Winter 2020

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EDU 714

Building Relationships with English Language Learners

(1 graduate credit, 15 PDPs, $250)

For all educators who need to document SEI/ESL PDPs for DESE Re-certification

One important way to support students from other cultures is to build a relationship with them. This course offers participants an opportunity to learn 1) who the ELL students are in your classroom and school 2) how to use social and emotional skills to build a relationship with your ELL students and 3) how mindfulness practices can be used to minimize stress for ELL students. The course final will include practical application of the ideas from the course with students in your school or classroom.

The content is self-paced and delivered in a .pdf document which includes videos, readings, and reflections. An online mentor communicates with each course participant by phone at the beginning of the course to confirm the timeline for course completion and to answer any questions. The online mentor also reads and responds to all reflections at the end of the course.

Winter course: January 17, 2020 –  March 2, 2020 (This is a self-paced course which allows participants to finish earlier)

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2020

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EDU 718

Supporting Special Education Students to be Successful

(1 graduate credit, 15 PDPs, $250)

For all educators who need to document SPED PDPs for DESE Re-certification

One way to support students with special needs is uncover their strengths. This course offers participants an opportunity to learn 1) who the SPED students are in your classroom and school, 2) how to find out their strengths, and 3) how to use mindfulness and SEL strategies to minimize stress in the classroom for SPED students. The course final will include practical applications of the ideas with students in your school or classroom.

The content is self-paced and delivered in a .pdf document which includes videos, readings, and reflections. An online mentor communicates with each course participant by phone at the beginning of the course to confirm the timeline for course completion and to answer any questions. The online mentor also reads and responds to all reflections at the end of the course.

Winter course: February 21, 2020 –  April 6, 2020 (This is a self-paced course which allows participants to finish earlier)

Registration Deadline: February 19, 2019

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EDU 719 —Social and Emotional Learning: Self-Care for Educators

(1 graduate credit, 15 PDPs, $250)

For all educators

For all teachers, specialists, nurses, counselors, administrators, and school personnel who support student success.

Educators often struggle with taking care of themselves. We put others first and often feel stressed and overwhelmed with all our responsibilities. This mini-course offers participants an opportunity to learn 1) social and emotional skills to minimize stressful reactions 2) the benefits of mindfulness and 3) practical ways to integrate self-care into our busy lives. The purpose is to have us realize that self-care is not selfish!

The content is self-paced and delivered in a pdf document which includes videos, readings, and reflections. An online mentor communicates with each course participant by phone at the beginning of the course to confirm the timeline for course completion and to answer any questions. The online mentor also reads and responds to all reflections at the end of the course.

Winter course: April 3 – May 18, 2020. (This is a self-paced course which allows participants to finish earlier)

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2020.

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EDU 620 Mentoring in Action: Becoming a Qualified Mentor and Leader

(3 graduate credits, 67.5 PDPs, $595)

For new or experienced mentors

A course for mentors in training or current mentors who want to refresh and update their skills. In this one semester course you will learn how to mindfully mentor, align conversations to educator evaluation, and differentiate mentoring conversations to meet the varied needs of novice teachers in your district. Seven online modules include videos, articles, and reflections. Two books are required.

Winter course: January 17 – May 26, 2020

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2020.

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EDU 646  Mindful Teaching: Refining Your Practice to Inspire Student Learning

(3 graduate credits, 67.5 PDPs, $595)

For all teachers seeking inspiration

This course includes five online modules. Mindfulness practices will be introduced in Module 1 and reinforced in all modules. Modules 2-5 are aligned with the Standards for Effective Teaching Practices (MA DESE)* and the Educator Evaluation Rubric. Modules include videos, readings, mindful meditations, application of strategies into the classroom context, and end of module reflections. A focus on sharing what worked and what could be done differently is emphasized. One optional face-to-face meeting of the course participants is encouraged in district based cohorts.

Goals for the course are to; 1) introduce mindfulness strategies to minimize anxiety and promote teacher self-care, 2) assess current teaching strategies, 3) explore new approaches for creating an inspired learning environment, 4) increase student engagement using an anonymous survey, and 5) enhance teacher professional learning and self-care through increased reflection and mindfulness.

* Teachers from other states will use their current state standards.

Novice teachers also earn 40 hours towards their 50 hour beyond year 1 requirement. 

Winter course: January 31 – May 13, 2020

Registration Deadline: January 29, 2020

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