Professional Development Resources During Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic Distance Learning

Below you will find online professional development resources curated by the NEARI PD Committee. Links are provided for members by category. 

Teachers

Paraprofessionals/Teacher Assistants

Secretarial and Clerical Staff

Custodial and Maintenance Staff

 

Online Professional Development for Teachers

NEA Microcredentials

nea.certificationbank.com/

****In order to respond responsibly to the COVID-19 outbreak we have compiled a list of NEA Micro-credentials that do not require student interactions or face-to-face contact with others.  This list also includes topics that you may find helpful as you transition to distance learning. It is our hopes that your professional learning continues to be meaningful and relevant and will help educators meet the needs of the current situation.****

https://nea.certificationbank.com/NEA/Stack_Library


A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area, such as creating a safe learning environment for LGBTQ students or education policymaking. Our micro-credentials are grounded in research and best practice and designed to be:

  • Personalized: You can create your own learning journey, based on your interests and career goals; gaps in your skills; and the specific needs of your students, school, and district.
  • Flexible: You can study when it’s convenient for you, alone or with your peers.
  • Performance-based: Unlike “sit-and-get” certifications, NEA micro-credentials are awarded based on demonstrated mastery of the subject matter, not just for showing up.

Full description of NEA Microcredentials: cgps.nea.org/micro-credentials/how-it-works/
Each Microcredential has detailed resources that can be used for Professional Development in addition or apart from the Microcredential.

Highlander Institute

RI Distance Learning Helpline

highlanderinstitute.org/distance-learning-helpline/

During this uncertain time, we are here to support you. The Fuse RI Fellow network is available to address your concerns, answer your questions, and provide troubleshooting advice as we all take on the challenge of creating distance learning environments. Please complete this brief form to share some contextual information about your question/need/issue and select the best time to chat. Thank you!

Young Educators Society Virtual Teaching Resources

www.yesri.org/virtual-teaching-ri


Google for Education Training

teachercenter.withgoogle.com/training

 

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

www.controlaltachieve.com

Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level.

 

PBS Teachers’ Lounge

Distance Learning Tips From One Teacher to Another

https://www.pbs.org/education/blog

 

Bridge RI: Online Professional Learning

mtssri.org

MTSS  Rhode Island uses blended professional learning to support districts, schools, and individual educators in the implementation of a multi-tiered system of support framework. Onsite, face-to-face training and technical assistance is strategically paired with online learning to support Rhode Island educators with building and sustaining a multi-tiered system of support framework. BRIDGE-RI, MTSS  Rhode Island's dedicated learning management system, allows educators to search for and enroll in high quality online professional learning on a variety of topics related to MTSS. Explore the sections below to learn more about MTSS  Rhode Island's online professional learning opportunities through BRIDGE-RI.

 

Here’s a list of digital tools and resources available to teacher/staff for Distance Learning.

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Online Professional Development for Paraprofessionals/Teacher Assistants

NEA Microcredentials

 

****In order to respond responsibly to the COVID-19 outbreak we have compiled a list of NEA Micro-credentials that do not require student interactions or face-to-face contact with others.  This list also includes topics that you may find helpful as you transition to distance learning. It is our hopes that your professional learning continues to be meaningful and relevant and will help educators meet the needs of the current situation.****

https://nea.certificationbank.com/NEA/Stack_Library

The micro-credential implementation support model brings educators together in collaborative groups, such as professional learning communities (PLCs), to focus on common learning goals. NEA's micro-credential offerings vary from Bully Free Schools, Supporting LGBTQ Students, to Classroom Management. Micro-credentials allow ESP the opportunity to move along the ESP Professional Growth Continuum through online professional development.

Link to full description of NEA Microcredentials: cgps.nea.org/micro-credentials/how-it-works/
Each Microcredential has detailed resources that can be used for Professional Development in addition or apart from the Microcredential
 

NEA Professional Development Webinar Training Archives

www.nea.org/home/70358.htm
 

www.nea.org/esppdrecordings

NEA ESP Quality Department in the Center of Great Public Schools, in collaboration with various professionals in the education workforce, have created a wide variety of professional development webinars designed to support the professional growth of Education Support Professionals (ESP).

