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									Massachusetts Teachers Association
Online Professional Learning Course
A Better Beginning for New Teachers
3 Graduate Credits
Course Description: This course is designed to support beginning teachers
in establishing an online professional community to provide participants with assistance in addressing
some of the challenges peculiar to early career teaching. The course focuses on classroom management
and managing instructional time through the development of engaging student-centered instruction.
Standards-based lesson and unit design are approached through a backwards planning model.
Communicating with parents and caregivers using two-way strategies between home and school about
student academic and social/behavior performance are also addressed.
Learning Outcomes:
    1. Using instructional time effectively and as a means of managing student behavior
    2. Creating lessons and units of instruction aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
    3. Learning how to “plan backwards” from the assessment model
    4. Creating working relations within the school and between the school and home
Course requirements:
    1. Completion of Discussion Board activities for each session: one original posting to the session
        prompt and two responses to other participant postings.
    2. A reflective analysis of the required text, answering the question, “What did I learn from this
        reading that I can apply to my practice?”
    3. Completion of the two performance assessment tasks described below.
    4. A reflective paper on one of the performance tasks using the guidelines provided.
Performance Assessment Tasks:
    1. Completion of a classroom management plan incorporating instructional strategies and home
        communication strategies.
    2. Completion of one standards-based unit of instruction designed through the planning backwards
        model from two learning standards.
Required Text: The Key Elements of Classroom Management: Managing Time and Space, Student
Behavior, and Instructional Strategies by McLeod, Fisher & Hoover [text is sent to the participant upon
registration and payment for course.]


Registration Deadline: October 10, 2008.
Session Dates: Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
Per Person MTA Course Fee: $225 (Payable to MTA by check or money order)
Graduate Credit Tuition: $225 (Payable to Fitchburg State College by check or credit
card)

       This is a completely online course; there will be no face-to-face meetings.
       Participants must have an Internet connection and be able to use Microsoft Word. There are no
       other technical requirements.
       Participants are expected to log on at least three times per week to download assignment
       requirements and readings, participate in discussion board forums, and upload completed
       performance tasks.
       Districts wishing to offer this online course to a group of new teachers through a purchase order should contact
       Beverly Eisenman at 800.392.6175 ext. 8362 or email beisenman@massteacher.org.
       Individual teachers may register directly by contacting Beverly Eisenman for registration materials.
       If you are interested in Fitchburg State College credit, please indicate this so that you will receive
       the appropriate registration materials.
Massachusetts Teachers Association
Online Professional Learning Course
Differentiating Instructional Practices
3 Graduate Credits
The course focuses on the decision making that the teacher must make about student readiness and level
of independence as the basis for differentiating existing or new classroom lessons and units. Topics
include: determining readiness and independence; low-preparation and high-preparation differentiated
instructional strategies; differentiating student work by process and product to address learning styles,
readiness, independence, and interests.

Learning Outcomes:
   1. Understanding what “differentiating” is and is not.
   2. Determining learning styles, readiness, and level of independence.
   3. High-prep and low-prep differentiation practices.
   4. Developing differentiated lessons by process and product based on readiness or learning styles.
Course Requirements:
   1. Completion of Discussion Board activities for each session: one original posting to the session
       prompt and two responses to other participant postings.
   2. A reflective analysis of the required text, answering the question, “What did I learn from this
       reading that I can apply to my practice?”
   3. Completion of the two performance assessment tasks described below.
   4. A reflective paper on either the differentiated unit, the differentiated performance assessment task,
       or both using the guidelines provided.
Performance Assessment Tasks:
   1. Completion of one standards-based unit of instruction with one tiered activity.
   2. Completion of one performance assessment task differentiated for three student groups.
Required Text: How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms by C.A. Tomlinson. [text will be
sent upon receipt of registration and course fee].

Registration Deadline: October 10, 2008.
Session Dates: Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
Per Person MTA Course Fee: $225 (Payable to MTA by check or money order)
Graduate Credit Tuition: $225 (Payable to Fitchburg State College by check or credit
card)

       This is a completely online course; there will be no face-to-face meetings.
       Participants must have an Internet connection and be able to use Microsoft Word. There
       are no other technical requirements.
       Participants are expected to log on at least three times per week to download assignment
       requirements and readings, participate in discussion board forums, and upload completed
       performance tasks.
       Districts wishing to offer this online course to a group of new teachers through a purchase order
       should contact Beverly Eisenman at 800.392.6175 ext. 8362 or email
       beisenman@massteacher.org.
       Individual teachers may register directly by contacting Beverly Eisenman for registration
       materials. If you are interested in Fitchburg State College credit, please indicate this so
       that you will receive the appropriate registration materials.
Massachusetts Teachers Association
Online Professional Learning Course
Developing a Standards-based Unit of Instruction
3 Graduate Credits
The course focus is on the development of a unit of instruction aligned with the learning standards. The
materials and instruction are based on the work of Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design. The
course is appropriate for whole school faculties or departmental groups K-12. The standards-based unit
that is developed should be taught and debriefed by course participants.

