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
For step-by-step registration instructions, CLICK HERE
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Participants can choose to attend the one day session on June 3, 2017 or attend June 3rd and participate online for one graduate credit. The pricing structure and online schedule can be found below.
For non-EDCO teachers: $65 for in-person session only, $295 for graduate credit ($95 paid to EDCO, $200 paid to Fitchburg State University).
For EDCO members: $50 for in-person session only, $275 for graduate credit ($75 paid to EDCO, $200 paid to Fitchburg State University).
Participants who are only attending the one-day session will need to contact EDCO for a discount code via email before registering. Please contact email@example.com.
Optional Online Sessions for Graduate Credit
Part I: May 30 – June 2, 2017
Part II: June 4 – June 30, 2017
This workshop introduces the connections between Thoreau’s writings and philosophy and present-day mindfulness concepts. During the workshop you will: spend time with the Walden Woods Project’s resident Thoreau scholar, Jeffery S. Cramer; practice mindfulness outside, in the midst of Walden Woods; and learn how to bring mindfulness to your own classroom, workplace, or home.
Important Notes: Dress for the weather and walking. You will need to bring a lunch (refrigerator and microwave available).
K - 12 Teachers
Graduate Credit Option:
Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Fitchburg State University. Registration forms will be available on or before the June 3rd session.
Participation in the online sessions and the in-person session is required to receive the graduate credit. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of hours attended at the in-person session. More
Starts: 6/3/2017 9:00 AM
Credits: 6.5 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
This is a year long program. The Seminar and Field Experiences will run January - May 2018.
Designed to improve educator knowledge and elevate expertise in teaching autistic students in PK- 22 settings, this 15-credit graduate program is based on current research and philosophy about autism and neurodiversity. The program is designed to align with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Autism Endorsement. Participants complete 5 graduate courses (15 credits), including a field experience and seminar. The program can be completed in approximately one calendar year. Students have a range of opportunities during the program, such as observing and participating at partner sites, participating in the program’s annual autism symposium and art exhibit, and interacting with leaders in the field.
Please note: identity first language is used here per the recommendation of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
Application Information: Successful candidates hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Those seeking a Massachusetts Autism Endorsement must hold a MA Initial or Professional license as: Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities; Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities; Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; or Teacher of the Visually Impaired. Applicants who do not hold one of the required licenses may apply, depending on background.
· Complete application (available online)
· Copy of Massachusetts license (if applicable)
· 1-2 page written statement
· Official undergraduate transcripts
· Professional recommendation (optional)
Course Schedule (3 credits each):
ESPED 6018 Physiology and Foundations: Autism Spectrum Disorder
June 17 and 18, 2017; July 22 and 23, 2017
ESPED 6016 Understanding Complex Behavior: Autism Spectrum Disorder
August 5 and 6, 2017; August 19 and 20, 2017
ESPED 6017 Social Interaction and Communication Supports: Autism Spectrum Disorder
September 9 and 10, 2017; October 7 and 8, 2017
ESPED 6015 Collaboration, Advocacy, and Ethics: Autism Spectrum Disorder
November 4 and 5, 2017; December 2 and 3, 2017
ESPED 6010 Assessment and Curriculum Planning: Seminar and Field Experiences
January - May 2018More
Starts: 6/17/2017 8:00 AM
Credits: 15 Grad Credit
To apply, please contact Lesley University at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a co-sponsored workshop with TEC. TEC members should register directly through TEC.
Ballroom dancing is not a lost art! Acquire the skills to perform and teach six foundation step patterns in each of the following dances: Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Merengue, and Swing. The focus of this course is to prepare K-12 Physical Educators to teach both the Leader and Follower positions at a social level of ballroom dancing. But, all interested educators are invited to join the fun! The course explores the background and history of each dance and how connections can be made across the curriculum. Successful teaching strategies and ideas for curriculum implementation will be shared.
Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Bring water, sports drinks, snacks and lunch to keep you hydrated and energized throughout the day. Please bring a personal device if possible.
The two-credit option meets June 26th -29th and explores only four of the dances.
$360 TEC/EDCO Members / $410 Non-Members
Credit Option: Additional payment in the amount of $250 payable to Worcester State University.
Participants who wish to register for this option must email email@example.com for a discount code before registering.
The three-credit option meets June 26th – 29th plus July 6th & 7th and explores all dances.
$430 TEC/EDCO Members / $480 Non-Members
Credit Option: Additional payment in the amount of $375 payable to Worcester State University.
Target Audience: K - 12 Physical Education teachers and anyone else interested in Ballroom Dance.
