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    • EDCO Collaborative Professional Development Programs Summer 20112011 COLLABORATIVE SUMMER PROGRAM IN TECHNOLOGY: AN ARRAY OFCOURSES TO CHOOSE FROMJune - August, 2011 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Times will vary depending on the course.)This collaborative summer program provides K-12 teachers and other school personnel fromparticipating EDCO districts with opportunities to extend their skill in using technology tosupport and enhance their teaching. Workshops focus on the integration of technology incurriculum areas, use of audio and visual tools, creation of web pages for curriculum use, andintroduction to a variety Web 2.0 tools.Presenters: Teachers from EDCO districtsAudience: K - 12 teachers and other school personnel from participating EDCO districtsLocation: Throughout EDCO districtsFee: No cost to members of participating EDCO districts.Registration: Registration begins April 25, 2011. Courses and registration information is available at ~ http://www.edcollab.org/~Seefurth/SummerTechnologyRegister by: Registrations for each class will be accepted until the class is full. Early registration is recommended as many classes fill up quickly.MODEL DRAWING FOR ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICSJune 28 - 30, 2011 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Co-sponsored with TEC)Do your students have difficulty interpreting word problems on the MCAS or other assessments?Have you seen children struggle with applying their math knowledge to new situations? In thisworkshop you will master the technique of model drawing, a unique process for visualizing themathematical action in word problems. Mathematicians use models in their work and in thiscourse you will learn how to use a model drawing method that can be successfully employed inelementary mathematics. This fun and easy to learn method can be applied to any curriculum atmost any grade level.Model drawing greatly enhances problem-solving skills while at the same time connectingcomputation to algebraic reasoning. Through engaging demonstrations alongside hands-onpractice with peers, you will leave the workshop confident in your ability to apply model drawingto 70% of word problems found in typical elementary math textbooks, including addition,subtraction, multiplication, division, fraction, ratio and percentage word problems. Throughmastering model drawing, you will also enhance your ability to teach number sense, algebraicreasoning and mathematical communication. Your problem solving lessons will never be thesame!
    • Presenter: Kevin Mahoney, Math Curriculum Coordinator, Tenacre Country Day SchoolAudience: Teachers of grades 1 - 6Fee: $210 EDCO and TEC members / $250 non-membersCredit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for one graduate credit from Worcester State College for an additional fee of $100.Location: TEC Professional Development Center, DedhamRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: May 27, 2011 Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available.ADDRESSING THE MASSACHUSETTS HISTORY AND LANGUAGE ARTSFRAMEWORKS WITH PRIMARY SOURCES FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS:A Course for Teachers of U.S. HistoryJune 29 - July 1, 2011 9:00 AM - 1:00 PMParticipants 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 introduceand support each participant’s acquisition of the technology skills necessary for accessing Libraryof Congress resources online such as identifying, collecting, downloading and managing imagesand video. Participants will then choose a project and develop a model lesson using primarysources, with the goal that students will use the documents to answer essential questions that willbe built into the lessons. These lessons will be designed to move students from merely accessingprimary sources to deep critical analysis and synthesis with other learning in history.Prerequisite: Prior to the course, participants will identify a unit in which they wish to incorporate use of primary sourcesPresenter: Rich Young, former K - 8 curriculum coordinator in Brookline and Director of Teaching American History GrantAudience: Teachers of grades 4- 12Credit: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $75.Fee: No cost to EDCO members ~ workshop supported by grant from Library of CongressLocation: EDCO Collaborative, Waltham, MARegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 2
    • INCREASING LANGUAGE SKILLS AND LITERACY IN THE K-3 CLASSROOM:THEATER GAMES, TRADITIONAL GAMES, AND STORY-TELLINGJune 29 - July 1, 2011 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM(Co-sponsored with TEC)This three day, action packed course will show teachers how to bring the power of dramatic playand storytelling to improve students’ spoken, written, and non-verbal communication skills.Charged with the responsibility to help our children learn to read, understand, and communicate,participants will put down their plan books and grade books and participate in a wide range oftheater games and exercises that can supplement the curriculum and develop skills inconcentration, problem-solving, and group interaction. As the Alliance for Children states in their2009 report Crisis in the Kindergarten: Research shows that children who engage in complex forms of socio-dramatic play have greater language skills than non-players, better social skills, more empathy, more imagination, and more of the subtle capacity to know what others mean. They are less aggressive and show more self-control and higher levels of thinking.The course is designed on the work of renowned theater educator Viola Spolin and will provide awealth of activities and techniques for the K-3 teacher to use in the classroom. Participatingteachers will receive handouts describing the activities with step-by-step tips for integrating theminto the primary classroom community.The MA DESE publication Kindergarten Learning Experiences (April, 2008) describes the valueof theater and dramatic play in developing important skills: “Theatre is a natural vehicle forintegration with language and literacy as children listen to and read stories from various genres,describe and recreate the characters, act