Professional Development Course Opportunities


    "Nommo Semi, The Guardian of Space" by Mikael Owunna. Click here to learn about the art and artist.CUESEF 2021: FORGING FUTURES THROUGH BLACK EDUCATIONAL HISTORIES

    More than 600 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members registered for the University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s annual Center for Urban Education Summer Educators Forum (CUESEF). Co-sponsored by The Heinz Endowments, CUESEF 2021 explored the theme of “Forging Futures Through Black Educational Histories” over the course of June 16 - 19. The virtual conference consisted of nine mainstage plenary sessions with accomplished historians; 22 breakout sessions with book studies, discussions, and webinars; music breaks with DJ PVO; and a keynote address from Vanessa Siddle Walker, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African American Educational Studies at Emory University. Click here for recorded virtual sessions and addtional resources.



    The National Board Digital Academy will convene thousands of educators, providing thought provoking sessions on issues critical to the teaching profession. Participants will develop skills, learn from colleagues, build community and gain insight into National Board certification. You’ll be provided with certificates of participation that you can submit to your district for PD hours.  Registration is free.


    Click Here to Access the Virtual Learning Portal for Equity Learning Institute FREE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING MODULES VIA EQUITY LITERACY INSTITUTE

    This virtual learning portal offers the following free mini-courses, led by Paul Gorski: Understanding Equity and Inequity; Learning to Be a Threat to Inequity; Ditching Deficit Ideology. Participants may enroll to engage in self-paced, online equity learning modules.


    Click Here for Details and Downloadable Resources AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: FROM EMANCIPATION TO THE PRESENT

    Yale University offers this free course designed to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present. Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. The course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are provided.



    Click Here for Panel Descriptions and Scroll to Watch RecordingsIf you were unable to attend or would like to watch again, recordings of CUESEF 2020 panel dialogues are now available. Underexplored in this moment are schools and schooling which bear out the realities of education as sites of power and control. This year’s Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF) took a closer look at how various communities – youth, parents/families, community members, teachers, and administrators – have been affected in the wake of these crises. With this year’s theme, we fostered deep thinking about (in)justice and (un)learning in the U.S. and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, more specifically. Watch and listen for the sharing of ideas and strategies for intervention and change that insist on life, equity, and liberatory education as essential to the public good. Recordings are free, were open to the public, and moderated by author and activist Marc Lamont Hill.