Sun West School Division Online Professional Learning 

Thank you for visiting the Sun West Online Professional Learning Catalogue. This site will house the catalogue of professional learning opportunities that may be helpful to you. We will be hosting live (synchronous) sessions and on demand (asynchronous) options for you to choose from. 

The calendar of live professional learning opportunities will be housed on this main page. To view on demand professional learning options, please click on the menu above.

Sun West Return to School Health, Safety & Wellness

Please click the button below to access the curated list of on demand professional learning opportunities & resources connected to health, safety & wellness guidelines for the Sun West re-entry into school plan.

Sun West Return to Learn 2020 On Demand PD & Resources

Please click the button below to access the curated list of on demand professional learning opportunities & resources connected to the Sun West Return to Learn 2020 Process.

Sun West Online Teaching
On Demand PD & Resources

Please click the button below to access the curated list of on demand professional learning opportunities & resources in support of online teaching.

Live Events Happening Today

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Three ways to make EdTech easier (and three favorite EdTeach tools)

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October 24, 26, 27, 30

various times

Join Dr. Monica Burns as she shares three customizable, K-12 strategies for making EdTech easier this school year. In addition to these strategies, you'll learn about three favorite tools you can use right away! This webinar will include: -- an overview of three strategies you can use to make EdTech integration easier -- an introduction to three spotlight tools to put these big ideas into action -- time for a live question and answer with Monica -- a preview of Monica's Easy EdTech Club Hope you'll join in for this special event!
You can pick from one of the times below, and if you're not sure if you can make it, sign up anyway and you will be sent a 24-hour replay. Each date is a registration link.
👉 Saturday, October 24th at 11AM ET
👉 Monday, October 26th at 6PM ET
👉 Tuesday, October 27th at 3PM ET
👉 Friday, October 30th at 2PM ET

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Digital Instruction with CommonLit Webinar Registration

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October 14, 21, 28 and Nov 5

3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

In this free hour-long webinar, our team will introduce you to CommonLit and the many features we have to support remote learning.

You will learn how to create an account, navigate our library of lessons, create a class and add students and co-teachers to your class, assign a lesson digitally, grade a lesson, and analyze data. You will also see CommonLit from a student’s perspective and learn how to use our various digital tools.

Throughout the webinar, we will answer any questions you may have about facilitating virtual learning in the Chat and Q&A boxes.

If you cannot attend any of the times listed below, please visit this link to view a recording from a previous webinar session and get access to helpful FAQ articles and blog posts from our team:

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Scholastic Virtual Learning Series - Session 2

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October 28

7:00 - 8:15 PM (EST)

Session #2 – Connecting with students online: guided reading, one-to-one instruction and working in small groups.

Scheduling small group and conference time to confer with students Implementing guided reading in an online environment Providing one-on-one and small group instruction Promoting routines that allows students to interact and collaborate with peers.

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Deeper Connections - with Dr. Roxy

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October 28

7:00 PM (London Time GMT)

Dr. Roxy

How can we cultivate real vitality in our relationships and create deeper connections?

At this special event, Dr Roxy Manning will introduce the life-changing principles of Nonviolent Communication and explore how we can use these to enhance our relationships, deal constructively with conflict and create more harmonious connections in our families, communities and organisations. This is more vital now than ever before.

Dr Manning will share how we can tap into our innate capacities for empathy, creativity, healing and problem solving. Rather than shaming and punishing ourselves for past limitations and failings, she will help us learn how to create positive change with empathic connection to what matters most.

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Exploring Humanitarian Law

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November (3, 10, 17 & 24)

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Canadian Red Cross

-Learn to implement practical activities dealing with issues relating to global conflict, bystanders, human rights, international law, refugees, child soldiers, gender-based violence and attacks on civilians, hospitals and schools.
-Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) educator training utilizes an easy-to-use, adaptable toolkit aimed at students 13 – 18 years of age.
-The content of the EHL educator training complements academic subjects such as global issues, social studies, history, law, and language arts. 
-Includes instruction from Canadian Red Cross personnel and trained local teachers currently using the Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) curriculum in their classrooms.
-Participants utilize the Exploring Humanitarian Law toolkitCanada and Conflict toolkit, and Forced to Fight. Participants will receive a certificate of completion.
-This training will be conducted in English but all above mentioned resources are also available in French. Please contact the organiser for more details.

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Virtual Digital Literacy Summit: Voice and Choice in STEM Blended Learning

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November 16

time and sessins are selected when registering

Join fellow educators from across Canada in a digital literacy summit focused on enhancing blended and online learning teaching techniques.

