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This course is an IDEAS sponsored event. To register, please contact jbagni@edcollab.org.

Please note that the IDEAS member rate applies after all course slots have been used.

This course is designed to introduce educators to the complex issues raised by race and racism and their impact on student engagement and achievement. This course will provide educators with an understanding of racial identity and the importance of building authentic student teacher relationships. This course will also help educators increase their skills of cultural proficiency.

Please note that this course may be canceled if there are fewer than 12 participants.

Target Audience: K - 12 Educators

Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits through Framingham State College for an additional charge of $150 payable to FSU.


Deadline for Registration:  September 10, 2017
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Starts Starts: 9/26/2017 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Credits Credits: 25 Contact Hours and 2 Grad Credit
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To register please contact Jill Bagni - jbagni@edcollab.org or (339) 222-5606.
The following dates will be scheduled for Snow dates/Capstone Presentations*:

Jan 3, 2018

Jan 10, 2018

Jan 17, 2018

Teachers who successfully complete this course will fulfill the requirement that all core academic teachers who have one or more English language learners (ELLs) in their classroom during the period from SY 2013 through SY 2016 must earn the SEI Endorsement.

The SEI Teacher Endorsement course focuses on current theories and evidence-based instructional practices related to the teaching of ELLs. This course is designed to promote continuous improvement in educator practice and to build teachers’ confidence and familiarity with research-proven practices for working with ELLs. Throughout the course, effective research-based strategies will be modeled. Teachers will have opportunities to practice the modeled strategies, to analyze their practice, to provide and receive feedback, and to reflect on their experiences. Through this cycle of reflective practice, teachers will gain new skills, knowledge, and dispositions for the education of English learners.

Assignments are designed to reinforce key concepts and practices. As participants proceed through the course, assignments will include a paper drawing on classroom data and information, classroom tryouts of modeled strategies which teachers will assess using a tool provided for the purpose; and the development, implementation, and presentation of instructional segments. Throughout, participants will be asked to reflect upon the impact of the course material and activities on their practice.

*In addition to the course sessions, each participant is required to participate in a Capstone session at which they will make a 10 – 15 minute presentation utilizing the skills gained from the course. Participants will choose which capstone date they prefer to attend at the first session.

Audience:  K  - 12  educators

Grad Credit Option: At the first class students will be able to register for 3 optional grad credits through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $225-payable to WSU.
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Starts Starts: 9/27/2017 3:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 15
Credits Credits: 67.5 Contact Hours and 3 Grad Credit
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Five additional dates for Snow dates/Capstone Presentations*:

January 22 and 29, 2018

February 5, 12 and 26, 2018

Teachers who successfully complete this course will fulfill the requirement that all core academic teachers who have one or more English language learners (ELLs) in their classroom during the period from SY 2013 through SY 2016 must earn the SEI Endorsement.

The SEI Teacher Endorsement course focuses on current theories and evidence-based instructional practices related to the teaching of ELLs. This course is designed to promote continuous improvement in educator practice and to build teachers’ confidence and familiarity with research-proven practices for working with ELLs. Throughout the course, effective research-based strategies will be modeled. Teachers will have opportunities to practice the modeled strategies, to analyze their practice, to provide and receive feedback, and to reflect on their experiences. Through this cycle of reflective practice, teachers will gain new skills, knowledge, and dispositions for the education of English learners.

Assignments are designed to reinforce key concepts and practices. As participants proceed through the course, assignments will include a paper drawing on classroom data and information, classroom tryouts of modeled strategies which teachers will assess using a tool provided for the purpose; and the development, implementation, and presentation of instructional segments. Throughout, participants will be asked to reflect upon the impact of the course material and activities on their practice.

*In addition to the course sessions, each participant is required to participate in a Capstone session at which they will make a 10 – 15 minute presentation utilizing the skills gained from the course. Participants will choose which capstone date they prefer to attend at the first session.

Audience:  K  - 12  educators

Graduate Credit Option:  At the first class, participants may choose to register for 3 graduate credits through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $225. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of course hours attended.
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Starts Starts: 10/2/2017 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Credits Credits: 67.5 Contact Hours and 3 Grad Credit
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This course is an IDEAS sponsored event. To register, please contact jbagni@edcollab.org.


Please note that the IDEAS member rate applies after all course slots have been used.


