Professional Learning Opportunities for Summer 2020

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Free Professional Learning Opportunities for OFT Members
The OFT understands that members have professional learning needs in this time of COVID-19 and the worldwide protests against racism. We’re here to help!
OFT is offering a series of three free training opportunities designed to address student and staff trauma and stress arising from the pandemic and the systemic inequities of structural racism.
While the series is designed to build from one session to the next, it is possible to take each as a stand-alone session.  We strongly recommend interested members take all three.
Session I: Member Self-care During Traumatic Times
July 24, 2020 - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
A global pandemic and racial injustice has exacerbated instability and chaos in our world. As educators seek to recover from the last few months, they must also think about and attempt to plan for the uncertainty of the upcoming school year. As students come back to school with increased levels of toxic stress and trauma, educators will be their first line of defense. Session I of this webinar series focuses on educator well-being because educators will need to be physically, mentally and emotionally well in order to support students and their families through these trying times.
Session II: Self-care Includes Advocating for Yourself
August 3, 2020, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
This session builds on session I and the need for educator self and staff care. As schools re-open, there will be a need to have poignant, courageous, and collaborative conversations in order to rebuild communities on a foundation built on trust, empathy, and compassion. This session will discuss trauma-informed strategies for how to engage in such conversations so that educators can be strong advocates for their students, their communities, and themselves.
Session III: Teaching to the Times: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy as Key to Trauma-informed Practice  
August 12, 2020, 2:00-3:30
As students return to school after months of instability, isolation, and violence, they will need increased socioemotional support and opportunities to heal. This session will encourage the use of curriculum that is both restorative and academically rigorous. Culturally relevant curricula is a key component of trauma-informed pedagogy—but requires specific components, continual self-analysis, and mindset shifts for educators.
Space is limited. Register today for Session I, Session II, and/or Session III
Questions?  Contact Deb Tully at
OTES 2.0 Presentation from OFT and OEA
OFT and OEA are partnering to provide training designed to help teachers understand the changes to evaluation when OTES 2.0 is implemented. We recommend collaborative conversations between the administration and the union in setting up local parameters in the OTES 2.0 process. It is important that teachers are provided training to fully understand OTES 2.0. We will deliver this training at no cost.
Originally intended to be offered as face to face training at regional locations, the new normal dictated by Covid 19 has required that the sessions be converted to virtual delivery. Content will be delivered by ODE and mimics the content being offered at sessions provided for administrators, ESCs, and OTES 2.0 evaluators.  We wanted to assure there is a consistent message and everyone is on the same page as they work to flesh out their local process.
ODE trainers are Cathryn Everidge-Shaw, Apryl Ealy, Tom Rounds, and Jill Grubb.
We are offering two opportunities to attend the trainings:  
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Please plan to join us at one of these two sessions to be sure we are all prepared for a smooth rollout of OTES 2.0 as you locally implement your programs. We can take advantage of having the 2020-2021 school year to thoughtfully create our local systems.