Online PD for K12 Schools & Districts

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Online professional development coursers for K-12 Teachers

Online Professional Development Courses

Leverage the continually growing catalog of PLB’s online Professional Development courses with customizations for your school or district. Now your school system can have its own online Professional Learning Community dedicated to meeting its professional development and academic goals. Replace workshop seminars or combine together to align with and enhance the professional development training that you are doing in your school or district.

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Accommodating All Learners

Accommodating All Learners

Addressing accommodation, modification, and adaptation of curriculum, materials, and instruction to appropriately meet the needs of teachers and a variety of students. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Accommodations through UDL

Accommodations through UDL

Make teaching ALL students a very real possibility with the Universal Design of Learning (UDL) framework. This structure builds on research findings that show how a single teaching approach has very limited results on student learning and highlights the need for a new curricular approach in which a learner’s level of recognition, strategic, and affective networks are all taken into account to determine the best means of teaching. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Action Research for School Improvement

Action Research for School Improvement

This course is designed to equip teachers to initiate action research for potential areas of improvement in a classroom or at the school level. Through this course, teachers will be able to learn how to go about each step of the action research process from selecting the area of focus, gathering and interpreting data, setting up an action plan, and finally presenting the findings in order to help others.. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Apps in Education

Apps for Education

Teachers will be equipped to go beyond using an app merely because someone else has recommended it and fully examine the true learning potential. The integration of apps into education, may seem like a natural product of the times. However, successfully impacting students’ learning, requires a whole new level of teachers’ engagement and effort. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Assessment Strategies for the Common Core

Assessment Strategies for the Common Core

Helps teachers and students determine to what extent education goals are being met. Learn more about the strategies and methods that are available to help make assessments meaningful and useful tools. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Assistive Communication for Every Classroom

Assistive Communication for Every Classroom

Equip teachers to identify and integrate the different Assistive Communication techniques and tools to improve communication and learning among students with disabilities. Learn more about Assistive technology tools and techniques that can help students with disabilities attain their maximum potential in the classroom. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Building School-wide Initiatives

Building School-wide Initiatives

Enhance students’ learning experiences by developing strategies and initiatives that benefit entire schools. Teachers will be introduced to a range of successful strategies to collaborate at a wider level to address learning issues faced by schools, and implement corresponding, well-designed interventions. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

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Bulletin Boards: Ideas for Every Classroom

Providing a new and fresh direction that helps teachers understand the basic principles of art and design while applying these in planning and creating bulletin boards that reinforce learning in the classroom. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Bullying: Prevention and Policies for Schools

Bullying: Prevention and Policies for Schools

The goal of this course is to help teachers understand the different aspects of bullying and to provide recommended strategies and techniques to deal with both victims and bullies. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

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Bullying: The Golden Rule Solution

Enables teachers to help students respond effectively to verbal comments. Includes video role plays that model and demonstrate methodologies. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Child Abuse

Child Abuse Prevention

Teachers will be introduced to the basics and fundamental facts of child abuse and neglect, its types, indicators and risk factors. The course primarily aims at educating teachers on the abuse, its legal implications and the legislative statutes addressing them in their role as mandatory reporters. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

classroom collaboration

Classroom Collaboration

Explore the benefits of using teamwork as a key element in K-12 classrooms, along with successful strategies to involve students in the various aspects of collaborative instruction. Building on a strong research base, this course empowers teachers to understand and implement effective practices of collaboration in their own classrooms. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Classroom Behaviors

Classroom Management for Positive Behaviors

As educators, we want to be able to ensure that all students have access to a positive school environment that is conducive to learning. Classroom Management for Positive Behaviors presents an instructive approach that ensures creating this environment with efficient behavioral practices and interventions in order to support academic success. This concept uses prevention to reduce new problem behaviors from occurring and eliminates the problem behaviors that already exist. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

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Classroom Organization for the 21st Century

