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  • 1. EDCO Collaborative Professional Development Programs Winter/Spring 2010 TABLE OF CONTENTS –please click on the links below to access courses by topic/subject Programs for All Teachers Arts English Language Arts English Language Learning (ELL) Health/Wellness/Nursing History/Social Studies Mathematics Online Courses Science Special Education Technology PROGRAMS FOR ALL TEACHERS EXPANDING CLASSROOM USE OF SMARTBOARDS January 9, 2010 (Saturday) 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM January 20, February 3 and 24, 2010 (Wednesdays) 3:45 PM - 6:30 PM This workshop is targeted to classroom teachers who have some experience using SMARTboards in their instruction, but who are looking to refresh and develop their skills. Using SMART Technologies hardware and software, participants will extend their understanding of available tools and receive an in-depth guide into using the SMART Notebook software in curriculum development. Specific techniques and skills will be practiced, sample lesson plans will be presented, and participants will have facilitated work-time to generate their own materials. Workshop time will be designated during each session for participants to share successes and trouble-shoot difficulties. Prerequisites: Familiarity with a SMARTboard and basic keyboarding and mouse skills (ex. copy/paste, “right click”). While the SMART software is available for Mac, this workshop will be taught using PCs and comfort with PCs is recommended. Level: Advanced Beginner Presenters: Jon and Joanne Marks both teach science at the Chenery Middle School in Belmont. They use SMARTboards extensively in their teaching, and have presented numerous workshops on how to use the technology. Audience: Teachers of grades K - 12 who are Advanced Beginner users of SMARTBoards Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $210 EDCO members / $250 non-members Credit Option: At the first class, participants may register for one graduate credit from Framingham State for an additional fee of $65. Location: Chenery Middle School, Belmont Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability.
  • 2. FROM LANGUAGE TO LITERACY: READING AND WRITING FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN SHELTERED ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS (CATEGORY IV - ELEMENTARY) January 9 and 23, and February 6, 2010 (Saturdays) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM This training is designed to enhance elementary teachers’ proficiency in delivering reading and writing instruction that is optimally “sheltered” for English Language Learners at the intermediate or higher level of English proficiency, while still promoting the students’ ongoing development of English language skills. Participants will leave with the following knowledge: • Approaches and practices for developing reading skills and reading comprehension in English for English Language Learners • Strategies for developing content vocabulary for English Language Learners • Approaches and practices for using writing in sheltered content classrooms Presenters: Laurie Zucker-Conde, Bedford Public Schools Marcia Pertuz, former elementary principal and bilingual teacher Audience: Teachers in grades 1 - 5 (or higher if teacher is teaching all subjects in his/her classroom) Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $90 EDCO members / $115 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: December 21, 20009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. DIFFERENTIATION OF INSTRUCTION January 11, February 24 , March 20* , and April 12, 2010 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM * Saturday In this course participants who are knowledgeable about their content and their learners, and who have developed and used an extensive repertoire of strategies for connecting the two, will learn how to be more purposeful in the instructional decisions they make to ensure that: • Learning and assessment for all students are focused on essential-to-know concepts and skills. • Learning experiences and types and degrees of teacher support are selected based on a task analysis that includes an analysis of the skills and knowledge embedded in the task plus an analysis of student readiness/background knowledge levels, interests, and information processing styles. • The use of a variety of sources of information, processes for student meaning-making and for demonstrating learning ensure that all students are engaged in meaningful tasks that provide balance between skill building and meaning making. • Grouping of students is flexible; that is, students work in many different group configurations, based on a multitude of factors to include readiness, interests, information processing styles and student choice. • Data is analyzed, integrated and used to inform practice and improve learning. 2
  • 3. Presenter: Louise Thompson, Consultant Audience: K-12 teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $435 EDCO members / $535 non-members Fee includes materials and text. Credit Option: At the first class, participants may register for 2 graduate credits for an additional fee of $225. Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. INTRODUCTION TO SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING (Category I) January 13 and 29, 2010 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM This course will provide educators with key skills and knowledge needed to help English Language Learners succeed in schools. Among the topics to be covered are: • Key factors affecting second language acquisition • The interrelationship of language and culture • How to identify linguistic demands of academic tasks • How to analyze your classroom as a site for second language acquisition • The implications of cultural differences for classroom organization and instruction This course provides the recommended number of hours of professional development for Category 1 Sheltered English Immersion training. Presenters: Trainers from MATSOL Presenters are Category One approved trainers by the MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education Audience: K- 12 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $50 EDCO members / $60 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 3
  • 4. ONLINE EVALUATIONS, BLOGS AND WIKIS IN THE CLASSROOM (An Online Course) January 20 – March 2, 2010 Approximately 3 hours per week - no set times No session over February break This course will provide teachers with a basic overview on how to use blogs and wikis in the management of their classrooms. It will also give teachers an arena in which to practice making assessments online as opposed to always collecting paper assignments. Teachers will leave the class with the skills needed to assign more projects and assessments that can be transferred to the real world after their students graduate. By the end of the workshop, teachers will have created their own blog and wiki to use with their students. Presenter: Jennifer L. Orlinski, History Teacher, Arlington Public Schools Audience: Teachers of grades 4 - 12 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. A course form will be emailed to all participants. Location: Online Register by: January 6, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. ANTI-RACIST ACTION RESEARCH January 23, February 6, March 13, April 10 and May 1, 2010 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM May 5, 2009 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM This 36 hour graduate course will equip participants with resources and skills that will increase their ability to engage with students, parents, other educators and administrators around topics related to race and academic achievement. The focus will be on conceptualizing, organizing, planning, conducting, and disseminating educational research on academic achievement, racial disparity, and issues of privilege, equity and access. For those who have already taken the first EMI Action Research course there is an Advanced Action Research Course that will meet on these same dates. Presenters: Pairs of EMI Instructors Audience: K-12 Teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $400 - $450 depending on EMI membership status Credit Option: Participants may register at the first class for 3 graduate credits through Framingham State College for an additional cost of $195 Location: Needham Register by: December 18, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 4
  • 5. USING GOOGLE TOOLS IN THE CLASSROOM January 25, February 8, March 1 & 15 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM This course will focus on the use of online learning tools to improve student achievement through the use of free online technology tools. The course will also provide examples of how teachers can use the tools to integrate technology into the curriculum. Participants will learn how to use the following tools within their classrooms: • Picasa, a free application that helps you instantly organize, edit and share all the pictures from your computer. It allows you to upload your slideshows to the web with just one click. • Google Docs, an easy to use, online word processor and spreadsheet creator that enables you to create, store, share, and collaborate on documents and spreadsheets. • Google Gadgets, free tools you can add to any web space. Some examples are translators, calendars, games, countdowns, and much more. • Searching tools such as Book Search, iGoogle, Google News, Geo Education and Google Search. • Google Maps & Google Earth, free applications that use satellite images that grab, spin, pan, tilt, and zoom down to any place on earth. Students can measure distances, create virtual tours and share tours with others. • Sketch Up is a great tool for easily teaching kids to construct 3D models of buildings, trees, cars, and the like. • Blogger is a free Blog tool that teachers can use to communicate to their students. They can post questions, homework, links and videos. Presenter: Erin Sees, Watertown Public Schools Audience: K-12 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of the Assistant Superintendent in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: At the first class participants may register for one graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: January 11, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 5
  • 6. ANTI-RACIST TEACHING FOR ALL STUDENTS (EMI I) January 28, March 25 and May 13, 2010 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM February 11 and 25, March 11, April 8 and 29, 2010 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM This 36-hour graduate level course is designed to introduce educators to the complex issues raised by race and racism and their impact on student learning and achievement. Through the use of readings, small/large group discussions, reflection papers, videos, role play, and field work, this course will equip participants with the tools to work effectively in a pluralistic society and to develop anti-racist, culturally sensitive, multicultural teaching practices that work towards narrowing the academic gap while nurturing all students. Each session of the course focuses on an essential question that provides a forum to examine how school environment and student achievement are impacted. In the first half of the course participants will examine personal, cultural and institutional racism, the cycle of oppression, and racial identity development. The second half of the course will focus on how these issues affect classrooms and school systems, their impact on the academic achievement gap and practical ideas to help narrow the gap. Presenters: Pairs of EMI Instructors Audience: K-12 Teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $400 - $450 depending on EMI membership status Credit Option: Participants may register at the first class for 3 graduate credits through Framingham State College for an additional cost of $195 Location: Bedford Register by: December 18, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. ENHANCING ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING February 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 27, 2010 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM This course is designed to help elementary and middle school teachers learn how to adapt their content instruction so they can work more successfully with English language learners (ELLs) in regular classroom settings. Educators learn how to adapt instruction and materials to help ELLs understand academic content, develop academic and social language, and participate in classroom activities. This course meets the requirements for Category Two of Sheltered English Immersion professional development as needed for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s proposed ELL endorsement. Presenter: Kathy Lobo, Belmont Public Schools Audience: K – 6 classroom teachers Registration: Please contact Colleen Sullivan via phone at (617) 993-5410 or via email at csullivan@belmont.k12.ma.us. Seating is extremely limited. Fee: $80 - Payment is required at the first session in the form of a check made out to Belmont Public Schools. Credit option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 3 graduate credits from Cambridge College for an additional fee of $150. Location: Chenery Middle School, Belmont Register by: Registrations will be accepted until the class is full. 6
