PANDA Courses Now On Canvas!Wendy Sweeney, MA Licensed Psychologist, PANDA Manger Moira Knutson, PANDA Administrator
PANDA provides professional development in the areas of disabilities, mental illness, and specific learning disorders at Minnesota ABE events and online. All PANDA professional development workshops are FREE to Minnesota ABE staff and volunteers.
NEW: PANDA’s free courses are now available on the online Canvas platform. We’re excited to have you experience our classes on this new, easy-to-use format! We’d also love to hear your feedback on our Canvas courses. This is new to us and we welcome your input! Please, feel free to reach out and give us feedback. Both while you’re taking one of our courses and for sure when you’ve finished!
The Difference Between Learning Disability, Low Ability, and Low Literacy
When students have learning challenges, it can be difficult to determine why. Learn how to distinguish between a learning disability, low ability, and low literacy. Acquire knowledge about different types of learning disabilities. Gain information about students with low ability and valuable resources. Understand the complicated nature of learning for students from other cultures. You will learn about specific tools to help understand learning differences and learn methods to improve instruction for all students.
This course is intended to meet Continuing Education Unit (CEU) requirements for modifying and adapting curricula, materials, and strategies to appropriately meet the individual needs of students. Teachers who complete all units, including the course quiz and evaluation will receive three state approved CEUs.
Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Other Traumas Which Can Impact Adult Student Learning
This course will help ABE teachers, managers and volunteers understand symptoms and causes of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other traumas which can impact adult student learning.
This online training is intended to meet the teacher re-licensure area for “Understanding students’ mental illness trauma” (Minnesota Statute 122A.187; Subd. 6. Mental illness). Teachers who complete all units, including the course questions, quiz, and evaluation will receive three state-approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness
This course will help ABE teachers and volunteers understand mental health disorders common to the adult population. Learn to reduce the stigma of mental illness by understanding what it is like and how common it is. Find out how to make it more comfortable to talk about mental illness, including what to say and do when students disclose mental illness. Gain useful information about stress, how it impacts mental health, learn mental wellness strategies, including how to find work-life balance.
This workshop is intended to address the re-licensure area for Understanding Key Warning Signs of Early Onset Mental Illness in Adolescents and Adults. Teachers who complete all units, including the course assignment and evaluation will receive 3 state-approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Suicide Prevention for Adult Educators
This course will help ABE teachers and volunteers learn about suicide and prevention. Learn about prevalence, causes, risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Master a suicide prevention method and practice role playing how to approach students who show signs of suicidal thinking. Prevention is key! Gain knowledge about ways to promote hope, problem solving and resiliency in the classroom.
This workshop is intended to address the re-licensure area for Suicide Prevention Best Practices. Teachers who complete all units, including the course quiz and evaluation will receive 1.5 state-approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Final approval of CEU’s for these courses granted by local re-licensure committees operating in the K-12 public school districts.
- ABE Foundations/Staff Onboarding
- Adult Career Pathways
- CCR Standards
- Cultural Competency
- Digital Literacy/Northstar
- Distance Learning/Education
- HSE/Adult Diploma
- Mental Health
- Minnesota ABE
- One-Room Schoolhouse/Multilevel
- Professional Development
- Program Management
- Remote Instruction
- Social Studies
- Support Services
- Teaching Strategies