out dialogue and sequences of events, and study thesettings in order to create scenery and props. Dramatic play and theater are especially importantin early childhood and give children mechanisms for representing, connecting, and integratingmany kinds of learning and experiences. Favorite stories, books, songs, or the events of a classtrip are all sources for elaboration and dramatization.”Play is democratic. Anyone can play. Everyone can learn through playing. Come and join us andsee for yourself!Presenter: Mary Ann Brandt is the editor for Viola Spolin’s Theater Games for the Classroom and has twenty years of classroom experience at every level from grade 1 through middle school. Recently retired as a classroom teacher at the Merriam School in Acton, she conducts theater workshops for educators throughout the United States and Canada.Audience: Teachers of grades K - 3Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, WalthamFee: $145 EDCO and TEC members / $160 non-membersCredit option: Pending approval from Worcester State College, at the first class participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit for an additional fee of $100.Registration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 3
    • E.M.I. 24-HOUR (2 CREDIT) COURSESAnti-racist School Practices to Support the Success of All Students (EMI 1)July 5, 7, 12 and 14, 2011 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMThis 24 hour course is designed to introduce educators to the complex issues raised by race andracism and their impact on student learning and achievement.Participants will examine personal, cultural and institutional racism, the cycle of oppression, andracial identity development. Additionally, participants will discuss how these issues affectclassrooms and school systems, their impact on the academic achievement gap and how todevelop and implement practical ideas to help narrow the gap.Location: Newton or BedfordEMI Course for Administrators: Understanding Discrimination and Its Effects on AcademicAchievementJuly 6, 7, 12 and 14, 2011 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMEducational equity and academic success are core values embraced by educators. This 24-hourgraduate level course is designed to bring together administrators (new and experienced) to forma cohort group to share ideas on creating/ maintaining culturally proficient environments thatsupport the academic achievement and engagement of all students. This course is appropriate forany administrator that works directly and/or indirectly with students and their families.Location: NewtonPresenters: EMI InstructorsAudience: K – 12 educatorsRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EMI once the course has been finalized.Fee: $400 for non-EMI EDCO and Network members; $450 non-membersCredit Option: Participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $150.Location: See description above.Register by: April 29, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 4
    • INTRODUCTION TO SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING(CATEGORY I)July 5 and 6, 2011 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM(Co-sponsored with TEC)This course will provide educators with key skills and knowledge for helping English LanguageLearners succeed in schools. Among the topics to be addressed and discussed 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 instructionThis course provides the recommended number of hours of professional development forCategory 1 Sheltered English Immersion training.Presenters: Kathy Lobo, ESL teacher, Belmont Public Schools Jody Klein, ELL Director, Newton Public Schools Kathy and Jody have presented Introduction to Second Language Teaching and Learning numerous times throughout the Greater Boston region. As current practitioners, they bring their recent experiences to the training to reflect how student populations are constantly changing.Audience: K- 12 classroom teachersFee: $175 EDCO and TEC members / $220 non-membersCredit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Cambridge College for an additional fee of $50.Location: Chenery Middle School, BelmontRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 5
    • THE EDUCATIONAL AND PERSONAL BENEFITS OF MEDITATION: IMPROVINGFOCUS, CREATIVITY, PRODUCTIVITY AND WELL-BEINGJuly 6, 7, 8 and 11, 2011 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM(Co-sponsored with TEC)The health benefits of meditation have been widely documented. Recent studies usingneuroimaging also report that practicing mindfulness meditation appears to be associated withmeasurable changes in the brain regions involved in memory, learning, and emotion. Come andlearn how meditation can help you and your students manage stress and improve concentration.The program will consist of four 2 ½ hour sessions. This will allow participants to experience andpractice different meditation techniques. The four sessions will include: • Gentle stretching exercises, muscle relaxation and focus on the breath (each session). • An introduction to a variety of guided meditation techniques (one per session). • Discussion of current research on the benefits of meditation. • Discussion of ways to incorporate meditation and other stress-reduction techniques into everyday life. • Brainstorming to develop strategies to incorporate meditation into the work with students in the classroom.This workshop is designed for those who have never meditated, and for those who meditate intheir personal life but would like to learn how to use it with students.Presenter: Helen Rainoff, the founder of Getting Centered Meditation, has been a meditator for over 25 years and a teacher of meditation for 15 years. She is a science teacher at Wayland High School for 32 years, who has integrated guided meditation sessions into her work with students during classes and during special programs. Through this work, Helen has demonstrated that meditation is a powerful tool in helping to improve focus, creativity and productivity, as well as physical and emotional well-being.Audience: K-12 teachers, specialists, administratorsLocation: EDCO Seefurth Center, WalthamFee: $80 EDCO and TEC members / $100 non-membersRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 6
