Professional Development Opportunities

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KAESP Fall Institute Highlights                                                       Ruby Payne

It was a tremendous learning day! Participants learned numerous strategies to support staff wellness and many great resources available from KDE. Dr. Ruby Payne share incredible strategies to deal with students exhibiting anger, anxiety, and violence.

From one participant: “I really enjoyed listening to Ruby Payne. She shared so many calming strategies for students. I think this is super important for middle school.

NAESP Pre-K- 8 Principal Conference

July 10-12, 2023

NAESP he next conference will be July 10-12, 2023, in National Harbor, Maryland.  Make plans to attend. For information nd to register:

The premier national event for elementary and middle-level principals will feature a wide array of innovative sessions and opportunities to broaden your network. A lineup of three outstanding keynote speakers will anchor the program

Houston Kraft
Kraft is an author, a speaker, and a kindness advocate. He is the co-founder of CharacterStrong, an organization that provides PK-12 grade social and emotional curricula and trainings to over 7,000 schools globally. In 2020, he authored his first book, Deep Kindness.

Joanne McEachen
McEachen is the CEO and founder of The Learner First, a global education consultancy operating in three countries. She is a bestselling author with 35-plus years of experience as a teacher, principal, regional Ministry of Education leader in New Zealand, and now a globally recognized pioneer in the fields of educational design, assessment, and well-being.

Freeman A. Hrabowski III
Hrabowski is the President Emeritus of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and served as president from 1992 to 2022. In 2012, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME, and in the same year, he was selected by President Barack Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Make this your favorite summer tradition! Learn more and register at    

Free past webinars from ASCD:

Feedback That Matters: Tools and Strategies for Making It Happen

The Six Priorities (Equity)

Walking the Talk:

Free Webinars: 

Teaching Tolerance webinars offer helpful guidance and great ideas from our experienced teaching and learning specialists and from innovative educators in the Teaching Tolerance community. Watch these FREE on-demand webinars at your own pace and share them with colleagues!

ASCD empowers educators to achieve excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.  Free webinars on a variety of topics.

Newsela – We are educators, parents, siblings, and friends who aren’t satisfied with the quality of the content our students are exposed to. We know they deserve better, and are committed to bringing authentic, engaging, diverse and accessible content to all learners.

Education Week – some free and some are premium. – is a free social network and professional learning community that can help you with online learning and collaboration, especially as we cope with the challenges of teaching in a COVID-19 world. Free webinars with a free sign up.

Teaching Strategies – For 40 years, Teaching Strategies has provided early childhood educators with innovative, research-proven, effective resources to help build a strong foundation for our youngest learners.