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K-12 Educator Professional Development

Mental Health First Aid: Youth

Provides key skills to help an adolescent (12-18 years) who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Covers common mental health disorders and potential crises such as helping a young person who: is having a panic attack, is contemplating suicide, or is struggling with substance use disorders. Full attendance is mandatory to meet Youth Mental Health First Aid certification requirements from the National Council on Behavioral Health. Please see our Behavioral Health web page to learn more about this important program.

Summer 2024

  • MHFA Youth. June 24th 8:30-5. Fully online. Instructors: Tuleya and Signorini
  • MHFA Youth. August 30th. 8:30-5. Fully online. Instructors: Tuleya and Signorini
Ed2Go Class Offerings

These 25 PDU courses are offered online through our partner institution Ed2Go. They are asynchronous (not live) and are 5 weeks long.  Classes repeat monthly. See courses below.

**Please note: Ed2Go Registration is completed through the Ed2Go website, not PCC’s registration system. Follow this link to see how to register

Creating the Inclusive Classroom

We’ll examine how each child learn and what you can do to help him and her develop new strengths. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities offered by inclusion and how to build collaborative partnerships with the special educator and classroom aides.

Creating Classroom Centers

Discover how easy and effective classroom centers can really be. This course introduces a simple system for creating a center schedule and shepherding students through the process. You will see what makes a truly successful center, what pitfalls to avoid, and gain tips for keeping your planning to a minimum. You will also learn strategies for managing students who finish early and discover how a regular center routine can increase your small-group instruction opportunities each day.

Creating a Classroom Website

Build a site with text, images, animations, tables, links and more to enhance your students’ classroom experience. Create a WebQuest and a blog to add to your site. Discover how students can use site builders to create their own websites in minutes.

The Creative Classroom

Learn how to use creativity as a powerful engagement tool in the classroom, regardless of what subject you teach. This course provides new approaches to field trips, learning labs, exercises, and evaluation methods that will challenge and motivate your students to become creative thinkers.

Differentiated Instruction, Response Intervention Connection

Use Differentiated Instruction and Response to Intervention to help every child succeed academically. Collaborate with colleagues and involve parents in the education process.

Differentiating K-12 Assessments

Learn effective strategies for differentiating assessments and empowering every student in your class to feel success. This course explores strategies and real-life examples of how differentiated assessment provides direction for improvement, promotes confidence, and motivates your learners

Empowering Students with Disabilities

Learn powerful strategies you can put to work immediately in your classroom and gain the knowledge you need to understand and cope with the most common disabilities you’ll encounter in K-12 education.

Guided Reading and Writing: Strategies for Maximum Student Achievement

Gain a classroom full of students who can negotiate increasingly challenging texts with unprecedented fluency. This class provides differentiated instruction tactics to better understand how your students learn and how to apply those tactics within the guided reading framework.

Guided Reading: Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom

Lead your students through new creative ways of approaching increasingly challenging texts. This course will help you discover how to build a balanced literary framework that gets results with even the most challenged learners.

Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Discover simple ways to integrate technology in your classroom to enhance the material and meet Common Core standards and other course goals. This course provides ways to integrate technology across the curriculum with tools that will engage auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners.

Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work

Discover reading strategies that work without the need for special pull-outs or extra attention. This course will introduce you to some creative tools that will help your struggling readers make steady progress throughout the school year.

Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6

Model drawing gives students a concrete, reliable set of seven steps they can use to solve 80% of all word problems they encounter. This course will help you learn to teach model drawing as a way to give word problems effective visual context so students can solve them

Singapore Math Strategies: Advanced Model Drawing for Grades 6-9

Turn math students into math lovers with model drawing in your classroom. This course will teach you how to use model drawings with different types of word problems and train parents in the basics of model drawing to help children continue building problem-solving skills.

Singapore Math: Number Sense and Computational Strategies

Learn how to make math purposeful, interesting and relevant. This course will help you discover how to use concrete, pictorial and abstract strategies to make addition, subtraction, multiplication and division a cinch for any student.

Solving Classroom Discipline Problems

Why do some teachers enjoy peaceful, orderly classrooms while other teachers face daily discipline battles? The answer is that many teachers have not been taught the secrets to solving discipline problems. This course reveals those secrets and presents a step-by-step approach to effective, positive classroom discipline. Teachers continually rate this course one of the most valuable they have ever taken

Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II

Gain the teacher training you need to deal effectively with serious discipline problems and help even the most challenging students make more responsible choices. This course offers a step-by-step approach to discipline and numerous real-life examples clearly showing you how to put the ideas

Spanish in the Classroom

Bridge the communication gap between you, your Spanish-speaking students and parents with essential Spanish for teachers. This course starts with Spanish basics and provides survival phrases for parent-teacher conferences so that you can discuss progress, deal with academic and behavior

Survival Kit for New Teachers

Teaching is a balancing act, requiring a blend of subject expertise and classroom skills. Write winning lesson plans, reach diverse learners through differentiated instruction, communicate clearly, plan memorable events, while keeping stress at bay.

Teaching Math: Grades 4-6

Learn how to reinvent math instruction for grades 4-6. This course will show you how to get the students in your classroom excited about math through hands-on learning, inexpensive manipulatives, and real-world connections.

Teaching High School Students

Learn the latest teaching strategies and techniques for helping secondary students achieve their dreams. This course will teach you how to differentiate instruction, manage a classroom, develop assessment strategies, gain parental support, and teach social-emotional skills that will help your students succeed in school and in life.

Teaching Science: Grades 4-6

Learn how to increase your effectiveness as a science teacher for the middle grades. This course will equip you with engaging experiments, practical worksheets, winning lesson plans, and direct instruction methods you can use immediately in your own classroom.

Teaching Smarter With SMART Boards

Learn the unique and varied teaching applications of SMART technology. This course will help you master the use of SMART Board and SMART Notebook technology to create powerful, interactive lessons.

Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success

Learn how to help your students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome unlock their full learning potential. This course will help you develop the knowledge and strategies you will need to ensure your students with autism succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Teaching Students With ADHD

Learn the simple and practical steps you can take to help children with ADHD thrive in their school environment. This course will teach you how classroom space, structure, rules, and expectations can be adapted to suit the needs of students with ADHD and help them manage their own behavior

Teaching Students With Learning Disabilities

Learn how to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities in your classroom through easy, practical, and creative strategies developed by an experienced special educator. This course explores the total special education process and help you understand and empower your special

Teaching Writing: Grades K-3

Learn how to nurture student writers in the early elementary classroom and teach them skills that will be useful for a lifetime. This course examines the developmental stages of writing and show you how to foster your students’ skills and growth as young authors.

Teaching Writing: Grades 4-6

Learn how to motivate and facilitate developing writers from an experienced educator. This course provides an overview of the writing basics and demonstrate how to organize materials and lessons to establish an inviting and supportive writing environment for middle grade students.

Understanding Adolescents

Uncover the secrets of the adolescent mind. This course provides valuable information on how adolescents feel, how their identities develop, and how you can best meet their needs

Using the Internet in the Classroom

Learn how to use the Internet to make teaching easier for you and more relevant to your students. This course will teach you how to help your students locate valuable resources, improve classroom discussions, and safeguard personal information online