Professional Development

Trainings on Request

To schedule a training, contact or call 605-224-9263

All sessions work for K12 certified teachers. 
Blue sessions — ESP
Green sessions — COHE
Orange — Both

Planning and Preparation

Assessment Blueprints
(1 ½ hours)  — a survey of a variety of blueprint templates and how they assist the instructor in creating a blueprint of an assessment to determine whether it is measuring the standards, depth of knowledge, etc. desired.  

Writing Quality Assessment Items and Balancing Assessments 
(1 hour) — a review of best practices along with hands-on activity.  

Using Depth of Knowledge in Assessments 
(1 hour) — a review of Webb Leveling and how to use it to make sure assessments are testing over appropriate and broad spectrum depth of knowledge—hands-on practice. 

Writing/Identifying Quality Rubrics  
(1 hour)
 — rubrics vs. checklists, creating understandable, objective measures of learning.

SLO Success! Professional Conversation Training as the Keystone to the SLO Process 
(2 hours) — The SLO process works best when collaborative discussion between teacher and administrator occur throughout the entire cycle.  This training reviews conversation skills for collaborative meetings and provides participants with practice conversation sessions using their own SLOs.  

Differentiated SLOs 
(1 hour) — Highlights the recommended method of writing SLOs in SD and provides a template for tracking growth.

Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings 
(1 hour +) — Facilitators will help educators access, understand, and embrace the OSEU, a Native American cultural overlay for use with all state content standards.  Resources and lesson ideas are shared as well as help developing and adapting lessons which incorporate the OSEU.

Classroom Environment

True Colors
(2–4 hours) — This is a fun, interactive personality inventory, much less complicated than Meyers-Briggs or others.  Educators learn what each type is like and how they interact with one another.

I Can Do It 
(1–15 hours) — Classroom management training that includes a participant manual of tips and ideas, and class time to sample different strategies to keep students engaged.  

Teach, But Don’t Touch 
(45 minutes) — A short presentation on appropriate levels of contact with students and how to handle situations that present an ethical or moral dilemma.  

First Years, Great Career! 
(1 hour +) — This is an SDEA booklet designed with teachers new to the career in mind.  This session highlights what is in the book (but many of the other sessions presented above have information about them contained here and can be done as stand-alone sessions).  The book can also be used as a mentoring tool for a series of meetings with a veteran teacher(s).  The training uses SDEA’s First Years, Great Career booklet as a resource.

Trauma-Informed Classroom Sessions
(1 hour +) Brain Architecture Game — This session has participants building a model of a brain in the first 8 years of life.  Using a game format interspersed with short video segments and group discussion, teams learn about the impact of traumatic events on brain development and the role that social supports play in building resilience in young minds. 

(2 ½ hours +) ACES, Resiliency, and the Trauma-Informed Classroom — Educators are well aware that student behaviors have changed dramatically in the past decade or two.  They are also aware that classic classroom management techniques are often ineffective.  This training examines Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as the source of the change in behavior and focuses on building relationships with caring, nurturing adults as the starting point to redirect behaviors.  Participants will learn about the effects of ACEs on brain development and long-term health issues, how to boost resilience in your students to help them overcome traumatic events, and classroom strategies that work. (Includes the Brain Architecture Game described above in the 2 ½+ hours.)

(2 ½ hours) Paper Tigers Screening and Discussion — Paper Tigers is a 1 hr., 42 min. documentary chronicling a year in the lives of 6 students at an alternative high school after it radically changed its approach to discipline.  From getting into fights, grappling with traumatic events in their lives, and on the cusp of dropping out, they find healing, support and academic promise at Lincoln High.  Facilitators lead a debrief and discussion after the movie to allow participants to synthesize what they have seen into practical applications in their own setting to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.  This movie contains graphic language.

(1 ½ hours) Resilience Screening and Discussion — Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As this one hour documentary reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress.  Facilitators lead a debrief and discussion after the movie to allow participants to synthesize what they have seen into practical applications in their own setting.

(1-2 hours) Mindfulness, Brain Breaks, and Self-Care – In an era of multitasking and constant screen time, being fully present in the moment, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us is a lost art.  Explore activities and techniques that can be used with students or yourself to center and re-focus, to train our minds to be present in the moment, and to bring students back from the precipice of dysregulation.

