Common Sense Education PD Series

OPS Professional Learning Opportunities

Common Sense Professional Development Series

Common Sense Education is the nations leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. Teach students to thrive in the digital age with free, research backed lessons and resources.

Through the OPS & Common Sense Partnership the following Professional Learning Opportunities are available. Scroll down for detailed information on each category.

Interested in customizing a PD for your department or school? Let's talk!

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The purpose of this series is to create a digital citizenship professional learning community. Together this OPS Technology Leaders(OTL) PLC will use the 3 phased-approach to developing school wide digital citizenship plans to support their school's students, teachers and parent community. A space will be provided in each session to share and discuss strategies to learn together and support increasing the number of Common Sense Recognized educators and schools in order for us to maintain our District goal to be a Common Sense Recognized District. This is YOUR space to learn from each other as well as receive the most up-to-date Common Sense resources to support your school needs.

OTL's that participate in the LIVE sessions will receive extra duty pay, and can invite 1 additional person from their buildings Tech Committee, MTSSB team or school leadership team to join and they will also receive extra duty pay for attending.

Series Session 3: Tuesday, March 2nd


Parent DigCit Engagement (Registration Link)

Audience: PreK-12th grade Educators & Administrators, Parent Liaisons

Session 3A- 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Session 3B - 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Topic: Digital Citizenship can only go so far in the classroom. How are we engaging parents to be partners in their child's DigCit journey?

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Series Session 4: Tuesday, April 13th

Staff DigCit Professional Learning

Audience: PreK-12th grade Educators & Administrators, MTSSB leads

Session 2A- 3:30-4:30 p.m.

(Link Coming Soon)

Session 2B - 4:30-5:30 p.m.

(Link Coming Soon)

Topic: How can everyone be a DigCit protagonist? Learn together how every teacher can own a piece of the responsibility. Analyze your data and reflect on needs for next year.

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Attend any of the above LIVE sessions will count for TWO

Common Sense Recognition 'LEARN' requirements.

Watch a recorded session & respond to the session survey will count for ONE

Common Sense Recognition 'LEARN' requirement

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The Role of Media & Technology in Early Childhood Development

Since the coronavirus pandemic entered our lives, questions have arisen about the outsized impact of the time our kids are spending with media and technology. Join us for a rich virtual conversation with leaders in early childhood education as we discuss the benefits and challenges of media and technology in the development of our youngest learners, and how educators can better support children and parents in the classroom and at home. We'll explore the latest research from Common Sense, including The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight, 2020 and its sister report, YouTube and Kids: How Ads, Toys, and Games Dominate Viewing, as well as Children, Executive Functioning, and Digital Media: A Review, 2020.
The Role of Media and Technology in Early Childhood Development

Series Session 1: Wednesday November 18th

Growing a Schoolwide DigCit Plan

Audience: PreK-12th grade Educators, Administrators

This session will repeat during the two following times:

Session 1A- 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Session 1B - 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Topic: Building the team. What motivates your school to integrate digital citizenship? What data might your school use to measure implementation success? How might a school use interviews, referral data, thinking routines, quiz response rates to measure success?

Series Session 2: Tuesday, December 1st

Students DigCit Needs

Audience: PreK-12th grade Educators & Administrators, MTSSB leads

Link to Recording

Companion Resource Click Here

Topic: What student needs are trending in your school? Cyberbullying? Sexting? Media Balance? SEL? Align Common Sense resources to MTSSB 3 Tiers of support to address your student's digital needs.

Social and Cultural Literacy Resources for the Classroom

Tuesday, February 9th

Session Recording Here.

In this session we will provide curated activities and resources to:

  • Share and connect individual identities

  • Build a collective understanding of classroom community

  • Confront bias & prejudice you see in the world.

Live Participant attending outside duty hours are eligible for Professional Development Pay thanks to a generous Grant from Common Sense Education & Sherwood

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Nebraska Common Sense Education Webinar Series w/ Melissa Cleaver

Any Questions please contact me.