Our keynote and spotlight speakers, panel discussions, and Twitter chat will focus on topics that will help spark ideas and inspire you to create learning environments which give your students voice and choice. Webinars will provide ready-to-use, curriculum-aligned resources that you can use with your students!

Want to broaden your network? Come hang out in our virtual staff room in the Brightspace discussion board or on Twitter using #DigiLitxLTS where you can connect with educators who are navigating blended and online learning and you can benefit from shared resources. 

Ongoing Live PD Sessions

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Seesaw Training and Professional Development

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Seesaw offers ongoing live PD sessions as well as recorded past sessions on how to use Seesaw as a remote learning tool.

Click here to view their available resources.

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EVERFI – Upcoming K-12 Events

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EVEFI is offering a wide variety of on-learning professional development events for K-12 teachers and administrators. It also has recordings of some of its past events for viewing.

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Understanding the impact of Coronavirus on K-12 education

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Every Friday

11:00 AM (PT)/ 2:00 PM (ET)

Stephen Noonoo of ISTE/EDSurge

As of early April, the COVID-19 coronavirus has put roughly nine out of ten students out of school around the world, as communities and whole countries try to contain its spread. 

Join us for weekly live webinars on how K-12 schools are coping, the move to remote learning and how students and educators are being impacted by the virus. EdSurge K-12 Editor Stephen Noonoo and other editors and reporters will host different panelists each week to discuss the latest developments in this rapidly evolving situation. 

Some of the topics series panelists will discuss include:
-Special education and Universal Design for Learning
-Parent communications
-Social-emotional learning
-Remote instruction for early learning

Duration: One hour

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Wellness Webinars from Family Resource Network (New Jersey)

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Stuck at home! The Family Resource Network is coming to you! To show you we are still here for you, we have created FRN Connect, a free webinar series that will provide interactive opportunities to stay healthy and connected while practicing social distancing. Connect with us today!

This webinar is offered several times and FREE of charge

A gentle yoga sequence led by a certified yoga instructor that will improve breathing patterns and release stored tension in the body. Postures will be performed in a seated position, kneeling and reclined, there will be no standing sequences.

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Educating through COVID-19: responding to change

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Education Elements

As we talk with leaders across education and our district partners, we are learning that their most challenging and immediate needs are changing daily. Luckily our team is well versed in being responsive. We have learned over the last few weeks that our approaches, practices, and habits around doing work are helping not only our team but your teams to adjust to this constant state of change. In addition to holding webinars, our team is actively creating resources and building innovative spaces for conversations across states, roles and lived experiences. Our goal has been to build cohesiveness in the conversation, connecting leaders to learn from each other as they face similar unprecedented challenges. 
To support school districts, we have developed a second series of complimentary webinars, virtual multi-day events, blog posts, downloadable guides, and even 1:1 office hours and coffee chats for K-12 leaders to “talk it out” should you need it. We’ve organized this into the following focus areas: Leadership, Culture,Virtual Learning + Virtual Work, and Communication.

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Virtual Coffee Breaks

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Every Weekday 

12:00 PM 

Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Gary Howard, Benjie Howard, and Wade Antonio Colwell

Duration: 30 minutes

Click here for more information and registration.

Discussions on a variety of educational topics including best practices in online learning, equity in the PLC process, disciplinary literacy and fun size writing for at-home learning.

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Schools – Leading in a time of Crisis

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Jeff Ikler and Kirsten Richert

Most of us are living in an unprecedented time. Not since World War II, have we experienced something that can literally impact every person on the planet. Getting through the COVID-19 pandemic is taking incredible resources and resourcefulness. It is also forcing us to look at one another and work with one another differently. And one place of work where that is extremely evident is in U.S. schools

This podcast series consists of conversations with educators across the country on how they are leading their schools in this time of crisis. Because these educators are extremely busy helping their schools and communities to pivot, we’ve intentionally limited these conversations to 15 minutes.

It’s our hope that these conversations will provide nuggets of solid advice and emotional support to other educators on the front lines of change.

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Corwin Webinars

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An average of 2 webinars per month

3:30 PT / 6:30 ET 

Corwin webinars are your opportunity to interact directly with the field’s most influential thought leaders on a range of critical issues. What’s more, they’re free! Invite your entire team for a start-to-finish professional learning experience. Or download the slides post-webinar and share with your colleagues.

Duration: One hour
Cost: FREE!