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Professional Development Updates

Written by Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, in News

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities from the Teaching & Learning Center:

All SPFT members are eligible to take these classes. Courses can be taken for stipend, in-service credits (good towards lane change) or for graduate credit through Saint Mary’s University (for an additional fee). Log onto PD Express to register. If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Wade at

Just Added: 

English Language Learners:  Module 1

This course is targeted to preK-12 general educators of English Language Learners.

Participants will gain an understanding of second language acquisition to increase awareness of ELLs strengths and empathy for their needs.  Participants will identify strategies to scaffold and differentiate instruction, increase knowledge of state and federal laws for ELLs, and examine research-based instructional strategies to optimize academic learning for ELLs.

Dates:  April 15, May 6, and May 13 (20 hours)

Managing Behavior in School Communities II:

This course will explore cooperative small group learning, self-control strategies, anger management, designing replacement behaviors, behavior enhancement and reduction, the de-escalation cycle, supporting chronically absent students, and school-wide behavior support practices.  Classes provide time for educators to reflect and collaborate while examining relevant research.  Participants will begin to develop ways to implement new learning and strategies in their work with students.

Pre-requisite:  Successful completion of Managing Behavior in School Communities and/or Managing Antisocial Behavior

Dates:  August 7-10, 2017 (30 hours)

Other Professional Development Classes:

  • English Language Learners Module II:March 4, March 18, and March 25 (20 hours)
  • English Language Learners Module III: April 29, May 13, and May 20 (20 hours)
  • Student Mental Health: February 16 OR April 12 (1.5 hours)
  • Thinking Math Grades 3-5: March 18, March 25, April 22, and April 29 (30 hours)
  • Thinking Math Grades 6-8: March 18, March 25, April 22, and April 29 (30 hours)