Monday, August 31, 2015

RETELL Training Opportunities

Are you looking to complete your SEI endorsement? If so, here are the two opportunities for RETELL SEI Endorsement Course registration.

Fall 2015 registration is currently open (registration will close on September 25th) for Cohorts 2 & 3. Space is limited, however those who sign up and are put on the wait list for the fall RETELL course will be notified individually to register early for the spring course. To register click here.

Spring 2016 registration will open on September 14th at 9am and close on January 15th.

For more information on RETELL, questions about RETELL SEI Endorsement Course registration click here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

MA Educator Effectiveness Guidebook for Inclusive Practice

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently released the MA Educator Effectiveness Guidebook for Inclusive Practice. This Guidebook created by Massachusetts educators, includes tools for districts, schools and educators that promote evidence based best practices for inclusion aligned to the principles of UDL, PBIS and Social and Emotional Learning. Tools found in the Guidebook support inclusive practice in the areas of: Goal Setting, Observations and Feedback, Artifact Collection, Student Feedback, Staff Feedback, Master Scheduling, Common Assessments and more. To access the Guidebook, click here.

This will be a review year for the document. Due to this, ESE is seeking to partner with educators at the classroom, school and district level to provide feedback on the usefulness and impact of the tools and information presented in the Guidebook. Any suggestions or comments may be sent to


Monday, August 3, 2015

Creating our Classroom Environments

Now that August is here, I know many educators are thinking about the upcoming school year. One of the first  tasks teachers do in prep for their new school year is to arrange and rearrange their classrooms to create the best learning environment for their students. Sarika Bansal recently published an article on components that make up the perfect classroom environment, according to science. In this article Bansal discusses components such as natural light, flow and noise to name a few. If you are looking to revamp your classroom environment, read her complete article here.