Partnering with Educators

EDC offers a wide range of professional development for educators. Visit this page often to view our upcoming webinars, workshops, courses, and other professional learning events:

Zoom In! is a free online resource that supports history teachers in engaging students in investigating compelling historical questions and helps teachers build students’ literacy skills. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the resource engages students in “deep dives” into primary and secondary sources. The resource's 18 lessons focus on key events in six National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) historical periods and support students’ close reading and evidence-based writing. Zoom In also helps teachers monitor students' learning, assess students’ progress, and fine-tune instruction to deepen students' understanding. Learn more on the Zoom In website.

EDC has designed two Foundations of Inclusive Practice courses for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that are now open to Massachusetts educators and administrators to enroll in. Focused on a topic required for recertification, both courses are offered for free by the Department and provide 15 PDPs of training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles. To learn more, visit the Department's website and explore the “Educator Effectiveness Guidebook for Inclusive Practice,” which features a video about the courses and a registration form.

Literacy Environment Enrichment Program (LEEP) for Early Childhood Teachers: This three-credit course for early childhood education teachers provides participants with a deep understanding of young children’s language and literacy development and appropriate approaches for promoting language and emergent literacy in their classrooms. Course content focuses on book reading, meaningful conversations, awareness of sound, and emergent writing within a language-rich classroom. Additional topics include literacy development in relation to economic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. Assignments allow teachers to apply new learning to their teaching practice. Contact Jackie Bourassa for more information.

Foundations of Science Literacy Professional Development Program for Early Childhood Teachers: Foundations of Science Literacy integrates college-level coursework, instructional coaching, a nationally recognized science curriculum, and classroom-based assignments. The goal of the program is to support early childhood teachers in engaging young children in exploring science and talking about science to build upon their natural curiosity, deepen their understanding and build their background knowledge, and foster their early language, literacy, and mathematics learning. Explore the website.

Common Core, Shared Challenges: Powerful Professional Development for Math Teachers and Special Educators: This professional development program brings Grade 4-7 math teachers and special educators together to learn new strategies to align instruction with the Common Core and to differentiate instruction to ensure that each student receives the support he or she needs to excel in math. The goals of the program are to help teachers build mathematics knowledge, diagnostic approaches, and instructional strategies for teaching key number concepts to struggling learners with or without identified disabilities. Using a blended model (face-to-face workshops and online sessions), skilled course instructors offer courses in fractions, decimals and positive/negative numbers. Contact Amy Brodesky for more information. 

Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards: Recognized by the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics as an outstanding "Leadership Resource," this website developed by EDC mathematics experts offers free, in-depth information about the Common Core's Standards for Mathematical Practice and how to connect them to the content standards. A series of illustrations, centered on student dialogues, helps teachers and leaders see the Standards for Mathematical Practice in action and plan how to implement the SMP in the classroom. EDC has also developed a professional development course that draws upon the website's resources. Explore the website.

Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards (IMPS) Facilitator Institute: This training will prepare you to facilitate the 20-hour Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards course for middle or high school teachers in your district. The course supports teacher learning about the Standards for Mathematical Practice through activities such as working on mathematics, analyzing student thinking, and planning for instruction. Contact Johannah Nikula for more information or to sign up for the Institute.

Online Common Core State Standards CoursesEnglish Language Arts and Math: EDC's EdTech Leaders Online program offers an online course series focused on the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Mathematics. Designed for K-12 teachers, the online courses focus on content, pedagogy, and assessment and provide participants with the flexible, engaging opportunities they need to learn to implement the CCSS in their classrooms. The project- and classroom-based nature of the courses challenges participants to understand how teaching, learning, and assessment shift when aligned to the CCSS. Participants will be able to explore new strategies, try them out in their classrooms, and get feedback from their peers and the experienced online facilitator on the new CCSS-aligned lessons they design. Learn more about the online courses, enroll in the courses, or license the courses for your organization.