  • 7. TRANSFORMING THE CLASSROOM WITH PROJECT BASED LEARNING (An Online Course) February 24 - April 13 , 2010 Approximately 18 hours - No set times This workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the principles of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Throughout this workshop, exemplary projects will be analyzed, critiqued, and evaluated for applicability to participants' classroom needs. Participants will gain hands-on experience using software tools to support the planning and execution of projects, and develop collaborative, inquiry-based projects that support their curricular goals. Participants will learn to blend PBL and standards-based design strategies to create curriculum units that enhance student learning at all grade levels and subject areas. Each participant will leave the online workshop with preliminary plans for a PBL project. Presenter: Judi Paradis, Waltham Public Schools Audience: K-12 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may register for one graduate credit for an additional fee of $65. A course form will be sent to all participants prior to the start of the course. Location: Online Register by: February 10, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. ENRICHING CONTENT CLASSES FOR SECONDARY ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS - A Blended Face-to-Face and Online Course Face-to-face sessions: March 1 and 29, 2010 3:15 PM - 7:00 PM April 12 and May 3, 2010 3:15 PM - 7:00 PM Online: March 1 - May 3, 2010 No set times This blended online and face-to-face course is designed to equip teachers in middle and high school settings with the knowledge and skills needed to teach English language learners (ELLs) in content classrooms. Participants will learn how to adapt instruction and materials to help ELLs understand academic content, develop academic language and participate in classroom activities. The course provides the recommended number of hours for Category 2 of Sheltered English Immersion professional development as required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Presenter: Rob Stergis, ELL Director, Watertown Public Schools Audience: Teachers of grades 6 - 12 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $195 EDCO members / $250 non-members (fee includes course text, Making Content Comprehensible for Secondary English Learners. The SIOP Model) This workshop is supported in part with Collaborative funds. Credit Option: Participants may register for 3 graduate credits through Endicott College for an additional fee of $150. Location: Face-to-face sessions to be held at EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham; the rest of the course will be online. Register by: February 10, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 7
  • 8. USING INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS IN THE CLASSROOM: WORKING WITH STUDENT PERSONAL RESPONSE DEVICES March 30, 2010 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM This interactive workshop will focus on creating lessons and units that use personal response devices with interactive white boards. Personal response devices give students an opportunity to give feedback to teachers in real time. We'll look at two distinct ways of using personal response systems a) to engage students and allow for their input to guide discussion; and b) using personal response devices for formative assessment and quizzes The focus of the workshop will be on lesson design (to infuse discussion) and question design (for assessments). Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about working with the software and hardware. Our tools will be ACTIVInspire software and Activexpression devices, though the ideas and concepts we will review and discuss will be applicable to other interactive whiteboards and personal response devices. Presenter: Barbara Peskin, Technology Integration Specialist, Concord Public Schools and Certified Promethean Trainer Audience: K - 12 classroom teachers who are users of interactive whiteboards Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $40 EDCO members / $50 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: March 16, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. LEARNING SMARTER: USING BRAIN COMPATIBLE TEACHING STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE STUDENT PERFORMANCE (Co-Sponsored with TEC) May 8, 2010 (Saturday) 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM May 13 and 20, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM This workshop provides participants with the underpinnings of the current pedagogy on the brain and their application to teaching/learning strategies. A sequential, developmental approach is taken to develop participants’ understanding of how the brain’s structure and organization function and the effect of its interaction with the outside environment to make a determination of what’s important and how it solves problems. Examination of learning styles and theories of intelligences are reviewed as viable strategies to increase student performance and support the needs of diverse student populations. Presenter: Julie A. Kiricoples, M.Ed. Audience: K-12 classroom and SPED teachers, inclusion specialists, guidance counselors and SPED administrators Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the Program Manager in your collaborative Fee: $210 EDCO and TEC members / $250 non-members Credit Option: At the first class, participants may register 1 graduate credit from Worcester State College for an additional fee of $100. Location: TEC Professional Development Center, Dedham Register by: April 16, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 8
  • 9. ACTIVINSPIRE MIGRATION May 13, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM This workshop is designed for teachers who have started using ActivInspire in the classroom or have taken another ActivInspire online or face to face workshop such as Using ACTIVInspire Part I. In this session we will look at classroom flipcharts and share ideas for integrating ActivInspire in the classroom. Curriculum examples will be provided and participants will be encouraged to share through a class wikispace. We will review working with containers, using layers and restrictors to create interactive activities; we will also review navigating the browsers. Use of activexpressions will be incorporated throughout the session. Resources for further training in ActivInspire will be provided. Bring your questions! Presenter: Barbara Peskin, Technology Integration Specialist, Concord Public Schools and Certified Promethean Trainer Audience: K - 12 classroom teachers who are users of interactive whiteboards Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $40 EDCO members / $50 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: April 30, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. PROGRAMS FOR THE ARTS THEATER IN THE CLASSROOM: DEVELOPING ACTIVE COMPREHENSION OF THE WRITTEN WORD February 3, 2009 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Snow Date – February 8, 2009) Acting out books, stories and poems helps students pay attention to the text, absorb meaning, appreciate subtleties of description, and provides exciting (and authentic) ways to share their work with both classmates and families. This 5 hour, action-packed workshop will introduce classroom teachers to: • Theater techniques to build comprehension of poetry, fiction and non-fiction reading materials • Simple theater games to develop communication and acting • Some traditional and common trade stories and poems prepared as classroom plays for students to act out for classmates and families. Strategies for adapting grade-level literature and curriculum objectives for dramatic expression will be explored. Teachers will participate in demonstrations, discuss methods, and receive copies of theater games and exercises, scripts for their own use, and other support materials to help bring both the discipline and the magic of theater to their classrooms. By the end of the workshop, teachers will have more confidence in their ability to try theater in the classroom. Presenter: Mary Ann Brandt, Theater-in-Education specialist and former K-6 drama teacher Audience: K - 6 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $75 EDCO members / $90 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: January 20, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 9
  • 10. EN PLEIN AIR WATERCOLOR May 7, 2010 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM This workshop is designed to give art teachers an opportunity to further their own skills with watercolor. There is no better way of developing a feel for land and sky than by painting them directly. Participants will explore the expressive and defining characteristics of watercolor through experimentation with color and hands-on exercises. Color theory, demonstrations, and interactive painting sessions will give participants a great foundation to build upon. All materials included. Presenter: Susan Demchak Audience: K - 12 art teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $110 EDCO members / $125 non-members Location: DeCordova Sculpture Park, Lincoln Register by: April 16, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TELLING STORIES: CREATIVE ONLINE WRITING OPPORTUNITIES @ SCHOOL WITH K - 5 STUDENTS (An Online Course) January 6 - March 3, 2010 Approximately 3 hours per week - no set times No class during February break Digital storytelling as a literacy activity in the elementary school is becoming an effective way for teachers to integrate many concurrent agendas that are competing for their attention. Digital storytelling allows teachers to incorporate the 21st Century skills of problem solving, creativity, and collaboration. Encouraged by the ideas of Daniel Pink from his book, A Whole New Mind, teachers will understand the potential role of storytelling in our students’ new work world. Participants will work with student-friendly Web 2.0 tools and images. The writing exercises created will be imaginative storytelling experiences. Teachers will harness technological abilities and aptitudes that are already in place in their young students. The course readings about different motivational approaches will help teachers to define their own style of digital storytelling. Presenter: Sue Collins, Instructional Technology Specialist, Bedford Public Schools Audience: K - 5 classroom teachers and technology specialists Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $175 members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit from Framingham State for an additional fee of $65. A course form will be sent to all participants prior to the start of the course. Location: Online Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 10
  • 11. FROM LANGUAGE TO LITERACY: READING AND WRITING FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN SHELTERED ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS (CATEGORY IV - ELEMENTARY) January 9 and 23, and February 6, 2010 (Saturdays) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM This training is designed to enhance elementary teachers’ proficiency in delivering reading and writing instruction that is optimally “sheltered” for English Language Learners at the intermediate or higher level of English proficiency, while still promoting the students’ ongoing development of English language skills. Participants will leave with the following knowledge: • Approaches and practices for developing reading skills and reading comprehension in English for English Language Learners • Strategies for developing content vocabulary for English Language Learners • Approaches and practices for using writing in sheltered content classrooms Presenters: Laurie Zucker-Conde, Bedford Public Schools Marcia Pertuz, former elementary principal and bilingual teacher Audience: Teachers in grades 1 - 5 (or higher if teacher is teaching all subjects in his/her classroom) Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $90 EDCO members / $115 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: December 21, 20009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. INTRODUCTION TO SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING (Category I) January 13 and 29, 2010 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM This course will provide educators with key skills and knowledge needed to help English Language Learners succeed in schools. Among the topics to be covered are: • Key factors affecting second language acquisition • The interrelationship of language and culture • How to identify linguistic demands of academic tasks • How to analyze your classroom as a site for second language acquisition • The implications of cultural differences for classroom organization and instruction This course provides the recommended number of hours of professional development for Category 1 Sheltered English Immersion training. Presenters: Trainers from MATSOL Presenters are Category One approved trainers by the MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education Audience: K- 12 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $50 EDCO members / $60 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 11
