Other Professional Development Opportunities

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Professional Development- General Information (Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education(DESE))
 State Plan for Professional Development (DESE)

Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Engineering (OMSTE)

OMSTE provides educators and administrators with extensive professional development opportunities focused on supporting teachers in the implementation of standards-based instruction.

 

 

Local Professional Development Provider Organizations(General Interest):

EDCO Collaborative
http://www.edcollab.org/

Weston Public Schools is a district member of the EDCO Collaborative in Waltham. EDCO is a voluntary collaborative of 21 urban and suburban school districts serving the Greater Boston Metropolitan area and governed by a 38-member board of directors comprised of school superintendents and school committee members representing each of its member school districts.

 

If you are interested in taking one of EDCO's courses you need to fill out the Outside PD request form in My Learning Plan. Once it is approved by the Assistant Superintendent your information will be submitted to EDCO for registration by Patty and then you will receive a confirmation directly from EDCO.

PDP's/Graduate Credit: Yes

Edtech Teacher Training
http://www.edtechteacher.org/workshops.html

Technology Integration for English, History, Foreign Language, Elementary Education, and other areas- For this, our 9th year, we have assembled an incredible summer program on a diverse set of topics for educators from across the country and around the world. Join us amidst the greenery of Harvard Yard in historic Cambridge, for a memorable educational experience.

Grades: 6-12

Empowering Multicultural Initiatives
http://www.edcollab.org/emi/empoweringmulticultural.html

We are pleased to announce that Weston Public Schools has joined Empowering Multicultural Initiatives known to many as E.M.I. As an affiliate of the EDCO collaborative, this long standing organization has provided powerful professional development specializing in promoting culturally proficient classrooms and school environments. E.M.I.'s chief mission is to improve the academic achievement of students of color while nurturing the growth and development of all students.
 

Graduate Credit: Yes

Facing History
http://www.facinghistory.org/resources

Helping classrooms and communities worldwide link history to moral choices today

Graduate Credit: Yes

Museum Institute for Teaching Science
http://www.mits.org/

MITS promotes high quality, inquiry-based, hands-on science, technology and engineering education through collaborations of informal education institutions (museums, aquarium, nature centers and other non-profit organizations) and formal education institutions (colleges, universities, and K-12 schools.)

Grades: K-12

Graduate Credit: Yes

New England Aquarium
http://www.neaq.org/education_and_activities/teacher_resources/professional_development/workshops/index.php

The Aquarium offers a wealth of courses and workshops for professional development. Pre-registration is required to attend. For more information, contact the Teacher Resource Center. In addition to these scheduled workshops, the Aquarium works with teachers, schools and districts to design custom in-service training, including one- or two-day workshops.

Graduate Credit: Yes

Primary Source
http://www.primarysource.org/

Weston Public Schools is partnered with Primary Source in "Educating for Global Understanding." Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators. By introducing global content, Primary Source shapes the way teachers and students learn, so that their knowledge is deeper and their thinking is flexible and open to inquiry.

Graduate Credit: Only for courses that meet outside of school hours.

 

Research for Better Teaching, Inc.
http://www.rbteach.com/rbteach2/index.html

RBT is a school improvement organization of twenty-one senior educators with extensive experience in teaching and leadership. Founded by Dr. Jon Saphier in 1979, RBT works in-depth with over 100 school districts across the United States each year.

 

TEC The Education Collaborative
http://www.tec-coop.org/PDL_Programs.html

The Education Cooperative ("TEC") is a regional multi-service agency dedicated to delivering effective and economical solutions to suburban communities West of Boston. Working in partnership with member districts, TEC provides support and access to a multitude of innovative resources for students, teachers and schools that promote success and achievement in learning.

 Grades: K-12

Graduate Credit: Yes

 

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Other General Interest PD Resources:

Annenberg/CPB
http://www.learner.org

Teacher resources and teacher professional development programming across the curriculum and at all grades.

Annenberg Media professional development workshops and courses provide teachers with content and pedagogical learning to strengthen their professional credentials. Workshops and courses are appropriate for preservice and inservice teachers and cover specific curricular areas and grade levels.

Grades: K-12
Graduate Credit: Yes
 

Making Learning Visible
http://www.pz.harvard.edu/mlv

Most of us are in groups all the time. But are these groups learning groups? When does a group become a learning group? Can a group construct its own way of learning? Can documenting children's learning lead to new ways of learning?

MLV is based on collaborative research conducted by Project Zero researchers with teachers from the Municipal Preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and preschool through high school teachers and teacher educators in Massachusetts.
The overall goal of Making Learning Visible is to create and sustain powerful cultures of learning in and across classrooms and schools that nurture and make visible individual and group learning.

PBS Teacherline Professional Development Courses
http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/

PBS TeacherLine's high quality, standards-based graduate-level courses offer teachers the professional development opportunities they need in an accessible online format that makes learning fun, flexible and collaborative. You can earn graduate credit, PDPs, or CEUs while gaining strategies and resources to bring directly to your classroom.

