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Virtual Professional Development

Recently Added Sessions
  1. Fingerprinting, Do Not Hire and Misconduct and Reporting
    This session will include a review of basic fingerprinting information, as well as detailed overview of the recently released Do Not Hire Registry and Misconduct Reporting Portal. In addition, there will be a review of reporting requirements for school districts and charter schools.
  2. Virtual Vision and Hearing Re-Certification Training
    This virtual training is only for those who have been previously certified for vision and hearing and their certification is expiring at the end of 2020. Participants can connect using a computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Smartphone, Chrome Notebook, etc., as long as there is a camera and a microphone. Your last certification date will be verified by a VHS Coordinator prior to the class date and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the class virtually. If for some reason, DSHS does not have your last certification date on file, you must be able to provide a copy of your vision and hearing certification card with the expiration date. If you do not have proof of prior certification, you will not be allowed to attend the virtual re-certification training.
  3. Virtual Vision and Hearing Re-Certification Training
    This virtual training is only for those who have been previously certified for vision and hearing and their certification is expiring at the end of 2020. Participants can connect using a computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Smartphone, Chrome Notebook, etc., as long as there is a camera and a microphone. Your last certification date will be verified by a VHS Coordinator prior to the class date and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the class virtually. If for some reason, DSHS does not have your last certification date on file, you must be able to provide a copy of your vision and hearing certification card with the expiration date. If you do not have proof of prior certification, you will not be allowed to attend the virtual re-certification training.
  4. Virtual Vision and Hearing Re-Certification Training
    This virtual training is only for those who have been previously certified for vision and hearing and their certification is expiring at the end of 2020. Participants can connect using a computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Smartphone, Chrome Notebook, etc., as long as there is a camera and a microphone. Your last certification date will be verified by a VHS Coordinator prior to the class date and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the class virtually. If for some reason, DSHS does not have your last certification date on file, you must be able to provide a copy of your vision and hearing certification card with the expiration date. If you do not have proof of prior certification, you will not be allowed to attend the virtual re-certification training.
  5. Virtual Vision and Hearing Re-Certification Training
    This virtual training is only for those who have been previously certified for vision and hearing and their certification is expiring at the end of 2020. Participants can connect using a computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Smartphone, Chrome Notebook, etc., as long as there is a camera and a microphone. Your last certification date will be verified by a VHS Coordinator prior to the class date and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the class virtually. If for some reason, DSHS does not have your last certification date on file, you must be able to provide a copy of your vision and hearing certification card with the expiration date. If you do not have proof of prior certification, you will not be allowed to attend the virtual re-certification training.
  6. Virtual Vision and Hearing Re-Certification Training
    This virtual training is only for those who have been previously certified for vision and hearing and their certification is expiring at the end of 2020. Participants can connect using a computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Smartphone, Chrome Notebook, etc., as long as there is a camera and a microphone. Your last certification date will be verified by a VHS Coordinator prior to the class date and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the class virtually. If for some reason, DSHS does not have your last certification date on file, you must be able to provide a copy of your vision and hearing certification card with the expiration date. If you do not have proof of prior certification, you will not be allowed to attend the virtual re-certification training.
  7. Virtual Vision and Hearing Re-Certification Training
    This virtual training is only for those who have been previously certified for vision and hearing and their certification is expiring at the end of 2020. Participants can connect using a computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Smartphone, Chrome Notebook, etc., as long as there is a camera and a microphone. Your last certification date will be verified by a VHS Coordinator prior to the class date and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the class virtually. If for some reason, DSHS does not have your last certification date on file, you must be able to provide a copy of your vision and hearing certification card with the expiration date. If you do not have proof of prior certification, you will not be allowed to attend the virtual re-certification training.
Upcoming Sessions
  1. AHOY! A Pirates Take at a Cellular Digital Breakout
    Come join the crew and solve a cellular problem before you have to walk the plank. In this online course, participants will complete 10 activities that will lead them to clues to save them from walking the plank. These activities showcase Texas cell standards (4.ABC). After experiencing this online session, participants can easily convert for classroom use by using the breakout events as templates.
  2. G/T Online: Administrator/Counselor Training
    In this course, you will learn about the nature of gifted students, identification measures to find the gifted, and program options that meet their needs. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for gifted students and what best identification and program practices should be followed. The objectives will be met through online research and examination of district information and practices. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of the Gifted/Talented Students and meets Texas state requirements for 6-hour G/T administrator and counselor training.