This course is designed for educators who wish to integrate issues of identity and equity into a subject area through student-centered activities that are designed to promote social justice conversations. Participants will also develop an understanding of how multiple forms of oppression (poverty, LGBT, gender/sexism) overlap with their own unique characteristics. Participants will practice the skills necessary to encourage students to recognize differences, see inherent values, appropriately handle conflict and misunderstandings, and engage in conversations of equity in order to be prepared to navigate through a world that is increasingly more diverse. This course will provide educators with resources to develop lessons and apply research-based strategies to encourage students to work together to build caring, just, diverse classroom/school communities while growing in their personal identity, confidence, and courage. Activities and discussions from this course can also be integrated into specific "Race/Culture/Identity" courses, and/or be part of programs, such as, Advisory, Open Circle, Developmental Designs, Responsive Classroom, Steps to Respect.

Please note that this course may be canceled if there are fewer than 12 participants. 


Target Audience: K - 12 Educators

Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credits through Framingham State College for an additional charge of $75 payable to FSU.

Deadline for Registration:  September 10, 2017
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Starts Starts: 10/3/2017 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 3
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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To register please contact Jill Bagni - jbagni@edcollab.org or (339) 222-5606.
Additional snow date scheduled for February 13th.

This is “Part II” for administrators who have already participated in one of Mary Sterling’s courses on the Massachusetts educator evaluation system with an emphasis on student learning. In a seminar format, we will focus more deeply on the impact of teacher practice on student learning. The lens of student learning will guide our efforts and our commitment to teacher growth.

Case Consultation:
Each of the 4 sessions will feature specific problems of practice. Participants will present a case and we will use a protocol to understand the issues, provide perspectives, and offer suggestions.

Each session will have a specific topic that is timely in the evaluation cycle:
  • October 3rd: The new Student Learning Indicator – integrating it into the process 
  • December 5th: Non-professional status teachers – coaching for growth 
  • February 6th: Concerns about teaching and learning – addressing the needs 
  • March 20th: Topic will be decided by participants 

We will connect through our 4 group sessions and on-line. An essential resource book will be: Strengthening Teacher Evaluation, by A. Platt & C. Tripp, 2014, Ready About Press (at RBT)

Please note that this workshop will be limited to 16 participants. 

Audience: District and Program Administrators, Principals, Assistant Principals, Department Chairs who have previously participated in Mary Sterling’s course on the Massachusetts evaluation process.
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Starts Starts: 10/3/2017 7:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Credits Credits: 8 Contact Hours
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This course is only for administrators who will be evaluating teachers with English language learners in their classrooms. Administrators who successfully complete this course will fulfill the requirement that all administrators who supervise teachers with ELLs in their classroom must earn the SEI Endorsement. Participants must attend all sessions to be eligible for the endorsement.

The SEI Administrator Endorsement course is designed to promote continuous improvement in educator practice, and to build administrators’ confidence and familiarity with procedures and strategies for supporting teachers in developing research-proven practices for working with ELLs. Throughout the course, effective methods of examining data, observing teaching practice, and providing support to teachers will be explored.


Assignments are designed to engage administrators in conducting research within their school buildings. Assignments include careful analysis of school, district, and state data pertaining to English language learners, as well as data collection on the classroom practice of SEI teachers. Administrators will learn about the elements to look for in teachers’ lesson plans, as well as the SEI strategies to look for during classroom observations. Throughout, administrators will be asked to reflect upon the implications of the course material and their findings on their responsibilities as school leaders.


Audience: K – 12 administrators who will be evaluating teachers with English language learners in their classrooms


Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $75. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of course hours attended.
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Starts Starts: 10/5/2017 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 5
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course is co-sponsored with MassCUE.  MassCUE members should register directly through MassCUE to receive the member rate.

App smashing is best defined as taking two or more apps and combining them together to create something new that would not otherwise have been possible. It is fun, engaging, and results in expanded creative possibilities for students and teachers while tapping into higher order skills. In this class, participants will engage in a hands-on exploration of apps including Padlet, Explain Everything, Seesaw, Thinglink, Aurasma, BookCreator, and Tellagami and consider ways in which to smash these apps together for greater impact. Participants will also collaborate with each other to generate a master list of app smashing “recipes” and project ideas that they can take with them to implement into their classrooms.



Target Audience: K - 8 classroom teachers, technology integration specialists, librarians



Graduate Credit: At the first class participants may choose to apply for one graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125 payable to WSU.
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Starts Starts: 10/14/2017 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 3
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course will require approximately 4 hours of additional time online in between sessions.

In this course, educators will learn about sustainable art practices and develop creative re-use skills through hands-on making, brainstorming, and feedback sessions. The series will begin with an interactive presentation that introduces participants to inspiring eco-conscious projects by contemporary artists from all over the world. Discussion will concentrate on how individuals can make sustainable choices as artists and as citizens. There will be a focus on strategies to educate students in understanding consumption and the life cycle of materials, emphasizing waste reduction in art making, and sourcing environmentally friendly materials. As part of the course, teachers will create their own eco-conscious artwork by re-envisioning a variety of everyday discarded materials.


