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Summer Professional Learning for Educators

Summer Professional Learning for Educators

We ask a lot from our teachers and administrators during the school year, and a summer break filled with joy, rest, and activities that renew helps our dedicated educators continue to support all students.

Summer is an opportunity for educators to focus on the things that fill their cup. It may look like spending time with family, traveling, or honing their skills for the next year in the classroom. 

SDCOE has a variety of professional learning opportunities available to San Diego County educators at low or no cost this summer. Review them by topic and date and register to attend.

  • View the calendar of events where other opportunities will be posted. 
  • Check out the What's Happening webpage for teacher grants and free or low-cost community events and contests. 

Career Technical Education

Power Up Your Project-Based Learning

June 27-29 or Aug. 1-3 at the Comic-Con Museum

Learn how to design project-based learning modules that elevate classroom learning and take student engagement to the next level. Teachers have the option of creating a brand new project or redesigning a current project while learning alongside and receiving feedback from other teachers who are passionate about project-based learning. Register to attend Power Up Your Project-Based Learning, which is offered at no cost to San Diego County educators. Learn more about career pathways supports and resources in San Diego County. 

Early Education 

P-3 Administrator Institute

July 12-13 or Aug. 1-2 at the SDCOE main campus

Investigate powerful prekindergarten to 3rd grade (P-3) alignment practices with district and school administrators to develop and explore their P-3 system. Examine current strengths and opportunities within your P-3 system to explore actionable and relevant site-based changes that support a cohesive P-3 continuum. Register for the July P-3 Administrator Institute or register for the August P-3 Administrative Institute. Learn more about P-3 supports and resources in San Diego County. 

Getting Started With Transitional Kindergarten Webinar

July 28 

District leaders, site leaders, and educators who work with students in transitional kindergarten (TK) will access a high-level overview on what to expect in TK classrooms, including 4-year-old brain research, creating supportive spaces, and play-based learning. SDCOE's guide on transitional kindergarten answers frequently asked questions on TK for parents, families and TK teachers. Register for the Getting Started with Transitional Kindergarten webinar

Integrating Math and Science for Early Learners

Aug. 3 or Aug. 4 at the SDCOE main campus

Teachers, coaches, and teachers on special assignment will learn how to use essential understandings, instructional routines, and questions to develop integrated math and science experiences for all students in prekindergarten through 3rd grade. Register to attend Aug. 3 Integrating Math and Science for Early Learners or register to attend Aug. 4

Environmental Science

Launching Environmental Literacy Lessons Using Culturally Relevant Phenomena for Secondary Science Educators Webinar

July 10-13 

Audience: 9-12 Grade Science and CTE Teachers

High school science teachers and CTE teachers will explore environmental literacy and climate science and change, as well as connect the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and career technical education to the California Environmental Principles and Concepts. Learn to connect students with culturally relevant local phenomena to engage in science. This includes a stipend of $1,000 to teachers who participate in all of the professional learning sessions and activities. Substitute costs will be reimbursed if school is in session. Register to attend Launching Environmental Literacy Lessons webinar by July 8. Learn more about environmental literacy supports and resources in San Diego County. 

General Education 

Educator Panels at Comic-Con this July

July 20-24 at the San Diego Central Library

Comic-Con International and the San Diego Public Library teamed up for the Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians to explore the role comics play in promoting education and literacy for all ages. Those in the library and education fields are invited to learn creative and exciting ways to incorporate comics and other popular arts into their work. The conference is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required for each day

Visual and Performing Arts

Arts Leaders Virtual Summer Book Study 

June 27, July 11, and 25, Aug. 8 and 22

Join a community of TK-12 school district and arts organization leaders to read and discuss the application of the concepts found in the book Street Data by Shane Safir and Jamila Dugan through the lens of increasing access to arts education. Collaborative conversations will increase our own sense of belonging and community as we explore the way to improve inclusion for students in arts education. Register to join the Arts Leaders Summer Book Study. Learn more about visual and performing arts supports and resources in San Diego County. 

Increasing Access to Arts Education: Implementing Proposition 28

July 17 or  Aug. 3

Arts administrators, lead teachers, principals, and school business managers will be provided with updated guidance and information on Proposition 28, time to discuss opportunities and challenges, and create an action plan to launch efforts toward increasing access and equity in the arts. Guided conversations will focus on new approaches to arts education to meet the needs of current students and families. Register to attend Increasing Access to Arts Education on July 17 or register to attend Aug. 3

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Low-Cost Computers Available Oct. 7 in San Marcos

Families in San Diego can get used laptop and desktop computers loaded with educational software for as little as $100 at a drive-thru event Oct. 7 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at San Marcos Elementary School. The program is organized by SDCOE and Computers 2 Kids.