  3. G/T Online: Designing Curriculum for G/T Students 19-20
    In this course, you will learn about innovative and practical ways to design appropriately challenging curricula for gifted students and about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) for gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  4. G/T Online: Differentiating Instruction for G/T Students 19-20
    In this course, you will learn about traditional methods of reaching gifted students as well as newly developed methods. You will learn what differentiation truly means and what it should look like for gifted students. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for the design of curricula for gifted students and what best instructional practices should be followed. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  5. G/T Online: Foundations of Gifted Education 19-20
    In this course, you will learn how we defined giftedness and served gifted students in the past, and how that past has shaped our present legal and conceptual understandings of giftedness. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit.
  6. G/T Online: Nature and Needs of G/T Students 19-20
    In this online course, you will learn about the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics of gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through online research, investigation of district information and practices, and discussions. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators. This workshop highlights often seen characteristics and behaviors of gifted students for classroom teachers and others new to the field of gifted education.
  7. G/T Online: Research Skills for G/T Teachers 19-20
    In this course, you will learn research skills and how to teach them to G/T students. You will learn ways of selecting research topics, how to ask provocative questions about their topics, how to create a research proposal, methods of conducting research, analysis and synthesis of data, and ways of presenting research results. You will learn how to teach your students to do all of these research activities. Learning ways to coach students at each stage of the research process, so that students become more self-reflective about their own thinking, is an integral part of the course. Objectives will be met through online research, engaging in other research-related activities, and practice in coaching students through simulated student/teacher encounters in each course section. Course content aligns with the Texas Performance Standards Project. This course is aligned with standards set forth in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) §110.45. (14) (A–G) and meets state requirements for 12 hours of G/T credit.
  8. G/T Online: Setting Standards for Success of G/T Students 19-20
    In this course, you will learn more about using assessment to measure student growth and the quality of a district's services for gifted students. You will learn about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) and how districts can use this project to ensure that gifted students are showing academic and personal growth. You will also learn how district services are helping gifted students reach the goals established in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate(19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  9. GT Online: Identification and Assessing the Needs of G/T Students 19-20
    In this course, you will gain understanding of how to implement Texas law and the State Board of Education rule concerning the assessment and identification of gifted and talented students. You will also learn about methods of assessment that help accurately identify the needs of the gifted students in a district. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  10. Paraprofessional Training
    This online course will help lay a foundation for paraprofessionals as they work toward “highly qualified status” according to the requirements of No Child Left Behind. This course includes three components: Reading, Writing, and Math. Participants will work through activities before taking an evaluation in each of the components. Upon receiving a passing score of 70 or above on each of the 3 evaluations, participants will receive 6 continuing professional education (CPE) credits for the session. Districts make the final determination of “highly qualified status” for all paraprofessionals according to their Board Policy.
  11. ParaPros Make the Difference
    Paraprofessionals are often utilized as the facilitator for special education services, but may not have the appropriate training to fill this important role. This training clarifies the role of the paraprofessional, gives a basic look at the student who receives special education services, strategies for in-class assistance and collaboration with the special education and general education teachers.
  12. Be Internet Awesome Digital Citizenship By Google
    Be Internet Awesome is a program from Google that aims to help kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. It includes a robust classroom curriculum, resources for parents, and Interland, an adventure-packed game for kids. In this online training you will explore the 5 fundamental elements designed to help students stay safe on the internet!
  13. Orientation to the Texas Education Code for New Board Members
    This training is designed for new school board members. It is an orientation to the Texas Education Code.
  14. Google Classroom - Basics and Beyond
    This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Google Classroom with your students. Google Classroom is an online website and application accessible from mobile devices, laptops, and desktops that allows teachers to create classes, distribute assignments, and send feedback to students. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  15. Google Fundamentals - Docs
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite. Google Docs is a free application created by Google which allows users to create and edit files online and offline while collaborating with others.This course is a great way to get started in creating documents that allow for collaborating and student involvement. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  16. Google Fundamentals - Drive
    This course is a great way to learn the basics of Google Drive with your students. As you progress through this course, you will complete modules and a scavenger hunt. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. Files created and edited through the suite are saved in Google Drive.
