iSchool Initiative understands that one size does not fit all. That is why we have developed our very own, unique model for customizing professional development. We call it BYOPD, or Build Your Own Professional Development.

We know that every school and district is different. They have different learning goals, different adoption timelines, and different reasons for wanting or needing professional development. Our approach allows administrators to piece together the workshops they need to target specific areas.


 

Outcomes

1

Provide best practices on using technology in the classroom today

2

Develop training that fits the needs of the school/district

3

Leave audience with a desire to explore on their own 


Workshop Examples

Becoming an Effective Communicator

"Becoming an Effective Communicator" will teach you how to create an engaging presentation with today's web tools. In this workshop you will not only learn how to use Prezi, but more importantly, you will also better understand how to be an effective communicator on stage. 

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“I took 5 pages of notes! I thought this was one of the best sessions for me personally.”

- Teacher at Weatherford ISD, TX

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“It made me reevaluate my role in the classroom and even on a campus level.”

— Teacher at Weatherford ISD, TX

Becoming a Key Influencer with Social Media

This workshop presents an exciting and engaging introduction to the wide world of social media. In this workshop we will examine the role of social media in our society and the ways in which students are using it in their daily lives. 

Can you Google That? - Advanced Questioning

Are you asking questions that Google can answer? In a connected classroom, we need to be asking our students questions that Google CANNOT answer. Learn how to change the way you ask questions in a way that promotes curiosity, and forces students to use problem solving and higher order thinking skills.

“It made me think about how I ask questions and what am I really looking for in my questioning techniques”

— Teacher at Saranac Central School District, NY 

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“It was a lot of fun and I am totally using that type of activity in my classroom.”

— Teacher at Weatherford ISD, TX

ISTE Race

A fast-paced hour-long digital race challenging teams with situational examples of the seven ISTE Student Standards. Teams will need to apply their skills in competition, teamwork, and technology in order to finish in time.