Expanding Online Professional Learning Opportunities

​Earn Credits While You Learn

Headphones and laptop for remote learning

During the 2020 summer and for the future, various professional learning opportunities will be available to Maryland teachers: 

  • PL for Remote Teaching Portal - Earn Credits While You Learn

(Always Available)

During the pandemic, Maryland teachers were faced with delivering instruction remotely. After speaking to many educators about their experiences, MSDE was able to identify the most troublesome areas related to synchronous or blended teaching and learning. These areas range from the instructional development and planning for remote teaching to more specific topics such as; how to communicate effectively with students and parents, how to meet the needs of EL students, how to provide accessible digital resources, how to design and conduct formative assessments, and more.

In response to these identified needs is the PL for Remote Teaching Portal. The portal is offers supporting professional learning webinars/courses/activities that have been contributed by Maryland's local school systems, individual educators, and quality educational organizations. Over 60 short modules are available in which teachers can participate. This is a "living portal" so additional modules will be added as identified.

Using the Professional Learning Program for Maryland Educators  in conjunction with the portal will allow for the collection of hourly points to eventually convert into Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. Please take advantage of this unique professional learning opportunity.  

July 13 - July 31 (1CPD for only $20.00)

ISTE's new Summer Learning Academy seeks to address those urgent needs. The Academy provides a learning experience for educators to learn about foundational online learning principles and how to engage students and ensure how their needs can be met.

Teachers throughout the school or district can participate in the academy which is anchored on these topics: Access, Engagement, Equity, Digital Citizenship, Formative Assessment, Learning Design

June 29 - September 1 (1 CPD)

This six week one-credit course will cover best practices, resources, and strategies for remote learning. It will be offered for free this summer. 

  • The Online Teaching in Maryland course is offered every semester to provide the pedagogy and content required for asynchronous instruction. This summer, over almost 300 educators are enrolled in sections of this course. Course catalog for credit –bearing online courses updated for each semester.

(This course is already running for the summer so enrollment is closed until the fall catalog is posted in July)