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This course satisfies the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs related to teaching English learners when they recertify after July 1, 2016.

English Learners (ELs) and Cultural Currency is a five-week (15 hour) course that provides educators with the opportunity to read thought-provoking scholarship related to the important work they do with students and families whose first language is not English. After reading the articles, they will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues in relevant discussion. 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 teachers and counselors the opportunity to learn from one another and to add to their repertoire of skills for working with ELs and their families.

Topics that will be addressed include:
  • The Changing Demographics of American Education 
  • Building Cultural Awareness 
  • Exploring Social Justice 
  • The Unique (and Wonderful) Challenge of EL Students and Families 
  • Engaging the Families of EL Students 
By the end of this seminar, participants will have had the opportunity to explore ideas that are central to understanding the challenges that changing demographics present to the broad spectrum of educators. In addition, participants 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 discussion forum. In addition, they will be able to contribute to ongoing professional conversations regarding how to improve the experience of our EL students.

Audience: K – 12 educators

Graduate Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. Registration forms will be available before the class begins. 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 Dates: Online October 18 - November 21, 2017
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This workshop is sponsored by the CASE, EDCO and LABBB Collaboratives (CELC). CASE and LABBB members are eligible to receive the member rate. Please contact mcswineyctr@edcollab.org for a discount code before registering.

This workshop will address the main characteristics of Executive Function difficulties based on some of the best practices being used and what neuroscience is finding out. How do these difficulties affect schoolwork, homework, social-emotional development and how can they be specifically addressed? The presenter will provide the “nuts and bolts” of recognizing and assisting EF issues such as planning, organizing, prioritizing, attention and cognitive functions.The presenter’s decades of experience in the fields of Learning Disabilities, Literacy and Language, and Social-Emotional Development provide the backdrop to this workshop. Practical strategies and current issues will be addressed.

Target Audience: PreK - 5 teachers, special educators and specialists.
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Starts Starts: 10/20/2017 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 6 Contact Hours
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Co-sponsored with MassCUE.  MassCUE members should register directly through MassCUE.

This workshop directly fulfills the new DESE Individual Professional Development plan requirement of 15 PDPs in the area of training related to strategies for effective schools for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.  

Each session will include a short reading, and an exploration of two or more Google Tools. Also, as part of each session, participants will be asked to contribute to a comprehensive and collaborative collection of lesson plans and ideas that will be shared amongst the group. The goal is to create a resource to be used by all - both within the course and beyond.

Weekly Outline:

Online Session 1: Google Tools for Executive Functioning

Learn how to use Google Tools within Drive and Docs to aid students with tasks that require planning, organization, memory and time management.

Online Session 2: Google Tools for Differentiated Instruction

Learn how to use Google Tools to create lesson plans that differentiate learning to encompass a variety of different learning styles and academic levels.

Online Session 3: Google Tools for Multiple Intelligences

Explore the multiple intelligences and learn how to use Google Tools such as Google Slides to diversify your teaching to encompass them.

Online Session 4: Google Tools for Students with Learning Disabilities

Use Google Tools to create an effective learning environment for students with learning disabilities. Explore a variety of Google Add-ons that can be used in conjunction with Docs, Sheets and forms to help students excel in their learning environment.

Prerequisites: Teachers must have a Google account and Chrome Browser set up prior to orientation. Basic knowledge of Google is helpful.

Target Audience: Regular and Special Education Teachers, Technology Specialists, Administrators

Credit Option:  Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125 payable to WSU.  Additional details regarding graduate credit will be available before the course begins.
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Starts Starts: 10/23/2017 12:00 PM
Sessions Session: Online
Credits Credits: 15 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.



What does it means to be sensitive and respectful of First Nations Native Americans? What we have learned about Native Americans and what we think we know, is often inaccurate or even offensive. But how do we know? Terms such as Indian, totem pole, tribe, pioneer, and costume may seem benign, when, in fact, there is a larger context of de-culturalization and cultural appropriation that needs to be acknowledged and integrated into discussions. Begin to unlearn, and then relearn the First Nations story through a critical analysis of images, history, and words used in the English language.

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

Target Audience: K - 12 Educators

Deadline for Registration: October 1, 2017.

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Starts Starts: 10/28/2017 9:00 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 5 Contact Hours
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To register please contact Jill Bagni - jbagni@edcollab.org or (339) 222-5606.
This course will require (5) additional hours online.

Designed specifically for Music teachers, this 15-hour course will satisfy the requirement that all educators, including Music teachers, must have 15 hours of professional development in teaching English Learners (ELs).


This course will focus on helping teachers truly integrate ELs into Music classroom activities by ensuring that they understand directions and can effectively communicate with other students in the class. The course will give participating Music teachers an overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with specific reference to designing Music lessons that are inclusive and meet the needs of ELs.

