Professional Development

BTU's Professional Development Department offers ESE courses teachers need throughout the year: "Accessible Literacy Framework" and "ESE Classroom Strategies" as well as courses tailored to ESPs and those focusing on eLearning.

To Register for a class:
• Go to Clever via your single sign-on.
• Sign into Learning Across Broward (LAB).
• Click the Course tab at the top of the page.
• Search for the name of the desired course.
• Click Register. (Blue oval at side)

FREE to BTU Members
• Non-Members (Download membership card to join)

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For additional information or assistance with registering, contact Professional Development coordinator Shafeza Moonab at BTU (954.486.6250, ext 1686) or via e-mail (

BTU Professional Development: 2023-24

BTU ESE Strategies (20 pts)

(Satisfies DOE’s ESE re-certification requirement)
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Offered 7 times via Zoom
9:00 am-4:30 pm  09/23 and 09/30
9:00 am-4:30 pm  10/07 and 10/14
9:00 am-4:30 pm  11/04 and 11/18
9:00 am-4:30 pm  12/16 and 12/23


9:00 am-4:30 pm  01/27 and 02/03
9:00 am-4:30 pm  02/24 and 03/02
9:00 am-4:30 pm  04/20 and 04/27

BTU Accessible Literacy Framework-ESE (20 pts)
(Satisfies DOE’s ESE re-certification requirement)
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Offered 4 times via Zoom
9:00 am-4:30 pm  10/21 and 10/28

9:00 am-4:30 pm  01/13 and 01/20
9:00 am-4:30 pm  03/09 and 03/16
9:00 am-4:30 pm  05/04 and 05/11

BTU A Closer Look at Autism (20 pts)

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Offered 5 times via Zoom
9:00 am-4:30 pm  09/02 and 09/16
9:00 am-4:30 pm  12/02 and 12/09

9:00 am-4:30 pm  02/03 and 02/10
9:00 am-4:30 pm  04/06 and 04/13
9:00 am-4:30 pm  05/18 and 05/25

Reading K-12 (38 pts)
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Offered 1 time via Zoom
3:30 pm-7:45 pm
09/07, 09/14, 09/21, 09/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 11/02, and 11/09

Foundations of Effective Teaching (38 pts)
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Offered via Zoom: 


CPR/First Aid/AED - Complete Course
(Informational.  0 pts)

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Offered 1 time in person at BTU 
9:00 am-5:00 pm  10/24

Diversity and Dignity (Informational. 0 pts)

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Offered 1 time via Zoom:
9:30 pm- 1:30 pm 10/24
Interviewing Skills for Your Next Job (Informational.  0 pts)
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Offered 1 time via Zoom: 
9:30 am - 1:30 pm 11/07

Technology Tools for ESPs (Informational.  0 pts)
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Offered 1 time via Zoom:  
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm 09/21

Work Shouldn’t Hurt (Informational.  0 pts)
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Offered 2 times via Zoom:
9:30 am- 1:30 pm 10/24
3:45 pm - 7:30 pm 11/17

Behavior Management Skills for ESPs
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Offered 2 times via Zoom: 
3:45 pm - 7:30 pm 09/22
9:30 am - 1:30 pm 11/07




Broward Teachers Union - Classroom Management: Classroom Expectations and Routines is designed to help participants create and implement successful classroom expectations and routines to promote an environment that is conducive to learning. Participants will learn to establish and reinforce routines and behavioral norms to collaborate with learners to create positive classroom expectations.

BTU A Closer Look at Autism (20 pts) will allow participants to have a better understanding regarding students who have autism. They will be able to change the way they educate and deal with their student’s social emotional and mental health needs utilizing the information learned via this course.

In Broward Teachers Union - Classroom Management: Aspects of an Engaged Classroom (Facilitated Learning) (10 NEA pts) you will learn how to provide culturally responsive, student-centered, relevant, and differentiated instruction that promotes peer collaboration and engaged learning.

