The Educational Support Professionals Advancement Committee (ESPAC) encourages employees to improve their skills and knowledge. As an effort to support professional learning ESPAC highlights courses that would be beneficial for individuals. For example, ESPAC recommends courses from Salt Lake Community College's Ed2Go. Courses are instructor-led (start and end on a certain date) or self-paced. The most popular courses cover Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and WordPress. Other courses are available as well. ESPAC will cover the cost of courses that have been approved.
> http://www.ed2go.com/saltlakecc Ed 2 Go/Salt Lake Community College courses usually run for 6 weeks, 2 sessions per week. (See course examples below.) After completion of the course, an online test is given, and the employee is given the option of printing a certificate verifying completion of the class. If interested in these classes, contact Chris Westra, (801-567-8657) or further explanation of the process of registration.
Courses in customer service, grammar, problem-solving, etc., can be found at Fred Pryor Seminars, http://www.pryor.com and SkillPath Seminars www.skillpath.com. Indicate in the box district zip code, 84084, and classes that are available in the Salt Lake City Area will be provided. Complete the Classified Professional Improvement form attached, send it to Classified Professional Development at the district, and you will be registered for the course. An email confirmation will be sent to you upon completion of your registration. Usually with two or three days. Note: Computer classes offered here are not hands-on classes--only presentation.
> www.slcc.edu/workshops Computer classes are offered through Salt Lake Community College continuing education. The employee will need to pay for the class with a personal credit card and submit your receipt/confirmation for reimbursement to Chris Westra, Classified Professional Development.
- Example courses from Ed2Go
How to Apply
- Applying for classes is a simple task. Simply fill out the Classified Professional Improvement form
- (2020-21 Classified Prof Dev Form).
- If the class is held during the contract day, you will need to also check the box requesting a Professional Development Day.
- You must sign the form.
- Your supervisor must also sign as approval of the course.
- Return it by district mail or in person to Chris Westra, Teaching and Learning, at the District Office.
Participants must attend ALL class sessions and complete the assignments to receive a certificate for the class. Participants are asked to complete a survey upon completion.
- Funding for Classes
Employees who desire to take classes approved by CPIC may fund them in the following ways:
- Employee pays for class by personal check or money order.
- Employee may request the use of classified professional development funds from their department, director, or principal. Most departments and schools have a professional development funds. Payment is made by check or journal entry.
- Employee completes a Professional Development Registration form (2020-21 Classified Prof Dev Form), and submits the form along with additional class information (i.e., brochure, etc.,) showing the details and cost of the class.
- Professional Development Days
- Classified employees may take a course during the contract workday, and a professional development day may be requested on the CPDD Approval Form through the administrator of the department.
- The administrator must sign the form to approve the request. The form must also be signed by the designated administrator at the district level.
- For further questions, please contact Chris Westra in Teaching and Learning at 801-567-8657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courses Offered Through COVID school closures:
A concentrated effort has been made to provide all employees the opportunity to work their usual number of hours and earn their regular pay during the extended school dismissal. Substitutes who have a current assignment were eligible to enroll in the Paraeducator Refresher Course. Whenever possible, employees were strongly encouraged to work from home. Doing so helped to make social distancing more effective for those whose job assignments make working from home difficult.
One option was for employees to take online training. Under the direction of an immediate supervisor, employees could participate in online training. After direction from your immediate supervisor, please follow the instructions for each course.
|IMPORTANT NOTE: Prior to enrollment in a Canvas course, please make sure you are able to log into Canvas. Please click on https://jordanpd.instructure.com/ username will be your JSD email address and the password you use for JSD accounts. If your password does not work, please click on "Forgot Password?" Follow the steps and you will be able to reset your password.|
Paraeducator Basic Course | JSD Suicide Prevention | Getting Started with Canvas | Adobe in Education | Digital Citizenship | Getting to Know Nearpod | Common Sense Media | Google Tools | CPIC Self-Paced Courses.-- Ed2Go Courses from Salt Lake Community College |
ESP Professional Development Courses Offered Through Special Education
- Each of the following courses were designed to take approximately 25 hours per week over two weeks, for a total of 50 hours. All hourly employees should log in and out via True Time to document their participation in the Course. Although the course was originally designed to have graded quizzes and assignments, during dismissal these features will not be used. You will just need to participate in the learning modules and may choose to participate in the discussion conferences.
- If a paraeducator typically works 17 hours or less per week the course should take longer than two weeks to complete.
- If the paraeducator typically works more than 25 hours per week, there are some additional readings that can be done in the time that is not accounted for in any given course.
- If you have any questions about logging into True Time from home please visit with your building administrator.
- Any paraprofessional, under the direction of their administrator, is welcome to join and participate regardless of their assignment or their number of hours worked in a week.
- Under the administrator’s direction, the entire course can be completed or specific modules can be assigned as appropriate.
NEW Course: Paraeducator Basics. The link for this course is: https://jordanpd.instructure.com/enroll/XWLW4G
COURSE: JSD Suicide Prevention Training -- Self-enroll in the course by logging into Canvas at: https://jordanpd.instructure.com/enroll/BPKJF6
Jordan School DIstrict's Health and Wellness Department has provided an online training course on suicide prevention. From the Health and Wellness Department,
"It takes everyone to prevent suicide. We all play a part in keeping each other safe. We hope that you can use this training in your personal and professional life. Please, recognize that your role is vital to our success in preventing suicide and you do NOT have to be a mental health professional to intervene and support others who may be struggling."
Any employee, under the direction of their administrator, is welcome to join and participate.
COURSE: ESP - Getting Started With Canvas -- Self Enroll in the course by logging into Canvas at https://jordanpd.instructure.com/enroll/DHE648
This course is available so that you can learn about Canvas and assist teachers in their online efforts. Participants will learn how to design and deliver an online course and manage student assignments using Canvas LMS.
COURSE: ESP - Adobe in Education -- Self Enroll in course by logging into Canvas at https://jordanpd.instructure.com/enroll/GGXHGK
Adobe products are currently made available to all Jordan School District employees and students in 7th - 12th Grade. This course guides participants in learning the basics of Adobe products and how they might be used in classrooms with student learning.
COURSE: ESP - Digital Citizenship -- Self enroll in this course by logging into Canvas at https://jordanpd.instructure.com/enroll/3KC7P6
Description - In this course participants will learn what digital citizenship is, how to become responsible digital citizens, and how to talk with others openly about cyberbullying and potential pitfalls of social media. Participants will learn how to model digital citizenship and develop tools and lessons to use with individuals of all ages.
COURSE: ESP - Getting to know Nearpod -- Self enroll in the course by logging into Canvas at https://jordanpd.instructure.com/enroll/PFEY9N
Description - This course will help participants learn Nearpod can be used for high-quality instruction. Understanding the basics of the Nearpod platform empowers those who use it to facilitate intentional and thoughtful engagement with the curriculum through technology.
ESP - Common Sense Media -- Self enroll in this course by logging into Canvas at https://jordanpd.instructure.com/enroll/76YMWC
Description - Common Sense Media is one of the major providers of digital citizenship training in the United States. They provide high-quality digital literacy and citizenship programs. In order to promote and support the safe and appropriate use of digital tools within the Jordan School District, we are providing this introduction to Common Sense Media.
COURSE: ESP - Google Tools Course . -- Self Enroll in this course by logging into Canvas at https://jordanpd.instructure.com/enroll/7DJBRX
Description - Course participants will learn the functionality of the following Google Apps for Education tools available to students and employees in the Jordan School District and apply those applications in educational and professional settings.