  • 12. MOODLE AND THE WRITING PROCESS: AN ONLINE COURSE (Co-Sponsored with TEC) Optional Face-to-face session: January 25, 2010 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Online: January 27 - March 23 , 2010 Approximately 3 hours per week - no set times. No class during February vacation week. This online course offers a practical look at the process approach to teaching writing, an approach that applies to all subjects and disciplines. Participants will study and engage in online discussions about the nature of the process approach for the teaching of composition as they explore the five fundamental phases of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. The course will introduce participants to Moodle, a powerful, free, open-source software tool. Using Moodle, participants will create activities to help the students understand and use the writing process. These activities will include private online journals that are shared primarily with the teacher, assignments for creating rough drafts, workshops for revising, lessons for editing, and forums for publishing. All participants will develop a useful writing task for their students, incorporating the Moodle tools they have learned during the course. Presenter: Brendan Desilets, former middle and high school English teacher, Bedford Public Schools Audience: Middle and high school teachers and literacy specialists Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $175 EDCO and TEC members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. Location: Face-to-face session at EDCO in Waltham then online Register by: January 11, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. THEATER IN THE CLASSROOM: DEVELOPING ACTIVE COMPREHENSION OF THE WRITTEN WORD February 3, 2009 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Snow Date – February 8, 2009) Acting out books, stories and poems helps students pay attention to the text, absorb meaning, appreciate subtleties of description, and provides exciting (and authentic) ways to share their work with both classmates and families. This 5 hour, action-packed workshop will introduce classroom teachers to: • Theater techniques to build comprehension of poetry, fiction and non-fiction reading materials • Simple theater games to develop communication and acting • Some traditional and common trade stories and poems prepared as classroom plays for students to act out for classmates and families. Strategies for adapting grade-level literature and curriculum objectives for dramatic expression will be explored. Teachers will participate in demonstrations, discuss methods, and receive copies of theater games and exercises, scripts for their own use, and other support materials to help bring both the discipline and the magic of theater to their classrooms. By the end of the workshop, teachers will have more confidence in their ability to try theater in the classroom. 12
  • 13. Presenter: Mary Ann Brandt, Theater-in-Education specialist and former K-6 drama teacher Audience: K - 6 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $75 EDCO members / $90 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: January 20, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. TEACHING READING COMPREHENSION STRATEGIES (IN THE READING WORKSHOP): AN ONLINE WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS OF GRADES 3 - 6 Face-to-face session: February 9, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Online: February 9 - April 6, 2010 No set times No class during February break Comprehension begins before reading a text. It is an active thinking process that requires the reader to construct meaning by interacting with the text. This course is designed to help teachers understand how students comprehend text and to strengthen and scaffold teachers’ explicit instruction of comprehension strategies in their classrooms. Participants will examine current research related to the topic and by explicit instructional practices that apply the research findings. Participants will read about and discuss best practices in teaching comprehension, practice the strategies presented in the readings, and select those strategies that most effectively correspond to the needs of their students. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues both in person and online in order to share and improve their practice. Presenter: Jan Binus, former Language Arts Coordinator, Sudbury Public Schools Audience: Classroom teachers of grades 3 - 6 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. Location: Face-to-face session at EDCO in Waltham and the rest of the course online Register by: January 20, 2010. Registrations received after that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 13
  • 14. PROGRAMS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING FROM LANGUAGE TO LITERACY: READING AND WRITING FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN SHELTERED ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS (CATEGORY IV - ELEMENTARY) January 9 and 23, and February 6, 2010 (Saturdays) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM This training is designed to enhance elementary teachers’ proficiency in delivering reading and writing instruction that is optimally “sheltered” for English Language Learners at the intermediate or higher level of English proficiency, while still promoting the students’ ongoing development of English language skills. Participants will leave with the following knowledge: • Approaches and practices for developing reading skills and reading comprehension in English for English Language Learners • Strategies for developing content vocabulary for English Language Learners • Approaches and practices for using writing in sheltered content classrooms Presenters: Laurie Zucker-Conde, Bedford Public Schools Marcia Pertuz, former elementary principal and bilingual teacher Audience: Teachers in grades 1 - 5 (or higher if teacher is teaching all subjects in his/her classroom) Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $90 EDCO members / $115 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: December 21, 20009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. INTRODUCTION TO SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING (Category I) January 13 and 29, 2010 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM This course will provide educators with key skills and knowledge needed to help English Language Learners succeed in schools. Among the topics to be covered are: • Key factors affecting second language acquisition • The interrelationship of language and culture • How to identify linguistic demands of academic tasks • How to analyze your classroom as a site for second language acquisition • The implications of cultural differences for classroom organization and instruction This course provides the recommended number of hours of professional development for Category 1 Sheltered English Immersion training. Presenters: Trainers from MATSOL Presenters are Category One approved trainers by the MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education Audience: K- 12 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $50 EDCO members / $60 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 14
  • 15. MELA-O UPDATE FOR QUALIFIED MELA-O ADMINISTRATORS January 21, 2010 (Optional) 3:45 - 5:45 PM January 26, 2010 3:45 - 5:45 PM This training session and test administration is for those Qualified MELA-O Administrators who qualified before spring 2007 and who must pass a requalifying test by January 31, 2010, in order to continue administering the MELA-O and reporting scores to the Department. Participants are invited to an optional practice session on January 21 to prepare for the test. The January 26 session will be primarily devoted to the administration of the qualifying test. If you are not certain whether you need to be re-qualified, please visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/mepa/testadmin/melao_lep.html for a list of recently qualified QMTs/QMAs authorized to continue observing and rating students on MELA-O, and for a list of QMTs/QMAs who will no longer be authorized after January 31, 2010. Note: This is not for educators who are interested in getting qualified for the first time. Presenter: Rita Trotta, Lincoln Public Schools Audience: Qualified MELA-O Administrators who qualified before spring 2007. Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $40 EDCO members / $50 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: January 6, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. ENHANCING ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING February 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 27, 2010 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM This course is designed to help elementary and middle school teachers learn how to adapt their content instruction so they can work more successfully with English language learners (ELLs) in regular classroom settings. Educators learn how to adapt instruction and materials to help ELLs understand academic content, develop academic and social language, and participate in classroom activities. This course meets the requirements for Category Two of Sheltered English Immersion professional development as needed for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s proposed ELL endorsement. Presenter: Kathy Lobo, Belmont Public Schools Audience: K – 6 classroom teachers Registration: Please contact Colleen Sullivan via phone at (617) 993-5410 or via email at csullivan@belmont.k12.ma.us. Seating is extremely limited. Fee: $80 - Payment is required at the first session in the form of a check made out to Belmont Public Schools. Credit option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 3 graduate credits from Cambridge College for an additional fee of $150. Location: Chenery Middle School, Belmont Register by: Registrations will be accepted until the class is full. 15
  • 16. ENRICHING CONTENT CLASSES FOR SECONDARY ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS - A Blended Face-to-Face and Online Course Face-to-face sessions: March 1 and 29, 2010 3:15 PM - 7:00 PM April 12 and May 3, 2010 3:15 PM - 7:00 PM Online: March 1 - May 3, 2010 No set times This blended online and face-to-face course is designed to equip teachers in middle and high school settings with the knowledge and skills needed to teach English language learners (ELLs) in content classrooms. Participants will learn how to adapt instruction and materials to help ELLs understand academic content, develop academic language and participate in classroom activities. The course provides the recommended number of hours for Category 2 of Sheltered English Immersion professional development as required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Presenter: Rob Stergis, ELL Director, Watertown Public Schools Audience: Teachers of grades 6 - 12 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $195 EDCO members / $250 non-members (fee includes course text, Making Content Comprehensible for Secondary English Learners. The SIOP Model) This workshop is supported in part with Collaborative funds. Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 3 graduate credits through Endicott College for an additional fee of $150. Location: Face-to-face sessions to be held at EDCO in Waltham, then online Register by: February 10, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. MELA-O TRAINING (MASSACHUSETTS ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT - ORAL) (Category 3 of the Recommended Professional Development for Teachers of ELL students) March 27 and April 10, 2010 (Saturdays) 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM This training will prepare participants to take the qualifying test for administering the assessment that is used to evaluate the English speaking and listening skills of limited English proficient (LEP) students. The Massachusetts English Language Assessment - Oral is administered by observing students performing academic and social tasks in the classroom over a period of time. Participants will learn: • The multiple dimensions of oral proficiency: comprehension, production, fluency, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary • The concept of communicative competence and its role in assessment • The six levels of oral proficiency assessed by the MELA-O and their relation to the four levels of English language proficiency as described in the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes Presenter: Rita Trotta, Lincoln Public Schools Presenter is a DESE approved MELA-O trainer Audience: K - 12 classroom teachers without prior background in administration of the MELA-O Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: March 9, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 16
  • 17. PROGRAMS FOR HEALTH/WELLNESS/NURSING TALKING TO TEENS ABOUT RISKY BEHAVIORS: WHAT THE SCHOOL NURSE NEEDS TO KNOW January 13, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM In this workshop, presenters from Children’s Hospital will provide information on how to discuss risk-taking strategies when talking to teens and how to approach sensitive issues with adolescents such as: • developmental milestones of adolescents and how they impact risk taking decisions • teen pregnancy and reproductive health • sexually transmitted diseases • HPV vaccine • confidentiality • handling difficult questions Presenter: Staff from Children’s Hospital Audience: Nurses Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the program manager in your collaborative Fee: $60 Location: Children’s Hospital Boston at Waltham location Register by: January 6, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. CHILD AND ADOLESCENT OBESITY: PROMOTING PARENT AND STUDENT AWARENESS WITH SENSITIVITY February 3, 2010 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM The rate of childhood obesity in the US is rising rapidly. Topics to be explored in this workshop include: • The scope of childhood obesity and contributing environmental factors • The serious medical risks of obesity for children and implications for adulthood • Techniques for schools and families to work collaboratively • Strategies for talking to students about obesity and introducing healthy eating and exercise programs Presenters: Maryanne Lewis MSN, PNP-BC and Julie Mailloux Capella, PsyD, Clinical psychologist specializing in Health Psychology and Obesity. Both presenters work in the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program at Children’s Hospital Audience: K-12 counselors, nurses, psychologists, teachers, and administrators Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the Program Manager in your collaborative Fee: $40 CASE, EDCO, LABBB members / $50 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: January 20, 2010. Registrations received beyond this date will be accepted provided space is available. 17
