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Programs & Services

Creating Virtual Learning Environments with StartSOLE

Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) is a simple structure designed to
promote inquiry and foster self-empowerment. SOLEs start with a big question designed
to provoke curiosity. From there, learners work collaboratively to investigate and then
share out their discoveries. A SOLE can exist anywhere there is a computer, internet
connection, and students who are ready to learn. In this FREE 1-hour virtual workshop,
participants will be introduced to StartSOLE, an online platform where students are
given the freedom to learn collaboratively using the internet. The workshop will include
an overview of the platform and its structure, as well as provide support in getting
started with this free resource.

PLEASE NOTE: This session will be held virtually. The link will be sent to the email that you have linked to your My Learning Plan account. The link will be emailed to that email address 12-24 hours before the session. Please be sure to check that email account!
The participant will reflect on the effectiveness of student-lead social exploration.
The participant will learn about StartSOLE and how it can support collaboration and curiosity.
The participant will be able to get started with StartSOLE.
Creating Virtual Learning Environments with StartSOLE - View Event Details
Tuesday 18 January 4:00 PM

Supporting Students with College Board Resources

Learn more about the variety of student facing resources and supports offered by the College Board. We know that helping students think about and plan for their future is an important part of the work schools do with students. Our BigFuture tools and resources from the College Board are here to help students and families navigate the path to college with accessible, clear and reliable information about schools, academic programs, costs, financial aid and scholarships.

This webinar will review College Board programs designed for to support students on their path to College and Career success. We will take a closer look Official SAT Practice with Khan Academy, College Board Opportunity Scholarships, Career Finder and BigFuture and participates will learn best practices for how to support students these programs.

*Zoom link will be sent out the day prior to the event.
Supporting Students with College Board Resources - View Event Details
Thursday 20 January 9:00 AM

Creating Virtual Learning Environments with StartSOLE

Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) is a simple structure designed to
promote inquiry and foster self-empowerment. SOLEs start with a big question designed
to provoke curiosity. From there, learners work collaboratively to investigate and then
share out their discoveries. A SOLE can exist anywhere there is a computer, internet
connection, and students who are ready to learn. In this FREE 1-hour virtual workshop,
participants will be introduced to StartSOLE, an online platform where students are
given the freedom to learn collaboratively using the internet. The workshop will include
an overview of the platform and its structure, as well as provide support in getting
started with this free resource.

PLEASE NOTE: This session will be held virtually. The link will be sent to the email that you have linked to your My Learning Plan account. The link will be emailed to that email address 12-24 hours before the session. Please be sure to check that email account!
The participant will reflect on the effectiveness of student-lead social exploration.
The participant will learn about StartSOLE and how it can support collaboration and curiosity.
The participant will be able to get started with StartSOLE.
Creating Virtual Learning Environments with StartSOLE - View Event Details
Monday 24 January 7:00 PM

Using Data to Inform Instruction and Advise Students

The College Board's K12 Assessment Reporting Tool is a valuable source of information for counselors, administrators and teachers. Your students' SAT and PSAT scores are two data points that can help you better understand how well your students are prepared for college and career.

During this hands-on training session, we will provide an overview and a demonstration of the SAT K12 Assessment Reporting Tool. You will gain a deeper understanding of the enhanced scores, data, and reporting available. This session will provide support along with best practices in developing strategies for using these rich data sources to improve student outcomes starting with the PSAT 8/9 and continuing through the SAT.

We will review updates to the K12 Assessment Reporting Tool, as well as highlight how to use newly released PSAT/NMSQT data in a variety of ways to support schools and students. Each participant should have access to their school/district data portal.
*Zoom link will be sent out the day prior to the event.
Using Data to Inform Instruction and Advise Students - View Event Details
Monday 31 January 9:00 AM

SEL Endorsement Course 1: Social and Emotional Wellness Learning in Youth Development

This course is the first of four courses of PDE's Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness for PK-12 Students Endorsement. It will provide educators with a foundation in emotional and youth development theory and research. In this course, candidates will develop an understanding of social and emotional learning and the impact that explicit teaching can have on the learner as well as the learning environment. Candidates will recognize the unique developmental characteristics and needs of learners at all age levels. Candidates will engage in field experience assignments that will provide opportunities to directly interact with social and emotional learning at the school level in order to deepen their understanding of the content presented in each of the modules of the course.

Participants registering for Graduate Credits will pay the course fee directly to the University. Please select the corresponding payment option when registering. In addition, participants interested in graduate credit, must register by Friday, January 14, 2022. More details will be emailed.

