Professional Education FAQs

Answers to common questions about how Relay Professional Education works.

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Workshop Experience

Who facilitates the workshops?

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All Relay Teacher Professional Education workshops are facilitated by our team of Lead Facilitators who are knowledgeable educators with previous classroom experience and are highly skilled at virtual instruction.

How many teachers attend each workshop? What’s the facilitator to participant ratio?

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Each workshop can accommodate up to 50 teachers, with the option of raising the cap to 70 for additional cost. We intentionally try to limit the maximum number to allow for our facilitators to join breakout groups and hear from as many voices as possible.

How are workshops delivered?

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Right now, all of our workshops are delivered synchronously via Zoom and Nearpod. To effectively engage, participants should make sure to

  • Plan to join on a computer with a webcam and strong internet connection
  • Join in separate spaces from colleagues with headphones to ensure the best audio quality. If completely separate spaces are not feasible in your building, we recommend that no more than 3 participants share the same room and that they spread out as much as possible.
  • Try to arrive 5-7 minutes early to get set up. We will start promptly at the scheduled time.
  • Be prepared to participate with your video on. The sessions are highly interactive and we believe that you will get the most out of your time if you are able to discuss, chat, and engage with your video on.

I missed the session. Can you provide a recording?

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We don’t provide recordings of our workshops because we believe the live experience - including the small group discussions and live nearpod -- is essential to fully engaging with the content. We do provide participants with the slide deck as well as any resources.

Will participants receive access to the materials?

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Yes! We send out relevant materials before the workshop, if participants want to print in advance. We also provide a link after the session to all materials and the slide deck.

Are workshops applicable to all my teachers?

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For most of our workshops, we provide a variety of content pathways during the application portion in order to serve teachers across grade levels and subject areas.

Purchasing & Scheduling Workshops

Who can purchase a workshop?

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Our workshops are designed to be purchased as professional development by individual schools, districts, charter management organizations, and other groups who work to support educators.

When do you offer workshops?

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We work with you - the school or organization leader - to find a time that fits with your PD schedule. As long as we have ~4 weeks notice, we can make almost any time work!

I’m a teacher - can I register for a workshop on my own?

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Right now, we offer most of our workshops directly to schools/organizations but we do occasionally offer open-enrollment options for teachers to register on their own. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list to learn about our offerings, please fill out the form here.

How much do workshops cost?

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For the upcoming school year, workshops cost $3,500 each.

How can I purchase a workshop or workshop series for my school, district, cmo, or organization?

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Complete the intake form here to help us better understand your needs:

You’ll need the following information:

  • Date(s)/time(s) desired
  • # of teachers/leaders attending
  • Workshop(s) topics
  • Billing contact information

How do I reschedule/cancel a workshop that I’ve signed up for?

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Please email at least 2 weeks before the session date to reschedule. If it is within 2 weeks, we reserve the right to charge a rescheduling fee.

Preparation and Follow Up

How should leaders prepare their staff for a workshop?

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  • Speak to the benefit and purpose of the workshop and how it relates to school goals or initiatives
  • Try to join and participate to demonstrate your commitment and be prepared to support teachers
  • Skim provided materials in advance; print out anything if you want hard copies and advise your staff to do the same
  • Be sure to review the effective synchronous engagement tips that are in your calendar invite and communication so that your staff can join from independent, quiet spaces and access strong wifi.

Do you provide continuing education credit hours?

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At this time, we are not able to directly offer any continuing education credit for our Teacher Professional Education workshops. However, we suggest participants visit their respective state or district specific website to learn more about how to obtain credit for attendance at one of our workshops.

Do you provide certificates of completion?

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  • We do not automatically provide certificates of completion for our workshops. If you’d like us to generate one for you, please email and be sure to indicate:
  • Your name
  • Your school
  • The workshop(s) attended (title and date)

How should leaders extend the learning, after the workshop is over?

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  • We recommended allocating dedicated time for your staff to apply next steps (grade team meetings to discuss student support; content team time to analyze student work, etc)
  • Use the provided resources as a guide around observation feedback or student work analysis protocols

Most sessions have an implementation guide that we can provide upon request. Schools who are partnered with Relay Leadership also have additional options for coaching aligned to workshops. Please email to learn more about this.

General Questions

I don’t see the content my school/organization needs. Can you tailor content to our needs?

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We release new content at least two times per year. Our website will always reflect our latest offerings. Partners can request content that they’d like us to develop through the form here.

I’d like to speak to a team member to learn more about the content - how do I do that?

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Please fill out the information request form here and we will reach out!

How will Relay Leadership Programs strengthen our day-to-day work in schools?

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All Leadership Programs provide leaders with practical, robust training that can immediately be put into practice in schools. Leaders walk away with concrete tools, implementation plans, and a clearer vision to make the practices they learn immediately come alive in their schools.

Who are the facilitators / Relay faculty?

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Across programs, sessions are led by experienced leaders who have “walked the walk.” Each member of our instructional faculty has achieved proven results in schools and is an accomplished facilitator of adult learning.

How do we decide which program is best for our leaders?

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We offer a suite of programs to meet leaders at each stage of their development. The best way to choose the right program is to review program descriptions and then request a call with a Leadership Programs team to share your staff’s needs and discuss the best program fit.

How do leaders get feedback?

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We believe in the power of regular, high quality practice and feedback. Leaders will get live feedback in multiple ways:

  1. During “deliberate practice” opportunities taking place during the session
  2. Via video submission of “authentic practice” in their schools.

Feedback is always provided by expert coaches who have a sharp eye and genuine eagerness to help sharpen practice.

Do you offer in-person, hybrid, and virtual program options?

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As of January 2022, we are offering an in-person (mostly in-person programming, some virtual) and virtual option for most programs. When partners submit their participant lists by April 8th, 2022, they will indicate each participant’s preference for an in-person or virtual cohort. We will assess if there is sufficient interest in the in-person option and announce whether the in-person cohorts will run by April 13th, 2022. If they do not run, participants will have the option to accept their second choice.

What COVID-19 safety protocols and requirements will be put in place for in-person programming?

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We are committed to the health and safety of our participants and staff. All participants, presenters, and staff will need to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated to attend in-person programming.

Communication will be coming soon on how to easily and securely submit your proof of vaccination. Please note: A negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted in lieu of proof of full vaccination.

In-person attendees will be required to follow any other timely guidance from the CDC, potentially including wearing masks and social distancing.

Relay offers the same program cost for in-person and virtual programs - why is that?

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Our program cost includes staffing and overhead necessary to efficiently run high-quality programming. (And we have kept the cost lower than the pre-pandemic cost). As we return to some in-person options, we don’t want price point to be a barrier. Therefore, for 2022-23, Relay will subsidize items like housing and food so that the cost of the in-person and virtual cohorts are the same.

All participants will have the option of choosing in-person or virtual modalities. In-person programming seats will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis via the participant registration process.

When will intersession dates and locations be published?

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We will publish intersession dates and locations by mid-March 2022. Waiting until after the seat request deadline will allow us to choose locations that are conducive to as many participants as possible.

When will the summer intensive virtual schedule be published?

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We will publish the detailed schedule of virtual sessions for the summer intensives by April 20th.