3 Summer Professional Development Opportunities that are Worth Your Time

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Teachers Make the Most of your Summer “Vacation” with Quality PD

For most teachers, the term summer vacation is a misnomer. Instead of soaking up the sun, teachers find themselves working second jobs, volunteering their time and prepping for the year ahead. All too quickly June turns to July and July turns to August. Teachers return to the classroom and start a new year.

As teachers plan for the fleeting moments of summer, one thing that many consider is professional development. Summer is the ideal time to become immersed in continuing learning and summer PD programs inspire teachers to start the new year on the right foot.

With so many options to choose from and many registration deadlines falling in the thick of the school year, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. These three programs are renowned for a reason. They will not disappoint.

The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: March 21, 2018


K-12 teachers are invited to apply for a week-long learning experience in our nation’s capital. Five sessions are offered and teachers can choose to focus on STEM, American History or both. Teachers will leave the training ready to guide their classes through age appropriate activities using digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress.


Location: Nationwide

Registration is ongoing


Teachers have so much to share, but so little time built into their daily schedules to learn from one another. EdCamp exists as a venue where teachers learn from teachers. By joining an EdCamp around the country teachers are choosing to participate in an “un-conference.” They can expect to collaborate and participate in sessions covering a variety of topics.

Nerd Camp

Location: Parma, MI

Registration full, waitlist spots available


Nerd Camp is a two in one professional development experience. Day One runs much like a traditional conference with a number of fantastic speakers sharing their wisdom on reading and language arts. Day Two works collaboratively and invites teachers to attend a number of participant driven sessions spanning all literacy topics.



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