Effective classroom organization aids teachers as they strive to make their lives and classrooms more structured and a lot less stressful. The ideas in this course present effective ways for teachers to be organized with practical steps in planning enabling teachers to avoid last minute time crunches. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

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Cognitive Coaching

Information and skills essential to the process of Cognitive/Peer Coaching in their school. Learn about the process of Cognitive Coaching, the roles and responsibilities of the coach and the coachee and how to implement this process in your school, reaping multiple benefits for the school, teachers and students. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

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Cognitive Skills: Understanding Learning Challenges

Discover methods for detecting weak cognitive skills in students and strategies to strengthen such skills. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Common Core Enhancing Instruction

Common Core Enhancing Instruction

For students graduating from high school to be fully equipped and college and career ready, they must possess high standards of academic and behavioral skills. Learn the scheme of implementing the Common Core State Standards as a successful strategy to address what students are expected to know and be able to do when they have graduated from high school and prepares them for life outside the classroom. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Common Core Math

Common Core Mathematics for All Teachers

Successfully address a range of mathematics learning needs with strategies designed to benefit veteran math teachers, as well as teachers who have ever thought or said, “I’m not good at math.” VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Common Core Raising Academic Achievement

Common Core Raising Academic Achievement

Teachers play a critical role in identifying those who are struggling to learn and succeed in academics and intervening with help. This is even more critical as students are exposed to higher standards with the adoption of Common Core by states and school districts. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Curriculum Development

Curriculum Development

Empower students to face the dynamic world around them with confidence, by implementing novel ideas in curriculum development, within classrooms. With this framework, teachers are equipped to create powerful, yet practical plans that enable students to learn more effectively. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Gifted Learners

Differentiation for Gifted Learners in the Classroom

Better understand gifted and talented education by learning how to identify, instruct and assess these students. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

English Language Learners in the Classroom

English Language Learners in the Classroom

Create a welcoming environment that ensures English Language Learners thrive educationally through the integration of useful research based strategies that promote student engagement with the lessons and curriculum. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

ethics

Ethics for Education Professionals

Bring and maintain high standards of ethics into our schools. Includes a variety of topics to explore practical ways of addressing ethical decisions in our lives. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Examining and Evaluating Student Work

Examining and Evaluating Student Work

Understand effective and dynamic methods by which teachers can assess student work. Learn to examine student work through a process of intentional reflection with other teachers. Engage with other teachers on improving educational practices through critical evaluation of student work samples. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

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Flipping Classrooms

Explore how you can use technology to effectively ‘flip’ your classroom and enhance your students’ learning experience. The resources, examples and templates presented in this course help teachers to plan and create efficient flipped classrooms. Educators are shown how to integrate content while collaborating effectively with students, co-workers and school leaders. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

formative assessment

Formative Assessment

Respond to the needs of students and shape instruction through the use of formative assessments. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Fundraising Basics

Fundraising Basics for Teachers

Teachers learn the basics of fundraising for the classroom. It helps teachers understand the fundraising process by going through key aspects like sources of funding and effective ways to budget and plan. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Grant Writing

Grant Writing

Secure the best-suited funds to enrich the classroom or develop the skill of grant writing. Teachers can rise above budget constraints and think outside the box, developing students and growing professionally. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Guided Reading

Guided Reading

Develop students’ independent reading skills in the classroom, through the process of guided reading, while also promoting comprehension, critical thinking, problem solving, intellectual skills and interpersonal communication. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

IEP

IEPs: Documentation and Implementation for Teachers

The goal of this course is to help teachers understand the IEP process and build the teachers comfort level in developing, aligning with and carrying out the IEP through rich examples and templates to help teachers understand and practically use the recommended strategies in a classroom setting. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

IBL

Inquiry-based Learning

The Inquiry-based Learning course details some models that teachers can adapt to meet specific needs of their class, as well as to monitor and enhance the learning of their students. Teachers learn practical and dynamic ways of evaluating their students’ progress while also incorporating technology for better results. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

integrating standards

Integrating Standards in Teaching

Untangle what turns out to be the not-so-mysterious language of today’s teaching and learning and put successful strategies, including the Common Core, into practice. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Internet Safety

