Please check out these great upcoming professional development opportunities.
WTU WELLNESS SERIES WITH KAISER PERMANENTE
REGISTER HERE for one or all sessions: https://forms.gle/FP45vPqLSWQqTxqo9
Date & Time
Virtual Session Title
March 10 @ 6-7pm
School Resilience 101
March 11 @ 6-7pm
March 17 @ 6-7pm
New Educator Mid-Year Check-In and Game Night
March 20 @ 12:35-1:25
Cultivating Compassionate Leadership
(Audience: leadership managers, union leaders
Focus: Alleviating the organizational impact of stress from a leadership perspective
March 31 @7-8pm
WTU Family Dance Party
April 19 and 21; 5-7pm
8 Hour Mental Health Certification for Athletic Trainers and Related Service Providers
April 28 @ 7-8pm
WTU Family Dance Party
May 5 @ 6-7pm
Creating a Plan to Thrive, Part 1
May 12 @ 6-7pm
Creating a Plan to Thrive, Part 2
THERE IS STILL TIME REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING COURSES
Registration Fee: $150
NEW COURSE: Social Emotional Learning (next class TODAY 3/4/21)
Are you looking for ways to assist your students in managing their emotions, building positive relationships with others, and making responsible decisions? In this course, participants will identify and share developmentally appropriate, research-based strategies that foster students’ social and emotional growth. In addition, we will examine best practices for creating and fostering a positive beginning of the school year. This course is based on the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework.
Successfully Integrating the Arts In Your Classroom (next class 3/6)
Teachers learn how to successfully incorporate music into their lessons in order to improve outcomes and make learning come alive in their classrooms. Emphasis is placed on the historical periods of western music from the Baroque period through the 21st century. The research presented provides insight into the lives of the great composers and their compositions. We study the political, social, economic and cultural times in which the music was created. Participants learn about the compositional styles of famous figures of the musical periods while listening, viewing and discussing each musical piece. The course also presents a synthesis of research on arts integration in public schools in the United States, and the history of integrating the arts into teaching. Teachers gain knowledge of how the arts can play a vital role in the development of the whole child. Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_successfully_integrating_the_arts
CLASSIC COURSE: Reading Comprehension Instruction (starts 3/6)
This course focuses on the research and instructional practices that help students acquire strong reading comprehension skills. It provides participants with research on comprehension instruction and vocabulary development. Participants examine, discuss and evaluate the application of a wide range of instructional strategies for teaching comprehension skills to use with both narrative and expository text and subject matter textbooks. It also demonstrates how students can monitor their own reading progress and apply appropriate strategies when comprehension is not achieved. RSVP here.
CALLING ALL LIBRARIANS: Creating and Managing a Successful School Library Program 9am-1pm; Saturdays: March 13 & 27; April 10 & 24; May 8
This course explores the visions and best practices for school library media programs to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and that the library is a creative and intellectual learning hub. School library media specialists empower students to be critical readers, thinkers, and researchers as well as knowledgeable consumers and creators of information. The school librarian works with the entire school community to support and propel the comprehensive school plan and embed the core tenets of social justice. This course is designed to provide support for school librarians with the knowledge, expertise, resources and professional learning community to create and manage effective programs. Participants may earn 45 PLU’s or 3 graduate credits from Trinity University.
REGISTER NOW FOR THESE FREE PD WORKSHOPS
Financial Literacy Fridays: Focus on Behavioral Finance (Best for Middle and High School Educators)
Outdoor Classrooms Series with the Nature Lab
Please join the Nature Lab to share resources, best practices and lesson plans that leverage outdoor spaces and create a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to learning using the outdoors.
RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/MakShacEnQ9ytPxj9
Strategies for Student Success
Strategies for Student Success includes activities that require reflection on daily practice, debate over research and current practices, utilizing modeling, and experiential learning. The following modules will be offered in this series:
The Trio: Inquiry-Based, Problem-Based, and Project-Based Learning (3/20)
Students with Challenges (4/9)
Participants will receive 4 PLU’s for each session.
IMPACT 2.0 PD Workshop (March 13 @ 9am-noon)
In many ways, your career in DCPS is dependent upon the IMPACT scoring system. Learn what the system measures, how it works, the implications of distance teaching and learning, and much more. Participants will take a deep dive into how to demonstrate the EP’s virtually as well as the scoring systems used by DCPS which include the Essential Practices, Commitment to School Community (CSC) and Core Professionalism (CP).
Participants will receive 4 PLU’s. RSVP here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/spring_2021_impact_pd_workshop
TECH TOOL TUESDAYS ARE BACK!
WE NEED YOUR VOICE: WTU TEACHER LEADERS ACTION RESEARCH SURVEYS
Please fill out these surveys to help our WTU Teacher Leaders collect data to inform policy decisions.
