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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 for educators who wish to integrate issues of identity and equity into a subject area through student-centered activities that are designed to promote social justice conversations. Participants will also develop an understanding of how multiple forms of oppression (poverty, LGBT, gender/sexism) overlap with their own unique characteristics. Participants will practice the skills necessary to encourage students to recognize differences, see inherent values, appropriately handle conflict and misunderstandings, and engage in conversations of equity in order to be prepared to navigate through a world that is increasingly more diverse. This course will provide educators with resources to develop lessons and apply research-based strategies to encourage students to work together to build caring, just, diverse classroom/school communities while growing in their personal identity, confidence, and courage. Activities and discussions from this course can also be integrated into specific "Race/Culture/Identity" courses, and/or be part of programs, such as, Advisory, Open Circle, Developmental Designs, Responsive Classroom, Steps to Respect.

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 credits through Framingham State College for an additional charge of $75 payable to FSU.

Deadline for Registration:  July 15, 2019
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Starts Starts: 8/21/2019 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.
As a classroom that serves the entire school’s culturally and linguistically diverse learners, the library plays an important role in fostering a supportive and inclusive school culture through the library’s curriculum, collection, and space.

In this workshop, we will investigate ways to:  
  • audit your collection for diversity
  • broaden understanding of diversity and cultural literacy concepts
  • integrate diverse and inclusive literature into teaching and learning
  • develop a welcoming library space for everyone
This session will provide resources and ideas for librarians who would like to improve their skills as diversity practitioners and who are looking for new ways to bring an inclusive message to their school communities.

This course satisfies 5 PDP’s towards the 15 ESL/SEI PDP’s required for license renewal.

Target Audience: K – 12 Librarians
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Starts Starts: 8/22/2019 9:00 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 5 Contact Hours
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Five additional dates for Snow dates/Capstone Presentations*:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


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.



Audience:  K  - 12  educators

Graduate 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.
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Starts Starts: 8/28/2019 4:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Credits Credits: 67.5 Contact Hours and 3 Grad Credit
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Foundations in Teaching: Preparing for the First Years
Registrations for this course are through RBT. Participants should enter the coupon code EDCO when registering.

Beginning teachers need practical skills so that they can be successful in their first years of teaching. This program focuses on three major areas: an introduction to the belief in the growth mindset that says “smart is something you can get through effective effort”; classroom management and climate emphasizing the elements that need to be in place for a classroom to run smoothly and productively; and the development of clear learning objectives as the anchor for creating daily lesson plans. Participants will learn research-based theories and strategies, experiment with them in their own classrooms, and share their observations with colleagues.

Target Audience:
K - 12 Beginning Teachers

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for one graduate credit through Fitchburg State University for an additional fee.

For additional information about the course, please visit RBT.
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Starts Starts: 9/7/2019 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 3
Credits Credits: 18 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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The course will include two on-site individual consultations in November and January - the specific dates and times will be arranged with participants.

Snow Dates:  February 6 and March 19, 2020 

Make the Massachusetts educator evaluation system meaningful and manageable! In a collaborative group of administrators, we will navigate the phases of the supervision and evaluation process with a focus on teacher and student learning. Using readings, discussions, video clips, and examples of observation scripts and feedback, you will enhance your skill as an evaluator. We will dig into questions such as:

  • How can our commitment to student learning guide the use of this evaluation system?
  • In what ways can we give feedback that really makes a difference to a teacher’s focus on student learning?
  • How can the Massachusetts rubric for Professional Practice be used to make strong connections between teacher practice and student learning? 
  • In what ways can we supervise and evaluate to focus on teacher growth?
We will connect in several group sessions, on-line, and in one-to-one visits. Our focus will be both strategic and practical to refine your skill with supervision and evaluation.  

Please note that this workshop will be limited to 20 participants.

Target Audience: 
District and Program Administrators, Principals, Assistant Principals, Department Chairs


Deadline for Registration:  July 31, 2019 
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Starts Starts: 9/12/2019 7:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours
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Analyzing Teaching for Student Results (ATSR)
Registrations for this course are through RBT. Participants should enter the coupon code EDCO when registering.

Snow Date: February 26, 2020

This is a program for leaders on how to improve classroom teaching and learning. 


Reflecting the national shift towards learning-focused supervision and evaluation, this program helps leaders zero in on high-leverage teaching strategies that make a difference to student learning. During the program, participants examine and use both a common language and a concept system about teaching to support any state framework. The program provides multiple opportunities for participants to develop keen observation and analytical skills that will support teachers in building their own capacity to impact students’ learning. 

This course includes an on-site co-observation with the instructor for each participant. 

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for three graduate credits through Fitchburg State University for an additional fee.


For additional information about the course, please visit RBT.
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Starts Starts: 9/25/2019 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 7
Credits Credits: 42 Contact Hours and 3 Grad Credit
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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: 9/28/2019 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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The course requires an access code. To register, please email mcswineyctr@edcollab.org with your MEPID number. This number will be used to verify that you are eligible to participate in this course.  Once your MEPID number is verified, you will be given an access code to register.

Additional Dates for Capstone* and Make Up Sessions:
January 7, January 14, January 21, January 28 and February 4, 2020
*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: 10/1/2019 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Credits Credits: 67.5 Contact Hours
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The course requires an access code. To register, please email mcswineyctr@edcollab.org with your MEPID number. This number will be used to verify that you are eligible to participate in this course.  Once your MEPID number is verified, you will be given an access code to register.

Additional Dates for Capstone* and Make Up Sessions:

January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13 and February 27, 2020
*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: 10/3/2019 3:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Credits Credits: 67.5 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 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: September 15, 2019
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Starts Starts: 10/5/2019 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 additional time online in between sessions.  

In this course, you will learn a range of strategies that you can implement in your classroom to maximize the possibility that you build positive relationships with all students, that all students have the opportunity to learn, and that interactions that result in students being removed from the classroom and missing instruction are reduced. The course will review research on effective behavior management practices within the context of an equity framework that addresses how educator responses to race and class are critical to student growth and success. Participants will leave this course with a wealth of practical tools, and a theoretical framework for using them effectively, consistent with exemplary practice under Standard II of DESE’s Supervision and Evaluation system.


Target Audience: K - 12 teachers


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: 10/5/2019 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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How to Build Strong Adult Professional Culture: The Missing Ingredient for School Improvement
Registrations for this course are through RBT. Participants should enter the coupon code EDCO when registering.

This is a course about the everyday behaviors of school leaders who build strong adult professional cultures (APC). It is a course for principals, assistant principals, team leaders, and instructional coaches, and very much for central office personnel who interact with school leaders. Our learning at RBT, supported solidly by research, is that there will be no sustainable improvement in student results and no elimination of the achievement gap until leaders and teachers succeed in making strong the norms of behavior between adults. Many other elements of school practice count, and count heavily (good curriculum; community support; resources; school structures like induction and teacher leadership and common planning time; and others.) But no matter how well these important areas are structured, they will not accomplish on their own what we need for students unless the adults act as profiled on the other side.


Trust is the foundation of everything we will do to strengthen culture and without it nothing much will happen. But once it is established, that trust translates over time into trust of one’s colleagues. How do successful leaders build that? Trust that what? What do they do in everyday behavior that results in it? We delve into these questions in considerable detail and give participants tools to self-assess and take action.


Target Audience:  Administrators, School and District Leaders

For additional information about the course, please visit RBT.
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Starts Starts: 10/15/2019 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Credits Credits: 37.5 Contact Hours
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