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The Key Comprehension Routine
This course provides grades 4-12 educators an opportunity to participate in Keys to Literacy professional development via an online format.

The online course is organized into modules that include interactive activities, reading assignments, quizzes, and video clips from live training. It is designed for use with The Key Comprehension Routine training book. Course participants complete “use your content” activities that allow them to generate lessons that incorporate the instructional practices into classroom instruction using existing content reading and teaching material. Registration for the online course includes a copy of the training book. 

Target Audience: Classroom teachers in grades 4 - 12
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Dates Dates: Rolling access; this course is web-based and self-paced.
Credits Credits: 13.5 Contact Hours
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This live zoom workshop will focus on how to use the free technology in your Google domain to put in place a long term data strategy.

This presentation is intended as a "deep dive" into the Google technology available and how that technology is used to automated data collection including the presentation of live District Dashboards. Sample Data, Google Scripts and Data Studio Calculation Metrics will be provided. Topics covered will include:

Session 1 (July 14th) 
  • Relationship between Data, a Data Source, a Data Studio Dashboard
  • Create a Data Source
  • Page level Data Source
  • Interactive Charts
  • Create Metrics, String and Case
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Copy a Data Connector - (change data source)
  • Copy a page report - (change data connector)
  • Google login data filtering
Session 2 (July 16th)
  • Incorporate feedback from Session 1
  • "Data Best Practices" with Google Sheets that align with Google Data Studio
  • Advanced techniques in Google Sheets - ImportRange and Query
  • Google Scripting - create a custom Google Sheets menu and simple data manipulation.
  • Detail design review of a District currently leveraging the technology and approach above that collects data, remotely, from over 100 teachers and presents live analytics via Data Studio (This review incorporates all bullets from Session 1 and 2, above.)
This course has a limited class size.  Registrations will be accepted until filled.
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Starts Starts: 7/14/2020 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 3 Contact Hours
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Essential Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities to Think Mathematically
This 15 hour online course will provide teachers with 5 research-based strategies to teach students with learning disabilities how to think and reason mathematically.

Participants will leave:
  • Understanding what it looks like when students reason mathematically – quantitatively, structurally, and through repetition
  • Knowing 5 essential strategies to engage students, support their development of mathematical thinking, and develop independence
  • Ready to support each and every learner to develop as mathematicians based on their individual learning profiles
Materials:  All students must have a copy of Routines for Reasoning by Kelemanik, Lucenta & Creighton.  It is currently available through Amazon and Heinemann.

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

Target Audience: Grade Level 3 - 8
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Dates Dates: Online July 20 - August 14, 2020
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This remote workshop is geared towards teachers, administrators and team chairs that face the challenge of running all types of meetings. Together, we will learn strategies to gain consensus, shut down negativity and accomplish a goal within a reasonable time frame. Participants will leave with examplar agendas, handouts and scripts for a myriad of meeting types. More
Starts Starts: 7/21/2020 8:00 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 4 Contact Hours
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This 15 hour course fulfills the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs related to English as a Second Language when they re-certify after July 1, 2016. The instructor is a DESE-approved PD provider.

This online 15 PDP ESL course involves 4 (approximately 2-hour) weekly self-paced modules. After finishing the 4 weekly modules, participants will have an additional week to complete the other 7 hours of the course by developing a Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Lesson Plan to synthesize learning from the reading and modules.


How will students analyze complex texts across content areas while we meet their broad range of needs in all educator roles in our K-12 classrooms? Research demonstrates that students greatly benefit from consistent use of graphic organizers. Participants will work with two research-based, visual comprehension strategy tools, top-down webs and two-column notes, to support all our students to comprehend higher-level concepts and to assist ELs to work at a higher level while still building their academic vocabulary. Course topics to be covered include top­-down web and two­-column notes skills and application, Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) strategies, and review of lesson examples aligned with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Participants will share best practices, plan, and design scaffolded lessons applying top-down web or two-column notes graphic organizers or prerequisite skills that they can implement in the classroom right away- synchronously and asynchronously. The final assignment of the development of a Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Lesson Plan synthesizes the module learning, incorporating course applications and takeaways from online reading.

 

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

 

Target Audience:  K – 12 Teachers

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Dates Dates: This course will run 7/22 - 8/26/20 and will consist of 4 weekly modules online and 1 week to work on the final project.
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course will be held remotely.

Dreading an upcoming meeting(s)? Many school staff have encountered parents, families and advocates that don’t see eye to eye with them. Some are viewed as simply combative. Challenging, upsetting and difficult situations will be discussed and explored during this workshop. Specific strategies and solutions will be taught and participants will leave armed with knowledge that will surely build their confidence with uncomfortable situations.



Target Audience: K - 12 educators
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Starts Starts: 7/23/2020 8:00 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 4 Contact Hours
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This course will require approximately 6 hours of independent work in between sessions. The face-to-face sessions will now be conducted via Zoom.

