Roberta Branch

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Virginia Wesleyan University National Board Certification Support Program (CCSC)

Learn More at the following website: https://www.vwu.edu/enrollment-aid/evening-and-weekend/national-board-certification-support.php The website describes the many benefits of this certification on K-12 students, their schools, and the school district as a whole. Teachers may be surprised at the increased income that the Virginia Board of Education provides for NBCTs as well.

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Canvas Cohort #3 (August 12-19)

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATIVE COHORT

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How to Build Strong Relationships with Students if You’re Starting the Year Online: Principles and Practices

So you’re starting the school year as a distance educator and you have no idea how to build strong relationships with students you’ve never met in person. Before the hyperventilation kicks in, let’s center on a few grounding principles. Please check out this article about building relationships with students when starting the school year virtually.  

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Growing With Canvas

Click on the link Go to Registration Link on Flyer Register for a Cohort https://pub.lucidpress.com/2fa9967d-e9db-45df-8098-ee5eaf03bd4d/#_0

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The Culturally Responsive Education by Design Online PLC

Hey, it’s Zaretta here… Are you ready for the next level of building your capacity to be a culturally responsive educator? Well, as you know I’ve been working on building a virtual space for us to do that together. It’s almost ready. The inaugural 2020 Cohort of The Culturally Responsive Education by Design Online PLC will open …

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Practical Strategies to Increase Social Emotional Learning and Promote Equity Within the Classroom

Dates:  July 30, 2020 or August 5, 2020 (register for one of the dates) Time:  9:00AM-12:00PM Participants will build/expand understanding of the importance of social-emotional learning in promoting equitable practices within the classroom setting. They will learn practical strategies to increase social-emotional skills in the areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making and …

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#EdEquityVa Virtual Summit

SAVE THE DATE:2020 #EdEquityVA Virtual Summit This year’s Summit will convene over two days: Day 1 (August 5th): Teachers, Principals, Instructional leaders, and Equity Coordinators.   Day 2 (August 6th): Superintendent Teams, Administrators, School Board Members, and Division Level Equity Leads. Both days will include a keynote address by Dr. Bettina Love, author of We Want to Do More Than Survive: …

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GOOGLE WEEK – SIXTH SERIES of VaSCL Virtual Workshops

These Virtual Workshops are being offered to VaSCL participants at NO CHARGE, as a benefit of membership! Registration is now OPEN on the VaSCL website (www.vascl.org) for each of the 18 workshops in The SIXTH Series of Virtual Workshops, which will be held on July 20-22, July 27-29, and August 3-5, 2020. PLEASE NOTE: To …

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Capella University (Scholarships and Free Online Courses)

Scholarships:  At this moment, we offer several different scholarships available to partners.  These scholarships are in addition to any partnership benefit (above) between the district and Capella.  These are non-competitive scholarships and are available to all employees and family members. To see some of the various scholarships, click here. Free online college courses.  Sophia Learning, a Capella partner, …

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Continuing Education for Teachers Courses

A quick reminder for your team that many popular Continuing Education for Teachers courses start next Tuesday, July 14.  Below are several links that you can share with your team that include the descriptions, tuition, registration and other course information:  EDUC519 Foundations of Education View course details  EDUC521 Classroom Management for Educators View course details  EDUC522 Curriculum Development and Instruction View course …

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Resources and Professional Development Opportunities

Agriculture in the Classroom Video ResourcesHave you checked out AITC’s YouTube channel?  You can come along on a field trip to the farm and see a baby lamb, watch a pollination lesson, see how drones are used on the farm, and much more! Summer Series WorkshopsAgriculture in the Classroom remains committed to providing high quality professional …

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TTAC Summer Professional Learning Opportunities

TechKnowledgy Webinars Virtual Therapy Summer Series 2020Online |July 8, 15 & 22, 2020July 8: Exploring Platform Options for Virtual TherapiesIn this lunch hour discussion, we are going to explore a few of the most widely used platforms that meet Virginia’s recommended guidelines for providing virtual therapies. July 15: Coaching Facilitators to Maximize Virtual Therapy SessionsBuy-in and knowledge …

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Mathematics for All—Closing Opportunity Gaps by Creating Equitable and Engaging Classroom Environments

Join T-TAC ODU as we offer a series of Professional Learning opportunities focused on creating more equitable and engaging mathematics experiences for all students. All sessions will take place virtually. Registration Is Now Open! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TqcRIP8vXZYmTZFrUCju88jFCRm9Jqat/view