The virtual course starts on Monday, January 31, 2022 and extends to Sunday, March 20, 2022. In addition to the asynchronous assignments, participants will meet each Thursday for seven weeks for a 3-hour synchronous session with the course instructor, Dr. Meredith Gapsis.

The days for the synchronous sessions are as follows:
Thurs., February 3, 2022, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Thurs., February 10, 2022, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Thurs., February 17, 2022, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Thurs., February 24, 2022, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Thurs., March 3, 2022, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Thurs., March 10, 2022, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Thurs., March 17, 2022, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
SEL Endorsement Course 1: Social and Emotional Wellness Learning in Youth Development - View Event Details
Monday 31 January 4:30 PM

SEL Playlist: A Primer for Supporting Student Wellness K-12

A playlist is an opportunity for teachers to dive deeply into new concepts, using a self-paced, sequential structure that incorporates formative feedback and conferencing. Using the playlist model, K-12 teachers will have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), so they will be equipped to seamlessly incorporate SEL strategies into everyday instruction. The SEL Playlist is designed to meet teachers where they are. The course will begin with a 1-hour virtual kick off. Then, using Google Classroom as a vehicle for conversation and feedback, teachers will work asynchronously through 4 modules of SEL learning experiences, with opportunities for live feedback and coaching between each module via Zoom. The SEL Playlist offers participants 30 Act 48 hours, spread out over the months of January- April 2022.

Overview of synchronous schedule requirements:

Monday 1/31 7-8pm "Kick Off” via Zoom
2/14- 2/17 30-minute Coach check-in via Zoom by appointment
2/28- 3/3 15-minute Coach check-in via Zoom by appointment
3/15-3/17 15- minute Coach check-in via Zoom by appointment
3/29-3/31 15-minute Coach check-in via Zoom by appointment
Monday 4/4 7-8pm Full Cohort Wrap-Up via Zoom

The participant will design a plan to implement SEL into the school day.
The participant will reflect on their own adult SEL skills.
The participant will create a product to share SEL learning with a selected audience.
SEL Playlist: A Primer for Supporting Student Wellness K-12 - View Event Details
Monday 31 January 7:00 PM

Teaching for Deeper Learning - Educator Book Study

During this virtual asynchronous book club, participants will read "Teaching for Deeper Learning” by Jay McTighe and Harvey Silver, and complete activities that support reflection, application and extension of new learning. This book study extends from November 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 to read the book and complete the required assignments. The last day to register is February 28, 2022.

To participate, registrants will:
Register for this course here
Purchase the book
Join the Google Classroom when invited via email
Read the book
Complete the assignments posted on Google Classroom
Complete the Final Survey form posted on Google Classroom by March 31st, 2022

Book can be purchased online at:
https://www.amazon.com/dp
or
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/teaching-for-deeper-learning-jay-mctighe

Participants will learn strategies that promote deeper learning
Participants will reflect on current classroom practices and strategies related to learning
Participant will implement new strategies in the classroom that promote deeper learning

Teaching for Deeper Learning - Educator Book Study - View Event Details
Monday 28 February 8:00 AM

UDL and Blended Learning - Educator Book Study

During this virtual asynchronous book club, participants will read "UDL and Blended Learning” by Katie Novak and Caltin Tucker, and complete activities that support reflection, application and extension of new learning. This book study extends from November 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 to read the book and complete the required assignments. The last day to register is February 28, 2022.

To participate, registrants will:
Register for this course here
Purchase the book
Join the Google Classroom when invited via email
Read the book
Complete the assignments posted on Google Classroom
Complete the Final Survey form posted on Google Classroom by March 31st, 2022

Book can be purchased online at:
https://www.amazon.com/UDL-Blended-Learning-Thriving-Landscapes
or
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/udl-and-blended-learning-katie-novak

    Participants will explore the connection between UDL and Blended learning
    Participants will enhance current classroom practice with UDL connections
    Participants will develop effective blended learning strategies

UDL and Blended Learning - Educator Book Study - View Event Details
Monday 28 February 8:00 AM

Thrivers - Educator Book Study

During this virtual asynchronous book club, participants will read "Thrivers” by Michele Borba and complete activities that support reflection, application and extension of new learning.