  • 18. ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE March 10, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Presenters from Children’s Hospital will provide information for participants on a range of topics including: • The brain’s role in substance abuse • Description of substances used in adolescents • Screening and assessment • Brief intervention • Motivational interviewing Presenter: Staff from Children’s Hospital Audience: Nurses Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the program manager in your collaborative Fee: $60 Location: Children’s Hospital Boston at Waltham location Register by: March 3, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. ADOLESCENT DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR April 7, 2010 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Five thousand two hundred adolescents commit suicide each year in the U.S. In this workshop participants will learn how to be proactive to help prevent teenage destructive behavior, to identify the signs that a student is at risk and how to support the student and his family. Available resources and strategies will be shared. Presenters: Pam Cantor, Psychologist, and Lecturer, Harvard Medical School Audience: Middle and high school teachers, psychologists, counselors, nurses and administrators Registration: Through the office Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the program manager in your collaborative Fee: $75 CASE, EDCO and LABBB members / $90 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: March 16, 2010. Registrations received beyond will be accepted based upon space availability. GENETICS 101 April 14, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM In this workshop, presenters from Children’s Hospital will provide information on: • Genes and heredity • Genetic testing • Influence of genetics on disease susceptibility, conditions and treatment Presenter: Staff from Children’s Hospital Audience: Nurses Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the program manager in your collaborative Fee: $60 Location: Children’s Hospital Boston at Waltham location Register by: April 7, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 18
  • 19. PROGRAMS FOR HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES AMERICAN HISTORY: PERSPECTIVES FROM PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS January 14 and 28, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM February 4 and 11, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Participants in this workshop will explore a rich array of primary source documents, and media- based material available online through the Library of Congress. The presenter will introduce and support each participant’s acquisition of the technology skills necessary for accessing Library of Congress resources online such as identifying, collecting, downloading and managing images and video. Participants will then choose a project and develop a model lesson using primary sources, with the goal that students will use the documents to answer essential questions that will be built into the lessons. These lessons will be designed to move students from merely accessing primary sources to deep critical analysis and synthesis with other learning in history. Presenter: Richard Young, Director of the American History Project, Former K-8 Social Studies Coordinator, Brookline Public Schools Audience: Teachers of American History in Middle School and High School Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: No cost to EDCO members - supported by grant funds from the Library of Congress Credit Option: Pending approval from Framingham State College, at the first class participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit for an additional fee of $65. Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: January 4, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. HELPING STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE RESEARCH PROCESS Face-to-face sessions: March 2 and 29, 2010 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM Online: March 2 - 28, 2010 No set times This one-credit course will lead teachers and librarians through an exploration of a well-designed research process. Get started with a face to face meeting where we'll pull apart the research process and examine its various parts. How can you teach it? What can your students really learn from doing research? Using readings and online discussion as well as lots of sharing, we'll spend the rest of the month working on developing individual projects that will be ready to go in your classrooms. This exploration is a perfect fit for both librarians and classroom teachers who want to make their research projects smarter. We'll come back together to share our work and discuss what we've learned that's useful at the end of the month. Presenter: Carol Kelly, Salem State College and former K -12 librarian Audience: Grade 4 - 12 teachers, librarians, and administrators Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit option: Participants may register for 1 graduate credit through Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. Location: Face-to-face session at EDCO in Waltham, rest of the course online Register by: February 23, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 19
  • 20. GOOGLE EARTH (Co-sponsored with TEC) March 27, April 3 and 10, 2010 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM This course uses Google Earth as a cutting edge technology to generate projects that engage students in solving geospatial problems. Teachers will learn to design innovative lessons in history and geography by using and showing the topography of planet Earth in a more dynamic and interactive way. During each class a new tool will be demonstrated through real class examples followed by assisted practice in order to master the software. At the end of the course, the participants will be able to efficiently integrate Google Earth into his/her lesson plans and will explore other interesting extensions for this software such as GPS coordinates or GIS analysis. Course Requirements: • Participants should have knowledge of the basics about browsing files in Windows or Mac environments. • Everyone should bring a USB flash Drive or Memory Stick. • Brief readings will be required for all participants. • A final Google Earth project will be required for participants taking the course for graduate credit. (Details will be provided in the course syllabus) • Optional: Book: Google Earth for Dummies by David A. Crowder Presenter: Daniel Fernandez-Davila, Teacher, Wayland Public Schools Audience: 5 - 12 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $350 EDCO and TEC members / $430 non-members Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits from Worcester State College for an additional fee of $200 Location: TEC Professional Center, Dedham Register by: January 29, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 20
  • 21. PROGRAMS FOR MATHEMATICS EXPANDING CLASSROOM USE OF SMARTBOARDS January 9, 2010 (Saturday) 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM January 20, February 3 and 24, 2010 (Wednesdays) 3:45 PM - 6:30 PM This workshop is targeted to classroom teachers who have some experience using SMARTboards in their instruction, but who are looking to refresh and develop their skills. Using SMART Technologies hardware and software, participants will extend their understanding of available tools and receive an in-depth guide into using the SMART Notebook software in curriculum development. Specific techniques and skills will be practiced, sample lesson plans will be presented, and participants will have facilitated work-time to generate their own materials. Workshop time will be designated during each session for participants to share successes and trouble-shoot difficulties. Prerequisites: Familiarity with a SMARTboard and basic keyboarding and mouse skills (ex. copy/paste, “right click”). While the SMART software is available for Mac, this workshop will be taught using PCs and comfort with PCs is recommended. Level: Advanced Beginner Presenters: Jon and Joanne Marks both teach science at the Chenery Middle School in Belmont. They use SMARTboards extensively in their teaching, and have presented numerous workshops on how to use the technology. Audience: Teachers of grades K - 12 who are Advanced Beginner users of SMARTBoards Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $210 EDCO members / $250 non-members Credit Option: At the first class, participants may register for one graduate credit from Framingham State for an additional fee of $65. Location: Chenery Middle School, Belmont Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 21
  • 22. USING ASSESSMENTS TO GUIDE INSTRUCTION IN PRIMARY MATHEMATICS CLASSROOMS (A Blended Online and Face-to-Face Course) (Co-Sponsored with TEC) Face-to-Face Sessions: January 12 and February 16, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Online: January 12 - March 30, 2010* Approximately 15 hours online - no set times No session over February break. * Project due by April 14, 2010 This course is designed for preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade teachers as well as special educators or mathematics specialists who work with students in these grades. In this workshop, participants will: • deepen their knowledge of the big mathematical ideas, concepts, and skills involved in the acquisition of early mathematics literacy. • extend their knowledge base through participating in class discussions, viewing videotapes, looking at student work, reading required course material, and completing assignments linked to their own classroom setting. • administer assessments, record the results, and use the results to inform individual and whole class instruction. Teachers will become more skillful at observing students as they work and ask questions that will move students’ thinking. As a result teachers will be able to provide more effective instruction and ensure maximum learning for each student because they are aware of the essential steps children move through when developing an understanding of foundational mathematical ideas. Presenter: Debbie Shein-Gerson, Elementary Math Coordinator, Weston Audience: Teachers and specialists who work with students in grades PreK-2 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $175 EDCO and TEC members / $220 non-members Materials: The required Kathy Richardson materials may be purchased through Didax for approximately $175 or participants may bring them from their district if available. A list of the necessary materials will be forwarded to registrants prior to the start of the workshop. Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits through Framingham State College for an additional fee of $130. Location: Face-to-face sessions in Weston and the rest of the course is online Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. USING MODELS TO UNDERSTAND FRACTIONS (An Online Course) January 20 - March 23, 2010 Approximately 3 hours per week - no set times No sessions over February break. Mathematical models can be used to promote a deep understanding of fractions and fractional relationships. All too often, students are taught mechanical ways to make sense out of fractions. This course offers alternative ideas for fraction instruction and is based on the belief that students can come to understand fractions in a number of different ways. Completion of a student interview and a final project are integral parts of this course. A variety of readings, applets, and videos form the content of this course, and participants are expected to share ideas with their online colleagues in the discussion forums. 22
  • 23. Presenter: Margaret LeBlanc, former Middle School Math and Science Chair, Watertown Public Schools Audience: Grades 3 - 6 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for one graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. A course form will be sent to all participants prior to the start of the course. Location: Online Register by: January 6, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. USING PATTERNS TO DEVELOP ALGEBRAIC THINKING (An Online Course) Face-to-face session: January 28, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Online: January 29 - March 25, 2010 Approximately 3 hours per week - no set times No session over February break. In this workshop participants will explore the nature of algebraic thinking and develop strategies for encouraging the development of their students’ algebraic thinking. Through readings, video clips, and examination of students’ work, participants will learn to: • recognize and build on opportunities for algebraic thinking in a variety of mathematics contexts • analyze their students’ algebraic thinking • pose questions that encourage the development of algebraic thinking Participants will also produce a lesson plan that incorporates the key concepts of the workshop. Facilitator: Meg McCann, Concord/Concord-Carlisle Public Schools Audience: Teachers of grades 5 - 9 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may register for one graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. A course form will be mailed to participants. Location: Face-to-face session at EDCO; the rest of the course will be online Register by: January 11, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 23
