Professional Learning 2019-2020

Trauma-Informed Schools: Helping Every Child Succeed

September 16, 2019

Research indicates that 25-45% of all youth attending school have been exposed to a traumatic event. For some children, these experiences result in a trauma response that can lead to a cascade of social, emotional, and academic difficulties that can interfere with a child’s ability to learn at school. This sometimes can escalate to unpredictable behavior and/or social withdrawal. Trauma sensitivity will look different at every school. However, a shared definition of what it means to be a trauma-sensitive school can bring educators, parents, and community members together around a common vision. Participants of this presentation will learn how Trauma-Sensitive schools can build on systemic efforts by providing universal (tier 1) supports across the school environment. Together we will explore targeted strategies (tier 2) and individual interventions (tier 3) that can help a child who has been traumatized. Self-care of school staff and teachers is a must when dealing with students who are impacted by trauma. We will discuss a self-care plan for educators to implement so they can avoid secondary trauma and burnout. Resources that are available for low or no cost will be shared with participants. 


  • Participants will be able to define trauma and how trauma may impact child and adolescent brain development, and how that can impact learning, behavior and relationships.
  • Participants will be able to identify effective universal, selected and targeted strategies to increase students’ strengths.
  • Participants will review effective strategies to head off frustration and burn-out with essential educator self-care techniques.

Location: Balsz Community Center (4309 E Belleview | Phoenix, AZ)

Time: Registration starts at 4:30pm; Training from 5:00-7:00pm

Increasing Flexibility for the Instruction of Arizona’s English Learners

October 24, 2019

In this session, participants will receive an overview of the increased flexibility within the SEI Models. Guidance for the 2019 -2020 school year based on new legislation from SB1014 will be shared along with a preview of the newly revised ELP Standards.


  • Participants will have a general understanding of the SB1014 legislation.
  • Participants will be able to articulate possible implications of new legislation to their instructional settings.
  • Participants will have a general understanding of the vision, structure, and content of the revised ELP Standards.

Location: Arizona K12 Center Professional Learning Center (99 E Virginia Avenue, Suite 150 | Phoenix, AZ)

Time: Registration starts at 4:30pm; Training from 5:00-7:00 pm

A Look at Arizona’s New Science Standards

January 8, 2020

Arizona has new science standards! This presentation is designed to help teachers or administrators who are not familiar with the document understand the layout, how three-dimensional science instruction helped develop the standards, some key insights to navigating the document, and outline the goals and changes of the new standards. This will help educators navigate teaching with a three-dimensional approach with the 2018 Science Standards in the classroom.


  • Participants will be given a high-level overview of the new 2018 Science Standards.

  • Participants will gain knowledge of what the three-dimensions are: 
    • Science and Engineering Practices
    • Crosscutting Concepts
    • Core Ideas 

  • Participants will understand the difference between high school essential and high school plus standards.

  • Participants will learn how the standards are coded.

  • Participants will review timelines of implementation and assessment.

Location: Gilbert Public Schools Administrative Complex - Building F (140 S Gilbert Road | Gilbert, AZ)

Time: Registration starts at 4:30pm; Training from 5:00-7:00pm

It Starts With a Question: Examining How the new Arizona History and Social Science Standards Prepare Students for College, Career, & Civic Life

March 3, 2020

What does it mean to learn social studies? The new History and Social Science Standards shift the teaching of social studies from learning a checklist of people, places, and events to teaching students how to think and do the work of historians, geographers, economists, and political scientists. Inquiry is at the heart of social studies practice in these new standards. After an overview of the new standards, participants will experience an inquiry-based lesson in order to understand the major instruction shifts from the 2005 standards to the 2018 standards.


  • Participants will become familiar with the 2018 History and Social Science Standards.
  • Participants will examine major shifts in the standards and how they will impact curriculum and instruction.
  • Participants will partake in a model inquiry.

Location: Arizona K12 Center Professional Learning Center (99 E Virginia Avenue, Suite 150 | Phoenix, AZ)

Time: Registration starts at 4:30pm; Training from 5:00-7:00pm

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