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This course will meet face-to-face on Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. It will continue online October 20 - November 17, 2018 with no set times. Approximately 3 hours per week.



If you look at the DESE Curriculum Frameworks, you’ll see the word RESEARCH appearing over and over, including in the new DLCS Standards. Does your school use a standardized Research Process? Would you like to delve into ways to help even the youngest students do solid, rigorous research? Do you need tools to help you provide sound research structure for both teachers and students? This is the course for you. One credit spread out over a month, with one F2F (Oct. 20) meeting to get you started.



This course will lead teachers and librarians into an exploration of the steps in developing a structured research process model for use in schools. Each of the steps will use reading, discussion and activities to increase and refine an understanding of how the structured organization facilitates teaching and learning. Recommended reading in both book and internet resources will provide students with additional information as well as resources with which to continue. The goal of the course is to give participants both a strong conceptual base and a practical application in the use of the Research Process.



Besides assigned reading and activities undertaken in class, students will be expected to turn in two reading responses (one page each) and develop a complete research unit on a chosen topic following the guidelines covered in class. The unit will be due at the end of the class and units will be shared.



During the face-to-face session, we will examine a number of Research Process models with particular attention to the Big6© of Eisenberg and Berkowitz as well as other well-known and often-used models, such as Stripling-Pitts and I-Search. In class discussion and work will identify commonalities and essential elements. We’ll discover how to bolster strengths of models and adapt for flexible use – whatever the student population. New ideas about research, including valid research in science fields, research with elementary students, the effects of the internet, action research and project-based learning (which has a strong research piece if it’s done right) and the benefits of whole-school models will be covered.



The weekly online sessions will focus on one or more essential topics with a blog entry, a rich list of reading/resources and an open Discussion. Students will be expected to engage with the topic, track their own journey toward developing a sound and practical Research Process project and report on readings. Expected Commitment: 3 hours per week



Besides assigned reading and activities undertaken in class, students will be expected to turn in two reading responses (one page each) and develop a complete research unit on a chosen topic following the guidelines covered in class. The unit will be due at the end of the class and units will be shared among participants.



Graduate Credit
: At the face-to-face session, participants can choose to apply for one graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125 payable to WSU.



Target Audience: K – 12 teachers and librarians
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Starts Starts: 10/20/2018 9:00 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This workshop is sponsored by the CASE, EDCO and LABBB Collaboratives (CELC). CASE and LABBB members are eligible to receive the member rate. Please contact mcswineyctr@edcollab.org for a discount code before registering.


Tired of feeling anxious or stressed about upcoming team meetings? Learn about ways to effectively de-escalate tense situations, gain team consensus and stick to a timeframe and agenda. Together we will look at cases involving difficult team members, parents or advocates and prepare with strategies and action steps to avoid team meetings that are not productive.


Target Audience:
K – 12 Team Chairs and Special Educators
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Starts Starts: 10/27/2018 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 4 Contact Hours
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MSLA members are eligible for the EDCO member rate. Please contact mcswineyctr@edcollab.org for a discount code before registering. Discounts can not be applied after the registration is complete. 

Course will meet face-to-face on Saturdays, October 27 and November 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. with 9 additional hours online between the two sessions.

Designed specifically for school librarians, this 15-hour course will satisfy the Mass DOE requirement that all educators, including school librarians, must have 15 hours of professional development related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with special needs and instruction of students with diverse learning styles in order to renew or advance a teaching license after July 1, 2016.

This will be a hybrid course with 6 hours of classroom time and 9 hours of online learning.

The initial face-to-face meeting will cover the following topics:
  • disability law and policy
  • the experience of being a student with special need
  • the responsibility of the library teacher to provide library services that enable all students to learn. 
The online component will highlight ways that school librarians can infuse support for students with special needs into the areas highlighted by the ALA/AASL Standards for librarians – Teaching & Learning, Literacy & Reading, Information & Knowledge, Advocacy & Leadership and Program Management & Administration.

The final face-to-face meeting will offer the opportunity to collaborate with other school librarians and form a Library Accessibility Action Plan for your library.

By the end of the course, school librarians will:
  • understand disability law and its implications for the school library
  • recognize ways that supporting students with special needs can influence every aspect of the school librarian's role
  • plan ways to steer our libraries towards providing exceptional access for all students
Target Audience: K - 12 Librarians

Graduate Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. A registration form will be sent prior to the start of the course. 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: 10/27/2018 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 2
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course is co-sponsored with MassCUE. MassCUE members should register directly through MassCUE.

