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Back-to-School Staff Workshop

Districtwide 2021-22 Virtual Back-to-School Kickoff is August 31 & September 1, 2021.

Astein Osei

Welcome back to the staff who have been away this summer and thank you to all of the staff who worked this summer to engage learners, provide childcare, maintain and prepare facilities, design curriculum and programs, provide meals, and prepare for the start of the 2021-22 school year. 

I am excited to see all of you virtually on Tuesday, August 31. I look forward to our collective work this school year to see, inspire, and empower each learner to live their brilliance in an environment that centers student voice and experience to create racially equitable learning that energizes and enhances the spirit of our community.  

Last year tested all of us individually and collectively as a school community.  I believe because of our experiences last year, we are better positioned heading into this school year to support our students, families and each other regardless of what challenges may come our way.  I continue to hold on to the belief that in life one cannot have a testimony without a test.  I believe that we are better educators and a better school district because of the experiences we had last year.  As we get closer to the start of the school year, I ask that you take some time to reflect on your growth as an educator last school year and how that growth will help you sustain and deepen your practice this school year. 

I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks and I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

In community,


Virtual Back-to-School Kickoff Schedule

All staff will pick one breakout session each day from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Links to the keynote sessions will be available here soon. Links to breakout sessions will be emailed to individuals. The two districtwide professional development days will be virtual, and you may choose to participate in meetings from your classroom, work space, school or home. 

Breakout Session Sign-up Instructions

For Non-Teaching Staff

For staff who typically do not use PowerSchool - Professional Learning (staff in departments such as Nutrition, Facilities, non-teaching or non-educational staff), please click on the link below to indicate your choices for the Back-to-School breakout sessions. Please mark one choice for Tuesday, August 31 and one choice for Wednesday, September 1. The following link is NOT for teachers and principals. 

Breakout Session Sign-up for Staff

You will be registered for your sessions and should receive confirmation via school email from

For Teachers & Principals

For instructional staff who use PowerSchool - Professional Learning to view CEU information and find information on SLP professional learning opportunities (such as teachers, principals, etc.), please click on the link below to register for breakout sessions on Tuesday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 1. Please register for one session each day.

The course and sessions will be open for registration on August 20, 2021 and will close at 5:00 p.m. CST on August 30, 2021.

Breakout Session Sign-Up for Teachers & Principals

  • After clicking on the link, please enter your username and password.
  • If you used PowerSchool - Professional Learning last year and you remember your username and password, nothing has changed and you can use the same login information.
  • If you are new to PowerSchool - Professional Learning or you forgot your username or password, here is what you should do:

Your username is your lastname.firstname. Your password is your SLP Google email password.  If there is a problem, submit a One to One Plus ticket from your school email account and ask them to confirm your account settings so you can log into PowerSchool - Professional Learning (formerly TrueNorthLogic).

Once you're logged into PowerSchool - Professional Learning, please click on Course Catalog and do a search for DW BTS 2021, then proceed to make your selections for the sessions you'd like to attend. Click on 'View All Sections' in the bottom right corner to see all the session choices.

After you register for your sessions you should receive confirmation via school email from This email will contain session information and the session meeting link.

Wednesday Keynote Speaker: Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer.  She is the author of the memoirs The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, The Song Poet, and Somewhere in the Unknown World.  Yang is also the author of the children’s books A Map Into the World, The Shared Room, The Most Beautiful Thing, Yang Warriors, and From the Tops of the Trees.  She co-edited the ground-breaking collection What God is Honored Here?:  Writings on the Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color.  

Yang’s work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the PEN USA literary awards, the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize, as Notable Books by the American Library Association, Kirkus Best Books of the Year, the Heartland Bookseller’s Award, and garnered four Minnesota Book Awards.  

Helpful Links

PowerSchool Professional Learning (Previously TrueNorthLogic)


Detailed Breakout Session Information