Welcome Colorado Teachers

Teachers in Colorado use Professional Learning Board online courses for teachers to meet CO requirements, keep a Colorado teaching license current and renew a teaching license in CO.

  • Online clock hours of renewal credit/ pd courses Self-study classes.
  • Graduate Credit Courses Incorporate quizzes and a Course Action Plan. Teachers, study at your own pace, complete within 4 weeks and receive 1 semester hour through a regionally accredited university partner.

Professional Learning Board courses align with teaching standards and are designed for teachers across grade levels and subject areas. Professional Learning Board is recommended by school districts and teachers across the country, please ensure the courses meet the requirements of your local authorities to meet your local needs.

  • SELF-STUDY: Preparing College & Career Ready Students (5 Hours)
    Teachers are the strongest and most influential link between high school and college for every student, and are often the best people to guide students in the endeavor to become college and career ready. This course will examine the details of mastering the current needs of students to be college and career ready.
  • SELF-STUDY: Preparing for Teacher Evaluations (5 Hours)
    This course will take teachers through the process of evaluation, elaborate on its guiding principles and criterion, and include strategies and factual information to clearly link teaching quality with student learning. Further, teachers will be shown how to be “participants” in the process rather than being “subjects”. Tips to deal positively with negative feedback are also provided.
  • SELF-STUDY: Project Management for Students through Project-based Learning (5 Hours)
    For students to be truly equipped to succeed in the 21st century college scenario or workplace, they must possess a level of mastery in essential project management skills. This course presents project-based learning as a successful strategy to promote project management skill development in students.
  • SELF-STUDY: Public Speaking for Teachers (5 Hours)
    Examine how to manage fears and perfect your public speaking skills. Identify and work on specific problem areas and consequently improve your communication skills. Learn to structure your speeches and harness technology to deliver effective speeches.
  • SELF-STUDY: Reading Across the Curriculum (5 Hours)
    Equips teachers to support student learning through better reading and comprehension across the curriculum and grade levels.
  • SELF-STUDY: Reading through Technology in the Classroom (5 Hours)
    Transform teaching practice, and enhance students’ reading levels, by incorporating technology into classroom reading activities. This approach enables teachers to successfully assess available technology, employ it successfully, and help students read with higher accuracy and better comprehension.
  • SELF-STUDY: Recognizing Early-onset Mental Health Disorders (5 Hours)
    Provides a basic understanding of warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents as well as ideas and strategies that help teachers work with students.
  • SELF-STUDY: Reflective Teaching Practice (5 Hours)
    Embark on a sustainable professional development journey by integrating successful reflective practices into your teaching. Strategies build on research findings to present reflective teaching as a crucial component in professional development, empowering teachers to make informed decisions about their own learning and every day instruction.
  • SELF-STUDY: Research Based Instructional Strategies (5 Hours)
    To help students improve in academic achievement, develop an attitude of learning and acquire the skills needed for the demands of the work place and real life situations, educators must continually review, reflect on and work to improve their instructional skills.
  • SELF-STUDY: Rubrics in Teaching and Learning (5 Hours)
    A rubric is much more than an assessment too. Provide quality formative and summative feedback for students at periodic intervals throughout the year by using consistency when grading student work. Teachers use rubrics to grade a wide range of student work including: solo projects, group work, portfolios, homework assignments, book reviews, and tests.
  • SELF-STUDY: Spanish for Educators (5 Hours)
    Build essential communication skills by learning general vocabulary and phrases that assist teachers with understanding Spanish in the classroom and school environment. Through this ‘primer’ for non-Spanish speaking teachers, educators develop the ability to communicate with students and families who speak Spanish as a first language.
  • SELF-STUDY: Standards Based Instruction through STEM (5 Hours)
    STEM integration doesn’t need a huge budget, lots of technology, or a ready-to-use curriculum. It’s something any teacher, any school and any classroom can integrate. This course teaches you how.
  • SELF-STUDY: Student-Centered Learning and the Common Core (5 Hours)
    Teachers committed to real development in their students look forward to lively, stimulating and effective learning environments where their students are self-motivated, able to build on what they already know and equipped for the real-world.
  • SELF-STUDY: Student Portfolios (5 Hours)
    With the effective implementation of portfolios, students can learn to discover their individual talents, strengths, interests, and goals for ensuring success beyond school. The practical tips and suggestions provided in this lesson will take teachers through the process of implementing portfolios in their classrooms, with factual information clearly linking student learning to the actual goal.
  • SELF-STUDY: Suicide Prevention (5 Hours)
    Teachers will learn to identify possible early signs of suicide and be introduced to tools that may be helpful to students. Creative activities and strategies can help promote safe classroom environments. The course also encourages teachers to work together with their school in initiating and implementing school-wide policies and programs on suicide prevention.
  • SELF-STUDY: Tackling Tough Text (5 Hours)
    Help students to tackle difficult text and understand it better. The strategies in this course help improve learning comprehension and are applicable to all subjects.
  • SELF-STUDY: Teacher Coaching (5 Hours)
