Professional Development

Professional Learning Opportunities

Getting Started with the Innocent Classroom

The Office of Teaching and Learning at the St. Paul Federation of Teachers and Innocent Technologies are pleased to offer a free half-day Getting Started with the Innocent Classroom workshop.

Workshop Details

When: Monday June 19, 9 am – 1 pm

Where: 345 Plato Blvd, St Paul, MN 55107

How to Register: email Matthew Brandt at

Workshop Fee: $0

What is the Innocent Classroom?

The Innocent Classroom. The Innocent Classroom is an educator and teacher-driven response to disparities in education. The Innocent Classroom restores the relationship between educators and children. In Innocent Classrooms teachers uncover each student’s basic motivation and goodness — and channel that insight into learning and growth.

Innocent Classroom Getting Started Workshop. This half-day workshop introduces educators to the theory and practice of the Innocent Classroom. Through a series of narrative exercises and small group conversations, educators learn how to use the Innocent Classroom’s key concepts, Innocence, Good, Guilt, and Epistemology, in their classrooms. Teachers who attend this workshop will gain new knowledge and practices that they can use immediately.


Professional Development

The Saint Paul Federation of Teachers is dedicated to providing high quality, research-based, professional development for its members. SPFT’s professional development program is a union-sponsored, professional development program that puts proven research-based strategies into the hands of educators. Its potential to change teaching and learning is unlimited.

Find the course descriptions here and the calendar for classes during the 2016-17 school year here.


SPFT Members: SPFT and St. Paul Public Schools are pleased to offer the following courses to St. Paul educators. All enrollment is done online through the SPPS, PDExpress system.  Visit the SPPS website at  to register for these courses.  You will need a user name and password.

Other Educators: Are you an educator who doesn’t live in Saint Paul? The SPFT Teaching and Learning Center offers professional development to educators beyond our union throughout the year. Educators are welcome to register for current course offerings or you can contract with our Teaching and Learning Center to offer a class for members of your organization. A form with prices and schedules is available for you to fill out here.

If you are interested in joining a class listed on our current calendar, if you’d like us to provide a class for your organization, or if you have any other questions please email Rebecca Wade at to register and get cost information.

Find the course descriptions here and the calendar for classes during the 2016-17 school year here.