What is a microPD?

ORSN's design team works with a growing network of content experts, both inside and outside the University of Oregon, to create our short, powerful, focused microPD videos. Our microPDs are built to be easy to follow, short and concentrated on one specific skill or strategy. We purposefully use simple animations to ensure that the learning target comes across easily and quickly. We use animation instead of recording real people so we can regularly create and update an infinite array of school-based situations and scenarios. In addition, our animated microPDs includes characters that are diverse in ethnicity, ability, age, and body shape with the hope that PD participants to see themselves and their students in the content. PLUS we avoid being distracted by an out-of-date fashion and hair styles!

MicroPD content includes topics identified by school partners as important for staff to learn and apply in their work settings. We regularly develop new microPD content based in the most current evidence and research-based practices and are regularly updated to reflect the most recent scholarship, which is one of many great benefits in our close working relationships with our research faculty partners and practitioner experts.

What does a microPD look like?

Below is an example of a microPD intended for Educational Assistants working specifically with students with disabilities and focuses on the important strategy of using wait time during instruction.

MicroPD videos have closed captions in both English and Spanish. All of our microPD modules include a number of wrap-around resources including an agenda, slide deck, resource guide & additional questions which can be downloaded and modified by school partners.

Wrap-Around Resources Accompany Each Module

Foundations of Trauma, Building Trust: 

For a complete and up-to-date list of our entire catalogue of microPD content, please click here.

ORSN K12 Teacher Classified Staff Professional Development - University of Oregon College of Education HEDCO Building

What Topics Are Available?

Learning tracks for professional development and professional learning communities (PLCs) are super versatile and can be custom-tailored to your specific needs and delivered in numerous modalities.

Some of our existing training content focuses on:

Early Childhood Education 

*Example Scope & Sequence - partial content listed

  • Working on Teams in Preschool Classrooms
  • Working with IFSPs
  • Differentiating Instruction
  • Active Supervision
  • Using Visuals
  • Planning for Transitions
  • Positive Behavior Supports

Positive Behavior and Relationships

*Example Scope & Sequence - partial content listed

  • Understanding Student Behavior
  • Introduction to Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Building Relationships Four Part Series
  • Student Regulation and Co-Regulation Strategies
  • Classroom Management - Power vs Influence

Foundations of Special Education 

*Example Scope & Sequence - partial content listed

  • An Overview of Law, Professional Standards and Ethics
  • Overview of IEPs and 504s
  • Implementation of Accommodations and Modifications
  • Supporting Student Communication:  Using Routines and Schedules
  • Supporting Student Communication by Modeling AAC
  • Supporting Students with Sensory Strategies & Tools
  • Assessment and Progress Monitoring
  • Shaping Behavior

Instructional Strategies for Classified Staff 

*Example Scope & Sequence - partial content listed

  • Understanding Student Behavior
  • Encouraging Student Engagement
  • Introduction to Pacing
  • Choice Making
  • Reinforcing a Growth Mindset
  • Small Groups 101
  • The Power of Wait Time 

Trauma Informed Care / Trauma Informed School Systems:

According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a staggering amount of students who are walking into our schools every day have experienced a number of Adverse Childhood Experiences, commonly known as ACEs. The CDC has reported that:

 “About 61% of adults surveyed across 25 states reported they had experienced at least one type of ACE before age 18, and nearly 1 in 6 reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs.” (LINK)

“The economic and social costs to families, communities, and society totals hundreds of billions of dollars each year. A 10% reduction in ACEs in North America could equate to an annual savings of $56 billion.” (LINK)

Our Trauma Informed School Practices and associated wellness-related content is geared towards training whole school staff (certified and classified) on how trauma can impact students and how staff in your school can become trusted adults who can help students in their healing processes, while also learning to maintain their own personal and professional wellness. We are fortunate to work with Dr. Jeff Todahl from the University of Oregon's College of Education in helping to develop this content. Training content includes, but is not limited to:

  • Foundations of Trauma: Trauma, Response and Impact
  • Foundations of Trauma: Trauma Healing
  • Foundations of Trauma: Building Trust
  • Foundations of Trauma: Positive School Climate
  • Foundations of Trauma: Parent Engagement Plans
  • Classroom Management:  Helping Students Regulate
  • Classroom Management:  Power vs Influence
  • Culture of Care: Structures to Overcome Burnout
  • Culture of Care: Wellness Culture for Educators
  • Healthy Teams:  The Mindset of a Healthy Team
  • Healthy Teams: Self Awareness and Co Regulation

Substitute Teacher Essentials Asynchronous Certificate

*Approximately 7-8 hours in total with formative assessment check-ins

  • Substitute Essentials - Your First Day!
  • Understanding Student Behavior
  • Introduction to Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Promoting Praise & Positive Interactions
  • Building Relationships Part 1 & 2
  • Classroom Management - Power vs Influence
  • Classroom Management - Helping Students Regulate
  • Active Supervision - Smart Supervision
  • Foundation of Trauma: Building Trust
  • Foundation of Trauma: Trauma, Response & Impact
  • Foundation of Trauma: Trauma Healing
  • An Overview of IEP and 504 Plan
  • Instructional Support: Encouraging Student Engagement
  • Instructional Support: Small Groups 101
  • Instructional Support: Reinforcing a Growth Mindset
  • Instructional Support: Intro to Pacing
  • Instructional Support: The Power of Wait Time

   ** This asynchronous program can be modified to your district and school specific needs.

For a complete and up-to-date list of our entire catalogue of microPD content, please click here.


If your team is interested in following up with ORSN staff about PLC opportunities, please click here.