Planning your Summer PD Activities

This Web Seminar took place on May 8, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Flavio Mendez, Senior Director, NSTA Learning Center. In this Seminar, Mr. Mendez showed participants how to use the Learning Center’s PD Plan and Portfolio tool to catalog their professional development.

The PowerPoint and related resources from the NSTA Learning Center are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

In this program, Flavio Mendez talked about the resources available in the NSTA Learning Center, focusing on the PD Plan and Portfolio tool, which helps teachers manage and document their professional development activities. Mr. Mendez also talked about some of the other features of the Learning Center, such as Science Objects, and discussed how participants’ activities in the Learning Center can earn them points and badges toward recognition and contributions to worthy causes.

One hundred and ninety-four (194) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. In addition, one participant joined the program from a country outside of the United States: Turkey.

Seminar participants received a one year subscription to the NSTA SciPack of their choice. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I love the PD plan and portfolio tool. I think it will be a useful tool for myself and other professionals that I share it with.”
  • “What a wonderful tool to have as a resource.”
  • “It is great to see how to keep my professional development goals and activities all together. It was also wonderful to see all of the resources available.”
  • “I am anxious to begin keeping an online record of my professional development and this seems to be a great tool to get me started.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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