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Two additional snow dates (if needed):  March 26 and April 2, 2019.

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: 1/15/2019 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 5
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Closed Enrollment
Additional dates for Capstones Presentations*/Make Up Sessions:
May 2, May 9 and May 16, 2019

*Capstone Presentations will meet from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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.

Target Audience:  Teachers seeking SEI Endorsement

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Starts Starts: 1/17/2019 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Credits Credits: 67.5 Contact Hours and 3 Grad Credit
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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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Dates Dates: Online 1/22 - 2/22/19 - No set times
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course will require 5 additional hours online in between sessions.
A snow date is scheduled for March 2nd.


This course satisfies the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs related to special education when they re-certify after July 1, 2016.

This course is an introduction to a broad range of topics related to student developmental disabilities, including categories of cognitive, physical, emotional, and learning delays. The inclusion of students into educational environments will be highlighted. Topics will include:
  • History of special education and inclusion 
  • Laws which govern inclusion, IDEA, and the integration of students with disabilities 
  • Family concerns and challenges 
  • Current and future trends and best practices 
  • Specific disability exploration and knowledge through readings documentaries and case study analysis 
  • Best practices in Universal Design for Instruction for students with disabilities and diverse learning styles 
  • Supporting the successful transition to post-secondary environment 
Target Audience: Teachers, Guidance Counselors and Administrators

Graduate Credit:
At the first class, participants may choose to apply for 1 graduate credit for an additional fee of $125 payable to Worcester State University.
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Starts Starts: 1/26/2019 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
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.


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: January 10, 2019
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Starts Starts: 1/26/2019 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.
This presentation requires an access code.

Join Dr. Nadine Gaab and Nancy Duggan for a two hour update on Dyslexia and the impact of the new Massachusetts Legislation. Topics to discuss include:
  • Interpreting and clarifying the definition of neurological-based reading disabilities 
  • Breaking-down the legislation and what districts will need to do 
  • Identifying specific skills to screen 
  • Valid and efficient screenings of three indicators: Letter/sound knowledge, Phonemic awareness, Rapid naming
  • “Naming” dyslexia and the effect on services and processes within special education 
  • Professional development implications be for current and aspiring educators
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Starts Starts: 2/1/2019 12:30 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 2 Contact Hours
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Participants have the option to attend Friday only or Friday and Saturday. Participants who wish to attend the Friday session only will must email mcswineyctr@edcollab.org for a discount code before registering.

Snow Dates: February 8 and 9, 2019

Thread and Space and Light is a two-day exploration of space, light, shadows, thread, and other materials, organized to overlap with and draw upon the Sheila Pepe exhibition at deCordova. Led by artist and teacher Fritz Horstman, participants will gain hands-on knowledge and skill with exercises related to the work of Sheila Pepe, Anni Albers and Josef Albers, and Horstman's own work. An ongoing discussion of pedagogical techniques and classroom applicability will run through the sessions. Among other elements, we will explore large group weaving, texture studies, paper folding, shadows, and will make a Light Garden.

Through this course, participants will:
  • Be able to integrate fiber-based art into your curriculum 
  • Be better able to define and assess the potentials and limitations of any given material for the classroom 
  • Be able to use shadows and light effectively as teaching tools and creative inspiration 
  • Gain skill in teaching and making installation-based art 
  • Learn to work collaboratively in several media, including thread, light, shadows, and more 
  • Be familiar with the art and literature of feminist and queer artists 
  • Create relevant lesson plans for all grade levels 
Target Audience: PreK-12 art and general education teachers, and other related subjects.

Cost: EDCO members - $115 per day or $230 for both; Non-members $140 per day or $280 for both
Those attending Friday only will require a discount code before registering.

Graduate Credit Option: Participants who choose to attend both sessions can apply for one graduate credit through Framingham State University for an additional fee of $75 payable to FSU. The graduate credit includes additional time online and assignments.

