IDEAS Winter/Spring Courses, Workshops & Seminars

Winter/Spring Courses 2022

IDEAS 1:  Anti-Racist School Practices to Support the Success of All Students

This course is designed to introduce educators to the complex issues raised by race and racism and their impact on student engagement and achievement.  This course will provide educators with an understanding of racial identity and the importance of building authentic student teacher relationships.  This course will also help educators increase their skills of cultural proficiency.

Section G:    Section H:
Course Dates & Times: 2/17, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24 & 3/31/22; 3:30 pm – 7:45 pmCourse Dates & Times: 4/30, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4/22; 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
Instructor(s):     Edward Byrne & Lateefah FranckInstructor(s):    Jennifer Dirga & Roderick MacNeal

Location:  Online through Zoom

Cost:  $625 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 2 course slots)/$750 non-members

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for 2 graduate credits for an additional fee of $150, payable to Framingham State University.

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: February 1, 2022 (Section G); April 1, 2022 (Section H)

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

Strategies for Examining and Addressing the Academic Achievement Gap

This course provides participants with an opportunity to explore concepts of racial identity development, micro-aggressions, and colorblindness.  Research by Derald W. Sue, Ron Ferguson, and others is highlighted. Participants will examine how race, ethnicity, and racism influence academic achievement.  Participants will develop culturally proficient skills and identify successful strategies that promote excellence and equity in the educational environment.

Course Dates & Times: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 & 3/3/22;  4:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Instructors: Claudia Fox Tree & Jennifer Wolfrum

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $312 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 1 course slot)/$375 non-members

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for 1 graduate credit for an additional fee of $75, payable to Framingham State University.

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: January 15, 2022

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

CoTeaching with a Culturally Responsive Lens

This course explores cooperative group work, student engagement, and specially designed instruction with a focus on a variety of co-teaching models. Participants will explore how to support all students, particularly those who are in special education, come with a socio-emotional/ trauma history, are English language learners, and belong to racial and ethnic minority populations. This course highlights neurological research and its connection to culturally responsive co-teaching (based on the work by Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain). Participants will learn strategies for attention, retention, and assessment. Humor, movement, and novelty are explored in order to plan instruction and maximize learning. Completion of this course will satisfy special education endorsement requirements.

Course Dates & Times: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14 & 4/28/22; 4:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Instructors: Claudia Fox Tree & JoAnne Kazis

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $312 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 1 course slots)/$375 non-members

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for 1 graduate credit for an additional fee of $75, payable to Framingham State University.

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: March 1, 2022

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

Difficult Conversations

This course is designed to help educators develop a better understanding of ways to address and respond to issues of race and racism on a personal and professional level.  Participants will consider the experiences of students and families from ethnically or racially diverse backgrounds in predominantly white schools, and will examine both the barriers to/challenges of talking about race/racism/ethnicity and strategies for engaging in productive discussions.

Course Dates & Times: 4/6, 4/13, 4/27 & 5/4/22; 4:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Instructors: Edward Byrne & Dr. Paula Martin

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $312 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 1 course slot)/$375 non-members

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for 1 graduate credit for an additional fee of $75, payable to Framingham State University.

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: March 15, 2022

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher

This seminar seeks to increase understanding of what it means to be a culturally responsive educator. Over the course of three sessions, we will explore aspects of culturally responsive education and culturally responsive pedagogy, thus laying the foundation for examining and understanding what it means to become a culturally responsive teacher.  Independently, and in small groups, participants will explore the personal, institutional, and instructional distinctions of culturally responsiveness, which enhances the ability to access the necessary knowledge to incorporate the desired skill(s) for culturally responsive teaching. 

Course Dates & Times: 3/9, 3/16 & 3/30/22; 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Instructor: Edward Walker

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $156 EDCO & IDEAS members (or .5 course slot)/$188 non-members

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: February 9, 2022

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

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