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2024 Fall Early Childhood Conference

This day of professional development, including a keynote presentation, breakouts, and networking, is dedicated to current topics in the field of early childhood education. Topics presented are relevant for individuals, partners, and teams.

Oct. 4, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Sourcewell

2024 Trauma: Going Beyond ACES

To support students affected by trauma, educators must first understand the various types of traumas (beyond ACEs) and how trauma affects the brain and behavior in both students and adults. This equity-infused training includes an introduction to trauma-informed practices that support resilience.

Aug. 21, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Sourcewell

2024-2025 New Teacher Academy

The New Teacher Academy is designed to increase confidence and capacity in novice educators by combining relevant training with growth-focused coaching support. Support throughout the year includes five full-day trainings at Sourcewell, four individual in-classroom coaching sessions, Catalyst Whole Group Leadership, and Catalyst Live.

Beginning Aug. 15, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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Sourcewell

AI Unveiled: Bridging Basics to Mastery for Educators

Unlock the potential of AI in education with this comprehensive workshop. In the morning session, dive into foundational AI concepts and explore the capabilities of ChatGPT, equipping educators with essential knowledge and skills. Engage in practical exercises and discussions to understand AI’s role in innovating learning experiences. In the afternoon, take your understanding to the next level with advanced AI concepts and hands-on activities, empowering you to revolutionize your teaching practices. 


Whether you join us for the morning, afternoon, or both sessions, you’ll gain valuable insights and strategies to leverage AI effectively in the classroom. Don’t miss this opportunity to bridge the gap from AI basics to mastery in education!

Aug. 12, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Sourcewell

AVID Transforming Literacy Through Content-Area Reading (Elementary)

This training is designed to engage elementary educators in considering what happens when we leverage disciplinary literacy skills to transform gaps into gains. Participants will engage with literacy strategies as a means of learning about them, allowing them the opportunity to reflect on how these strategies can be incorporated into their instructional practices

Aug. 13-14, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily

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Sourcewell

Beyond New Teacher Academy (NTA) for Elementary Teachers

Beyond New Teacher Academy (NTA) is NEW this year. Beyond NTA is designed to support elementary teachers in years 2, 3, and beyond! The sessions will be structured around standards, procedures, and fostering collaboration with other regional elementary teachers. There will be four professional development days at Sourcewell and three individual coaching days in their classroom. Content will be presented, collaboratively discussed, and applied to lesson planning for use in their classrooms. Attendees will have the opportunity to take Catalyst Whole Group Classroom Leadership and attend Catalyst Live.

Multiple dates

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8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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Sourcewell

Beyond New Teacher Academy (NTA) for Secondary Teachers

Beyond New Teacher Academy (NTA) is NEW this year. Beyond NTA is designed to support secondary teachers in years 2, 3, and beyond! The sessions will be structured around standards, procedures, and fostering collaboration with other regional secondary teachers. There will be four professional development days at Sourcewell and three individual coaching days in their classroom. Content will be presented, collaboratively discussed and applied to lesson planning for use in their classrooms. Attendees will have the opportunity to take Catalyst Whole Group Classroom Leadership Day 1 and attend Catalyst Live.

Multiple dates

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8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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Sourcewell

Career Pathways Cohort: 2024-2025

This cohort is for districts who are participating in the Career Consultant program. District identified career committees will attend to engage in professional learning, collaboration, and program planning. Development of career pathways is based on the nationally recognized Redefining Ready metrics and professional learning will include outside expertise and exemplars to guide district teams in design. 

Multiple dates

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8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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Sourcewell

Catalyst Creating Learning Environments Where Children Thrive

Learn to create environments that support all children in engaging thoughtfully through room layout and design by understanding how a student’s physical surroundings impact their ability to function, learn, and thrive at school. Students who learn in a predictable, safe, and purposeful environment are able to spend more of their energy on the content and less on navigating their space.

July 31, 2024

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4-6 p.m.

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Sourcewell

Catalyst Whole Group Classroom Leadership Beyond the Foundations (Opt Day 2)

Dig deeper into the Catalyst Whole Group Leadership foundational skills as well as additional strategies and refinements to impact the learning in your classroom even more. Collaborate and practice with other educators who are committed to preserving relationships, increasing engagement, and having more curriculum time for their students.

Aug. 1, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Sourcewell

Catalyst Whole Group Classroom Leadership: Foundational Skills (Day 1)

At the core of strong classroom management is how the adults manage themselves. In this class, participants learn strategies (based on observations and field-testing in more than 50,000 classrooms) that allow them to strengthen relationships, increase equity, reduce frustration, and foster independence in the classroom.