  • 24. ONLINE PROGRAMS TELLING STORIES: CREATIVE ONLINE WRITING OPPORTUNITIES @ SCHOOL WITH K - 5 STUDENTS (An Online Course) January 6 - March 3, 2010 Approximately 3 hours per week - no set times No class during February break Digital storytelling as a literacy activity in the elementary school is becoming an effective way for teachers to integrate many concurrent agendas that are competing for their attention. Digital storytelling allows teachers to incorporate the 21st Century skills of problem solving, creativity, and collaboration. Encouraged by the ideas of Daniel Pink from his book, A Whole New Mind, teachers will understand the potential role of storytelling in our students’ new work world. Participants will work with student-friendly Web 2.0 tools and images. The writing exercises created will be imaginative storytelling experiences. Teachers will harness technological abilities and aptitudes that are already in place in their young students. The course readings about different motivational approaches will help teachers to define their own style of digital storytelling. Presenter: Sue Collins, Instructional Technology Specialist, Bedford Public Schools Audience: K - 5 classroom teachers and technology specialists Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $175 members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit from Framingham State for an additional fee of $65. Location: Online Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. USING ASSESSMENTS TO GUIDE INSTRUCTION IN PRIMARY MATHEMATICS CLASSROOMS (A Blended Online and Face-to-Face Course) (Co-Sponsored with TEC) Face-to-Face Sessions: January 12 and February 16, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Online: January 12 - March 30, 2010* Approximately 15 hours online - no set times No session over February break. * Project due by April 14, 2010 This course is designed for preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade teachers as well as special educators or mathematics specialists who work with students in these grades. In this workshop, participants will: • deepen their knowledge of the big mathematical ideas, concepts, and skills involved in the acquisition of early mathematics literacy. • extend their knowledge base through participating in class discussions, viewing videotapes, looking at student work, reading required course material, and completing assignments linked to their own classroom setting. • administer assessments, record the results, and use the results to inform individual and whole class instruction. Teachers will become more skillful at observing students as they work and ask questions that will move students’ thinking. As a result teachers will be able to provide more effective instruction and ensure maximum learning for each student because they are aware of the essential steps children move through when developing an understanding of foundational mathematical ideas. 24
  • 25. Presenter: Debbie Shein-Gerson, Elementary Math Coordinator, Weston Audience: Teachers and specialists who work with students in grades PreK-2 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $175 EDCO and TEC members / $220 non-members Materials: The required Kathy Richardson materials may be purchased through Didax for approximately $175 or participants may bring them from their district if available. A list of the necessary materials will be forwarded to registrants prior to the start of the workshop. Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits through Framingham State College for an additional fee of $130. Location: Face-to-face sessions in Weston and the rest of the course is online Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. ONLINE EVALUATIONS, BLOGS AND WIKIS IN THE CLASSROOM (An Online Course) January 20 – March 2, 2010 Approximately 3 hours per week - no set times No session over February break This course will provide teachers with a basic overview on how to use blogs and wikis in the management of their classrooms. It will also give teachers an arena in which to practice making assessments online as opposed to always collecting paper assignments. Teachers will leave the class with the skills needed to assign more projects and assessments that can be transferred to the real world after their students graduate. By the end of the workshop, teachers will have created their own blog and wiki to use with their students. Presenter: Jennifer L. Orlinski, History Teacher, Arlington Public Schools Audience: Teachers of grades 4 - 12 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit for an additional fee of $65. A form will be emailed to all participants. Location: Online Register by: January 6, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. USING MODELS TO UNDERSTAND FRACTIONS (An Online Course) January 20 - March 23, 2010 Approximately 3 hours per week - no set times No sessions over February break. Mathematical models can be used to promote a deep understanding of fractions and fractional relationships. All too often, students are taught mechanical ways to make sense out of fractions. This course offers alternative ideas for fraction instruction and is based on the belief that students can come to understand fractions in a number of different ways. Completion of a student interview and a final project are integral parts of this course. A variety of readings, applets, and videos form the content of this course, and participants are expected to share ideas with their online colleagues in the discussion forums. 25
  • 26. Presenter: Margaret LeBlanc, former Middle School Math and Science Chair, Watertown Public Schools Audience: Grades 3 - 6 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for one graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. A form will be emailed to all participants. Location: Online Register by: January 6, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. MOODLE AND THE WRITING PROCESS: AN ONLINE COURSE (Co-Sponsored with TEC) Optional Face-to-face session: January 25, 2010 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Online: January 27 - March 23 , 2010 Approximately 3 hours per week - no set times. No class during February vacation week. This online course offers a practical look at the process approach to teaching writing, an approach that applies to all subjects and disciplines. Participants will study and engage in online discussions about the nature of the process approach for the teaching of composition as they explore the five fundamental phases of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. The course will introduce participants to Moodle, a powerful, free, open-source software tool. Using Moodle, participants will create activities to help the students understand and use the writing process. These activities will include private online journals that are shared primarily with the teacher, assignments for creating rough drafts, workshops for revising, lessons for editing, and forums for publishing. All participants will develop a useful writing task for their students, incorporating the Moodle tools they have learned during the course. Presenter: Brendan Desilets, former middle and high school English teacher, Bedford Public Schools Audience: Middle and high school teachers and literacy specialists Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $175 EDCO and TEC members / $220 non-members Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. Location: Face-to-face session at EDCO in Waltham then online Register by: January 11, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 26
  • 27. USING PATTERNS TO DEVELOP ALGEBRAIC THINKING (An Online Course) Face-to-face session: January 28, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Online: January 29 - March 25, 2010 Approximately 3 hours per week - no set times No session over February break. In this workshop participants will explore the nature of algebraic thinking and develop strategies for encouraging the development of their students’ algebraic thinking. Through readings, video clips, and examination of students’ work, participants will learn to: • recognize and build on opportunities for algebraic thinking in a variety of mathematics contexts • analyze their students’ algebraic thinking • pose questions that encourage the development of algebraic thinking Participants will also produce a lesson plan that incorporates the key concepts of the workshop. Facilitator: Meg McCann, Concord/Concord-Carlisle Public Schools Audience: Teachers of grades 5 - 9 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may register for one graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. A course form will be mailed to participants. Location: Face-to-face session at EDCO; the rest of the course will be online Register by: January 11, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. TEACHING READING COMPREHENSION STRATEGIES (IN THE READING WORKSHOP): AN ONLINE WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS OF GRADES 3 - 6 Face-to-face session: February 9, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Online: February 9 - April 6, 2010 No set times No class during February break Comprehension begins before reading a text. It is an active thinking process that requires the reader to construct meaning by interacting with the text. This course is designed to help teachers understand how students comprehend text and to strengthen and scaffold teachers’ explicit instruction of comprehension strategies in their classrooms. Participants will examine current research related to the topic and by explicit instructional practices that apply the research findings. Participants will read about and discuss best practices in teaching comprehension, practice the strategies presented in the readings, and select those strategies that most effectively correspond to the needs of their students. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues both in person and online in order to share and improve their practice. Presenter: Jan Binus, former Language Arts Coordinator, Sudbury Public Schools Audience: Classroom teachers of grades 3 - 6 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. Location: Face-to-face session at EDCO in Waltham and the rest of the course online Register by: January 20, 2010. Registrations received after that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 27
  • 28. TRANSFORMING THE CLASSROOM WITH PROJECT BASED LEARNING (An Online Course) February 24 - April 13 , 2010 Approximately 18 hours - No set times This workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the principles of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Throughout this workshop, exemplary projects will be analyzed, critiqued, and evaluated for applicability to participants' classroom needs. Participants will gain hands-on experience using software tools to support the planning and execution of projects, and develop collaborative, inquiry-based projects that support their curricular goals. Participants will learn to blend PBL and standards-based design strategies to create curriculum units that enhance student learning at all grade levels and subject areas. Each participant will leave the online workshop with preliminary plans for a PBL project. Presenter: Judi Paradis, Waltham Public Schools Audience: K-12 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for one graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. A course form will be sent to all participants prior to the start of the course. Location: Online Register by: February 10, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. ENRICHING CONTENT CLASSES FOR SECONDARY ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS - A Blended Face-to-Face and Online Course Face-to-face sessions: March 1 and 29, 2010 3:15 PM - 7:00 PM April 12 and May 3, 2010 3:15 PM - 7:00 PM Online: March 1 - May 3, 2010 No set times This blended online and face-to-face course is designed to equip teachers in middle and high school settings with the knowledge and skills needed to teach English language learners (ELLs) in content classrooms. Participants will learn how to adapt instruction and materials to help ELLs understand academic content, develop academic language and participate in classroom activities. The course provides the recommended number of hours for Category 2 of Sheltered English Immersion professional development as required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Presenter: Rob Stergis, ELL Director, Watertown Public Schools Audience: Teachers of grades 6 - 12 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $195 EDCO members / $250 non-members (fee includes course text, Making Content Comprehensible for Secondary English Learners. The SIOP Model) This workshop is supported in part with Collaborative funds. Credit Option: Participants may register for 3 graduate credits through Endicott College for an additional fee of $150. Location: Face-to-face sessions to be held at EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham; the rest of the course will be online. Register by: February 10, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 28