MA Educator Evaluation Strand and Indicator addressed by this workshop: Indicator I-A – Knows the subject matter … designs rigorous standards-based units of instruction consisting of well-structured lessons with measurable outcomes. More
Starts: 6/26/2017 8:30 AM
Credits: 36 Contact Hours and 3 Grad Credit
This course will require approximately 3 hours on line per week with no set times. The course will not be in session the week of July 3rd.
In this workshop participants will learn how to incorporate a few fun and engaging tools that will help you gather information on students as they work towards their learning goals in the classroom. Web 2.0 tools like Kahoot, Socrative, Educanon, Exit Ticket and Plickers will be examined. Some of these tools allow teachers to enter students as well as collect and analyze the data. Some of these tools can be a quick and easy way to dipstick, activate prior knowledge or act as a ticket to leave. Other tools can be a more robust, more comprehensive testing tool/student response system.
Participants will walk away with a toolbox of resources that are easy to use in your classroom to help you better understand what your students understand.
Target Audience: K - 12 teachers and specialists
Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for one graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125 payable to WSU. More
Dates: Online June 26 - July 31, 2017
Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
This course will require approximately 3 hours per week with no set times. There will be no sessions the week of July 3rd.
This course will support you as you integrate 21st Century Digital Storytelling pedagogy into a curriculum unit of study. While digital storytelling is often thought of as a literacy activity, it should also be seen as a way to demonstrate understanding in any content area. As the Common Core focuses more on informational texts, digital storytelling allows students an accessible means to present their learning.
“Students who participate in the creation of digital stories may develop enhanced communications skills by learning to organize their ideas, ask questions, express opinions, and construct narratives. It also can help students as they learn to create stories for an audience, and present their ideas and knowledge in an individual and meaningful way.”
Participants will reshape existing curriculum units, or build a new one, to include these tools to enhance their teaching and/or their students’ learning. Activities include readings and/or videos, with periods for discussion and reflection. Using Backwards Design theory and a Constructivist approach, participants will design a lesson that supports the curriculum by creating a digital storytelling project experience for students.
Audience: K - 12 Classroom teachers and technology specialists
Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $250 payable to WSU. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of course hours attended. More
Dates: Online June 26 - August 28, 2017
Credits: 24 Contact Hours and 2 Grad Credit
This course requires 4 additional hours online during July.
Are you struggling with wanting to get away from textbook-driven teaching but wondering how on earth to find time to undertake a new way of making the learning more engaging? Come to this workshop and learn how a veteran teacher who loves order and sequence left behind her beloved Discovering French and created thematic units based on authentic resources for her middle school students. This workshop filled to capacity last summer and was described in evaluations as “the best PD I’ve taken!”
Rebecca Blouwolff, a veteran middle school French teacher in Wellesley, will share how her tired, old "sports and vacation" unit has become an exploration of French and American ideas about quality of life. Grounded in music videos, blog posts, and children's cartoons (aka interpretive tasks), the unit culminates in students diagnosing the healthiness of their lifestyles in a group discussion (interpersonal work) and writing a francophone travelogue (presentational writing task). As a result, her students are confident detectives when working with authentic resources and can fight their way through a spontaneous conversation about a real topic.
Rebecca will coach you through an Extreme Makeover to create a proficiency-based, thematic unit. Learn how to devise essential questions; write Can-Do Statements appropriate for your proficiency target; select authentic materials; and create interpretive, interpersonal and presentational performance assessments. Bring an existing unit in need of an extreme makeover, and your textbook for reference. Leave with the beginnings of your very own thematic unit and accompanying performance assessments in all 3 modes. You will receive a copy of ACTFL’s The Keys to Teaching for Learning for support and inspiration during and after the course.
By the end of the workshop, you will feel excited about your teaching because you will be mining new resources constantly, and know how to use them effectively to support your teaching. While the transition is messy, your students will reap the benefits of a cutting-edge world language curriculum.
Cost: $325 for EDCO members /$385 non-members
The cost includes a copy of ACTFL’s The Keys to Teaching for Learning
Target Audience: Grades 5 - 12 teachers of foreign language
Credit option: At the first session, participants may choose to sign up for two graduate credits from Worcester State University for an additional fee of $250 payable to WSU.
Starts: 6/26/2017 8:00 AM
Credits: 24 Contact Hours and 2 Grad Credit
Difficult Conversations: Talking About Race and Racism with Students, Colleagues, and Parents/Guardians
This course is an IDEAS sponsored event. To register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Starts: 6/27/2017 8:30 AM
Credits: 12.5 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
To register, contact your district IDEAS rep or Jill Bagni - email@example.com or (339) 222-5606.
MSLA members are eligible for the member rate. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code before registering.
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.
