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Professional Development Opportunities in 2016

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1. 2016 ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show 

Date: April 2-4 

Where: Atlanta, Georgia 

What: ASCD is holding its annual conference and exhibit show for educators around the country to attend over 200 professional development sessions. The conference will feature a range of prominent speakers in the education realm who are experts in subjects such as digital learning, leadership skills, the flipped classroom and much more. 

The exhibit show includes an array of texts, teaching aids, the latest tech products and more for educators to look at and test out. 

Find out how to register here. 

2. Education Week's Go Digital with Formative Assessment and Critical Thinking Webinar

Date:March 8


What: "In this webinar, we’ll explore research-based practices utilizing digital tools to formatively assess and support critical thinking. We’ll also address how this integration can help monitor, improve, and maximize instructional opportunities," says Education Week on its website.

Find out to register here.

3. The 4T Virtual Conference: Teachers Teaching Teachers About Technology 

Date: May 21-23 

Where: Online 


Sanctioned by the University of Michigan's School of Education, the virtual conference is 100% free for educators interested in learning more about technology.

According to the conference's site, "[t]he 4T Virtual Conference began as a grassroots effort in 2011 as an opportunity for educators from across the globe to connect, network, and learn from each other about issues in technology education. Well over 900 K-16 educators from across the globe sign up each year to attend the conference!"

While any teacher in any state can register for the conference, teachers in Michigan receive up to twenty hours of free State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) for attending. The conference provides its lead presenters with 15 hours of their own professional development before the conference to ensure all webinars are engaging and informative. 

Find out how to register here. 

4. How to Engage English Language Learners (ELL) Just Starting Out 

In ASCD's February's issue of Educational Leadership consultant Jane Hill provides educators with the Dos and Don'ts of engaging English Language Learners. 

"Most teachers aren't taught how to meet the long-term needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students. They find themselves continually questioning their choices, searching for strategies they can count on," Hill says."

Here are her suggestions to avoid questioning and searching: Engaging Your Beginners 

5. Webinar Series Teaches Best Practices in Special Education

Date: Begins Feb. 18

Where: Accelify's website 

What: Accelify Solutions has announced a new webinar series that will cover the best practices in special education today and will be led by a various individual who are experts in field. See more here. 

6. Professional Development Through an Alternate Reality Learning Experience 

Date: On-going

Where: May be coming to education conferences soon 

What: Alternate Reality Learning Experiences brings gaming to PD

Professional development gets an alternate reality learning experience (ARLE) update thanks to collaboration from Saint Leo University and EdChat Interactive.

"An ARLE is a new type of alternate reality game in which participants weave in and out of a fictional story and reality as they learn," says

Educators being exposed to ARLE are receive a fun and engaging spin on learning new instructional practices and could very well be a common PD method in the future.

"Edchat Interactive is hoping to partner with national education conferences to create more online ARLEs for educators," Campus Technology said.

7. National Summer Conferences from Staff Development for Educators (SDE)

Date: July 18-22; June 29-July 1; July 6-8

Where: Las Vegas, NV; Orlando, FL; Chicago, IL

What: Opportunities for educators across grade levels to receive some of the most comprehensive professional development in the country.  Find out how to register here. 

8. Best Practices for Using Open Educational Resources

Date: March 17; 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST 

Where: Online @ 

What: Professional development opportunity for educators looking for advice on how to best find and implement open educational resources. 

The webinar will also share success stories of K-12 districts who have had found innovative ways to use OERs. 

Find out how to register here. 

9. Agents for Learning Competition Asks Educators to Write Policy On How Professional Development Should Be Funded Under ESSA

Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America's Future have collaborated to create a competition that asks the country's teachers to create policy for funding professional development under the new education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act. 

The ESSA is a very open-ended document, and for that reason implementation of the document is crucial. That's why Learning Forward and NCTAF are providing teachers interested in the competition with free webinars to educate them on the new law and ask their expertise on how professional development should be funded moving forward.

The two organizations are also hoping the competition also helps determine what educators find useful and important out of professional learning.

Learn more here.