Professional Development

The OEA Center for Teaching and Learning is available for the many professional development needs our members have across the state. Here are brief descriptions of our offerings, with a registration link below. 

Tips & Tricks Tuesday

Join the OEA Teaching & Learning team at 4 p.m. every Tuesday on the OEA Facebook Page to learn tips and tricks about teaching. The 20-minute sessions include a live question-and-answer session. Check out the schedule for upcoming topics.

Instructional and Curricular Strategies

Addressing Behavioral Challenges – Explore the latest research-based strategies for supporting positive student behaviors; includes current discipline regulations and how to utilize preventative strategies for students with and without IEPs.

Building Better Brains for Learning – Eric Jensen’s research on how poverty and stress change the brain and how to structure pedagogy and curriculum to lessen these negative impacts.

Bullying Prevention – Stop bullying by investigating the psychological, social and educational impact of bullying behaviors, including cyber-bullying.

Classroom Management 101 – Techniques to pique student involvement and reduce classroom management problems.

I Can Do It! – This full-day, in-depth and highly collaborative workshop (newly revised in 2015) stresses the procedural and relational aspects of the smoothly-flowing classroom.

Recognizing Trauma in Our Students – Recognize the cognitive and emotional impacts of trauma on children and acquire strategies t0 help overcome them.

Teaching Resiliency – For Oklahoma students impacted by poverty and trauma, resilience is a key characteristic for success in school. Learn classroom practices to help build resiliency.

True Colors – A personality survey that provides insight into learning and leadership styles and helps you make the most of both student and adult group dynamics.

Building a Positive Climate and Community

Celebrate What’s Right with the World! – National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones’ inspirational film helps us celebrate our lives with confidence and grace.

FISH! – From the Seattle Fish Market, the actions of Play, Be There, Make their Day and Choose your Attitude help show us that any workplace can be enjoyable and successful.

For the Love of It – Invigorate your life by actively loving what you do!

Your Summit Awaits – Adventurer Jaime Clarke challenges us to make our dreams our goal and show gratitude to change our perspectives and our lives.

OEA Professional Development

Other Professional Development Sources

NEA 360 Ed Communities – 21 virtual communities of professional practice rich with content and discussion contributions. Join NEA’s edCommunities. Print a copy of the edCommunities brochure.

NEA Tools & Ideas – Lesson plans, teaching strategies, advice and support, and links to resources all on the NEA website.

Better Lesson & the Master Teacher Project – Over 16,000 lessons for core subject areas and blended learning!

The NEA Foundation – Grants, awards, and open-source online courses for educators.

Every Student Succeeds Act Begins – Information on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) implementation and how to insert educator input into state and district decision-making processes. ESSA Overview, a 14-page summary compiled by NEA.

Using The OAS-ELA To Teach, Assess, & Lead In The ELA Classroom

Facilitated by NSU’s English Education Specialist Lara Searcy and the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Secondary ELA Coordinator Josh Flores, this two-hour session is designed to increase understanding of standards-based instruction and assessment and explore resources that aid in implementation of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts.

On A New Path For Math: Engaging Students With The Oklahoma Academic Standards​

Participants learn what is new in Oklahoma’s standards and experience engaging lessons and strategies that will successfully put you and your students on the new path for math. Facilitated by Heather Sparks, director of student education at Oklahoma City University and the 2009 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.