Professional Learning

Plano Independent School District

Professional Learning

Plano Independent School District

  • November 3 - Professional Learning Day

    November 3 is our District's Professional Learning Day! Staff will spend a portion of their day engaged in content-specific learning, and a part of their day with their campus teams. For content and department information, schedules, and meeting links click here.

  • 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

  • Project Management for District and Campus Leaders

    Project Management Professional Learning now offers training on the standards for Project Management as outlined by PMI and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).  This system for project planning is followed by some of the most successful companies across the world including construction, technology, manufacturing, and more. Plano ISD is a project-oriented organization, and these rules and systems can help us to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control, and close our projects in a way that has been time tested and proven effective. This training can support planning for student support options, new PL initiatives, new programs identified in your CIP, and other similar projects.

    Please come with a specific project in mind that you will plan and work on as a part of this training. This course is for campus and district leaders. Sign up in PowerSchool here for our training on October 30, 1-3 PM.

    Please contact Marcus Miller in PL for more information.

  • 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

  • Google Capacity Cohort for Campus Administrators

    Google Capacity Cohort

    Introducing the Google Capacity Cohort: Principal Edition! Thanks to a generous grant from Capital One, PL has been able to offer Google Certification opportunities to nearly 700 participants. While the entire program was full in less than 48 hours, we have made room for any principal or assistant principal that is interested in participating. There has never been a better time to increase your mastery of the Google Suite for Education tools, including Google Drive and Google Classroom. Principals who participate will complete 10-12 hours of online study modules (which are Trade Eligible!), and then take a rigorous online assessment measuring proficiency to earn their Google Certified Educator credential.
    Sign up here for our Kick-Off Meeting. Principals who have already registered for one of the other offerings do not need to change registrations, unless one of these new times is more convenient.

  • 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.

  • 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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