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The Best Summer PD for Teachers in 2022

Does this sound familiar?

You’re exhausted from a long day with your students, and you plop down onto the couch… glancing over at your school bag, wondering if you can muster the strength to pull out that stack of papers you need to grade. (Or should you just toss them? Nobody will know…)

You figure you can avoid grading for now, and you pick up your phone instead. You make the rookie mistake of clicking into your school e-mail, only to see that you’ve received a notice from your admin that there’s a required PD training in person next week.

Yep. You’ve got exactly one week to secure a sub, get sub plans ready, and figure out what to pack for lunch. The topic is eye-roll worthy and has absolutely nothing to do with your own professional learning goals. (Why does personalized learning go out the window when it comes to teacher PD?)

Now it’s summertime, and you’re finally poolside and ready to learn about something that will actually help you have a better year next year. You’re looking for quick, actionable strategies to help you with your professional learning goals. Oh, and it would be nice to learn from someone who has actually been in the classroom in the last decade.

We’re here to help! Here are our top 10 recommendations for summer PD for teachers in 2002, and we’ve grouped them by learning goal. Just pick your focus, find a training, and you’ll get instant access to quality, real-life, actionable strategies and resources.

Summer PD Topic: Building Relationships

After all that’s happened in education and in the world over the past few years, relationships are more important now than ever before. You already know how to build relationships with your students (teachers rock at this!), but there are some special considerations for professional development in 2022 around relationship-building. Luckily, there are quite a few teachers who have found success with this, and they’re here to share their wisdom! Take a look at these summer professional development offerings for teachers:

5 Steps You Can Take to Make LGBTQ+ Students Feel Comfortable in Your Classroom by Destiny Clarke

Grade Levels/Subject Area: All educators

Professional Development Description: This professional development workshop is created for educators of all content areas and age groups to get actionable, real strategies to take back to their classrooms to support their LGBTQ+ students and families. These strategies can be used throughout the school year and brought into your classroom or school right away. This workshop is designed for educators at all levels of their LGBTQ+ inclusion and can serve as a way to get started, or to add more strategies to your current practice.

Professional Practice Goal: Educators will identify and implement actionable strategies to support their LGBTQ+ in their classrooms throughout the school year.

PD Coach: Destiny Clarke is an a LGBTQ+ Inclusion Coach and Consultant. She helps educators become better allies for their LGBTQ+ students and families through teaching resources, workshops, and coaching. She is committed to helping teachers and school leaders make their classrooms, schools, and districts more equitable spaces for all students.

The Trauma-Informed Classroom by Michael Sivert

Grade Levels/Subject Area: Elementary

Professional Development Description: This workshop is for teachers in elementary grade levels who are looking to improve the stress levels of students (and themselves!) in the classroom. The focus of the workshop will be on Tier 1 strategies that will benefit all students, regardless of whether or not they have experienced trauma. These practices and strategies can all be implemented TODAY in your classroom! Educators will learn how to enhance the atmosphere of the classroom through simple and easy-to-implement routines, procedures, and ways of thinking about behavior.

Professional Practice Goal: Elementary teachers will decrease stress levels and improve mental health outcomes for both themselves and their students by implementing trauma-informed practices in their classroom during the next two months.

PD Coach: Michael Sivert is a 5th Grade teacher in Northeast Ohio. He has been teaching Upper Elementary grades for 16 years. His passions revolve around Trauma-Informed Teaching and Social Emotional Learning, and he works to make SEL accessible to teachers. He creates professional development, lesson plans, and resources for the upper elementary classroom that have a trauma-informed lens. Mikey lives in Akron, Ohio with his 5-year-old dog, Callahan.

Summer PD Topic: Classroom Management

If you’re looking to bring the peace and JOY back to your classroom after this wild year, a focus on classroom management is the perfect learning goal to tackle for your summer professional development. You’ll love these online PD trainings for teachers:

Peaceful Conflict Resolution by Caitie Cupples

Grade Levels/Subject Area: Early elementary classroom teachers

Professional Development Description: Are you an early elementary teacher who often finds yourself either A) frustrated by interruptions to help students resolve conflict, B) continually confronted with disagreements between students, or C) watching students “problem solve” by simply repeating “I’m sorry” and “it’s OK” to one another?  Or maybe, D) all of the above?

If so, you are not alone. After back to back years of interrupted schooling, more time spent at home, and less time learning how to cooperate with peers, our elementary students need additional support to peacefully resolve conflict now more than ever.

The answer is an intentional, emotion-affirming conflict resolution process that can teach students how to identify big versus small problems, give and accept a meaningful apology, and initiate repair conversations. With these tools, your students will be able to independently problem solve with confidence, allowing you to get back to finishing that *fantastic* lesson you were teaching.

Professional Practice Goal: Early elementary classroom teachers will spend less time mediating conflict between students and increase student independence by implementing a Classroom Conflict Resolution Process that consists of simple structures and procedures to support student-to-student conflict resolution and related social-emotional skills.

PD Coach: Caitie is a 2nd grade teacher turned instructional coach passionate about helping teachers build a culture of connection in their classrooms. A strong believer in the power of community and SEL, Caitie knows how important it is to teach important skills like conflict resolution to our young students so they grow up with the tools to make the world a kinder, more compassionate place.