    Information and skills essential to the process of peer coaching in their school. Learn about the process of Teacher Coaching, the roles and responsibilities of the coach and the coachee and how to implement this process in your school, reaping multiple benefits for the school, teachers and students.
  • SELF-STUDY: Technology in the 21st Century Classroom (5 Hours)
    Concepts and ideas behind using technology in the classroom help teachers to understand the various skills that students need to develop in order to use technology in the most effective way.
  • SELF-STUDY: Thrifty Classroom (5 Hours)
    Through the resources, research-validated strategies and suggestions presented in this course, teachers will be equipped to handle tight budgets, and be frugal in their classrooms by turning to alternative resources. Further, teachers will be provided practical tips that will allow them to adopt methods to make the most of what they already have, end up saving money and still have the needed supplies to provide a quality education.
  • SELF-STUDY: Transformative Classroom Management (5 Hours)
    Smart teachers struggle with classroom management. Skilled teachers elect to use strategies that create more problems than they solve. This course focuses on proven ideas that when used, work.
  • SELF-STUDY: Understanding ADHD (5 Hours)
    Gain confidence in not only accommodating students with ADHD, but also other students who are energetic, hyperactive or have difficulty paying attention.
  • SELF-STUDY: Videos in the Classroom (5 Hours)
    Students retain information faster, grasp concepts more rapidly, and become more enthusiastic about learning when videos are used in the classroom. This course encourages teachers to use of videos already available online and learn to record, edit, create, embed and share videos. The course presents guidelines and practical tips on choosing the right videos to align with learning objectives.
  • SELF-STUDY: Virtual Field Trips (5 Hours)
    This course introduces teachers to the idea of the virtual field trip as a highly effective alternative for enhancing course material. Teachers will familiarize themselves with a tool that integrates technology in classroom instruction.
  • SELF-STUDY: Visuals in Learning (5 Hours)
    Understanding and using visual materials is an important life skill and advantageous for students. Visual tools make useful teaching aids in the classroom whether they are technology-rich or technology-free. Examples in this course help teachers see how to incorporate visual instruction into lessons, and prepare and present visual teaching aids and assessments for all students.
  • GRAD Adams: Academic Interventions (1 semester credit)
    This course introduces teachers to STEM and student-centered learning to create and implement a standards-based curriculum. Teachers are then able to customize and differentiate curriculum for each learner acting more as facilitators, coaches and mentors.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Child Abuse Prevention (1 semester credit)
    Protecting children is the role and responsibility of every teacher. Educators taking this course examine professional behaviors and boundaries while becoming aware of red flags that might indicate a child is being abused.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Cognitive Skills - Understanding Learning Challenges (1 semester credit)
    We all know the brain plays a major role in learning, but few are aware of how. In a class where each child differs in ability to learn, it is essential that educators know how the brain is related to the process of learning, in order to help facilitate student performance. Such knowledge will also give the educator an advantage when faced with the challenge of teaching a child with special needs. This course equips educators with extensive knowledge about the process of learning.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Cohesive Classroom Communities (1 semester credit)
    Teachers are equipped to transform their classrooms into cohesive learning communities, through this three part online PD course package. The course begins with Classroom Collaboration where educators come to understand the importance of the teacher’s role in creating an environment where young people are willing and able to work collaboratively. Teachers are taught to recognize, appropriately handle and make accommodations, for diagnosable mental health issues among students. The course helps teachers understand that they play a valuable role, and can help save a life, by learning about the prevalence of suicide; understanding suicide and how it may be prevented.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Money for Classrooms (1 semester credit)
    This course will help teachers to maximize their classroom budget and raise funds for innovative ideas and projects. Teachers will learn to create effective budgets, write grants and create fundraising campaigns while connecting with community stakeholders to support educational endeavors in the classroom.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Pedagogy Essentials (1 semester credit)
    Teaching amongst the technological advances of the 21st century, brings with it unique challenges of combining education and theory with classroom practice. This three part course is designed to provide teachers the background knowledge and resources they require to use research findings to enhance their students’ learning. The course covers Research Based Instructional Strategies, which focuses on strategies teachers can use to channel research findings to improve their quality of instruction. Curriculum Development equips teachers to create effective, yet practical unit and lesson plans that equip students to learn more efficiently. The course also focuses on enabling teachers organize their teaching plans, work-life balance and the various aspects of their classroom.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Peer Coaching and Evaluation (1 semester credit)
    Learning as a community of educators, and from each other is one of the best ways teachers can find encouragement, inspiration and support as they maneuver everyday challenges in the classroom. This course explores research-based strategies in peer teaching and professional development adopted and embraced by schools across the country.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Preparing College Ready and Career Bound Students (1 semester credit)
