Summer Learning Opportunities

Find inspiration and practical support for the start of the next school year! Join one of our summer mini courses for teachers and teacher leaders, instructional leaders, administrators, and other educators. Choose from a variety of topics to fit your learning needs and interests. Discounted registration rates are available for educators paying for their own registration fees. Find your course today!


Teachers are Learners Too!  Creating Robust Professional Development Based on Adult Learning Theories

Teachers spend their career exploring how children learn best.  They take courses on child development, learning theory, and pedagogy.  However, those who teach teachers, rarely study adult development, adult learning, and andragogy (the art and science of teaching adults).  This course provides opportunities for anyone supporting teacher learning to explore these topics and consider implications for the upcoming school year in collaboration with others.  

In this three-session online course, we will explore theories of adult development and workplace learning, discuss how the theories can be applied in the context of K-12 schooling, and utilize the theories as individuals and teams to plan for the 2024-2025 school year.  

If you are interested in how teachers learn best, whether through formal professional development or informal interactions with one another, this course is for you!

Online  |  July 16, 23, 30  |  9 clock hours  |  $225

Facilitated by Dr. Maxine Alloway


Media Literacy Institute

Young people are active media consumers and producers in the today’s global and constantly changing communications environment. This course addresses the pressing need for students to develop media literacy skills, including critical thinking and deeper insights about the media messages they interact with each day. Media literacy is not just an essential subject, but also an engaging approach to support teaching in all disciplines. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) both have issued position papers on the importance of media literacy to each of their disciplines. Through the Media Literacy Institute, participants will gain skills to effectively utilize the Center for Media Literacy's evidence-based frameworks and pedagogy to create engaging media literacy lessons that empower students. The course will employ active learning techniques that are sure to yield "Aha!" moments. By the end of this program, educators will have the confidence and knowledge to foster media literacy in their classrooms.

Online  |  July 29 - August 2  |  16 clock hours (with an optional project for an additional 4 clock hours  |  $300

This course is a collaboration between UW Center for Excellence in Media Literacy and the Center for Media Literacy


Every Teacher Can Lead: Finding Your Niche as a Strengths-Based Teacher Leader

All teachers are capable of impacting student growth and systemic change, both within and beyond their own classroom. In this interactive session, we will use a strengths-based approach to explore the various ways you can bring your passion, knowledge, and equity-focused orientation to a variety of teacher leadership roles, ranging from leading teams to coaching and mentoring colleagues, and much more. We will look at the unique dispositions and skills that promote collegial learning among teaching peers, with a specific focus on why teacher leadership is more important now than ever. This course is recommended for classroom teachers, teacher-leaders, instructional coaches, or administrators hoping to gain an understanding of how they might promote teacher leadership at their school site(s).

Online  |  August 6-8  |  9 clock hours  |  $225 

Facilitated by Dr. Sylvia Bagley



ConnectEd, the College's professional and community learning office, offers a variety of professional learning opportunities from webinars, clock hour courses, and ongoing professional development designed specifically for your school or district. Join our mailing list to stay in the loop about upcoming courses and events or let us know about a request you have for custom professional development.

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2024 ConnectEd Webinar Series

Did you miss our 2024 webinar series?

Recordings of many of the sessions are now available on the webinar homepage.


EduDesign Learning Communities

Are you looking for teacher community to inspire and sustain you next year? EduDesign Fellowships are teacher-led, justice focused & year-round collective professional learning cohorts. Each cohort provides space for fellows to build community, make sense of big ideas together, grow their justice work and support one another as professionals.

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