Free Professional Development Events

Join any of our chats, webinars, or interactive workshops and learn practical strategies for teaching with technology and supporting students in their digital lives.

Coming Soon

Developing Embodied SEL: How to Easily Integrate Service Learning into Your Classroom

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 12:00-1:00 pm PDT

1-Hour Webinar 

By helping others, we actually help ourselves, too! When we empower kids to believe that they can make a difference in the world, and then we give them the opportunity to actually practice helping others, they unlock powerful mental health outcomes for themselves. We call this type of service learning “embodied SEL,” and although integrating a service-learning program may sound intimidating, it can be very simple (and free).

Join this edWebinar to learn:

  • How to use the UNICEF Kid Power program, a free, interactive video platform that connects students’ activity within the platform to real-world support that UNICEF and its partners deliver to children and families in need globally and locally.
  • Ways to build classroom community and keep students motivated.
  • Specific whole-child benefits (social emotional, mental health, physical health and academic) for students who participate in UNICEF Kid Power.
  • Best practices for implementing a service-learning program into your classroom or school (for both in-person and virtual learning).
  • Where to access 150+ SEL and physical activity videos (featuring characters, celebrities, and athletes that kids know and love) to help students regulate emotions, explore identity, develop resilience, discuss difficult topics (racism, adjusting to new situations, and more), relax, and refocus through brain breaks.

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, school and district leaders, school counselors, teachers of students with special needs, and PE teachers of the kindergarten through elementary levels. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

How Do You Plan to Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week?

Friday, October 1, 2021 - 12:00-12:30 pm PDT

30 Min Chat 

Common Sense Education is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week Oct 18–22, 2021. Join us to learn how you can plan successful events throughout the week to involve your whole school community. Listen in as teachers share their experiences and ideas you can try in your school.

Transform Your Pedagogy by Partnering with Parents!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 10:00-11:00 am PDT

1-Hour Webinar

We all know that partnering with parents (and all caregivers) is not just a one-and-done event, but a practice of seeing and valuing families as full and equal partners in fostering learners. How, as educators, can we help parents and caregivers feel more confident, clear, and supported as partners in learning?

Join Gretchen Osodipe of Co-Teach for a lively discussion about a whole-community approach, including concrete strategies educators can use for family engagement. As a former teacher and current parent of three, Gretchen’s goals aren’t about kids “getting better at school,” but about nurturing lifelong learners!

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of the elementary through high school levels. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Intro to Digital Citizenship: Addressing Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 9:00-10:00 am PDT

1-Hour Interactive Workshop

How can we help our students understand the effects of digital drama, cyberbullying, and hate speech on themselves and their larger communities? How can we help them explore the roles people play and how individual actions -- negative and positive, intentional and unintentional -- can affect their peers and their broader communities? Join this introductory workshop to digital citizenship with a focus on cyberbullying, digital drama, and hate speech.

Cyberbullying: Proactive vs. Reactive

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 12:00-1:00 pm PDT

1-Hour Interactive Workshop

How can we create a positive school and classroom culture that supports academic learning along with social and emotional well-being?  We’ll explore a crisis response compared to a proactive response, and resources from our SEL in Digital Life Center as well as Digital Life Dilemmas. Leave with digital citizenship tools you can use immediately in your schools to nurture a strong and positive school culture.

Past Events

Building Connections: Social and Emotional Learning and Digital Citizenship

Recorded on Friday, September 24, 2021

Addressing Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School

Recorded on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Inside Look: Teaching Digital Citizenship in High School

Recorded on Friday, September 10, 2021

Promoting Social-Emotional Learning in Digital Life

Recorded on Thursday, August 19, 2021

A Classroom Approach to Social & Emotional Learning

Recorded on Friday, August 6, 2021

Digital Citizenship and Racial Justice: How Do They Connect?

Recorded on Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Inside Look: Teaching Digital Citizenship in Middle School

Recorded on Friday, July 9, 2021

Reflecting on Assessments: How to Measure Student Voice

Recorded on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Inside Look: Teaching Digital Citizenship in Grades K–5

Recorded on Friday, June 4, 2021

Building a Home-School Connection: Lessons Learned | SXSW EDU 2021

Recorded on Friday, May 21, 2021

Which Tech Tools Are You Bringing to In-Person Learning?

