Professional Development Opportunities

We provide cutting edge resources from NEA experts–our staff, affiliates, and members–on the skills and topics educators need to join, stay in, and advance our profession.

P.S. You can now sign up to recieve our newest professional development resources via text! Simply text the word PRACTICE to 48744

Distance Learning

Short on time but looking for some advise to improve your students’ experience with distance learning? Check out our new video series, Pop Up Practices, where NEA members like you reveal their top tips for your virtual classroom in 90 seconds or less.

April Events

  • April 12 – Phenomena-Centered Science in your Classroom, 5pm-6pm MST – Centering your K-12 science instruction around phenomena can build student engagement and understanding.  We’ll explore key aspects of science instruction, share NGSS-aligned resources for the new school year, and consider strategies (like Driving Question Boards) that support science in your K-12 (possibly virtual) classrooms.

  • April 13 – NEA/NAFSCE Family and Community Emgagement Micro-credentials 5pm-6pm MST – The relationship built within the school community are critical for supporting and ensuring the success of all students. Join us for a webinar designed to teach you how to best use NEA Family and Community Engagement Mircro-credentials to stregthen your relationships with families and community members.

  • April 15 – Supporting Our Own through ESP/Classified Mentoring 5pm-6:30pm MST – When ESP/Classified mentoring is done right, it can lead to improved outcomes for students, greater retention of ESPs/Classifieds, higher job satisfaction, greater confidence, and leadersip development. Join us for a webinar session that will help ESPs/Classifieds advocate for themselves and their colleagues to recieve proper mentoring and support.

  • April 26 – Building Slides for Accessibility: Why and How, 5pm-6pm MST – Explore best practices for digital-visual accessibility. The majority of our time will be spent learning about practical tools and strategies you can implement immediately and efficiently into your lessons. The tool we will focus on for this presentation is Google Slides, but the principals can be applied widely to any digital content. 

Educating Students With Special Needs in a Pandemic »

On the latest episode of the School Me podcast, we are joined by April Burch, a paraprofessional and co-founder of Cooking Autism–a nonprofit that helps educators to offer life skills programs to children with special needs.

Just & Equitable Schools »

The National Education Association has a long history of standing up for justice and speaking out against injustice.

Teacher Professional Growth »

Professional learning throughout an educator’s career is essential to achieving great public schools. Find out about crucial features and strategies to support professional learning.

ESP/Classified Professional Growth »

To ensure a great public education for every student, education support professionals/classified want and deserve high-quality professional learning and supports at every stage of their careers.  «Grief and Self-Care duing the COVID-19 Pandemic»

Higher Ed Professional Growth »

Since 1999, NEA has partnered with the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network to provide teachings for faculty.

Affiliate Professional Learning Submission »

NEA state and local affiliates are encouraged to contribute to this resource bank by sharing professional trainings and tools that they have developed.

Micro-Credentials »

A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition. NEA offers over 175 micro-credentials that have been created by educators for educators.

Teacher Licensure »

Before becoming a teacher-of-record, teacher candidates must demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed for effective classroom practice. Licensure provides the professional and public assurance that educators have met state teaching standards and have demonstrated their readiness to teach and improve student learning.

Using Your Voice to Advocate for Student Success

Even with the best intentions, the truth is this: Safe environments for learning can’t be created without proper funding. Learn the skills you need to build and engage communities to advocate for school funding and other critical resources using this stack of micro-credentials.
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