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Customized PD

Customized Professional Learning
EducationPlus is your go-to partner for customized professional learning. We work with you to design learning opportunities that honor what your teachers know and do while providing new ways of thinking about teaching and learning grounded in research and presented in an interactive format.

We offer:

  • 60-90 minute in-person, virtual or hybrid workshops
  • Half-day and full-day sessions
  • Multi-day learning series
  • Job-embedded coaching
  • Walk-throughs and feedback audits  

Every customized professional learning event begins with a conversation. Your short and long-term goals, along with your knowledge of students and staff, guide our work. We understand that it sometimes helps to have a starting point - you may choose to browse through the list of topics below for examples of work we've conducted in districts large and small, public and private.

Examples of Possible Learning Structures 

  • Half day sessions each month on a specific topic\goal
  • Six sessions on a variety of topics for an all school PD day
  • Three sessions with coaching between PD days
  • Coaching for new teachers on classroom management
  • Equity walk-through with follow up PD days
  • Hybrid delivery of content to multiple sites with virtual support

Multiple Days \ Mini-Conference 

EducationPlus can provide facilitators with expertise in a variety of topics to support district professional learning days.  If you are seeking multiple presenters for a variety of topics, indicate the date(s) of the event and approximately how many breakout sessions you are seeking along with the topics/focus for the sessions. We will contact you to determine how we can assist based on the availability of our team members. 

Job-Embedded Coaching

EducationPlus can provide on-going coaching for a variety of initiatives. Coaching includes on-site observations and conversations with various stakeholders. Coaching sessions are designed in collaboration with school\district leaders and can be customized for onsite, virtual or via phone. If you are interested in scheduling coaching sessions, please indicate the approximate number of sessions.


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A representative will contact you to help develop and finalize plans. 



  • Early Childhood Teachers
  • Elementary Teachers
  • Middle School Teachers
  • High School Teachers
  • Building Administrators
  • Central Office Administrators and Curriculum Coordinators
  • Support Staff (instructional) - e.g. para-educators/teacher assistants Support Staff (non-instructional) - e.g. secretaries, bus drivers, custodial, food service
  • All Certified Staff
  • Other  

Possible Topics for Customized Learning Opportunites:

Assessment & Reporting

  • Assessment for Learning
  • Creating and using formative assessments
  • Creating and using performance tasks
  • Creating and using scoring guides
  • Developing an assessment plan
  • Developing and using student work
  • Developing and using learning progressions
  • Standards-based grading

Classroom Management/Student Engagement

  • Community building
  • Developing (or co-developing) expectations, rules, routines and procedures
  • Designing instruction to enhance engagement

Coaching for Leaders or Teams

  • Structures and practices to promote efficient, effective and meaningful teamwork
  • Adult Learning 101
  • Developing a shared leadership model
  • Protocols for specific purposes (e.g. increase engagement, explore issues, address conflict)
  • Facilitating conversations about data and instruction

Collaboration Strategies, Procedures, Protocols (ex. PLC Practices\Impact Teams)

  • PLC from the ground up (reboot\refresh)
  • PLC leadership training for teacher leaders
  • Fresh ideas for existing PLCs
  • Leading the work of PLCs for administrators
  • Coaching for collaborative teams (on-site observation and conversation with existing teams)
  • Effective use of data for instructional decision-making

Culture & Climate

  • Bullying prevention
  • Community building
  • CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute
  • Non-violent intervention: 8-hour initial training or 4-hour refresh
  • De-escalation strategies
  • Digital citizenship | Social media | Cyberbullying
  • Expectations, procedures, routines
  • Growth mindset
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Restorative Practices
  • Proactive community building
  • Responsive/discipline
  • Circles
  • Specific engagement strategies
  • Supporting students with anxiety
  • Trauma-aware/trauma-informed schools

Curriculum Development \ Enhancement

  • Aligning curriculum (for new standards or vertical articulation)
  • Prioritizing and unwrapping standards into learning targets
  • Developing success criteria/learning progressions/proficiency scales
  • Revising curriculum

Equity and Inclusion

  • Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism strategies (ABAR)
  • Culturally proficient instruction
  • Equity audit
  • Institutional racism
  • Implicit bias
  • Intersection of racism and trauma
  • Stereotype threat
  • Understanding privilege
  • Microaggressions and the impact on learning

Instructional Practices and Strategies

  • Coaching (observations and conversations onsite and virtual)
  • Designing for engagement
  • Differentiated instruction
  • High impact instructional practices (Marzano\Hattie)
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Project-based learning (PBL)
  • Rigor and relevance
  • Response to Intervention (RtI)/Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • Teachers as designers of learning experiences
  • Understanding by Design (UbD) \ Backwards design
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Learning for Support Staff

  • Communication and Community Building
  • Effective communication (written and\or verbal)
  • Having difficult conversations
  • De-escalation strategies
  • Equity
  • Microaggressions: How to Spot and How to Handle
  • Health and Wellness
  • Fast and Fresh Foods
  • Yoga
  • Technology:Google Suite and Microsoft Suite

Technology (ISTE, SAMR, Microsoft, Google, Online Learning)

  • Effective use of technology in instructional design and assessment
  • Digital citizenship \ Media literacy
  • Digital wellness and healthy tech habits
  • Discovery Education Experience 101
  • Discovery Education Experience 201
  • Discovery Education and Social Emotional Learning Supports
  • Discovery Education for Specific Content Areas
  • Google Workspace = Suite of Tools (Docs, Slides, Drawing, Classroom, Forms, Keep, etc.)
  • Microsoft Suite of Tools (Outlook, Calendar, Teams, Slides, Forms, etc.)
  • ISTE Standards \ Certification