    Prepare students for a successful future in college and careers. This online course suggests an approach to overall development of the student from elementary through high school that can help students become college ready and successful in their careers.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Raising Academic Achievement (1 semester credit)
    This course introduces teachers to STEM and student-centered learning to create and implement a standards-based curriculum. Teachers are then able to customize and differentiate curriculum for each learner acting more as facilitators, coaches and mentors.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Reaching Diverse Learners (1 semester credit)
    The strategies in this course help educators understand the influence second language acquisition has on learning and how to promote effective interaction between ELL students and their classmates. Teachers learn how expected behaviors within a classroom should be taught through consistent responses and positive reinforcement.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Reading Across the Curriculum (1 semester credit)
    Reading should be a meaningful activity that is focused on comprehension and that results in understanding. When students struggle with a specific subject matter the underlying reason is usually also identified as under developed reading skills. The strategies in this course are imperative for all educators to help their students become proficient readers. This course helps teachers understand how to assess reading skills in the classroom and plan instruction accordingly. It also equips educators to empower their students with confidence when handling tough text. Teachers also learn how to act as a facilitator for small groups for guided reading.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Standards and Communication in Teaching (1 semester credit)
    In an age where there are multiple approaches to teaching and educating students, it becomes important to ensure that a particular standard is maintained. This class helps educators achieve goals, while empowering you with skills and tools to deliver the best of quality education. Standards and Communications in Teaching is a three part integrated course that highlights various strategies for facilitating student learning and improving academic achievement. It also focuses on positive communication, both with students and parents, in order to achieve excellence in education.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Standards in the Classroom (1 semester credit)
    Teachers in this course explore approaches to instruction, assessment and evaluation that they can implement in their classroom. This course focuses on practices teachers can use to promote student motivation and self-learning while decreasing and eliminating behavior issues.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Students with Disabilities (1 semester credit)
    Every student is unique and has different needs, learning levels and abilities. As teachers, it is certainly challenging to teach each and every student effectively. This online course presents reaching students with special needs as a real possibility. It prepares teachers to plan for IEPs (Individualized Education Plans), reveals the Universal Design of Learning framework, and shares Assistive Communication tools and technologies to help all students attain their maximum educational potential.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Teachers in Leadership (1 semester credit)
    The strength of an educational institution lies in its leadership, educators and students. This online course is rich in content that highlights changes or initiatives that can be implemented to improve student learning and encourage school improvement. Teachers taking this class can explore strategies for improving their public speaking skills and in turn, facilitate improved communication with audiences.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Technology for Student Learning (1 semester credit)
    We live in a technologically advanced world. But, for teachers, the hallmark question is to understand how we can effectively use this technology to enhance student learning in the classroom. This online course will shine light on the multi-faceted uses of technology in the classroom. Teachers will learn how to choose technology for the classroom, be techno-savvy especially in the use of iPads and how to flip a traditional classroom to one with innovative instructional methods designed for enhancing student learning.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Technology for Today's Classroom (1 semester credit)
    Gone are the days when the word classroom brought to mind an image of a dusty blackboard, chalk or the dim light from an overhead projector machine. Instead we think of smart boards, computers, tablets and other technology. Libraries and books as reference material are supplemented by the internet, blogs and Google; all of which are available at our (and our students!) fingertips. This three part integrated course helps to bridge the gap, enabling safe implementation of technology in classrooms and preventing misuse by either students or adults while promoting effective learning. The course enhances professional development by presenting tools, techniques and resources to advance skills in using technology. Teachers learn to integrate technology in a way that promotes learning without being a distraction. The course is also filled with practical ideas and steps that educators can take to ensure safety of the students who have access to the internet whether through classroom technology, at home or via their cell phones.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit
  • GRAD Adams: Understanding Special Populations (1 semester credit)
    As educators, we all face situations where we accommodate students with special needs in our classrooms. In such situations, how can we modulate our teaching to ensure that we reach each and every child? This course is designed to help educators encourage and maximize each child’s potential.Terms like Autism, ADHD, learning disability and gifted learners are being constantly used. What do they mean? What makes these children unique? And most importantly, how as an educator can you enhance these students’ learning ability? These are questions that are answered in this course.
    Pay PLB $140 today and $55 to Adams when you request your graduate credit


