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PDSN – New and Noteworthy

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Save the Dates! Reinventing your Classroom with Imagination, Innovation and Inquiry – posted 4/7/21

Drawing on the expertise of an interdisciplinary cadre of presenters, this 3-day institute is for educators seeking to learn ways to design engaging curriculum that sparks students’ creativity and imagination.  The invited speakers will help educators think more deeply about their instructional decisions and the impact of their practice on student engagement.  For Imagination, Innovation, and Inquiry to happen teachers need to create opportunities for cross-content connections, center and respect student voice and choice, and make connections to students’ lived experiences.  Presenters will use connections between research and practice to provide attendees with specific tools, resources, and teaching ideas that can be integrated into classroom practice. June 7 – 9, 2021  4:00 – 6:00pm

Strategies to Detect & Correct Misclassification of Multilingual Learners – posted 4/6/21

Detecting whether a multilingual learner has a legitimate disability is a layered and complex task. It requires collaborative efforts and examination of a variety of factors so that appropriate decisions can be made to meet the unique characteristics and needs of multilingual learners. In this two-hour workshop, participants will engage in interactive and collaborative activities as they explore critical information to properly identify and support multilingual learners with disabilities. Learn More at:

The Art and Science of Negotiation – posted 3/26/21

PDSN members receive membership special pricing – 50% off regular fee
2 hour virtual PD specifically for Educators – Learn more at:

Creating Affirming and Inclusive Educational Environments – 3/15/21

Through this three-part series we will examine how teachers can break through bias and provide an appropriate curriculum aligned with the new laws, supporting all students (some from a remote learning environment) and still grappling with understanding and embracing the uncertainty in education. By the end of this workshop series you will have customizable resources, lessons, and advice on how to best support LGBTQ youth for the 2021-2022 school year. PDSN members receive membership special pricing – 50% off regular fee

  • Breaking Binaries and Bias
  • Creating Equitable Classrooms and Lesson Plans
  • Customized Infusion of LGBTQ Content Curriculum

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Math Teacher Professional Development – posted 3/10/21

PDSN members receive membership special pricing – 50% off regular fee

Student – Centered Learning in Mathematics
What does student-centered learning in mathematics look like? This workshop will seek to answer this question with examples at the high school level. Problem-based lessons at these grade levels will be discussed and resources will be provided. Grade levels: high school mathematics

Using algebra tiles and other manipulatives to teach algebraic concepts
Participants will learn how to use algebra tiles to model concepts such as integer operations, arithmetic on polynomials, factoring of polynomials, and solving equations, with connections to other topics. We will discuss reasons for using manipulatives or other concrete materials to teach fundamental algebraic concepts. There will be discussion and hands-on participation throughout the workshop.
Grade levels: middle school or high school

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Free Virtual Professional Development – posted 01/27/21, 02/18/21

Teaching LGBTQIA* Literature in Secondary School
This seminar will examine how teachers might invest secondary English classrooms with LGBTQ literature as well as methods for teaching it.
Full Description and Registration Form

Playfulness in the Mathematics Classroom online and offline
This seminar will present possible applications of game elements with special attention to teaching mathematics.
Full Description and Registration Form

Teaching Science through Issues to Increase Engagement, Meet the NGSS, and Prepare Citizens
Learn how the issues approach allows teachers to meet all three dimensions of the NGSS, demonstrate relevance of “science” to the lives of students and prepare students for citizenship.
Full Description and Registration Form

Virtual Professional Development for School Crisis Response Teams – posted 01/25/21

PREPaRE trains school-based professionals on how to best fill their roles and responsibilities as members on school crisis response teams.
This virtual workshop is appropriate for all school personnel who need to understand how the comprehensive school crisis team is organized and functions. This can include but is not limited to school mental health professionals, administrators, teachers, other pupil services personnel, security officers, front office staff, transportation directors, and before and after school activities coordinators.
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Great Teachers Make Great Teachers! – posted 01/06/21

Eileen Heddy makes the case for cooperating teachers and teacher preparation programs.
Great Teachers Make Great Teachers!

Teachers as Scholars 20/21 cancelled due to COVID – 19 – posted 01/04/21

We will be back next year!

Registration has Started: Differentiation using Google Forms – posted 11/3/20

In just 1 hour – Learn how to use the Form Mule Extension to send automatic feedback based on answers to a Google Form. Whether you need tiered feedback based on formative assessments or want to group students in a specific way, Form Mule can do it automatically. NO SUBS NEEDED OFFERED AFTER SCHOOL & SATURDAY
Free for PDSN members. Learn More at:

Registration has Started: Supporting Multilingual Learners in Virtual & Hybrid Environments – posted 11/2/20

Would you like to enhance your skills delivering instruction to multilingual learners in distance learning contexts? This training is for you! These are two, 90-minute, virtual training sessions offered on two separate days, two weeks apart. Between the sessions you will have an opportunity to try out in your virtual/hybrid classroom what you learned in the first session. The sessions are highly interactive, hands-on and participants are asked to participate and be ready to be coached. 15 spots for Elementary and 15 spots for Middle/Secondary.


Free for PDSN members. Learn More at:

TCNJ Students and Faculty Partner with PDSN to Support Multilingual Learners – 10/21/20

Solange A. Lopes-Murphy, PhD Associate Professor Department of Special Education, Language, and Literacy asked how TCNJ can lend a hand and additional support to teachers that participated in TESOL virtual PD workshops she led in August.

TCNJ PDSN members -South Brunswick and South Hunterdon Regional School Districts – are now working with TCNJ undergraduate and graduate students delivering online tutoring and support for multilingual learners.
15 TCNJ students from FSP 164-03 Teaching English in Local and Global Communities, co-taught with Stuart Carroll, are delivering tutorials to elementary, middle and high school multilingual learners in South Hunterdon Regional SD. In addition, I have15 TCNJ graduate students from

ESLM/RDLG 579 Content-Based Literacy for Multilingual Learners

are supporting language development of language learners in South Brunswick School District.

We hope to share TCNJ student experiences with this pilot program very soon!

TCNJ Welcomes 2 new PDSN members – 9/1/20

A warm and friendly Roscoe Roar welcome to Readington Township and Trenton School Districts!

TCNJ PDSN Members Receive Special Tuition Rate for Graduate Level Courses – 8/15/20

School of Education Dean Suzanne McCotter announced that PDSN members receive a 20% discount on graduate courses offered by the School of Education. Contact Michael Ellard in the Graduate Studies office to learn more. Learn about all Education graduate programs at: