The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Costs, Procedures, and Federal Funding

Costs and Procedures

WMWP works directly with schools and/or districts to design and implement customized professional development programs to meet local needs. Formats include school professional development days, early release or late start days, after-school workshop series, classroom demonstrations and coaching, graduate courses (including DSAC-approved programs), summer institutes, and a variety of combinations, including hybrid online and face-to-face offerings.

Professional development workshop fees: $200/hour for first 3 hours, $150/hour for additional hours.  3-hour minimum.  All rates are based on a 25-participant maximum (unless otherwise specified). Larger groups can be accommodated at an additional $150 per hour.

Sample costs:

  • Half-day workshop (~3 hours): $600
  • Full-day workshop (~7 hours): $1,200
  • Workshop Series – 15-Hour Course): $2,500
  • Workshop Series – 35-Hour Course: $5,000
  • Full-Year Partnership (including workshops, demonstrations, and general consulting): $10,000-$20,000, depending on level of service

Presentation fees include ongoing collaboration with Professional Development Coordinator, presenters’ preparation and travel time, and presentation materials. Travel beyond 25 miles from Amherst or presenter’s base may result in additional charges.

Textbooks, if required, are the responsibility of the district. Graduate credit, if applicable, is available to participants at the reduced rate of $100 per credit, plus a registration fee.

General consulting fees: $75/hour

General consulting includes task force participation, curriculum writing, evaluation studies, mentoring or coaching, facilitating Professional Learning Communities, and similar activities, including meetings, online support, writing and research time.

To explore program options, please call or e-mail Professional Development Coordinator Jane Baer-Leighton, who will inquire about your needs, offer suggestions, and develop a proposal. She can be reached at 413-545-5466 or

Federal Funding

Funding that supports contracting or partnering with WMWP:

Title I, Part A:

  • professional development and mentor programs for Title I schools and teachers

Title II, Part A:

  • professional development for helping teachers meet federal teacher requirements
  • professional development in subject-matter knowledge, improving teaching skills, assisting teachers to use Massachusetts’ academic content standards and state assessments to improve student achievement

Title II, Part D:

  • professional development focused on enhancing education through technology

Title III, Part A:

  • professional development focused on improving instruction for English learners

Title VI, Part A:

  • professional development focused on improving the instruction of American Indian students.

Read more information about the provisions of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act.