2017-18 Events

These are the Professional Development offerings for the 2017 - 18 school year. Details and links will be added as they become available.

All workshops are administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) in collaboration with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and in consultation with the California Private School Advisory Committee (CPSAC). These professional development opportunities are made possible through state-level federal Title II Part A (Equitable Services) grant funds, and there is no cost to attendees.


Critical Thinking

K–6: Revitalize Critical and Inventive Thinking for Student Engagement Using Thinking Routines
Weave thinking routines into the fabric of your classroom’s culture to get students to think critically about the content you teach. Educational expert Dedra Stafford suggests creative approaches to teaching routines that stimulate innovative thinking and guide classroom discussion. Find out how to integrate them into your day and in a variety of settings. Move your students beyond simple responses and inspire them to extend ideas, think divergently, reason logically, and become active investigators.

This workshop will be followed up by a series of three webinars per grade level throughout the school year.

July 17 Fremont - Fremont Christian School

Webinars for Northern CA

Webinar: October 2, 4 PM - 5 PM

Webinar: November 6, 4 - 5 PM

October 16 Los Angeles - Mid Valley Regional Library

October 18 Irvine - CSU Fullerton, Irvine Campus

Webinars for Sothern CA

Webinar: November 15, 5 - 6 PM

Webinar:  December 6, 5 - 6 PM

Webinar: January 30, 5 - 6 PM

7–12: Increase Rigor in the Questioning Classroom
Increase critical thinking skills by examining specific approaches that require students to process content by answering and formulating questions at higher levels of thought. Explore multiple questioning structures that can be applied across all content areas.

July 18 Fremont - Fremont Christian School

Webinar: October 3, 4 PM - 5 PM

October 17 Los Angeles - Mid Valley Regional Library

October 19 Irvine - CSU Fullerton, Irvine Campus

Webinar: November 16, 5 - 6 PM

Webinar: December 7, 5 - 6 PM

Webinar:  January 31, 5 - 6 PM

This meets Priority One in the 2016–17 needs assessment: critical thinking.

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Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning: Who Has Time for That? You Do! Make learning real and meaningful through Project Based Learning in your classroom!  Learn the essentials of true Project Based Learning and how to plan for authentic instruction.  Lori will share some of her favorite Project Based Units and tips on how to manage a Project Based Classroom.

Session Details: 
This topic will be presented in one full-day workshops for each grade span, followed by a series of three follow-up webinars for each grade span. The webinars will be approximately 5-6 weeks apart from each other. 

This workshop will be followed up by a series of three webinars throughout the school year.

July 31 Fremont - Grade K - 6 - Fremont Christian School

 Webinar: K - 6, October 17, 4 - 5 PM

Webinar: K - 6, December 11, 5 - 6 PM

August 1 Fremont - Grade 7 - 12 - Fremont Christian School

Webinar: K - 6, October 18, 4 - 5 PM

Webinar: K - 6, December 12, 5 - 6 PM

September 25 Corona - Grade K - 6 - Corona Circle Center

September 26 Corona - Grade 7 - 12 - Corona Circle Center

September 27 Los Angeles - Grade K - 6 - Lake View Terrace Branch Library

September 28 Los Angeles - Grade 7 - 12 - Lake View Terrace Branch Library

Webinar dates for LA and Corona workshops:

Webinar: K - 6, November 1, 4 - 5 PM

Webinar: 7 - 12, November 2, 4 - 5 PM

Webinar: K - 6, November 27, 5 - 6 PM

Webinar: 7 - 12, November 28, 5 - 6 PM

Webinar: K - 6, January 30, 5 - 6 PM

Webinar: 7 - 12, January 31, 5 - 6 PM

This meets the Priority Three for Teachers in the 2016 needs assessment: designing collaborative, engaging, innovative and effective learning environments


Formative Assessment Institute 

This workshop/webcast series will allow teachers/administrators to develop and implement a comprehensive formative assessment program to improve student learning and teacher practice in their schools/classrooms. The multiple-day format will provide participants with a face-to-face opportunity to learn and practice aspects of formative assessment, then return for two full debriefings and new, deeper learnings. 

Three follow-up webcasts will be presented to help teachers and administrators deepen their implementation of workshop concepts. Subject-matter specialists will be available to address content-specific questions from the participants at each webinar as well as during the third workshop.

Workshop 1

Sacramento - March 19                                                                                                                                                              Downey - March 21                                                                                                                                                                       Irvine - March 22

Webinar Series 1

April 2 - 5

Workshop 2

Sacramento - April 19                                                                                                                                                                  Downey - April 17                                                                                                                                                                           Irvine - April 18

Webinar Series 2

April 20 - May 3

Workshop 3

Sacramento - May 14                                                                                                                                                                  Downey - May 15                                                                                                                                                                            Irvine - May 16

Webinar Series 3

June 18 - 21 (tentative)

This meets Priority Three in the 2016–17 needs assessment: designing collaborative, engaging, innovative and effective learning environments.


Differentiated Instruction for the 21st Century Learner

This workshop is for educators interested in supporting their students in all classroom settings. 

The following topics will be covered in this workshop:

Understanding how 21st century learners approach learning                                                                                        Learning Targets, Goals and Measurable Objectives                                                                                                           Universal Design and Differentiated Instruction                                                                                                                  Formative Assessment Strategies, Progress Monitoring, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support                    Creating an Inclusive Learning Culture                                                                                                                                      Understanding Learning Differences                                                                                                                                          Social-Emotional Learning Strategies                                                                                                                                       Behavioral Strategies for Supporting Students with Disabilities                                                                                  Collaborative Teaching Practices for Teachers                                                                                                                         Creating communities and practice and support networks for teachers

There will be a one-day workshop in three locations (Los Angeles, Irvine, and Northern CA) with a follow-up webinar following each workshop.

March 5, 2018 - Fremont - Mission Valley ROP

March 7, 2018 - Montclair - Bethany Bible Church of Montclair

March 8, 2018 - Corona - Circle City Center

This meets Priority Five: support structures for differentiated instruction.

Technology for Administrators:  Facilitating the Journey toward Technology Integration

Technology Support for Administrators will consist of three unique webinar series. 

1.  Online Workshop: Challenge and Change

  • Explore common and shared challenges, beliefs, and mindsets about technology integration. 
  • Discuss existing professional growth models and autonomous learning opportunities for teachers that support technology integration. 
  • Identify teacher and student outcomes for the successful integration of technology.

Webinar dates: March 12 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM

2.  Online Workshop: Practices for Capacity Building

  • Reflect on successful practices that are being used to build teacher capacity for technology integration.
  • Learn about existing models for technology training and support. 
  • Strategize about how technology integration can be linked to other key initiatives.

Webinar dates: April 9 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM

3.  Online Workshop: Strategic Planning for Success

  • Address core beliefs that support technology. 
  • Identify the key stakeholder interests and create linkages. 
  • Plan technology integration strategies that support the strategic priorities and implement them at the school or district level.

Webinar dates: May 23 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM

4.  Online Community/Webinar to Support Implementation

  • Arrange two one-hour online community meetings to help administrators with sustaining the changes necessary for deeper implementation.

Webinar Dates: June 25 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM

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This meets the Priority Need as identified by the CPSAC: Technology: Administrator Support for teacher instruction through the use of technology, and supporting student learning opportunities and experience with technology.