Professional Development Opportunities

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Free Professional Development Sessions on the following topics:

Advocating for Your Students             National Board Candidacy or Renewal

Legislative Issues                                 Ethics for Teachers

DonorsChoose                                      Technology Integration

SKYPE in the Classroom                      Arts Integration

Inquiry Based Learning                        Growth Mindset

Web 2.0                                                   BreakoutEDU

Lego Leadership                                    Sketchnoting

Social Media Use                                   STEAM

Growing a PLN                                      Parody Writing for Learning

Mental Health Support                          Behavior Interventions 

Sensory & Music Integration                Teacher Leadership

Mentor Training                                     Rubric 4.0

Contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] if you have any questions. Session descriptors, time required and suggested audience for each of these topics can be found below. 

Donors Choose (1hr) Audience – All educators is a crowd sourcing website just for public school teachers. Have an amazing idea for your students but do not have all the materials you need? is the the place to make your classroom dreams come true. Need just the basics? You can get that too! Learn from an expert who has received over $25,000 worth of materials through 107 funded projects. This session will change your classroom and empower you to become an advocate for your students in a whole new way! Join us!


Full STEAM Ahead (2hrs) Audience – All educators

Have you heard a about Arts Infused Inquiry Based Learning (AIIBL™),  or STEAM but really have no clue where to start? This session is for you. Presenter, Jed Dearybury, serves on the Education Council for the national non-profit, Lily, Sarah, Grace. LSG is leading the way in educating elementary teachers in this process of this innovative, best teaching practice and helping them get funding they need for their arts integrated, inquiry based projects. Want to take your students to the deeper depths of knowledge, then make sure to add this hands-on, fully engaged, out of your seat session to your list!


Tech 2.0 (1hr) Audience – All educators

Are you seeking new and exciting 21st Century tools to hook and engage learners in your elementary classroom? Do you need apps, websites, and tech tools that are more than games and indoor recess tools? Do you need students in your classroom to share their learning with a finished product that was made digitally rather than with the traditional poster and diorama? Join this session to leave with a bag full of tricks to use with your students tomorrow.


Twitter for Educators (1hr if everyone has an account, 2hrs otherwise) Audience – All educators

Twitter is the fastest growing social network of educators, yet many in the profession are still not tapping into this world-wide collaboration of teachers. Imagine planning, participating in, and leading your own professional development at your own pace and place. Every teacher knows their greatest professional need and Twitter is the place to get exactly the learning you need. Whether you have had a Twitter account for years or if you still think “tweeting” is what a bird does, this session is for you. Learn how the power of a being a globally connected educator can free your classroom from the boundaries of four walls and bring a world of learning to you and your students!


Globally Connected Classroom (1hr) Audience – All educators

The world is shrinking every day thanks to the amazing technology we have through Skype and other free global connection tools. The learning experiences that are available to your students through these tools are endless. If you are interested in starting with the basics of Mystery Skype, advancing forward with classroom partnerships, or digging deeper with global collaboration projects, these session is for you. A bad Skype call is better than a good worksheet any day! Join me in this session to bring the world to your classroom.


Destroy the Box From the Inside Out! (2hrs) Audience – All educators

Research shows that all students, young/old, black/white, rich/poor, benefit from from the arts and creativity in classroom. It is time for all teaching to reflect that. Let’s throw away the textbooks for hands-on, engaging, creative, arts infused lessons. Any subject, any grade, this professional development session includes brainstorming ideas, growing staff creativity, observing model lessons. During this session, you will learn some unique ways to bring creativity and the arts into every lesson you teach. Join me, as we destroy the confines of  “the box: from the inside out.


Depth of Knowledge (1hr) Audience – Elementary and Middle

For classroom teachers, one of the most important questions of one’s of practice: How do we create rich environments where all students learn at a high level? One useful tool, Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels, can help teachers meet that challenge. Depth of Knowledge (DoK) categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them. In this professional training session your staff will walk through the basics of DOK and learn some hands-on engaging strategies to bring depth of knowledge and understanding to your lessons


BreakoutEDU (1.5hrs) Audience – All educators

Are you looking for ways to bring the 5 Cs of 21st Century learning into your classroom? BreakoutEDU is exactly what you have been looking for. Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages while growing creativity, critical-thinking, collaboration, communication, and community building skills. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving,  and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Breakouts are perfect for classrooms, staff trainings, dinner parties, and at home with the family! At the end of a Breakout, your players will be eager for the next! Speciality K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context. Want to know more? Join me for this high energy, hands-on learning session.


Connected Educator (1hr) Audience – All educators

17 years into the 21st Century and the world is literally at our fingertips. There has never been an easier time to take your class on a virtual field trip to Kenya, have a professional learning network with teachers from 5 continents, or have an artist from Spain teach your students here in America. Social Media tools like Facebook and Twitter and video meeting tools like Skype and Google Hangouts have made connected us more than ever. Using these tools in light of Covey's 7 habits of highly effective people will guarantee that you are a highly effective educator. Join me in this workshop type presentation where you'll leave knowing the ins and outs of being a connected educator.


A Class that Laughs Together Learns Together (1hr) Audience – All educators

Is your class in need of a community makeover. Are your students connected with each other as a team? Does your space encourage collaboration? Are you creating learners who are risk takers? Do you students build each other up? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join me for this classroom community session where will dive head first into the deep end of social emotional learning. We try out some tips and tricks, review some resources, and practice our own bit of community building.

