NEARI Professional Development Program

NEA Rhode Island is proud to offer professional development to members in order to support your work in the classroom/workplace. Below are the scheduled offerings for 2020/2021. If registration is full to capacity and closed to new registrants, please email Mary Barden (mbarden @ neari.org) to be added to a waitlist. 

 

RI Department of Health Mental Health and Trauma Training for Educators and Parents

The Department of Health is providing free virtual mental health & trauma-focused training to educators and parents. They have been archiving some of the training they have already provided on their new YouTube Channel and will continue to provide both live and pre-recorded webinars/education throughout the year.

December 1, 2020

Fostering Resilience in Children: The Role of Family

On your own time, at your own pace

View this and other trainings on the RIDOH YouTube Channel


 

NEA Micro-Credentials for Cycle 4: December 7, 2020-February 7, 2021

NEA Teacher Quality (TQ) is pleased to announce that registration has opened for National NEA Micro-Credentials Virtual PLCs being offered for Cycle 4: December 7, 2020 to  February 7, 2021.  Facilitators will reach out to participants with exact dates and times during the week of November 30, 2020. The Micro-Credential descriptions and each respective PLC’s meeting day are listed below. 

Please note: Participation in our National PLCs continues to be for “members-only.”

Educators who participate in a PLC to complete a micro-credential are more likely to earn their badge the first time! NEA is inviting all association members this opportunity to participate in a virtual Professional Learning Community (PLC) to support successful completion of a NEA Micro-Credential.

A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area/skill. Upon successful submission of evidence, an educator is awarded an encoded, digital badge that can be shared with an employer, on social media, on a resume, etc. Micro-credential PLCs are NOT a traditional course. Micro-credentials are self-directed project based professional development. During the micro-credential PLC, members will work to collect evidence of proficiency in specific area by working on a project that is designed to directly help in their professional practice.  Resources are provided to help one learn more about the topic. During the PLC, a facilitator will guide the member and a group of fellow educators through the project and the process for submitting by providing multiple opportunities for peer feedback and discussion.

These virtual PLCs will be facilitated by an NEA trained Micro-Credential Facilitator and consist of weekly support meetings via zoom.   PLCs will meet on the day indicated below, during the evening for 30 to 60 minutes. Facilitators will reach out to participants with exact dates and times. 

NOTE: For Cycle 4, members may register for only one (1) PLC. A micro-credential generally may take up to 15 hours to complete. Please review a micro-credential’s rubric in its entirety—see links below—BEFORE you register.

Members may register for any of the following PLCs:

  • Trauma Informed Pedagogy (Classroom Management Stack)

    • In this NEA Micro-credential PLC, an educator demonstrates an understanding of how trauma can affect student behaviors and responses within the school context and promotes students’ abilities to self-monitor and maintain positive engagement in all aspects of learning and interactions. 

    • PLC will meet once a week on Monday evenings (from December 7 to February 7).

    • Before Registering, please review the micro-credential rubric (.pdf) here

 

  • Building A Positive Classroom Community with Affective Language (Restorative Practices Stack)

 

 

 
LINK TO REGISTRATION
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=AErz7XYRsEOoDpVi_-dqNjN54f5BPNJIpXl4DdgtSVpUODZGMTM2QkQzMVBHNkpRQkJDWDFKMFdBUS4u
 

Registration closes: Monday, November 23
 

Please note:  this National Micro-Credential PLC professional learning opportunity continues to be for “members only.”
 

Resources on NEA Micro-credentials:

NEARI Paraprofessionals PD Hub

This site organized by Tabitha Watjen (EPEA) offers a wide variety of online professional development offerings, professional reading materials, education related podcasts, Ted Talks, instructional tools and resources to meet the professional development needs of paraprofessional.

Access the Hub


 


Self-Paced PD Playlists

PD Playlists offer a series of self-guided professional development opportunities on the following topics: Parents as Partners, The Power of Knowing Your Students, They Keys to Successful Collaboration and Formative Assessments. When the required tasks are completed, members will receive a certificate from NEARI: Each is 1.5 hours of PD credit

Go to the PD Playlist page
 


 

NEW: Distance Learning Supports from NEA

The below link is to a resource document list loaded with links to NEA's wide range of resources on distance learning. 

Professional Development Resources During Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic Distance Learning

Below you will find online professional development resources curated by the NEARI PD Committee. Links are provided for members by category. 

Teachers

Paraprofessionals/Teacher Assistants

Secretarial and Clerical Staff

Custodial and Maintenance Staff

 

 

Online Professional Development for Teachers

 

NEA Microcredentials

nea.certificationbank.com/

****In order to respond responsibly to the COVID-19 outbreak we have compiled a list of NEA Micro-credentials that do not require student interactions or face-to-face contact with others.  This list also includes topics that you may find helpful as you transition to distance learning. It is our hopes that your professional learning continues to be meaningful and relevant and will help educators meet the needs of the current situation.****

https://nea.certificationbank.com/NEA/Stack_Library


A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area, such as creating a safe learning environment for LGBTQ students or education policymaking. Our micro-credentials are grounded in research and best practice and designed to be:

  • Personalized: You can create your own learning journey, based on your interests and career goals; gaps in your skills; and the specific needs of your students, school, and district.
  • Flexible: You can study when it’s convenient for you, alone or with your peers.
  • Performance-based: Unlike “sit-and-get” certifications, NEA micro-credentials are awarded based on demonstrated mastery of the subject matter, not just for showing up.