Grades: K-12

Graduate Credit: Yes

National Teacher's Enhancement Network
http://btc.montana.edu/courses/aspx/ntenhome.aspx

The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) offers online, graduate-level science courses from a world-class public research university. NTEN was one of the first online professional development programs for K-12 teachers, and has offered courses since 1993. NTEN is a program of Extended University at Montana State University and was created with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Graduate Credit: Yes

Massachusetts Teacher's Domain
http://www.teachersdomain.org/

Massachusetts Teachers' Domain provides thousands of free digital media resources for classroom use and professional development. WGBH, WGBY and the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education will continue to align these resources to the evolving Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

  • Teacher's Domain Professional Development
    http://www.teachersdomain.org/collection/pd/lnd/

    Teachers' Domain is committed to providing teachers with a variety of professional development opportunities which are rigorous, inquiry-driven, and rooted in innovative classroom practices. Teachers’ Domain currently offers facilitated online courses, which can be customized and licensed by schools, districts, or states.

Grades: K-12

Graduate Credit:Yes

WNET: Concept to Classroom:
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/index.html

The site features a series of FREE, self-paced workshops covering a wide variety of hot topics in education. Some of the workshops are based in theory, some are based in methodology - but all of the workshops include plenty of tips and strategies for making classrooms work.

Graduate Credit: No

 

 

Mathematics:

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
http://www.nctm.org/profdev/

Providing professional development for teachers to ensure mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students.

Grades: K-12

Graduate Credit: Yes

Teacher Education Materials Project,
http://www.te-mat.org/

A Database for K-12 Mathematics and Science Professional Development Providers;

This site was developed to support professional development providers as they design and implement programs for pre-service and in-service K - 12 mathematics and science teachers.

Grades: K-12

Graduate Credit: No

 

MIT Blossoms( Blended Open-Source Science and Math Studies):
http://blossoms.mit.edu/

The vision of BLOSSOMS is to begin to develop a large, free repository of video modules for high school math and science classes created by gifted volunteer teachers from around the world,

Grades: High School

Graduate Credit: No

 

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Science and Technology/Engineering:




 

American Museum of Natural History- Seminars on Science-
http://www.amnh.org/learn/

The AMNH Seminars on Science, six-week courses developed by Museum scientists and educators, incorporate the Museum's rich resources including three-dimensional virtual specimens, videos from the field, and interactive simulations. Teachers participate in discussions and activities with the Museum's scientists and educators. Continuing education units and graduate credits are available

Grades: Middle School-High School

Graduate Credit: Yes

Design in the Classroom- Teacher Workshops in Technology Education http://www.weston.org/schools/ms/ditc/

Design In the Classroom (DITC) has collected movies of teachers using a variety of design activities with middle-school students. It provides sets of classroom-ready tasks, summaries of standards and relevant research, and interviews with teachers, students, engineers, designers and educational researchers.s

Grades: Middle- High School

Graduate Credit: No
 

Exploratorium:
http://www.exploratorium.edu/

    • Institute for Inquiry
      http://www.exploratorium.edu/ifi/workshops/fundamentals/index.html

      Using hands-on experiences and focused reflection, Institute for Inquiry® workshops give teachers a thorough grounding in the pedagogy and practice of science inquiry. Participants examine different ways of teaching hands-on science, explore the process skills of inquiry, engage in a full scientific inquiry, and consider ways to include inquiry in their own classrooms.

    • Teacher Institute
      http://www.exploratorium.edu/ti/

      The TI offers a rich mix of hands-on activities based on Exploratorium exhibits, content-based discussions, classroom materials, web-based teaching resources, and machine shop experiences.

Grades: K-12

 

Harvard Graduate School of Education
http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/smg/Website/UCP/

Causal Patterns in Science- A Professional Development Resource

This site shows you how to teach the causal patterns embedded in the science curriculum so that students emerge with deeper understanding. It links to and supports use of the Causal Patterns in Curriculum Series (see Resources & Curricula).

Grades: Middle- High School

Graduate Credit: No

Harvard Graduate School of Education
http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/smg/Website/UCP/

Causal Patterns in Science- A Professional Development Resource

This site shows you how to teach the causal patterns embedded in the science curriculum so that students emerge with deeper understanding. It links to and supports use of the Causal Patterns in Curriculum Series (see Resources & Curricula).

Grades: Middle- High School

Graduate Credit: No

Lego Professional Development

http://www.legoeducation.us/eng/professionaldevelopment/

 

LEGO® Education has created an exciting array of professional development workshops that are applicable for pre-K through 12th-grade educators.

Harvard Life Sciences Outreach Program
http://outreach.mcb.harvard.edu/

This website contains video lectures, animations, and other resources for several life science topics explored at summer or fall workshops for high school teachers at Harvard University's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. The topics include regenerative biology, stem cells, evolution, neurobiology and immunology. Animations, developed by professional animators based on storyboards created by teacher participants, are inspired by faculty lectures and explain selected topics for use in the high school classroom. The site also contains videos and PowerPoint presentations of current scientific research such as “Stem Cells in Medicine” and “The Evolution of Cancer: Why We're Not in Kansas Anymore. Presented by faculty from several Harvard departments, including those at its medical school. Teacher-developed lesson plans for most topics are also available.

