Summer Professional Development

Jun 13, 2022

Summer Professional Development
Summer is the perfect time to deepen your professional toolbox and learn new skills and techniques to become more effective in your classroom and school.

SELF’s knowledgeable staff have gathered some resources for busy educators and compiled them here.
  1. Coursera offers mini classes taught by professors from universities all over the world. One of our staff recently took Anti-Racism I and is signing up for Anti-Racism ll from the University of Colorado, Boulder. There is a fee if you want certification, but if it’s just for you, the courses are free. 
  2. TED talks on any number of subjects. For teacher inspiration, try Rita Pierson
  3. National Association of Secondary School Principals offers resources supporting principals as leaders of special education
  4. The 2019 OSEP Symposia Series explored the factors contributing to personnel shortages in special education, highlighted current research on this topic and explored promising practices that are making a difference in programs, districts, and states. 
  5. Instagram offers many informal special education teacher groups 
  6. Facebook Group by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) 
  7. Facebook Group by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia
  8. Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division by Anthony Muhammad. Learn about the 4 types of staff and how to approach each, acknowledging their strengths and harnessing them to move our schools forward.
  9. Demistyfying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be An Ally by Emily Ladau: An approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more accessible, inclusive place.
  10. Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families by John S. Sprinson and Ken Berrick. This clinician-friendly guide presents a model for engaging the most challenging children and families who are served by the child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and special educations systems.

SELF offers professional development designed by and for busy leaders and teachers. Each program features individualized coaching and support to help educators and leaders reach their goals. Contact us and we can help you with tuition strategies as well. 

Teacher Cohorts for special education teachers, general education teachers, paraprofessionals and interventionists 

National Leader Fellowship for RTI coordinators, special education leaders and aspiring leaders across the country

National District Leader Fellowship empowers system level leaders nationwide to create greater impact  

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