Using this UDL approach, teachers will look at how to incorporate these principles into lessons that they have already been teaching. Through peer sharing and reading they will learn new activities that lend themselves well to an inclusive classroom. Teachers will work in age-alike small groups to discuss challenges they are facing in meeting unique needs and will problem-solve with one another. There will be whole group discussions on topics of concern with an emphasis on discovering how to think through unusual situations and needs.

Topics to be explored include:
  • understanding the different levels and abilities of ELs 
  • using multiple modalities for introducing materials and concepts, so that students understand and are engaged in the lesson and its goals 
  • employing communication strategies for ELs 
  • designing lessons using UDL principles, which offer a wide range of ways in students can participate and meet the lesson's goals 
  • creative ways to meet state and federal standards which can apply to all learners 
Audience: K - 12 Music Teachers

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for one optional graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125 payable to WSU. Registration forms will be available at the first class.
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Starts Starts: 10/28/2017 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Teachers who use instructional video report that their students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning. With video as one component in a thoughtful lesson plan, students often make new connections between curriculum topics, and discover links between these topics and the world outside the classroom.

http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/ntti/resources/video1.html

In this online course you will learn how to locate quality video resources, how to embed them into a variety of applications, have a better understanding of the flipped classroom model, as well as how to use video to assess understanding. There will be four online sessions:


Session 1: The “Tubes” 
Learn how to use YouTube for Education, TeacherTube and other video resources in your teaching.

Session 2: Flipping Your Classroom
In addition to learning about the ‘flipped classroom’ model and pedagogy, you will also learn how to create your own videos with a few web based screen casting tools.

Session 3: Assessment 
Experience tools like Educanon that allow you to take existing video and insert questions to prompts along the way.

Session 4: Demonstrating Understanding
Learn ways that students can create their own video(s) to demonstrate understanding using the same (or similar) screen casting tools you experienced in Session 2.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • demonstrate understanding of the use and integration of video resources into the curriculum, and the role they play in the teaching/learning process 
  • determine appropriateness of educational video resources for their respective student populations (understanding differentiation) as well as for personal and professional use 
  • develop and apply educational video resources into the curriculum and design learning activities for students (both as a teaching tool and as an assessment tool). 
  • apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in developing video enhanced lessons 

Audience:  K – 12 classroom teachers and technology specialists

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125.

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Dates Dates: Online October 30 - December 4, 2017
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Approximately 12 hours online, no set times. No sessions over Thanksgiving break.

Learn how to use a variety of simple, yet powerful, web 2.0 tools that will help you manage student behavior as well as motivate students, focus their attention on learning, and do it in fun and engaging ways!

Session 1:
You will learn how to use the free online tool called Padlet as well as QR Codes to create virtual dipsticks, tickets to leave, for collaborative notetaking, activators and other curriculum related ‘walls.’ QR codes will help your students become more independent learners in the classroom.

Session 2:
You will learn how to use ClassDoJo to help manage student behavior and activity in your classroom. You will add your own students, learn how to award progress, how to see results/data, and finally, learn how to use this tool for a wide variety of purposes in the classroom.

In this session we will use a backchannel to share ideas of how you plan to use ClassDoJo in your classroom. This quick and simple conversation tool helps keep students stay focused while listening to a speaker or watching a video...and more.

Session 3:
You will learn about a few apps and tools that let you poll kids for ideas and help in making decisions. You will learn how to use Plickers as a student response system - no need for voting devices or 1:1 access! Decide Now and Stick Pick are great apps that help you randomly (or not!) select students for responses or make decisions in the classroom.

Session 4:
Learn about Socrative, Formative, Quizizz and Kahoot! as a more formal formative assessment and student response tool.

Quote from a previous participant: “Donna was a friendly and knowledgeable instructor, and she always responded and answered questions promptly.”

Target Audience: K – 12 Educators

Graduate Credit: Participants will have the option of applying for one graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125 payable to WSU.
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Dates Dates: Online October 30 - December 4, 2017
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This workshop will review and revise curriculum materials for the IDEAS 1 and 2 credit graduate level courses offered in conjunction with Framingham State University, as well as develop workshop modules for schools seeking professional development to support their commitment to equity and achievement for all students.  

PDPs will be awarded upon completion. 


Target Audience:  Educators who are well acquainted with IDEAS courses are encouraged to attend.

Fee: There is no charge for this workshop.
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Starts Starts: 11/2/2017 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 2.5 Contact Hours
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To register please contact Jill Bagni - jbagni@edcollab.org or (339) 222-5606.
Participants can choose to attend the one day session on November 4, 2017 or attend November 4th and participate online for one graduate credit.  The pricing structure and online schedule can be found below.