NEA ESP Professional Growth Continuum

www.nea.org/esppgc

Education Support Professionals (ESP) play a key role in ensuring student success, and their positive impact can be enhanced when there are clear expectations, when they are valued, and when they have opportunities for professional growth. To help ESP reach their professional potential, we’ve developed the ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC) through participatory action research and with the active involvement of ESP and other stakeholders. The PGC provides clear pathways for professional learning and growth throughout the careers of ESP.

The ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC) consists of eight Universal Standards within three Levels of Practice. The three Levels of Practice begin with Foundational, moving to Proficient, and working toward an Advanced/Mastery level of professional practice. These three Levels of Practice span across all nine ESP career families with opportunities for ESP to enhance their professional standing by being a role model, mentor, and/or leader at each level.

NEA School Me Podcasts

school-me.simplecast.com/

This podcast brings you advice from educators who have been there, done that. Get classroom management tips, lesson plan ideas, and other life-hacks to help inspire your career. Many episodes are ESP specific.

Pennsylvania Department of Education: Knowledge and Skill Development for Special Education Paraprofessionals

pattan.framewelder.com/

These trainings are designed to provide practical information regarding educational methods and resources that may be used by special education paraprofessionals working with students in a variety of educational settings.

Autism-Focused Intervention Resources and Modules

afirm.fpg.unc.edu/afirm-modules

Each AFIRM module focuses on an Evidenced Based Practices for learners with ASD and includes:

  • engaging case examples that demonstrate the behavior or practice in use,
  • multimedia presentation of content with audio and video clips, and
  • interactive assessments that provide you with feedback based on your responses.

 

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Trauma Sensitive Schools Online Professional Development

dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/trauma/modules

Welcome to DPI’s TSS Online Professional Development System. This is a free, online, on-demand system consisting of three primary components. Through this system, learners will understand the prevalence and impact of toxic stress on youth and those who care for them. Additionally, participants will understand how to infuse the values of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment into various aspects of their existing equitable multi-level system of support. This infusion is what we call the trauma-informed lens.

Build Your SEL Expertise

dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/social-emotional-learning/build-your-sel-expertise

The purpose of this page is to provide an array of resources on various topics for educators to broaden their understanding of social and emotional learning. Topics listed will have current articles, videos, websites, and more to support those who wish to build their social and emotional learning expertise. 
 

Bridge RI: Online Professional Learning

mtssri.org/mod/page/view.php?id=198

MTSS  Rhode Island uses blended professional learning to support districts, schools, and individual educators in the implementation of a multi-tiered system of support framework. Onsite, face-to-face training and technical assistance is strategically paired with online learning to support Rhode Island educators with building and sustaining a multi-tiered system of support framework. BRIDGE-RI, MTSS  Rhode Island's dedicated learning management system, allows educators to search for and enroll in high quality online professional learning on a variety of topics related to MTSS. Explore the sections below to learn more about MTSS  Rhode Island's online professional learning opportunities through BRIDGE-RI.

Google for Education Training

teachercenter.withgoogle.com/training

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Online Professional Development for Secretarial and Clerical Staff

NEA Microcredentials

Microcredential Library: nea.certificationbank.com/NEA/Stack_Library

Create an Account to Access Microcredentials here: nea.certificationbank.com/

Specific Microcredentials

Education Support Professionals: Professional Growth Continuum:
nea.certificationbank.com

You will learn how to use The Universal Standards and Levels of Practice to reflect on current levels of skills and knowledge, and map out the area(s) that can be strengthened or improved upon in order to move along the continuum of professional growth.
 

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Online Professional Development for Custodian and Maintenance Staff

NEA Microcredentials

Microcredential Library: nea.certificationbank.com/NEA/Stack_Library

Specific Microcredentials

Education Support Professionals: Professional Growth Continuum

nea.certificationbank.com

You will learn how to use The Universal Standards and Levels of Practice to reflect on current levels of skills and knowledge, and map out the area(s) that can be strengthened or improved upon in order to move along the continuum of professional growth.
 

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Highlander Institute

RI Distance Learning Helpline

highlanderinstitute.org/distance-learning-helpline/

During this uncertain time, we are here to support you. The Fuse RI Fellow network is available to address your concerns, answer your questions, and provide troubleshooting advice as we all take on the challenge of creating distance learning environments. Please complete this brief form to share some contextual information about your question/need/issue and select the best time to chat. Thank you!

Young Educators Society Virtual Teaching Resources

www.yesri.org/virtual-teaching-ri


Google for Education Training

teachercenter.withgoogle.com/training
 

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