Grades: Middle School-College

Graduate Credit: No

MIT-HHMI Teacher Summer Workshops http://web.mit.edu/biology/www/outreach/highschool/TW.html

The HHMI Teachers' Workshop is offered in the summer (one week in July) to high school science teachers from the greater Boston area, and is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Department of Biology at MIT.

This annual workshop is specifically designed to provide both new and experienced teachers a dynamic setting in which they can gain new insight into modern biology, and the opportunity to develop and integrate new curriculum material into their science classes. The one-week workshop combines lectures and related hands-on laboratory courses and culminates in a session on science curriculum development for grades 8-12.

Grades: 8-12

Graduate Credit: Yes

MIT Blossoms( Blended Open-Source Science and Math Studies):
http://blossoms.mit.edu/

The vision of BLOSSOMS is to begin to develop a large, free repository of video modules for high school math and science classes created by gifted volunteer teachers from around the world,

Grades: High School

Graduate Credit: No

MIT Open Courseware
http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

  • High School Courses Developed by MIT
    http://ocw.mit.edu/high-school/courses/

    The courses here come from a variety of programs and initiatives that are affiliated with MIT, but aren't necessarily classes a typical MIT student would take. Highlights of Calculus was designed especially for MIT OpenCourseWare by Gilbert Strang to show just how relevant and accessible calculus can be.


  • Open CourseWare Scholar Courses
    http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/ocw-scholar/ OCW Scholar courses are designed for independent learners who have few additional resources available to them. The courses are substantially more complete than typical OCW courses and include new custom-created content as well as materials repurposed from MIT classrooms. The materials are are also arranged in logical sequences and include multimedia such as video and simulations.

Grades: Middle School- College

Graduate Credit: No

MOSARTs: Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-based Resources for Teachers http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/smgphp/mosart/index.html

Science Education Department of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

“I’m teaching, but they’re not learning!”
This is one of the most common laments from educators. Your students may perform well on your assessment instruments, yet say things in class which leave you wondering if they really understand the underlying concepts. Or perhaps you’re at the beginning of a unit and are unsure about what your students already know. Which concepts do they already grasp, and which will you have to address? If any of these doubts and questions sound familiar, then the MOSART project was designed to help you.

MOSARTS Video Archive: http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/smgphp/mosart/video_archive.html

Grades: Middle-High School

Graduate Credit: No

NSTA Professional Development
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/

Welcome to Your Professional Development Web Space!
Through the resources on this site you can begin to build your professional development plan, track your activities and assess your progress.

You can start at the "Explore Learning Opportunities" section or by writing your game plan with the PD Plan and Portfolio tool. Whatever you decide, that's the beauty of this space.

Tufts Center for Engineering Education Outreach ( CEEO)-Lego Engineering
http://www.legoengineering.com/

This site provides a wealth of knowledge for engineering activities and professional development for K-12 educators, utilizing the Lego Mindstorms robotic system.

Grades: K-12

PDP's provided for teacher workshops

Technology Integration in Instruction:

Audiovisual Academy

AV:in is a comprehensive online educational program for audiovisual studies. It follows a trend of regular workshops and lectures and professional training, which have continued to grow in popularity all around the world on the subject of audiovisual production and performance.

New England ISTE Virtual
http://neistevirtual.org/

Delivering NEISTE courses and giving teachers all the tools needed to teach for NEISTE and for running their own online classroom.

Using Moodle with TeacherWeb

Graduate Credit: No

Online Learning- General:

Academic Earth
http://academicearth.org/

Online courses from the world's top scholars

Graduate Credit: No

Apple I-Tunes University
http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/

What is on iTunes U
More than 350,000 free lectures, videos, films, and other resources from all over the world

iTunes U is a powerful distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audiobooks to tours is an innovative way to get educational content into the hands of students.

Graduate Credit: No

Khan Academy 
http://www.khanacademy.org/

         Watch- Practice-Learn almost anything- for free. Especially strong in K-12 mathematics, sciences, and finance.

Graduate Credit: No

TED Talks-Education
http://www.ted.com/themes/how_we_learn.html

Teachers of all kinds can find fresh resources -- and inspiration -- in this batch of TEDTalks. Some talks may shake your worldview: Sir Ken Robinson questions the very basis of our education system, while Erin McKean does the same for our most sacred of reference books, the dictionary. Others (like Dave Eggers) celebrate the extraordinary power of teachers and schools -- and share ways you can help them.

Look here for pointers to amazing classroom tools and techniques. Alan Kay shares some software tools that help kids "get" math and science instead of just memorizing facts, while Richard Baraniuk points to his online repository of open-source and free textbooks.

Graduate Credit: No

Youtube EDU
http://www.youtube.com/education?b=400

Thousands of educational videos from Stanford, Harvard, University of California, and others

Graduate Credit: No

 

 

 
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