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This course will focus on PreK and K classrooms.

Capstones Presentations:
March 28 & April 4, 2017 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM*

Snow dates:
April 11 & 25, 2017

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.

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.

Register by:  Priority will be given to EDCO members up until April 1, 2016.  After April 1st, registration will be open to anyone across the state needing the course.

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Starts: 9/27/2016 4:00 PM
Sessions: 12
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This workshop is co-sponsored with CASE, EDCO and LABBB (CELC). Members of CASE and LABBB should email mcswineyctr@edcollab.org for a discount code before registering to receive the member rate.

This workshop is geared to teams of Administrators in all capacities including those who supervise, oversee discipline issues and participate in 504 or IEP meetings. Topics will include:
  • Employment Law - including evaluation and supervision 
  • Student Discipline 
  • Chapter 504 and IDEA updates 
Target Audience: K - 12 Administrators including Superintendents, HR Managers, Principals and Special Education Administrators. This workshop is ideal for district teams.

Fee: $190 for CASE, EDCO & LABBB members or $685 for a team of (4);
$230/$830 for non-members 

The workshop fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.  A discount will be applied to those districts registering as a team after registration is complete.
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Starts: 9/30/2016 8:30 AM
Session: 1
Credits: 6 Contact Hours
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This course is an IDEAS sponsored event.  IDEAS members must register through the Office of Curriculum and Instruction in their district.  Non-members can register by contacting jbagni@edcollab.org.  A complete listing of IDEAS member districts is included below.

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.

Cost: The cost is included as part of the IDEAS membership. The non-member rate is $520.

IDEAS member districts:  Arlington, Bedford, Burlington, Canton, Concord/Concord-Carlisle, Lexington, Lincoln, Lincoln-Sudbury, Needham,Newton, Wayland, Wellesley and Weston.

Deadline for Registration:  September 15, 2016.
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Starts: 10/1/2016 8:30 AM
Sessions: 4
Credits: 25 Contact Hours and 2 Grad Credit
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IDEAS members should register within their districts; others should contact jbagni@edcollab.org.
This course is supported by the Lowell Public Schools and is only open to Lowell Public School employees. An access code is required.

Additional Dates for MakeUp Dates/Capstone Presentations*:

January 10, 2017

January 12, 2017

January 17, 2017

January 19, 2017


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.  The Capstone sessions will run from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Audience:  K  - 12  educators

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Starts: 10/4/2016 4:00 PM
Sessions: 12
Credits: 67.5 Contact Hours and 3 Grad Credit
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Make up dates (in case of inclement weather) are scheduled for December 8, 15 and 22, 2016.


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: 10/6/2016 4:00 PM
Sessions: 5
Credits: 22.5 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course is an IDEAS sponsored event. IDEAS members must register through the Office of Curriculum and Instruction in their district. Non-members can register by contacting jbagni@edcollab.org. A complete listing of IDEAS member districts is included below.

This course is designed to help educators develop a better understanding of ways to address and respond to issues of race and racism on a personal and professional level. Participants will consider the experiences of students and families from ethnically or racially diverse backgrounds in predominantly white schools, and will examine both the barriers to/challenges of talking about race/racism/ethnicity and strategies for engaging in productive discussions.


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 credit through Framingham State College for an additional charge of $75 payable to FSU.

Cost: The cost is included as part of the IDEAS membership. The non-member rate is $260.

IDEAS Member Districts: Arlington, Bedford, Burlington, Canton, Concord/Concord-Carlisle, Lexington, Lincoln, Lincoln-Sudbury, Needham, Newton, Wayland, Wellesley and Weston.

Deadline to Register: September 30, 2016
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Starts: 10/13/2016 3:45 PM
Sessions: 4
Credits: 12.5 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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IDEAS members should register within their districts; others should contact jbagni@edcollab.org.
This course is an IDEAS sponsored event. IDEAS members must register through the Office of Curriculum and Instruction in their district. Non-members can register by contacting jbagni@edcollab.org. A complete listing of IDEAS member districts is included below.



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.



Cost: The cost is included as part of the IDEAS membership. The non-member rate is $260.


IDEAS member districts: Arlington, Bedford, Burlington, Canton, Concord/Concord-Carlisle, Lexington, Lincoln, Lincoln-Sudbury, Needham,Newton, Wayland, Wellesley and Weston. 

Deadline for Registration: September 30, 2016.

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Starts: 10/15/2016 8:30 AM
Sessions: 2
Credits: 12.5 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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IDEAS members should register within their districts; others should contact jbagni@edcollab.org.
Designed specifically for school librarians, this 15-hour course will satisfy the requirement that all educators, including school librarians, must have 15 hours of professional development in teaching ELLs in order to renew or advance a teaching license after July 1, 2016. This requirement is part of the new Massachusetts initiative for teaching English Language Learners called RETELL.

MSLA members are eligible to register at the member rate - please contact mcswineyctr@edcollab.org for a discount code before registering.

The course will give school librarians an overview of RETELL and its components (SEI, WIDA, ACCESS), and will focus on the ways that school librarians can help their English language learners to use the library and improve their academic skills. Topics of discussion will include demographics, the socio/cultural issues of teaching ELLs, the basics of second language acquisition, and literacy development for ELLs. Each of these topics will be examined through the lens of the school librarian and will address the implications for the school library program and curriculum.



Specific areas of focus for librarians will include collection development with regard to ELLs, adapting library lessons, developing special programs for students and their families, and supporting teachers. In addition, the connection between RETELL and the Common Core will be examined.



