PD-Café offers professional development activities to complete alone or with colleagues

Teaching Tolerance has posted an article titled PD Cafe, or Professional Development Cafe.  Why?  “2014-15 was the first school year during which no single racial or ethnic group made up a majority of the student body in our nation’s public schools.”  

Recognizing and acknowledging diversity in the classroom just got a little bit easier with these activities.  My personal favorite is Creating a Community Action Board.  Giving students the opportunity to post articles, illustrations, comics, poems or quotations that capture what’s happening in their homes and neighborhoods, seems so simple, yet I didn’t think of it!

There’s also Reflect and Research, Audit you Classroom, and Put it all Together. The article even gives educators suggestions for self-reflection.

Click here for the PDF version of PD Café.


Free Webinars! Laura Candler Teacher Resources

Webinars are available in MP4 video format to watch on a mobile device, but watching them on your computer in Blackboard will give you a more interactive experience.

It may be possible to earn Professional Development credit for attending a live webinar.  Information available on the website.  Multiple, previously recorded webinars are available for viewing, when convenient. These webinars take place in a virtual classroom at Blackboard Collaborate.  Here are a few examples of webinars available:

Active Engagement Strategies for Success (Parts I and II)

DonorsChoose Tips for Success

Sowing the Seeds of Success: Creating a Caring Classroom

There are many, many more webinars to choose!

Teaching Resources was created by a classroom teacher who loves teaching and has spent years writing books and developing a huge online collection of lessons and printables. She taught for 30 years in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, so her resources tend to appeal to upper elementary and middle school teachers. In addition, Laura’s teaching style includes many active engagement strategies such as cooperative learning, interactive whiteboard use, and learning centers. She has a passion for sharing those types of lessons with other teachers. She enjoys finding the best, most powerful teaching strategies and make them easy to implement. She’s currently taking a year off from the classroom to create more resources and learn more about how to use technology in the classroom, but plans to return in the fall of this year.

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GED for the Educator

Assessment Guide For Educators 

Update:  December, 2013

“The Assessment Guide for Educators is a frontline resource for adult educators and administrators to better understand the new GED® assessment from the ground up.”

“You can download the entire three-chapter Guide with the “Complete Assessment Guide for Educators.

“The webinar and podcasts featured in this archive were recorded based on the original release of the Assessment Guide for Educators and Item Samplers.”


Webcast: From STEM to STEAM

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Webcast: From STEM to STEAM:

Assessing Art & Design and Visual Projects


Webcast brought to you by the Turnitin Professional Development Team

STEM + Art = STEAM.” The emphasis on art and design that the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has—in their words”championed” has impact not just on students of art/design and artists, but also in driving home the importance of the arts for innovation. Whether in their science or humanities classes, students are increasingly asked to incorporate multimedia approaches to complete their assignments. This gestures not only at the importance of multimedia skills in a technology-based economy, but also to the fact that students rely heavily on the internet and web-based content.” 

How to Grab and Keep Girls’ Interest in Computer Coding

Women’s participation in computer science careers has actually decreased since the 1980s. Right now, about 20 percent of all programmers are women and while women make up 57 percent of undergraduates they represent only 18 percent of the computer science majors.  This article is a terrific testimonial of ideas to promote girls’ interest in STEM fields!


Library of Congress-Professional Development/Teaching Materials

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching.

Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.


Welcome to Free Resources for Everything that’s Education

So, why a site for free educational resources you might ask?  Why not!?  After being asked time and time again, “Hey, where did you find that great link?” or “Wow, I can’t believe you didn’t pay anything for [whatever]…” I decided to create a place for sharing the best-of-best resources for parents, students, and educators.

Who doesn’t like getting something for free?  There are literally hundreds of businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations willing to contribute to educators and students.  Among the items I’ve personally received and will be listing links to include:

Downloadable curriculum: all subjects, K-12, Adult Basic Skills Development, GED, Pre-GED

Links to current educational articles, websites, and other educational needs, i.e., apps, tutoring, and other types of support.

Free classroom supplies, i.e., book marks, pencils, posters, stickers, DVD’s, and more.

Free professional development opportunities, i.e., webinars, DVD’s, PDU’s, study guides.

Last, but not least, an opportunity for parents, teachers, and students to come together in a forum of professional discussion regarding the items listed or education in general.