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Professional Learning Opportunities

PSEA offers a wide array of professional learning opportunities to members in person and online in both synchronous and a-synchronous formats. Our members can earn Act 48 credit (PSEA is an approved Act 48 provider by PDE) and Chapter 14 verification to submit for District consideration toward the fulfillment of annual hours for HQT.

PEARL, Microcredentials, Edinboro University partnership

Whether you are looking to move from Level I to Level II or you simply want to move horizontally on the pay scale, PSEA offers the opportunity through Micro-credentialsonline professional learning through our PEARL platform, and Edinboro graduate coursework for $70 per credit.

Share what you're learning

Many members are taking advantage of all the various professional development opportunities PSEA offers online (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic).

Have you yet? Tell us about it by dropping us a line at communications@psea.org.

Webinars

The Center for Professional Learning offers an annual webinar series on a variety of topics as requested by the membership and elicited by current hot topics. 

Book Discussions

PSEA offers online book discussion of contemporary young adult fiction. Enrollment for these events is capped at fifteen participants and the Act 48 hours range from eight to fifteen hours, depending on the book. 

Member Well-being

Many of us are experiencing personal and professional stress as we live through this tumultuous time. The good news is that there are things we can do to find calm in chaos, cultivate compassion, and engage in self-care to protect our brains and bodies from the negative effects of stress and uncertainty. 

Online Learning Options

PEARL is PSEA’s new hub for our online learning programs.

PEARL (Professional Education and Resources for Learning) is a Moodle-based learning management system that will allow us to greatly expand PSEA’s asynchronous learning opportunities. On PEARL, members can find videos, documents, and presentations packaged into clear, easy-to-follow learning progressions and courses in an array of new formats.

Whether you’re a teacher, education support professional, student, associate, or any other category, your membership gives you exclusive access to this resource so you can start exploring and taking courses immediately. 

*PEARL will replace the Professional Learning Exchange in mid-November.

Professional Learning Exchange

*NOTE: PEARL will replace the Professional Learning Exchange in mid-November.

PSEA’s Professional Learning Exchange offers a wide range of online and in-person courses, eligible for Act 48 and Chapter 14 hours, along with a searchable library of publications on issues related to professional issues, teaching and learning, and education policy that affect educators and education support professionals.

Micro-credentials

Micro-credentials are a competency-based recognition issued for professional learning experiences. They provide a way for educators to develop skills and acquire knowledge to improve classroom practice and support student success.  

In partnership with the National Education Association (NEA), PSEA offers over 100 FREE micro-credentials to PSEA members for Act 48 hours

Student PSEA

More than 6,000 future educators studying at Pennsylvania colleges and universities are members of Student PSEA. As part of the next generation of educators, Student PSEA helps members hit the ground running through professional development workshops, service projects, and more. 

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Course Catalog

PSEA’s statewide and region conferences offer many opportunities for members to attend workshops for Act 48 and Chapter 14 credits.

Local associations can also browse our course catalog and request presentations for groups of 15 or more. 

Publications Library

The PSEA Professional Learning Exchange publishes advisories and other publications on issues facing PSEA members, including evaluations, certification, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and other topics.

Visit the Professional Publications Library to browse the publications or search by topic. 

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