Help:  How to recognize social-emotional signs and symptoms in students who are struggling and making appropriate referrals for support. ES, MS, HS SFSE A Cry for Help: Recognizing social-emotional signs and symptoms in students in a virtual setting Asynchronous PDO Course Number: 89534
Trauma Informed Teaching (Part one and two) ES, MS, HS SFSE
  • Part One Asynchronous PDO Course Number: 89478
  • Part Two Asynchronous PDO Course Number: 89529
 
Impact of acute trauma from COVID-19 and systemic racism ES,MS, HS SFSE Coming Soon
Mindfulness for Educators- Mindfulness Curriculum Training and Personal Practice
  • Mindfulness SEL lessons
  • Mindfulness Coaching

PDO and Course Description- click here

ES, MS, HS SFSE
  • Mindfulness Curriculum Training Course Number: 89475
  • KP Mindfulness Day Course Number: 89523
 
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training (Part 1) ES, MS, HS SE PDO Course #89527
PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention (Workshops One and Two) ES, MS, HS SFSE
  • Workshop One: 88689
  • Workshop Two: 88688
 
Administrators - MCPS and community resources to support their staff and how to find them (since staff likely go to their supervisors for help, first) ES, MS, HS SFSE  
Mindful Moments Video Series

Addressing mindfulness strategies to support adult and student well-being
All SFSE  
The Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (SEFEL Pyramid Model)  (CPD course - will be posted on PDO by CPD office) Pre-K CPD/SE/DPSPRS Spring 2021
SEFEL Pyramid Model and Practice-based Coaching for Pre-K Special Education Parent Educators Pre-K SE/DPSPRS December 2020
Supporting the Development of Social-Emotional Skills in Pre-K Students with Disabilities Pre-K SE/DPSPRS October 2020 - June 2021
Executive Functioning Skills for Virtual Learning (For teachers and paraeducators in diploma-bound Autism programs) ES, MS, HS SE/Autism  
Supporting Development of Social Skills and Navigation of Social Situations in the Virtual Learning Environment (For teachers and paraeducators in diploma-bound Autism programs) ES, MS, HS SE/Autism  
Developing and Using Effective FBAs/BIPs (For teachers and paraeducators in diploma-bound Autism programs) ES, MS, HS SE/Autism  
Behavior Management training for Home School Model, Social Emotional Special Education and Extensions ES, MS, HS SE Coming Soon

Accessibility Tools for Instruction

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
PDO Course #
for Staff
Assistive Technology in School and on the IEP (CPD course - will be posted on PDO by CPD office) Pre-K, ES, MS, HS CPD/SE/HIAT PDO Course # 86259
October 2020
Making Everyday Curriculum Materials Accessible (CPD course - will be posted on PDO by CPD office) Pre-K, ES, MS, HS CPD/SE/HIAT PDO Course# 87696
October-November 2020
Assistive Technology Tools and Strategies to Support Executive Functioning in the Classroom (CPD course - will be posted on PDO by CPD office) Pre-K, ES, MS, HS CPD/SE/HIAT PDO Course #88634
October-December 2020

Accessibility Tool for Home Use

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
PDO Course #
for Staff
Using text to speech and speech to text and word prediction with curriculum materials MS, HS SE/HIAT Coming soon - Early September

Equity/CRT

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
Equity Matters Dialogues Pre-K, ES, MS, HS EIU
How to talk about race Pre-K, ES, MS, HS EIU
How to Be an Antiracist Pre-K, ES, MS, HS EIU

Health & Safety

Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
PDO Course #
for Staff
Custodial Staff - MOSH-compliant training on proper use of approved products that are effective SARS-CoV-2 All Systemwide Safety Prog (SSP) Coming Soon
Public health intervention strategies (e.g., working with and supporting students on wearing masks, social distancing, etc.) ES, MS, HS SFSE/SHS Coming Soon
How to safely choSE, wear, care for, clean or discard, and store masks (and for staff to be able to teach students same) All SFSE/SSP/ SHS Coming Soon
How to recognize signs/symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if an adult/student demonstrates any of these All SFSE/SHS Coming Soon
Information on COVID-19, community resources, MDH guidelines so that there can be a designated point person who can be resource and address questions that may arise related to COVID-19 (including on steps to take if someone is school demonstrates symptoms) 2-3/building SFSE/SSP/ SHS Coming Soon
DFNS Staff - Food safety protocols DFNS Staff DFNS/DHHS Coming Soon
How to establish and reinforce a culture of health, safety, and shared responsibility All SSP/SFSE/ SHS Coming Soon

