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MTA adds school improvement courses to PD offerings

MTA's Center for Educational Quality & Professional Development is offering new programs this year to individual members and school teams.

School Improvement Courses
This five-course sequence is designed for school leadership teams that should include administrators and teachers. The MTA fee is $120 per course. One graduate credit may be earned for each course; tuition of $120 must be paid to Fitchburg State College at the first session.

Courses run from 4 to 7 p.m. and include a light meal. The sites are the MTA regional offices in Auburn, Holyoke, Lynnfield and Raynham.


1. ADDRESSING SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY MANDATES
Covers the mandates of both the state and federal accountability systems and provides training in the statutory and regulatory accountability requirements. Team members will develop a school presentation and an action plan that will guide their work in developing a plan to bring to their own faculty.

2. UNDERSTANDING AND USING DATA TO INFORM SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
Provides training in using data from MCAS, local assessments and other school sources to determine the level of student performance measured against the learning standards of the Curriculum Frameworks.

3. IDENTIFYING BARRIERS TO AND CREATING CONDITIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Assists each school team in identifying the goals its school must focus on to improve teaching and learning, school climate, and instructional leadership. Provides guidance in addressing barriers to improvement.

4. CREATING A SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Provides training in creating a school improvement plan with one to three objectives, identifying what educators need to know and be able to do for the objectives to be achieved, determining the measures of success, developing the professional development needed to achieve success, anticipating barriers to ownership, and gaining faculty buy-in.

5. STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT AT THE BARGAINING TABLE
Provides training in developing professional issues concepts and language and discussing them at the bargaining table.

ON-LINE COURSE: CREATING STANDARDS-BASED UNITS OF INSTRUCTION
Learn how to develop standards-based units of instruction aligned with the learning standards of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Each participant will create and teach two units of instruction during the course. Three graduate credits are available. The MTA fee is $180, and Fitchburg State tuition is $195. Registration is limited to 20 in each semester.

REGIONAL BRIEFINGS: THE NATIONAL BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS
These briefings are for teachers with at least three years experience who are interested in pursuing National Board certification. The NEA has developed A Candidate's Guide to National Board Certification, 2006-2007. A National Board Certified Teacher will review the guide, explain the process, answer questions, and make recommendations for forming support groups for those who plan to pursue this credential.

Each briefing is open to the first 25 registrants. All will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m.; the presenter will stay to answer individual questions not covered during the presentation. There is a $15 registration fee, which includes materials and refreshments.

For information about registration and course dates for these professional development programs, please contact Beverly Eisenman at beisenman@massteacher.org.

Complete list of CEQPD professional development opportunities for 2006-07