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This course will include 5 additional hours online. 

Designed specifically for school P.E. teachers, this 15-hour course will satisfy the requirement that all educators, including school P.E. teachers, must have 15 hours of professional development in teaching English Learners (ELs).

This course will focus on helping teachers truly integrate ELs into P.E. classroom activities by ensuring that they understand directions and can effectively communicate with other students in the class. The course will give participating PE teachers an overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with specific reference to designing PE lessons that are inclusive and meet the needs of ELs.

Teachers will look at how to incorporate UDL principles into lessons that they have already been teaching. 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. Through peer sharing and reading they will learn new activities that lend themselves well to an inclusive classroom.

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 P.E. and Health/Wellness teachers

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: 2/1/2020 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Closed Enrollment
Additional Snow Dates: February 26th & March 25th 

This course is an IDEAS sponsored event. To register, please contact mcswineyctr@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. Participants who cancel must do so within 7 days of the start date to avoid a charge.

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.
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Starts Starts: 2/3/2020 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Credits Credits: 25 Contact Hours and 2 Grad Credit
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To register please contact Dana Mullaley - mcswineyctr@edcollab.org
This course is co-sponsored with MassCUE.  MassCUE members should register directly through MassCUE.

Learn how to use a variety of simple, yet powerful, web 2.0 tools that will help you manage student behavior as well as motivate students, focus their attention on learning, and do it in fun and engaging ways!  Many resources discussed in this course integrate with Google Apps for Education and/or Chrome.

Session 1:

You will learn how to use the free online tool called Padlet as well as QR Codes to create virtual dipsticks, tickets to leave, for collaborative notetaking, activators and other curriculum related ‘walls.’ QR codes will help your students become more independent learners in the classroom.


Session 2:

You will learn how to use ClassDoJo to help manage student behavior and activity in your classroom. You will add your own students, learn how to award progress, how to see results/data, and finally, learn how to use this tool for a wide variety of purposes in the classroom.

In this session we will use a backchannel to share ideas of how you plan to use ClassDoJo in your classroom. This quick and simple conversation tool helps keep students stay focused while listening to a speaker or watching a video...and more.

Session 3:
You will learn about a few apps and tools that let you poll kids for ideas and help in making decisions. You will learn how to use Plickers as a student response system - no need for voting devices or 1:1 access! Decide Now and Stick Pick are great apps that help you randomly (or not!) select students for responses or make decisions in the classroom.


Session 4:
Learn about Socrative, Formative, Quizizz and Kahoot! as a more formal formative assessment and student response tool.


Quote from a previous participant: “Donna was a friendly and knowledgeable instructor, and she always responded and answered questions promptly.”

Target Audience: K – 12 Educators

Graduate Credit: Participants will have the option of applying for one graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125 payable to WSU.
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Dates Dates: Online 2/3 - 3/16/20, No set times - approximately 3 hours per week
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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What is student data privacy and data security, what does it look like in my school/district, what am I responsible for as an administrator, or how do I implement policy to ensure my school/district is in compliance? As a School Administrator, is this something I should be thinking about? The answer is yes. If you have asked yourself any of these questions, this is the course for you. During this 3 hour online interactive workshop, participants will gain a fundamental understanding of what it takes to implement and maintain student data privacy and data security policy in their school district from the administrative level. Participants will also discuss the framework for implementation, and what policy, understanding, and responsibility to place on classroom teachers and staff.

Optional Workshop Reading:

Student Data Privacy:  Building a School Compliance Program

Protecting Student Data Privacy: Classroom Fundamentals


Target Audience:  Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Technology Directors, Business Managers, Principals and other School Administrators
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Starts Starts: 2/6/2020 9:00 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 3 Contact Hours
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This course is co-sponsored with MassCUE. MassCUE members should register directly through MassCUE.



Participants will explore the SAMR model to transform their classroom following the 4Cs of Learning and Innovation. Various Google Apps, Chrome Extensions and other online tools will be used in this course for teachers to gain the student perspective, and determine the best tools for their own classroom. We will collaborate using your existing class lessons and activities to see how they can be boosted using technology. The end result will be integrated lessons & activities for your classroom.



Target Audience: K - 12 classroom teachers and specialists



Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for one graduate credit for an additional fee of $125 payable to Worcester State University.
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Dates Dates: February 24 - March 24, 2020; approximately 16 hours with no set times
Credits Credits: 16 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Have you asked yourself the question: What is student data privacy and security, what does it look like in my school, or what am I - the classroom teacher - responsible for in this regard? If you have asked yourself any of these questions, or furthermore if you’ve been asked any of these questions by an administrator, this is the course for you. During this 3 hour online interactive workshop, participants will gain a fundamental understanding of what student data privacy and data security looks like, and most importantly, simple steps you can take to protect your students’ data privacy and security - and your own.