During the second half of the course, educators will develop their own art lessons and learn the best practices for sharing green art techniques in their schools and communities. Each lesson will be designed in accordance with Massachusetts state standards for Arts and Science in the appropriate grade levels. Upon completion of the program, teachers will be ready to deliver their newly designed curriculum in their classrooms and inspire the next generation of “green” artists.

Target Audience: K - 12 Art teachers and classroom teachers who are interested in incorporating art into the classroom.

Graduate Credit: At the first class, participants will have the option to register for one graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125 payable to WSU.
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Starts Starts: 10/14/2017 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course is an IDEAS sponsored event. To register, please contact jbagni@edcollab.org.

Please note that the IDEAS member rate applies after all course slots have been used.

This course is designed to introduce educators to the complex issues raised by race and racism and their impact on student engagement and achievement. This course will provide educators with an understanding of racial identity and the importance of building authentic student teacher relationships. This course will also help educators increase their skills of cultural proficiency.

Please note that this course may be canceled if there are fewer than 12 participants.

Target Audience: K - 12 Educators

Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits through Framingham State College for an additional charge of $150 payable to FSU.


Deadline for Registration:  September 14, 2017
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Starts Starts: 10/14/2017 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Credits Credits: 25 Contact Hours and 2 Grad Credit
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To register, please contact Jill Bagni -jbagni@edcollab.org or (339) 222-5606.
Happy teachers teach better. It’s that simple. If you want to teach better, you must practice self-care. As a teacher, you have what is arguably one of the most stressful professions. Left alone, a classroom of students is inherently unstable. As the teacher, you are expected to be a constant source of stability. This is virtually impossible if you don’t take care of yourself. Participants in this course will learn about the four primary domains of personal development that require self-care. Participants will learn how applying principles of mindfulness to their teaching can create a happier classroom. Participants will learn about the science of habit creation and how to create healthy lifelong habits.

Topics to be Covered:
  • How taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually can benefit your teaching 
  • How to create habits that last 
  • How to apply basic mindful awareness skills to your whole day 
  • Understanding your negative emotions & the power of positivity 
  • The power of affirmations, intention setting, and gratitude
Target Audience: K – 12 educators

Graduate Credit: At the first class, participants can choose to apply for one graduate through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125.
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Starts Starts: 10/14/2017 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 3
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course is designed for classroom teachers and other educational professionals to better understand the benefits of movement as the central component in the learning process. Teaching with movement as a major player in the learning process increases the students academic abilities, memory retrieval, and other cognitive abilities. Topics to be covered include:
  • Discovering the link between movement and how the brain learns;
  • How our students have changed over the last 20 years;
  • Importance of recess;
  • Movement experiences within the classroom;
  • Using movement in interdisciplinary teachings of the sciences and math. 

Target Audience: K - 12 educators

Graduate Credit: At the first class, participants can choose to apply for one optional graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125, payable to WSU.
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Starts Starts: 10/16/2017 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 3
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This 15-hour professional development offering consists of two days (11 hours) of training and 4 hours of independent practice activities. Upon completion, participants receive a 15 PDP certificate that meets the Massachusetts teacher certification requirement of 15 PDPs related to strategies for students with disabilities. 

This professional development uses the content from The Key Comprehension Routine training and incorporates information about the learning needs that students with learning disabilities have with comprehension.



The training presents research-based instructional practices for teaching comprehension
throughout the school day in all subject areas. Participants learn how to teach comprehension as Tier I instruction for all students in inclusive classrooms. They also learn how to differentiate instruction and use scaffolds to provide Tier 2 instructional support to students who have weak comprehension because of a learning disability.



Educators who have already attended full training for The Key Comprehension Routine should not attend this session because much of the training content is based on topics covered in our standard Key Comprehension training.



The following topics are covered:

  • Overview of reading disabilities 
1.) Five components of reading, causes of a reading disability 
2.) Models of tiered instruction 
  • Main idea skills 
  • Text structure 
  • Top-down topic webs 
  • Two-column notes 
  • Summarizing 
  • Generating Generation
The cost of the workshop includes materials.

Target Audience:  Grades 4-5 elementary teachers, 6-12 content classroom teachers,
educators who provide support to struggling readers, literacy specialists and
coaches, and administrators.

Credit Option:  Participants may choose to apply for one graduate credit through Endicott College for an additional fee.  More details will be available at the first class.
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Starts Starts: 10/17/2017 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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