Onboarding, Induction, Mentoring, Communication & Collaboration

Audience Topic School
Level
Coordinating
Office
New Staff Creating Conditions for Success through the Lens of Equity Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
New Staff Becoming an Engaging, Equitable and Electric Online Educator Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Probationary Teachers Planning for Meaningful Instruction Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Probationary Special Education Teachers Planning for Success Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Probationary Teachers Title I Early Career Teacher Induction- Mastery Teaching for Equity Pre-K, ES DPGS
Probationary Teachers NTT-01 All DPGS
Teachers who are interested in becoming a mentor TOT-06 All DPGS
Teachers who are interested in becoming a mentor TOT-02 All DPGS
Teachers who are interested in becoming a mentor Mentor Forums All DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Future Leaders: Preparing for Promotion Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Workplace English Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Communicating Effectively in a Diverse World Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Effective Writing Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Leveraging Personalities and Communication in the Workplace Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Getting Organized Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Positive Communication: Strategies for Dealing with Conflict Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Finding Time for Work-Life Balance During Covid-19 Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Business English Grammar Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Leveraging Your Emotional Intelligence Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff 7 Habits of Highly Effective Employees Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Building Positive Relationships at Work Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Self-Care: The Key to Balance and Wellness Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Praxis Core: Reading, Writing & Math Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff 7 Habits of Highly Effective Supervisors Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Supporting Services Staff Building Resilience: how to find greater calmness, strength and hope during challenging times Pre-K, ES, MS, HS DPGS
Leadership Development Unit Assistant School Administrator/Acting Assistant Principal Seminar ASA, Acting AP DPGS
Leadership Development Unit First Year Assistant Principal (AP1)  Seminars ES AP1, SEC AP1 DPGS
Leadership Development Unit Second Year Assistant Principal (AP2) Seminars ES AP2, SEC AP2 DPGS
Leadership Development Unit Principal Intern Seminars Principal Interns DPGS
Leadership Development Unit Principal Developer Seminars Principal Developers DPGS

For SEL Independent Professional Learning

Topic Resource(s) Summary
Social/Emotional Learning in the (Online) Classroom

Webinars

 
1. CASEL 1.  CASEL, The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning offers weekly webinars on various SEL topics as well as general information about SEL Competencies, Approaches, Impact, and SEL as a Lever for Equity.
2. “Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) at a Distance&rdquo 2. This webinar from edWeb includes “strategies and activities to transition SEL from the face-to-face setting to remote learning.” It also addresses building relationships with students and families and sustaining the learning community in a virtual setting.
Reopening and The First Week of School

Webinars

1. “Tier 1 Social, Emotional and Behavioral Supports to Restart Learning During a Crisis”

1. This webinar from edWeb describes effective Tier 1 Social-Emotional and Behavior (SEB) supports and how to implement them as well as the evidence base for such supports.

Articles/Books

1. “5 Tips for Supporting Students Socially and Emotionally During Distance Learning

1. This article from Understood.org provides five practical ways to “support students socially and emotionally even if they’re not physically in [the] classroom every day.” It is the last article in a Back to School for Educators series about building relationships and includes links to other helpful information. Another helpful article is  “How to Begin Positive Relationships With Families: 8 Tips to Try” which is the third article in the series.

2. “Creative Ways Teachers Are Building Classroom Community Online

2. WeAreTeachers shares some creative ideas for creating community and building relationships in an online setting. This article features specific ideas and includes examples from teachers.

3. “Five Ways to Build Community in Online Classrooms

3. Though written in 2018, this article from Faculty Focus offers some fundamentals for building community digitally, such as communicating openly and often, encouraging interaction, and “bring[ing] the outside in.”

4. “Top 13 Ways To Create Community In Online Classes & Courses

4. This article discusses “why creating a community for your online course is important and several ideas for how to go about establishing and growing your course community” with strategies to get your students motivated, involved, and interacting with you and each other.

Collections

1. Virtual Community Building 1. This guide is an assortment of ideas to build community under various categories such as collaboration, celebrations, games, and more and includes both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities.

2. Engaging Students Remotely

2. This is a helpful infographic featuring short explanations of various applications and programs teachers can use to get students engaged virtually. While this list is by no means exhaustive, it provides a good starting point both in terms of tools teachers can use and general ideas for how teachers can engage students.

Other

A. Articles

How Student Agency Can Ease the Pain of Remote Learning and Teaching

A1 Learner agency is “characterized by the ability for students to set and pursue their own learning goals.” This article discusses how fostering learner agency can be beneficial for both students and teachers, and includes some ideas on how to leverage that agency.

B. Guides

MSDE Guide for Emotional Well-Being

B1. This is an MSDE Educators’ Guide including information and resources regarding trauma, substance abuse, suicide help, domestic violence, and other factors affection emotional and mental health.