I know that the summer can be the ideal time for teachers to continue their education. To earn my 180 hours to renew my Arizona Teaching Certification, I aim to get in between 20-30 hours of professional development (PD) hours each year. The majority of my hours need to be online and at a reasonable price.
I am curious to hear how other teachers are earning professional development hours. I did come across the document titled: Summer 2013 Professional Development Opportunities from NEH to get us started on compiling suggestions for PD.
Are you taking online courses, attending workshops at your school or going to a conference or training? Let us know what is available for teachers to earn professional development hours especially the hours that count towards re-certification. Thanks:)
You make a good point that summer is the time that many teachers think about professional development and earning credits for licensing renewal. I have been involved in teaching workshops at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, VA, since 2005. The Institute serves 3 neighboring cities and 7 counties in southside Virginia.
This summer the SEDI (Southern VA Educators' Development Institute) program is offering 4 professional development opportunities for teachers. For those who live in this region, it is a wonderful opportunity to meet other educators, learn new ideas to implement in the classroom, and gain re-certification points.
June 24 - Robotics
Using LEGO Mindstorm in your classroom. We will learn the power of the LEGO Mindstorm system through a hands on approach and how it can be used is various classrooms. We will also discuss other robotic and controller based systems and their uses. (Target Audience: Grade K-12 teachers) TEACHERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO USE THE MINDSTORM EQUIPMENT SEEN DURING THE WORKSHOP IN THEIR OWN CLASSROOMS, AS A PART OF THE INSTITUTE'S LOANER LAB PROGRAM.
July 8- Vernier
Using Vernier equipment in your classroom. We'll learn the power of Vernier equipment and their LoggerPro software and how this valuable instructional technology can be utilized in your classroom. Come see what a wonderful resource this equipment and curriculum can be in meeting the new SOL science standards, especially those regarding the use of probeware! TEACHERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO USE THE VERNIER EQUIPMENT SEEN DURING THE WORKSHOP IN THEIR OWN CLASSROOMS, AS A PART OF THE INSTITUTE'S LOANER LAB PROGRAM.
July 22- Integrative STEM
Integrative STEM Education: Is it Hype or Does it Work?
Come to this one-day seminar to learn how to make us of your teaching time by presenting your disciplines integratively, using SOL's as the backbone. During this event, you will experience the power of integrative teaching from both the student perspective and the teaching perspective when you develop your own STEM unit for fall implementation. No extra equipment required. Open to all grade levels and teaching disciplines.
July 30- Biotechnology
Participating teachers will gain hands on training on various biotechnology equipment, software, and projects. Teachers will walk away with curriculum and lab ideas for implementation in their own classrooms. TEACHERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO USE THE BIOTECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT SEEN DURING THE WORKSHOP IN THEIR OWN CLASSROOMS, AS A PART OF THE INSTITUTE'S LOANER LAB PROGRAM.
Perhaps these workshops will give people in other areas of the country some ideas for summer study.
I also facilitate online courses for the Virginia Department of Education, and these courses are very popular for teachers to take during the summer. Virginia has several grants that fund these courses so they are free for educators in the state. I encourage teachers in Virginia to check into these options and perhaps other states have similar opportunities too.
I was lucky to be given the opportunity to take an online course through Ed Tech Leaders Online and the Intel community. That will be my major professional development for the summer.
For the teachers in our district, we always offer summer institutes that are free. This year we are also offering BYOD training for teachers that have signed up to have their class go BYOD in the fall 2013. This will be a blended course with several Moodle courses and 3 face to face days. They have to complete all in order to have the BYOD wireless turned on for them and their students.
I was an Intel Master Teacher and Senior Trainer for many years and I know how wonderful Intel Teach's curriculum is. I would highly recommend Intel courses to teachers. I really like how the courses teach you the importance of integrating technology but also allow you to walk away with material/unit plan you can use in your classroom.
I am taking an Intel class currently offered about data. All Virginia teachers can take the online course at no cost! I am also attending a Learning Tree training in Wise County, VA for four days. It only cost $25 and includes lodging, meals and the training and lesson plans. It is July 15-18. I was excited to find two very inexpensive options for professional development this summer!
My school district usually offers a district wide training immediately when school is out. I just attended a mathematics workshop on integrating the new Math Standards of Practice (part of the Common Core). It was a full day session for just middle school teachers in Littleton Public Schools and we earned 1/2 a credit or a stipend. It was a great opportunity to earn a 1/2 a credit and take something away for next year.
Going to the annual ISTE conference has always been a great learning opportunity for myself and many of my colleagues. Each year it's hosted at a nice location and I get energized by all the new technology and ways to integrate it into classroom instruction. This year the conference is in San Antonio and looks to be another fabulous conference. Check it out at http://www.isteconference.org/2013/
I attended two weeks of training on water and energy for (mainly) middle school science teachers. A few are high school teachers and one is a 3rd grade teacher. Very hands on!! More teachers would benefit from this training. Energy is getting more scarce, we need to teach our students to converse or learning about new technologies for renewable resources.
Educators just don't stop studying, do we?
I have been engaged in a MOOC through MSU's ADP Center for Teacher Preparation and Learning Technologies - "Summer Camp for Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age"...it will provide for a 40 hour PD certificate and runs from July 7 to August 31...
The 40 hours seemed like a lot, but at this point I am sure I have exceeded those hours (been so engaging and the activities have helped me develop many new skills)
Actually, I just shared Thinkfinity sites with other participants who were looking for engaging activities using primary sources...
Topics have included Internet Safety – Infographics, videos and data analysis - Flipped Classroom, and CCSS...with more to come! Only $40...so I certainly have my money's worth...
What a wonderful opportunity, Marie! It is PD like what you are attending this summer that rejuvenates us as teachers and readies us for the next school year. That building of knowledge, skills, and most importantly enthusiasm transfers to our students. Thank you for sharing.
I'm enjoying reading what summer learning educators are finding. Some start back to school this next week. Our students are lucky to have you all for their teachers.
What kind of PD is being offered to you as teachers during the beginning of the school year. Is anyone offering PD on using Thinkfinity effectively and efficiently? We have a free online, self-paced, slightly moderated course - Thinkfinity, Your Professional Learning Community (PLC) that you are welcome to share with your colleagues.
Jane Brown, Thinkfinity Community Manager