The Teacher Time Audit by Jenn Breisacher

Grade Levels/Subject Area: All educators

Professional Development Description: As a teacher, there’s never enough time. There’s the grading, the lesson planning, the meetings, and our own lives outside of the classroom! But what if we could find MORE? This simple shift in planning will make it feel like there are more hours in the day and more time to do all the things!

Professional Practice Goal: Audit your time and get a leg up on lesson planning for the entire school year.

PD Coach: Jenn is an educator who majored in history and education. Jenn learned to manage a blended learning environment while growing her family and getting her master’s degree. She knows a thing or two about time management!

Summer PD Topic: Thinking Outside the Box & Integrating Disciplines!

We’re obsessed with how creative our PopPD Coaches are when it comes to integrating disciplines! If you’re looking for new activities this year that tie together lots of different subject areas, these are the summer PDs for you. (How very 21st Century is this professional learning goal? We’re here for it!)

Mandalas and Fact Fluency by Amanda Koonlaba

Grade Levels/Subject Area: Elementary

Professional Development Description: Here you will learn how to use mandalas as art to teach fact fluency. Because fact fluency can apply to any of the four basic operations, you can use this lesson at any grade level, readiness level, or for any of the operations.

You will learn about the history of mandalas, a variety of ways to create a mandala, and how to make the art connect strongly to math concepts.

After viewing this session, complete your own (written) artwork to test out the methodology before you teach in the classroom. You’ll have fun and be best prepared to support your students.

Professional Practice Goal:

  • Build your knowledge on all things fact fluency so you can confidently teach your students before incorporating art.
  • Learn how to analyze mandalas as art and teach your students to do the same.
  • Walk through a full lesson before you take it to your classroom, so you can be sure you have everything you need for a lesson your students will remember.

PD Coach: Amanda Koonlaba, Ed. S. is an educator and artist years of experience teaching both visual art and traditional courses. Her career has been driven by the power of the arts to reach all learners. She is a published author and frequent speaker at education conferences.

Amanda earned her bachelor of education degree from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. Additionally, she earned a masters of science in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University and an education specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. She lives in Mississippi with her husband, Cherdchai, and their three children.

Harnessing the Power of Student Choice with Passion Research Projects by Sarah Scholl

Grade Levels/Subject Area: Middle school librarians and classroom teachers

Professional Development Description: Wish your students didn’t complain when you mention that they are starting a research project? There is a fix for that sound of dread: passion research projects! Letting students research any topic is not nearly as scary as it seems.  With the right support, your students will embark on a research journey they will remember for years to come, while also learning key research skills.  Join me to learn more about what this game-changing project entails, determine how to make it fit into your schedule, and map out exactly what you will need to do to make it happen. I promise, your students will thank you.

An introduction to helping upper elementary and middle school students enjoy research and share their passion with an authentic audience through thoughtful planning and intentional supports to ensure student success in just an hour and 30 minutes!

Professional Practice Goal: Middle school librarians and classroom teachers will develop their understanding of what a Passion Research Project looks like and how it is applied in a classroom setting, developing an overview and outline of their goals for instruction in a supportive co-planning environment in order to implement this project with their students.

PD Coach: Sarah Scholl is a middle school librarian who focuses on designing meaningful research experiences which are realistic and accessible for all students. Grounded in enhancing student engagement, Sarah has been teaching the Passion Research Project with her middle school students since 2016 and has seen first hand the value of putting students in a position to follow their passions with guided research support.

How to Integrate Active Study Strategies by Hillary Midgley

Grade Levels/Subject Area: Middle school teachers

Professional Development Description: This workshop is for middle school teachers who are frustrated that their students aren’t finding success with their content, and are looking for a simple, actionable plan to integrate study skills without sacrificing instruction time. Your students are at the age where they need to be studying, but they just don’t know how to. We need to equip students with the skills they need to find academic success, and teaching active study strategies is the perfect first step.

Professional Practice Goal: Middle school students will gain confidence in their ability to study and find more success with core content, as the teacher incorporates active study strategies into their daily routines, without taking away from instruction time.

PD Coach: As a 6th grade middle school history teacher, I became known in my school as the teacher with high expectations and successful students.  The more I was approached about how I helped my students find success, the more I realized it had less to do with my history content, and more to do with the learning skills I was teaching within my lessons.  When I was asked by my district to develop a Study Skills Curriculum, I realized it was the integration of these skills within my content that truly helped students find success.

Summer PD Topic: Special Area Educators

We’ve heard from lots of special area educators who feel left out of teacher professional development because of their specialized topic. Luckily, we’ve connected with some educators in niche content areas who can help! Check out these PD offerings for special area educators and see if they’re a match:

Get Your Students Speaking More! Creating the Perfect Chat Mat for Your Classes by Christina Margiore

Create Your First Google Form for Progress Monitoring by Kara Guiff

Time-Saving Practices for IEP Writing by Sabrina Crews

Looking for a PD you don’t see here? Let us know in the comments below. We can make it happen!