Effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles. (Including the Federal and State Laws and Regulations)


Instructor: Allan Blume
Participants: Teachers, Administrators, Guidance Counselors, Therapists
Date/Times: 03/02/20, 8:00-3:00, 03/05/20 9:00-12:00
Location: 27 Russells Mills Rd, Dartmouth
Course #: 2019-54
Course Info Contact: Sherri Tetrault, 5089985599 ex 130,stetrault@smecollaborative.org
Course Description: Topics:  This workshop provides an overview of federal and state laws and regulations regardingspecial education. Participants will engage in discussions, small and large group activities andan optional extension activity to demonstrate knowledge of laws and regulations. Participantswill understand how to access various elements of the regulations to support the provision ofspecial education services to students with special needs. In addition, strategies that may beapplicable to inclusion practice will be introduced, presented and discussed.

WORKSHOP LEARNING OUTCOMESParticipants will:• Know the history of the establishment of special education law and regulations atthe state and federal levels• Know how to access sections of state and federal law and how to cite them• Demonstrate ability to compare topics relevant to special education from federaland state special education laws and regulation• Identify how certain court cases have set precedent within special education thatremain applicable to special education practice• Take a position with topics of state and federal law or regulation and state theimpact of that position to their current or future practice as educators
ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS: (6 hours)Assignments as follow-up to each of the sessions will be posted in the g-drive folder.(i.e. Session 1 Assignment, Session 2 Assignment and Session 3 Assignment). After each of theworkshop sessions participants will complete the assignment, post the responses in the g-drivefolder and then do at least two follow up responses to the posts of other participants. Eachassignment will count towards two hours of dedicated time.WORKSHOP MATERIALS• Support Materials compiled by instructor and available on Google docs RENEWING A PROFESSIONAL LICENSEThis workshop is designed to assist participants in meeting the requirements forrenewing a professional license. The goals of this workshop align with the MassachusettsDepartment of Education Regulations for Educator Licensure (603 CMR 7.00).http://www.doe.mass.edu/licensure/advance-extend-renew-license.htmlRegardless of when an educator is expected to renew their professional license, ifemployed the educator must obtain final approval of their individual professionaldevelopment plan by their supervisor; the educator must have a minimum of 10 PDPs ina topic area to use the PDPs towards license renewal.  Because the requirement forlicensure requires at least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schoolingfor students with disabilities and the instruction of students with diverse learning styles,this workshop is designed to allow the participant to gain up the 15 PDP requirement via9 hours of workshop time and 3 online assignments at 2 hours each for a total of 15hours.
Presenter:   Allan Blume is a former Associate Professor of Practice in Special Education at Simmons College. Allan’s primary areas of instruction and expertise are the laws, regulations and processes of special education as well as state and federal requirements for the provision of special education services. Prior to Simmons, Allan worked for 18 years as a special-education teacher in public schools and educational collaboratives in Massachusetts. He consults on federal and state special-education regulations, transition services and other education topics with universities, public and private schools and collaboratives, both in the United States and internationally.  
Cost:  $275 SMEC Member District
          300 Non Member

Registration: Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made prior to deadline 03/01/19. All cancellations subject to a $50 administration fee.

Questions email Sherri Tetrault at stetrault@smecollaborative.org or call 508-9985599 ex 130.

We must be informed at the time of registration if you have any ADA needs or require special accommodations of any kind

Method of Payment: Check , Purchase Order, Money Order or Cash
Please make check payable to SMEC.
Mail payment and completed form to SMEC, 25 Russells Mills Rd, Dartmouth MA 02748.
We do not accept charge cards.
 Phone (508)998-5599ex130 FAX (508)998-5959 Email: Stetrault@smecollaborative.org

Harnessing the Power of Google Data Studio In Education


Participants: Educators
Date/Times: 02/11/2020 /9:00-3:00
Location: 27 Russells Mills Rd Dartmouth MA
Course #: 2020-7
Course Info Contact: Sherri Tetrault, 508-998-5599 ex 23, stetrault@smecollaborative.org
Course Description:Harnessing the Power of Google Data Studio In Education Do you use Excel or Google Sheets to organize and analyze data, but are looking for something more interactive and visual? Data Studio is Google’s free data visualization tool that allows you to turn unwieldy spreadsheets into visual dashboards that bring your data to life. Whether it’s assessments, demographics, behavior, or attendance data, if it’s in a spreadsheet, you can visualize it with Google Data Studio!  This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the potential for using Google Data Studio with education data and an opportunity to engage with Data Studio tools and features. Participants will learn basic Data Studio skills using a sample data set, but will have time to work with their own data as well. Participants should have at least intermediate spreadsheet skills and be comfortable working with data and the Google suite of tools. Participants should bring a laptop or Chromebook and have access to a Google account.  


About the presenter: Laura Tilton has worked for 20+ years supporting school districts as they use technology and data to improve teaching and learning. As Regional Data Specialist for the MA-DESE Southeast DSAC, she focused on helping districts use and understand MCAS and accountability data. She also was an Assoc. Director at FreshPond Education and Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Technology in Carver Public Schools. Currently she is the Director of District Data and Accountability for Marshfield Public Schools.  

