May 22, 2024 4 min read

Professional Development Planning for School Staff




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Summer and Fall Professional Development Planning for School Staff

As we look ahead to the 2024-2025 school year, it’s crucial to plan and assess the professional development (PD) needs of educators and staff. This planning period provides an excellent opportunity to ensure that new hires receive the necessary training and that ongoing professional development aligns with the district’s goals. In light of recent educational trends and challenges, focusing on areas such as student mental health, diversity and inclusion, and safety and compliance is more important than ever.

The Value of Online Professional Development Courses

Flexibility and Accessibility

Online professional development courses offer significant flexibility, allowing educators and school staff to complete training at their own pace and on their own schedule. This is especially beneficial for accommodating diverse teaching schedules and personal commitments. Online courses can be accessed from any location, providing convenience and removing geographical barriers to high-quality PD.


Web-based professional development can be more cost-effective compared to traditional in-person training. It eliminates travel expenses, reduces the need for physical resources, such as printed materials and venue rentals, and minimizes the need for substitutes when teachers are taken out of the classroom. Schools can reallocate these savings towards other critical needs or additional PD opportunities.

Wide Range of Topics

Online PD platforms provide a vast array of courses covering essential topics, ensuring comprehensive training for all staff members. Whether it’s safety and compliance, student mental health, diversity and inclusion, cybersecurity awareness training, or specialized training for paraeducators, these platforms offer courses that can address the diverse needs of your school district.

Managing Professional Development in an Online System

Streamlined Professional Development Management

An integrated online PD system automates the streamlines the entire professional development process, from course delivery to tracking and reporting. This automation saves time and reduces administrative burdens, allowing district leaders to focus on strategic planning rather than logistical details.

Customization and Personalization

Online PD systems often allow for customization, enabling districts to tailor courses to meet specific needs. You can upload district policies, create custom courses, and develop personalized training plans for new hires. This ensures consistency and thoroughness in training, helping new staff members get up to speed quickly.

Comprehensive Tracking and Reporting

Effective PD management includes robust tracking and reporting features. An online system can provide detailed insights into course completion rates, individual progress, and overall compliance with training requirements. This data is invaluable for identifying areas needing improvement and ensuring that all staff members meet mandatory training standards.

Professional Development Resources for Every Department

Staff Safety & Compliance

Our suite of online courses includes comprehensive training on safety and compliance, ensuring that all staff members are well-versed in necessary protocols to maintain a safe and secure school environment.

Student Safety & Mental Health Courses

Addressing student mental health and behavior challenges is a priority. Our courses provide educators with the skills and knowledge to support student well-being and diverse learning needs effectively.

Inclusive Instruction & Interventions Courses for Paraeducators & Teachers

Inclusive instruction and interventions training is essential for supporting students with diverse learning needs. Our courses equip paraeducators and teachers with strategies and best practices to foster inclusive learning environments.

Diversity & Inclusion for Staff & Students

Promoting diversity and inclusion within the school community is crucial. Our courses help staff and students understand and embrace diversity, creating a more inclusive and supportive school culture.

School Bus Safety Training for Drivers

Ensuring the safety of students during transportation is paramount. Our school bus safety training for drivers covers essential safety protocols and best practices.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in Schools

Protecting students from harm is a top priority. Our training on child sexual abuse prevention provides staff with the knowledge to recognize and respond to potential abuse situations.

Facilities Maintenance Training

Maintaining school facilities is critical for a safe learning environment. Our facilities maintenance training ensures that staff are knowledgeable about proper maintenance procedures and safety standards.


Investing in professional development is investing in the future of education. By leveraging the advantages of online professional development courses and managing PD through an integrated online system, school districts can enhance the skills and knowledge of their staff, improve student outcomes, and create a safer, more inclusive learning environment. Planning and executing a comprehensive PD strategy for the 2024-2025 school year will ensure that your educators and staff are well-prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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