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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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This course will be held entirely online between February 24 - March 30, 2020.  There is a time commitment of 3 hours per week at your own pace.

This course satisfies the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs related to teaching English learners when they recertify after July 1, 2016.

Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, working with English language learners is both rewarding and challenging. The goal of this workshop is to help educators answer the question: “What can I do to meet my ELLs’ academic needs and also understand their experience?”

We begin the course by reflecting on our own cultures and experiences as language learners. We will examine the heterogeneity of ELLs as a group- one size does not fit all! We will learn the basics of second language acquisition and discuss sociocultural factors and the challenge of connecting with families. The overall goal is to build an empathetic, informed approach to working with ELLs that will help them become active participants in their school communities. Among the topics to be addressed are:
  • The role culture plays in our classrooms 
  • Second language acquisition and its stages 
  • Sociocultural characteristics of ELLs 
  • Language proficiency levels (WIDA Standards) 
  • Connecting with parents and families
Comment from a past participant:  "The most valuable aspect of this workshop was that I was provided with concrete, real-world examples of how ELLs function on a daily basis and why they may be reacting, interacting, etc. they way they are. I found myself wanting more time!

Audience:  K - 12 teachers, specialists, school psychologists, social workers and school nurses

Credit Option:  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 February 24 - March 30, 2020
Credits Credits: 15 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
Designed to benefit students of all ability levels, this 30-hour program is divided equally between English and math and covers all facets of the SAT. Class features: test taking techniques, preparation for the essay, practice SAT(s), advanced math and shortcut math, vocabulary development, speed-reading and online downloads for supplemental review. The downloads are extremely helpful to all students, especially those with cognitive and perceptual disabilities.

Extra help at no charge, course materials and complimentary refresher sessions are included in the tuition. Previous SAT type problems are used in conjunction with our own copyrighted curriculum. 

Lentz & Lentz teachers have been specifically trained to teach this program and all of our instructors have a background in teaching. Lentz & Lentz also allows students the flexibility to attend live make up classes at any of its nearby locations.
Positive scores on the SAT and PSAT could translate into thousands of dollars in scholarships and savings. Free extra help and live makeup sessions included in tuition: Students can set up free extra help by making an appointment to meet with their instructor directly before or after class.

Classes are held at EDCO Collaborative in Bedford. For information or to register call Lentz & Lentz at: (845)-638- 2826 or visit www.LentzSATPrep.com
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Starts Starts: 3/7/2020 9:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 7
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For information or to register call Lentz & Lentz at: (845)-638- 2826.
This historical course focuses on the origins of the U.S. Constitution of 1787 and how the creation of political parties affected how the Constitution was (and is) interpreted by lawmakers, judicial professionals and the members of the Executive Branch. By focusing on the Constitution’s origins, its amendment over the years, and methods of constitutional interpretation participants in this course will practice historical analysis with hope of creating a new lens on American democracy in the year 2020. 

This course seeks to enable participants to:
 
  • Engage in civil discussion and confidently present individual viewpoints of the American political process.
  • Understand the importance of the three Branches of Government and the need to have separate, but equal powers.
  • Explain the principles of federalism and how this principle has evolved since the ratification of the Constitution of 1787.
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Starts Starts: 3/16/2020 6:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 5
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Google is a great free alternative to the Microsoft products. If you are using Google Apps at work or at home you may have an idea of the power and collaboration tools behind them. In this Google Apps course, participants will learn the basic apps available and the differences between them. Students will learn how to: manage a Gmail account, create Google Docs, organize data in GoogleSheets, create presentations in Google Slides and so much more. Guided by student feedback, we will dive into each application in the online G-Suite and discover how these tools can be utilized. More
Starts Starts: 3/16/2020 6:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 5
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During this introductory course to guitar participants will learn some rudimentary music knowledge and be able to navigate the entire fretboard quickly and easily. There will be an overview of how to be able to find notes and chords quickly anywhere on the neck to interactively so participants can learn to play music of their choice.
  
There will be a specific focus on the following: coordination, muscle memory, and hand strength, and strumming patterns, and songs. Developing good habits for continual growth and improvement. This course is geared towards a beginner and Guitars will be available to rent during this course.
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Starts Starts: 3/16/2020 6:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 5
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Come and learn how to make earrings, bracelets and necklaces using beads, and different types of wire. You will not only learn how to express yourself with these materials but the techniques needed to make pieces that last. Materials are included in the class fee. More
Starts Starts: 3/16/2020 6:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 5
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This course will provide parents and guardians with working understanding of the Special Education Process from making a referral to discharge from services. Special focus will be given to:

  • Your role as a TEAM member
  • School district responsibilities and expertise
  • Regulations and best practices
  • Understanding special education jargon
  • Interpreting test results
  • How to effectively advocate for your child
  • Building collaborative relationships
Materials will be provided.
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Starts Starts: 3/16/2020 6:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 2
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