Full description of NEA Microcredentials: cgps.nea.org/micro-credentials/how-it-works/
Each Microcredential has detailed resources that can be used for Professional Development in addition or apart from the Microcredential.

Highlander Institute

RI Distance Learning Helpline

highlanderinstitute.org/distance-learning-helpline/

During this uncertain time, we are here to support you. The Fuse RI Fellow network is available to address your concerns, answer your questions, and provide troubleshooting advice as we all take on the challenge of creating distance learning environments. Please complete this brief form to share some contextual information about your question/need/issue and select the best time to chat. Thank you!

Young Educators Society Virtual Teaching Resources

www.yesri.org/virtual-teaching-ri


Google for Education Training

teachercenter.withgoogle.com/training

 

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

www.controlaltachieve.com

Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level.

 

PBS Teachers’ Lounge

Distance Learning Tips From One Teacher to Another

https://www.pbs.org/education/blog

 

Bridge RI: Online Professional Learning

mtssri.org

MTSS  Rhode Island uses blended professional learning to support districts, schools, and individual educators in the implementation of a multi-tiered system of support framework. Onsite, face-to-face training and technical assistance is strategically paired with online learning to support Rhode Island educators with building and sustaining a multi-tiered system of support framework. BRIDGE-RI, MTSS  Rhode Island's dedicated learning management system, allows educators to search for and enroll in high quality online professional learning on a variety of topics related to MTSS. Explore the sections below to learn more about MTSS  Rhode Island's online professional learning opportunities through BRIDGE-RI.

 

Here’s a list of digital tools and resources available to teacher/staff for Distance Learning.

Teaching Tolerance: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/a-trauma-informed-approach-to-teaching-through-coronavirus

 

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics

www.nctm.org/

Join NCTM as we celebrate our Centennial with 100 Days of Professional Learning with live 60-minute webinars presented by selected speakers from the NCTM Centennial Annual Meeting & Exposition program that was to take place in Chicago.
Each webinar will be held at 7 p.m. Eastern time on 100 selected days from April 1 leading up to the October NCTM 2020 Annual Meeting & Exposition in St. Louis. A variety of speakers and topics are geared to meet all grade bands and interests. Webinars will be recorded and made available at www.nctm.org/100 up to the St. Louis Annual Meeting.

Rhode Island American Federation of Teachers: Upcoming and Recorded Virtual PD Sessions

https://sites.google.com/riilsr.org/riftpddl/home

Updates and Resources from Rhode Island PBS Education Services

Overview

Specifically see: PBS Learning Media: PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings

https://ri.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/emergency-closings-collection/

As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Create a free account to save and organize content.

Featured lesson plans in this collection contain full contextualization for the media they include. Plan and adapt our lessons in creative ways, using the Lesson Builder tool, Google Classroom, Remind, and more.

For early educators, we’ve assembled packets of printable activities to download and share with parents and students. 

PreK-K packet

Grades 1-2 packets

Spanish-language content:

Recursos de PreK-12 para Cierres de Emergencia
 

San Diego Curated Resources

Content coordinators from the San Diego County Office of Education curated this subject-specific list of resources to support distance learning.

CA Shared Resources 

 

Distance Learning Resources from the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian has launched a central portal highlighting an array of distance learning resources, from STEM webcasts to American history podcasts and comprehensive lesson plans. Offerings range from low- or no-tech (interviewing family members for oral history projects) to high-tech (diving into an interactive exploration module).

Smithsonian Resources

 

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Online Professional Development for Paraprofessionals/Teacher Assistants

NEA Microcredentials

 

****In order to respond responsibly to the COVID-19 outbreak we have compiled a list of NEA Micro-credentials that do not require student interactions or face-to-face contact with others.  This list also includes topics that you may find helpful as you transition to distance learning. It is our hopes that your professional learning continues to be meaningful and relevant and will help educators meet the needs of the current situation.****

https://nea.certificationbank.com/NEA/Stack_Library

The micro-credential implementation support model brings educators together in collaborative groups, such as professional learning communities (PLCs), to focus on common learning goals. NEA's micro-credential offerings vary from Bully Free Schools, Supporting LGBTQ Students, to Classroom Management. Micro-credentials allow ESP the opportunity to move along the ESP Professional Growth Continuum through online professional development.

Link to full description of NEA Microcredentials: cgps.nea.org/micro-credentials/how-it-works/
Each Microcredential has detailed resources that can be used for Professional Development in addition or apart from the Microcredential
 

NEA Professional Development Webinar Training Archives

www.nea.org/home/70358.htm
 

www.nea.org/esppdrecordings

NEA ESP Quality Department in the Center of Great Public Schools, in collaboration with various professionals in the education workforce, have created a wide variety of professional development webinars designed to support the professional growth of Education Support Professionals (ESP).

