Professional Development Opportunities

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PD in your PJs?

PSTA is proud to offer our members access to a wide variety of online PD through our partnership with The World Continuing Education Alliance.  PSTA members may view PD workshops and sessions then print certificates to turn in to the school district certification office.  Click here to login.  

 

What can PSTA offer your Teacher Forum or Faculty?

All of our Senior Staff loves to visit colleges and speak to preservice teachers.  Just give us a call to schedule a time!

 What Can We Do for You?

Liability Insurance Coverage               Legal Assistance                                         Scholarship Fund
 
Legislative Representation                  Local Chapters/Student Chapters              STAR Seminars
 
Professional Development                   Newsletters & Email Blasts                         Social Media Updates

 

Free Professional Development Sessions on the following topics:

Advocating for Your Students             National Board Candidacy or Renewal

Legislative Issues                                 Ethics for Teachers

DonorsChoose                                      Technology Integration

SKYPE in the Classroom                      Arts Integration

Inquiry Based Learning                        Growth Mindset

Web 2.0                                                   BreakoutEDU

Lego Leadership                                    Sketchnoting

Social Media Use                                   STEAM

Growing a PLN                                      Parody Writing for Learning

Mental Health Support                         Behavior Interventions

Sensory & Music Integration               Teacher Leadership

Mentor Training                                    Rubric 4.0

Contact us at 803-256-2065 or [email protected] 

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Donorschoose.org is a crowd sourcing website just for public school teachers. Have an amazing idea for your students but do not have all the materials you need? Donorschoose.org is the the place to make your classroom dreams come true. Need just the basics? You can get that too! Learn from an expert who has received over $25,000 worth of materials through 107 funded projects. This experience will change your classroom and empower you to become an advocate for your students in a whole new way!

Click the image above to visit donorschoose.org.

GC Classroom

The world is shrinking every day thanks to the amazing technology we have through Skype and other free global connection tools. The learning experiences that are available to your students through these tools are endless. If you are interested in starting with the basics of Mystery Skype, advancing forward with classroom partnerships, or digging deeper with global collaboration projects and virtual field trips, this session is for you. This can be offered as a whole school PD session or as a model lesson in a classroom where teachers observe. This session must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. A bad Skype call is better than a good worksheet any day!

arts

 Research shows that all students, young/old, black/white, rich/poor, benefit from from the arts and creativity in classroom. It is time for all teaching to reflect that. Let’s ditch the textbooks for hands-on, engaging, creative, arts infused lessons. Any subject, any grade, this professional development session includes brainstorming ideas, growing staff creativity, observing model lessons, and more. Let us know what you need and we will craft a personalized learning experience for your school.

Tech Integration

Are you seeking new and exciting 21st Century tools to hook and engage learners in your classroom? Do you need apps, websites, and tech tools that are more than games and indoor recess tools? Do you need students in your classroom to share their learning with a finished product that was made digitally rather than with the traditional poster and diorama? Join this session to leave with a bag full of tricks to use with your students tomorrow. 

PLN

Twitter is the fastest growing social network of educators, yet many in the profession are still not tapping into this world-wide collaboration of teachers. Imagine planning, participating in, and leading your own professional development at your own pace and place. Every teacher knows their greatest professional need and Twitter is the place to get exactly the learning you need. Whether you have had a Twitter account for years or if you still think “tweeting” is what a bird does, this session is for you. Learn how the power of a being a globally connected educator can free your classroom from the boundaries of four walls and bring a world of learning to you and your students!

DOK

 For classroom teachers, one of the most important questions of one’s of practice: How do we create rich environments where all students learn at a high level? Depth of Knowledge (DoK) categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them. In this professional training session your staff will walk through the basics of DOK and learn some hands-on engaging strategies to bring depth of knowledge and understanding to your lessons.

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ETV is offering 3 free workshops, and PBS & ETV have partnered to offer summer course discounts!

3 Free Summer Workshops from ETV:

Each workshop will be held at ETV in Columbia from 8:30am - 3:30 pm with an hour break for lunch on your own. Participants will receive a certificate for 6 hours of training that can be turned in to their district PD coordinator. No direct recertification credits will be issued. Please contact Debbie Jarrett re any questions: [email protected].

  1. Fri, July 20: Blended Learning https://goo.gl/forms/xEwjbP03hYvGMDSB3

  2. Tue, July 31: Webtools for Teachers https://goo.gl/forms/kZGNANJ5ypUc0l4K2

Summer PD Savings with PBS TeacherLine:

PBS TeacherLine and ETV have extended their 20% course discount to include summer courses beginning June 13, 2018 - - PLUS popular course RDLA152 has been reduced to $300 for the whole summer -- so this summer is a great time to invest in PD and save big too!

See the courses & get the discount code.

Sample courses scheduled to begin June 13 include:

  • MATH330 Differentiating Math Lessons for a Range of Learners
  • INST342 Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
  • RDLA152 [R2S approved] An Intro. to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction
  • TECH195 Graphic Organizers for 21st Century Learning
  • SCIE621 Teaching Energy and Motion in the Inquiry-Based Classroom

Additional summer courses are offered to begin July 18, however at this time, no discounts are available for them (except for RDLA152 which again is offered for only $300). Each summer course lasts six weeks, is facilitator-led, and is pre-approved by the S.C. Department of Education to earn SC Renewal Credits. Graduate credit, for an additional fee, is available for most courses too. See all summer courses.

Carolina Classrooms, May 30, 2018, 7:00-8:00 pm:

Tune in May 30th as ETV celebrates teachers with a special program featuring segments with finalists for our new SC Teacher of the Year and profiles of other outstanding South Carolina educators.

Hosted by Dr. Lemuel Watson, USC professor and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Higher Education, this program will celebrate South Carolina educators as they share their passion for teaching and talk about the changes and challenges in public education today. And, we’ll hear from a variety of folks about special teachers who inspired them!

Also, did you know that at www.carolinaclassrooms.org you have access to not only the broadcast programs that have aired on SCETV, but also short stories on a variety of education topics from around our state that showcase our innovative students and dedicated educators! Sample stories: 8th Grade Students Learn about SC Career Opportunities; Gerrick Hampton Shares Scholarship and College Application Programs; USC Sumter Science Camps; and Bullying and Suicide Prevention.

  ETV offers a range of content and P.D. resources to support you;

learn more at www.scetv.org/education.