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Professional Development Workshops

​This page will be regularly updated with educator training opportunities and events throughout the state. A list of professional development opportunities and resources can be found on our educator resource page. Some workshops offer MSDE credit if combined with other workshops.

Interested in a WILD workshop, but can't find one to fit your needs? Please fill out our interest form, and we will send you notifications as workshops are scheduled: https://goo.gl/forms/Do1AxWXpwaGU7Nni2

Due to COVID-19, all current professional development workshops have been cancelled. We are currently working on online professional development options. Please check back for more information.

Growing Up WILD Online Professional Development Pilot

Growing Up WILD is an interdisciplinary early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, inviting them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Growing Up WILD has been aligned with Common Core (K-2), Head Start domains, and Maryland Environmental Literacy standards.

Throughout this online professional development, participants will go through various activities in the Growing Up WILD guide and will learn about ways to connect young children to nature. The online course has 5 main learning modules and a short final assignment. It should take you an estimated 5 hours to complete. Please contact Kerry Wixted Kerry.wixted@maryland.gov for any questions pertaining to this course.

The course:

  • Is best accessed on a computer. A smartphone can be used for assignments on Flipgrid, but the Edmodo platform and Nearpod extensions do not work well on Android devices.
  • Is self paced.
  • Will be open from Wed Jun 10th- Wed July 1st. Assignments are due on July 1st.
  • You will need to achieve a 70% to pass the course. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate and a free Growing Up WILD guide.
  • Will be primarily for Maryland educators.* Some exceptions may apply.*

Here is some basic information about the course:

  • The course platform is Edmodo. For help navigating Edmodo, you can visit the help page here
  • We will be using tools such as Nearpod, Google Forms, and Flipgrid to complete the course. Information on how to use Flipgrid can be found here

Fee: FREE!

Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with PreK-2nd grade students in Maryland.

Credit: At this time, no credit will be provided aside from a certificate with course hours. To receive a certificate and a free Growing Up WILD guide, you will need to achieve a 70% passing score on the course materials.

To register: This workshop is now full. Please contact Kerry Wixted (kerry.wixted@maryland.gov​) to be placed on the waitlist.