Professional Learning Opportunities for Virtual Teaching and Learning Resource Page

With the closure of schools for the remainder of the 2019-20, here are some freely accessible PL resources to help educators make the shift to virtual teaching and learning.

Updated 5/26/2020 ~ This page will be updated daily as new learning opportunities are made available. Please check back often.

A Letter to Educators Teaching Online for the First Time

EdSurge

6 Reasons Students Aren’t Showing Up for Virtual Learning

Peter DeWitt, Education Week

Live Webinars

Monday through Friday @ 2:00pm!
Our team of expert virtual coaches has been supporting teachers with actionable feedback in distance learning over the past several months. During this panel discussion, EdConnective coaches will answer your distance learning questions live and give practical tips to use within your school or classroom.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
3:00-4:30 PM EST
The challenge and collective responsibility of ensuring all students have access to high-quality and culturally responsive teaching is one of critical importance during this COVID-19 era. This webinar on Thursday, May 28, will focus on resources, strategies, and tangible ideas at the classroom, school, and district levels that all educators can use to reach students where they are, especially those who have been historically marginalized, and empower them with the mindsets and skills necessary to experience success.
 
Participants will:
Better understand the types of challenges classroom, school, and district leaders are facing and the specific opportunities these leaders are seeing to address them;
Learn about equity-based strategies and tools for supporting all students in a virtual environment
Share questions and advice among a community of learners.
We’ve gathered incredible learner-centered changemakers who are ready to share their inspiration and ideas, as well as hear from you! If you believe education transformation needs to happen now and are ready to take action, join us.
Featured Keynotes
Tony Wagner, Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute
Kaleb Rashad, Director, Creative Leadership at High Tech High
Lynn Moody, Superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury School System, Salisbury, NC
Gemma Stoddart, 4th grader at Design39Campus, San Diego, CA

Virtual Summits, Forums, & Series (Multi-Day)

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 12pm EDT on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
– Are easy to join via Zoom
– Focus on specific sections of each book with prompts provided
– Draw attention to challenges currently facing educators
-Are appropriate for teachers, coaches, and principals
– Include prize drawings
FREE webinar series, “Leading Through COVID-19: Voices from the Field
Featuring several virtual roundtables with school, central office and higher education leaders as we discuss their successes, challenges during the pandemic and things that must be considered when planning for the reopening schools.  
Every year, educators face the challenge of supporting students who lack the prerequisite knowledge and skills needed for success in new grade-level curriculum. This problem will be exponentially worse this coming fall, as most students have missed significant direct instructional time due to school closures. To help educators face this unprecedented challenge, Solution Tree has worked with leading experts to design a three-part webinar series called Mind the Gaps.

These three interactive, 1-hour sessions will provide proven, practical actions that you can take now to plan effective supports for next fall.

SESSION 1:
Designing a Master Schedule to Target Learning Gaps Next Fall
May 13 and May 14, 2020 | Recording Available Soon
Intervention expert Mike Mattos will discuss the three essential academic outcomes of an effective multitiered system of support and four critical actions that leaders should take to embed these supports in the school’s master schedule.
SESSION 2:
Yes We Can and We Must: A Proactive Approach to Minding the Gap
May 20 and May 21, 2020 | Recording Available Soon
Heather Friziellie, Julie A. Schmidt, and Jeanne Spiller will challenge participants to consider how to begin to prepare now for the critical targeted instruction that takes into consideration the impact of the recent disruption in face-to-face learning.
SESSION 3:
Transforming Assessment Practices in Unprecedented Times to Ensure Student Success
May 26 and May 27, 2020 | 3:00–4:00 PM EDT »
Assessment expert Nicole Dimich will provide guidance in how to design meaningful, transformative assessment practices that lead to instructional agility and student achievement.
This is a FREE Reopening America’s Schools: Seize the Opportunity, Reimagine K-12 Education Virtual Summit.
SPACE IS LIMITED – REGISTER NOW!
In thinking about kindness and service to educators IMPACT Learning and Leading Group has put together an opportunity for educators to hear from leaders, experts, researchers and practitioners about reopening America’s Schools.
We believe within this crisis is an opportunity to really pay attention to high-quality implementation and focus on scaling effective instruction intentionally as schools across the world reopen. We have surveyed and heard from educators who are desperate for some guidance and resources. We want to provide them with an opportunity to hear from and interact with educational thought leaders over the course of 3 days.    
Learn what’s coming for back-to-school 2020, and hear from Kahoot! ambassadors and partners in this all-day professional development event.
More info on the agenda will be published soon. The first 1000 registrants will get a Kahoot! event t-shirt! Remember to sign up before June 1st and you will be in the lottery for a t-shirt as well.