Internet Safety in a Connected World

There are multiple ways in which we are responsible for protecting children. Today’s online world magnifies those opportunities as well as complicates them in ways in which we must be aware. The goal of this course is to increase your awareness of how students today are using technology, as well as helping you understand the risks of the online world. Teachers will be equipped with strategies and ideas to talk about internet safety to students in their classrooms. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

autism

Introduction to Autism

Understand what learning and interactions are like for a student with Autism while also learning to accommodate and teach students with Autism in the classroom. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

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Introduction to Technology for Teachers

Gain confidence in navigating the Internet and using technology in teaching and learning. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

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iPads in the Classroom

You have iPads in the classroom. Now, what do you do with them. This course will introduce you to the pedagogy of using iPads to improve student learning in your classroom. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Language Acquisition

Language Acquisition

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the language acquisition process to enable educators to successfully teach English Language Learners. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Mental Health and Suicide Warning Signs

Mental Health and Suicide Warning Signs

This course provides information, tools and classroom strategies to manage students with mental health illnesses and suicidal intentions in the classroom. Teachers learn to recognize and identify early-onset mental health disorders. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Mobile Technology for the Classroom

Mobile Technology for the Classroom

Teachers integrate smartphones, tablets, iPads, Kindle and more into everyday classroom activities while achieving learning targets. In this course, teachers learn to create technology-based lesson plans, activities and assessments that incorporate mobile devices. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

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Partnering with Parents

Bridge communication gaps with useful strategies to employ while facing common challenging situations in working with parents. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

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Peer Review of Teaching

Aimed at propelling teachers toward growth and improvement, this course presents peer review as an easy-to-apply model of wholesome teacher evaluation. Teachers will be equipped with practical strategies and tools so they can engage in systematic assessment of teaching performance. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Preparing College & Career Ready Students

Preparing College & Career Ready Students

Teachers are the strongest and most influential link between high school and college for every student, and are often the best people to guide students in the endeavor to become college and career ready. This course will examine the details of mastering the current needs of students to be college and career ready. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Teacher Evaluations

Preparing for Teacher Evaluations

This course will take teachers through the process of evaluation, elaborate on its guiding principles and criterion, and include strategies and factual information to clearly link teaching quality with student learning. Further, teachers will be shown how to be “participants” in the process rather than being “subjects”. Tips to deal positively with negative feedback are also provided. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Project Management for Students through Project-based Learning

Project Management for Students through Project-based Learning

For students to be truly equipped to succeed in the 21st century college scenario or workplace, they must possess a level of mastery in essential project management skills. This course presents project-based learning as a successful strategy to promote project management skill development in students. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Public Speaking for Teachers

Public Speaking for Teachers

Examine how to manage fears and perfect your public speaking skills. Identify and work on specific problem areas and consequently improve your communication skills. Learn to structure your speeches and harness technology to deliver effective speeches. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Reading Across the Curriculum

Reading Across the Curriculum

Equips teachers to support student learning through better reading and comprehension across the curriculum and grade levels. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Reading through Technology in the Classroom

Reading through Technology in the Classroom

Transform teaching practice, and enhance students’ reading levels, by incorporating technology into classroom reading activities. This approach enables teachers to successfully assess available technology, employ it successfully, and help students read with higher accuracy and better comprehension. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Recognizing Early-onset Mental Health Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Recognizing Early-onset Mental Health Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Provides a basic understanding of warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents as well as ideas and strategies that help teachers work with students. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Reflective Teaching Practice

Reflective Teaching Practice

Embark on a sustainable professional development journey by integrating successful reflective practices into your teaching. Strategies build on research findings to present reflective teaching as a crucial component in professional development, empowering teachers to make informed decisions about their own learning and every day instruction. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Research-based Instructional Strategies

