Currently Reading:
Say What? Free Summer Learning Opportunities & Resources!

Say What? Free Summer Learning Opportunities & Resources!

Want to stay engaged in your own learning this summer? Look no further!

Congratulations: you’ve all officially reached “school's out status!” No doubt you have worked hard all year engaging students and collaborating with colleagues, but now it’s time to rest and relax. We know summers are when the real work preparing for next year begins. This is the time to reflect, plan forward and grow professionally. We also know you often spend your time seeking out professional development that is best for your school site. And since we know for Oklahoma’s educators, time for rest and relaxation is short and comes in tiny doses, we’ve compiled a list of free options for you to engage in below this summer!


Local & National Organizations:

  1. Visit opsrc.net/events for the most up-to-date list of all of your “free for members” trainings! We’ve got a classroom management bootcamp and some TLE certification and recertification trainings listed for the summer. These fill up quickly, so join us if you can. If you are an instructional coach or administrator, the classroom management bootcamp is great for additional coaching tools and strategies!
  1. OSDE’s Engage Conference is free to Oklahoma educators, and their staff travels across the state so you don’t have to! Register online now. If you’d like to check out what’s being offered, head to the Session Agenda to view what’s in store.
  1. A local Eventbrite search shows so many free options for conferences around Oklahoma. Make sure you have filtered your event search to “Family & Education.” When you search, you will see offerings for free trainings from OSDE as well as literacy development and trauma-informed instruction.
  1. On July 25, 2019, you can participate in an online, FREE TED Talk-style conference about arts education with ARTS ED NOW, and you won't want to miss it because this year’s keynote speaker is Ron Clark!

Technology

  1. Google: Explore K12 solutions and become a Level One Google Educator. They have an outstanding training website, and then you can take the 3-hour test to become certified. It does cost $10, but think of all the support you could provide educators within your district!
  1. Common Sense Education: Their website has plenty of free webinars and online courses to take. Some have associated fees, but many do not. This is a great resource for teaching students to be safe digital citizens!
  1. Flipgrid: An incredibly cool website that allows educators 1 FREE grid to use in their classrooms. Flipgrid allows students to record short videos about different topics. You can have a classroom grid and the students can watch, respond by video and express themselves in new and exciting ways. There are plenty of free training videos, live webinars and more. Check it out!
  1. Kahoot: Another resource that has tons of free training and ideas online for their free product. Use already-made games or make your own (SO EASY). Kahoot can be used with iPads, chromebooks, smartphones, etc.


As you consider back-to-school PD at your sites, remember OPSRC is glad to come to you. You can book online PD HERE. Our calendars are filling up for July and August, so please schedule soon. If you have any questions about our options, please contact any member of the Teaching & Learning Team to support:

Jamila MacArthur: jamila.macarthur@opsrc.net

Jean Potter: jean.potter@opsrc.net

McKalyn Danner: mckalyn.danner@opsrc.net

Jason Mack: jason.mack@opsrc.net

We look forward to seeing you all this summer! It’s our favorite time of year: we get to Teach & Learn right alongside you.

Jamila MacArthur

Director, Teaching & Learning

Jamila MacArthur serves as OPSRC's Director of Teaching & Learning. In this role, she will lead the team to further expand quality professional development for public schools, including more robust online training offerings. She will also focus on strengthening collaborative partnerships with schools to further develop innovative strategies that increase student achievement. Among her many certifications, she was recently approved as a Summit Learning Certified Support Partner and as as a Tulsa Model Evaluator.

You may also like...

STEM For All Students: This is How You Do It

STEM has become such a critical part of an overall educational experience. Don't know how to get started? Check this out!

Read More
Teaching & Learning Through the Holidays!

Two weeks! Just two weeks until that long-anticipated Winter Break you and your students so deserve: Joy to the World! We sincerely hope you’ll have some Silent Nights in store.

Read More
June 15-21 #oklaed News Brief

A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.

Read More
A Budding Topic

As of this writing, the medical marijuana issue is about as clear as mud. On July 26, SQ 788 went into effect. Applications for consumption, growth, distribution and research are available online.

Read More

Join in on the conversation