On-demand Webinars

Prepare for Distance Learning with eMediaVA: This is the first of several on-demand webinars providing a great overview of how to get started with eMediaVA, and why the eMediaVA library is one of Virginia teachers’ best tools for distance learning.
For more eMediaVA on-demand selections, go to https://whro.org/webinar
Google for Education is about learning for everyone, anywhere. Subscribe to our channel for product news and updates, resources, and ideas.
On-demand Webinars on Digital Learning Topics
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Social Media Learning

Join EdTech Team for their first ever, Facebook Live Teacher’s Lounge! 

Your chance to come together with other educators and just chat! They are answering any questions you have about distance learning and talking about all of the things that are saving us right now (podcasts, books, tv shows, etc.).

Online Courses & Modules

TEACH-NOW delivers their PD entirely online, incorporating one synchronous virtual classroom meeting to kick-start your learning, complemented by a series of asynchronous collaborative activities, all monitored and evaluated by a highly-qualified TEACH-NOW instructors. Each PD offering equates to 15 clock hours awarded by the TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education. Upon successful completion of the offering, you will receive a certificate of completion that lists the PD topic, the date of completion, and the clock hours.
THEMES
May 2020: Planning and Preparing Online Learning and Assessments
June 2020: Online Learning Technology for Diverse Learners

As an indication of their commitment to supporting educators during this Covid-19 era, all PD is free through the end of June 2020.
BRAND NEW LOOK AND NEW FREE COURSES NOW AVAILABLE IN
GOOGLE’S TEACHER CENTER!
In this FREE course, Remote Learning 101, educators will get lots of practical tips, ideas and resources to make a plan for remote learning. They’ll think through some of the key parts of it. They’ll take practical steps toward building the remote learning class they need — and their students need.
Teaching Online was built to help you quickly launch your online classroom.
If you’re new to online teaching and you’re looking for help with each step along the way, this is the course for you.
Learn at your own pace. There are 3 modules with a total of 11 lessons, taking you from idea to post-launch success.
Clear instructions to set you up for success. We teach you how to select the right software for your grade level, structure your course, and develop your online class culture and community.
Resources. A Google Doc with links to teaching resources, daily schedule planner templates, EdTech Tools, and articles for additional support.
Certificate of Completion. After completing the course, you can print out your certificate from the Leading Equity Center.
The course will be free, and they will also offer an optional fee-based version for people who are interested in earning a certificate. Complete the notification form if you would like to be notified when the course launches.

Online Toolkits and Resource Pages

More than 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have temporarily closed school buildings and turned to remote education to continue the important work of teaching and learning. We applaud students, families, education professionals, and administrators who are adopting new technology, innovative skills, and strategic processes to lessen the impact on our children’s education during this challenging time. We must, however, ask: how can we continue to center equity and culturally responsive-sustaining education as teaching and learning moves online?

At NYU Metro Center, we want to provide those involved with the education of our children the support they will need to answer this question and others related to it as we all navigate the rapidly changing set of circumstances brought about by COVID-19.

Professional eBook Library Selections

Frontline Virtual Teaching & Learning Course Series – SPS Staff Only

The Google in the Classroom Series and a few other courses supporting virtual teaching and learning are currently open for registration. Courses are Self-Paced and available for completion until June 15, 2020. You can find the activity catalog and course user guides on the Frontline Professional Growth Support page.

  • Log into your Frontline Education account
  • Select Professional Growth
  • Select Catalog > District Catalog
  • Filter Event for Virtual Teaching & Learning Series & Click Search
  • Sign up for any of the listed courses

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