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Professional Development Opportunities

Alison courses offer certifications for a pricing fee. The district is not requiring any educator to pay for a certificate from any of the courses. Alison courses maintains that there is a portal that will host completed courses and for the district, the educator may print the portal completion notification to send to HR to be added toward renewal credits for recertification.
SN: Not all courses count toward recertification. Educators should speak with the HR Director, prior to enrolling.
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South Carolina Multilingual Education Virtual Kickoff (Social Studies / ELA / Science / Mathematics / All Other AreasJuly 20-22, 2021 /8:15 am - 12:15 pm daily. A three-day virtual professional learning opportunity to meet the needs of multilingual learners in South Carolina! Once at the site, you'll be able to see the guest speakers and all of the sessions for each day. To see more information and to register, go to. . .


iNational Council for History Education 2021 Critical Conversations (Social Studies) The webinar series will engage participants in transformative conversations about the teaching and learning of diverse histories.

  • July 15 at 7:30pm - Debra Fowler and Kathleen Barker, History UnErased - History UnErased: Teaching LGBTQ History with Primary Documents
  • July 22 at 7:30pm - Donna Kiel, Tina Curry, and David Bates, Barat Education Foundation and DePaul University - RISE for Racial Equity Using Library of Congress Primary Sources
  • July 29 at 7:30pm - Rich Cairn, Emerging America - Empowering Learners through History and Civics of People with Disabilities 

For more information and to register, go to Register for the Webinars


The State of State Standards for Civics & U.S. History in 2021 (Social Studies) To that end, The State of State Standards for Civics and U.S. History in 2021 evaluates the K–12 civics and U.S. History standards adopted by the fifty states and the District of Columbia based on the quality, completeness, and rigor of their content and the clarity of its presentation. Reviews were conducted by a bipartisan team of veteran educators and subject-matter experts with deep knowledge of civics and U.S. History. This report is available at. . .


SC Humanities Council  Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud (Social Studies / ELA / Other Areas) Through the Speakers Bureau program, some of South Carolina’s finest scholars travel throughout the state to share their interests and knowledge of the humanities and to spark discussions about human values, traditions and cultures. There are currently 48 speakers listed on the Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud roster. Explore the list of scholars and their programs. SC Humanities makes these programs available to non-profit groups and public agencies at a reasonable cost. SC Humanities provides $250 towards speaker honorariums, which covers full speaker payment for the majority of programs. All programs must be free and open to the general public. Speakers Bureau programs have been held everywhere from elementary schools to universities; community museums to statewide festivals.Go to for the list. The application is available at


SCCSS Annual Conference & CONTEST!!!! (Social Studies) Doubletree by Hilton Myrtle Beach / October 21-23, 2021. Join me at the annual conference this year. One of the first in person conferences of the year! I want to see all of you there. . .elementary teachers, media specialists, middle school teachers, high school teachers. . .everyone! To encourage your support, I'm going to do a contest. All you have to do is register for the conference at. . . the conference link: Print out a copy of your registration and email it to me. You may either pay or have your district pay. Email the registration to me and I'll enter you in a drawing for me to pay for your registration of $125. . .even if your district has already paid. . .I'll reimburse you! The deadline for the contest is July 30, 2021. You can email me your registration at this email, [email protected]. I look forward to seeing everyone at the conference. . .and I have a request to present at the conference! PLEASE enter by July 30, 2021.


Asynchronous PD from SCDE (Social Studies / ELA / Science / Mathematics / All Other AreasThe SCDE is offering asynchronous professional learning opportunities (PDs). These PDs are designed in Google Classroom for you to participate anywhere and anytime from May 24, 2021 through July 30, 2021. PD contact hours will be given for the participation and completion of each series. You may work through the PD individually or you may invite colleagues to join you as a team. To enter and participate in any of the Google Classroom PDs, you will need a Gmail account. If needed, click on this link to create a Gmail account. Once you are in the Google Classroom PD for any of the subject areas, follow the steps in this link to turn on your notifications so you always know what is happening in your PD. You will also notice the following common learning process in all PDs to guide you through each session. Click the PD title in which you are interested to enter and participate in the Google Classroom PD. For questions, please contact the education associate for your chosen PD.


