June 11, 2023

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Personalized Professional Development

Spend the summer relaxing and learning on your own schedule with these FREE professional learning opportunities from TeachersFirst! Read about each option and personalize a plan for what you will discover this summer. 

Grades K-12

Professional Learning Log

Keep track of your learning adventures using our Professional Learning Log. You can document your summer learning on this ready-to-go form and submit it to your school for credit if your school allows teachers to earn credit for independent learning.

Grades K-12

Summer Book Study - Register By June 19

Read and discuss "Personalized Reading: Digital Strategies and Tools to Support All Learners" by Michelle Haiken during our summer book study! Explore digital tools and instructional strategies that empower students to access content area reading.

Grades K-12

OK2Ask Summer 2023

It’s time to register for our summer 2023 OK2Ask sessions! Join us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting July 5. We’re also offering two full days of virtual workshops: Google MANIA on July 6 and Microsoft in Education Day on July 27.

Grades K-12

Twitter Chats

Are you looking for an engaging, conversation-driven professional learning opportunity? Participate in one of our bimonthly Twitter chats on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst.

Grades K-12

Infusing Technology Blog

Dive into our Infusing Technology Blog and learn about tech tools, read about frameworks, discover timely classroom suggestions, and more in posts written by experienced classroom teachers and tech coaches!

Grades K-12


Attending the International Society for Technology in Education's ISTELive 23 conference? Don’t miss sessions from our staff members Melissa Henning and Ruth Okoye and contributors Barbara De Santis and Karen Streeter!

Grades K-12

Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist

Enhance your lessons with this collection of articles created by an experienced library/media specialist! Many articles include booklists, standards, and background information to help you learn about the topic so you'll be ready to teach it yourself.

Grades K-12

Adapt-a-Strategy for ENL/ESL

Use the simple strategies in this PD unit to adapt your lesson plans to better support ENL/ESL students. Click on the activity type you have planned and find resources and suggestions for helping your ENL/ESL students succeed with the lesson.

Grades K-12

Rubrics to the Rescue

Educators can use rubrics can across various subject areas and in several ways, including evaluating a project, product, or presentation. This professional learning unit includes six modules and offers examples and a deeper explanation of rubrics.

Grades K-8

Building Schoolwide Literacy

Incorporating a focus on literacy can benefit students, teachers, and parents. This professional learning unit offers a sample model for increasing literacy in elementary school students that can also be adapted for middle school.

Grades K-12

Classroom Management

Classroom management encompasses a variety of routines, rules, and expectations. Explore this professional learning unit related to classroom management. Search by the grade level you teach to find strategies and free technology tools.

Grades K-7

Writer's Workshop

There are several ways you can help students gain writing skills. One of the most effective ways is by consistently incorporating a Writer's Workshop into your classroom. Learn more about this strategy to help your learners become proficient writers.

This Week at TeachersFirst

We invite you to join our upcoming Twitter chat on Thursday. Keep reading to learn about a fabulous STEM opportunity your students can explore this summer or next school year. Finally, we kindly ask for your input in our weekly poll.    

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Thursday, 6/15, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: Refuel, Rethink, & Refocus for the Summer

Tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst this Thursday during our next Twitter chat! Share ways to build and maintain a professional learning network (PLN) during the summer and discuss the importance of ongoing professional learning.

Collaborate to share resources that help educators stay current with edtech trends »

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Help students learn over the summer

Purdue University Kids STEM Degree

Purdue University offers STEM "degrees" for kindergarten through middle school that students can complete individually or as a class. Select a grade level band from the six options to access the ten videos required to earn the degree.

Learn about STEM topics like seasons, fossils, and the environment »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

Our weekly poll asks, "What do you hope to learn more about this summer?" Share your goals and view the responses of other educators once you click submit.

What do you want to learn? »

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