Professional Learning

Continuous Learning Supports

The nine ESDs are helping school districts to evolve their systems and instructional practices during the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering statewide professional learning that supports distance learning.

Streamlining Learning Management System (LMS) Platforms

Districts across the state are streamlining how they deliver remote instruction and selecting one or two “Learning Management Systems”  (LMS platforms) through which teachers deliver instruction and engage students in learning. By narrowing their use of LMS platforms, districts can more effectively teach students and support educators.

The AESD is offering professional learning and technical support to educators and district leaders focused on five LMS platforms: Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, and Seesaw.

Selecting an LMS Platform – Launched in July!

These sessions are for systems in the decision-making process of selecting an LMS platform. View recorded sessions >

LMS 101 Series – Registration open now!

This series consists of “live” and “on-demand” professional learning opportunities to help educators get started with setting up and integrating LMS platforms into their classrooms. Educators can choose which type of learning session works best for their schedules. Learn more and register >

Family/Parent/Provider Supports – Coming in August!

These sessions and materials offer resources and tips for districts to use as they partner with families, guardians, and community-based organizations to support distance learning. Topics include how to create effective distance learning environments for students, as well as how to the various LMS platforms.

Regional LMS Educator Networks – Coming in October!

These peer-to-peer learning networks will consist of building/district technology and teacher leaders within regions and across the state. The goal will be to build local expertise and capacity within districts and schools to support effective LMS implementation.

System Supports for Distance Learning

Support is available to every school district through AESD’s partnership with ReImagine WA Ed (Jeff Utecht). This training helps districts and educators establish structures for high quality distance learning at school district, building, and classroom levels. ReImagine WA Ed 1.0 and 2.0 offerings will start in August and will be available throughout the fall.

Individual ESDs are also offering deeper professional learning opportunities focused on distance learning presented through Shifting Schools/ReImagine WA Ed sessions.

Long-Term School Closure Professional Development

The nine ESDs have risen to the occasion in developing and delivering statewide professional learning for continuous learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Content areas include opportunities on topics ranging from mathematics, English language arts and dyslexia, to STEM learning opportunities.