Come learn how to increase student engagement and parent communication through using Seesaw with your K-5 students! Seesaw is a free digital portfolio app that allows students to independently document what they are learning in class using iPads or computers. Students easily log on using a QR code generated for you by Seesaw and once logged in, can demonstrate their learning through photos, voice recordings, drawings, videos and more! By having parents connect to their child in the class, they see real time posts throughout the school day to increase communication between parent, child, and teacher. It is a great alternative form of assessment as well for students with many different learning styles. With Seesaw, there are terrific opportunities to differentiate for all students (including ELL students), as well as incorporate Social Emotional Learning skills. Participants will experience how to use the app through the eyes of a student, hear tips & tricks, and walk away with ready activities to use with their own students. Please plan to bring an iPad or laptop device.

This course will require an additional hour to complete lesson plan using Seesaw.

Target audience: K - 5 teachers, ITS, SPED and EL teachers
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Starts Starts: 10/27/2018 8:15 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 4 Contact Hours
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This course is co-sponsored with MassCUE. MassCUE members should register directly through MassCUE.

Looking to have your students create VIDEO projects that are even more exciting, effective and interesting than what you doing right now? Interested in matching those types of lessons with your current curriculum? Ready to take your class to the next level? If you answered “YES!” to these questions, then this course is for YOU! With a simple video camera, computer or cell phone, and one of the many media production tools available, anybody can become a video producer. Participants will learn and practice the “Video Production Process.” as well as how to use a Green Screen. The goal is to not ADD something new for educators, but to REPLACE things they are already doing in their classrooms with innovative and exciting new ideas using video production.

In this ONLINE course, participants will learn and practice the “Video Production Process.” Participants will learn and use several APPS and WEBSITES for video production such as DO INK, WeVideo and Kizoa for producing the final videos. Everyone will collect take-home ideas for immediate use in all curriculum areas. This course is wonderful for ANY subject area or grade level as well as Administrators interested in creating school-wide homemade videos. You will gain not only the confidence to assign these types of projects, but the skills and materials to share with your class as well! The materials and course will provide necessary guidance yourself and your students in using these APPS following the video production process.

Prerequisite: Participants must have a basic knowledge of Google Drive and have set up a Google account prior to taking this course. OPTIONAL requirement: For the introduction to Green Screen participants may choose to purchase an APP name DO INK for $2.99. A second course as part of a series will be called “3…2..1..ACTION! Become a GREEN SCREEN GURU which will be offered this winter through MASSCUE.

Target Audience: K - 12 Classroom Teachers, Technology Integration Specialists, Librarians, Digital Learning Coaches, Administrators, and Counselors

Graduate Credit Option: 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: October 29 - November 26, 2018; Approximately 16 hours online, no set times
Credits Credits: 16 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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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: October 29 - November 26, 2018; approximately 16 hours with no set times
Credits Credits: 16 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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Additional dates for Capstones Presentations*/Make Up Sesssions:
February 25th, March 4th, March 11th, March 18th and March 25th

*Capstone Presentations will meet from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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.

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.

Target Audience:  Teachers seeking SEI Endorsement

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Starts Starts: 10/29/2018 4:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Credits Credits: 67.5 Contact Hours and 3 Grad Credit
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This course satisfies the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs related to special education when they re-certify after July 1, 2016.

Incorporating technology in lesson plans, classroom routines, and behavior monitoring systems, can increase special education students' motivation to learn, make progress, and act appropriately as a member of the classroom community. Technology allows for teachers to personalize instructional needs, both academic and behavioral, to a student's individual needs. In the past, we thought of assistive technology tools to be just word processors, spell-check tools, or books-on-tape, but in "today's classroom," we have many more tools that can be used to assist students to reach their goals.

This online course will allow teachers, who support students with learning disabilities, an opportunity to learn how simple web-based tools can help to differentiate instruction in order to meet individual student needs. Many of these tools will you help you successfully implement accommodations from a student's IEP. During this course, participants will enroll as students in a Learning Management System and this platform will be used to post assignments and tasks, and will also provide participants a look at how the tool serves as a means for supporting students with disabilities in the classroom. Participants will work with web 2.0 tools such as Google Drive, Read & Write for Google, Socrative, Kahoot, Padlet, and many more!

Target Audience: Teachers of Grades 2 - 8

Graduate Credit: At the first class, 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 October 29 - December 3, 2018; Approximately 4 hrs per week - No set times
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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This course will be held entirely online between 10/29 - 12/10/18..  There is a time commitment of 3 hours per week at your own pace but there will be no sessions the week of Thanksgiving.

