On-Demand PDOnline modules available at any time for your convenience
The following professional development offerings are available on demand, which allows you to complete the modules at your own pace and schedule. Some modules may require you to register to gain access. The Individual Reflection Professional Development Form is available to agency staff for documentation of on-demand PD activities. Agency administrators can request that staff complete this form when they participate in these activities.
College and Career Readiness Standards
Introduction to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and Key Instructional Advances
Estimated time: 15 minutes – These modules will provide an overview of the College and Career Readiness Standards and resources available to support incorporating these standards into teaching.
Using the CCRS ELA Resource Alignment Tool and the Key Shifts
Estimated time: 30 minutes each, plus time to review the resource and use the tools – These modules will walk participants through the process of determining how well an English Language Arts (ELA) resource aligns to the standards. Using ELA Tool 1, participants will learn about each key shift and how to evaluate a resource.
Revising and Improving ELA Resources and Lessons
Estimated time: 30 minutes, plus time to review the resource and use the tools – This module will walk participants through the process of revising a lesson to ensure that it addresses skills from the College and Career Readiness Standards. This process can be used with lessons developed by a publisher or teacher-created lessons.
Using the CCRS Math Resource Alignment Tool and the Key Shifts
Estimated time: 30 minutes each, plus time to review the resource and use the tools – In module 1, participants will learn more about the key shifts and math practices. In module 2, participants will deepen their understanding of the standards by determining how well a resource aligns with the key shifts and incorporates math practices.
- Module 1: Introduction to the Key Instructional Advances for Mathematics and the Math Practices
- Module 2: Using the Math Resource Alignment Tool
Revising and Improving Math Resources and Lessons
Estimated time: 30 minutes, plus time to review the resource and use the tools – This module will walk participants through two tools that can be used to ensure that math lessons address skills from College and Career Readiness Standards. This process can be used with lessons developed by publishers or teacher-created lessons.
Focusing on Assignments and Student Work – Student Work Protocol NEW
Estimated time: 30 minutes for each content area, plus time to review the resource and use the tools – This module will walk participants through the student work protocol, which is a process that can be used by teachers to identify areas for improving an assignment based on student work. After a brief overview, participants can choose to view the student work protocol for math and/or English Language Arts.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
WIOA Module 1: What’s Not New? What’s New that’s Old? NEW
Estimated time: 15 minutes – This module provides an introduction to WIOA which includes explaining the purpose of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, providing definitions of several key activities and services, and discussing the ways in which much of what your program is currently doing aligns with adult education activities under WIOA. After watching this module, questions are available for you and your staff to use to discuss if you choose to do so.
WIOA Module 2: What’s New? NEW
Estimated time: 15 minutes – This module includes information about required activities under WIOA. It also provides specific information about the Integrated Education and Training (IET) and the Integrated English Language and Civics Education (IELCE) activities.
Understanding the Reading Process
Estimated time: 2 hours – Participating in this course will provide you with an overview of the research behind the components of reading instruction (alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) and show you how to support the improvement of literacy students’ reading proficiency by making students more aware of the reading process and how good readers approach reading. Go to the ProLiteracy course site and click on Register to this Course
Designing Contextualized Instruction
Estimated time: 2.5 hours – The Designing Contextualized Instruction online course helps teachers understand contextualized instruction and its supporting research base and discover how to use the contextual model of instruction to develop adult Career Pathways courses, and how to identify and overcome common challenges in developing contextualized instruction. Go to the LINCS course site and log in or create a user account to access the course.
English for Speakers of Other Languages
Second Language Acquisition: Myths, Beliefs, and What the Research Shows
Estimated time: 2 hours – This online course offers participants introductory, research-based information on second language acquisition (SLA) by exploring common myths and beliefs about how languages are taught and learned. This course will counter or clarify popular views about SLA and help course participants to examine, develop, challenge, and support their knowledge and beliefs about how adults learn a new language. Go the LINCS ELL-U course site and log in or create a user account to access the course.
PA Standards Aligned System Courses
Various courses on teaching strategies, designing curricula, and designing lessons
Estimated time: 10-30 hours – Courses were designed for K-12 educators; you can preview the courses to see if they meet your professional development needs. You must create a free login to utilize this site. After logging in, click on the course catalog option on the menu in the top right. Go the PDESAS.org website for access.