For EDCO members: $50 for in-person session only, $200 total for graduate credit ($75 paid to EDCO, $125 paid to Worcester State University). 

For non-EDCO members: $60 for in-person session only, $215 total for graduate credit option ($90 paid to EDCO, $125 paid to Worcester 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 mcswineyctr@edcollab.org


Optional Online Sessions for Graduate Credit

October 23 - December 17, 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).

Audience: K - 12 Teachers

Graduate Credit Option:  Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University. Registration forms will be available on or before the October 23rd online 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.
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Starts Starts: 11/4/2017 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Join EDCO for a unique day of Professional Development! The morning will begin with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Robert Brooks who is one of today's leading speakers and authors on the themes of resilience, motivation, school climate, a positive work environment and family relationships.

Breakout sessions led by experienced educators and consultants to support the needs of non-classroom teachers will be scheduled for the second part of the day. Sessions will include:
  • Working with Autistic Students in Educational Settings, Elizabeth Keefe, Graduate School of Ed., Lesley University 
  • Assistive Technology in the Classroom, Karen Janowski , Assistive and Educational Technology Consultant, EdTech Solution 
  • Behavior Management in the Classroom, Stephen Burnham, Program Director, EDCO North Crossing Academy 
  • Including ASD Students in Specials (Art, Music, PE) at the Elementary Level, Dorothy Lucci, Program Director, EDCO Partners Program 
  • Team Chairs, Kelly Mertens, Evaluation Team Leader, Lexington Public Schools 
  • Accommodations, Modifications, and Specialized Instruction, Colleen Dolan, Executive Director, EDCO Collaborative 
  • Say Yes to the D Word: Data Collection Basics, Lisa Gurdin, Board Certified Behavior Analyst 
  • Google Apps for Education, James Sullivan and John Pelletier, EDCO Instructional Technology 
Target Audience: K - 12 Specialist in Art, Music and Physical Education; Special Educators, Related Therapists
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Starts Starts: 11/7/2017 8:00 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 6 Contact Hours
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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 provides participants with an opportunity to explore concepts of self-efficacy, effective praise, and attribution theory. Research by Carol Dweck, Claude Steele, and others is highlighted through experiential activities. Participants will examine how a student's perception of him/herself as a learner influences their academic engagement and performance. Participants will learn how to use a "strengths approach," create a growth mindset environment, emphasize mistakes as part of the learning process, and give constructive feedback to promote student success in the school setting.

Please note that this course may be canceled if there are fewer than 12 participants enrolled.  An additional snow date has been scheduled for December 13, 2017.


Target Audience: K - 12 Educators

Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Framingham State College for an additional charge of $75 payable to FSU.


Deadline for Registration:  October 15, 2017
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Starts Starts: 11/8/2017 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
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.
This online workshop contains content needed to fulfill the DESE Individual Professional Development plan requirement of at least 15 PDPs in the area of training related to SEI or English as a Second Language (for renewal of licensure). 

This workshop is co-sponsored in collaboration with MassCUE.  MassCUE members should register through MassCUE.

Tech Tools researched in this course will be both Google and non-Google resources - all with the goal of creating an effective and fun learning platform for English Language Learners. Each session will include a short reading, and an exploration of two or more Tech Tools that will help you accommodate the needs of ELL and ESL students in your classroom. Also, as part of each session, participants will be asked to contribute to a collaborative discussion with colleagues. They will also be required to apply their learning for the week via a product that will be shared amongst the group.


Weekly Outline (all sessions are online)
Online Session 1: Read and Write for SEI

Learn how to apply the amazing language supports provided by Read and Write - an extension of Google Chrome - that will assist students with reading, writing, studying and research. Some of these supports include:
  • Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with dual color highlighting 
  • Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained 
  • With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying 
  • Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing and research 
  • Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs 
Online Session 2: Google Tools for SEI
Support ELLs without leaving a single Google Doc! Explore multifaceted Google tools such as Google Translate, Beeline Reader, Google Dictionary, and the Explore Tool as a platform for communication and collaboration - all while making Google Docs and Slides more user-friendly to your students.

Online Session 3: Presentation Tools for SEI
Research presentation tools such as Storybird, Prezi and Google Slides that will allow your ELL students unique and engaging opportunities to share their learning with you and their classmates.

Online Session 4: Vocabulary Tech Tools for SEI
Research and explore online vocabulary tools such as FlashCards and Vocabla to help ELL students develop their vocabulary skills.

Target Audience: K - 12 Regular and Special Education Teachers, Technology Specialists, and Administrators with Basic Knowledge of Google Tools

Graduate Credit: 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 prior to the start of the class.
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Dates Dates: Online November 13 - December 11, 2017
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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