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Professional Development

WHRO Education Professional Development

We know you’re working hard to ensure every student in Virginia has access to dynamic digital resources to continue meeting your students’ learning goals. As parents and teachers ourselves, the WHRO team understands the difficulties that recent events have brought to the school year. Throughout the year, we offer webinars designed to help you continue developing your skills.

Upcoming Webinars

Check back soon for new webinars.

Recorded Webinars

Want to learn more about how to use eMediaVA and digital media for distance learning?

To help educators, the WHRO Education staff created a series of webinars focused on effective skills, tips and techniques to prepare for successful distance learning using eMediaVA and other digital media resources.

For how-tos on getting started with eMediaVA, you can also visit emediava.org/help.

Teaching at a Distance, Part 1
This session will address important details to consider when organizing your distance-learning classroom.

Teaching at a Distance, Part 2
This session will address ways to increase student engagement when teaching at a distance.

Tools for Teaching at a Distance: Screencastify, Class Dojo, Padlet
This session will dive deeper into Screencastify, Class Dojo, and Padlet. Attendees will learn how to navigate these digital tools and will also discover how each one can assist teachers and students in a distance-learning environment.

Tools for Teaching at a Distance: Flipgrid, Nearpod
This session will explore two powerful digital tools: Flipgrid and Nearpod. Attendees will learn how these digital tools help make distance learning more manageable for both teachers and students.

Blended Learning in the Elementary Classroom
This session shares blended learning tips from two elementary classroom teachers with years of experience.

Tools for Blended Learning in the Elementary Classroom
This session dives deeper into the digital tools used by elementary teachers for blended learning.

Blended Learning for Secondary Teachers
This webinar focuses on blended learning strategies and implementation tips for secondary teachers in traditional and digital classrooms.

Digital Tools for Blended Learning, Part 1

In this webinar, WHRO Education staff will provide tutorials on the latest and greatest in blended learning tools. In Part 1, effective strategies for utilizing EdPuzzle, Quizizz, JamBoard, and Remind in K-12 classrooms will be covered.

Digital Tools for Blended Learning, Part 2

In this webinar, WHRO Education staff will provide tutorials on the latest and greatest in blended learning tools. In Part 2, effective strategies for utilizing Blooket, Screencastify, IXL, Padlet, and Bitmoji Classroom in K-12 classrooms will be covered.

Equity DIY: Practical Tips for Creating Equitable Classrooms in 2022 and Beyond
This two-hour session focuses on social emotional learning and discipline through the lens of equity. Presented by Kambar Khoshaba, Principal at Western Branch Middle School and Casey Roberts, Executive Director at New Horizons, Newport News.

Blended Paths to Equity
This one-hour session will focus on blended learning instructional practices that can create a foundation and pathway to personalization and equity for all students. Presented by Jason Green, co-author of Blended Learning in Action and Co-Founder and Co-CEO of LINC (Learning Innovation Catalyst).

Student Choice in the Modern ClassroomThis webinar will focus on the importance of providing options for students in the classroom. Discover how to give students control of their own learning.
Presenters: eMediaVA Ambassadors, Dale Harter, Tammy Byram, Denyse Phelps

Blended Learning Tips for Special Education
With thousands of available resources, it can be difficult to decide which ones to use with our students. Join this webinar to hear experienced special education teachers share their best tips and tools for blended learning.
Presenters: eMediaVA Ambassadors, Tanisha Ricks, Kelley Green

Effective Flipped Classrooms
Learn how to optimize your time in the classroom by utilizing flipped learning. Presenters of this webinar will share their best resources for creating an effective flipped classroom.
Presenters: Janie Everett and eMediaVA Ambassador, Heidi Speece


Social Emotional Learning: Creating Connections and Building Resilience
Hosted by WHRO Public Media, this one hour webinar covers social emotional learning. Presented by Heather Peterson, Director of Climate & Culture at Hampton City Schools.

Social Emotional Learning: Connecting Digitally with Students
This webinar focuses on tools and resources that are useful for implementing social emotional learning in the digital classroom. Presented by Janie Everett of WHRO Public Media.

Preparing for Hour of Code With Easy Resources and Tips
Hour of Code 2021 takes place from December 6 to December 12. While coding may seem daunting, there are hundreds of resources that make it fun and easy for both students and teachers. Join WHRO Public Media to gain some helpful tips for coding in the K-12 classroom.

Getting Started with the New eMediaVA this School Year
Learn more about the new features now available in eMediaVA, including an updated design, an improved search engine, and an easy process for creating your own collections to share with parents and students. Of course, relevant and engaging content will be shared, too!

Spelling Bee Informational WebinarLearn how to conduct a bee at your middle school, where to register, and more.

Coding and Computer Science for All AgesThis year's Computer Science Education Week is celebrated from December 5-11. Join WHRO Education staff for a webinar on how to easily involve students in Hour of Code. Attendees will leave this one-hour session with basic coding experience and a collection of computer science resources.

Celebrate Digital Learning Day with eMediaVA!For Digital Learning Day on March 15th, this session will present strategies and techniques for implementing eMediaVA resources on Digital Learning Day and all year long. We'll also explore some of the newest collections to eMediaVA. This 30-minute virtual workshop is hosted by Lindsey Horner & Janie Everett, WHRO Public Media. eMediaVA is Virginia’s premier [free] digital content library, featuring tens of thousands of engaging learning resources from the most trusted names in education.

Making SOL Prep Fun for StudentsDon't let SOL season get you down! Join this one-hour session to gather resources and ideas to help make test preparation easy and fun. Presenter: Janie Everett, Educational Technology Manager, WHRO Public Media

Getting Familiar with AI in EducationBefore we can start having conversations about handling the influx of AI in education, we first have to understand what AI actually is. This session will uncover the definition of artificial intelligence in simple terms, and provide a judgment-free space for attendees to try out some of the hottest AI trends, including Chat GPT. No prior knowledge is necessary to join this exploratory mission, just a positive attitude and an open mind!

WHRO 2024 Great Computer Challenge Informational SessionJoin WHRO staff and educators for a 30-minute informational session on the Great Computer Challenge. We'll explore what it takes to form a team at your school, and hear first-hand accounts of what competition day looks like at Old Dominion University. Be sure to bring lots of questions for our Q&A portion!

Exploring AI in Education: Tried-and-True Teacher Applications and Getting Started TipsWhether you're just starting with Artificial Intelligence for teaching or already immersed and seeking fresh ideas, this session with eMediaVA Teacher Ambassadors has you covered. Explore prompt engineering tips for efficient results, discover teacher-tested valuable uses of AI, and access a choice board with diverse tools for exploration and creativity.

eMediaVA Playlists

Playlists of core content in various subjects and grade levels.