School Shut Down – below are an assortment of online resources to catch up on any mandatory trainings and opportunities for continued professional development:

Zoom Security

I’ve been hearing a lot about the Zoom security issues.  Most surround the ability of uninvited people to join meetings (Zoombombing) or the ability for users (e.g. students) to disrupt sessions by sharing unwanted content.  These can all be controlled by the meeting host, which is the recommended suggestion for people to do.  Click the links below to access the recommended Zoom Safeguards (A downloadable copy of the picture on the right and SDCOE’s Memorandum):

Zoom safeguards

SDCOE Zoom Memo April 6 2020

PLEASE NOTE – You may need to use a web browser than Chrome to successfully access some of these websites.   If you continue to encounter difficulties (after trying another browser), please call Tania Rowe at (858) 413-6740 or email at


 PUSD District Supported Digital Tools

*Newly added to this resource page.*  This link takes you to the Poway Unified Technology & Innovation webpage where they provide a list of District supported Digital tools along with teaching resources, guides, and tools.   Enroll in a self paces Canvas class (“how to” on Canvas”), access to SeeSaw, Flipgrid, Kahoot and various Google resources.

PUSD Mandated and Optional Trainings

Subjects (and # of courses in parenthesis) available to all staff under the extra training tab:
Athletics(6), Child Abuse Prevention Microlearning series(22), Emergency Management(14), Employment Practices/Supervisory(1), Enviornmental(47), Health(25), Human Resources(20), IEP(1), Information Technology(11), Nutrition Services(8), Policy(21), Security(7), Social & Behavioral(21), Special Education(5), and Transportation(15) aka LinkedIn Learning

Courses in Business (technical skills and soft business skills such as communication and time management),Technology, and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.  Learn a new skill online, on your time, obtain printable certificates to show proof of learning to supervisors and connect certificates to your LinkedIn account.
Email Tania Rowe to obtain your free license to learn (

National After School Association – Professional Development
NAA link to content published every week covering a wide variety of topics and resources

National Education Association: 2018 & 2019 Archived Webinar Recordings
Examples of webinars available:
Accommodations and Modifications: What Paraeducators Need to Know, ESPs: Understanding and Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum, Banking on the Whole Child for ESP

Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums.
Examples of free courses include: Positive Psychology, De-Mystifying Mindfulness, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Problem Solving with Excel, and Personality Types at Work are just a few of the many free available courses.

1499 free online courses are available, titles include:
Microsoft courses (Excel 2010, Word 2010, Access 2010, Powerpoint 2010, Outlook 2013), Communication Skills, Food Safety training, Stress Management, Public Speaking, Working with Students with Special Education Needs

Registered Behavior Technician 40 hour Training (Free):

A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is a paraprofessional certified in behavior analysis. To apply you must: • be at least 18 years old • have a high school level education or higher • pass a background check • obtain 40 hours of qualified training • successfully complete an RBT initial competency assessment.  Once your application is approved, you will receive instructions via email for scheduling your RBT certification examination. Please see the Behavior Analysis Certification Board website for more information on the application process and additional requirements

Completing this 40 hour free course covering the 2nd edition task list is the primary component required in order to apply for certification.

Zoom Conferencing:

Basics – Going To A Zoom Meeting:  Click here to learn how to attend a Zoom Meeting as a participant

Zoom Full Tutorial And Overview – Video Conferencing Made Easy:  Click here to see how to create your own video conference


Times such as these can cause elevated stress levels and increased anxiety. This is normal. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has provided a publication with tips and suggestions that may help reducing the stress and anxiety that you and your loved ones may be feeling. Here is a link to the publication: Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks. You may also click here to access the SAMHSA website

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