The Accessible Literacy Framework (ALF) (20 in-Service points) is an instructional framework designed to facilitate the literacy needs of individual students with complex communication needs. It is a research-based, systematic, student- driven approach to reading. ALF assesses goals developed for an individualized Education Plan (IEP), focus on teaching support for those goals, monitor student’s progress and adjusts lessons based on student performance. The ALF framework provides practitioners (any special education teacher, general education teacher, and instructional support staff including Para- educators or instructional assistants or related service providers) with an instructional approach for a population who traditionally has not had access to literacy instruction.

The Behavior Management Skills for ESPs (12 pts) will provide tools and practices that involve multiple levels of interventions, including schoolwide, class-wide, small-group, and individual behavioral supports. In this course, you will learn different strategies and techniques on how to change, correct, and maintain desired behavior.

Target Audience: ESPs 

In Diversity and Dignity in the Workplace we will explore America's immigrant diversity and our diverse heritages. Analyze how children learn prejudice. Distinguish between a wide variety of components that attribute to tolerance and intolerance, race and racism, and examine respect and dignity.

Target Audience: ESPs 

Interview Skills for Your Next Job will provide help to the participates on how to use your ability to interact with the interviewer and to articulate your thoughts, the important of you getting a position (job) based on the qualifications listed on your resume. 

Target Audience: ESPs 

Work Shouldn’t Hurt is a course that will focus on ergonomic related injuries and potential injuries from being assaulted by students or parents or other family members. This course will provide information on how to report a case, what to do if admin doesn’t allow you to report and the role of your union. One thing that we want to make clear is that work shouldn’t hurt.  Pain should not be “Just part of the job.” 

Target Audience: ESPs 

The intention of ESE Classroom Strategies (20 in-Service points) is to continue the work that has already been completed in the Advanced Level in a deeper fashion. Participants will be able to build consensus at the work site on the school improvement initiatives that will be promoted to present to the Faculty Council and/or School Improvement Team. The emphasis will be based on student achievement measurements that can be used to judge effectiveness in addition to standard test.

In Managing Anti-Social Behavior (38 In- Service Points) participants will learn research-based strategies to reduce and/or prevent the occurrence of disruptive or dangerous behavior. Participants will learn how the antisocial actions of a small, but powerful, number of students in school not only put their own academic success at risk but also threaten the learning environment for everyone. Participants finally will learn research on emotional and behavioral problems of students who consistently act out.
In Foundations of Effective Teaching participants will begin the process to learn and practice the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning that are relevant for teachers and classroom paraprofessionals in all grade levels and subject areas. Participants will examine proven practices for effective classroom management and group management, maximal use of learning time, questioning and feedback skills, homework, interactive guided instruction strategies and scaffolding techniques.
In Remote Learning 101, participants will participate in a blended learning experience that is facilitated by an NEA Blended Learning Coach.  Participants will learn about best practices for remote learning, as well as how to implement a successful remote learning program by utilizing  strategies that encourage community building, effective communication, and peer-to-peer collaboration.

Remote learning, also referred to as distance learning, gives learners who aren’t in a physical location for in-person education, access to online learning and materials.  There are a variety of tools and strategies to make remote learning a positive and enriching experience for your students. 

In Remote Learning: Equity and Challenges, participants will learn about the equity challenges caused by the necessity for remote learning, as well as the opportunities they have as educators to minimize their impact, including:

  • Understanding the components of the digital divide, along with the supports and strategies necessary to assist students who experience it.
  • Implementing a variety of teaching and learning resources with your students.
  • Considering other issues students may be facing outside of academics, and their impact on students.

NEA Blended Learning Course: Classroom Management is designed for educators who want to improve their response to challenging student behaviors. Having a student with challenging behavior can be disruptive and interfere with other students' learning. It can also be one of the most stressful situations that educators face. The good news is there are proven strategies that can ease the situation and help educators form positive relationships with all students in the process. 

Objectives of Course:

  • Learn strategies to build positive relationships with students.
  • Identify and reflect on specific student behavior and its level of challenge.
  • Identify one or more strategies to address the challenging behavior in a positive way, matching the strategies to the behavior and the specific student.
  • Learn strategies to support students in setting behavioral goals and monitoring their own progress.
  • Identify follow-up strategies to prevent future behavioral event, such as behavior management plans, parent communication, and confidential documentation.