Research-based Instructional Strategies

Enhance teacher effectiveness by integrating research-based instructional strategies into teaching practices and addressing specific learning areas to improve student achievement. Approaches equip teachers to use recent educational research and developments to cater to their own professional development as well as students’ learning needs. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Rubrics in Teaching and Learning

Rubrics in Teaching and Learning

A rubric is much more than an assessment too. Provide quality formative and summative feedback for students at periodic intervals throughout the year by using consistency when grading student work. Teachers use rubrics to grade a wide range of student work including: solo projects, group work, portfolios, homework assignments, book reviews, and tests. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Spanish for Educators

Spanish for Educators

Build essential communication skills by learning general vocabulary and phrases that assist teachers with understanding Spanish in the classroom and school environment. Through this ‘primer’ for non-Spanish speaking teachers, educators develop the ability to communicate with students and families who speak Spanish as a first language. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Standards Based Instruction through STEM

Standards Based Instruction through STEM

STEM integration doesn’t need a huge budget, lots of technology, or a ready-to-use curriculum. It’s something any teacher, any school and any classroom can integrate. This course teaches you how. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Student-Centered Learning

Student-Centered Learning

This course presents resources, research-validated strategies and practical examples to equip teachers with the necessary toolkit to seamlessly turn their classrooms into student-centered environments. Teachers will also learn details principles of Student-Centered Learning, a comparison of teacher-led classrooms and student-centered classrooms, developing student-centered objectives, facets of understanding, practical teaching methods that can be used, and several online tools that will help achieve success. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Student Portfolios

Student Portfolios

With the effective implementation of portfolios, students can learn to discover their individual talents, strengths, interests, and goals for ensuring success beyond school. The practical tips and suggestions provided in this lesson will take teachers through the process of implementing portfolios in their classrooms, with factual information clearly linking student learning to the actual goal. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Teachers will learn to identify possible early signs of suicide and be introduced to tools that may be helpful to students. Creative activities and strategies can help promote safe classroom environments. The course also encourages teachers to work together with their school in initiating and implementing school-wide policies and programs on suicide prevention. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Tackling Tough Text

Tackling Tough Text

Help students to tackle difficult text and understand it better. The strategies in this course help improve learning comprehension and are applicable to all subjects. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Technology in the 21st Century Classroom

Technology in the 21st Century Classroom

Concepts and ideas behind using technology in the classroom help teachers to understand the various skills that students need to develop in order to use technology in the most effective way. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Thrifty Classroom

Thrifty Classroom

Through the resources, research-validated strategies and suggestions presented in this course, teachers will be equipped to handle tight budgets, and be frugal in their classrooms by turning to alternative resources. Further, teachers will be provided practical tips that will allow them to adopt methods to make the most of what they already have, end up saving money and still have the needed supplies to provide a quality education. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Transformative Classroom Management

Transformative Classroom Management

Smart teachers struggle with classroom management. Skilled teachers elect to use strategies that create more problems than they solve. This course focuses on proven ideas that when used, work. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Understanding ADHD

Understanding ADHD

Gain confidence in not only accommodating students with ADHD, but also other students who are energetic, hyperactive or have difficulty paying attention. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Videos in the Classroom

Videos in the Classroom

Students retain information faster, grasp concepts more rapidly, and become more enthusiastic about learning when videos are used in the classroom. This course encourages teachers to use of videos already available online and learn to record, edit, create, embed and share videos. The course presents guidelines and practical tips on choosing the right videos to align with learning objectives. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

This course introduces teachers to the idea of the virtual field trip as a highly effective alternative for enhancing course material. Teachers will familiarize themselves with a tool that integrates technology in classroom instruction. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

Visuals in Learning

Visuals in Learning

Understanding and using visual materials is an important life skill and advantageous for students. Visual tools make useful teaching aids in the classroom whether they are technology-rich or technology-free. Examples in this course help teachers see how to incorporate visual instruction into lessons, and prepare and present visual teaching aids and assessments for all students. VIEW COURSE INFO SHEET

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