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Professional Learning Opportunities

PSEA offers a wide array of in person and online professional learning opportunities in both synchronous and a-synchronous formats. 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 : PSEA’s hub for online learning programs.    
Webinars: Convenient, frequently offered webinars on a variety of topics.
Micro-credentials: A partnership with NEA that offers competency based recognition for learning experiences.
Edinboro University Extra Credit Program: A partnership with Edinboro University of Pennsylvania that allows members to convert completed micro-credentials to college credits.
Book Discussions: Online book discussion of contemporary young adult fiction.
Wellness: Programs to promote self-care to protect minds and bodies.

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Many members are taking advantage of all the various professional development opportunities PSEA offers online.

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

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 replaced the Professional Learning Exchange in mid-November.

NEA/PSEA 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

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. 

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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