By the end of the course, school librarians will:


  • understand RETELL and its implications for the school library 
  • adapt current library lessons for English Language Learners

Audience:  K  - 12 Librarians

Credit Option:  Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. 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: 10/15/2016 9:00 AM
Sessions: 3
Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Co-sponsored with MassCUE - MassCUE members should register directly through them to receive the member rate.

This course requires 5 additional hours online October 16 - October 28, 2016.

This course fulfills the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs in working with ELLs in order to recertify after July 1, 2016. It is specifically tailored to K-12 Instructional Technology Specialists who wish to further their understanding of effective ways of integrating technology to support the unique strengths and needs of English Language Learners (ELL). It will consist of two face-to-face sessions with an online session in between.



With the dramatic influx of language learners throughout schools in Massachusetts, it has become critical for all those in education to be equipped with a solid understanding of how ELLs can successfully access the curriculum. Activities and discussions during the course will not only include key concepts regarding second language acquisition, but also creative and meaningful ways to promote language development through the use of various technology tools.

Upon successful completion of the course, instructional technology specialists will: 
  • understand key concepts related to the education of ELLs, including the socio-cultural factors that influence language learning  
  • analyze information from WIDA Standards and Assessments to differentiate instruction for ELLs 
  • identify and explore specific ways in which technology tools such as various iPad apps, Google apps and online resources can promote language acquisition in the areas of oral language, writing, and vocabulary development 
Please note: ESL teachers are welcome to register, but they should be aware that the course will include an overview of second language acquisition as well as the WIDA Standards and Assessments.

Target Audience:  Technology Integration Specialists and teachers who wish to learn more about using technology with ELLs

Graduate Credit:  At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. 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: 10/15/2016 9:00 AM
Sessions: 2
Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Please note that there will be no sessions over Thanksgiving break.



Tablets and laptops provide students with opportunities to complete classroom assignments in ways that capture their personal interests and learning styles. With a technology-enhanced program, a teacher can enhance student creativity and engagement while also differentiating according to students' abilities, multiple intelligences, and specific needs. Through this integration of technology, you can help to facilitate and inspire student learning, no matter whether you are a teacher in general education, inclusion, or sub-separate setting.



This online course will allow upper elementary and middle school classroom teachers and technology specialists to think about ways they can utilize their students' devices to increase differentiation opportunities with a variety of technology tools. During this course, participants will enroll as students in a Learning Management System, Schoology. This platform will be used to post assignments and tasks, and will also provide participants a look at how the tool serves as a means for differentiation in the classroom. Participants will work with web 2.0 tools such as Google Drive, KidBlog, ChatterPix, ThingLink, and with formative assessment tools to help gauge student abilities, such as Socrative, Kahoot, Padlet, and Google Forms.



With each tool, participants will be asked to think about how it can be used to differentiate assignments and assessments. The goal is to provide participants with a collection of tools that can be used in order to reach the needs of all students and most importantly, provide them with opportunities to shine and share their creativity!



Target Audience: Classroom teachers, special educators and technology integration specialists in Grades 5 - 8.



Credit Option: Participants may choose to apply for one optional graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125 payable to WSU. Additional information regarding the graduate credit will be available once the course has been confirmed to run.

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Dates: Online: October 17 - December 5, 2016
Credits: 18 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Mindful meditation has been reported to provide a wide array of psychological and cognitive benefits. In this talk, Sara Lazar, head of the Lazar Lab at Harvard University, will discuss the impact of meditation training on brain structure and function, with an emphasis on cognitive performance. Several brain regions impacted by meditation, including the hippocampus, are directly involved in learning and memory. Other regions mediate functions that play a more indirect role. Data from her lab and others also indicates that regular
meditation practice can help maintain healthy brain function and fluid intelligence into old age. The session will include a brief meditation period and a discussion on ways to bring elements of meditation practice into the classroom.



Target Audience: PreK - 12 Educators with an interest in learning more about meditation.
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Starts: 10/18/2016 3:45 PM
Session: 1
Credits: 1.5 Contact Hours
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This course includes an additional face-to-face session on November 30th from 3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

This course fulfills the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs in working with ELLs in order to recertify after July 1, 2016.

This blended five-week course will provide secondary level counselors and social workers with the opportunity to read thought-provoking articles related to the important work they do with students and families whose first language is not English. As we know, cultural literacy and awareness, while important, is not always enough to help us interact in productive ways with these students and their families. This course gives you the opportunity to learn from one another and to add to your repertoire of counseling skills.

Topics that will be addressed include:
  • The Changing Role of the School Counselor 
  • The Centrality of Trust 
  • Building Cultural Awareness 
  • Exploring Social Justice 
  • Engaging the Families of ELL Students 
By the end of this seminar, participants will have had the opportunity to explore ideas that are central to understanding the challenges that the changing demographics of our schools present to those whose roles encompass counseling, guidance and social work. In addition, they will have read current practical and theoretical scholarship related to how cultural and linguistic differences impact schools. Those who participate fully will learn from the readings and from their colleagues in the online discussion forum and in the face-to-face sharing at the end of the course. Most importantly, they will be able to contribute to ongoing professional conversations regarding how to improve the experience of our ELL students.

Target Audience: Grades 6 - 12 Counselors and Social Workers

Graduate Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. A registration form will be available before the first class. 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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Dates: Online October 19 - November 16, 2016.
Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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