We all know what’s it’s like to be bored to tears, forced to sit through painfully unhelpful or irrelevant professional development. What if it could be different? What if there were opportunities for networking, inspiration, and exposure to new strategies that not only got you excited about teaching for the upcoming school year, but they were, gasp, helpful? Dare I say, exciting?
I’ve rounded up 3 Professional Development Opportunities available for high school ELA teachers that you could do from the beach, or wherever you vacation. They are virtual conferences designed by teachers, for teachers!
Virtual Conferences are a totally new concept for professional development in the education realm. When you think about these, think of on-demand videos or online courses. It’s similar to a flipped teaching concept only this time teachers become the blended learners who consume video content and then put it into practice with various exercises, challenges, or free tools provided by presenters.
Ashley Bible of Building Book Love is the founder of the Keeping the Wonder Workshop alongside three other powerfully inspiring educators who are lead presenters: Jenna Cooper, Staci Lamb, and Abby Gross.
What can you expect? Lots of creative, fun, engaging, and rigorous teaching ideas for the high school ELA classroom and free course materials to implement some of those ideas in your classroom. This is the first time they have converted to a virtual format. Previously, these were only live events. They’ve filmed all of their previously live season 1 content and will upload season 2 content after the live conferences have ended. Bonus: you also gain lifetime access to future Keeping the Wonder Workshop seasons for a one time fee of $127, but they are offering a $30 discount code PRESALE active until May 31. Click here to register. Live events are also featured at two locations, one in June in Kentucky and one in September in Massachusetts. PD certificate available.
Education Closet is sponsoring a live on-demand virtual conference called Connectivity 2019 on July 18 @ 10AM EST. Education Closet is an organization dedicated to supporting teachers, leaders, and artists with the integration of STEAM education using world class professional development and resources. They are based locally to me in Westminster, Maryland.
What can you expect? With over 20 presenters, they boast that they are the world’s largest arts integration and STEAM education conference in existence for teachers. Each session is picked for Arts Integration and STEAM ideas that you can use in your own classroom right away. Sessions are 15-20 minutes long. If you need to step away, or you are unable to attend that day, participants gain lifetime access to the content as part of the registration fee. You gain lifetime access to all the sessions for the fee $129, but they are offering a $20 discount now through June 30 as an early bird special. Click here to register. PD certificate available.
Educators 2 Educators is sponsoring a free Teacher Summer Virtual Conference for teachers July 15 @ 5AM – July 16 @ 11:59PM.
What can you expect? Presenters will share inspirational stories and step-by-step tutorials in the categories of classroom management, classroom environment, and student learning. Teacher presenters range from K-12, but I am choosing just to highlight the 6-12 presenters below. Can’t make the conference dates? No problem. Join their video library membership for just $10 a month and gain instant access to all video course content. Click here to register.
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