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