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Inquiry and Innovation

Professional Learning Series for Teachers


The    College of Education at California State University, Fullerton and   The   SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking are pleased to offer this unique professional learning experience led by teams of teachers and experts in the field.   The College of Education is committed to professional development of innovative and transformative educators who advance just, equitable, and inclusive education.  As part of that mission we are pleased to offer The Inquiry and Innovation Professional Learning Series , it is  free  to TK-12 classroom teachers   Teachers may select from a series of six workshops, and are encouraged to register for multiple sessions. 

  • Workshops are held online through Google Classroom and Zoom.
  • Teachers receive free online resources and materials to support classroom implementation. 
  • All sessions include planning time for teachers to develop curriculum or action steps for their own classroom.
  • Participants are eligible for  .5 Continuing Education Units (CEU's)  per session (CEU credits are free for SchoolsFirst members ).  Additional details are included on the registration page.


 February 27, 2021 from 9 am to 12 pm

 Topic: Pre-school English Language Learners and Literacy Skills

 Presenters: Dr. Gautreau, Dr. Jones, Ms. Kristina Chavez, Pre-School Teacher

 Registration Link: Registration

 June 19, 2021 from 9 am to 12 pm

  Topic:  Humanizing Online Learning: Strategies for Building Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Classrooms

 Summary:  Online learning can feel distant and disconnected for students and teachers alike. In this session, we explore  strategies to create culturally sustaining and interactive learning.

Presenters: Dr. Dover, Ms. Alison Le, Ms. Grace Shin

Registration Link: Registration

 june 26, 2021 FROM 9 AM TO 12 PM

Topic: Augmented Reality and Google Expeditions

Summary: Resources related to augmented reality and learning are emerging in schools. This workshop provides insight to strategies to implement innovative augmented reality in instruction.

Presenters: Dr. Gautreau, Dr. Jones, Mrs. Chrystal Tello

Registration Link:  Registration

 july 10, 2021 from 9 am to 12 pm

Topic: Diverse Literacy Strategies for Diverse Learners: Common Sense Literacy Strategies for All Content Areas

Summary: During this session teachers learn a variety of differentiated teaching methods that support diverse learners.  Learning across the curriculum will be emphasized throughout the workshop.

Presenters: Dr. Street, Ms. Christy Jimenez

Registration Link:  Registration

August 7, 2021 from 9 am to 12 pm

Topic: Mirrors and Windows: Decolonizing Secondary Social Studies

Summary: The focus of this workshop is to support middle and high school teachers in secondary social studies instruction. 

Presenters: Dr. Watkins, Ms. N. Toxqui

Registration Link:  Registration

OCTOBER 9, 2021 from 9 am to 12 pm

Topic: Language Fragility: What pedagogical predispositions and linguistic repertoires are required to work with and learn from language learners and newcomer students? 

Summary: This workshop focuses on the instructional techniques to support ELL and newcomer students.

Presenters: Dr. Rodriguez-Valls, Dr. Dover

Registration Link:  Registration