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Keely Swartzer

Keely Swartzer is the Director of Professional Development for Learners Edge in Lakeville, Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from St. Cloud State University, a Master of Arts in Education from Hamline University and additional Director of Special Education and Principal Licensures from the University of Minnesota. Throughout her career, Keely served students with special needs and subsequently served as a Special Education Coordinator in a suburban Minnesota school district. She teaches as an adjunct instructor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and has been developing trainings and providing face to face and online professional development for seven years. Professional development is Keely’s passion.

Recent Posts

6 Self-Care Videos for Teachers

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Topics: Video, educator wellness, Self-Care

Top 5 Tech Courses

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Courses

Taking Care of Your Mind, Body, and Soul to Avoid Teacher Burnout

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Teacher Burnout

7 New Courses to Increase Your Teacher Impact

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Topics: Learners Edge News, Courses

What is Fast Track?

Due date for license renewal sneaking up on you? Need quick turnaround for that salary advancement? Learners Edge can help! Check out our graduate level, continuing education Fast Track courses! 

These courses were written with you in mind. From the easy registration process to getting evaluator feedback in 2 short days, we are simplifying and speeding up the process. We even ensured all course materials are online, so no need to wait for a textbook. Just dive right in! 

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Topics: Learners Edge News, Distance Learning, Fast Track

Four Ways to Encourage Integrity

In honor of National Honesty Day, (yes, that is a thing that takes place on April 30th) we are going to talk about integrity! Why you ask? Well, these concepts are closely related. Many people think integrity is synonymous with honesty, but author, Thomas R. Hoerr, tells us that integrity takes honesty one step further to action. Integrity pushes us to be better, do better, and it can also elevate the behavior of those around us. That being the case, integrity is not innate, so we must teach our students to act with integrity. While National Honesty Day might be the perfect day to do so, it is important that we teach, model, discussand behave with integrity every day. 

But let’s be honest…you might not have a lesson in your back pocket on integrity, so I’ll share four of my favorite ideas for embedding integrity into your classroom for just day or all year long.

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Distance Learning

Online Resources for Teaching English Learners

Tools to Help You Adapt Online Learning for ELs

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Special Populations, English Language Learners

5 Tips for Teaching Special Education Online

"This is no small task!"

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Special Populations

6 Great Books for Spring Break

Time to Read and Relax!

Teachers! Spring break is just ahead, we promise. In celebration of this momentous occasion, we’d like to offer our reading recommendations for your consideration as you: 

1) Visit the restroom any time you want. 

2) Drink coffee in your PJ’s (all day long if you so choose). 

3) Grade nothing and create zero lesson plans.  

4) Binge watch your favorite shows. 

5) Rest, rejuvenate and relax, oh, and of course read! 


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Topics: Books, Spring Break

5 Ways Educators Can Support Each Other

I’m concerned about the wellbeing of teachers. The fact that we, Learners Edge, have a course category called Educator Wellness indicates that my worry is valid. The fact that we need to encourage teachers to learn about happinessresilience and recharging tells me many teachers are sad, burned out and tired. I’ve read articles lately questioning whether teacher burnout or demoralization is the reason for good teachers leaving the profession. Or maybe it’s secondary traumatic stress. There are numerous reasons teachers are struggling with wellbeing, but regardless of the reason, I’m concerned.


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Topics: Teaching Advice, educator wellness

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