Professional Development Opportunities

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Online Professional Development

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.  If you have questions, please contact our office at 803-256-2065.


Contact our office to see what PSTA can offer your Teacher Forum or Faculty!

Executive Director Kathy Maness shares ways to be an advocate for your students and your profession in "Advocating for Your Students".  Director of Governmental Affairs Craig King presents "Ethics for Educators" as well as Classroom Management Seminars.  If you are interested in technology sessions, Director of Professional Development Jed Dearybury has a variety of workshops available for schools.  
All of our Senior Staff loves to visit colleges and speak to preservice teachers.  Just give us a call to schedule a time!

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What Can alt Do For Your Teacher Forum?

Free Professional Development Sessions on the following topics:


Advocating for Your Students

National Board Candidacy or Renewal

Legislative Issues

Ethics for Teachers


Technology in the Classroom

SKYPE in the Classroom

Tech Integration

Arts Integration

Inquiry Based Learning

Web 2.0

Contact us at 803-256-2065 or

alt 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? 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!

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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!


 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. 


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!


 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? One useful tool, Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels, can help teachers meet that challenge. 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.


Have you heard a about Arts Infused Inquiry Based Learning (AIIBL™), but really have no clue where to start? Lily Sarah Grace, LSG, is leading the way in educating teachers in this process and helping them get the funding they need for their arts integrated, inquiry based projects. Want to take your students to deeper depths of knowledge, Jed Dearybury serves on the board for the organization and can walk your staff through an introduction to AIIBL™ and the LSG grant writing process. Click the image above to visit their website and learn more about this incredible organization. (Grants only available to under funded elementary schools at this time.)

 If you are interested in any of the above professional development experiences, please contact
PSTA Director of Professional Development & Communications, Jed Dearybury at
 Looking for Read to Succeed Courses?  Click the ETV link to learn more.
PBS TeacherLine course RDLA152 is now approved as a SC Read to Succeed (R2S)Foundations in Reading course! RDLA152, An Intro. to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction, has long been one of TeacherLine’s most popular and well-regarded courses, and now it will provide even more value!
The Foundations in Reading course is one of four required to earn the R2S Literacy Teacher Endorsement which all SC educators certified in the following areas must earn within two certificate renewal cycles:
 -Early Childhood     -Elementary   -Special Education (all categories)     -Montessori (PK-5K, Elementary I, and Elementary II)     -ESOL (if primary area of certification)
Course Overview:
  -Delivered online via flexible, 6-week schedule
  -Active facilitator guidance and engaging peer collaboration
  -Available year-round for individual enrollment (or as a private course for 20+ educs)
  -Earns 60 SC Renewal Credits or 3 Graduate Credits
  -Price varies depending on credit choice and any discounts offered at the time of enrollment




Awaken Their Spirit to Learn, and Yours to Teach

American College of Education is founded by educators, for educators. We offer online master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as certificate programs for educators and paths to new teacher licensure. As the fourth largest Degrees Conferred in the U.S, we have 20+ programs to choose from based on your interests and career aspirations.

 STEM jobs are growing at a fast pace; we must prepare students for careers in these fields by helping them explore ideas through project-based assignments and work within an environment that fosters hands-on scientific inquiry.

A Master of Education in STEM Leadership will help you empower students to think like scientists.  The program was designed in conjunction with The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) and Accelerate Learning, provider of STEMScopes learning tools, and leads campuses and districts toward a National Certificate for STEM Excellence.





Educators, Need to renew your teaching certificate this June or maybe just your teaching spirit? PBS has options for you!  First, get those recertification credits covered with a PBS TeacherLine course! Both Renewal and Graduate Credits are offered.  ~~ Be inspired. Finish the year strong. Teach Boldly! ~~


Upcoming Workshops and Sessions


 PSTA will host a session for candidates who are currently renewing their National Board Certification or will be renewing in the next few years.  The session will be held at 220 State Street, West Columbia, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 4:30 PM.  Please register to attend. 
The South Carolina National Board Network (SCNBN) holds NB Renewal meetings across the state. These meetings are free of charge and are open to any NBCTs in the state.  If you'd like to schedule a meeting in your area, call Toni Chewning or Craig King at 803-256-2065 or email .
 For more information, contact 


TEDxYouth@Columbia, a non-profit, by-youth, for-youth organization that spreads ideas through in-school dialogue and an annual conference, is currently seeking schools and teachers to become a part of their free Schools program. If interested, kindly reply to by January 15th. Below is a comprehensive overview of our work.
Our organization has 2 components:
  • TEDxYouth@Columbia Schools:  
Each school is assigned an Ambassador, a teacher who serves as our point of contact at the school. They are typically engaged in the community and proponents of TED Talks and change. Over the 3-month cycle of our program, they can expect to devote 1 hour per week to this role. They will also select two students who will receive free online training in order to effectively lead and moderate weekly, in-school conversations called Idea Dialogues: a program that helps students develop real world skills by dialoguing about social issues.
The TEDxYouth@Columbia 2018 conference:  Our signature conference occurs annually in the spring; students hear live TEDx Talks by speakers and engage in workshops. At the event, students apply the dialogue skills that they learned through the Schools program. They will be grouped with 5-6 other students from across South Carolina and will form bonds throughout the day.

Idea Dialogues
The cornerstone of our Schools program is Idea Dialogues, through which students learn how to discuss interdisciplinary, controversial social issues.It aims to stimulate students through youth-driven dialogue about important, controversial issues. The topics present several sides of each issue and our dialogue model is backed by Stanford University research.
Each topic is assigned a nonprofit / NGO (non-governmental organization) partner with expertise in the area. They help select TED Talks and provide dialogue prompts and ways to engage students around their topic. Students, in turn, are able to take action around each issue multimodally: for instance, we recognize that not every student may be interested in lobbying to their elected official to advocate for a certain cause, so they might instead choose to undertake a research project.
Each weekly, in-school session is led by two students selected by a teacher Ambassador.
TEDxYouth@Columbia 2018
There is no limit to how many students can participate in Idea Dialogues sessions at a school; however, each school is designated a certain amount of seats at the conference. Students who actively participate in Idea Dialogues at their school may apply to attend the conference.
Ambassadors (The First Step!)
A TEDxYouth@Columbia Ambassador is the teacher that serves as the contact between our Team and their school. They are typically actively involved with the community, passionate about ideas and change, and respond to emails in a timely manner.
Ambassador responsibilities include: promoting the in-school dialogue program, gathering attendee nominations and applications, and selecting attendees via a teacher panel. They will receive abundant support and frequent check-ins from our Team and will be able to communicate with a Team member at all times. An Ambassador should be able to devote 1 hour per week to this until the event through the spring semester. After the conference, they will be able to receive a certificate for professional development credit. More information about Ambassadors’ roles can be found in the attachment.
If you’re interested, please email by Monday, January 15 and become a TEDxYouth@Columbia School!