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH RESOURCES
Anti-Defamation League. https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/womens-history-month-resources
Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance). https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/a-more-complete-womens-history
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility. https://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment/lessons/teach-womens-history-month
Share My Lesson (American Federation of Teachers). https://sharemylesson.com/womenshistory
Women’s History Month. https://womenshistorymonth.gov/for-teachers/
STRATEGIES FOR HYBRID TEACHING
NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program (Deadline: 3/7)
The 2021-2022 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program (Fulbright DA) provides an opportunity for K–12 educators from the United States to conduct research and engage in other professional learning experiences abroad for three to six months. Fulbright DA participants complete individual Inquiry Projects on a topic relevant to education in the United States and the host country, take courses at a host university, and share educational practices with colleagues.
The 2021-2022 Fulbright DA Program host countries include Brazil, Colombia, Finland, Greece, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
A BLACK WOMEN’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (3/8 -INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!)
What better way to celebrate International Women's Day than to join the Zinn Education Project for a conversation with the authors of A Black Women's History of the United States, Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross. Berry is a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Gross is a history professor at Rutgers University.
This Teach the Black Freedom Struggle class will be facilitated by Cierra Kaler-Jones, Communities for Just Schools Fund Education Anew Fellow.
The interactive class begins at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET and runs for 90 minutes. The format includes a conversation with the guest speakers and also popular small group participant dialogues. ASL interpretation is provided. Register to receive the Zoom link.
DIG FIELD SCHOOL (DEADLINE 3/22)
The DIG Field School offers K–12 teachers the opportunity to do real geological and paleontological research in Hell Creek, Montana. Every summer, we take approximately 30 teachers to an active field research site, where teachers get to experience the rigors and joys of field work while learning new techniques and strategies to bring back to their own classrooms.
NEH SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND REFORMS
(deadline extended to 3/15)
The Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership of UMass Lowell's College of Education and Lowell National Historical Park, invites educators to the “mill city” of Lowell, MA, to examine Lowell’s textile industry as a case study of early 19th-century industrialization and reform.
We use the resources of the Park and other cultural/historical sites to address changes in work, society, culture, and the environment between 1820 and 1860, and explore reform activity related to labor, women’s rights, and slavery. Lowell, the first large-scale industrial city in the U.S., formed the template for later industrial cities and provides an ideal setting for historical inquiry.
CRYSTAL BRIDGES SUMMER PD INSTITUTES (30 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING HOURS)
Being Present in the Moment: Teaching about Current Events through Works of Art
This session will introduce teachers to the methodology and process of teaching from works of art, providing skills and tools necessary to teach students about current events through engaging and meaningful dialogue.
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
This session will focus on teaching African American history from works of art in Crystal Bridges’ collection. Previous experience with object-based teaching and/or integrating artwork into classroom curriculum is encouraged.
TRY IT: FREE EDTECH TOOLS
Brush Ninja. https://brush.ninja/
Brush Ninja is a super simple animation tool - designed to make it as easy as possible for people to get started with traditional animation skills.
Slides Mania. https://slidesmania.com/
Engaging and Interactive PowerPoint Templates that are easy to download, edit and adapt for your students.
MATH ALLIANCE RECOMMENDED PD
Education Preparation Programs (EPP), announces an Anti-Racism Conversation with Dr. Enid Lee, 4:00 p.m. PT - 5:30 p.m. PT (7pm-8:30pmET), March 16th, 2021. To register, visit: https://na.eventscloud.com/website/22489/
The AERA-ICPSR PEERS Data Hub will hold a workshop on “Introduction to the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA),” Tues., March 9th, 12:30pm-1:30pm ET. The workshop, offered at no cost, is the first in a series of webinars offered through the PEERS Data Hub that will focus on STEM data and data use. To register visit: https://aera.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rudwKLlRSLWLyWyGYGAKaw
Centering the Voices of Formerly and Currently Incarcerated People and Leaders in the Movement, to register, please click here.
Accepting Educational Responsibility, 2021 Annual Virtual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), April 8-11, 2021. For registration info, visit: https://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting
The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, has joined forces with Bridge Multimedia and the Boston Children's Museum to convene STEM and inclusion experts to engage participants in learning about evidence-based practices in STEM for all children, and inclusion of young children with disabilities (birth to five), excite families, early childhood/early childhood special education practitioners, and young children in exploring, making, and tinkering through our MakerFest, discover STEM-focused books through our Storybook Conversations, and showcase early STEM videos and games from museums, researchers, and other organizations through our Media Cubbies. The event includes a variety of 'live' and asynchronous interactions and learning opportunities between 1-4 pm EST every day and free explorations at all other times between September 14-18, 2021 Register Now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stemiefest-2020-tickets-117655086531
The American Educational Research Association and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development are holding an interactive forum to discuss research opportunities and lessons learned from the Global Teaching InSights Video Study on March 11, 2021 (Washington DC: 9:30-11:30 am).
After a presentation of the methodology, data, and lessons learned from the study, an international panel of researchers will consider the potential research uses of the study. The forum offers a unique opportunity for researchers interested in investigating teaching and learning across countries, video analysis, mathematics education, and comparative studies. To register, visit: https://aera.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RCiD3ooPTcmb3FeB2FP38A