Teachers do not have summers off. Professional development (PD) is one of the many tasks that’s expected of educators in the summer. But if your district doesn’t provide or pay for PD resources, the costs can quickly add up.
If you’re looking for ways you can easily meet your professional development goals without spending a ton or leaving your home, you’ve come to the right place.
Enjoy some free PD this summer when it’s convenient for you (like while you’re sitting by the pool, enjoying the sun, and pretending like the school supply aisles aren’t already back in stores…) with these free online resources.
- Coursera – Coursera is an online learning resource hub that collaborates with 200+ universities and companies all over the world. You can find professional development resources, classes, and even earn certificates and degrees when you join for free. Click here to explore their vast amount of Teaching PD resources.
- Library of Congress – The Library of Congress offers build-your-own PD models for teachers, along with webinars and workshops, videos, and activities. Click here to get started.
- Learners Edge – Learners Edge offers a wide variety of free webinars on mental health, reading, writing, culture, motivation, and more that you can earn certificates for. Browse their library by clicking here.
- edWeb.net – edWeb hosts edWebinars weekdays all throughout the summer that you can earn certificates for. Through edWeb you can connect with peers and share ideas by joining ecommunities. You can even create your own webinars and learn from each other. Click here to view the free webinar schedule and check out everything else they have to offer.
- Teachers First – Teachers First offers free, quality, hands-on workshops for teachers and other educators. Their webinars are interactive, reached-based, and packed with great ideas for your classroom. Click here to get started.
Before you begin, be sure to check with your school take to make sure these PD options meet your school district’s requirements.
Need some last-minute (mostly) PD books? Check out our Summer Reading List for Teachers.
Have a great rest of summer!
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