Subject Area

Professional Learning Opportunity Title

Education Associate Contact

K-12 English Language Arts

K-12 Making Thinking Visible in ELA

Dawn Hawkins, [email protected] 

K-5 Mathematics

K-5 Mathematics through SCCCR Priority and Support Standards

Vanessa Burgos-Kelly, [email protected]

Middle Mathematics

6-8 Math Strengths-Based Learning

Sandra Ammons, [email protected]

Middle/High Science

6-12 Three Dimensional Science Instruction 

Kathryn Stabell, [email protected]

K-5 Science

K-5 Science 3-Dimensional Learning with Math and ELA 

Gwendolynn Shealy, [email protected]

Social Studies

K-12 Starting with Standards

Stephen Corsini, [email protected]

Social Studies

K-12 Controversy and the Classroom

Chris Turpin, [email protected] 

Visual & Performing Arts

K-12 Collaborative Artists 

Gary Seaboldt, [email protected]

Gifted and Talented

K-8 Creating an Effective Classroom Environment for GT Services

Josie Stratton, [email protected]

Cross Disciplinary Effective Practices 

K-12 Understanding and Using the Priority and Support Learning Standards 

Dawn Hawkins, [email protected] 
Lindsey Lyles, 
[email protected] 


Juneteenth: New National Holiday (ELA / Literacy / Social Studies / Media Specialists) As you know the nation enacted a new holiday, Juneteenth this summer. To help you explain this to your elementary students, and maybe others, here are some children's picture books on the subject. I thought you might like to order them for the summer. If you send me an email entry. . .I'll put your name into a drawing to receive each of the books below. Just sent an email directly to [email protected]. In the subject line of the email say CONTEST and in the body say "Enter me" and provide the address where you want the books to be mailed. PLEASE enter by July 30, 2021.


Cooper, Floyd. Juneteenth for Mazie. North Mankato, MN: ‎ Capstone Young Readers, 2015.

Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history. The day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth. {AD660L}

Johnson, Angela. All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014.

Through the eyes of one little girl, this book tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South. Since then, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. This stunning picture book includes notes from the author and illustrator, a timeline of important dates, and a glossary of relevant terms. {AD830L}

Nelson, Drew. Juneteenth. Minneapolis MN: First Avenue Editions, 2006.

June 19, 1865, began as another hot day in Texas. Enslaved African Americans worked in fields, in barns, and in the homes of the white people who owned them. Then a message arrived. Freedom! Slavery had ended! The Civil War had actually ended in April. It took two months for word to reach Texas. Still the joy of that amazing day has never been forgotten. Every year, people all over the United States come together on June 19th to celebrate the end of slavery. Join in the celebration of Juneteenth, a day to remember and honor freedom for all people. {NA}

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Juneteenth Jamboree. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2007.

Joining her parents in a community celebration of Juneteenth, Cassie learns about the day when slaves in Texas were freed some two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and wonders why the news took so long to reach them. {650L}

Wesley, Valerie. Freedom's Gifts: A Juneteenth Story. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1997.

With the help of their elderly Aunt Marshall, June and her cousin Lillie celebrate Juneteenth, the day Texas slaves found out they had been freed, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. {580L}


English Is Difficult (ELA) I thought ELA teachers would enjoy this graphis that I found on the web. It would be a great thing to use at the start of the school year. 

I'm so glad you're here! Just being here proves you're an awesome teacher who wants to give your struggling learners the best classroom experience possible. If you're an elementary teacher who wants strategies and resources for effectively balancing the needs of your learners, you're in the right spot!  

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Click on the weblink below: is a free social network and professional learning community that can help you with online learning and collaboration, especially as we cope with the challenges of teaching in a COVID-19 world. It’s never been more important, and helpful, to share ideas and experiences with colleagues near and far – edWeb makes that possible!

Welcome to! This site was created in 2015 by a certified elementary physical education teacher for grades K-5 and has grown to a community of thousands of elementary school PE teachers who support each other!

