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Professional Development Resources

The Florida Education Association is dedicated to the professional development, growth and support of those who serve Florida’s students every day.

Professional development courses are offered through your local union with coordination and assistance from FEA and our national affiliates, the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

If your local is interested in developing or providing a professional practice or union organizing training please contact FEA Organizing & Field Services at (850) 222-5820.

Here are just a few of the local, state and national programs designed to help you better serve your students.

Events and resources

FEA’s Summer Academy is a week-long training session geared toward new, emerging and seasoned local union leaders — combined with professional development workshops for rank-and-file educators.

AFT Teach: AFT TEACH (Together Educating America’s Children) is a biennial professional learning conference aimed at celebrating, inspiring and supporting educators in the work that lies ahead.

AFT Summer Educator Academy: The AFT Summer Educator Academy is a seven-day event providing union-sponsored, research-based professional development that addresses the complexities of teaching. The program is designed to help local unions build their capacity to deliver high-quality professional development services to all educators—teachers, paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel.

Share My Lesson: Built by educators across the country, AFT’s Share My Lesson brings together a community of teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel to provide high-quality and effective lessons, useful information to use in the classroom and professional development. Share My Lesson has more than 1 million members and more than 400,000 resources that have been downloaded more than 12 million times.

NEA edCommunities: NEA’s edCommunities  is a free platform where teachers, parents, education staff professionals and community members share ideas and resources to improve student success.

NEA’s Certification Bank: Part of the NEA Center for Great Public Schools, the NEA Certification Bank has a wide-range of free online courses through which teachers and education staff professionals can earn “micro-credentials.”

FEA LEADS supports early career teachers, builds leadership skills and increases teacher retention by providing support and training to local teacher leaders. The FEA LEADS fall Teacher Leadership Conference focuses on developing innovative school-based solutions to address teacher retention and leadership. The summer teacher academy aims to build local capacity for supporting early career teachers. Member trainers also now offer cultural competency courses through local union programs and in conjunction with school districts.

The Putnam Pilot Project takes a comprehensive approach to help Priority Schools with a four-point plan to: support strong leadership; ensure effective teaching and learning; strengthen the instructional program; and use data to improve instruction.

Professional practice trainings

Working with our national affiliates, AFT and NEA, FEA coordinates with and assists local unions in addressing our members’ professional practice needs. Past offerings have included:

  • First Aid/ CPR
  • ESE Certificate Renewal 20-Hour Course
  • Managing Anti-Social Behavior
  • Handling Stress
  • Is My Teaching Effective?
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Student Engagement
  • Managing Behavior in School Communities
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Effective Mentoring for New Teacher Support

Union organizing trainings

FEA staff and leaders provide trainings year-round to local union members and leaders to help them build stronger unions. These offerings include but are not limited to:

  • Member organizing and collective action
  • One-on-one conversations
  • Leadership development
  • Collective bargaining
  • Arbitration
  • Member representation
  • Public speaking and communications
  • Effective team building
  • Union history

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