    • THE ART OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS: INSPIRATION FOR CREATING ARTJuly 6 - 8, 2011 9:00 AM - 1:00 PMAre you looking for ways to make the study of ancient civilizations more engaging? The art ofancient civilizations tells a great deal about the culture in which it was created. When studentslearn how to look at works of art their appreciation grows. And when they use that art as aninspiration for creating their own work their connection to both the art and the culture is enhancedfurther. This course is designed to use ancient art as a starting point for creating new art. TheWorcester Art Museum is acclaimed for the quality of its collections, including Roman floormosaics excavated in Antioch that are the finest and largest of any US collection. A protocol forlooking at art will be shared and teachers will use observations and sketches made during galleryvisits to create artwork of their own. Among the artworks we will examine are Greek pottery,Antioch mosaics, Chinese ritual containers, and Assyrian relief sculpture. A variety of materialswill be available to explore - drawing, painting, printing, mixed media - during workshopsessions in the studio. There will be discussions about how to apply the experiences of thiscourse to classroom situations, making connections between art and other content areas.Presenter: Diana Adams Woodruff has more than 25 years experience as an art educator. Presently she is the K-12 Visual Arts Director for the Acton-Boxborough Schools. Diana was an adjunct instructor at Lesley University, and has taught several summer teacher institutes at the Worcester Art Museum on making connections between art and other content areas.Audience: Art teachers, History/Social studies teachers, any interested educator (you do not have to be an artist!)Location: Worcester Art MuseumFee: $195 EDCO Members / $220 non-EDCO (Fee includes materials.)Credit Option: Pending approval from Worcester State College, at the first class participants may choose to register for one graduate credit for and additional fee of $100Registration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 7
    • THE SCHOOL MUSICAL: HOW TO DIRECT EFFECTIVELY AND ARTISTICALLYWITHOUT GOING NUTS!JULY 6 - 7 , 2011 8:30 AM – 3:30 PMThis workshop will take you through the planning and creative process of producing and directinga school musical. Topics covered will include repertoire, auditions, budget, schedule andrehearsal strategies, musical and dramaturgical analysis, and teaching through the musical toapproach other disciplines. Participants will work collaboratively to apply the lessons to anddevelop strategies for sample shows. Summary materials will be provided.Presenter: Art Finstein and Richard Weingartner ~ Art Finstein is a retired Massachusetts Music Educator and a veteran music director of nearly 190 productions in regional scholastic, community and professional theater. Richard Weingartner is the longtime Director of Drama at Wayland High School, and is a uniquely gifted teacher, writer, actor and director.Audience: Middle and high school music and drama teachersRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Fee: $210 EDCO and TEC members / $250 non-membersCredit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for one graduate credit from Worcester State College for an additional fee of $100.Location: TEC Professional Development Center, DedhamRegister by: May 31, 2011 Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 8
    • AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE IN A DIVERSE WORLDJuly 7, 12, 14 and 19, 2011 8:30 AM – 3:30PM(Co-sponsored with TEC)Our suburban high schools are becoming increasingly diverse, and many in the Boston area havelong been part of the METCO system. A course on African American Literature offers AfricanAmerican students a context in which to learn more about their own heritage, and all students anopportunity to explore a part of America’s literary history that has sometimes been overlooked.Participants will explore fiction, prose, and poetry selections of African American writers. Usingthe texts as a foundation, they will analyze the ideas expressed in them. Participants will take partin conversations that mirror what students might say about what it means to be black in America.As a final project, participants will design an African American Literature lesson series for theirclassroom.Prerequisite Reading: Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum; Additional Purchased Books: Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall and Sula by Toni Morrison; Additional readings provided by instructors, e.g., W.E.B. DuBois, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia SanchezPresenters: Katani Sumner and Emma Leslie, Newton Public Schools Katani Sumner has served in the capacity of METCO Counselor/Academic Liaison in Weston and Newton for over 10 years and as a Literacy Specialist in Newton for an additional five years. Outside of school she also works as an EMI facilitator and consultant on issues around race for other school districts. Emma Leslie has taught English at Newton South High School for 19 years. During that time, she has been a coordinator for Smaller Learning Communities working on issues of educational equity, and has taught English to all ages at all levels.Audience: High school English teachersRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Fee: $350 EDCO and TEC members / $430 non-membersCredit Option: Pending approval from a state college, at the first class participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits for an additional fee.Location: TEC Professional Development Center, DedhamRegister by: May 31, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 9
