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Teaching Strategies
March 31, 2020

Evolving Models to Support You Now: Virtual Professional Development

This week we've invited Teaching Strategies' Sandra Faria to introduce our readers to our new Virtual Professional Development offering for educators.

During these uncertain times, we want you to know that we are thinking of you, your staff, and the children and families you serve. It is important to us that we listen to your needs and provide the services that will support your school community at this time. We continue to monitor this situation closely while working to create free resources, such as the Healthy at Home Toolkit,  to share with your staff and families.

We know that no matter how hard we try, we can’t solve or even anticipate all of the complex challenges that programs are facing. We can, however, focus on delivering what we do best: nurturing relationships, providing guidance for individualized learning experiences, and serving as a trusted partner to educators in the field.

Committed to Empowering Teachers 

Now more than ever, teachers are the home base for families, who are doing their absolute best to show up for their children. We need to set teachers up to be that anchor for families. But, as always, we want to advocate for their needs as well. We have always been committed to helping every teacher be the very best educator and professional, and we don’t think that his or her personal growth should stop. This is a time to invest in teachers and empower them to adapt to change and return to their programs as even stronger practitioners.

Many of you had in-person professional development sessions scheduled. Now, in this quickly evolving world, you are figuring out how to proceed. To support you, we have launched a virtual training model so that educators can engage with colleagues and develop their skills while school is not in session. To ensure professional learning can continue even when we cannot gather together, all of our in-person sessions are now available for virtual delivery.

A Customized Approach to Virtual Training

Our virtual professional development model is a customized approach in which we work closely with you to create sessions that will meet the specific needs of your program. Practitioners and experts from the field stand ready to facilitate these sessions and engage teachers in meaningful discussions and learning experiences that encourage them to reflect and build upon their current practices.

Being Responsive to Your Needs 

Our hope is that through virtual professional development, educators will be better equipped to support children during this period of at-home learning and to address the needs of children and families once they return to their classrooms.

Providing impactful resources to the field is the heart of our mission. Please know that we remain as dedicated to that as ever.

We are committed to providing innovative resources to support educators and families during this time. Check out our blog posts for additional support: 

Staying in Touch with Families During the Coronavirus: How to Use Teaching Strategies® Resources to Extend Learning at Home.

Creating Consistency: Discovery and Learning with Your Preschooler at Home

  1. I am thankful for the resources and professional development opportunities you are providing to assist our agency in serving the needs of our community. I use the website daily for activities for parents and teachers . Thank You

    1. Hello Deborah!

      Thank you for your positive feedback! We are happy to know that the toolkit and resources are helping teachers and families in your community!

      Thank You
      Teaching Strategies, LLC

    1. Hello Loutanjir!

      Thank you for contacting us! If you are interested in more information regarding our Virtual Professional Development, please click here.

      Thank you
      Teaching Strategies, LLC

  2. Can you please describe step by step on how to register for professional dev opportunities and how do you track the professional dev hours. I m having difficulty accessing the professional dev catalogue. Thanks

    1. Hello! Thank you for contacting Teaching Strategies! We would love to help you with your request for Virtual Professional Development support. We will send you an email shortly with a few questions so we may connect you with the appropriate representative!

      Thank you!

    2. I am interested in the Observation: Key to Responsive Planning virtual pd. How do I access it? Than you.

  3. Como puedo acceder a los recursos disponibles, publicadas gratuitas hasta el 30 de junio de 2020. He utilizado todos los recursos de la plataforma con las familias de mis niños y son excelentes.

  4. I am a new director and need to get up to speed with Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD. Some of the staff also need these trainings. Unfortunately, the first workshop I was scheduled to attend was cancelled. Are any of these workshops offered online? Is there a charge? We are part of GrowNJ Kids

    1. Hi Kathleen, One our wonderful team members from the professional development team will be reaching out to you early next week by email!

  5. Good Morning
    Now that we have successfully worked through the professional development courses that are available to our agency, I would like to ask for recommendations for training that will identify data driven intentional teaching opportunities.

    1. Hi Deborah,

      Thanks for reaching out! I’ve shared your comment with an account representative, and they will be reaching out to you directly by email to help customize a training plan.

  6. This is a great time to invest in ourselves as professional educators. I look forward to learning about new things and fine tuning my skills as an educator. There is always something new to learn. Right now we are learning to adapt. Online support through webinars and other things will be beneficial to all of us in these uncertain times.

  7. Thank you for supporting the teachers. This is all new for everyone, and any virtual trainings you post I will be willing to watch so I can learn to become a better teacher for my students.

    1. Hi Sabine! The virtual professional development sessions with a live trainer is a total of 6 hours of instruction.

  8. Thank you for sharing these resources and providing our school system with the different website.

  9. Thank you for all resources to enhance Professional Development.
    I would like to see more on FCC Curriculum implementation.
    And… If it is delivered in Spanish, even better.
    Thanks a lot!!

    1. Hi Grace! Thank you for your feedback! I’ll share that with the right team for future consideration.

  10. I didn’t know a whole lot at beginning of class but feel I know more now. Plus all the resources out there. Thanks

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