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"This course was fantastic! I actually looked forward to working on the course! It was fun, interactive, practical and useful. Thanks for putting this together so well!"                - Michele T.

"A great deal of technical terminology was foreign to me before I started this course. I have a new appreciation for blogs and various instructor/student sites that can be helpful for both students and teachers. The quiz was also a solid assessment of what was presented in the course."

Sophia S.

"I learned more from this course than I ever could have anticipated. It truly was enriching. I thought the course was great. It provided a different outlook on certain skills that will be helpful to me in my teaching."

Brenda K.

"This course was very informative and really opened my eyes to the struggles of autistic students. With an increase in autism, I know I will be teaching more autistic students as time goes on. This course gave me more confidence and ideas to handle these students."

Christine W.

"This course had me take a step back and look at my teaching style. I thought I was using technology by the occasional technology based project and using the SmartBoard every day. I now realize this is not enough. There are so many different ways I could include technology into my daily lessons. I need to try harder to include technology into the lessons."

Kelley Z.

"Both the Transformative Classroom Management and the Positive Behavior Intervention courses persuaded me to confront classroom challenges in a productive way. I thank you for that."

Robert D.

"This was a very enjoyable online class. It was extremely informative about cognitive skills. As a working teacher and mother, this class gave me great flexibility with the time frames. That was really important to me and made taking this class much less stressful. I enjoyed not having to write a paper but still took as many notes as if I would have. The test/quiz at the end covered the information and the questions were straight forward and not tricky. Thank you for making an online class informative, non-stressful, and extremely enjoyable."

Laura D.

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Rita M.

"I really enjoyed trying out the websites included in this course. I admit I was starting to fall behind in technology and I feel that this course and the websites/resources provided have given me some ideas to incorporate technology into my classroom. Overall I think my students will appreciate these new resources to differentiate their lessons and give them some more hands-on experiences."

Jacob G.

"This course has made me aware that there are many different methods of incorporating technology into the classroom. I knew that technology gave students instant access to all kinds of information but the concept of making lessons more fun, engaging the student, student centered learning will have a positive impact on my teaching. I do believe it is my responsibility as a teacher to continually improve and implementing new technologies will certainly lead to more effective learning."

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"I love learning! Just completed this wonderful course in cognitive skill building, good towards 5 professional hours. The best part is, although I am a learning consultant and a reading specialist, I believe I learned more in this coursework, than in all my education classes combined. It got right to the point, addressing cognitive issues directly, instead of just tackling the secondary academic issues. It speaks to neuroscience, and the amazing capability of the brain to improve itself, through specific techniques and activities. The comprehensive nature of this program, and its practical uses is a marvel! Absolutely highly recommended."

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"I had no technical issues with this course, but it's my first one through your program and I just wanted to provide feedback. I was so engaged throughout the whole 5 hours of this course, that it amazes me. We teachers take these courses because we have to have so many hours of professional development per year, and it becomes a "duty." This was a PLEASURE. What a great feeling to come away from the time invested feeling like I truly learned something - and something enlightening and USEFUL! As an elementary teacher (first grade) reading and phonemic awareness are huge in my classroom - to have that addressed - as well as the practical ways to improve on the cognitive skills so necessary to gain academic achievement - this was a total worthwhile and successful five hours. I fully intend to take other courses with you, and to recommend to my colleagues what a great resource you are. Thanks - and kudos to PLB!"

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Cean F.

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