    • ENHANCING ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING (CATEGORY II)July 7 and 8, 2011 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMOctober 29 and November 19, 2011 (Saturdays) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM(Co-sponsored with TEC)This course is designed to help elementary teachers learn how to modify their content instructionso they can work more successfully with English language learners (ELLs) in regular classroomsettings. Educators learn how to adapt instruction and materials to help ELL students understandacademic content, develop academic and social language, and participate in classroom activities.This course meets the requirements for Category Two of Sheltered English Immersionprofessional development as needed for the Department of Elementary and SecondaryEducation’s proposed ELL endorsement.Presenters: Kathy Lobo, ESL teacher, Belmont Public Schools Jody Klein, ELL Director, Newton Public Schools Kathy and Jody have presented Enhancing English Language Learning numerous times throughout the Greater Boston region. As current practitioners, they bring their recent experiences to the training to reflect how student populations are constantly changing.Audience: K- 6 classroom teachersFee: $295 EDCO and TEC members / $350 non-membersCredit Option: Participants may register at the first class for 3 graduate credits from Cambridge College for an additional fee of $150.Location: Summer dates at Chenery Middle School, Belmont; Fall dates TBDRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 10
    • APPROACHING WALDENJuly 10 - 15, 2011The annual seminar is designed to provide teachers with the skills they need to lead their studentsin a study of their home community. This place-based interdisciplinary workshop uses HenryDavid Thoreau’s writings and philosophy as a model. Through Thoreaus example of livingdeliberately, we can learn how to do so in our own communities and pass it along to the nextgeneration.The program features a daily mix of lectures, field trips, readings, discussions and reflection time.The participants encounter speakers from different fields with expertise in the areas of naturalhistory, writing, literary analysis, art, and the environment. Some seminar features include: • Lectures on Thoreau, Transcendentalism, and social reform • Presentations and activities focused on historic land use, environmental issues in the classroom, and nature journaling • Trips to Walden Pond and historic Concord.Presenters: Experts in science, literature and ecologyAudience: High school educatorsRegistration: Please register via email: education@walden.orgFee: $50 to register but participants who complete a project are eligible to receive a $100 stipend.Credit Option: Participants have the option of registering for three graduate credits from a state college for an additional fee of $255.Location: Thoreau Institute, LincolnRegister by: Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis until seats are filled.BEST PRACTICES IN PHYSICAL EDUCATIONFace-to-face: July 11 - 15, 2011 8:30 AM – 3:00 PMOnline: 6 hours(Co-sponsored with TEC)The key to a successful quality physical education program involves best/appropriate practices onthe part of the physical educator. Discussion and sharing of these varied practices by each of theparticipants, as outlined by the National Association of Physical Education and Sport, will be themain focus. Participants will be able to compile a notebook of appropriate practices and effectiveteaching strategies while networking with fellow teachers for utilization within their ownprograms.Presenter: Maria Melchionda, Past President of the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) and member of the National Association for Sport & Physical Education Public Relations CommitteeAudience: Physical Education Instructors (Classroom teachers welcome)Fee: $430 EDCO and TEC members / $480 non-membersCredit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for three graduate credits from Worcester State College for an additional fee of $300.Location: Westwood High SchoolRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: May 31, 2011 Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 11
    • SACCO AND VANZETTI: AMERICAN ANARCHISM ON TRIALJuly 12 and 14, 2011 9:00 AM - 4:00 PMThis course is designed for middle and high school teachers and library/media specialists who areinterested in learning more about the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti and the Red Scare of 1919-1920.An international sensation in the 1920’s, the trial and execution of Nicola Sacco and BartolomeoVanzetti, Italian immigrants and anarchists, still resonates today. Some refer to this case as a “astory of America in its first age of terror.” In 1921, a jury convicted both men of committingrobbery and murder at a shoe factory in South Braintree. They were executed on August 23,1927. While the debate continues whether one or both men were guilty, most agree that theatmosphere of anti-immigrant and anti-radical sentiment and social unrest existing in Boston (andthe nation) was reflected in the trial proceedings. This session will make extensive use of theJohn Adams courthouse exhibit on Sacco and Vanzetti and primary documents, includingphotographs and excerpts from the trial testimony, to explore class, ethnic, and ideologicalconflicts in American life, and to examine how prejudice can undermine the legal system’spromise of justice. We will also study how this case inspired artists and writers ranging fromEdna St. Vincent Millay to Woody Guthrie to Ben Shahn.Presenters: Barbara Berenson and Thomas J. BrownAudience: Middle and high school teachers and library specialistsFee: $25 EDCO and TEC members / $50 non-members Workshop is funded by TEC Teaching American History Federal GrantCredit Option: Participants have the option of registering for one graduate credit from Framingham State for an additional fee of $75.Location: John Adams Courthouse, BostonRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 12