  • 29. HELPING STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE RESEARCH PROCESS Face-to-face sessions: March 2 and 29, 2010 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM Online: March 2 - 28, 2010 No set times This one-credit course will lead teachers and librarians through an exploration of a well-designed research process. Get started with a face to face meeting where we'll pull apart the research process and examine its various parts. How can you teach it? What can your students really learn from doing research? Using readings and online discussion as well as lots of sharing, we'll spend the rest of the month working on developing individual projects that will be ready to go in your classrooms. This exploration is a perfect fit for both librarians and classroom teachers who want to make their research projects smarter. We'll come back together to share our work and discuss what we've learned that's useful at the end of the month. Presenter: Carol Kelly, Salem State College and former K -12 librarian Audience: Grade 4 - 12 teachers, librarians, and administrators Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit option: Participants may register for 1 graduate credit through Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. Location: Face-to-face session at EDCO in Waltham, rest of the course online Register by: February 23, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. PROGRAMS FOR SCIENCE ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGES IN ELEMENTARY SCIENCE February 3 and March 10, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM This workshop will introduce the engineering design cycle and provide examples of ways to integrate this in elementary science units. Workshop activities will include designing, building, and testing a prototype solution to a given problem related to an elementary science topic. The presenter will focus on hands-on engineering technologies that teachers will try in their own classrooms, and in the second session, provide an opportunity to share implementation experiences. Presenter: Jennifer Craddock, K-8 Science Coordinator, Newton Audience: Teachers of elementary science in grades K - 5 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $75 EDCO members / $125 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham or Newton Register by: January 20, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 29
  • 30. LIGHT AND OPTICS February 3, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Light and Optics will focus on three basic concepts: properties of electromagnetic waves, reflection and refraction, and color. Frequency, wavelength, and the speed of light will be explained. Lenses and mirrors will be explored. The topic of color will be examined by looking at atmospheric phenomena such as rainbows and why the sky is blue. Presenters: Bob Fardy, former Elementary Science Specialist, Concord Public Schools Jeff Yuhas, Science Teacher, Concord Public Schools Audience: Teachers of Elementary Science Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $45 EDCO members / $55 non-members Location: Concord/Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Register by: January 20, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. THE SCIENCE OF ELECTRICITY February 10, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:15 PM This workshop will provide an environment in which participants can explore what is really happening when a light bulb lights. Through hands-on activities you will refresh your own understanding of electricity while also exploring strategies for helping students understand essential concepts. The presenters will share a number of different teaching approaches for this topic. Presenters: Bob Fardy, former Elementary Science Specialist, Concord Public Schools Jeff Yuhas, Science Teacher, Concord Public Schools Audience: Teachers of Elementary Science Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $60 EDCO members / $75 non-members Location: Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Register by: January 20, 2010. Registrations received after that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 30
  • 31. SCIENCE NOTEBOOKS: A TOOL FOR ENHANCING SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND LITERACY February 11, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM March 25, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM This two-part workshop will introduce a research-based model for enhancing inquiry-based science in elementary schools through the integration of science and literacy. The presenters will engage participants in the “Scientist’s Notebook” model of instruction, introduce activities illustrating the use of science notebooks as a formative assessment practice, and identify other related formative assessment tools. During the first meeting the participants will ‘do’ notebook entries and also work with lesson planning templates and feedback guides. Following this meeting, participants will pilot some science notebook activities in their classrooms. During the second session participants will share their initial work with others in small groups, and obtain feedback from experienced users of science notebooks. Presenters: Fran Ludwig, K-5 Science Coordinator, Lexington Public Schools Jenny Craddock, K-8 Science Coordinator, Newton Public Schools Audience: K - 6 science coordinators, literacy specialists and lead teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $90 EDCO members / $120 non-members Cost includes reference materials. Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: January 20, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. ACTIVE ASSESSMENT FOR K-5 SCIENCE February 24, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Assessing the rich, varied and active experiences that constitute doing science requires devising interactive and active assessments that are part of the investigations themselves. The presenter and participants will discuss a variety of assessment activities using student work for illustration. Presenters: Bob Fardy, Elementary Science Consultant, former Science Specialist in Concord Public Schools Susan Erickson, Science Teacher, Concord Public Schools Audience: Teachers of elementary science Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $35 EDCO members / $50 non-members Location: Thoreau School, Concord Register by: February 10, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 31
  • 32. WHETHER THE WEATHER: WEATHER BASICS March 3 and 10, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM The presenters of this two-session program will introduce the small and large-scale aspects of meteorology. The workshop is designed to provide information for teachers who would like to enhance their background knowledge about weather. Topics include the water cycle, structure and composition of the atmosphere, global wind patterns, air masses, fronts and associated weather, and storms. The program will also focus on developing and implementing inquiry-based approaches in the elementary classroom. Presenters: Bob Fardy, former elementary science specialist, Concord Public Schools Jeff Yuhas, science teacher, Concord/Carlisle High School Audience: Teachers of science in elementary grades Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $65 EDCO members / $90 non-members Location: Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Register by: February 10, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. WHETHER THE WEATHER: NEW ENGLAND STORMS AND ONLINE FORECASTING March 17, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM In this session participants will extend their understanding of basic meteorology concepts through a focus on New England Storms and Online Forecasting. The presentation will also focus on developing and implementing inquiry-based approaches to teaching about these topics in the elementary classroom and provide links and resources of interest. Presenters: Bob Fardy and Jeff Yuhas, Concord/Carlisle High School Audience: Teachers of science in elementary grades Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $35 EDCO members / $50 non-members Location: Concord/Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Register by: February 23, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. WHETHER THE WEATHER: HURRICANES AND WINTER STORMS March 24, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Participants in this program will extend their understanding of basic meteorology concepts by exploring the dynamics of Hurricanes and Winter Storms. The presentation will also focus on developing and implementing inquiry-based approaches to teaching about these topics in the elementary classroom and provide links and resources of interest. Presenters: Bob Fardy, Concord Public Schools Jeff Yuhas, Concord/Carlisle High School Audience: Teachers of science in elementary grades Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $35 EDCO members / $50 non-members Location: Concord/Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Register by: March 9, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 32
  • 33. SIMPLE MACHINES March 25 and April 15, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM This workshop is designed to provide elementary teachers with background knowledge about simple machines. Through a variety of inquiry-based activities, participants will investigate science concepts such as force, work and mechanical advantage. The first session of this workshop will focus on two types of simple machines - the lever and the wheel and axle. In the second session participants will focus on other simple machines - the pulley, the inclined plane, the screw and the wedge, and complex machines as well as the engineering design process. Participants will analyze simple machines' operation and consider instructional activities designed to develop and enhance student understandings. They will also receive a binder with curricular materials that integrate engineering concepts with elementary science lessons aligned with the MA framework. Presenters: Bob Fardy, former Science Specialist, Concord Public Schools Susan Erickson, Teacher of Science, Concord Public Schools Audience: Teachers of science in elementary grades Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $65 EDCO members / $90 non-members Location: Thoreau School, Concord Register by: March 16, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. GENETICS 101 April 14, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM In this workshop, presenters from Children’s Hospital will provide information on: • Genes and heredity • Genetic testing • Influence of genetics on disease susceptibility, conditions and treatment Presenter: Staff from Children’s Hospital Audience: Nurses Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the program manager in your collaborative Fee: $60 Location: Children’s Hospital Boston at Waltham location Register by: April 7, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 33
  • 34. PROGRAMS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SENSORY DIET IN YOUR CLASSROOM (Co-Sponsored with TEC) January 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2010 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM February 3, 10 and 24 and March 3, 2010 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM Why do some of your students grab everything in sight? Why do some of your students hum? Why do some of your students lean on people and walls? Learn the answers to these questions and develop a sensory diet for your classroom! This course will allow participants to define sensory integration. They will learn the basic neuroanatomy/neurophysiology of the sensory systems involved in sensory integration. Participants will review normal development. They will learn the newly revised theory of Sensory Processing Disorders. They will identify aspects of impaired sensory modulation, sensory registration, motor planning, executive dysfunction, and handwriting. In addition, teachers will learn how to apply the theory of sensory integration to the classroom to help their students to attend, to sustain focus and be more available for learning. Teachers will also learn how to improve students’ motor development, academic acquisition, and executive functioning. Lectures, videos, readings, in-depth discussions, research and case analysis will be used to help develop a sensory diet relevant to their practices and classrooms. Presenter: Jocelynn B. Wallach, MS, OTR/L Audience: Regular and special education teachers in grades PreK - 5 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction your school district Fee: $350 CASE, EDCO, LABBB and TEC members / $400 non-members Credit Option: At the first class, participants may register for 2 graduate credits from Worcester State College for an additional fee of $200 Location: Location in Westwood TBD Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS AND PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (Co-sponsored with TEC) January 12, 2010 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM In this workshop, participants will learn: • The structure of the DSM IV and how a psychiatric or developmental diagnosis is made • How to communicate with medical providers so that the medical provider has relevant information about the student • The basic principles about the pharmacological management of students with psychiatric conditions • How to share the above information with families so that they can advocate for best practices for their child • Participants are encouraged to bring medical or psychiatric evaluation reports to the seminar. These medical or psychiatric evaluation reports will be analyzed to reinforce the salient points of the lecture. Presenter: Dr. L. Erik von Hahn Audience: K-12 Special education staff, counselors, administrators Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the program manager in your collaborative Fee: $75 CASE, EDCO, LABBB and TEC members / $90 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 34