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Starts Starts: 2/1/2019 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
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.orgPlease note that the IDEAS member rate applies after all course slots have been used.

Additional Snow Dates:
  March 16 and 23, 2019

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: January 10, 2019
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Starts Starts: 2/2/2019 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.
This course will require approximately 5 hours online in between face-to-face sessions.

This course satisfies the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs related to special education.

Physical Educators typically teach the entire student population within a school. With this in mind, they are teaching hundreds of children throughout each school year. It's critical for Physical Educators to understand the components of Special Education, support students on IEP's and 504 plans, and provide differentiated instruction for all learners. This course will include two face-to-face meeting times and an online portion in between.

In this course, participants will:
  • Discuss the history of the Special Education Law, including the state and federal regulations 
  • Review the components of an IEP and 504 plan 
  • Gain an understanding of the process of eligibility (special education services and adapted physical education) 
  • Explore a variety of Adapted Physical Education objectives 
  • Experience adaptations and modifications used for different abilities
  • Discuss the role of anxiety and how it effects children school, but specifically in PE 
This will be an interactive course consisting of small group discussions and activities, movement activities, whole class lecture and outside readings and reflections.

Graduate Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to apply for one optional graduate credit for an additional fee of $125 payable to Worcester State University.

Target Audience: K – 12 Physical Education and Health and Wellness teachers.
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Starts Starts: 2/2/2019 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
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This course is co-sponsored with MassCUE.  MassCUE members should register directly though MassCUE.

This course will require approximately 2 - 3 hours online each week with no set times.  No sessions over February break.

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 course you will learn how to locate quality video resources, have a better understanding of the flipped classroom model, as well as how to use video to assess understanding. Participants will reshape an existing lesson, or build a new one, to include these tools to enhance your teaching and/or your students’ learning.  Activities include readings and/or videos, with periods for discussion and reflection. Using Backwards Design theory and a Constructivist approach, you will design an assessment that supports the curriculum frameworks/standards.  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: Backchanneling 
Learn about backchanneling in your classroom and experience tools like Playposit and EdPuzzle 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 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 February 4 - March 11, 2019; No sessions over February break.
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course is co-sponsored with MassCUE. MassCUE members should register directly through MassCUE.

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). 

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.

Project Description: Participants will create a tutorial screencast at the culmination of the course which showcases a digital tool that could be used by educators in the area of SEI.

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 February 4 - March 4, 2019; No set times
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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The course is only open to Vocational Teachers.

Additional Dates for Capstone* and Make Up Sessions:


May 14, May 21, June 4, June 11 and June 18, 2019
*Capstone sessions will be scheduled from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The EDCO Collaborative has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide the SEI Endorsement courses for Career Vocational Technical Educators who are part of the 2019/2020 cohort at no cost. This is an ESE approved route to SEI Endorsement. Only educators assigned to the 2019/2020 cohort will be allowed to register. We encourage you to check your eligibility to enroll in a no-cost SEI Endorsement course with your administrator.



The Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) Teachers Endorsement course is designed to help equip teachers to address the needs of a multilingual and multicultural student population by training teachers in research-proven practices for working with English Learners (ELs). During the course, teachers are expected to practice instructional strategies grounded in SEI research both in the endorsement course and in their classrooms. Teachers will also be encouraged to sustain and develop their SEI practices over time through a variety of professional growth opportunities. This course is designed to promote continuous improvement in educator practice and to build teachers' confidence and familiarity with instructional methodology for working with English Learners.



Upon successful completion of the course, participating teachers will receive an SEI endorsement and 67.5 PDPs.



Cost: This course is offered at no cost to qualifying participants.



Graduate Credit Option: Participating teachers have the option of obtaining 3 Graduate Credits through Worcester State University at a cost of $225 for this to be paid directly to WSU after the start of the course.
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Starts Starts: 2/5/2019 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Credits Credits: 67.5 Contact Hours
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