    • TEACHING STRING INSTRUMENTS: TECHNIQUES, PERFORMANCE ANDCOLLABORATIONJuly 12 and 13, 2011 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM(Co-sponsored with TEC)This hands-on workshop will provide beginning to experienced string teachers with anopportunity to learn and/or review methods for improving technique and performance in theschool setting. Jennie Chan, the Executive Director of FASE (the Foundation for theAdvancement of String Education) will engage participants in practices based on the Bornoffapproach. Among the topics that will be addressed are methods of teaching vibrato, ideas forteaching shifting, working with homogeneous and heterogeneous string groupings, newapproaches to classroom management, and ideas for presentations in concerts. The workshopwill be open to teachers of violin, viola and cello.Presenter: Jennie M. Chan is Past-President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. In addition to teaching in the Brookline and Cambridge Public Schools, she served as the Director of the Bornoff String Teachers Workshop and Bay State String Camp for 27 years. In 2000, she received the Lowell Mason Award for outstanding leadership and contributions in the field of music education from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.Audience: K - 12 teachers of violin, viola and/or celloFee: $95 EDCO and TEC members / $125 non-membersLocation: Waltham Public Schools (exact location TBD)Registration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 13
    • BRINGING ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TO LIFE: A NATURE CAMP FOR K-6CLASSROOM TEACHERSCamp Sessions: July 12 - 15, 2011 9:00AM - 3:00PMFollow-up Session: November 9, 2011 4:00 PM - 7:00PMNature Camp for teachers will combine habitat exploration, hands-on fieldwork, labs andclassroom seminars taught by Mass Audubon educators and scientists. Participating teachers willpractice field science and inquiry-based learning methods by studying local habitats, reflecting onour ecological history, invasive species and designing investigations that will have directapplicabiity to their classroom. The course will introduce principles of ecology (habitats,adaptation, food webs, cycles and systems, carrying capacity, etc. ) and suggested methods andresources for helping students learn and practice science through the exploration of theirschoolyards and neighborhoods. Presenters will also model ways to teach in an outdoorenvironmnent - in a classroom without walls.Participants will reflect on their experiences by keeping a science notebook and, as a final project,will design a scientific investigation and create field or study tools and activities to be used bytheir students.Presenters: Kris Scopinich, Education Manager, Mass Audubon Tia Pinney, Teacher/Naturalist, Mass AudubonAudience: K - 6 classroom teachersFee: $225 for EDCO members / $275 non-membersCredit Option: Participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $150.Location: Mass Audubon in LincolnChild Care Option: Option to enroll child in Drumlin Farm Summer Camp - an ACA- certified farm and nature camp. The schedule runs the same hours as the teacher seminar. Please call (781) 259-2221 for details.Registration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized. Early registration is encouraged, as seating is limited.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 14
    • TEACHING RESEARCH AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVELJuly 12 - 14, 2011 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM(Co-Sponsored with TEC)With the explosion of information and resources available on the Web for elementary children, itis essential that teachers and librarians introduce their students to good research habits at a youngage. This three day course will lead teachers and librarians through the steps in structuring adevelopmentally appropriate approach to teaching and doing research at the elementary level. Inthe elementary school setting, the complexity of students’ work is deeply influenced by theirreading levels as well as their ability to think abstractly and to follow complicated multi-stepinstructions. Engaging students in the complete research process requires an understanding of theskills and experiences that are appropriate and that can form a solid basis for research in middleand high schools.Using Eisenberg and Berkowitz’s Big6© Research model we’ll explore each step in the processand determine developmentally appropriate applications, conceptual models and lesson plans.Application of a simple idea, breaking down the steps of the research process model into discretesteps, and practicing the process often will lie at the heart of the course. Recommended reading inboth book and Internet resources will provide students with additional information as well asresources with which to continue. Products from the course are expected to be a number of sharedexamples at various levels from K-5 as well as a plan for implementing the research process.The goal of the course is to give participants both a strong conceptual base and a practicalapplication in the nature of research at the elementary school. Connections to the new curriculumframework for English Language Arts will be highlighted to help participants prepare for itsimplementation.Required text: How to Develop Children as Researchers: A Step by Step Guide to Teaching the Research Process Author: Mary Kellett. Available from Amazon for about $35.Presenter: Carol A. Kelly, Salem State College and former K - 12 librarian Carol Kelly teaches library-related courses for EDCO, Salem State College, and the Northeast Consortium for Staff Development. A former school librarian in Bedford, Lincoln and Ipswich, Carol continues to explore ways to help students make sense of the overwhelming amount of information available through the electronic media.Audience: Classroom teachers and Library teachers, K – 5Location: Location within Waltham TBDFee: $175 EDCO and TEC members / $220 non-membersCredit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for one graduate credit from Worcester State College for an additional fee of $100.Registration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 15