  • 35. EFFECTIVE INCLUSION AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL: CURRICULAR ADAPTATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH MODERATE AND SEVERE DISABILITIES January 14 and 28, 2010 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Snow date – January 26, 2009) Grounded in the belief that “good teaching is good teaching,” the objective of this workshop is to review evidence-based practices for differentiating instruction and making accommodations and modifications for all learners. We will focus on the process for designing curricular and instructional practices in the classroom and creating individualized adaptations for ALL learners. Hands-on materials that provide helpful guides for educators at the secondary-grade level will be utilized. Presenter: Dr. Dina Traniello Audience: Grades 9 - 12 curriculum directors, special and regular education teachers and inclusion specialists. Participants are encouraged to register in teams of 2 - 3 regular and SPED teachers. Registration: Through the office Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the Program Manager in your collaborative Fee: $100 CASE, EDCO, LABBB members / $125 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. PLANNING SUCCESSFUL TRANSITIONS FOR STUDENTS AGED 14-22: MAKING THE MOST OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL January 20 and 27, 2010 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM High school is a time when all students need to be actively involved in planning for their future. At this critical juncture, students, school staff and families must be informed, proactive, involved and hopeful. The transition process can be overwhelming for families with special needs students because resources and information on transition planning often are difficult to find and understand. Transition planning needs to be on schedule to insure a systematic and purposeful educational experience. This workshop will discuss how transition teams can: • Assist students with their vision for high school and beyond • Develop individualized Transition goals as defined in IDEA 2004 using the TPF to prioritize and incorporate transitional goals into the IEP • Identify necessary Transition Assessments • Learn about Employment, Job Development and Work supports Presenter: Terri McLaughlin, Federation for Children Audience: Administrators, Team Chairs, Special Education staff, and Curriculum Directors who work with students aged 14-22. Registration: Through the office Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the Program Manager in your collaborative Fee: $100 CASE, EDCO, LABBB members / $125 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: January 6, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 35
  • 36. EMPOWERING DISTRICTS TO USE RELATED SERVICE PROVIDERS EFFECTIVELY: A WORKSHOP FOR ADMINISTRATORS AND TEAM LEADERS January 22, 2010 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the role of related service providers under IDEA. Discussion will focus on the following topics: • The role of the related service providers • Service eligibility determination • Educationally relevant and inclusive service delivery options • Beginning with the end in mind: considering discharge plans throughout the process • Empowerment through data • Strategies to help the team including parents agree to service recommendations Presenters: Sharon Ray ScD, OTR/L and Jan Hollenbeck, OTD, OTR/L, Partnership for Advancement of School Service Providers, LLC (PASS) Audience: SPED Directors and Team Chairs Registration: Through the office Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the Program Manager in your collaborative Fee: $35 CASE, EDCO and LABBB members / $50 non-members Location: Ripley Building, Concord Public Schools Register by: January 6, 2010. Registrations received beyond will be accepted based on space availability. DESIGNING THE CURRICULUM FOR A HIGH SCHOOL PRAGMATICS CLASS February 4, 2010 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Successfully including students with ASD requires thoughtful planning and implementation. In this workshop participants will learn a structure, ways to schedule class activities and the curriculum necessary for students with this diagnosis to succeed at the high school level and beyond. Presenter: Elsa Abele, CCC, Speech and Language Pathologist Audience: 9-12 SLP’s and Administrators working with students diagnosed with ASD Registration: Through the office Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the Program Manager in your collaborative Fee: $125 CASE, EDCO, LABBB members / $155 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: January 20, 2010. Registrations received beyond will be accepted based upon space availability. 36
  • 37. PICTURE EXCHANGE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (PECS) BASIC TRAINING (Co-Sponsored with TEC) February 10 and 11, 2010 7:45 AM - 3:45 PM This two-day intensive basic training is designed to teach participants to implement PECS. The program will begin with an overview of the Pyramid Approach to Education to explore the key components of designing effective educational environments. The presenter will provide an historical overview of language training programs used with non-verbal individuals and ways to set the stage for an abundance of communication opportunities. (Participants will learn how to implement the six Phases of PECS, including attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities.) Participants will leave the workshop with a fundamental understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills. Participants will learn: • The key components to design effective educational environments • Strategies to create multiple opportunities for communication • How to discuss PECS and its relationship to traditional training programs • How to implement all six Phases of PECS • The criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities Presenters: Presenters from Pyramid Educational Consultants Audience: Speech/language pathologists, teachers, behavior analysts, home therapists and program coordinators Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the Program Manager in your collaborative Fee: $300 CASE, EDCO, LABBB members / $375 non-members CEU Option: ASHA CEUs will be offered at an additional cost. Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: January 7, 2010. Purchase Orders or payment must be received by this date. Participants will be responsible for the entire registration fee if they cancel beyond January 7th unless a replacement is found. 37
  • 38. WORKING WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION TEAMS: A DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST TO MAKE IEP MEETINGS FASTER AND END WITH CONSENSUS (Co-sponsored with TEC) March 2 and April 13, 2010 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM Participants will learn to use: • A neurodevelopmental checklist to help teachers, team members and families understand the student’s needs • A checklist to organize team meetings, discuss the evaluation findings and to create educational goals and benchmarks Participants are encouraged to try this format at a team meeting after the first session and share their results at the second workshop. Dr. von Hahn will help participants work through any problems they have encountered. Presenter: Dr. L. Erik von Hahn Audience: K-12 Special education teachers, specialists and team chairs. Teams comprised of 3 - 5 members are recommended. Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the program manager in your collaborative Fee: $115 CASE, EDCO, LABBB and TEC members / non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: February 10, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. ASSESSMENT OF BASIC LANGUAGE AND LEARNING SKILLS (ABLLS) (Co-Sponsored with TEC) March 4 and 11, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM March 18, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM This class is designed to help teachers and paraprofessionals conduct, analyze, and plan curriculum using the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS). Lecture, group work, review of completed assessments and programs, discussion, and analysis of current programming will all be used to foster participants’ development of appropriate skills. Session 1: Participants will learn how to conduct an ABLLS assessment. Practice of task questions will be included. Following this session, participants are encouraged to conduct an ABLLS assessment on a current student to be used in later classes. Session 2: Participants will learn to analyze a completed ABLLS assessment and target priority areas for discrete and incidental skill instruction. Transfer of ABLLS to IEP goal and benchmark writing will be included. Session 3: Participants will learn to create discrete trial and incidental-based programs using analyzed ABLLS. Practice of academic, social, and life-skill programs are included. Presenter: Shauna Jean, M.S. Ed., BCBA, Behavior Specialist/Home Education Coordinator, The Education Cooperative Audience: Pre K - 5 SPED teachers, paraprofessionals and inclusion specialists Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $200 CASE, EDCO, LABBB and TEC members / $215 non-members Location: TEC Professional Development Center, Dedham Register by: February 10, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 38
  • 39. GOALS AND DATA COLLECTION FOR THE SCHOOL-BASED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST March 5, 2010 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM This full-day workshop will help participants learn to develop student goals and outcome measures that address school participation needs. The presenter will focus on developing writing goals and data collection methods. Participants will learn how to develop goals that focus on school participation rather than client factors/participation components and to write realistic goals that are measurable and observable. In addition, participants will learn to develop data collection strategies to objectively document progress toward goals. Participants will develop goals and data collection methods using case examples and upon completion of this workshop will have examples of effective goals and corresponding data collection methods in practice. Presenters: Sharon Ray ScD, OTR/L and Jan Hollenbeck, OTD, OTR/L, Partnership for Advancement of School Service Providers, LLC (PASS) Audience: Occupational Therapists Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the Program Manager in your collaborative Fee: $125 CASE, EDCO and LABBB members / $155 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: February 10, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT (FBA) AND POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT (PBS) March 11 and March 18, 2010 1:00 PM – 4:15 PM This interactive workshop is for individuals who have a basic understanding of the FBA process, but wish to learn more in-depth strategies for conducting a thorough assessment and implementing an effective positive behavior support plan. Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their caseload of students with problematic behaviors. User-friendly materials and handouts will be shared. Presenter: Dr. Dina Traniello Audience: K-12 SPED teachers, specialists and psychologists Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the Program Manager in your collaborative Fee: $125 CASE, EDCO, LABBB members / $155 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: February 23, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability 39
  • 40. LEARNING SMARTER: USING BRAIN COMPATIBLE TEACHING STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE STUDENT PERFORMANCE (Co-Sponsored with TEC) May 8, 2010 (Saturday) 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM May 13 and 20, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM This workshop provides participants with the underpinnings of the current pedagogy on the brain and their application to teaching/learning strategies. A sequential, developmental approach is taken to develop participants’ understanding of how the brain’s structure and organization function and the effect of its interaction with the outside environment to make a determination of what’s important and how it solves problems. Examination of learning styles and theories of intelligences are reviewed as viable strategies to increase student performance and support the needs of diverse student populations. Presenter: Julie A. Kiricoples, M.Ed. Audience: K-12 classroom and SPED teachers, inclusion specialists, guidance counselors and SPED administrators Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the Program Manager in your collaborative Fee: $210 EDCO and TEC members / $250 non-members Credit Option: At the first class, participants may register 1 graduate credit from Worcester State College for an additional fee of $100. Location: TEC Professional Development Center, Dedham Register by: April 16, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. TALKING TO FAMILIES (Co-sponsored with TEC) May 11, 2010 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM In this workshop, participants will learn about the experience and perspective of parents as they advocate for services. Topics will include: • The five basic expectations that families “bring to the table” when advocating for their child • How conflicts between the family and the school team can arise when these expectations are not acknowledged or addressed • Ways to use a neurodevelopment checklist format to discuss the needs of students and help families understand their child’s needs Participants are encouraged to bring medical or psychiatric evaluation reports to the seminar. These reports will be analyzed to reinforce the salient points of the lecture. Presenter: Dr. L. Erik von Hahn Audience: K-12 Regular and special education staff and administrators Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the program manager in your collaborative Fee: $115 CASE, EDCO, LABBB and TEC members / non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: April 30, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 40
