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PD & Consulting

Formats and Sample Topics

School Professional Development Days

  • Close Reading in the Content-Areas
  • Writing Arguments in the Content-Areas
  • Effective Writing Workshops
  • Integrating Technology into the Classroom
  • Learning to Write, Writing to Learn
  • Supporting Distance Learning for Teachers and Students
  • Managing the Paper Load and Providing Meaningful Feedback
  • Aligning MA Content and Literacy Standards
  • Creating Authentic Assessments
  • Informational and Reflective Writing
  • Developing the Anti-Racist Classroom

After-School or Full-Day Workshop Series (15 hours)

  • Professional Writing
  • Library of Congress: Using Primary Sources
  • Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • Curriculum Design Trainings: Using Understanding by Design
  • Teaching Diverse Learners (SPED)
  • Promoting Academic Language (ELL)
  • Critical Literacy Skills in Science and Technology/Engineering (STE)
  • Horizontal and Vertical Curriculum Alignment
  • Portfolio Assessment

Graduate Courses, including Summer Institutes (35-45 hours)

  • Writing and the Teaching of Writing
  • Reaching and Teaching All Learners: Recertification (ELL and SPED)
  • Teaching Informative and Persuasive Writing (DESE-approved)
  • Reading and Teaching Literary Nonfiction and Informational Texts (DESE-approved)
  • Principles and Practices of Effective Content-Area Literacy Curriculum Design (DESE-approved)
  • Teaching with Technology: Connected Learning in a Connected World
  • Deepening Content Learning by Improving Content Literacy
  • Reading and Writing in the Disciplines
  • College, Career, and Community Writers Program
  • Science Literacy / Literacy in Science Institute
  • Summer Teacher Leadership Institute 
  • Civics Literacy Leadership Institute
  • Teaching for Racial Justice

Full-Year Partnerships, including Workshops, Demonstrations, and General Consulting

  • Effective Writing: Using Write Traits in the Elementary Grades
  • Nurturing a Culture of Reading and Writing in the Content-Areas
  • Project-Based Learning Programs

We also work with the Springfield Armory Historic Site and the Veterans Education Project to offer professional development opportunities.