Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ring in the New Year with Professional Learning

It is hard to believe that we will be saying goodbye to 2014 and welcoming 2015 in less than a day. The new year offers a perfect time to reflect on the years past, and make resolutions for 2015. This year, in addition to the resolutions that focus on weight loss, making more time for friends and family, etc., make a resolution for your professional learning!

Below find the most up to date, free of charge offerings happening throughout the Massachusetts area.

Massachusetts Focus Academy Spring Offerings:

Looking for a way to earn either a 3-credit online graduate course or 67.5 PDP's? The Massachusetts Focus Academy is a great place to start. Classes are rigorous and offer participants the ability to dive into professional learning with other educators. Courses run from January 19th through early May. A few courses being offered this spring include Assessment of Students with Disabilities Who are English Language Learners (ELLS), Collaborative Co-Teaching in Inclusion Classrooms, Differentiated Instruction, Partnering with Families of Preschool and Elementary School Students with Disabilities. Space is limited, and the deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 6th! For more information on how to apply, and a full list of course offerings and descriptions click here.

PARCC Practice Test Regional Sessions:

Interested in learning more about the PARCC assessment? These regional "pop-up" sessions are worth the day out of the classroom. Facilitated by PARCC fellows, participants will learn more about the PARCC assessment, navigate a sample PARCC test, learn about the tools associated with the online platform and have time to plan with other members of their school or district. I have personally attended one of these sessions, and prior to felt somewhat comfortable with the online platform, however through this I learned more about the embedded tools, and much, much more. PARCC Fellows have recently added two sessions in January. One will be held on January 13th at Framingham State University in Framingham and the other on January 27th at Wakefield Memorial High School in Wakefield, MA.  You must sign up for this FREE session, and from past experience, space is limited and goes quickly. To register, click here.

I hope that everyone has a very Happy New Year!

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