Professional Learning

Plano Independent School District

Professional Learning

Plano Independent School District

  • Canvas and Online PL

    This course is for campus and district leaders who are interested in using the Canvas learning management system to design blended and/or fully online Professional Learning experiences that align to the Learning Forward TX Standards for Online PL. Participants will learn how to design professional learning in Canvas.
    Canvas is not currently available for Plano ISD students, so this course is exclusively for Professional Learning purposes (for now).

    Click here to sign up!

    Date: Dec 11, 2020

    Time: 9-11 AM

  • Classroom Management

    Classroom management resources and professional learning information is available for classroom teachers and support staff is now available here! For professional learning information regarding this topic, be sure to check out the information located under "Instructor-Led courses".

  • Spotlight Series for First- and Second-Year Teachers

    The Spotlight Series of one-hour monthly sessions is designed as an informal opportunity for first- and second-year teachers to become acquainted with the array of supports available in PISD. Each session will spotlight a different area of the district and will include some learning, an opportunity to meet district personnel who can support you in your role, and chances to connect with other new teachers. Attendance is not mandatory, but Trade Credit will be awarded. Join us for these fun, informative sessions designed with your needs in mind.

    Sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15 (Elementary) or 4:30-5:30 (Secondary). Sign up for sessions on Power School at this link

    Spotlight Series Topics and Dates

  • Blended Learning

    Google Classroom

    Are you ready to take your Google Classroom and Blended Learning skills to the next level?

    Click here to sign up for Tools and Extensions for Blended Learning

    In this training you will learn about great tools like Kami, Nearpod, and EdPuzzle. Participants will also be able to connect these tools with Blended Learning strategies and the PISD instructional model. 

  • Office Professional PL and Support

    Office Professional Techie Thursday

    Techie Third Thursdays are technology-based learning opportunities for Office Professionals to assist with the current virtual environment that will take place online every Third Thursday 9 AM-10 AM.

    Here’s the schedule:

    • November 19: Screencasting & Voice Recording

    • January 21: Zoom Basics

    • February 18: Outlook Tips & Tools Part 1

    • March 18: Outlook Tips & Tools Part 2

    • April 15: Editing PDF with Acrobat DC

    Registration is open on the 1st of every month in PowerSchool Development

  • Campus Administrator PL Opportunities

    PL from ARPE - Optional Campus Administrator Lab Sessions

    The Assessment, Research, and Program Evaluation department is offering optional Lab Sessions for Principals and Administrators. These sessions will be offered virtually and will be hands-on to allow Principals the time to dig into the specific data sources that are available at that particular time of year. Principals will be given the tools to facilitate in-depth data analysis of specific data sources with their own staff.

    Results Coaching for Assistant Principals and Principals

    Coaching is an incredibly powerful way for educational leaders to make an immediate, significant impact in the schools that they lead. Coaching has been proven to transform relationships, increase learning, and dramatically change school cultures. This seminar is designed specifically for the district and school leaders who are committed to engaging in conversations that lead to transformational changes. This virtual training will be offered in 8 4-hr sessions from 1-5 PM via Zoom on the following dates: Nov. 16, Nov. 18, Dec. 10, Jan. 11, Jan. 21, Feb. 17, Feb. 25, and March 4. To register, sign-in to PowerSchool Development through and click HERE.

    National School Safety Symposium Opportunity for Campus Administrators

    Safety and Security Services will pay the registration fee for a substantial number (75+) of campus administrators who wish to attend “The Briefings,” which will be held virtually from February 4-5, 2021. The Briefings (formerly “The Briefings at Columbine” ) is one of the most well-regarded school safety symposiums in the nation. Given the content and virtual format, this is an outstanding opportunity for campus principals, associate principals and assistant principals to refresh and broaden their knowledge of campus emergency preparedness and to hear impactful speakers, such as peer administrators, parents, and researchers, who lend their insight into tragedies no one ever expected to come to their school or community. More information about The Briefings is available HERE

    If you are interested in attending, please obtain the approval of your supervisor, and then complete the Google form available HERE no later than Friday, December 4, 2020.

    Toyota Leadership Grant - Conference Opportunities

    Toyota continues to support PISD! Principals seeking opportunities to attend a virtual conference this year should consider options avaialble through the Toyota Leadership Grant program. Current PISD adminsitrators can discuss one of the opportunties listed in the Toyota informaiton packet with their SLI Director. If you have any quesitons about this program, please contact Ivan Cantu.   

  • Additional Learning Opportunities

    Navigating PowerSchool Check out the PowerSchool Development calendar for additional learning opportunities.Use the Course Search box to browse our catalog of learning opportunities. You can also search the Calendar in the top-right corner to search for learning opportunities by date and time.

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