Staff Development

Staff Development Opportunities

VDOE Teacher Direct Professional Development Opportunities

Learn for 24 VA
Learn24VA is an initiative of the VDOE and the Virginia529 College Savings Plan. This portal aggregates professional development and resources to support teaching and learning 24/7. 

VDOE  targeted professional development through Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) Institutes

4T Virtual Conference: Teachers Teaching Teachers about Technology - May 16, 2015
The 4T Virtual Conference began in 2011 and it is an opportunity for educators from across the globe to connect, network, and learn from each other about issues in technology education. You can earn between 5 and 20 hours of SCECH’s (5 to 20 sessions) of conference participation through the University of Michigan.  You must attend a minimum of 5 hours of the conference to qualify for the minimum 5 SCECH's.

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)  Professional Development Webinars Schedule
Click here for information and schedule.

Augmenting Science and Special Educator Teams Academy- June 22-26, 2015
VDOE in partnership with James Madison University will sponsor a collaborative science-inclusion special education institute. Augmenting Science and Special Educator Teams, is designed for science and special educator school teams working together to enhance all student outcomes focusing on improved content understanding, pedagogical strategies, collaboration strategies, and networking.

Best Practices Weekly
BPW is 10 minutes each week of research based, easily digested, immediately actionable professional development. Our team reads the contemporary professional literature across elementary education, selects the most practical articles, and then summarizes the key take-home messages in text, audio, and video formats so busy teachers can get right to the point.

Building effective science practices with the 5E model of instruction. April 15, 2015
The 5E model of instruction has long been recognized as an important model of instruction for the effective teaching of science practices in K-12. Hear from experts and a school district on how the 5E model can balance the critical thinking and problem solving skills with the disciplinary literacy and analytical writing skills needed for our students to succeed in science and beyond. Professional Learning Community (PLC) offers Free Webinars and earn CE Certificates.
Browse the list of PLCs to find professional development webinars that fit professional needs.

English SOL Institute Professional Development Resources
Presentations and handouts from the 2013 English Institutes are now available online. Focus areas are vocabulary, nonfiction reading,persuasive writing, and research using primary sources. 

Effective Strategies for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems

The Virginia Department of Education in collaboration with Old Dominion University has created a series of evidence-based online modules for use by school divisions.

Family Creative Learning Online Workshops - Jan 21 12:00 pm to Feb 11, 2015 1:00 pm
The workshop series engage children and their parents to learn together by using creative technologies. These online workshops are for facilitators, educators, and community center staff.  

Flying With Finch 2015 Summer PD: June 22 - 23, 2015
Location: Longwood University, Farmville, VA. This professional development opportunity is for middle and high school teachers will allow you to learn how to use the Finch robot and provide you with a loaner set of Finch robots to use with your class. Teachers will receive a $200 stipend for attending the two-day training session and 12 recertification points.  ITTIP staff will observe teachers during the school year to see how they are implementing Finch in their classrooms.

Webinars Information and Registration

Longwood University ITTIP Creativity and Innovation in STEM open online course 
The course is meant to be asynchronous so that time and place are not constraints on the opportunity to learn.  Throughout the course educators will have several assignments that involve self-assessment, journals, discussions, and more. The course should take approximately 30 hours to complete.

Mathematics SOL Institutes Online Professional Development Modules

The products of the 2012 and 2013 Mathematics SOL Institutes are online professional development designed to be used by a group of teachers of a specific grade level or course. The goal is provide teachers with professional development focused on analysis and modification of existing resources to match student learning expectations and promote problem solving.

Microsoft Educator Network Learn to Integrate Technology
The Teaching with Technology (TwT) curriculum is designed to help educators understand how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can enhance the teaching and learning experience and enable students to acquire 21st century skills.

Professional Development Toolkit for New and Beginning Teachers by Virginia Department of Education 
A research-based video streamed program. 

Promethean World Personalized Learning Webinar
First Three-Part Series: Best Practices for One-to-One Learning Environments.One-to-one learning doesn’t come with an instruction manual. This three-part series is designed to help educators navigate teaching and engaging students in a one-to-one classroom settingTo view previous webinars:

  •  Creating a Personalized and Collaborative Learning Environment
  •  Utilize Student Feedback to Support Your Instruction. What Does the Data Mean?
  • Differentiate Your Instruction to Ensure Every Student’s Needs are Met

The Center for Teacher Education is a regional partnership of John Tyler Community College, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Educate VA and the Community College Workforce Alliance.