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:
Participants will be asked to interview an ESL teacher before the course begins. More details will be provided.
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.
Starts: 6/27/2017 9:00 AM
Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
This course will require 5 hours online in between face-to-face sessions.
This 15 hour course fulfills the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs in teaching ELs in order to re-certify after July 1, 2016.
With ELA shifts in the Common Core involving text complexity, text evidence, and nonfiction text, students greatly benefit from consistent use of graphic organizers. Together, we will work with two visual comprehension strategy tools, top-down webs and two-column notes, to help our students comprehend higher level concepts and to assist ELs to work at a higher level while still building their academic vocabulary. Course topics to be covered include discussion of top-down web and two-column notes structures and skill development, review of sample lessons, and unpacking of the standards and the ELA shifts. Participants will collaborate to share ideas and create activities and scaffolded lessons that they can implement in the classroom the next day.
Target Audience: The target audience is elementary teachers but many of the strategies can apply K - 12.
Graduate Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for one optional graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125 payable to WSU. More
Starts: 6/29/2017 9:00 AM
Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
This course is a collaboration among the CASE, EDCO and LABBB Collaboratives. CASE and LABBB members are eligible to receive the EDCO member rate. Please contact email@example.com for a discount code before registering.
This four-day course prepares teachers to help students develop phonemic awareness for reading and spelling using the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing™(LIPS®) Program for reading, spelling, and speech methodology and materials.
Phonemic awareness, the ability to perceive and manipulate speech sounds within words, underlies decoding and spelling. In this course, participants will learn how speech sounds are articulated and will use this knowledge to identify and sequence sounds within single syllables. Gradually, students will apply this learning to multi-syllable words, contextual reading, and spelling. Participants will gain knowledge of current research in phonemic awareness and reading development and become familiar with assessment instruments, including the Lindamood® Auditory Conceptualization (LAC-3) Test.
Audience: K – 12 special educators, K – 3 general education teachers, reading specialists, EL teachers and speech and language pathologists.
Graduate Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to apply for (2) optional graduate credits through Fitchburg State University for an additional fee of $245, payable to FSU. A short assignment will be required. Additional details will be available at the first class. All participants, regardless of graduate credit will receive a certificate for 36 hours upon completion of the program.
Cost: $780 for CASE, EDCO and LABBB members; $940 non-members
The cost includes a LiPS® manual and handouts.
The Commonwealth Learning Center is an independent, non-profit teaching facility and is not affiliated with the Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Pat Lindamood, Phyllis Lindamood or Nanci Bell.
Starts: 7/10/2017 8:30 AM
Credits: 36 Contact Hours and 2 Grad Credit
This course will include a face-to-face session on August 23, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Film can be an effective tool for helping students to learn some important regional distinctions in the Spanish language. An understanding of these differences is critical for students to be able to use and understand the language in real life situations.
This online course will focus on identifying and sharing films that help to highlight regional characteristics of the language.
Participants will research and identify a film to be used in their own classrooms. They will create supporting materials for students including relevant cultural and/or historical background summaries and vocabulary lists that are specific to the region. Prior to the class start date, participants must submit a list of 3 movies (in order of preference) that they would like to study in this course. Participants will be notified of their movie of study before the start of the course. It is the participants' responsibility to obtain the film they will study. The movie must be an authentic film/movie in Spanish.
In addition to the supporting materials listed above, participants will also choose a theme that can be identified in the movie and create an activity for students based on that theme. Or, participants may choose to focus their activity on the 3 P's - Product, Practice and Perspective, instead. If participants choose this option they must have a suitable understanding of what Product, Practice and Perspective is and its cultural significance in the classroom.
Participants will also transcribe a challenging scene (portion of a scene) from the film and create an assessment that focuses on the regional aspects of how the language is spoken which may include pronunciation, enunciation, or vocabulary. The goal is understanding and tackling difficult words or expressions. Each participant will create a Teacher Tips page for the film that s/he chooses, with tips for other teachers who might want to use the film, identifying issues such as inappropriate scenes, flashbacks that might be confusing, or references to historical or political figures that students might not know.
Participants will participate in discussion boards on a weekly basis and at the end of the course there will be an on-site tertulia at which participants will partner with another member of the class to discuss in detail the themes of both of their movies, and to share as a class the regional characteristics that were highlighted in all of the films. By the end of the course, participants will have developed a rich series of activities to use with the film of their choice, and will have at their disposal a list of other films and associated activities from the other participants in the class.
Target Audience: Spanish teachers of Grades 5 - 12
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. More
Dates: Online July 10 - August 21, 2017; F2F Session August 23rd 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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:
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. More
Starts: 7/10/2017 9:00 AM
Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit