Professional Development


    Farmer Frog EXTERNSHIPS For teachers

    Organization: Farmer Frog
    Dates: July 17-20, 2018

    Farmer Frog offers summer externships for teachers who want to earn summer clock hours. Participants spend two weeks at our school gardens and farm sites. As they work with our families and urban farmer educators, they experience Farmer Frog’s SOIL to STEM model and see how school gardens can be integrated into an individual school’s curriculum to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEM/STEAM).

    Teachers can earn at least 56 clock hours.

    Subjects we cover include:

    • using the ecosystem as a partner
    • crops for shade and sun, summer and winter
    • seeds and the meaning of GMO, hybrid, cloned, and heirloom
    • intensive gardening, companion planting, polyculture, underplanting, and overseeding...

    Systems Thinking: Developing Capacity for Thinking, Leading and Learning

    July 24 @ 8:00 am–July 26 @ 4:00 pm PDT

    Organization: The Waters Foundation
    Location: Puget Sound ESD, Renton WA
    Cost: $599

    Objectives: This three-day workshop will provide an introduction to systems thinking Habits, concepts and tools that can be directly applied to leadership development, organizational learning and district and school improvement.

    Participants will:

    • Learn and be able to apply the 14 Habits of a Systems Thinker.
    • Increase understanding of how mental models are developed over time and how to productively utilize the diverse perspectives people hold about systems of interest.
    • Identify the causal interdependencies that influence the behavior of complex systems and use that deeper understanding to effectively identify leverage actions.
    • Develop insights about short-term, long-term and unintended consequences of decisions and actions.
    • Each create a plan to apply systems thinking to the achievement of workplace goals

    Positive Discipline in the Classroom

    Organization: By Sound Discipline
    Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, August 14th and 15th (8:00am – 4:30pm)

    Location: 2100 Building – 2100 24th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98144
    Cost: $425 General Admission

    The course is appropriate for teachers, administrators, counselors, paraprofessionals and youth development program providers.
    Create a classroom/school environment where students feel encouraged and engaged in learning, solve their own friendship issues, and feel a sense of connection, value and challenge.  As an educator you will feel a sense of accomplishment and find your “calm” once more.
    Participants will learn the basics of Positive Discipline and will acquire many tools with which to implement this approach. The course is taught experientially so that there is time to practice new tools.

    Credit and Clock Hours:  This workshop is eligible for 1 credit ($55) or 15 clock hours ($20) through Seattle Pacific University.  The link to register and pay will be sent to you in an email about a week before the workshop. Be sure to watch for the email and use the link provided to register by the deadline if you need credit or clock hours.

    The Positive Discipline Association offers need-based scholarships. You must apply by the Early Bird Registration deadline. More information:

    Race & Pedagogy National Conference

    Sept. 27–29, 2018

    Radically Re-Imagining the Project of Justice: Narratives of Rupture, Resilience, and Liberation

    Every four years, the University of Puget Sound and the Race & Pedagogy Institute welcome more than 2,000 local, regional, national, and international participants to engage issues of race and to discuss the impact of race on education. Each conference builds on the success of the last and contributes new perspectives to the conversation.  Join us, September 27 - 29, 2018, to explore the theme Radically Re-Imagining the Project of Justice: Narratives of Rupture, Resilience, and Liberation.  Major sub-themes are: Rupturing the Logics of Domination: Urgencies in the Project of Justice; Undoing Miseducation: Reclaiming and Rewriting Narratives of Liberation; and Radical Transformations: New Publics, New Social Contracts.

    The Conference will include Keynote, Spotlight, and Concurrent sessions.  Conversation Spaces will be built into the program to multiply opportunities for more informal interactions among attendees around selected topics drawn from the formal sessions. As part of the Institute’s commitment to understanding the arts as public pedagogy, the fine and performing arts will speak, in campus and community spaces, to the trauma and costly yields of entering the archives of painful histories of dehumanization and internment; to the similarly and differently turbulent and violent crossings through which migrations, genocide and enslavement have been wrought; to Tacoma’s own struggles for justice over the course of many years.  The Conference will also feature a Youth Summit for middle and high school students built on the Institute’s engagement with Washington State public schools.  In addition, a conference strand designed by PreK-12 educators will focus on Unlearning Racism and wrestling with issues of representation, curriculum, and pedagogy in public schools and teacher preparation. 

