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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 July 23 - August 20, 2018; approximately 4 hours per week - no set times
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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We are in the midst of a mindfulness revolution. Businesses are offering classes for their workers, health care providers are recommending its practice to their patients, and now educators are discovering the benefits of integrating mindfulness in their classrooms.

The school day is filled with numerous internal and external distractions for both students, teachers, and other school-based professionals. Noticing when these interruptions in the day arise and being able to redirect one’s attention to the task at hand is an important skill for students and teachers alike. Research has proven that when young people learn to be more present and less anxious, they often find they can pay attention better and improve the quality of their performance. Teachers, too, can improve their practice when they are more focused and able to put aside distractions.


Topics to be Covered: 

  • The differences between mindfulness and meditation.
  • The research-backed benefits of mindfulness and meditation.
  • The science behind meditation
  • How to create new, sustainable habits, including setting up a personal mindfulness or meditation practice.
  • The five literacies of mindful learning and how they apply to teaching.
  • How to conduct simple breathing exercises with students.
  • The research behind gratitude and its potential benefits.
  • Why today’s students are more anxious than ever and how mindfulness might help.
  • Mindfulness applications for daily activities.

Comments from past participant: “Everything about this workshop was wonderful - the presenter, the group process (both small and large), the resources, the instruction - I wanted more!

Target Audience: K - 8 classroom teachers, specialists, learning center teachers

Graduate Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to apply for one optional graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125, payable to Worcester.
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Starts Starts: 7/24/2018 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 3
Credits Credits: 12 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 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.


Deadline for Registration:  June 1, 2018
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.
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Starts Starts: 7/24/2018 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
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 one-day workshop is designed to help K – 2 teachers obecome oriented to the resources and the curriculum provided by the Units of Study books for Reading written by Lucy Calkins and colleagues.

The conference will include a brisk overview of the foundations of reading workshop, and a quick overview of the key methods and the important structures that teachers will need to be acquainted with in order to teach this curriculum. For example, portions of the day will focus on: planning a year long curriculum, teaching brisk, engaging mini-lessons, leading small group work, assessment-based instruction, and managing workshop instruction.

Participants must bring their Units of Study with them to the workshop.
Deadline for registration: June 25, 2018
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Starts Starts: 7/30/2018 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 6 Contact Hours
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This workshop is co-sponsored by TEC and EDCO Collaborative. TEC members should register directly with TEC to receive the member rate.

How often have you turned on the news to hear something about a student or professional athlete who has suffered a concussion? We have become more and more aware of the incidence of concussions, their causes and effects. This course is designed to help participants better understand what is happening in the brain in order to take a proactive approach in the recognition and management of head trauma. We will review the anatomy and development of the brain as well as the definition of a concussion. We will review the history of concussion treatment and causation and how we got to this "crisis". We will discuss the importance of educating and supporting all students, not just athletes, to keep them safe on the playing field and playground and in the gymnasium. Participants will learn and be able to bring effective strategies back to their school communities to help keep children and adolescents safe.

Audience: K-12 Educators, Athletic Directors, Coaches, Nurses and Administrators

Graduate Credit: 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.
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Starts Starts: 7/30/2018 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 3
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This workshop is co-sponsored by TEC and the CASE, EDCO and LABBB Collaboratives (CELC). TEC members should register directly through TEC to receive the member rate. CELC members should contact mcswineyctr@edcollab.org for a discount code before registering.

The October 17th and November 14th sessions will be conducted online.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training is part of a specific form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy that was created by Dr. Marcia Linehan to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. Over the years, these skills have proven to benefit adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, self-harming behaviors, and suicidal ideation. Recently, the skills have been integrated into the school setting to help all students manage stress and anxiety in a healthy way. This course will use the text, DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescence, to provide participants with an understanding of the skills taught and the structure of a DBT Skills program. Participants will engage in hands-on activities and projects and have plenty of opportunity to share ideas and ask questions. The goals of this course include providing participants with: (1) an understanding of DBT skills; (2) specific strategies to integrate these skills into their work with students, and into their lives for self-care; and (3) an informal peer consultation group.

Please purchase the Required Text: Mazza, J., Dexter-Mazza, E., Miller, A., Rathus, J.,Murphy, H. (2016). DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescence. Suggested/Optional Text: Rathus, J. and Miller, A. (2015) DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents.