    • E.M.I. 12-HOUR (1 CREDIT) COURSESUsing Multicultural Literature and Media to Affirm IdentityJuly 19 and 21, 2011 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMThis course is designed to encourage K-12 educators to recognize the connection between apositive sense of self and academic achievement. This course will equip participants with thetools to affirm the identities of students from racially and ethnically diverse groups and increaseschool engagement.Location: Bedford.Difficult Conversations: Talking about Race and Racism with Students, Colleagues, andParents/GuardiansJuly 26 and 28, 2011 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMThis course is designed to help educators develop a better understanding of ways to address andrespond to issues of race and racism on a personal and professional level. Participants will considerthe experiences of students and families from ethnically or racially diverse backgrounds inpredominantly white schools, and will examine both the barriers to/challenges of talking aboutrace/racism/ethnicity and strategies for engaging in productive discussions.Location: Needham.Understanding Self-Efficacy: Helping Students Do Their Best WorkAugust 2 and 4, 2011 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMThis course will provide participants with an opportunity to explore concepts such as praise,feedback, effective effort and self-confidence. Participants will learn how to use a strengthsapproach, give praise and constructive feedback that promote student engagement and academicsuccess in the school setting. Participants will examine the relationship between efficacy andattribution as well as how to help build confidence in students.Location: Newton.Presenters: EMI InstructorsAudience: K – 12 educatorsRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EMI once the course has been finalized.Fee: $200 per course for non-EMI EDCO and Network members / $240 non-membersCredit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit from Framingham State College for an additional fee of $75.Location: See description above.Register by: April 29, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 16
    • ENVIRONMENTAL ETHIC AND ACTION WORKSHOPJuly 20 - 21, 2011 9:00 AM – 3:00 PMThis two-day workshop will illustrate ways to foster an environmental ethic in your studentsthrough fun and thought provoking activities, group discussion and practical tools for yourclassroom. Participants will also learn how to connect with environmental-minded studentsacross the globe. The workshop features a daily mix of lectures, field trips, readings, discussionsand reflection time. The participants will encounter speakers from different fields with expertisein the areas of natural history, journaling, service learning and literature. Some time will also bespent in the field.Presenters: Experts with experience in natural history, service learning, journaling, and literatureAudience: High school educatorsRegistration: Please register online at The Walden Woods Project at: http://www.walden.org/Education/Environmental_Ethics_&_Action_WorkshopFee: $50 to register but participants who complete the workshop are eligible to receive a $50 stipend.Location: Thoreau Institute, LincolnRegister by: Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis until seats are filled.ASSESSING SKILLS AND PROJECTS IN THE SPANISH CLASSROOMJuly 25 – 26, 2011 9:00 AM - 2:30 PMOctober 11, 2011 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM(Co-sponsored with TEC)Cultural and creative activities are essential for engaging students in the Spanish classroom, butassessing those activities can be challenging. This course is designed to help middle and highschool teachers of Spanish develop meaningful performance assessments and rubrics to measurestudents’ oral, listening, reading and writing skills. The workshop will show how to establishmeasurable goals for projects that encourage creativity and individuality. Participants will alsoengage in activities that demonstrate how good assessment can create better outcomes. By theend of this workshop, teachers will have designed performance assessments, developed rubrics,and learned to use them in evaluating and tracking student progress in a standards-based course.The call back date in the fall will allow participants to share their assessments and rubrics andreceive feedback from fellow class members. This course will be conducted in Spanish.Instructor: Patricia Donahue-McElhiney, Coordinator of National Spanish Exam, Mass Bay Chapter and former Spanish teacher, Brookline Public SchoolsAudience: Middle and high school teachers of SpanishLocation: EDCO Seefurth Center, WalthamFee: $175 EDCO / TEC/ MaFLA members / $220 non-membersCredit Option: Pending approval from Worcester State, at the first class participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit for and additional fee of $100Registration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 17
    • MELA-O TRAINING (MASSACHUSETTS ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT -ORAL) (CATEGORY III)July 25 and 26, 2011 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM(Co-sponsored with TEC)This training will prepare participants to take the qualifying test for administering the assessmentthat is used to evaluate the English speaking and listening skills of limited English proficient(LEP) students. The Massachusetts English Language Assessment - Oral is administered byobserving 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 OutcomesPresenter: Kristy Hartono, ESL teacher, Carlisle and Harvard Public Schools Kristy is an experienced MELA-O trainer, having presented for both EDCO and the Newton Public Schools.Audience: K - 12 classroom teachers without prior background in administration of the MELA-OFee: $175 EDCO members / $220 non-membersLocation: EDCO Seefurth Center, WalthamRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available.SAM ANIMATION: WAYS TO USE A SIMPLE SOFTWARE PROGRAM TOENHANCE AND ASSESS CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDINGJuly 27, 2011 9:00 AM - 4:00 PMThis workshop will demonstrate another way to uncover your students’ conceptualunderstandings of a scientific process, story plot, or mathematical concept with a simple intuitivesoftware developed by Tufts University researchers. With its low cost implementation, andpowerful method of uncovering students’ misconceptions, you’ll discover how SAM Animationcan be used to enhance the learning of your content area.Attendees will leave knowing how to use SAM Animation, including: • making movies, adding audio, editing, and time lapse features • thinking about how stop-motion animation is particularly good for enhancing classroom activities • how to use student-generated animations as conversation starters • how animation can be a formative assessment techniqueThis is a hands-on workshop, and attendees will spend the bulk of the time making movies. Forthose who have some initial experience with SAM, there will be opportunity to focus on specificextended topics such as: the power of storyboarding, more advanced prop making and classroomtechniques right for your school. Attendees will leave with tools for sharing why animation is apowerful, cross-disciplinary platform that can enhance everything from STEM classes to art andliteracy work. 18
