Virtual Teaching is Hard: Virtual PD Isn’t!

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One thing has become painfully clear during the past few months: virtual teaching is hard! Sure, there are surprising blessings and benefits along the way, but overall this work is tiring. The last thing teachers want to do is attend a professional development session only to find that it was not what they expected.

Before education went online, The team at the Greenspon Center offered professional development programs that were engaging, interactive. We always provided resources that were classroom ready. Now that we are virtual, we hold ourselves to the same standard! Browse through our October/November offerings and reserve your spot today.

Centropa: Holocaust, History, Digital Literacy and the Global Classroom

Led by Lauren Granite, Centropa’s US Education Director
Three Sessions: Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8 Virtual: 7:30-8:30pm

Centropa ( offers free educational resources based on their interviews with 1,200 elderly Jews in Central and Eastern European countries. This series will introduce you to their interviews, photographs, and short films, and include classroom lessons presented by teachers. Topics: October: Kristallnacht/Kindertransport; November: Holocaust in Hungary; December: Sephardic Jews of the Balkans. To register CLICK HERE.

Choices Matter: Complicity and Action During the Holocaust

Led by Jenn Goss, Echoes and Reflections Facilitator
Three-Session Webinar – October 19, 20, and 21, 2020 Virtual: 3:30-4:30pm

History is often presented as a story of events, with characters playing out the same story as if following a script. When we look more closely, however, we begin to see that the story, the events, the outcomes, were shaped by individual choices. During this webinar, we will look at the role of choice in the Holocaust as well as the significance of our choices today. To register CLICK HERE.


White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism: Book Study for Educators

October 16, 2020 Virtual: 4:00 – 5:00pm *New day/time

Racial tensions have always existed in our society. Students, teachers, staff, and administrators bring personal experiences, biases, and prejudices to the school building every day and the results shape the environment in which we teach and students learn. Although we know this, we do not talk about it. This book study will help explain why that is and begin an honest conversation. Participants will explore the book with a dual focus: personal growth and applying the book’s lessons to the classroom and school communities. To register email

Navigating Bias and Prejudice in the Classroom

Facilitated by Donna Tarney
Four dates: October 14, November 10, 2020

Virtual: 12:00 – 1:30pm or 3:00 – 4:30pm

During this 90-minute, interactive webinar, participants will learn how to recognize bias and prejudice in themselves and their students. We will explore how these ideas lead to behaviors that hurt others and disrupt learning. Participants will practice the use of questioning and reflective listening to diffuse tension in the classroom as well as work through situations that arise in the classroom. To register CLICK HERE.

Caring for Yourself – Talli Dippold & Jennifer Lemberg

Led by Talli Dippold, Greenspon Center, and Jennifer Lemberg, The Olga Lengyel Institute November 6, 2020 Virtual: 12:00-1:00pm – lunch and learn

In these stress-filled times, educators carry a double load. They carry personal stress and worry about their students’ success and well-being. This webinar is designed to help lift some of that burden. Join Talli Dippold and Jennifer Lemberg as they share simple ways to care for yourself during traumatic times. To register CLICK HERE.

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