Professional Learning Resources
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Please check with the Curriculum and Grants Department when viewing these courses, as many of them can be registered for by the district at no cost to the educator.
Online Courses and Archived Webinars
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: ASCD's free webinar series brings experts in the field of education to a screen near you. Our webinars address timely and relevant topics like student engagement, classroom technology, and instructional strategies. We archive each webinar so that you can get your professional development on demand.
Westfield State University, The Center for Teacher Education and Research: The Center for Teacher Education and Research at Westfield State University is offering four self-paced online courses (three 15 hour SEI courses, and one 15 hour Special Education course) that meet the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements for licensure renewal and begin on the first day of each month.
How to Do Genius Hour (and PBL) Virtually With Your Students: Watch the Full Webinar Replay (you can share this link with friends and colleagues as well). At the end of the webinar AJ Juliani shares the Virtual Learning Hub, with lots of free resources for online learning. Here is your Certificate of PD Hours (downloadable and editable Word Doc).
Foundations for Inclusive Practice: Online Courses for PDPs
These courses are one option for MA educators to meet the 15 PDPs license renewal requirement related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles at no cost.
Content Overview — Foundations for Inclusive Practice
Use the links below to access the Foundations for Inclusive Practice course content without creating an account. These versions contain all of the course content, but do not record your work.
Important Note: The course versions below can not be used to get a PDP certificate. If you want to take a course for PDPs, please select the link above.
Content Overview — Foundations for Inclusive Practice: Administrator (non-PDP version)
Content Overview — Foundations for Inclusive Practice: Educator (non-PDP version)
Resources for Troubleshooting Online Teaching and Learning
For EPSD troubleshooting assistance, please submit a Tech Help Ticket here or click the button at the top of this page.
For EPSD Tech Support Videos, please visit our Tech Department's Resource Center.
Shawn Sheehan's Tech Tutor Site: A collection of videos to help you with EPSD specific technology tasks on Teams, PowerSchool, etc.
Collaborative for Educational Services, Northampton MA: Reach Out to our Online Learning Team for Help - As the CES Online Learning Team works (remotely for now) to develop new workshops and courses for you, we also recognize that educators throughout our region are themselves working hard to deliver more learning online. Providing high quality digital options for enrichment and learning to students can be daunting. Our team is available to district administrators or teachers to answer questions around technology integration and online learning. As we hear about challenges, we'll provide one on one or small group support via Zoom or Hangouts. Schools and districts can submit their requests via the Online Learning Support Request Form.
Resources for Understanding Professional Development Points (PDPs) and License Renewal
Governor Baker's Order regarding professional license renewal extensions in response to COVID-19
DESE's Office of Licensure Renewal: Advancing, Extending, or Renewing a License - How To Guides and FAQs
Tracking PD on TeachPoint (the PD tracker is the graduation cap on the lefthand side of your TeachPoint homescreen)
For District-directed Events and Activities: In most cases, you will be added directly to in-district events, and PDPs will be awarded by signing in to TeachPoint or signing in on the attendance sheet at the event.
For School, Team, or Individual-directed Events and Activities: In TeachPoint, select "New" (green button in the top righthand corner of the PD screen) and "Request to Host Event". Fill in the information for what the event is, how much time it will take, how many PDPs should be awarded (approx. 1 PDP = 1 hour + product/assessment of learning), where it will be located, and who is in charge of presenting or organizing.
For Out-of-District Events and Activities: In TeachPoint, select "New" (green button in the top righthand corner of the PD screen) and "Record My Credits". Fill in the information for the event you attended, and upload any certificates of attendance or PDPs, agendas, or other evidence that you participated in the event.