Current Learning Opportunities are offered below, first from the Upstate PDRC  on the left by topic area. Also provided are titles of opportunities offered by our PDRC partners; the Long Island PDRC at Catapult Learning and the NYC PDRC at Fordham University, off to the right. During this time of social distancing all of the PDRC learning opportunities are open and available to all NYS Religious and Independent Schools. You may register for Upstate PDRC offerings here on our website by clicking on the registration link provided below. To register for PDRC offerings from our partners in NYC and LI please click on the link provided to go to each of their websites under "find out more."  All offerings are online at this time. All offerings will be recorded for on demand access and stored under "Archived Offerings." 

Online Instructional Design and Pedagogy

Best Practice in Preparing Online Classroom Content

(Interactive Session)

Diana Straut, Ph.D. , Senior Professional Development Specialist

CTLE (continuing teacher and leader education) credits available for this professional development event. 

Worried about September? Release the stress and get more with less! Now is the time to design classroom content that not only engages students but is easy for you to manage.  With just a few tips and templates, you'll be ready for whatever September may bring - online, blended, synchronous, or asynchronous learning. In this 90-minute session, Dr. Slichko will provide you with some best practices for teaching online plus the tools and tips that have helped faculty get started and stay stress free. Suitable for grades K-12.

Dr. Julie Slichko is a certified special education teacher with years of experience teaching all ages. As a professor, she has designed and taught online and blended courses. As an instructional designer, she has consulted with educators to effectively utilize technology and teach online courses.  

Beyond the Book Report: How to Use Google Tools to Create a Project Based Learning Classroom

(Interactive Session)

Christina Harvey, Upstate PDRC

CTLE (continuing teacher and leader education) credits available for this professional development event. 

This session is an introduction to the inspiring world of Project-based Learning "in the cloud"! Project-based Learning is a method of learning that encourages creativity, critical thinking, and real-world skills while effectively achieving multiple standards in one lesson. With the technology available today, PBL can be easily toggled between classroom and home, allowing for synchronous learning outside the school building.

Developing Rubrics to Assess Student Learning (Interactive Session)


Rebecca Shea, Senior Professional Development Specialist

This session will provide participants with an overview of types, purposes, and how to develop rubrics for upcoming assignments.  Example rubrics will be offered for both shorter and longer assignments, as well as addressing Bloom’s Taxonomy while developing rubrics. 


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify various types of rubrics and their purposes for assessing learning

  • Understand important characteristics when developing rubrics

  • Strategies to co-create rubrics with students

  • Utilizing rubrics for students’ self-assessment of learning

  • Online tools for developing rubrics

Presenting Virtual Content: A continuum of options  (Interactive Meeting)

Diana Straut, Ph. D., Senior Professional Development Specialist

This session explores a variety of ways to share content across synchronous, asynchronous, small group and 1:1 virtual options.  Ideas for transferring face to face teaching strategies--using packets, project based learning, and peer to peer cooperative learning for example--into virtual classrooms will be offered.  Participants will explore

  • considerations for deciding how to chunk content into manageable pieces for online learning

  • a continuum of no-tech or low tech ideas for presenting content in online settings

  • simple ideas for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of a wide range of learners

Some of the ideas that were introduced in the “Best Practices for Virtual Learning Environments” Webinar (4/20/20) will be further explored, as well as new ideas for offering content to students who are learning remotely. 

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