Target Audience:
Middle & High School Teachers, Counselors, Nurses

Graduate Credit: At the first class, participants may choose to apply for two graduate credits for an additional fee of $250 payable to Worcester State University.
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Starts Starts: 7/30/2018 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 5
Credits Credits: 24 Contact Hours and 2 Grad Credit
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This course will require six additional hours online in between sessions - no set times.

It’s simply not enough for us to teach web evaluation using the CRAAP method or the Who/What/Where/When method. These methods focus on content but we need students to apply critical thinking skills about information creation, intent, sourcing and sharing. A whole additional level of awareness of internet traps and tricks needs to be a part of our teaching for all ages. Search engine optimization, behavioral data collection, “native” advertisement, product placement, scams, the effect of “pushed” news and the entire “fake news” phenomenon have made it essential that we up our game!

Final product: A shared resource list of ideas and presentations to use in the classroom.

This course will begin with one face-to-face meeting followed by time for supplemental readings, collaborative and independent on-line work and preparation of a final product which will be critiqued and shared in the final face-to-face meeting.

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

Target Audience: K – 12 Teachers and Librarians

This course is part of a suite of courses focusing on how technology has impacted how teachers must approach literacy in an on-line world. Each course complements each other and can be taken together or separately. Each course has the option of one graduate credit. Links to the other courses are below. 

Changing Literacies


Changing Frameworks: Working with the New Digital Standards
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Starts Starts: 7/30/2018 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course is cosponsored with MassCUE.  Masscue members should register directly through Masscue

This one-day, hands-on workshop will help educators build their vision for what integration of technology can look like in their classrooms. Participants will explore GSuite tools that support curriculum, learning objectives, efficiency, creativity and student learning. Participants will experience modeling, guided practice, and independent practice with a variety of tools and learning scenarios to build your comfort level as you get started with GSuite for Education. Participants will walk away with more confidence and possibilities for getting started, as well as resources to continue your practice and collaborate with others to build ideas. Following this training, participants may consider independently choosing to take the exam to become a Google Certified Educator, Level 1.
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Starts Starts: 7/30/2018 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 6 Contact Hours
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This course satisfies the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs related to special education when they re-certify after July 1, 2016.

Incorporating technology in lesson plans, classroom routines, and behavior monitoring systems, can increase special education students' motivation to learn, make progress, and act appropriately as a member of the classroom community. Technology allows for teachers to personalize instructional needs, both academic and behavioral, to a student's individual needs. In the past, we thought of assistive technology tools to be just word processors, spell-check tools, or books-on-tape, but in "today's classroom," we have many more tools that can be used to assist students to reach their goals.

This online course will allow teachers, who support students with learning disabilities, an opportunity to learn how simple web-based tools can help to differentiate instruction in order to meet individual student needs. Many of these tools will you help you successfully implement accommodations from a student's IEP. During this course, participants will enroll as students in a Learning Management System and 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 supporting students with disabilities in the classroom. Participants will work with web 2.0 tools such as Google Drive, Read & Write for Google, Socrative, Kahoot, Padlet, and many more!

Target Audience: Teachers of Grades 2 - 8

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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Dates Dates: Online July 30 - August 31, 2018 - Approximately 3 hours per week, no set times
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Co-sponsored with MassCUE;  MassCUE members should register directly with MassCUE to receive the member rate.

This intensive training is designed to introduce experienced users of Google Apps to advanced applications of the most useful tools for educators. This hands-on training will focus on learning new functions and shortcuts in the tools participants are already using: Docs, Gmail, Sites, Calendar, Forms, Chrome, Drive and more. Additionally, time will be spent reviewing and preparing for the requirements to become a Google Educator or Trainer.

Please note: Participants will not be certified by the end of the training, as they have to submit additional material and take tests on their own.

Audience:  Regular and special needs educators who are intermediate or experienced users of Google .

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.

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Starts Starts: 7/31/2018 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This one-day workshop is designed to help teachers of Grades 3 - 5 become oriented to the resources and the curriculum provided by the Units of Study books for Reading written by Lucy Calkins and colleagues.

The conference will include a brisk overview of the foundations of reading workshop, and a quick overview of the key methods and the important structures that teachers will need to be acquainted with in order to teach this curriculum. For example, portions of the day will focus on: planning a year long curriculum, teaching brisk, engaging mini-lessons, leading small group work, assessment-based instruction, and managing workshop instruction.

Participants must bring their Units of Study with them to the workshop.

Deadline for registration: June 25, 2018
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Starts Starts: 7/31/2018 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits 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.

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: June 15, 2018.

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Starts Starts: 7/31/2018 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: 1
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.
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