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Hello Staff,

The Staff Operations Planning Team has put together a list of professional development resources that may be helpful to you as you get ready to return to the classroom for the 2020-2021 school year.  

***Note: As with any PD experience that expend funds administrative approval is required prior to attending.

1.) The Maine DOE has many FREE webinars and resources for you to access regarding remote learning and returning to school. Here is the link:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/

2.) STEM Virtual Event:

https://my.nsta.org/event/stem20-virtual-event?utm_source=realmagnet&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Get%20Inspired%20by%20New%20Ideas%20in%20Distance%20Learning%20at%20NSTA%27s%20STEM20%3A%20Virtual&utm_campaign=DistanceLearningSTEM062820

3.) ASCD Virtual Conferences

http://www.ascd.org/virtual-conference-respond-reimagine-restart.aspx

4.) NCTM Opportunities

https://www.nctm.org/Calendar/

5.) ILA Opportunity

https://www.literacyworldwide.org/ila-next#ila-2020/

6.) Applying Trauma Informed Practices in a Post-Pandemic World

https://5il.co/igux       Registration Form

7.)  American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) just came out with an extensive list of tools and tips for returning back to school during COVID-19. This is a bit overwhelming at first but it's broken down into categories including disinfecting practices, classroom set-up, wearing masks, transportation, and supporting students.  

AOTA: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Health-Wellness/COVID19/back-to-school.aspx

8.)  Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM) COVID-19 Toolkit: Here are helpful resources for families during the closure (visuals and social stories) for understanding the virus and building new routines.

AFIRM: https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/build-new-routines

9.) American Occupational Therapy Association COVID - 19 Resources 

https://www.aota.org/Practice/Health-Wellness/COVID19/back-to-school.aspx?promo_name=back2school&promo_creative=Practice&promo_position=hero

10.)  USM presents The Power of Relationship for Coping, Healing and Enhancing Resilience

https://usm.maine.edu/school-of-education-human-development/power-relationship-coping-healing-and-enhancing-resilience