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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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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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Participants will be assigned an additional 4 hours of work between sessions.

Writing conferences are the hardest part of teaching in a writing workshop, but also the most effective way to teach students how to become stronger writers. Conferences help students strengthen their current piece of writing, but also help students learn how to transfer and apply what they’ve learned to the next piece of writing and the next one after that.

This practical in-depth course is for veteran workshop teachers who have writing workshops up and running and want to strengthen their conferring skills. The course is also for teachers who are just beginning to teach in a workshop setting and want to understand and feel more confident conferring with student writers.

We’ll begin by thinking about why writing conferences are our most powerful teaching tool and then discuss what a writing conference is and is not. We’ll then quickly learn (or review) the architecture of a writing conference (Research, Decide, Teach). We’ll slow down as we learn about how to (more effectively) work through each part of the writing conference – talking to, thinking with, and then teaching student writers.

Teachers will learn multiple ways to begin a conference, how to listen to students as they talk, how to help students say more about their writing without taking away ownership, and different ways of teaching the same content.

Topics explored include:
  • Teaching students how to talk about their writing.
  • Asking clear and specific follow-up questions that help students expand and clarify their thinking.
  • Connecting the research part of the writing conference to the teaching.
  • Using a mentor text and a signature story in a writing conference.
  • Effectively and efficiently working with student writers as they try the teaching.
  • What to do when a conference is highly successful - sharing the wealth with other students.
  • What do when a conference is unsuccessful - reteaching a student writer.
  • How to use conference notes to plan mini-lessons and adjust our writing instruction.
Target Audience: Teachers of Grades 3 - 8

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.
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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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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 12.5-hour course will encourage participants to examine their cultural identity, relative privileges, and address issues of diversity. Through experiential activities, participants will develop an understanding of the importance of affirming culture and appreciating the history and experiences of people/students from cultural backgrounds different than their own. Participants will reflect on their own cultural dimensions, paying particular attention to cultural archetypes, and develop an understanding of the communication and learning styles of students from diverse backgrounds. These understandings will help participants develop culturally proficient strategies that will enhance their ability to meet the needs of all students.

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.

Deadline for Registration: October 1, 2019
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Starts Starts: 10/15/2019 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Credits Credits: 12.5 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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To register please contact Jill Bagni - jbagni@edcollab.org or (339) 222-5606.
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.

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: October 1, 2019
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Starts Starts: 10/19/2019 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 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.

Additional Snow Dates:  January and February 6, 2020 (4:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.)

This 25-hour course is designed to build upon the foundational theories and complex issues studied in IDEAS 1: Anti-Racist School Practices to Support the Success of All Students. Participants will study systemic change models and develop, enact, and evaluate a project to effect change in their educational setting, whether that setting is working with a small group of students, a classroom, a grade level, a school, or an entire district.

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

Prerequisite: Successful completion of IDEAS 1.

Target Audience: K - 12 Educators who have completed IDEAS 1.

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: October 1, 2019
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Starts Starts: 10/26/2019 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 course will require additional time online in between face-to-face sessions.

Sixty-five percent of the population are visual learners. Which means that in our text and read/write centered schools, we’re missing out on a powerful and useful teaching and learning tool whenever we DON’T use visual tools ourselves. Let’s be really clear at the outset –most visual learners do not ONLY learn through visuals -- it’s a strength. And every learner –whether a “visual learner” or not, can get additional information, construct new pathways of memory and reinforce learning by the addition of visual resources. But tests and teachers are so focused (as in, what choice do we have – the test awaits) on read/write that they neglect the power that adding visuals to their teaching offers.

In this course we’ll range through a variety of content areas including geography, math, ELA, and science. We’ll examine best practice and creative ideas as well as new technology that make visual learning and teaching more accessible and more effective across the curriculum.

Students will engage with multiple examples of teaching and learning with visual methods and concepts. They will be asked to produce a complete unit with one specific lesson plan to exemplify the integration of visual tools.

Examples include: (1) An examination of Edward Tufte’s mind-opening work on the visual presentation of quantitative information (2) the use of visual note taking and sketching to limit copying and encourage understanding over copying (3) Exploration of David Smith’s geographic concept from Mapping the World by Heart (4) exploring standards for quality graphs, charts, diagrams and illustrations that should inform our students understanding of these visual representations.

Links and information are mainly internet based:

Power of Visuals:


https://www.shiftelearning.com/blog/bid/350326/studies-confirm-the-power-of-visuals-in-elearning 


Which face is real:  http://www.whichfaceisreal.com/ 

Target Audience: K - 12 educators

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: 10/26/2019 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Happy teachers teach better. It’s that simple. If you want to teach better, you must practice self-care. As a teacher, you have what is arguably one of the most stressful professions. Left alone, a classroom of students is inherently unstable. As the teacher, you are expected to be a constant source of stability. This is virtually impossible if you don’t take care of yourself. Participants in this course will learn about the four primary domains of personal development that require self-care. Participants will learn how applying principles of mindfulness to their teaching can create a happier classroom. Participants will learn about the science of habit creation and how to create healthy lifelong habits.

Topics to be Covered:
  • How taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually can benefit your teaching 
  • How to create habits that last 
  • How to apply basic mindful awareness skills to your whole day 
  • Understanding your negative emotions & the power of positivity 
  • The power of affirmations, intention setting, and gratitude
Target Audience: K – 12 educators

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

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Starts Starts: 10/26/2019 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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