Not Your Average PD: Online Professional Development for Teachers

Online professional development for teachers

We Invest in Your Professional Growth

Not Your Average PD is free online professional development for teachers that covers timely topics in K-12 education. Boldly named, our series lives up to its promise, providing sessions that go beyond average PD.

Instantly Applicable Teaching Strategies

Delivered via YouTube Live, our sessions embody the best aspects of high-quality PD—relevant, interactive, and guided by educators attuned to today’s classroom challenges.

What Makes Not Your Average PD Stand Out

Benefit from the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership’s expertise in delivering engaging and insightful professional development that is instantly applicable.

We leverage the know-how of the master teachers in our network to offer online content that covers pertinent topics in K-12 education. Above all, we value teachers and strive to offer professional development that recognizes and honors your professionalism.

Experience the following benefits:

  • Recorded YouTube Live sessions for convenience
  • Instructors offering valuable resources
  • Opportunities for hands-on practice during the sessions
  • Connect with participants and build a network
  • Gain new knowledge and skills that you can put into use in your classroom right away

2024 Session Calendar

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AI in the Classroom

Discover the advantages of teachers using generative AI tools for content creation in education. By entrusting some of the more tedious tasks to AI, educators can concentrate on the uniquely human aspects of teaching.

When: 4:30-5:30 PM Eastern, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024

Instructor: Paul Cancellieri

Bio: Paul Cancellieri is a middle school science teacher in Wake County, NC. He co-authored “Creating a Culture of Feedback” and an upcoming book on AI prompts and advice for teachers. A 2012 Kenan Fellow and part of the Kenan Fellows Faculty, he delivers dynamic professional development to K-12 educators in North Carolina.

Collaborative Online Teaching with PBL

Learn how to plan and teach a Project-Based Learning (PBL) unit with a teacher from a different community. The focus is on engaging students in collaborative problem-solving and presenting solutions to a broader audience. The instructors will then share their experiences with co-teaching and provide frameworks for PBL.

When: 4:30-5:30 PM Eastern, Monday, March 11, 2024

Instructors: Keith Burgess and Amanda Clapp

Bios: Keith Burgess, a 2019-20 Kenan Fellow, is a middle grades science teacher in Charlotte, NC. Keith has received numerous awards including the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Science and Math Teachers.

Amanda Clapp teaches middle grades science in western North Carolina. She is a 2019-20 Kenan Fellow and a 2021 recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers.

Teaching with Drones

Explore how to start a drone curriculum to involve students in hands-on learning. Drones provide an enjoyable and engaging approach to teaching STEM concepts. The instructors will share tips for classroom management when introducing learning with drones and strategies for engaging a greater number of girls in STEM.

When: 4:30-5:30 PM Eastern, Thursday, May 9, 2024

Instructors: Carrie Robledo and Kim Collazo

Bios: Carrie Robledo, a 2018-19 Kenan Fellow, is currently a research scholar at the Friday Institute. She is the 2020-21 NCTIES’ Outstanding Teacher of the Year and the 2019-20 Moore County Schools Teacher of the Year.

Kim Collazo, a 2007 Kenan Fellow, is an elementary educator and STEM advocate. She has published several STEM-related picture books including “The Emersyn Blake” series and has presented on STEM in the elementary classroom, closing the gender gap in elementary STEM, and integrating STEM and literacy.