  • 41. PROGRAMS FOR TECHNOLOGY EXPANDING CLASSROOM USE OF SMARTBOARDS January 9, 2010 (Saturday) 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM January 20, February 3 and 24, 2010 (Wednesdays) 3:45 PM - 6:30 PM This workshop is targeted to classroom teachers who have some experience using SMARTboards in their instruction, but who are looking to refresh and develop their skills. Using SMART Technologies hardware and software, participants will extend their understanding of available tools and receive an in-depth guide into using the SMART Notebook software in curriculum development. Specific techniques and skills will be practiced, sample lesson plans will be presented, and participants will have facilitated work-time to generate their own materials. Workshop time will be designated during each session for participants to share successes and trouble-shoot difficulties. Prerequisites: Familiarity with a SMARTboard and basic keyboarding and mouse skills (ex. copy/paste, “right click”). While the SMART software is available for Mac, this workshop will be taught using PCs and comfort with PCs is recommended. Level: Advanced Beginner users of SMARTboards Presenters: Jon and Joanne Marks both teach science at the Chenery Middle School in Belmont. They use SMARTboards extensively in their teaching, and have presented numerous workshops on how to use the technology. Audience: Teachers of grades K - 12 who are SMARTboard Advanced Beginners Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $210 EDCO members / $250 non-members Credit Option: Pending approval from Framingham State College, participants may register for one graduate credit for an additional fee of $65. Location: Chenery Middle School, Belmont Register by: December 21, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. ONLINE EVALUATIONS, BLOGS AND WIKIS IN THE CLASSROOM (An Online Course) January 20 – March 2, 2010 Approximately 3 hours per week - no set times No session over February break This course will provide teachers with a basic overview on how to use blogs and wikis in the management of their classrooms. It will also give teachers an arena in which to practice making assessments online as opposed to always collecting paper assignments. Teachers will leave the class with the skills needed to assign more projects and assessments that can be transferred to the real world after their students graduate. By the end of the workshop, teachers will have created their own blog and wiki to use with their students. Presenter: Jennifer L. Orlinski, History Teacher, Arlington Public Schools Audience: Teachers of grades 4 - 12 Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. Location: Online Register by: January 6, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 41
  • 42. USING GOOGLE TOOLS IN THE CLASSROOM January 25, February 8, March 1 and 15, 2010 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM This course will focus on the use of online learning tools to improve student achievement through the use of free online technology tools. The course will also provide examples of how teachers can use the tools to integrate technology into the curriculum. Participants will learn how to use the following tools within their classrooms: • Picasa, a free application that helps you instantly organize, edit and share all the pictures from your computer. It allows you to upload your slideshows to the web with just one click. • Google Docs, an easy to use, online word processor and spreadsheet creator that enables you to create, store, share, and collaborate on documents and spreadsheets. • Google Gadgets, free tools you can add to any web space. Some examples are translators, calendars, games, countdowns, and much more. • Searching tools such as Book Search, iGoogle, Google News, Geo Education and Google Search. • Google Maps & Google Earth, free applications that use satellite images that grab, spin, pan, tilt, and zoom down to any place on earth. Students can measure distances, create virtual tours and share tours with others. • Sketch Up is a great tool for easily teaching kids to construct 3D models of buildings, trees, cars, and the like. • Blogger is a free Blog tool that teachers can use to communicate to their students. They can post questions, homework, links and videos. Presenter: Erin Sees, Watertown Public Schools Audience: K-12 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-members Credit Option: Pending approval, at the first class participants may register for one graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $65. Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: January 11, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 42
  • 43. DATA WAREHOUSE TRAINING: REPORT BUILDER - MODULES 301 and 302 February 11, 2010 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM These two modules of Data Warehouse Training are designed for data report authors - people who will be creating their own, customized reports within the Data Warehouse. In Module 301, you will be introduced to user-defined reports, which allows you to build data displays for others to use as predefined reports. The course begins with an overview of the Report Studio environment and the different kinds of reports that can be created in Cognos® Report Studio. The course presents a step-by-step inquiry process for how to build different types of reports, as well as instructions about how to utilize all of the Cognos® Report Studio features. Scenarios and examples are provided throughout the course to assist in understanding the context and purpose of various features. The goal of the course is to build your capacity to use Cognos Report Studio to turn a focusing question into a data display that is engaging and informative. In Module 302, you will be introduced to advanced concepts which allow you to continue to build data displays for others to use as predefined reports that have a higher level of flexibility and utility. The course begins with how to build a list report and includes additional topics including, query calculations, report expressions, conditional formatting, cell suppression, and prompt pages. The course presents a step-by-step inquiry process for how to build different types of reports, as well as instructions about how to utilize many of the Cognos® Report Studio features. Scenarios and examples are provided throughout the course to assist you in understanding the context and purpose of various features. Presenters: Trainers from Public Consulting Group (PCG) Audience: Data specialists, technology staff Prerequisite Skills and Knowledge: Experience with report authoring (e.g., MS Access or Crystal Reports); programming and debugging skills; familiarity with SQL; knowledge of education data (SIMS, MCAS, etc.); knowledge of statistical validity. Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $395 EDCO members / $425 non-member Location: Bedford High School Register by: February 1, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted provided space is available. EXCEL: JUST FORMULAS March 23, 2010 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Join us to become a formula maven. No formatting, no printing, no extraneous spreadsheet-like instruction. Just formulas: built-in, create your own, conditional, date and time, text, lookups, relative and absolutes, simple, complex, and using range names in formulas. Whew! Four hours of just formulas. If you don't understand what you just read, you need to take this class!! You don't need to be a mathematician to explore the world of just formulas with us. This workshop is for anyone who uses Excel, a little, or a lot! Presenter: Elaine Cidzik, Computer Consultant Audience: K-12 educators and support staff Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district Fee: $75 EDCO members / $90 non-members Location: Alcott School, Concord Register by: March 9, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 43
  • 44. GOOGLE EARTH (Co-sponsored with TEC) March 27, April 3 and 10, 2010 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM This course uses Google Earth as a cutting edge technology to generate projects that engage students in solving geospatial problems. Teachers will learn to design innovative lessons in history and geography by using and showing the topography of planet Earth in a more dynamic and interactive way. During each class a new tool will be demonstrated through real class examples followed by assisted practice in order to master the software. At the end of the course, the participants will be able to efficiently integrate Google Earth into his/her lesson plans and will explore other interesting extensions for this software such as GPS coordinates or GIS analysis. Course Requirements: • Participants should have knowledge of the basics about browsing files in Windows or Mac environments. • Everyone should bring a USB flash Drive or Memory Stick. • Brief readings will be required for all participants. • A final Google Earth project will be required for participants taking the course for graduate credit. (Details will be provided in the course syllabus) • Optional: Book: Google Earth for Dummies by David A. Crowder Presenter: Daniel Fernandez-Davila, Teacher, Wayland Public Schools Audience: 5 - 12 classroom teachers Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $350 EDCO and TEC members / $430 non-members Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits from Worcester State College for an additional fee of $200 Location: TEC Professional Center, Dedham Register by: January 29, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. USING INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS IN THE CLASSROOM: WORKING WITH STUDENT PERSONAL RESPONSE DEVICES March 30, 2010 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM This interactive workshop will focus on creating lessons and units that use personal response devices with interactive white boards. Personal response devices give students an opportunity to give feedback to teachers in real time. We'll look at two distinct ways of using personal response systems a) to engage students and allow for their input to guide discussion; and b) using personal response devices for formative assessment and quizzes. The focus of the workshop will be on lesson design (to infuse discussion) and question design (for assessments). Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about working with the software and hardware. Our tools will be ACTIVInspire software and Activexpression devices, though the ideas and concepts we will review and discuss will be applicable to other interactive whiteboards and personal response devices. Presenter: Barbara Peskin, Technology Integration Specialist, Concord Public Schools and Certified Promethean Trainer Audience: K - 12 classroom teachers who are users of interactive whiteboards Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $40 EDCO members / $50 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: March 16, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 44
  • 45. ACTIVINSPIRE MIGRATION May 13, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM This workshop is designed for teachers who have started using ActivInspire in the classroom or have taken another ActivInspire online or face to face workshop such as Using ACTIVInspire Part I. In this session we will look at classroom flipcharts and share ideas for integrating ActivInspire in the classroom. Curriculum examples will be provided and participants will be encouraged to share through a class wikispace. We will review working with containers, using layers and restrictors to create interactive activities; we will also review navigating the browsers. Use of activexpressions will be incorporated throughout the session. Resources for further training in ActivInspire will be provided. Bring your questions! Presenter: Barbara Peskin, Technology Integration Specialist, Concord Public Schools and Certified Promethean Trainer Audience: K - 12 classroom teachers who are users of interactive whiteboards Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district Fee: $40 EDCO members / $50 non-members Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, Waltham Register by: April 30, 2010. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability. 45

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