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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Back to School Toolbox

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Various dates between September 17 and October 1

Creating Community Using Flipgrid
September 17 at 4:00 p.m. PDT

Creating a Virtual Classroom Using Google Slides and Bitmoji
September 22 at 4:00 p.m. PDT

Social Distancing: Prototype, Design & Build
September 24 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

Social Distancing: Prototype, Design & Build
September 29 at 4:00 p.m. PDT

Using Google My Maps to Teach Math in a Flipped Classroom
September 22 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

Using Google My Maps to Teach Math in a Flipped Classroom
September 24 at 4:00 p.m. PDT

Creating a Virtual Classroom Using Google Slides and Bitmoji
September 29 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

Computational Thinking - LIVE Code Broadcasts and Educator Resources
October 1 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

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Teaching PBL Through Distance Learning

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September 30

3:00 PM

Learn how to teach a course to your students from the DL Hub course catalog. We will show you how to make a course copy and personalize the learning experience for your context. Finally we will answer any remaining questions you have.

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Advancing Anti-Racist Instruction in K-12 Curriculum

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

11 AM (PT)/ 2 PM (ET)

In this webinar, learn how educators, schools and districts can and should intentionally interrogate representation within their curriculum and support anti-racism more broadly. In a time when actively anti-racist content is urgently needed in virtual and in-person classrooms alike, representative voices, diverse perspectives and unheard narratives can still be hard to find in instructional content. 
Hear from a panel of experts and education leaders about concrete strategies for implementing anti-racist content in your school or district, across subject areas and grade levels. You’ll also hear from school and district leaders about strategies for taking a multi-pronged approach. 

Whether you are just beginning to engage in this work or are further along in supporting anti-racist conversations, you’ll learn practical ways to transform and build upon inclusive or culturally responsive curriculum in order to explicitly teach anti-racism. 

You’ll also learn how to: 
-Support anti-racism during remote learning
-Develop robust instructional content that promotes anti-racism 
-Build an anti-racist culture and safe community in virtual and in-person spaces 
-Support teacher training on anti-racism 
-Create buy-in for school and district-wide anti-racism efforts

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!