This summer, we’re making professional learning fun, fast, and flexible. In this issue of Upbeat News, we share an excerpt from Inspiring Student Empowerment about the different kinds of empowerment experiences you can incorporate into your classroom. Read the excerpt.

We also spotlight Free Spirit Professional®, our one-stop spot for best practices and active, hands-on learning that will lead to success in and out of the classroom for students of all ages and abilities.

For additional professional learning resources, read on. Also check out our free download of the month, the “Student Personalized Learning Plan” from Inspiring Student Empowerment, which makes implementing personalized learning easier.

P.S. You’re invited to join our Personalize Your Summer Professional Learning game! At, you’ll find three learning tracks, each with a variety of Free Spirit resources (most of them free!) all in one place. Participants will be eligible to win a Free Spirit gift certificate!
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PD Resource Spotlight
Free Spirit Professional® resources are designed to help you and your students make the most of the school day. Covering topics such as social and emotional development, school climate, differentiation, MTSS, leadership, service learning, gifted education, special needs, mental health, and more, our expert authors provide best practices and active, hands-on learning that will lead to success in and out of the classroom for students of all ages and abilities.

Many of our resources include reproducible forms, PDF presentations, and PLC/book study guides, which make them a cost-effective means of professional development for small groups, professional learning communities, schools, and districts.
Featured Resources
Teach social skills and enrich early childhood classrooms to reduce problem behaviors and nurture growth.
Flexible tools help teachers see, understand, teach, challenge, and advocate for underserved gifted students.
An effective trauma-response framework for educators to help students during and after crises.
Check out more resources for educators here.
Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
School counselor and author Stephanie Filio makes the case for using social media in professional development while setting (and keeping) boundaries for its use. Read now.
Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., offers ways educators can reconnect to professional development opportunities along with relaxing and rejuvenating this summer. Read now.
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Make implementing personalized learning easier with the “Student Personalized Learning Plan” download from Inspiring Student Empowerment by Patti Drapeau. The form includes major areas of student strengths and weaknesses in the academic, skill, executive function, and work habit areas. There is also a place to note specifically what goals will be addressed in each area, with space for teachers, parents, and students to comment on each of the goals.

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