NEA ESP Professional Growth Continuum

www.nea.org/esppgc

Education Support Professionals (ESP) play a key role in ensuring student success, and their positive impact can be enhanced when there are clear expectations, when they are valued, and when they have opportunities for professional growth. To help ESP reach their professional potential, we’ve developed the ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC) through participatory action research and with the active involvement of ESP and other stakeholders. The PGC provides clear pathways for professional learning and growth throughout the careers of ESP.

The ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC) consists of eight Universal Standards within three Levels of Practice. The three Levels of Practice begin with Foundational, moving to Proficient, and working toward an Advanced/Mastery level of professional practice. These three Levels of Practice span across all nine ESP career families with opportunities for ESP to enhance their professional standing by being a role model, mentor, and/or leader at each level.

NEA School Me Podcasts

school-me.simplecast.com/

This podcast brings you advice from educators who have been there, done that. Get classroom management tips, lesson plan ideas, and other life-hacks to help inspire your career. Many episodes are ESP specific.

Pennsylvania Department of Education: Knowledge and Skill Development for Special Education Paraprofessionals

pattan.framewelder.com/

These trainings are designed to provide practical information regarding educational methods and resources that may be used by special education paraprofessionals working with students in a variety of educational settings.

Autism-Focused Intervention Resources and Modules

afirm.fpg.unc.edu/afirm-modules

Each AFIRM module focuses on an Evidenced Based Practices for learners with ASD and includes:

  • engaging case examples that demonstrate the behavior or practice in use,
  • multimedia presentation of content with audio and video clips, and
  • interactive assessments that provide you with feedback based on your responses.

 

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Trauma Sensitive Schools Online Professional Development

dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/trauma/modules

Welcome to DPI’s TSS Online Professional Development System. This is a free, online, on-demand system consisting of three primary components. Through this system, learners will understand the prevalence and impact of toxic stress on youth and those who care for them. Additionally, participants will understand how to infuse the values of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment into various aspects of their existing equitable multi-level system of support. This infusion is what we call the trauma-informed lens.

Build Your SEL Expertise

dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/social-emotional-learning/build-your-sel-expertise

The purpose of this page is to provide an array of resources on various topics for educators to broaden their understanding of social and emotional learning. Topics listed will have current articles, videos, websites, and more to support those who wish to build their social and emotional learning expertise. 
 

Bridge RI: Online Professional Learning

mtssri.org/mod/page/view.php?id=198

MTSS  Rhode Island uses blended professional learning to support districts, schools, and individual educators in the implementation of a multi-tiered system of support framework. Onsite, face-to-face training and technical assistance is strategically paired with online learning to support Rhode Island educators with building and sustaining a multi-tiered system of support framework. BRIDGE-RI, MTSS  Rhode Island's dedicated learning management system, allows educators to search for and enroll in high quality online professional learning on a variety of topics related to MTSS. Explore the sections below to learn more about MTSS  Rhode Island's online professional learning opportunities through BRIDGE-RI.

Google for Education Training

teachercenter.withgoogle.com/training

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Online Professional Development for Secretarial and Clerical Staff

NEA Microcredentials

Microcredential Library: nea.certificationbank.com/NEA/Stack_Library

Create an Account to Access Microcredentials here: nea.certificationbank.com/

Specific Microcredentials

Education Support Professionals: Professional Growth Continuum:
nea.certificationbank.com

You will learn how to use The Universal Standards and Levels of Practice to reflect on current levels of skills and knowledge, and map out the area(s) that can be strengthened or improved upon in order to move along the continuum of professional growth.
 

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Online Professional Development for Custodian and Maintenance Staff

NEA Microcredentials

Microcredential Library: nea.certificationbank.com/NEA/Stack_Library

Specific Microcredentials

Education Support Professionals: Professional Growth Continuum

nea.certificationbank.com

You will learn how to use The Universal Standards and Levels of Practice to reflect on current levels of skills and knowledge, and map out the area(s) that can be strengthened or improved upon in order to move along the continuum of professional growth.
 

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases

2-Hour Virtually Delivered, NO-COST Training

The New England Consortium, based at UMass Lowell, offers a 2-hour awareness training in protecting yourself from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. TNEC is a worker health and safety training program funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and since 1987 has delivered training to workers in New England in hazardous materials and emergency response, disaster preparedness, infectious disease preparedness, and general workplace health and safety. This no-cost training is delivered virtually with live instructors.

This course will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on specific dates, click below for details.

TNEC Covid-19 Course Details

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Highlander Institute

RI Distance Learning Helpline

highlanderinstitute.org/distance-learning-helpline/

During this uncertain time, we are here to support you. The Fuse RI Fellow network is available to address your concerns, answer your questions, and provide troubleshooting advice as we all take on the challenge of creating distance learning environments. Please complete this brief form to share some contextual information about your question/need/issue and select the best time to chat. Thank you!

Young Educators Society Virtual Teaching Resources

www.yesri.org/virtual-teaching-ri


Google for Education Training

teachercenter.withgoogle.com/training
 

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