Optional Workshop Reading:

Student Data Privacy:  Building a School Compliance Program

Protecting Student Data Privacy: Classroom Fundamentals

Target Audience: K - 12 educators
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Starts Starts: 2/26/2020 9:00 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 3 Contact Hours
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This course is an IDEAS sponsored event. To register, please contact mcswineyctr@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 promote social justice conversations by integrating issues of identity, equity, and direct action into subject areas. Activities and discussions can also be integrated into specific "Race/ Culture/ Identity" courses, and/or be part of programs, such as, Advisory, Open Circle, Developmental Designs, and Responsive Classroom. Participants will develop an understanding of “intersectionality” and practice skills to encourage students to recognize and value differences, handle conflict and misunderstandings appropriately, and engage in conversations of equity in order to be prepared to navigate through a world that is increasingly diverse and/ or participate in direct action movements for change. This course will provide educators with resources to develop student-centered activities which encourage working together to build caring and equitable classroom/school communities while growing in their personal identity, confidence and courage.


Please note that this course may be canceled if there are fewer than 12 participants. Participants who cancel must do so within 7 days of the start date to avoid a charge.


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: February 1, 2020
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Starts Starts: 2/29/2020 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 3
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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To register please contact Dana Mullaley - mcswineyctr@edcollab.org.
This course is co-sponsored with TEC.  TEC members should register through TEC to receive the member rate.

Students can create and collaborate with Scratch as they build projects that show what they know in your content area. Through Scratch programming and online community, students can create interactive stories, games, and animations.  You, too, can create and share a project that helps students learn. Through this workshop you'll complete two of your own Scratch projects, write a lesson plan, and share ideas for how students can create and use Scratch projects for any content area. For an overview of Scratch by visiting their website at scratch.mit.edu.

Week 1 (3 hours): Intro to Scratch
  • Create:  Project 1 - pick your own sprites and backdrop and learn to animate them
  • Explore: GoogleFirst Unusual Discoveries.
  • Share: Feedback on building the project and projects you found related to your content area.
Week 2 (3) hours: More Scratch Features - Look for Scratch projects related to your content area.
  • Create: Project 2 - Design a ScratchPop a BrainPop style Scratch q and a on a topic you choose.
  • Explore: Look at classmates Project 1 and share reflections.
  • Share: Ideas for the Week 4 lesson plan.
Week 3 (3 hours):  Lesson planning and state frameworks.  Learn how Scratch relates to new DLCS or standards in your content area.
  • Create: Work on Scratch project that will tie into your lesson plan.  Build on the ScratchPop or start something new.
  • Explore and Share: Explore classmates ScratchPops in our studio and comment on reflection question #3.
Week 4 (3 hours): Write a lesson plan and complete sample project.
  • Share: Look at classmates Lesson Plan projects and share reflections.
  • Wrap-up: Explore classmates lesson plans and projects and final projects.
Audience: K – 12 educators looking to integrate Scratch. This course is for participants with any level of experience using Scratch.

Credit Option: Participants can choose to apply for one optional graduate credit for an additional fee of $125 payable to Worcester State University. Participants who opt for the credit must submit a lesson plan and sample projects one week after the last class day.
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Dates Dates: Online March 2 - April 2, 2020; approximately 3 hours per week, no set times
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course is an IDEAS sponsored event. To register, please contact mcswineyctr@edcollab.org. Please note that the IDEAS member rate applies after all course slots have been used.

Snow Date:  March 28th

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. Participants who cancel must do so within 7 days of the start date to avoid a charge.



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: February 1, 2020
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Starts Starts: 3/5/2020 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Credits Credits: 12.5 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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To register please contact Dana Mullaley - mcswineyctr@edcollab.org
This course is co-sponsored with TEC.  TEC members should register through TEC to receive the member rate.

This course will require approximately 6 hours of independent work in between sessions.

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: 3/14/2020 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This workshop is offered in two parts. Part I and II can be taken in conjunction with one another or individually. This workshop is the second in a series of Art + Nature series.  It is open to all regardless of experience, educational context, or subject area.  Participants who partook in Part I will still benefit from the content of Part II with a minimum level of overlap in content.

Snow Dates:  March 27th and March 28th

We invite PreK-12 art and science teachers to join us at deCordova this winter as we immerse ourselves in art and the natural world at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. The exhibitions and environments of the 30-acre Sculpture Park and Museum galleries will provide the inspiration for developing interdisciplinary, place-based, experiential learning strategies, lesson plans, and projects: from Peter Hutchinson’s land- and garden-based collages and videos to the first winter season of Andy Goldsworthy’s new permanent installation. We will explore through multidisciplinary lenses and techniques to create dialogues with places and each other from which we will develop engaging, curriculum-connected classroom activities. Our work together will include investigating and documenting the ephemeral, observing the seasonal changes of both the natural world and outdoor sculpture, and creating a sense of place through collaborative making with the season's unique offerings.


Target Audience: PreK-12 art and science teachers, and any others interested in multidisciplinary approaches to their curriculum and using the outdoors ideal for teaching teams in the same school or district

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. One graduate credit will be offered for Part I as well as Part II.
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Starts Starts: 3/20/2020 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Additional Snow Date: April 11th 

This course is an IDEAS sponsored event. To register, please contact mcswineyctr@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. Participants who cancel must do so within 7 days of the start date to avoid a charge.

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.
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Starts Starts: 3/21/2020 8:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Credits Credits: 25 Contact Hours and 2 Grad Credit
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To register please contact Dana Mullaley - mcswineyctr@edcollab.org
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