    • Presenters: Brian Gravel and Melissa Pickering, Tufts University and iCreateAudience: Teachers of grades K - 12Fee: $175 ~ Participants may choose to pay an additional $75 and receive the recommended webcam classroom kit, allowing for easy integration of stop-motion into a lesson upon returning to the classroom.Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, WalthamRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available.DIFFERENTIATED MATH INSTRUCTION FOR GRADES K - 5July 27 and 28, 2011 8:30 AM - 3:00 PMThis math workshop will address the basic tenets of differentiation as described by Carol AnnTomlinson. The instructor will model various ways to differentiate process, product and content.Participants may bring units from whatever mathematics program their system uses and applystrategies used to differentiate the unit so that it will better meet the needs of the range of learnersin their classrooms. For the final product, participants will use some of the principles ofdifferentiation to plan a series of mathematics lessons. Final products require that participantsdemonstrate acquisition of concepts and skills of differentiation such as pre-assessment, use ofmultiple intelligences, flexible grouping, and modification of content, processes and products.Presenter: Debbie Shein-Gerson, Elementary Math Coordinator, Maimonides SchoolAudience: Teachers and specialists who work with students in grades K - 5Fee: $185 EDCO members / $225 non-membersCredit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit from Framingham State for an additional fee of $75.Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, WalthamRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 19
    • ADAPTATIONS, ORGANISMS, AND ECOSYSTEMS: A FIELD-BASEDEXPLORATION OF SCIENCE AND INQUIRYCamp Sessions: August 3 - 6, 2011 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMFollow-up Session: November 2, 2011 4:00 PM - 7:00 PMThis Nature Camp for Teachers experience will focus on the application of inquiry-based learningtechniques into field-based investigations in a variety of habitats-forest, field, and wetlands.Through hands-on, interactive experiences, we will review core scientific and ecological conceptsfollowed by surveys of local ecosystems. As we explore different ecosystems using a variety offield study tools, we will discover and discuss the unique adaptations of plants and animals thatlive there and how they are interdependent.Throughout our field work, we will practice methods for supporting student data collection,analysis and reporting. Presenters will also share resources and techniques for integratingtechnology and mathematics into field-based explorations including participating in community-based scientific research.Participants will document and reflect on their experiences by keeping a science notebook and, asa final project, will design a scientific investigation and create field study tools and activities tobe used by their students.Presenters: Kris Scopinich, Education Manager, Mass Audubon Tia Pinney, Teacher/Naturalist, Mass AudubonAudience: K - 6 classroom teachersFee: $225 EDCO members / $275 non-membersCredit Option: Pending approval from Framingham State, participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits for an additional fee of $150.Location: The sessions will be held at Mass Audubon in LincolnChild Care Option: Option to enroll child in Drumlin Farm Summer Camp - an ACA- certified farm and nature camp. The schedule runs the same hours as the teacher seminar. Please call (781) 259-2221 for details.Registration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized. Early registration is encouraged as seating is limited.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 20
    • ART INSTITUTE AT THE DECORDOVA: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY ANDENVIRONMENTAL ARTAugust 8 - 12, 2011 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM(Co-sponsored with TEC)The theme for DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s fourth annual art institute for teachers isenvironmental art. Students will explore nature not only as inspiration, but also as media; naturewill quite literally be their canvas. The institute will also draw from Andy Goldsworthy: Snow atthe Museum. With only the materials a given environment possesses, Goldsworthy creates formsin the interest of interacting with his surroundings rather than controlling them. Finally, hephotographs his work, understanding that decay and change with time are unavoidable parts ofnature and thus a part of the art. Through studio time, artist demonstrations, and art assessment,students will similarly seek to collaborate and connect artistically with the natural surroundings inthe Sculpture Park. These new skills will be taught and discussed with application for theclassroom setting in mind. Participants may choose to register for one of the workshops listedbelow.(A) Capturing the Ephemeral ~ Presented by: Darlyne MurawskiPhotography is often a key element of Environmental Art, whether it is documenting a naturalphenomenon or the effects of time on a constructed work. Drawing from that tradition, studentswill photograph subjects from nature in the DeCordova Sculpture Park using digital cameras. Thefirst class will be an overview of nature photography and useful techniques. Subsequent classeswill focus on ways of viewing nature and classroom applications. In each session, students willhave time devoted to lessons, photography, and critiques.(Please bring a digital camera with camera manual, laptop, card reader or download wire, plus athumb drive for group critiques.)