Accumulating professional development hours for re-certification can be expensive, especially if your district doesn’t provide the p.d. for you or offer monetary reimbursement for coursework. You’ve already spent enough of your own money on your classroom, so why spend more on professional development? No need to worry! There are online resources that offer free professional development in the form of webinars, webcasts, and modules. Many of these resources will also provide you with a certificate upon completion. Let the FREE professional learning commence!
ShareMyLesson.com – ShareMyLesson.com offers a virtual collection of free, on-demand and live webinars while you earn professional development credit. ShareMyLesson has an “expansive library of science, math, social studies, English language arts and health-related resources.”
EdWeb.net – EdWeb.net is a online community for educators and has live and on-demand professional development webinars. Upon successful completion of the live or recorded webinar and a quiz, attendees will earn professional credit.
TeachersFirst.com – Free, virtual workshops for educators. When you participate in a live session, you are eligible to receive a certificate of completion. TeachersFirst also has archived sessions you may watch for free, but no professional development certificate is awarded.
LOC.gov – The Library of Congress offers self-paced, interactive teacher modules geared toward helping teachers learn how to use the resources available on the Library website. Each module is about one hour.
SimpleK12.com – “Professional Development In Your Pajamas.” SimpleK12 is a teacher learning community that also offers free on-demand and live webinars, among other educational resources, for teachers.
SciLearn.com – Scientific Learning provides free online webinars featuring “practical, neuroscience-based techniques to promote student learning.” You can watch a pre-recorded session or register to attend a live webinar. All sessions are about one hour.
*Teacher Tip – Check out the websites of the publishers of your textbooks. Many times, publishers offer free professional development to go along with your adopted resource, particularly if the resource has an online access feature.