  17. Google Fundamentals - Forms
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite. Google Forms is a survey administration app that is included in the Google Drive office suite. It is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  18. Google Fundamentals - Sheets
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite. Google Sheets is a free, web-based program for creating and editing spreadsheets. It's similar to Microsoft Excel within Microsoft Office. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  19. Google Fundamentals - Slides
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite.Google Slides is a presentation program included in G-Suite. Slides allows users to create and edit presentations online while collaborating with other users in real-time. This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Google Slides with your students. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  20. Technology Toolbox Series: Screencastify
    Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. It allows you to record a browser tab, your whole desktop or your webcam. You can also embed your webcam in the corner while you're recording a tab or your desktop.Participants will learn how to record lessons, share it with students, and features within Screencastify to take teaching to the next level.
  21. Technology Toolbox Series: Flipgrid
    This course is a great way to learn how to get started in Flipgrid with your students. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments and quizzes. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  22. Google Fundamentals - Sites
    This course is for beginners learning the basics of G-Suite. Google sites is free and easy to use. As you progress through this course, you will complete assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit. Once grading is complete, you will get a completion email confirming your success.
  23. 504 Update 2020
    This workshop will review 504 updates during the time of COVID-19.
  24. Creating Effective Pre-K Classroom Environments- Online Session
    This session will provide information and guidance about how to create effective and engaging Pre-K environments that meet the expectations of the High Quality Pre-K Program. This session will incorporate the Pre-K Guidelines and will provide participants with 3 hours of High Quality Pre-K professional development.
  25. Going Virtual: Pre-K during a Pandemic- Part 2
    This session will provide ideas for Virtual Pre-K as well as collaboration with other Pre-K teachers. The session will provide 3 CPE hours toward compliance with the 30-hour statutory requirements for PK teacher qualifications under TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B. The first day of the course, July 20, there will be a Google Meet at 9:00 am.
  26. Intro to the Gap Implementation Tool for Science 7/20
    Teachers and students will feel the impact of missing those final weeks of the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For Science, this means missing new material for some grade levels and it means missing an opportunity to strengthen essential science understandings at the end of the school year. In response, the TEKS Resource System Science team created a document that highlights skills and standards that students may not have fully mastered due to COVID-19. The Gap Analysis tool was designed to help teachers understand how Science concepts are vertical in nature, and how to best close possible gaps in student learning during the 2020-2021 school year. Notes included in the tool will guide teachers as they determine the present level of students' knowledge and understanding, and make instructional decisions based on SEs that may require additional instruction. Join us as we walk through the basics of the GAP tool and how to decipher it’s contents.
  27. Think-Aloud 101: Teaching Students How to Think (K-3) (GT Update)
    Margaret Mead says “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Join us to learn the basic steps to prepare for think-alouds in your classroom. We will learn the three foundational ideas that allow us to develop quality think-alouds for our students. Gain understanding of how process standards flow through everything we do, and how to use them to create learning objectives and mini-lessons that introduce your think-alouds well. ***This session will run as a 1-week self-paced virtual session. You can take as many virtual courses as you would like during this window.
  28. Intro to the Gap Implementation Tool for Mathematics
    Teachers and students will feel the impact of missing those final weeks of the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For Math, this means missing new material for some grade levels and it means missing an opportunity to strengthen essential mathematical understandings at the end of the school year. In response, the TEKS Resource System Math team created a document that highlights skills and standards that students may not have fully mastered due to COVID-19. The Gap Analysis tool was designed to help teachers understand how Math concepts are vertical in nature, and how to best close possible gaps in student learning during the 2020-2021 school year. Notes included in the tool will guide teachers as they determine the present level of students' knowledge and understanding, and make instructional decisions based on SEs that may require additional instruction. Join us as we walk through the basics of the GAP tool and how to decipher it’s contents.
  29. CACFP Navigating TX-UNPS in the Application Renewal Process
    Participants will review and evaluate the steps to take in TX-UNPS during the CACFP Application Renewal process.
  30. Virtual Vision and Hearing Re-Certification Training
    This virtual training is only for those who have been previously certified for vision and hearing and their certification is expiring at the end of 2020. Participants can connect using a computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Smartphone, Chrome Notebook, etc., as long as there is a camera and a microphone. Your last certification date will be verified by a VHS Coordinator prior to the class date and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the class virtually. If for some reason, DSHS does not have your last certification date on file, you must be able to provide a copy of your vision and hearing certification card with the expiration date. If you do not have proof of prior certification, you will not be allowed to attend the virtual re-certification training.
