Welcome to EDCO's new professional learning registration site. The EDCO Collaborative has 17 member school districts. Educators from those districts are automatically members of EDCO. Non-members are also welcome to sign up for most of EDCO's professional learning programs. Please read the registration guidelines below.
EDCO members: EDCO members should not register for any course without contacting the Office of Curriculum and Instruction in their district. Each EDCO district has a unique policy regarding approval and payment for EDCO workshops. Districts may cancel registrations completed outside of their guidelines and will not honor payment requests without prior approval. EDCO members may choose to pay for courses themselves, but they should still register through the Office of Curriculum and Instruction to get the member price.
Non-members: EDCO welcomes non-members to sign up for our courses. If you have not taken an EDCO course before, please click Create Account at the top of this page. If you have taken an EDCO course in the past 6 years, please select the Login link at the top of this page. Your username is either your school or home email address - whichever you gave EDCO when you first signed up. You will need to create a password, so click "Forgot your username or password" to create one.
If you experience problems trying to create your account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sponsored by CASE, EDCO and LABBB (CELC). CELC member districts are all eligible for the EDCO member rate of $100. Please email mcswineyctr.org for the discount code before registering.
About ten percent of students in school - approximately 11 million students - struggle with mental health issues. Whether it is running out of class, not doing homework, disrupting others or quietly being defiant, the behavior is often misread or misdiagnosed. The frustration level teachers and parents face can be overwhelming and traditional plans are often ineffective in addressing certain behaviors because they do not acknowledge the underlying causes. This training will provide empathetic, flexible, practical, and more importantly effective strategies for preventing inappropriate behavior before it starts as well strategies for addressing it when it does occur.
Target Audience: K – 12 general education and special education teachers, administrators and school psychologists
Starts: 10/26/2016 8:00 AM
Credits: 4 Contact Hours
In the early elementary years, students are poised to build on their existing strengths as close readers of the world to draw parallels to what it means to be a close reader. Rather than narrowly define close reading as a skill, this workshop will support participants to consider the ways in which close reading is a habit of mind that can be woven into instruction across the curriculum through various literacy methods such as shared reading and small group instruction. A framework for how to closely read across genres and modes will be introduced and participants will be positioned to closely read across texts including wordless picture books, images, songs, and poems that excite and engage K-2 learners along with the work of Mo Willems, Matt de la Peña, Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen, Ezra Jack Keats, Arnold Lobel, and Tomie dePaola,. In addition, participants will be supported to develop text dependent questions and open-ended questions that are compelling and appropriately scaffolded for students. Participants will be guided to consider ways to build on students’ natural curiosity to support student questioning of complex texts. In addition, participants will be provided with various examples of thematic text sets appropriate for K-2 learners that are multimodal and multigenre. Participants will browse books, view video clips, listen to songs, and read short texts to consider a text set approach in their own classroom or school by building on their existing curriculum.
Target Audience: K - 2 classroom teachers, literacy specialists, administrators, other specialists
Starts: 10/27/2016 8:30 AM
Credits: 6 Contact Hours
In the upper elementary years, students have the foundational literacy skills to more deeply engage in critical and close reading across texts. Rather than narrowly define close reading as a skill, this workshop will support participants to consider the ways in which close reading is a habit of mind that can be woven into instruction across the curriculum through various literacy methods such as shared reading and small group instruction. A framework for how to closely read across genres and modes will be introduced and participants will be positioned to closely read across texts that inspire and engage grade 3-5 learners such as the work of Katherine Applegate, Sara Pennypacker, Kate DiCamillo, Peter Brown, and other noteworthy authors that write with the middle grades in mind as well as websites, song lyrics, video clips, poetry, and visual images. In addition, participants will be supported to develop text dependent questions and open-ended questions that are compelling and appropriately scaffolded for students. Emphasis will be placed on how to position students as text critics to develop their own questions. Participants will be provided with various examples of thematic text sets appropriate for 3-5 learners that are multimodal and multigenre. Participants will browse books, view video clips, listen to songs, and read short texts to consider a text set approach in their own classroom or school by building on their existing curriculum.
Target Audience: Grades 3 - 5 classroom teachers, literacy specialists, administrators, other specialists More
Starts: 10/28/2016 8:30 AM
Credits: 6 Contact Hours
This workshop is a collaboration among CASE, EDCO and LABBB (CELC) districts. CASE and LABBB members are eligible for the EDCO member rate. Please email email@example.com for a discount code before registering.
The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, WIAT-3 has become a “standard” for educational assessments. WIAT-3 is more comprehensive than previous versions of the test and includes new subtests and scoring procedures. In this workshop, the presenter will review all of the subtests, and participants will practice scoring actual protocols with emphasis on the written composition subtests. The workshop will also include interpreting results and generating reports from the WIAT-3 results.
In this workshop, participants will:
Starts: 11/4/2016 8:30 AM
Credits: 6 Contact Hours
Sponsored by CASE, EDCO and LABBB (CELC). CELC member districts are all eligible for the EDCO member rate of $450. Please email mcswineyctr.org for the discount code before registering.The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) has become the standard instrument for assessing autism and PDD across age, development level and language skills. This workshop trains school psychologists to assess and diagnose Autism.
This two-day workshop will include training on the added module for PreK. Participants can choose to come for the two days or attend only the update if they have previously completed ADOS training. The update will run on November 16, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and will include coding practice for PreK.
Audience: PreK - 12 School Psychologists
Fees: $450 for EDCO, CASE and LABBB (CELC) members; $550 for non-members
The cost to attend only the update is $100. Participants registering for the update will require a special discount code. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before registering.
