• Boost professional development for teachers: Utilize smaller events to supplement your main event professional development conference.
  • Interactive professional development: Engage in dynamic workshops and seminars designed to explore new teaching strategies and enhance skills with the latest educational technology, fostering a hands-on learning environment.
  • Community building: Participate in events like Case Study Roundtable Discussions to build a supportive network of educators, encouraging shared learning and ongoing professional development.
  • Theme-based learning days: Dive into fun and educational theme-based activities that align with learning standards, promoting creativity and critical thinking among educators.
  • Virtual sessions: Experience the flexibility of virtual professional development sessions, utilizing interactive tools and collaborative platforms to cater to various learning styles and schedules.
  • Wellness Focus: Address the high stress of teaching roles with dedicated mindfulness and wellness sessions, aimed at reducing stress and enhancing well-being.
  • Simplify your planning – unlimited access, unlimited potential: Plan more for less, and plan without limits. Embrace the freedom. Host a variety of events such as conferences, festivals, symposiums, and meetings with unlimited events & unlimited free participants for smaller events.

When you think of professional development for teachers, you think of big yearly district conferences. They’re like the Superbowl when it comes to professional development in your area. 

And they’re so important – for teacher satisfaction, student success, community building, you name it. 

But don’t forget, teachers need support and training all year round. So supplement them – and your major conferences – with small events throughout the school calendar! 

In this article, we’ll fire some ideas – and examples – of smaller events you can put into practice now! 

Interactive workshops and seminars: hands-on professional development for teachers

Professional Development For Teachers
Professional development for teachers

Interactive workshops and seminars offer a dynamic platform for professional development for teachers. They foster an environment of active learning and collaboration. 

These events are designed to engage educators in hands-on experiences, allowing them to:

  • Explore new strategies: Through activities like choice Boards and Walk & Talk, teachers can discover innovative teaching methods. These tools encourage participation and reflection, crucial for personal and professional growth.
  • Enhance skills with technology and tools: Demonstrations of the latest educational technology enhance their teaching methods. Look at things like Digital Assessments to Interactive Roleplays.
  • Build a supportive community: Events like the Case Study Roundtable Discussion and Teacher Professional Development at Mount Vernon emphasize the importance of community and shared learning. With collaborative activities, teachers can form networks that support ongoing professional development.

BONUS ADVICE – Discover our hacks for mastering in-person events to take your workshops to the next level!

Theme-based learning days: professional development for teachers that brings the fun! 

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Theme-Based Learning Days transform the traditional professional development experience.

The process begins with selecting a compelling theme. They can be fun things like space exploration or historical events. They then serve as the foundation for the day’s learning objectives and activities.  

  1. Planning and execution:
    • Select a Theme: Choose themes that resonate with current educational trends or seasons for max engagement.
    • P.S. Stay on trend and choose one of the hottest professional development topics for 2024! 
    • Learning standards: Align activities with learning standards to ensure educational value.
    • Engagement: Design activities that are both fun and educational. It encourages creativity and critical thinking.
    • Preparation: Collect necessary supplies, set up learning stations, enjoy a smooth flow on the day.
  2. Implementation:
    • Invitations: Send out themed invitations to build anticipation and excitement.
    • Dress code: Encourage participants to dress according to the theme to enhance the immersive experience.
    • Activity monitoring: Facilitate and monitor activities. Then offer support where needed to maximize learning outcomes.
  3. Resources and support:
    • For those feeling overwhelmed by the planning process, pre-planned theme day units are available. They offer a turnkey solution for an engaging professional development experience.
    • Incorporating thematic lessons across subjects like Language Arts and Science ensures a comprehensive educational experience. Plus they align with NGSS standards.

BONUS ADVICE –  Read our ultimate guide to creating an effective event agenda. Your themed small event will be rocking. 

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Virtual professional development sessions: professional development for teachers of the future

Virtual Professional Development For Teachers
Virtual professional development for teachers


Virtual professional development sessions are revolutionizing teaching. They offer unparalleled flexibility and access to a wealth of resources. 

To optimize these sessions, consider the following strategies:

  • Purpose and planning: Clearly define the session’s objectives, desired outcomes, and target audience. This ensures that the content is relevant and meets the needs of participants. For instance, FlexPoint Education Cloud and the Southern Regional Education Board have set benchmarks for online teaching.
  • Engagement tactics:
    • Begin with a positive focus. Start by inviting participants to share recent successes or growth experiences.
    • Incorporate interactive tools and gamification to make learning more enjoyable.
    • Use music and optional breakout rooms to cater to different sensory preferences and learning styles.
    • Schedule short breaks and encourage real-time interaction. Do this through chat or direct messaging to maintain energy and focus.
  • Technology and collaboration:
    • Get comfortable with the chosen platform, ensuring all technical aspects are in order before the session.
    • Utilize shared documents and real-time collaboration tools. This fosters a sense of community and collective progress.
    • Offer a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. This accommodates various schedules and preferences.

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Wellness and mindfulness sessions: professional development for teachers’ health

Teaching has been identified as one of the most stressful occupations. It’s been related to the pressures faced by emergency room physicians.

Therefore, the need for effective stress management and emotional regulation strategies is paramount. 

Mindfulness training emerges as a powerful tool. It offers intrapersonal practices that reshape daily interactions and significantly reduce stress levels.

  • Mindfulness training benefits:
    • Stress reduction: Evidence-based mindfulness practices help in managing the high stress associated with teaching roles.
    • Emotional regulation: Teachers learn to modulate their emotions. This allows for more constructive classroom management.
    • Enhanced well-being: Programs like Cultivating Awareness and Resilience for Educators (CARE) decrease psychological distress. This then improves emotional regulation among educators.

The CARE program is specifically designed for educators. It aids in reducing stress, fostering an environment of emotional support, and a more positive classroom climate. 

  • Implementation strategies:
    • Offer dedicated sessions focused on wellness and mindfulness.
    • Equip teachers with tools and support for stress management and achieving a healthy work-life balance.
    • Encourage participation in programs like Earth Watch Teacher Fellowships. This adds to their professional and personal growth.

BONUS ADVICE – Here’s our comprehensive guide to organizing education events. Bookmark it, print it, and it’s yours forever! 

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The takeaways

Elevate your teaching and foster continuous growth with our innovative professional development ideas. From engaging workshops to wellness sessions, embrace year-round learning and community building.

Simplify planning with Sched’s comprehensive solution, and unlock endless possibilities for dynamic, effective, and enjoyable teacher development. Start transforming education today!

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Author: Harry Prince

Harry is responsible for content creation at Sched. From non-profit project development to cheffing, his experience is varied. Originaly from Scotland, he's currently writing from Amsterdam. Outside of telling stories about events, he likes cooking, old trains and running.