Monday, August 2 to Friday, August 6, 2021

The West Virginia Department of Education is proud to announce the Summer Professional Learning Forum: Moving Forward Together virtual event. The Summer Professional Learning Forum is scheduled for August 2 to August 6, 2021. All sessions are being offered through the Microsoft Teams platform.

The Summer Professional Learning Forum is designed for classroom educators, building administrators, academic coaches, Title I/intervention Specialists, central office administrators, and school counselors. Celebrating the innovation and dedication of West Virginia educators, this event combines voices from diverse roles in education to further develop the implementation of best practices and successfully address the needs of all students.

Summer Professional Learning Forum At-A-Glance Document

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Session Offerings and Registration

Note: there is a limited number of spots available for each session.

Keynote Addresses

The Summer Professional Learning Forum will launch Monday, August 2nd on the Teams Live platform to provide all WV educators the opportunity to engage in learning together with two phenomenal keynote presentations by nationally acclaimed experts in the field of education. Dr. Richard Cash, the author of the book Advancing Differentiation, will address self-regulation and the social-emotional practices needed for optimal learning to occur.  Project managers from the TNTP organization, authors of the Opportunity Myth publication, will provide a deep dive into the research, approaches, and practical uses of just-in-time learning over traditional remediation.


Building on Monday’s energizing launch, Tuesday through Friday’s programming features one-hour interactive, engaging sessions on a variety of timely and relevant topics including, but not limited to:

  • Best practices specific to grade bands, programmatic levels, and content areas
  • Resources to effectively implement policy
  • Social-emotional, mental, and physical health needs
  • Technical and adult education
  • Family engagement and extended learning opportunities

Graduate Credit

Participation in 15 hours of the Summer Professional Learning Forum can be submitted for 1 credit hour of renewal or non-degree graduate credit*. For participants who need or desire 3+ hours of non-degree graduate credit for renewal or salary reclassification, the WVDE currently provides 4 self-paced, three or four-session e-learning courses for 1 credit hour each.

The following self-paced three- or four-session, 1 credit hour e-learning courses can be combined with the 1 credit hour from the Summer Professional Learning Forum for 3 or more credit hours. Courses begin August 1, 2021, and will require work after school resumes*:

  • Pandemic Learning Loss Module
  • Social and Emotional Learning Module
  • West Virginia Tiered System of Support Module
  • Trauma-Informed School Practices Module
    • Will not be accepted for renewal or salary reclassification if the educator has already completed the 3-hour course-Trauma Sensitive Schools
  • Possibility of additional courses to be added as they are developed.

For those seeking salary reclassification, courses may be paid for individually or for a combined fee upon completion of 3 credit hours.

*All grades will appear on Fall 2021 transcripts. Transcripts will become available the week of December 15, 2021.

Contact Information

See the Summer Professional Learning Forum Program for session offerings and to register for the sessions. Note: there is a limited number of spots available for each session.