Sanford Inspire Program’s online PD modules
On-Demand Modules help teachers develop knowledge and skills to improve their practice and inspire their students.

Summer Book Club - July 5 - August 8, 2015 - 45 professional development units
TeachersFirst® invites you to read with us and join in professional discussions about technology integration. During the month of July, we will be reading Integrating Technology in the Classroom by Boni Hamilton.

Teach Like A Rock Star March 23, 2015 Hampton, VA

A research-based, results-driven event that provides educators with the most powerful tools, strategies, and resources available for creating an extraordinary learning environment – one where teachers have a profound educational and personal impact on the lives of students. This empowering, engaging, and entertaining workshop helps teachers discover the keys that drive all students to perform at their very highest levels.

The National Endowment for the Humanities Tuition-Free Summer Institute
​Participants receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses.

The 2015 Student Technology Conference - Saturday January 31st, 2015
The conference will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by students in grades 6-12. This online event is free to attend.

Using YouTube and Google Maps in the Classroom - February 19, 2015
Explore two of Google’s most popular features: Google Maps and YouTube! Take your lessons INTO the world using Google Maps. T

U.Va. Curry School Spring 2015 registration for open-enrollment courses.

Curry Education Research Lectureship Series

The Curry School of Education announces the Spring 2015 Research Lectureship Series. Lectures are free, open to the public, and occur on select Fridays on-grounds. Bagels and coffee will be available.  These lectures are sponsored by the Virginia Education Sciences Training (VEST) Program (supported by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences), Youth-Nex, and the Curry Dean’s Office.

UVa-JLab Summer 2015 Program July 13-24, 2015 and July 27- Aug 7, 2016
The summer programs for physical science and physics teachers grew out of initiatives sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, the University of Virginia and Jefferson Lab. The summer program includes both instructions for hands-on laboratory activities, exploration of teaching methods, creating lesson plans, and seminars on the latest physics research.

VDOE-sponsored Intel Elements Professional Development 
VDOE provides six-week facilitated online courses through a grant with Intel.  These professional development courses are available to educators in Virginia at no cost.  The courses are conducted all online (no face-to-face meetings needed) and take approximately 30 hours, or 5 hours per week, to complete.  The courses are facilitated by Virginia educators.  Participants will receive a certificate at the end that can be used towards 30 re-certification points.

The Virginia Historical Society is offering three institutes to teachers of any grade level:
The Story of Virginia, an American Experience: June 29-July 3 and July 20-24 in Richmond
Teaching Alternative Voices: July 13-14 in Richmond
Primarily Virginia: June 1 online institute  Analysis of student performance on the following spring 2014 SOL tests are now available

The Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at Virginia Commonwealth University
T/TAC provides quality training and technical assistance in response to local, regional, and state needs. 

Virginia School University Partnership Professional (VSUP)  Development Conferences 2015- 2016

VSUP has ADDED a professional development conference to the schedule March 11, 2015 Time for Action: Developing Alternative Assessments to Meet the New State Requirements
The conference will be led by Dr. Sally I’Anson, who received excellent reviews for her presentations on Alternative Assessments this fall at both the first Steering Committee Meeting and at the initial Test Bank Training Session. Click here for information. 

VSUP Educators (who work with Grades 9-12) to win the 2015 EF Professional Development Scholarship (for all high school educators - including central office personnel working with grades 9-12) .EF Education First is offering a full travel scholarship to educators from across the United States.  At least ONE of the fifty scholarships that will be awarded nationwide will go to a VSUP educator.  Winners will be selected on the basis of their interest in and commitment to global education initiatives within their state.  Selected recipients will travel to China, Peru, or Finland and Switzerland, a unique opportunity to earn professional development credit while discovering destination with other like-minded educators.  The DEADLINE for applications is Sunday, November 30, 2014.  Click here for application.
World Geography Connects to 1500 A.D., an interactive online course for Virginia Teachers
​This course supports the Standards of Learning for teaching World History and Geography to 1500 A.D.  This course is free for Virginia teachers who wish to earn up to 45 license renewal points, or it may be taken for three graduate credits through Old Dominion University.

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