Spring 2023 Professional Learning for Teachers

This Spring we are offering interested educators access to the full ICMEE eWorkshop catalog to engage in professional learning on a set timeline that includes an opportunity to interact with other learners as well as Dr. Kara Mitchell Viesca, the leader of the ICMEE initiative and Professor of Teaching, Learning and Teacher education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Content that educators can engage with is targeted to all teachers working across K-12 with multilingual students, but also specifically to math, science, social studies, and English language arts/literacy teachers as well as teachers of deaf students/ASL speakers, school leaders, and school psychologists.

This learning opportunity flexibly combines asynchronous, self-guided learning opportunities for individuals and/or teams with a regular opportunity to meet with Dr. Viesca and other participants every other week over a 12-week period. Each ICMEE eWorkshop is structured around six units and follows the same cycle, flexibly offering asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities via a 1.5 hour zoom session online with Dr. Viesca. Participants may choose their learning approach and will have the PD hours documented according to what they complete, thus providing the opportunity for participants to earn between 3 and 27 PD hours over a 12-week period (~2 weeks per unit). The timeline for this professional learning session is as follows:

Unit 1 – January 3rd-January 14th

  • Asynchronous collaborative/independent learning from January 3rd-14th (3 hours of PD)
  • Synchronous learning opportunity via Zoom with Dr. Viesca on Saturday January 14th (11am-12:30pm Central Time, 1.5 hours of PD)
  • Total PD Hours earnable = 3-4.5

Unit 2 – January 15th – January 28th

  • Asynchronous collaborative/independent learning from January 15th-January 28th (3 hours of PD)
  • Synchronous learning opportunity via Zoom with Dr. Viesca on Saturday January 28th (11am-12:30pm Central Time, 1.5 hours of PD)
  • Total PD Hours earnable = 3-4.5

Unit 3 – January 29th – February 11th

  • Asynchronous collaborative/independent learning from January 29th – February 11th (3 hours of PD)
  • Synchronous learning opportunity via Zoom with Dr. Viesca on Saturday February 11th (11am-12:30pm Central Time, 1.5 hours of PD)
  • Total PD Hours earnable = 3-4.5

Unit 4 – February 12th – February 25th

  • Asynchronous collaborative/independent learning from February 12th – February 25th (3 hours of PD)
  • Synchronous learning opportunity via Zoom with Dr. Viesca on Saturday February 25th (11am-12:30pm Central Time, 1.5 hours of PD)
  • Total PD Hours earnable = 3-4.5

Unit 5 – February 26th – March 11th

  • Asynchronous collaborative/independent learning from February 26th – March 11th (3 hours of PD)
  • Synchronous learning opportunity via Zoom with Dr. Viesca on Saturday March 11th (11am-12:30pm Central Time, 1.5 hours of PD)
  • Total PD Hours earnable = 3-4.5

Unit 6 – March 12th – March 25th

  • Asynchronous collaborative/independent learning from  March 12th – March 25th (3 hours of PD)
  • Synchronous learning opportunity via Zoom with Dr. Viesca on Saturday March 25th (11am-12:30pm Central Time, 1.5 hours of PD)
  • Total PD Hours earnable = 3-4.5

Total Possible PD Hours (depending on what a participant completes): 3-27 hours.

Our eWorkshops have been designed by leading scholars in the field and contain high quality content and ideas grounded in research and practice. The asynchronous learning opportunities afforded by our eWorkshops are high quality and have led to statistically significant growth for the overwhelming majority of the thousands of eWorkshop participants to date as well as reports of improved practice. In fact, over 90% of our eWorshop completers consistently have rated our eWorkshops as effective in helping them improve their practice working with multilingual learners. To read about the structure of our eWorkshops and the three-part learning cycle they all employ, please go here.

The synchronous learning opportunity (Zoom session with Dr. Viesca) is an optional learning opportunity to engage with a scholar and other eWorkshop participants to share the work you are doing in your eWorkshop, hear about the work of others, ask questions, and hear the latest from the world of research on working with multilingual learners. The 1.5 hour sessions will be interactive spaces, so come prepared to engage, share, think, question, plan, etc.

 After the closing date for each unit (listed above), the work will be reviewed and documented so that PD hours can be certified at the end of the session. All participants will receive documentation of the PD hours completed based on their actual participation and engagement. This means that if a participant is unavailable for a particular zoom session or will not be able to complete each unit on the timeline suggested, they will simply do the work that they can and get the documented PD hours for their completed work.

The cost for participation is $200 per participant. We encourage teams of teachers from the same school or district to consider working together and taking the same eWorkshop. Registration will close at the end of day on December 13th. Refunds are possible until December 15th, but will not be offered after the 15th. Once payment is received, information will be sent regarding enrolling in the online eWorkshop and getting started. eWorkshops will open online on January 2nd for the January 3rd launch. 

Questions? Ideas? Concerns? Please contact Kara Viesca at kara.viesca@unl.edu.

Ready to get started with ICMEE Spring 2023 Professional Learning? Register Here