    Clock hours and professional development credits will be available for local statewide educators.  Conference participants will have access to a digital program platform that will serve as a guide for choosing and moving through the Conference program to craft a rich educational experience and for making connections with other attendees.

    Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Conference 2018

    When: Saturday, September 29, 2018  9 am - 4 pm
    Location: Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle Southeast, Bellevue, WA 98007

    This conference will help schools, families and communities understand Social Emotional learning and inspire them to work together to create welcoming and engaging school environments where families can feel comfortable, confident and supported, and where every student can develop social skills and competencies to succeed across all aspects of our global society.

    Who should attend?
    Parents, educators, administrators, community partners, students, policy makers, early learning and special education professionals and anyone supporting the well-being of children and youth.

    Why should you attend?
    When schools and communities commit to promoting Social Emotional Learning they position themselves to develop partnerships to ensure that our education system is equitable, culturally responsive, and inclusive for all students. Join us and participate in Design Circles, hear inspiring speakers and learn from diverse communities and educators as they discuss these three guiding principles: Professional Learning, School-Family- Community Partnerships and Cultural Responsiveness.

    Breakfast, lunch, free parking, clock hours and STARS for educators.  
    School District Purchase Orders accepted at
    Scholarships available for parents and students. Contact: info@


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    NAAEE National/International Conference in Spokane WA
    Environmental Education: A Force for the Future
    Location: Spokane WA Conference Center
    Dates: October 10-13, 2018

    Choose from a wide variety of concurrent sessions in six strands:
    • Building Leadership for Environmental Literacy
    • Connecting with Nature
    • Conservation and Environmental Education
    • Educating for Sustainable Communities
    • Green Schools and Career-Connected Learning
    • Linking Research and Practice to Increase Impact

    NAAEE Conference Schedule at a Glance

    Wednesday, October 10
    • Pre-conference workshops* (full day and half day)
    •  Pre-conference field trips*
    • Opening Reception, including Share Fair, authors’ Corner and exhibit Fair (starts at 5:00 PM)
    • Conference Opening with Keynote Speaker: Brady Pinero Walkinshaw

    Thursday, October 11
    • Concurrent sessions
    • Plenary Panel: Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Environmental education with David Orr
    • Exhibit Fair Luncheon, including affiliate Welcome
    • Poster Session
    • HMI BioInteractive Short Film Screening
    • Spokane Suds Stroll*
    • Free night: Enjoy Spokane!

    Friday, October 12
    • Concurrent and plenary sessions
    • Exhibit Fair
    • eePRO Groups Brown Bag Lunch
    • Annual Gala and Auction

    Saturday, October 13
    • Concurrent sessions
    •  Awards Luncheon
    • Closing Panel: EE 30 Under 30 Honorees

    Sunday, October 14
    • Post-conference field trips*

    Act Now to purchase Exhibit Space or Ad Space on the NAAEE Conference program.

    Want to Volunteer?
    Volunteers have two options for reducing conference registration rates: work a four-hour shift and attend the rest of that day for free (Thursday or Friday only),or volunteer for eight hours over the course of the conference and earn free registration. Meals are not included. Contact us at Volunteer registration opens in July.
    Consider joining the E3 Climate Science and Green Jobs workshops and receptions on Friday October 12. This conference is going to be an amazing opportunity for environment and sustainability educators to gather and learn in Spokane.

    Community-Based Social Marketing Workshops

    Organization: Community Based Social Media
    Date: October 22-25, 2018
    Location: Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA
    Cost: $545-1,161

    The cornerstone of sustainable and healthy communities is behavior change. Sustainability requires that individuals and businesses engage in diverse actions, such as reducing waste, increasing water and energy efficiency, altering transportation habits, and protecting native species. Healthy lifestyles require individuals to make smart food choices, exercise, avoid smoking and excessive sun exposure, and engage in a myriad of other actions.

    Research demonstrates, however, that the traditional approach of using ads, brochures or websites to encourage behavior change simply doesn’t work. A new approach, community-based social marketing, is now being used effectively in numerous programs across the globe. We invite you to attend a workshop with the founder of community-based social marketing, Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr, as the training provided will fundamentally change the way you think about program delivery.

    To register