Recorded on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Let's Celebrate, Share Ideas, and Grow Professionally

Recorded on Friday, May 7, 2021

Roomers and Zoomers: Tips for Working with In-Person and Virtual Students Concurrently

Recorded on Monday, April 26, 2021

Evolving Digital Literacy in Early Childhood

Recorded on Friday, April 2, 2021

Book Clubs for Today's Culture of Learning: Fostering a Love of Independent Reading Through Student Choice

Recorded on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Reading to Guide Effective Student Digital Citizenship

Recorded on Friday, March 5, 2021

An Introduction to Implementing Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship in UK Schools

Recorded on Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Role of Media and Technology in Early Childhood Development

Recorded on Wednesday, February 10, 2021

There's More to Black History Than Slavery and Civil Rights

Recorded on Friday, February 5, 2021

Social and Emotional Wellness for Everyone

Recorded on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Mentoring Students Every Day

Recorded on Friday, January 15, 2021

Media Use by Children Zero to Eight: Research-Based Strategies to Get the Most Out of Kids' Media Use

Recorded on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Creating a Culturally Responsive Learning Environment

Recorded on Friday, December 11, 2020

Developing a Student Team of Technology Leaders

Recorded on Friday, December 4, 2020

News Literacy and Civic Engagement in 2020 and Beyond

Recorded on Friday, November 20, 2020

Creating Learning Spaces for Hybrid Forms of Education

Recorded on Friday, November 13, 2020

The Future of EdTech and Dig Cit in a Post-Election World

Recorded on Friday, November 6, 2020

Co-Educating with Families

Recorded on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

5 Easy Steps to Increasing Student Engagement

Recorded on Friday, October 30, 2020

From ELA to Emotional Well-Being: Free Learning Activities!

Recorded on Friday, October 23, 2020

Fortaleciendo la ciudadanía digital durante el aprendizaje a distancia

Recorded on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Helping Kids Use Social Media Responsibly: An Educator’s Guide to "Social Media TestDrive"

Recorded on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Use CREATE™ to Nurture Relationships with Families

Recorded on Friday, October 16, 2020

Reaching Spanish-Speaking Families Virtually and Via Texts

Recorded on Friday, October 9, 2020

Use SEEK™ to Gain Insights from Student Work

Recorded on Friday, October 2, 2020

Building Diverse Learning Environments with Your School Library

Recorded on Friday, September 25, 2020

Setting the Foundation for Student Digital Agency: An Educator’s Guide to Amplifying Student Voice

Recorded on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Teaching 9/11 and Its Legacy

Recorded on Friday, September 11, 2020

Your One-Stop Shop for Teaching During the Pandemic

Recorded on Friday, September 4, 2020

Building Self-Worth and Communication Skills in Our Students

Recorded on Friday, August 28, 2020

Teaching News and Media Literacy in an Election Year

Recorded on Monday, August 24, 2020

Transitioning After-School Programs Online

Recorded on Friday, August 21, 2020

The Connection Between Teacher Well-Being and Student Learning

Recorded on Friday, August 14, 2020

Hands-On Learning When Virtual

Recorded on Friday, August 7, 2020

Equitable Distance Learning for English Learners

Recorded on Friday, July 31, 2020

Using Improv to Redefine Education

Recorded on Friday, July 24, 2020

Engagement Strategies for Reimagined Classrooms

Recorded on Monday, July 13, 2020

Packaging Your Digital Assignments: Creating Efficient and Easy-to-Navigate Lessons for Learning at Home

Recorded on Monday, June 22, 2020

Summer Learning through our Public Libraries in a time of Covid-19

Recorded on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New Remote Learning Resources from Common Sense Education

Recorded on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tech Balance: Family Engagement Tools to Talk Tech and Media Habits with Parents

Recorded on Thursday, March 19, 2020

A Framework for Digital Citizenship Implementation

Recorded on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ready Player One: Esports in K–12

Recorded on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

How Digital Stressors Impact Student Learning

Recorded on Wednesday, November 6, 2019

50 Top EdTech Tools for the Classroom

Recorded on Wednesday, September 25, 2019

All-New Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Recorded on Thursday, August 22, 2019

Educators and Social Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls

Recorded on Thursday, April 25, 2019

Cultivating Kindness: A Foundation for Digital Citizenship

Recorded on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Close Reading the Internet: Developing Critical Thinkers

Recorded on Thursday, November 29, 2018

Fighting Fake: Digital Forensics and News Literacy Education

Recorded on Tuesday, June 12, 2018