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Tidewater Writing Project 2020 Summer Institute

Tidewater Writing Project’s 2020 Online Summer Institute Dates: July 20th – 31st, 2020 Hours: 9am – 11:30am with virtual meeting via Zoom at Noon – 3pm, asynchronous Audience: This institute is designed for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, as well as coaches in all content areas. Participants will: • Earn 3 hours of graduate …

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Author-Led Book Studies 2020-2021

Reenergize your practices for the 2020–2021 school year Connect with and learn from your favorite Solution Tree authors through our virtual book study series. Each free, author-led study includes 3 to 6 sessions and covers the topics educators like you have told us are most relevant during this unprecedented time. Upcoming Virtual Book Studies Riding the Wave …

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Equity Learning Center

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ALL COURSES SIGN IN Equity Learning Institute Please check back frequently. We’ll be adding more free and paid content soon! Welcome to the Equity Learning Institute, the virtual learning portal of the Equity Literacy Institute. In addition to offering the courses listed below, we create customized professional learning modules for schools, school districts, institutions of …

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Kahoot Certification

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What is Kahoot! Certified for schools? Email notification needs to be submitted, not the certificate in Frontline.  Welcome to Kahoot! Certified for schools, our free program to help you become the ultimate Kahoot! superhero. You can maximize learning with Kahoot!, score awesome diplomas and digital badges, and you could be eligible to claim professional learning …

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Visit From Home: National Portrait Gallery Online Exhibitions and New Digital Workshops

In this moment, we are continuing to move the National Portrait Gallery experience online. Connect with us on our website’s new “Visit from Home” page and on our social media channels to learn about the people who have shaped — and are continuing to transform — our nation’s history. Take a virtual field trip to the museum through …

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Join the free Fisher & Frey Book Club

We invite you to join thought leaders, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, as they discuss and engage on timely topics from their recent books. Fisher and Frey Book Club Meetings:  Take place from 9am – 9:40am PDT on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Are easy to join via Zoom Focus on specific sections of each book …

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2020 National Family Engagement Summit-October 14-16

Join hundreds of educators from around the nation in Norfolk to gain strategies to promote equitable family engagement. Participants will learn techniques to build the capacity for strategic family and school partnerships. Register today!

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Mathematics Education Leadership Training

Due to the currently unpredictable duration of the effects of the Coronavirus on our society, we have decided to make dramatic and necessary changes to the structure of MELT Summer Institutes for 2020.  In the past, all Summer Institutes were week-long and face-to-face, with a few Institutes adding limited synchronous online access.  Additionally, for this …

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2020 Virginia ASCD Student-Centered Coaching Conference with Diane Sweeney

This two-day workshop will prepare you to systematically use student-centered coaching to meet student learning goals in your school.On day 1, participants will learn coaching“moves”, the core practices that drive student-centered coaching.On day 2, differentiated sessions for coaches and administrators will take a deeper dive into the coaching process from the perspective of each of …

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2020 ASM Materials Science Teacher Camp July 13-17

This free camp held at Old Dominion University provides an engaging professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers to engage in hands-on activities that can be integrated into lessons and that support the development of the Science and Engineering Practices.  Register today!

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Presentation Materials from the 2019 Mathematics Deeper Learning Institutes are now available!

The VDOE 2019 Institutes provided teachers and mathematics leaders with professional development focused on the implementation of rich mathematical tasks to support deeper learning opportunities for students and to strengthen locally-designed curricula. The materials from the Institutes have been included for use by teachers and teacher teams.

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Spotlight on Literacy: Grammar Reimagined Workshop-July 29

Join Sean Ruday at UVA as he leads interactive discussions about teaching grammar in the context of writing instruction, using mentor texts, and enhancing student metacognition of grammatical concepts and writing strategies. All participants will receive a signed copy of one of his books on grammar instruction. Register today!

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Virginia Civics We the People Training Program!

We the People training program provides participating educators with the pedagogical preparation to be effective teachers of civics and government.  Cohort members receive PD hours, a classroom set of We the People textbooks, access to top scholars and mentor teachers and more! Deadline for submitting applications is April 30.

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Professional Development at the Jamestown-Yorktown FoundationJamestown-Yorktown Foundation is offering a free teacher institute for upper elementary and middle school teachers, July 13–16, at the American Revolution Museum. Participants will collaborate to develop lessons and performance tasks. Each participant will receive a kit of reproduction artifacts to inspire hands-on activities. Applications and accompanying materials due April 12, 2020. 

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