Gain the tools you need to incorporate nonfiction sequential texts in K-12 social studies, science, and math units and classrooms. Enhance your ability to connect with visual learners as you explore current thinking about ways in which more and more teachers are integrating graphic nonfiction into their curricula to meet divergent student needs. Participants in this two-session, one-credit class will build one lesson that integrates a nonfiction graphic novel into one of the curricular units they teach, add to a reading list of recommended books to use in social studies, science and math classrooms, as well contribute to a shared resource of current articles that show the ways in which nonfiction graphic texts supports student learning.

Participants will be required to choose and read one specific chapter from a book list provided by the instructor. The instructor will have on hand many books for teachers and librarians to peruse/choose from that connect with their teaching subjects. See her online LibGuide on the topic.

Audience: K-12 social studies, math, and science teachers and librarians

Credit Option: 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: 7/28/2020 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This live zoom workshop will focus on how to use the free technology in your Google domain to put in place a long term data strategy.

This presentation is intended as a "deep dive" into the Google technology available and how that technology is used to automated data collection including the presentation of live District Dashboards. Sample Data, Google Scripts and Data Studio Calculation Metrics will be provided. Topics covered will include:


Session 1 (August 4th) 
  • Relationship between Data, a Data Source, a Data Studio Dashboard
  • Create a Data Source
  • Page level Data Source
  • Interactive Charts
  • Create Metrics, String and Case
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Copy a Data Connector - (change data source)
  • Copy a page report - (change data connector)
  • Google login data filtering
Session 2 (August 6th)
  • Incorporate feedback from Session 1
  • "Data Best Practices" with Google Sheets that align with Google Data Studio
  • Advanced techniques in Google Sheets - ImportRange and Query
  • Google Scripting - create a custom Google Sheets menu and simple data manipulation.
  • Detail design review of a District currently leveraging the technology and approach above that collects data, remotely, from over 100 teachers and presents live analytics via Data Studio (This review incorporates all bullets from Session 1 and 2, above.)
This course has a limited class size.  Registrations will be accepted until filled.
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Starts Starts: 8/4/2020 10:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 3 Contact Hours
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Spanish Grammar is not dead, it was just sleeping! 

Tired of pausing mid-sentence because you have a duda?  Are you yearning for some clarity on those tough grammar decisions?  Or are you just looking for some good old content PD that can truly make a difference in both your understanding and teaching of the language?  You have come to the right place :)

This course will be open between July 13 - August 21, 2020. The course format is designed for participants to work at their own pace and create a lesson or other product based on what was learned during the course.  Participants should be prepared to use Zoom/Facetime to converse en español with another participant from the class, and submit the recordings as part of the experience.   This course should take approximately 15 hours to complete. Participants can register up until August 7th but all work must be completed by August 21st.

Course description:  This course is for Spanish Teachers of all levels, who would like to hone their skills regarding information that might not often come up in their textbooks. It is an Advanced Course, designed to pinpoint areas that have historically been prone to misinterpretation. This is not a course on verb pairs such as “ser y estar” or “preguntar y pedir” but rather, an examination of some of the vocabulary choices and grammar guidelines that if tweaked, could improve the precision with which we use the language. Also included are updates to La RAE. This is a place for teachers to review, reacquaint, learn, and in some cases, relearn, and to practice in a structured environment.

Graduate Credit Option: Upon approval, participants may choose to apply for 1 graduate credit for an additional fee of $125 payable to Worcester State University.

Target Audience: K - 12 teachers of Spanish
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Dates Dates: Course opens on July 13, 2020 and runs through August 21, 2020
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours
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This course will be held remotely.

Everything one needs to know to develop a comprehensive IEP. This full day workshop will cover any and anything about IEPs.  Participants will unpack assessments, write measurable goals, examine the components of PLEP A and B and transition planning.  Participants will leave with a complete exemplar to reference for the future.

Target Audience: K – 12 special education teachers
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Starts Starts: 8/11/2020 8:00 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 6 Contact Hours
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This remote workshop is for general and special educators. Together, participants will examine the various types of disabilities of students at all levels and develop accessible lessons and interventions to support learning. Executive functioning strategies will be explored to support students that “don’t do school” well. Participants will leave with a deep understanding of types of disabilities and how to support a myriad of learners in a multitude of settings.



Target Audience: K - 12 General and Special Education Teachers
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Starts Starts: 8/13/2020 8:00 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 6 Contact Hours
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This course will be held remotely.


Given the current state of the world and the rapid-fire news cycle we collectively live in, a strong mindfulness practice is more important than ever. Although it may be unclear what school will look like in this next school year, being well-equipped with breathing and focusing strategies for both you and your students will do a world of good.  

 

Under the best circumstances, the school day is filled with numerous internal and external distractions for students, teachers, and other school-based professionals. It goes without saying that we are not currently living in the best circumstances. Noticing when 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.

This course will provide practical strategies for incorporating mindfulness practices into your classroom practice and into your life outside the classroom.

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: 8/17/2020 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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