(B) Sculptural Forms from Natural and Recycled Materials ~ Presented by: Karen RistubenRather than depicting the natural world, engage it. In this workshop, students will develop elegantforms from found materials. These structures will be built using a variety of joining techniquesthat include: taping, gluing, coiling, wrapping, wire joining, tying, crocheting, stapling, riveting,and mold making. Students will explore not only sculptural possibilities, but also surface patternapplications such as layering, stitching, burning, and color application. Experimentation will beencouraged through the use of varied media such as sticks, bamboo skewers, recycled containers,papers, and fibers.(C) The Found and the Castoff - 2D ~ Presented by: Joan LoewenbergIn an increasing urban landscape, some environmental artists now employ the objects “natural” tothe concrete jungle. Following in that vein, this workshop emphasizes that art of meaning orbeauty can come from oft-overlooked or tossed aside items. Students will create drawings,rubbings, collages and mixed media pieces with empty boxes, various paper and plastic items,pins, paper clips, pompoms, etc. In each class, students will document and share their experiencewith words and/or visuals and develop ideas for bringing this experience back to the classroom.Both art and non-art teachers are welcome. 21
    • Presenters: Staff from the DeCordova – see workshop descriptionsAudience: K-12 art teachers and other interested educatorsLocation: DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, LincolnCredit Option: Pending approval, participants may register for 2 graduate credits from Framingham State for an additional fee of $150Fee: $395 per workshop EDCO and TEC members / $450 per workshop non-members Fee includes materials.Registration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available.GUIDED READING: USING CHAPTER BOOKS (GRADES 2-5) FOR EXPLICITSTRATEGY INSTRUCTIONAugust 15 - 17, 2011 8:00 AM - 4:00 PMDo you love guided reading but wish it were easier to coordinate? Would you like to: • manage multiple groups in multiple books more easily • use a guided reading model that is thoughtful yet practical • routinely guide children to consciously employ meaning-based strategies • enlarge your repertoire of chapter book units • be assured that you are not locked into a set focus with any unit • have the capacity to efficiently adjust any unit as needed for your learners • expand your assessment optionsThis hands-on workshop will provide models and a methodology for creating guided readinginstruction using chapter books. A key workshop goal will be for participants to create one (ormore) units using self-selected literature. The unit(s) will be organized around explicit instructionwhich promotes the use of strategies for expanding meaning.Prerequisites: Computer access and a pre-read chapter book that you would like to develop into aguided reading unit. Participants need the proficiency necessary to submit their projects in aword processing file. Final products must be submitted in an electronic format so that they maybe easily altered to meet the differentiated needs of reading groups, and readily shared withmembers of the class.Presenter: Lynda Steinberg, Reading and Writing Specialist for K – 5 Weston Public SchoolsAudience: Teachers of grades 2 - 5Location: EDCO Seefurth Center, WalthamFee: $295 EDCO members / $355 non-membersCredit Option: Participants may choose to register for 2 graduate credits from Fitchburg State College for an additional fee of $215.Registration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 22
    • MOVING BEYOND EDUCATIONAL BUZZWORDSAugust 15 - 18, 2011 8:00 AM - 4:00 PMAugust 19, 2011 8:00 AM - 12:00 PMAn additional half day in August will be decided and scheduled by the class.(Co-sponsored with TEC)This course is designed to help participants create standards-based curriculum, instruction andassessment. Focused on moving beyond the educational buzzwords, the instructors model astandards-based approach, complete with course learning goals and associated rubrics. Whilegrounded in readings on standards-based philosophy, this course is primarily practical in nature,including a number of hands-on, interactive activities to help connect the approach to classroompractice. By the end of the course, participants will have developed the instruments they need,including a model unit plan, to implement standards-based education.Presenters: Ken Brooke and Dan Hudder, Needham High SchoolAudience: Teachers of grades 7 - 12Fee: $430 EDCO and TEC members / $480 non-membersCredit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for three graduate credits from Framingham State for an additional fee of $225.Location: TEC Professional Development Center, DedhamRegistration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: May 31, 2011 Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available.DESIGNING DYNAMIC FOREIGN LANGUAGE UNITSAugust 15, 2011 9:00 AM - 1:00 PMAugust 16, 2011 9:00 AM - 2:30 PMAugust 17, 2011 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM(Co-sponsored with TEC)No textbook is perfect. Teachers are often frustrated by the fact that their textbooks areinadequate resources to promote student learning. In this workshop, teachers will take an existingunit from a course they teach and revamp it so that it reflects what students really need to knowand be able to do. Participants will identify desired outcomes, develop scaffolded learningprogressions and create performance assessments. All skills will be addressed. Participants willleave the workshop with a completed unit and the ability to use this model in future unit planning.Presenters: Karen Nerpouni, former teacher, Department Chair, and Assistant Superintendent, Concord Public Schools Robyn Neuman, former teacher and Department Chair, Concord Middle SchoolAudience: Foreign language teachersLocation: EDCO Seefurth Center, WalthamFee: $175 EDCO/TEC/MaFLA members / $220 non-membersCredit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to register for one graduate credit from Worcester State College for an additional fee of $100.Registration: Contact the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your district. Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO once the course has been finalized.Register by: June 3, 2011. Registrations received after the deadline will be accepted if space is still available. 23