Top Five FREE Online PD Recommendations

One positive result of 2020 has been the incredible uprise of widely available, free, professional development resources for those in the education field. Whether you are teaching high school, recruiting for a post-secondary institution, or working with students in any capacity, there is likely free resources online to elevate your abilities and show a commitment to lifelong learning. Below are top five recommendations for educator professional development, many of which offer certificates of completion!

  1. ALISON: A New World of Free Certified Learning Website, offers free (with ads), self-paced professional development opportunities with optional paid certificates of completion. They focus on effective teaching communication, student motivation, and understanding student development and diversity, among other topics. 
  2. Teachers First contains ongoing workshops that focus on effective teaching strategies and offer certificates of completion! Registration is required and while you may view archived sessions, attendance is mandatory for live sessions if you desire a certificate of completion. Their website states that Teachers First “is a free service offered since 1998 by a non-profit, The Source for Learning. The Board of Directors of The Source for Learning (SFL) feels strongly that teachers should not have to pay for this service”.
  3. If webinars are your preferred style of learning, keep your eye out for sessions that are a part of Education Week, which offer “A collection of free and premium virtual broadcasts, including upcoming and on-demand webinars”.
  4. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is an archived database of professional development material including workshops, webinars, and virtual events on a wide variety of topics. Although their content is not all free, there is a wealth of knowledge available at no cost! It is definitely worth pursuing their webinar archive for professional development topics you are interested in.
  5. The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM offer a variety of free resources for teachers, including lessons, a free articles library, and professional development that include show notes for podcasts!

On the topic of podcasts, check out these top picks for anyone working in the field of education:

Honorable Video Recommendations:

Blog content is written on behalf of SUTIL Executive Member, Samantha Kitzul, and does not necessarily reflect the views of SUTIL as a whole, nor the post-secondary institutions SUTIL is comprised of.


Even though I am over a half a Century old, I have been inspired by the group to go for higher education. I have applied to the University of Regina and I got accepted. I plan on taking classes there and there and I pray and hope I will be successful to obtain two more degrees before I reach age 55. I want to be a role model for the students, my family, and the community. Before retiring I will tackle Masters.

Jimmy Charles
Stanley Mission Rhoda Hardlotte Memorial High School

I really appreciate the SUTIL group and connections of associate members.  This makes planning a career day so much easier.  Thank you!

Shelly Fransoo
John Paul II Collegiate

Great Opportunity to allow students and parents to get the information from the institutions themselves.

John Svenson
Melville Comprehensive

Fantastic service to students in remote areas many of whom are not exposed to their opportunities in life.

Clarence Neault
Senator Myles Venne School

Was a great morning!  Kids were highly engaged and had the opportunity to see a lot of options for post secondary!

Michelle Wolf
Carnduff Education Complex

Easy to plan. Great opportunity for students! Presenters were excellent and engaging. I thought it was great. Good diversity of options for students. Awesome!

Jeff Pederson
Aden Bowman

The event is very well organized and provides students with a great student:presenter ratio.

Darin Faubert
Wadena Composite

Looking forward to having you come again next year.

Ryan Johnson
Davidson and Kenaston School

The SUTIL Booths Only event allows students and parents/guardians to connect with recruiters from a wide variety of institutions and receive pertinent information firsthand in a relaxed atmosphere.

Donna Bouchard
Marion M. Graham Collegiate

I appreciate the ease of planning this event. Communication was excellent and efficient.  I love the SWAG that students and I get.

Bonnie Baron-Williams
Thom Collegiate

I appreciate all of the communication from the institutes ! Everything is well organized! Thanks!

Kipp Bayer
Sturgis Composite School

Happy Friday the 13th of December,

Thank you for The SUTIL Scoop and the SUTIL team visit at Rhoda Hardlotte Keethanow High School in Northern Saskatchewan. I noticed some of the team members were into Volleyball during the noon hour. Maybe that is how the team works; to have fun and to laugh and to warm up before presenting to the students and staff. Great Team! Thank you once again, SUTIL Team.

Jimmy Charles
Guidance Counselor-Stanley Mission

Hi Linda and Cheryl,

Thank you on behalf of Nutana Collegiate for bringing your event to our students. I have been hearing nothing but positive feedback in the building since this morning. Being new in the career facilitator role in my building, I can’t tell you how grateful I am for having such a well-organized and easy (from the host school perspective) event to offer to my students. All of the hard work that you have put in is much appreciated. I look forward to future events.

Shona Iverson-Career Facilitator
Nutana Collegiate

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