Menu of PD Offerings

Introduction to Google Apps

This modules focuses on answering the question, "What is Google Apps?"  The module provides a high-level overview of Google Apps for Education and the various tools that are included in this suite.  When finished with the module, participants should understand what Google Apps are and why they might wish to learn how to use some of the tools in their personal and professional lives, for teaching, learning, and communicating.

An Intro to the Hybrid Classroom

Some educators are finding that merging the benefits of face-to-face instruction and online instruction is a marvelous compromise that eliminates many of the logistical barriers in education and provides for an innovative, meaningful learning experience for many students.  This module introduces and explores the concept of developing a hybrid learning experience.

The Role of Executive Functioning and Attention in the Process of Learning

Executive Functioning is often described as the brain's conductor, referring to the higher order functions involved in regulation, organization, and problem solving. During this webinar explore the role of Executive Functioning and Attention in the process of learning. Learn how to set up interventions for executive weaknesses, including why they are so important when addressing learning difficulties.

Becoming a Networked Educator

Being a "networked educator" means being able to assess your own professional needs, being able to find the most appropriate and meaningful resources for your own professional growth, and taking steps to learn, implement, and reflect upon the skills you've learned.

While there is no clean recipe for building a Professional Learning Network, this tutorial will introduce tools, resources, and methods that can be used by any educator to become a hyper-connected, "networked educator." 

SMART Boards, Notebook Software, and SMART Response systems can all transform instructional practice, encouraging the best in engaging, hands-on learning opportunities for students.  Learning to meaningfully use these technologies, however, requires an investment of time and access to meaningful instructional training resources.  

This module merges the two in the form of an online Blackboard course developed for SDW Staff to better learn to use the varied SMART Technologies.

Exploring Open Educational Resources

There is a growing list of Open Education Resources (OERs) available for teachers. OERs are free tools and curriculum teachers can use in their classes.

This module introduces you to some of them, encouraging exploration and discovery as the primary model of learning.

Beginner's Guide to Gmail

This module offers an overview of the basic environment and features of Gmail.  Perfect for somebody new to the Gmail platform, this module offers interactives, videos, and even printable written tutorials.

Leadership Webinars for Waukesha One Implementation 

Project RED, a non-profit organization focused on exploring and promoting 1:1 implementations of technology in education, has created a series of webinars aimed at helping administrators/buildings focus on transitioning to a technology infused environment.

Autism Internet Modules

This series of online learning modules includes information on assessment and identification of ASDs, recognizing and understanding behaviors and characteristics, transition to adulthood, employment, and numerous evidence-based practices and interventions.

ELL for All


Many general education teachers have not had the preparation necessary to teach English Language Learners. However, we face the challenges of meeting the needs of diverse learners everyday in our classrooms. All teachers are language teachers. Teaching English Language Learners takes a specific knowledge base and strategies that allow students to access the content. This module gives an overview of background information and strategies key for all teachers who work with ELLs. And what works for ELLs works for ALL students!

PSI Course Designed by Grace Hess and Sarah Ottow, Summer 2011
Online Course Narrated by Sarah Ottow, Winter 2012

SDW Library Digital Resources

In the Age of Information, one of the most challenging tasks is efficiently finding valuable, accurate information from trustworthy resources. The School District of Waukesha Library Media Specialists take this challenge head on and offer their assistance to guide SDW staff and students through the digital resource maze.  In this module, SDW Library Media Specialists demonstrate a few of the online resources presently available to staff and students for a wide variety of professional and academic pursuits.


Coaching: A Restorative Justice Approach to Bullying in Schools

This workshop is for those elementary school staff members who are looking for ways to address bullying concerns. Results-oriented approaches designed to help those bullied, and to encourage those who bully to stop, will be integral to this interactive workshop. Strategies addressed coincide with “Second Step”, “Steps to Respect”, and PBIS.

Amanda DeSua - District Elementary Counselor January 2015

TRAIN Wisconsin

Any employee new to the District or one who has not previously completed medication administration training can choose to do so by going to the School District of Waukesha website to access “Employee Resources”. Click here to access the "Employee Resources" page to access information for the Medication Administration Training.

Learning to Use Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a powerful organizational/calendaring solution that allows users to manage their personal, professional, activity, business, event, and building calendars all from one interface.  This module is designed to aid users who are interested in learning how to use Google Calendar for any or all of these uses.

DIY Guide to Project Based Learning

The Buck Institute for Education developed this Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Tutorial based on their PBL Toolkit books and highlights from their PBL 101 Workshop. This tutorial provides easy to read & watch, to-the-point advice about designing your project and some tools to help you do it well.

Wisconsin law requires all employees of Wisconsin public school districts to report suspected child abuse and neglect. In addition, school boards are to ensure all employees receive training provided by the Department of Public Instruction within six months of initial hiring and at least every five years thereafter.  This module provides the needed resources for SDW employees to complete this training and professional requirement.  

All SDW employees will be required to complete this 16 minute training before June 30, consider doing it today!

Educating Students with Hearing Loss

Whether you have a child with hearing loss in your classroom right now or know you may have one in the next year or two, these one hour online seminars are given by internationally known experts on a range of topics relating to the educational needs of children and teens. Much of the information is applicable to all learners, not just those with hearing loss. Some topics addressed in the seminars are; fostering self-advocacy in children, intervention ideas, creating listeners in the classroom, and preparing students to be successful in their learning environments.

Developing a Hybrid Classroom


This module moves beyond the theory of hybrid learning as teachers who are actually teaching in hybrid model show what it takes to develop a hybrid classroom using tools available to staff in the School District of Waukesha.

This is the practical, hands-on module that really shows how to make a hybrid learning environment a reality for interested staff members.

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