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May 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 4

Participants will engage in learning about the cultural, academic and linguistic diversity of ELLs through equitable access to standards based academic content. Information in this module will build on the previous 3 and delve deeper into the instructional planning and implementation that mainstream educators of ELs need to best support success with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). We will examine a range of strategies and skills to differentiate instruction for ELLs while maintaining academic rigor. This course will engage participants in the backward design unit planning, assessment for ELs, and curriculum and differentiated instruction. Co-teachers and/or grade-level partners are encouraged to attend together as some time will be spent developing or revising actual units taught in your instructional setting.

Dates:  8/23, 8/24 & 10/7

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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Managing Behavior in School Communities and/or Managing Antisocial Behavior

Dates:  August 7-10, 2017 (30 hours)

Other Professional Development Classes:

  • Managing Student Behavior for Support Staff: June 19-23 or 7/31-8/3
  • Foundations II: August 14-17

If you are looking to complete your Achievement of Tenure requirements – there are multiple sections of Foundations of Effective Teaching offered this summer – log onto PD Express for course dates.

Other Professional Development Opportunities: 

Constructing the Innocent Classroom helps restore and rebuild relationships between teachers and children. We help you meet your goals and be a more effective, empathetic teacher every day. Teachers who participate in the Innocent Classroom report immediate improvements in academic outcomes, behavior referrals and job satisfaction.

For more information about the Innocent Classroom please click here to meet our founder Alexs Pate and hear from educators who have participated in the Innocent Classroom.

 Workshop Fees

  • Register five or more teachers from a district or school: $500 per educator
  • Resister 2- 4 teachers from a district or school: $600 per educator.
  • Register 1 teacher: $700.

Workshop Sessions

Four sessions offered over two weeks, starting June 19 and closing on June 29.

  • Immersion. June 19. 9 am – noon.
  • Recognizing. June 22. 9 am – 11 am.
  • Valuing June 26. 9 am – 11 am.
  • Nurturing June 29. 9 am – 11 am.

If you have questions about registration or fees, please contact Matthew Brandt, or call Matthew at 651.492.3202.