  31. Mixing It Up: Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Students in Social Studies (GT Update)
    We've all had that student. The brilliant kid in the back of the classroom, bored to tears, that can ace any test without even trying. How can we reach this kid while teaching all the other students? One word: differentiation. In this session, participants will learn how to differentiate instruction for gifted students with an emphasis on technology. Teachers will also create their own lesson with differentiated instruction to use in their own classrooms, while earning 6 hours of GT credit in the process.
  32. PLCs in CTE: Relationships Before Rigor
    Join us to discuss the importance of establishing healthy relationships with our students from the beginning of the school year. We will examine entry and exit procedures to help get your school year off to a great start!
  33. (GT Update Credit) Making the Invisible Visible: The Power of Reading Think-Alouds (K-3)
    Metacognition is a powerful tool we use as readers. It’s not something that we can see...but what if we can make it visible for our students? Often students struggle with where to start and how to explain their learning /thinking! Join us for this course as a follow up for Think-Alouds 101! We will learn how to not only model thinking for students, but also provide opportunities for students to share their thinking as well! ***BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS SESSION, YOU MUST COMPLETE THINK ALOUD 101 TRAINING (session #754645). Please e-mail me (joi.lunsford@esc16.net) with any questions/concerns. ***This session will run as a 1-week self-paced virtual session. You can take as many virtual courses as you would like during this window.
  34. (GT Update) Making the Invisible Visible: The Power of Writing Think-Alouds (K-3)
    Metacognition is a powerful tool we use as writers. It’s not something that we can see...but what if we can make it visible for our students? For most students, writing is one of the hardest, if not the hardest skill they will ever be asked to do! Allowing them to hear the thinking process/es that authors have, simplifies this challenging skill and creates more confidence in our students. Join us for this course as a follow up for Think-Alouds 101! We will learn how to not only model thinking for students, but also provide opportunities for students to share their thinking as well! The learning from this session will be implemented into the shared writing component of a balanced literacy framework. ***BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS SESSION, YOU MUST COMPLETE THINK ALOUD 101 TRAINING (session #754645). Please e-mail me (joi.lunsford@esc16.net) with any questions/concerns. ***This session will run as a 1-week self-paced virtual session. You can take as many virtual courses as you would like during this window.
  35. (GT Update) Math Think-Alouds- Making Mental Processes Visible to Children. (Elementary Math Teacher)
    Math think-alouds engage students and help them make their way step-by-step through a solution process. Verbalizing your solution process during think-alouds allows your students to “crawl inside your brain” and understand your thinking. Students can then see and hear the teacher's thought process and how that correlates to the actions of the teacher. Join me as we navigate through the many uses of Math think-alouds and see how it can be used to deepen a students mathematical thinking. ***This session will run as a 1-week self-paced virtual session. You can take as many virtual courses as you would like during this window.
  36. Intro to the Gap Implementation Tool for Science 7/27
    Teachers and students will feel the impact of missing those final weeks of the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For Science, this means missing new material for some grade levels and it means missing an opportunity to strengthen essential science understandings at the end of the school year. In response, the TEKS Resource System Science team created a document that highlights skills and standards that students may not have fully mastered due to COVID-19. The Gap Analysis tool was designed to help teachers understand how Science concepts are vertical in nature, and how to best close possible gaps in student learning during the 2020-2021 school year. Notes included in the tool will guide teachers as they determine the present level of students' knowledge and understanding, and make instructional decisions based on SEs that may require additional instruction. Join us as we walk through the basics of the GAP tool and how to decipher it’s contents.
  37. CACFP Creditable Foods for Children and Adults
    Participants will review and practice using the resources and tools available to determine if foods are creditable or not creditable in the CACFP for Children and Adults. The new CACFP Crediting Handbook will be introduced and reviewed as one of the tools in addition to the Food Buying Guide, Standardized Recipes, Nutrition Labels, CN Labels, and Product Formulation Statements.
  38. Fingerprinting, Do Not Hire and Misconduct and Reporting
    This session will include a review of basic fingerprinting information, as well as detailed overview of the recently released Do Not Hire Registry and Misconduct Reporting Portal. In addition, there will be a review of reporting requirements for school districts and charter schools.
  39. Private School Summit 2020 VIRTUAL
    Dr. Douglas Fiore presents "Parent Involvement Means More Than Baking Brownies," followed by breakout sessions led by Region 16 consultants and private school educators.

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