Chicago Public Schools Training Calendar

Attend free Nearpod and Flocabulary professional development designed for CPS educators and earn ISBE credits.

Unable to attend the PD sessions? View the recordings below. Please note, ISBE credit is only eligible for live attendance at sessions.


Quick Start - The Basics of Nearpod

Nearpod Trainer

Ron Carroll

Discover teaching and learning with Nearpod while experiencing an interactive lesson the same way your students will. Next, explore the Nearpod platform as a teacher, beginning with the Nearpod Library of lessons. Here you will find, edit, and learn to launch lessons in Live or Student-Paced.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

Log into your Nearpod account

Find a pre-made lesson from the Nearpod Library

Locate lesson reports


Introduction to Flocabulary

Nearpod Trainer

Gina Trapp-Golden

We’re known for our engaging videos, but each Flocabulary lesson comes with a suite of interactive activities, games, and assignments to make the learning experience even more robust. In this introductory session, we will demonstrate how the site is organized, describe the function of each lesson feature, and highlight a range of subject and grade-level content that students can access.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

Understand the purpose and benefits of Flocabulary

Navigate the Flocabulary platform

Search for lessons and activities

Assign lessons

Review student data


Basics of Creating with Nearpod

Nearpod Trainer

Ron Carroll

Customize any digital lesson to personalize the instruction for your students. Learn how to take your resources and make them come to life with rich media and interactive activities to engage your students.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

Edit pre-made lesson from the Nearpod Library

Upload teacher created resources to Nearpod

Add Media and Activities to lessons


Building Academic Vocabulary with Flocabulary

Nearpod Trainer

Mallory Mussard

Dive into research-based instructional strategies for supporting the acquisition of academic vocabulary. In this session, we will look beyond the platform and explore ways to support students by reinforcing Tier ll and Tier lll vocabulary with rigorous academic content.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

Use Flocabulary as part of your essential vocabulary instruction

Access resources and accommodations to reinforce content knowledge and vocabulary mastery


Creating and launching choice boards with Nearpod

Nearpod Trainer

Ron Carroll

Choice boards and hyperdocs offer many learning opportunities for students in a single lesson. This session will show you step-by-step how to build a choice board directly in Nearpod and how to bring in boards you might already use. Walk away with a choice board you can use with your students next week!

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

Create a choice board in Nearpod using Nearpod Slides

Create a choice board with Google Slides and add it to Nearpod as Web Content

Link Student-Paced Nearpod Lessons and Activities to choice boards


Support Social Emotional Learning with Flocabulary

Nearpod Trainer

Gina Trapp-Golden

Students are more successful in school and daily life when they can understand and manage their feelings, show empathy for others, create healthy relationships, and make responsible decisions. This session will explore the CASEL core competencies for Social Emotional Learning, and highlight Flocabulary content that can be used to promote them in the classroom. Participants will also learn how to combine character development with vocabulary acquisition using Flocabulary tools and activities.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

Understand the importance of Social Emotional Learning in schools and classrooms

Learn about the CASEL core competencies as they relate to SEL

Access Flocabulary content, tools and activities that can help with SEL instruction