To participate, registrants will:
Register for this course here
Purchase the book
Join the Google Classroom when invited via email
Read the book
Complete the assignments posted on Google Classroom
Complete the Final Survey form posted on Google Classroom by March 31st, 2022

Book can be purchased online at:
https://www.amazon.com/Thrivers-Surprising-Reasons-Struggle-Others
or
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thrivers-michele-borba-ed-d

    Participants will learn about traits that support students in becoming Thrivers
    Participants will develop strategies to support students' resilience
    Participants will reflect on their own classrooms to support procedures that support students' long-term resilience and learning

Thrivers - Educator Book Study - View Event Details
Monday 28 February 8:00 AM

How Learning Works - Educator Book Study

During this virtual asynchronous book club, participants will read "How Learning Works" by John Almarode, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, and complete activities that support reflection, application and extension of new learning. This book study extends from November 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 to read the book and complete the required assignments. The last day to register is February 28, 2022.

To participate, registrants will:
Register for this course here
Purchase the book
Join the Google Classroom when invited via email
Read the book
Complete the assignments posted on Google Classroom
Complete the Final Survey form posted on Google Classroom by March 31st, 2022

Book can be purchased online at:
https://www.amazon.com/How-Learning-Works-John-Almarode
or
https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/how-learning-works

    Participants will learn brain science behind learning
    Participants will develop strategies to teach learning in a way that leads to long-term retention and deep understanding
    Participants will reflect on classroom strategies and routines that support deep learning




How Learning Works - Educator Book Study - View Event Details
Monday 28 February 8:00 AM

SEL Endorsement Course 2: Characteristics and Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Mental Illness on PK-12 Students

This course is the second of four courses of PDE's Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness for PK-12 Students Endorsement. In this course participants will develop an understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and mental illness on learning and behavior for PK-12 students. Participants will recognize how these experiences and conditions can impact growth, development and learning of children and adolescents and the important role that educators and schools can play in reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.

Participants registering for Graduate Credits will pay the course fee directly to the University. Please select the corresponding payment option when registering. In addition, participants interested in graduate credit, must register by Friday, March 11, 2022. More details will be emailed.

The virtual course starts on Monday, March 28, 2022 and extends to Sunday, May 15, 2022. In addition to the asynchronous assignments, participants will meet each Thursday for seven weeks for a 3-hour synchronous session with the course instructor, Jeffrey Walter, Ed.S, NCSP.

The days for the synchronous sessions are as follows:
Thurs., March 31, 2022, 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Thurs., April 7, 2022, 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Thurs., April 14, 2021, 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Thurs., April 21, 2022, 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Thurs., April 28, 2022, 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Thurs., May 5, 2022, 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Thurs., May 12, 2022, 4:30pm to 7:30pm
SEL Endorsement Course 2: Characteristics and Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Mental Illness on PK-12 Students - View Event Details
Friday 11 March 4:30 PM

Creating Virtual Learning Environments with StartSOLE

Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) is a simple structure designed to
promote inquiry and foster self-empowerment. SOLEs start with a big question designed
to provoke curiosity. From there, learners work collaboratively to investigate and then
share out their discoveries. A SOLE can exist anywhere there is a computer, internet
connection, and students who are ready to learn. In this FREE 1-hour virtual workshop,
participants will be introduced to StartSOLE, an online platform where students are
given the freedom to learn collaboratively using the internet. The workshop will include
an overview of the platform and its structure, as well as provide support in getting
started with this free resource.

PLEASE NOTE: This session will be held virtually. The link will be sent to the email that you have linked to your My Learning Plan account. The link will be emailed to that email address 12-24 hours before the session. Please be sure to check that email account!
The participant will reflect on the effectiveness of student-lead social exploration.
The participant will learn about StartSOLE and how it can support collaboration and curiosity.
The participant will be able to get started with StartSOLE.
Creating Virtual Learning Environments with StartSOLE - View Event Details
Tuesday 05 April 4:00 PM

Creating Virtual Learning Environments with StartSOLE

Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) is a simple structure designed to
promote inquiry and foster self-empowerment. SOLEs start with a big question designed
to provoke curiosity. From there, learners work collaboratively to investigate and then
share out their discoveries. A SOLE can exist anywhere there is a computer, internet
connection, and students who are ready to learn. In this FREE 1-hour virtual workshop,
participants will be introduced to StartSOLE, an online platform where students are
given the freedom to learn collaboratively using the internet. The workshop will include
an overview of the platform and its structure, as well as provide support in getting
started with this free resource.

PLEASE NOTE: This session will be held virtually. The link will be sent to the email that you have linked to your My Learning Plan account. The link will be emailed to that email address 12-24 hours before the session. Please be sure to check that email account!
The participant will reflect on the effectiveness of student-lead social exploration.
The participant will learn about StartSOLE and how it can support collaboration and curiosity.
The participant will be able to get started with StartSOLE.
Creating Virtual Learning Environments with StartSOLE - View Event Details
Thursday 07 April 7:00 PM