(1-16 hours) Restorative Justice and Equity in Schools—A trauma-informed school starts with building healthy, trusting relationships with caring adults.  Take a deep dive with an NEA Leaders for Just Schools trainer into understanding equity and its impact on learning environments.  Lessons range from 10-90 minutes and cover topics from how we have formed the thoughts and opinions that drive our disposition, decisions, and relationships to the impact bias has on equity to seeking ways to improve school culture for all students.

(4 hours) Addressing Behavior Challenges(available through the NEA IDEA Resource Cadre) Knowing that challenging behaviors occur across environments, this presentation explores resources and strategies that work for ALL students and promote a safe and supportive school climate.  This is a session of best practices to nurture thriving learning environments.

Understanding the Impact of Poverty on Students and Families 
(2 + hours) — Educators are filled with compassion, so it is natural to want to help when we see students who need food, clothing or other essentials, but do we grasp the real, lasting toll poverty takes beyond what we see at school?  The Missouri Community Action Network has developed a poverty simulation that lets you experience being poor first-hand.  This training requires a larger group with a minimum of 40 needed to fully implement the simulation.  


(1 hour for either topic) — These online tools are a means of surveying students in an interactive manner, one with students playing a quiz online and the other using response cards which are scanned by the teacher’s phone.  Kids love it!

Instructional Coaching 
(4 hours +) — Teachers who have completed statewide mentoring or district-run mentoring are eligible to receive coaching from trained veteran educators using the Danielson domains and components in a virtual setting.  Evidence shows higher success, satisfaction and retention rates among those who successfully embrace coaching.  This training prepares teachers to become coaches.

EdCamps are a great PD resource where the attendees determine the content of the training, and share their knowledge and resources with one another.  SDEA is available to facilitate an EdCamp in your school, or to train local leaders to run their own camp. 

Breakout Boxes 
(1 hour +) — Give the excitement of mystery and problem-solving to your students by turning your classroom into an escape room, all contained in a box!  Experience a breakout from a student perspective, then learn how to create a breakout experience tied to your existing curriculum, where to find pre-created games, and best practices for a successful breakout. 

Most stuff at has a subscription cost involved.  These, supposedly, are free and only require you to create a free account.  They also have a “sandbox” of user created games on Google Drive.  These are free too; however, you might discover glitches in some of these and need to be skilled enough to do your own problem solving or have the time to email the developer and wait for a response.
Breakout EDU games on Google Drive
Breakout EDU Sandbox
Breakout EDU on Pinterest
More Breakout EDU on Pinterest


Professional Responsibilities

Protecting Yourself and Your Career on the Internet 
(1–1 ½ hours) — As the incidence of career educators getting into trouble or losing their jobs over internet issues rises, the need to review the pitfalls and ways to avoid them grows.  Steps to take when being harassed on the internet are also presented. 
Become your own SPED advocate for yourself and your students 
(2 hours) — A review of federal and state SPED law to help answer questions that often perplex educators, as well as a session on the use of restraint and how case law is evolving.  

Review of Ethics 
(1–1 ½ hours) — Both probationary and veteran teachers have a need to know or review ethical dilemmas in teaching.  This session provides the class with 10 situations to solve and discuss.  

Jump Start! 
(15 hours) — Created by Washington EA and run as a member benefit, Jump Start! Is nationally renowned as the best preparation for teachers who are either considering or who have decided to take on the challenge of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher.  The training takes participants through the four components of certification and
is the first step a candidate should take in their National Board journey.  The training is offered annually or biennially, depending on demand.

SD Teacher Effectiveness Model 
(1–2 hours) — Designed to introduce first-year teachers in your district, or those new to the state, to the statewide model for teacher evaluation and growth.  Explore the Charlotte Danielson domains and components and their accompanying rubrics, the SLO process, and how the entire process is intended to be used and scored as a means of preparing new hires for evaluation.  

(at least 10 hours per credential) — A micro-credential is a means of acquiring new learning or of documenting existing skills/learning through a personalized platform.  It is available on the educator’s schedule at  Hundreds of topics are available.  SDEA can award CEU hours to those earning micro-credentials who request it.  Graduate credit options are in the works.  SDEA is willing to facilitate the creation of a professional learning community at the local level for groups who want to go through the process together. 

To schedule a training, contact or call 605-224-9263.

Workshop Documents