Learning Outcomes:
   1. Understand the theory of standards-based curriculum development
   2. Name and describe the components of standards-based unit of instruction
   3. Demonstrate an understanding of the planning backwards model of curriculum development
   4. Demonstrate how to “unpack” or “unwrap” content and grade specific learning standards
   5. Understand the array of assessment practice used to gauge student performance
   6. Determine acceptable evidence
   7. Define Major Understandings and Essential Questions
   8. Identify specific Content and Skills
Performance Assessment Tasks:
   1. Using the format in the Ainsworth text, participants must “unwrap” at least ten learning standards
      used in their teaching practice; make connections among the standards using a graphic organizer
      and identify at least one “power” standard within the ten and provide a rationale for this
      identification.
   2. Each participant will create a standards-based unit of instruction of at least two-weeks in length,
      teach this unit; and write a reflective paper using the guidelines provided by the instructor.
Required Text: “Unwrapping” the Standards: A Simple Process to Make Standards Manageable by Larry
Ainsworth [text will be sent upon receipt of registration and course fee].


Registration Deadline: October 10, 2008.
Session Dates: Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
Per Person MTA Course Fee: $225 (Payable to MTA by check or money order)
Graduate Credit Tuition: $225 (Payable to Fitchburg State College by check or credit
card)

       This is a completely online course; there will be no face-to-face meetings.
       Participants must have an Internet connection and be able to use Microsoft Word. There
       are no other technical requirements.
       Participants are expected to log on at least three times per week to download assignment
       requirements and readings, participate in discussion board forums, and upload completed
       performance tasks.
       Districts wishing to offer this online course to a group of new teachers through a purchase
       order should contact Beverly Eisenman at 800.392.6175 ext. 8362 or email
       beisenman@massteacher.org.
       Individual teachers may register directly by contacting Beverly Eisenman for registration
       materials. If you are interested in Fitchburg State College credit, please indicate this so
       that you will receive the appropriate registration materials.
Massachusetts Teachers Association
Online Professional Learning Course
Creating Performance Assessment Tasks
3 Graduate Credits
This course focuses on the theory and practice of creating, teaching to, and refining authentic performance
assessments related to the learning standards of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and
differentiating one performance assessment task based on student learning profiles.
Learning Outcomes:
    1. Understanding the theory of performance-based learning and assessment.
    2. Understanding the array of assessment practice used to gauge student performance.
    3. Demonstrating an understanding the use and evaluation of performance assessment tasks.
    4. Developing performance tasks with rubrics.
    5. Differentiating performance tasks – using low-prep differentiation strategies – to address specific
        student learning profiles.
Course Requirements:
    1. Completion of Discussion Board activities for each session: one original posting to the session
        prompt and two responses to other participant postings.
    2. A reflective analysis of the required text, answering the question, “What did I learn from this
        reading that I can apply to my practice?”
    3. Completion of the two performance assessment tasks described below.
    4. A reflective paper on the final performance assessment task using the guidelines provided.
 Performance Assessment Tasks:
    1. A multi-step Performance Assessment Task with student directions and a scoring rubric.
    2. A second Performance Assessment Task with the same components as the first that incorporates
        low-prep differentiation.
Required Text: A teacher’s guide to performance-based learning and assessment (1996). Educators
in Connecticut’s Pomperaug Regional School District 15. [text will be sent upon receipt of
registration and course fee]


Registration Deadline: October 10, 2008.
Session Dates: Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
Per Person MTA Course Fee: $225 (Payable to MTA by check or money order)
Graduate Credit Tuition: $225 (Payable to Fitchburg State College by check or credit
card)