No Topic Session (1hr) Audience – All educators

Educators rarely toot their own horns, yet we are often the best experts at our craft. We all have so many tips and tricks that we can share if only given the time to communicate and collaborate. In this “no topic session” your learning experience will be facilitated following the model for teacher learning. We will assess the greatest needs and greatest expertise in the room and learn together. It may sound odd at first, but through sessions like this teachers have learned things they didn’t know they needed as they heard from their professional peers. Want a unique conference session, then join this “un presentation” and learn how you can facilitate this kind of learning experience with your students and school peers. I look forward to the wisdom and learning you will bring!


Let’s Take a Walk “Arts”side (Time is flexible, but 2hrs is better) Audience – All educators

Art, creativity, innovation, and wonder are all key components of 21st Century learning. Thank goodness all of those things can be found with just a quick walk through nature. Have you ever stopped to look at all the learning opportunities that present themselves just by walking through the woods, by a pond, passed a meadow? Join presenter, Jed Dearybury for an interactive session like you’ve never done before. We will literally take a hike through the outdoors and see what learning experiences we can find together. This will be your favorite session for sure!


Diggin’ Up Bones (1hr) Audience – All educators
Social Media is one of the most powerful tools I have ever used in the classroom. It connects me to parents, businesses, and organizations who can strengthen the work I do with students. It brings parts of the world to my classroom that would not be possible otherwise. It allows me to publicly share the amazing work that is public education in a way not possible in years gone by. It is also one of the most destructive tools I’ve seen for teacher careers. Join me in this session to learn more about the power and danger of social media for educators.


Growth Mindset (2hrs) Audience – All educators

The way we approach any task determines the outcome. If we begin defeated, discouraged, and down, the results will reflect that. If we begin our work with a positive, “can do” mindset, we will be successful. Teachers need to know the powerful affect our mindsets have on our students, parents, co-workers and selves. During this workshop, we will participate in numerous growth mindset learning experiences that will challenge us all and vault us forward in the way we think about our lessons, our plans, and our work as educators.


Sketchnoting 101 (1hr) Audience – All educators

Are you curious about sketchnoting? Do you need to know the who, what, where, when, why of it all? Do you feel like you can’t draw so there’s no hope? Do you want to teach your students how to do it but don’t know where to start? This session will answer all of your questions and provide you with a great model to replicate with students tomorrow.


Technology for Effective Leadership (1hr) Audience – All educators

Apps abound for classrooms, but administrators need tools too. Discover apps & websites that will help you become a more effective leader with professional development, communication and data organization. This session is geared for school leadership, but will greatly benefit teachers as well.

A Dearybury of A Day (6hrs) Audience – All educators

If you cannot decide which of this sessions you would like to book, pick several and make a Dearybury of a Day of it! Create your own unique day of professional development by selecting sessions that total up to 6 hours. Let’s plan a day of fun soon!


Are you Unified? (1 hour)  Audience – General Ed and Special Ed teachers, PE teachers, administrators 

In this interactive session, participants will examine the importance of culture and climate in schools and how the Unified Champion School (Special Olympics) movement can foster that positive school culture.  Participants will learn how to better celebrate diversity and inclusion using simple techniques that will help to honor and value everyone in the building.  


Grace Wins! (1 hour)  Audience – Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators

Are you worried about the culture and climate in your district, building or classroom?  Learn what the research says about culture, climate and trust in schools and examine what it takes to turn things around and help create a culture you can be proud of. Learn to fall back in love with the profession and use your influence to make the environment better for adults and children!  


The Power of the Cape (1 hour)  Audience – All educators 

In this interactive session you will fall in love with the profession again by honoring and celebrating the most important aspect of public education – the relationship.  Using personal stories and testimonies Ann Marie will breathe new light into you and ignite your desire to make a lifelong difference in the lives of others.  


IDEA – The Law that Keeps on Giving (1 hour – 2 hours) Audience – All educators, especially new teachers, APs and Principals

In this session, you will learn about the basics of special education, including special education law.  You will also discuss strategies for the most misunderstood learners.  


Behavior – It Is All About Culture and Climate (1 hour – 2 hours) Audience – All educators, especially new classroom teachers, Administrators 

Are you frustrated with behavior in your building or in your classroom? Do you feel like misbehaviors get in the way of learning?  In this session, you will get “ready -to-use strategies and tips” to minimize the negative behaviors and maximize learning in a safe and welcoming environment.  


Retaining Special Education Teachers: What the Research Says and How to Make it Happen (1 hour – 2 hours) Audience – HR Directors, SPED Directors, Principals, APs, Teachers 

In this session, you will examine and reflect on the nationwide and state data dealing with retention of special education teachers.  You will also learn how one small rural SC school district took that data and made decisions that supported and honored special educators.  


The Trauma Informed Educator (1 – 2 hours) Audience – All educators 

Kids that need the most love ask for it in the most unloving of ways.  In this session, you will learn about how children who experience trauma need you more now than ever.  The ACEs study will be discussed as well as some updated information on poverty and how that impacts your classroom.  This session will give you new insights in working with your most troubled students. 


Data Teams and RtI – How to Make it Happen (2 hours) Audience – All educators

Data informed decision making, blah, blah, blah.  Do you struggle to get your teams to use data to make decisions for students?  Do you ever wonder, “how do we start the RtI model, where do we begin?  In this session, you will see how one small rural district changed the way they did business and helped children long before referring to special education.   


Building the Accomplished Teacher (30 min to an hour) Audience – All educators

In order be an awesome educator, you need to begin with the end in mind.  In this session, participants will build the accomplished teacher or administrator and create personal goals to become their best selves! 


Do Educators Really Need the “7 Habits?” (1 hour) Audience – All educators

In this reflective session, participants will discuss and reflect on Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  By taking a closer look at each of the 7 habits, the participants will hear stories and be led through questioning to help them develop some personal goals to move forward and be a better educator.  


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