July 31, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Sourcewell

Cultural Competency Workshop by MSC Collaborative

The Minnesota Service Cooperatives have collaborated to bring you a virtual, asynchronous option to meeting your Cultural Competency licensure requirement. This course provides video learning, personal reflection time, an opportunity to hear from educators in the field, and many additional resources to explore as you continue your journey to be an even more culturally competent educator.

On demand

Effective Leadership for Superintendents

This training is designed for superintendents seeking to develop and enhance their leadership skills to inspire and support leadership teams and staff in achieving high expectations and fostering continuous growth. Participants will be able to distinguish between management and leadership, incorporating a nuanced understanding of both concepts into their professional practice. Through an exploration of key principles, participants will gain insights into how effective management and leadership can be synergistically employed to achieve organizational success. Participants will explore the multifaceted nature of effective leadership, emphasizing the creation of a positive culture marked by collective efficacy, collaboration, commitment, and trust.

July 11, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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Sourcewell

Exploring the NEW Social Studies Standards

Ready to dive into the NEW social studies standards? Join us for a full day of training where you'll dive deep into the 2021 standards alongside your colleagues. Get ready to enhance your teaching with inquiry-based practices and make learning even more engaging for your students!

Aug. 12, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Sourcewell

FastBridge SAEBRS Behavior Package

This virtual session will cover behavior screening and progress monitoring in FastBridge. Participants will learn how to collect, interpret, and use SAEBRS and mySAEBRS data for instructional planning in the area of social-emotional behavior.

Aug. 20, 2024

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8:30-11:30 a.m.

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Virtual

FastBridge Train the Trainer 1.0

This two-day onsite training will develop capacity related to essential elements of the FastBridge system. Participants will be equipped with materials for internal training with professionally created slide decks, instructor manuals, participant workbooks, and job aids to support internal knowledge transfer. This is the same training that was offered summer of 2023.

July 31-Aug. 1, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Sourcewell

FastBridge Train the Trainer 2.0

Further your implementation and use of the FastBridge system with this training opportunity. If you have successfully implemented the basics of FastBridge, or successfully completed Train the Trainer 1.0 training this is the next step for you. This training will include intermediate and advanced content.

Aug. 13-14, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Sourcewell

Formative Assessment Quick Wins

This on-demand course will define formative assessment and explore the benefits of utilization. Participants will learn about various formative assessment techniques for both virtual and in-person learning, and will leave the session ready to implement and achieve some formative assessment quick wins.


Using formative assessments regularly and consistently can give both educators and learners an even clearer picture around what learners know. Formative assessments also provide educators with a guide to developing learning experiences and lesson planning that can meet the needs of all learners. By using formative assessments with purpose, educators can maximize student learning and increase the effectiveness of their lesson design and delivery.

On demand

Innovate-Educate-Elevate: Tech Integration in the Classroom

Delve in and unlock the potential of tech-mobile tools, from the most-loved to the brand-new program additions. Explore career pathways, interdisciplinary lesson designs, and strategies for advancing learning through SAMR integration. Elevate your teaching and empower students for future success!

Aug. 19, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Sourcewell

InspireSTEM: Empowering Educators for Future Innovators

Dive into the latest trends and best practices in STEM education, with hands-on activities, collaborative projects, and expert-led sessions designed to empower teachers to inspire the next generation of innovators.

Aug. 21, 2024

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8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Sourcewell

License Renewal: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Led by a mental health professional and educator, this webinar will cover key facts about children's mental health, early warning signs of mental health disorders, and signs and symptoms of childhood suicide. Discussion will include strategies for how to respond and how to access help for students.

On demand

License Renewal: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

This training focuses on why and how our body and brain respond to stress/crisis and how that affects our work, wellness, and interactions. Explore Social-Emotional Learning strategies to recognize dysregulation in yourself and others, as well as strategies to regain and retain regulation. These strategies apply to interactions with students, colleagues, and caregivers.

On demand

License Renewal: Reading Instruction Preparation

This webinar provides participants an opportunity to explore components of effective reading instruction including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and motivation and engagement. Within each component, participants will learn what it is, why we teach it, and how we teach it.

On demand

License Renewal: Supporting our Multilingual Learners

Multilingual learners in our classrooms are a huge asset. Not every educator may feel confident in how to best support and include these students. This webinar offers insights to support educators in creating optimal learning environments and instructional strategies for each learner.

On demand