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What does your summer PD look like?

Wherever you may be, whatever device you may have, pick professional learning topics that will help you enhance your teaching. Use your summer professional development (PD) time to prepare to meet the needs of your unique students and their learning environment. Check out the Online Training Center (OTC) for learning options to meet your needs. You can even earn certificates and badges.

Making the Most of Your Summer 

Many educators, myself included, look forward to summer to improve our craft and learn new practices through relevant professional development opportunities. For administrators, digital coaches, and trainers, it is imperative to support and encourage teachers in their lifelong learning journey. Professional learning is an ongoing process that provides current educators with the knowledge, skills and classroom strategies to transform teaching and learning. Continuous professional learning is essential for all educators , if we want our students to be lifelong learners, we should be too. As a former classroom teacher, I looked for training that was timely, digestible, purposeful, enjoyable, repeatable, relevant, and impactful!

I still remember not having much time on my hands, especially being a working mom. Between lesson planning, getting ready for the next day, working odd hours to get everything done, getting time in for quality PD was often challenging. Whether it is a workshop, a conference, or a meeting, I advise educators to take part in some form of professional development to set themselves up for success.

Other forms of PD examples include:

  • Flipped PD
  • Badging
  • Lunch & Learns
  • Conferences
  • Blended PD
  • Online PD and Webinars
  • Self-Directed
  • Edcamps
  • Academies


PD from offers support and online tools to meet teachers right where they are. is offering a free Summer Webinar Series that kicks off on June 15th. Hosted by Lcom’s Director of Education, Kelli Erwin Ed. D., the series is designed to provide you with valuable insights and strategies for effectively integrating technology into your school’s curriculum. From navigating AI in the classroom, to understanding the ins and outs of cybersecurity for your school, these webinars cover the essential topics you care about as an educator in today’s digital world. Learn more and sign up here.

Here are a few other examples of how teachers can embark on a summertime professional development adventure to learn how to better utilize during the school year!

  • From fundamentals to expert implementation, also provides educators access to self-paced courses on the Online Training Center. Teachers can earn professional development and continuing education units upon completing courses along with a certificate of completion. Teachers also earn badges to showcase on their social media accounts!
  • Connect with other educators using Community Forums. Ask questions, collaborate and share best practices.
  • Join a fun, engaging webinar and/or an in person workshop scheduled by your district (check with your district for available options).

Happy summer learning!


Maria San Miguel

Implementation Specialist

Maria worked in public education for 35 years as a classroom teacher, campus technology advisor and a technology coordinator. As an Implementation Specialist for for the last 8 years, she has had the opportunity to work with a great team that provides services, ideas, strategies and support in order to help schools and districts use technology to improve student learning.

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