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. 

 

Supporting Families in Need and Navigating Child Welfare Resources

A DCYF-led session offered by NEARI three times to reach as many participants as possible

Like education, the world of child protection and child welfare is rapidly changing with a shift to a model that focuses on early intervention, prevention and supports to families. This new model explores ways to help families to reduce the likelihood of them coming to the attention of DCYF and uses the resources and supports of the family and community to help the family address their challenges. 

One desired outcome is to reduce the disproportionate numbers  families and children from BIPOC communities who are referred to the Child Abuse Hotline and who become open to DCYF.  

School administrators, teachers, school social workers and staff from across the school community are important partners for DCYF in their effort to shift to this new model effectively.  DCYF also recognizes the importance of helping school staff learn about resources and to understand the role that the Child Abuse Hotline and Child Protective Services plays in this new model.  Please join us for this important presentation and discussion.

Facilitated by:
Mike Burk, Administrator, Division of Education and Constituent Support Services
Diane Correia, Educational Services Coordinator, Division of Education and Constituent Support Services
Stephanie Terry, Assistant Director, Division of Child Protective Services
Domenic Lancellotta, MSW, Administrator, Family and Children’s Services, Division of Child Protective Services
Susan Lindberg, Associate Director, Division of Community Services and Behavioral Health
Diane Savage, Assistant Administrator, Family and Children’s Services, Division of Contracts and Compliance
Darlene Ortega, Administrator, Family and Children’s Services, Division of Child Protective Services
 

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The NEARI Virtual Calming Room

The NEARI Virtual Calming Room is a place for students, families, faculty and staff to find tools to help manage stress, anxiety, feelings and emotions.

Access the Calming Room


 

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Partnership

The National Education Association Rhode Island together in partnership with Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, Rhode Island Foundation, the Office of Governor Raimondo and the RI Department of Education are pleased to participate in this statewide offering of the highly-regarded Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence social and emotional learning course. 

All preK-12 and afterschool program staff in Rhode Island will now have the opportunity to take "Social and Emotional Learning in Times of Uncertainty and Stress: Research-Based Strategies." This course is delivered by leading experts in the fields of psychology, education, and research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. There is no course fee.

"This ten-hour course will be free to all educators and could not be more welcome as we face the challenges ahead. This program is strongly endorsed by our colleagues in Connecticut and those looking to use it across the country. This is a great opportunity for Rhode Island.” - NEARI President Larry Purtill

More on the Yale program

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RISAS Trauma 101 for Educators 

Rhode Island Student Assistance Services (RISAS) has made available video resources on their YouTube Channel. The latest is scheduled for February 8, 2021 centered on Trauma 101 for Educators. 

The RISAS YouTube Channel is an archive of on-your-own-time, at-your-own-pace professional development opportunities. 

Visit RISAS YouTube

Step Up Your Remote Learning Skills

NEA launched seven new online courses to help you take your virtual classroom to the next level! In about 3 hours or less, you can get started with Seesaw, Google Classroom, or even become a better collaborator with colleagues from home. And best of all, you can complete each course (or all of them!) at home, for free, as part of your NEA membership.

NEA Independent Study

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
 


 

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.

Introduction to Anxiety Management in Schools

This one hour self-paced course is designed for educators and will provide a general introductory understanding of anxiety and the impact it has on children and teens. It is a foundational course that will introduce the basics of anxiety--including facts about anxiety, the physiology of anxiety, and how to understand the relationship among thoughts, feelings and behavior. It will also take a look at factors that maintain anxiety. Subsequent course(s) will provide evidence-based interventions that can be utilized with students in the classroom and this course will be a prerequisite.

Enroll in Intro to Anxiety Management

Supporting Language Development in Mathematics

In this one hour self-paced course you will learn about the importance of vocabulary in math, understand the challenges of word problems and discover instructional practices to support language and vocabulary development through easy to implement practices you can do tomorrow.

Enroll in Supporting Language Dev in Math

Reading Foundational Skills:  Phonological Awareness

This is the 3rd course in the Reading Foundational Skills pathway and it focuses on Phonological Awareness.  Intended for elementary educators, para professionals, and administrators, the 3 hours self paced course connects to the Science of Reading and gives video examples of high quality instruction and assessment in phonological awareness.  The course Introduction to Reading: Foundational Skills is a prerequisite.  Other courses in the pathway include:  Print Concepts, Phonics (in development), and Fluency (future).

Enroll in Phonological Awareness

RIASP & BRIDGE-RI Community of Practice (2nd Cohort)

On December 1st, 2020, RIASP held a webinar introducing BRIDGE-RI, the (new) Home of MTSS in Rhode Island to educational leaders.  Then, we dug in deeper with our first Community of Practice. The Community of Practice is a series of opportunities for principals, assistant principals, and district folks to dig into a BRIDGE-RI course and discuss how they would use it and listen/learn from one another starting Thursday, July 8th and running weekly from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for five weeks (until early August). This Community of Practice group size will be capped at 25 participants.  

Register for Community of Practice

BRIDGE-RI New Family Engagement Resources

To encourage effective family-school partnerships, MTSS Rhode Island has aligned with the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Mapp & Kuttner, 2013; Mapp & Bergman, 2019). This framework is built on the knowledge that collaborative family-school partnerships can lead to improved student outcomes, but only when both schools and families have the capacity to engage effectively. Check out MTSS Rhode Island’s new webpages designed to help schools and districts in creating effective family-school partnerships.

Family Engagement Resources

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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