       This is a completely online course; there will be no face-to-face meetings.
       Participants must have an Internet connection and be able to use Microsoft Word. There
       are no other technical requirements.
       Participants are expected to log on at least three times per week to download assignment
       requirements and readings, participate in discussion board forums, and upload completed
       performance tasks.
       Districts wishing to offer this online course to a group of new teachers through a purchase
       order should contact Beverly Eisenman at 800.392.6175 ext. 8362 or email
       beisenman@massteacher.org.
       Individual teachers may register directly by contacting Beverly Eisenman for registration
       materials. If you are interested in Fitchburg State College credit, please indicate this so
       that you will receive the appropriate registration materials.
Massachusetts Teachers Association
Online Professional Learning Course
Mapping the Curriculum
3 Graduate Credits
Course Description: Aligning the local curriculum with the learning standards of the
      Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks is the focus. Mapping is based on the work of Heidi
      Hayes Jacobs and Susan Udelhofen. Trainers will assist the school/district participants in
      determining an appropriate mapping format and strategy with the goal of mapping the
      taught curriculum, finding the redundancies and omissions. Maps will be aligned both
      horizontally (September to June) and vertically (grade to grade). The goal is to create a
      document – that may change as the frameworks and needs of students change – that
      provides explicit guidance about what learning standards are taught, when and by whom.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Mapping the curriculum of specific courses
  2. Aligning the maps with the learning standards of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
  3. Articulating the topic, content, skills, and assessments for each map segment
  4. Identifying the texts and instructional materials used to support instruction
  5. Developing adaptations for remedial assistance for students on IEPs
Performance Assessment Tasks:
  •   Completion of one initial year-long curriculum map for one content area using template
      provide by instructor that aligns content and skills taught to the learning standards of the
      appropriate curriculum framework(s).
  •   Completion of one final year-long curriculum map for one course that adds texts and
      instructional materials, and adaptations for students with special needs and/or English
      language learners to the initial map.
Required Text: Keys to Curriculum Mapping: Strategies and Tools to Make It Work by Susan
Udelhofen


Registration Deadline: October 10, 2008.
Session Dates: Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
Per Person MTA Course Fee: $225 (Payable to MTA by check or money order)
Graduate Credit Tuition: $225 (Payable to Fitchburg State College by check or credit
card)

      This is a completely online course; there will be no face-to-face meetings.
      Participants must have an Internet connection and be able to use Microsoft Word. There are no
      other technical requirements.
      Participants are expected to log on at least three times per week to download assignment
      requirements and readings, participate in discussion board forums, and upload completed
      performance tasks.
      Districts wishing to offer this online course to a group of new teachers through a purchase order should contact
      Beverly Eisenman at 800.392.6175 ext. 8362 or email beisenman@massteacher.org.
     Individual teachers may register directly by contacting Beverly Eisenman for registration materials.
      If you are interested in Fitchburg State College credit, please indicate this so that you will receive
      the appropriate registration materials.
Massachusetts Teachers Association
Online Professional Learning Course
Instructional Approaches For Teachers Of English Language Learners
(Online Format only) 36 PDPs; no graduate credit offered
Course Description
This six-session course is designed to help teachers learn how they can learn to apply ELP
(English Language Proficiency) Standards to their classroom instruction and how to implement
new approaches for teaching students whose native language is not English. Teachers will build
their knowledge of second language acquisition and learn strategies to effectively work with
English Language Learners in their classrooms. This course will also highlight the many ways that
teachers can take advantage of available technologies to more effectively reach all students. This
course is offered in partnership with the Education Development Center.

Learning Outcomes
  • Increase their understanding about second language acquisition
  • Improve access to curriculum in all content areas for students with Limited English
  • Use available technologies to help meet the needs of ELL students
  • Make accommodations to improve access to learning for ELL Students
  • Fairly assess English Language Learners in the classroom
  • Plan a lesson focused on the needs of ELL students
Performance Assessment Tasks
  • As a final product, participants will complete a Lesson Modification Template that will help
      them to modify a lesson or unit in a way that enables students with Limited English
      Proficiency to have equal access to the curriculum.
  • Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board
      participation. Participants are required to post a minimum of two substantial postings
      each session, including one that begins a new thread and one that responds to an existing
      thread. Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance,
      demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality.
      Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance, degree to which
      they extend the discussion, and tone.

Registration Deadline: October 10, 2008.
Session Dates: Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2
Per Person MTA Course Fee: $175 (Payable to MTA by check or money order)

      This is a completely online course; there will be no face-to-face meetings.
      Participants must have an Internet connection and be able to use Microsoft Word. There are no
      other technical requirements.
      Participants are expected to log on at least three times per week to download assignment
      requirements and readings, participate in discussion board forums, and upload completed
      performance tasks.
      Districts wishing to offer this online course to a group of new teachers through a purchase order should contact
      Beverly Eisenman at 800.392.6175 ext. 8362 or email beisenman@massteacher.org.
     Individual teachers may register directly by contacting Beverly Eisenman for registration materials.
      If you are interested in Fitchburg State College credit, please indicate this so that you will receive
      the appropriate registration materials.

								
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