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 October 29 - December 10, 2018
Credits Credits: 15 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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CLOSE Reading is FUN-but-MENTAL
CLOSE Reading is FUN-but-MENTAL with Dr.Beryl Irene Bailey, Ed.D., CCC/SLP.

Please join Dr. Bailey on Tuesday, October 30th, as she connects us to the world of literacy and numeracy through the use of her brain-based CLOSE Reading process and meta-textual markers.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: EDCO Collaborative
36 Middlesex Turnpike | Bedford, MA 01730

COST: * $25.00 fee includes breakfast, 3 hours of instructional time, and a CLOSE Reading Toolkit.

Please visit the link below to register:

http://news.readingplus.com/beryl-bailey-event-registration-ma
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Starts Starts: 10/30/2018 7:30 AM
Sessions Session: 1
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Registration is through Reading-Plus.
This course is cosponsored with MassCUE.  Masscue members should register directly through Masscue

This one-day, hands-on workshop will help educators build their vision for what integration of technology can look like in their classrooms. Participants will explore GSuite tools that support curriculum, learning objectives, efficiency, creativity and student learning. Participants will experience modeling, guided practice, and independent practice with a variety of tools and learning scenarios to build your comfort level as you get started with GSuite for Education. 

Participants will walk away with more confidence and possibilities for getting started, as well as resources to continue your practice and collaborate with others to build ideas. Following this training, participants may consider independently choosing to take the exam to become a Google Certified Educator, Level 1.

Target Audience:  K - 8 classroom teachers, ITS and librarians
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Starts Starts: 11/1/2018 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 6 Contact Hours
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Participants can choose to attend the one day OR sign up for the optional online sessions for graduate credit. The online sessions will start before the face-to-face session and continue after the face-to-face session from October 23 – November 20, 2018.

Participants who are signing up for the one day only will need to email mcswineyctr@edcollab.org for a discount code before registering.

This workshop will explore Thoreau’s time at Walden Pond by looking at Walden and other texts that emerged from that two-year, two-month, and two-day period of his life. While Walden makes it onto numerous high school and college reading lists, we often hear from educators about the challenges of teaching such a multi-layered, demanding text to students. In this workshop, we will introduce you to Thoreau and his time at Walden Pond through texts that were born from experiences he had between July 4, 1845 and September 6, 1847, focusing on excerpts from Walden and on the essay “Civil Disobedience”. We will also look at part of Thoreau’s Journal from the time he was living at the Pond.

In highlighting other works that grew out of the same time period as Walden, we hope to equip educators with a better understanding of Thoreau as a person, the breadth of his literary voice, and the ways in which he translated his experiences of life into magnificent works. Approaching Thoreau as a uniquely place-based writer and philosopher allows teachers to root their pedagogy in place as well, and guide students to an understanding of Thoreau through intimate and concrete explorations of location, culture, history, and geography.

Participants will spend time with the Walden Woods Project’s Curator of Collections and resident Thoreau scholar, Jeffrey S. Cramer, in the Thoreau Institute Library. They will learn about Thoreau’s life, his writing process and the formation of his works. Participants will be able to view a number of the vast resources available in the Library, which maintains the world’s most extensive collection of Thoreau-related books, documents and artifacts. The group will also be led on a tour of Walden Pond, visiting places that were noteworthy to Thoreau’s time at the Pond and that influenced the writing of Walden and other highlighted works for the course.

For the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to choose between two activities based on their own professional and personal interests. Those who are interested in secondary education will have the opportunity to join the Walden Woods Project’s Education Director, Whitney Retallic. Participants in that session will engage in place-based exercises that bring Thoreau’s educational philosophy to life, equipping educators with tools for their own teaching. For those interested in higher education, participants will join Marlowe Miller, Professor of English at UMass Lowell, and Jeffrey S. Cramer to discuss teaching Thoreau from a creative and interdisciplinary context.

Pricing Structure:
EDCO members: $60 for one day workshop only; $80 for workshop plus graduate credit fee
Non-EDCO members: $75 for one day workshop only; $100 for workshop and graduate credit fee

Graduate Credit:
Participants have the option of applying for one graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125, payable to Worcester State University. Participants who apply for the credit, must participate in the on-line sessions October 23 - Nov 20, 2018.

Target Audience:

Teachers of Grades 6 - 12 and anyone who is interested in learning more about Thoreau
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Starts Starts: 11/3/2018 8:30 AM
Sessions Session: 1
Credits Credits: 12 Contact Hours and 1 Grad Credit
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