Professional Education

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Professional education participant working with teacher.

Professional Education offers highly interactive virtual professional development opportunities to educators outside of our traditional degree-granting programs.

About Professional Education

The Professional Education team works to share Relay’s accumulated knowledge and best practices in teacher development to a broader audience across the education and non-profit landscape. Our work focuses on serving teachers, schools and aligned organizations in order to support skill building for teachers across a range of content needs and experience levels.

Current Professional Development Opportunities

Teaching and Learning Online:  Professional Education has created a set of two-hour interactive trainings designed to provide teachers and school leaders with the tools and resources needed to lead effective and engaging online learning experiences. Using Zoom, Nearpod and Google Suite, we model virtual best practices, share helpful tips, and provide opportunities to practice and discuss online teaching solutions.

Introduction to Best Practices in Online Facilitation

Introduction to Best Practices in Online Facilitation is a workshop on tips, tools and resources needed to lead effective and engaging instruction online.  We focus specifically on community building, strong engagement practices and the basics of virtual design in this foundational session. This workshop is great for school leaders, teacher-leaders, and anyone who wants to get a sense of what strong synchronous teaching practices look like and pick up some key tips on implementation. 

Strategies to Spark Engagement Online

Strategies to Spark Engagement Online is designed to support teachers and school leaders in creating highly engaging learning environments for students or adults engaged in professional development. This workshop focuses on easy to implement strategies to create a highly engaging online classroom environment where students are constantly thinking and participating. Participants will have the opportunity to apply and practice engagement techniques.

“Onlineified” Instructional Methods

“Onlineified” Instructional Methods supports teachers and school leaders in translating in-person facilitation methods and design to the online environment.  This workshop focuses on keys to virtual design thinking for planning lessons or professional development. We set participants up to engage in design challenges to build stronger muscles for synchronous online planning. Participants will have the opportunity to apply and practice online design principles using an upcoming lesson or PD plan.

Coaching and Developing Teachers in Online Instruction

Coaching and Developing Teachers in Online Instruction is a workshop focused on supporting school leaders or teacher leaders in setting up and facilitating live practice. In this workshop, instructional leaders will participate in a virtual demonstration of online coaching best practices and have the opportunity to apply and practice virtual strategies to enhance the quality of their coaching.

All aspects of this session directly addressed everything that has been swimming in my head -- especially how to keep kids engaged throughout a session and how to utilize tools to maximize thinking!

- Kate Ring, Principal, Lead Public Schools

Meet Our Team

Get acquainted with the leaders behind Professional Education at Relay.

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Zach Blattner
Zach Blattner
Co-Founder & Co-Director of Professional Education
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Chanel Ward Biddle
Chanel Ward Biddle
Co-Founder & Co-Director of Professional Education

The workshop made me assess and reflect on my teaching to find new ways to enhance the engagement opportunities for my students.

- Christina Kavaja, Woodbridge High School

Have questions?

If you have questions about our Professional Education opportunities, or about our partnership options, contact our team.

How to partner

For schools, districts, or networks interested in Relay directly providing training to your teaching staff, please reach out!