All teachers know that in addition to being important to the health of our children, PE can also be fun and exciting. However, planning and teaching PE can also be very challenging. Creating awesome lesson plans, fun games and activities to keep the students interested can be hard as well as time consuming for PE teachers.

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Start your journey with training courses

Learn basic and advanced skills across Google tools with free online training courses designed for educators of all levels.

*SN: The district is not requiring any employee to purchase a certificate to show training was completed. Also note these are trainings and will count toward training and not professional development. Remember for SCDE renewal credits you need a wide variety of training and professional development.

Google Certifications are not a requirement of the district, therefore, any employee taking the examinations are taking the certification examinations on his or her own. Level (1) exam cost $10 and Level (2) exam cost $25. The choice is yours. 


To help you further explore the vast opportunities IT provides, we’ve compiled lists of tools, based on age group. Many of these are free and provide fun ways to learn about coding, design, and more. They’re perfect for students, parents, and teachers.

STEM in your classroom IS possible, rather you are a reading teacher or art teacher. Let your imagine flow with ITology resources and webinars.
*SN: Remember we do not require any employee to pay for the certificates or certifications from courses taken on a voluntary basis. Please check with HR first.
Microsoft Innovative Educator Programs are designed to approach educators in such a way that your classrooms will become experience centers and not just a classroom. With so many micro-credentials to earn, you will enjoy the offerings from Microsoft. 
SN: Any certifications that require a cost, the district is not mandating that any educator do so. This is an optional and voluntary choice to pay for certifications.
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Texas State University presents educator professional development collaborative for K-12 teachers.

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

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Use the worksheet to receive credit for viewing and learning about stress/time management. You must contact HR for the worksheet.
Stress/Time Management Video
Use the worksheet to receive credit for viewing and learning about stress/time management. You must contact HR for the worksheet.
Due to HR before May 31, 2022 for certificate renewal credit.
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SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators serves as the voice for 200,000+ health and physical education professionals across the United States. The organization’s extensive community includes a diverse membership of health and physical educators, as well as advocates, supporters, and 50+ state affiliate organizations.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education. For decades, SHAPE America’s National Standards for K-12 Physical Education have served as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. Additionally, the organization helped develop and owns the National Health Education Standards.  
The Professional Learning and Networking (PLAN) is an initiative brought to you by The SCEA and NEA. Our goal is to provide high quality, engaging, and relevant professional learning for South Carolina's educators. Below you will find a list of professional learning facilitators and the sessions they can provide. 
SC ETV Recertification Courses- most of the courses cost $75, this is your choice to pay for the course or not- the district does not mandate any courses from this list. This is a personal choice.
 School Counselors are often challenged with having the flexibility in their schedules to take advantage of professional development opportunities.  School Closures due to COVID-19 have provided a challenge for school counselors to virtually design their school counseling programs to ensure that our students, parents and staff receive the support they need during this difficult time.  CASC and WSCA have pulled together various professional development resources that we believe will be useful to school counselors during this difficult time.   
As a K-12 school counselor, you may find yourself wearing many hats and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of what needs to get done or how to stay up to date with the latest counseling practices. Apps and other online resources can help with: keeping organized, providing industry insights, and collaborating with teachers and administrators. But finding the right resources on your own can take time away from your primary mission: serving students.

Here are some of the best apps, websites, books, blogs and professional development opportunities for school counselors in 2019. As you review these resources, pay close attention to those specialized to the grade levels you serve.
There are an overwhelming number of webinars available for free to school counselors on SEL programming, virtual counseling, and planning for college in the time of Coronavirus. Find below where many of these webinars can be accessed, as well as a few that we found particularly helpful. 
NAEA has recently released the webinars now through June 2021, so you can plan some of your professional development now for the entire upcoming school year! Below you will see the webinars scheduled from August – June 2021. You can also look at archived webinars here.
VirtualSC PD online courses are approved by the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Educator Services to count toward certification renewal for South Carolina Teacher Certificates. We collaborate with The College of Charleston to offer graduate level courses as well. These courses are also approved to count toward license renewal.