Please note that the registration fee for this workshop includes materials to be used during the workshop only. Districts will need to purchase the kit and modules to perform the testing within their school districts.
Lunch is also included in the workshop fee.
CE Option: Participants can choose to register for 13.75 CEs through the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA). Participants can opt to sign up for the CEs at the first class for an additional fee of $10 payable to EDCO Collaborative. This must be a separate payment in the form of check only.
Target Audience: PreK - 12 School Psychologists
This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA). The MPA is approved the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. More
Starts: 11/9/2016 8:00 AM
Credits: 14 Contact Hours
Like it or not, all teams are potentially dysfunctional. This is inevitable because they are made up of fallible, imperfect human beings. By focusing on the attributes of highly effective faculty, department, and teacher teams, school leaders can increase student results, faculty morale, quality meetings, and professional collaboration.
In this 2½ hour introductory workshop, you will learn proven strategies to create high performing teams, reduce unhealthy conflict, improve productivity, and increase student learning. Participants will learn:
Starts: 11/15/2016 7:30 AM
Credits: 2.5 Contact Hours
Getting Started with Schoology provides an overview of Courses and Course Materials in addition to a snapshot of Groups and Resources. Participants will learn the skills and knowledge needed to begin using Schoology with students. This course is appropriate for those who are new to Schoology, would like to better understand how to use Schoology, and train-the-trainer groups and/or instructors.
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
Target Audience: K - 12 educators More
Starts: 11/16/2016 9:00 AM
Credits: 3 Contact Hours
This course provides an in-depth look at the grading workflow, creating and utilizing Schoology Portfolio, and aligning materials to standings and objectives while tracking student progress in Schoology.
Grading: Participants will learn how grades are populated into the Gradebook. We will explore the different options for sorting, entering, overriding, and tracking grades. In addition we will view posted grades from the student perspective.
Portfolios: Participants in this course will learn how to create, edit, and share a Schoology Portfolio. Throughout the session, the instructor will review a variety of portfolios that highlight both student and educator applications. Sample rubrics for portfolio evaluation will also be shared. Ultimately those enrolled in this course will learn how Schoology Portfolios provide students and educators with the ability to quickly and easily collect, organize, summarize, and share their work and accomplishments with others.
Aligning Materials to Standards/Learning Objectives: This course provides an in-depth look at using Schoology to align materials to standards/learning objectives and track student progress towards those objectives. Schoology provides access to State, Common Core, Next Generation Science, Foreign Language, and College and Career Readiness Standards. In addition to using these Standards, participants will learn how to create and organize custom learning objectives, which can be imported at both the individual and system admin levels.
EDCO members who are taking this class in conjunction with Getting Started with Schoology are eligible for a discounted rate of $200 for both classes. Non-members are eligible for the rate of $240. Please email email@example.com before registering to obtain the discount code.
Target Audience: K - 12 educators with some experience using Schoology or who are taking this training in addition to Getting Started with Schoology. More
Starts: 11/16/2016 1:00 PM
Credits: 3 Contact Hours
Please note that there is no cost to attend this presentation but registration is required.
Join Michael Dukakis and John Portz, co-authors of Leader-Managers in the Public Sector: Managing for Results, for a discussion about the distinctions between leadership and management. They will present a perspective that focuses on the key skills and practices of successful leader-managers who engage in both good leadership and good management. They will also emphasize the importance of focusing on the positive changes in education over the past couple of decades.
Target audience: Administrators of all levels, including Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Principals, Assistant Principals, Coordinators, Directors and Team Leaders More
Starts: 11/17/2016 4:00 PM
Credits: 2 Contact Hours
This workshop is joint partnership among the CASE, EDCO and LABBB Collaboratives. Members of CASE and LABBB are eligible for the member rate and should email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code before registering.
This workshop will help participants to stay current on the most recent laws and regulations related to special education. Our experienced presenters will help you to navigate the intricacies of IDEA and avoid costly litigation. They will offer tips for turning legal mandates into best practice.
Audience: Administrators of Special Education, Special Education Coordinators, Out of District Coordinators, Team Chairpersons, Special Education Department
Registration fee for EDCO/CASE/LABBB members: $190
Fee for non-members: $230
Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.
Register by: November 4, 2016. Cancellations will not be honored after the deadline. Registrations received after November 4th will be accepted if spaces are still available. More
Starts: 11/18/2016 8:30 AM
Credits: 6 Contact Hours
This course will require 5 additional hours online in between sessions.
This course satisfies the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs related to teaching English learners when they recertify after July 1, 2016.
Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, working with English language learners is both rewarding and challenging. The goal of this workshop is to help educators answer the question: “What can I do to meet my ELLs’ academic needs and also understand their experience?”
We begin the course by reflecting on our own cultures and experiences as language learners. We will examine the heterogeneity of ELLs as a group- one size does not fit all! We will learn the basics of second language acquisition and discuss sociocultural factors and the challenge of connecting with families. The overall goal is to build an empathetic, informed approach to working with ELLs that will help them become active participants in their school communities. Among the topics to be addressed are:
Audience: K - 12 teachers, specialists, school psychologists, social workers and school nurses
Credit Option: 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.More
Starts: 11/19/2016 9:00 AM
Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
Problem-solving and decision making for preschool Dual Language Learners/English Language Learners who have or might have disabilities requires collaboration and outreach to stakeholders from across disciplines to implement promising practices based on current research. In this workshop, an ESL teacher and speech and language pathologist will share how their integrated preschool team has merged this expertise to promote achievement and provide more culturally responsive evaluations for multilingual students. Topics to be covered include:
Starts: 11/21/2016 12:00 PM
Credits: 3 Contact Hours