Registration:SMEC Member District $175 Non-Member $200
Lunch will be provided.
Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made prior to deadline.  All cancellations subject to a $50 administration fee.  February 1 is the registration deadline.

Registration on Smart PD https://app.smartedu.net/smec/pd or email Sherri Tetrault at stetrault@smecollaborative.org or call 508-9985599 ex 130.

We must be informed at the time of registration if you have any ADA needs or require special accommodations of any kind

2020 SEI Admin Endorsement Course


Instructor: Laurie Sullivan
Date/Times: 02/03/20,02/10/20,03/02/20,03/09/20,03/30/20/7:30-10:30
Location: SMEC 27 Russells Mills Rd Dartmouth MA 02748
Course #: 2020-10
Course Info Contact: Sherri Tetrault, 508-998-5599 ex 130, stetrault@smecollaborative.org
Time: 7:30-10:30am
SEI Course

The purpose of this course is to prepare Massachusetts school administrators with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective reviewers and instructional leaders of educators who teach English language learners so that our growing population of English Language Learners (ELLs) can access curriculum, achieve academic success, and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources as participants and future leaders in the 21st century global economy.

This course is aligned with the Massachusetts Administrator Endorsement Subject Matter Knowledge Standards:
1. Understanding of diversity and background of English language learner populations, including family systems, neighborhoods, and communities, and their impact on teaching and learning
2. Building a culture of equity and inclusiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse populations
3. Implementation of strategies for coordinating instruction for English Language Learners (SEI and English language development)
4. Demonstrates an understanding of the use of best practices for sheltering content for, and teaching academic language to, English Language Learners in the classroom
5. Understands and appreciates the challenges that English Language Learners face in the mastery of academic language and assures that educators are equipped to shelter content and scaffold instruction to promote the academic achievement of English Language Learners

The course has four overarching goals:

1. To enhance administrators’ leadership capacity so that they may effectively carry out their responsibility for:
         a. Building school cultures of equity and inclusiveness
         b. Developing and enhancing appropriate programs and services for all English Language Learners
         c. Ensuring a collaborative vision in which all members of the school community share the responsibility for the                        achievement of English Language Learners

2. To expand administrators’ understanding of how language affects English language and content learning, and how children and adolescents learn language in academic settings

3. To build administrators’ knowledge about:
         a. The English language learner student body within their schools; the heterogeneity of their English Language                       Learners
         b. Laws and regulations affecting the education of English Language Learners
         c. Effective program models that engage English Language Learners in acquiring English while they learn                                 academic content, and
         d. Research-based instructional practice that teachers employ to integrate subject area content, language, and                        literacy development—per the expectations of the Massachusetts English Language Development (ELD) World                   Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards—and thus to support ELL students’ success with                   the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics and                    other Massachusetts content standards

4. To equip administrators to integrate the various initiatives throughout the Commonwealth as they relate to English language learners, including the new Educator Evaluation system Several Massachusetts documents were used in the preparation of this course.

        These include:
              • SEI Administrator Endorsement Subject Matter Knowledge Standards (SMK)
              • SEI Teacher Endorsement Subject Matter Knowledge Standards Course (SEIT) Administrator Endorsement                          Course Facilitator’s Manual
              • Guidelines for the Preparation of Administrative Leaders (PSAL) • Massachusetts Model System for Educator                     Evaluation, Part III: Guide to Rubrics for Superintendent, Administrator, and Teacher (MTRTE

The SEI Administrator Endorsement course:·         Systematically strengthens administrators’ capacity to ensure that their schools provide SEI effectively to all English Language Learners
·         Is integrated with and supported by three other major initiatives underway in the Commonwealth: the implementation of the 2011 standards for ELA and math (incorporating the Common Core State Standards), the implementation of WIDA ELD standards for all educators, and the new Educator Evaluation system
·         Acknowledges that to address the needs of ELLs, individual and collective ownership, collaborative practice between educators, and a whole-school approach are critical. The new SEI Administrator Endorsement course is cohesively connected to the SEI Teacher Endorsement course and supported by policies that require continuous educator growth over time
·         Is facilitated by approved instructors who have been vetted through a comprehensive application and interview process, have participated in a rigorous training program, and will be subject to ongoing performance evaluation
·         Is delivered in cohorts across the state. The cohorts will provide opportunities for online and in-district collaboration, peer support, and sharing of ideas and materials

SEI Administrator Course Session Overview
This SEI Administrator Endorsement course is made up of five three-hour sessions:
Session 1: Introduction, Law, & SEI Considerations for ELLs
Session 2: Vocabulary & Discourse
Session 3: Reading
Session 4: Writing & More
Session 5: Integration & Capstone
In each session, topics are explored within an overarching framework of guiding messages and guiding questions. Guiding messages stress the intersection of multiple laws, policies, standards, practices, tools, and resources that frame the responsibility for the academic success of English Language Learners shared by all stakeholders within a school and lead by school administrators. Guiding questions engage administrators in personal, school-based reflection on the implications of the course content they are learning: How does this affect my role and my responsibilities? How does this look in my school? How does this look in my teachers’ classrooms?
Most sessions assign participants a small observation project. Each assignment is debriefed at the beginning of the following session.

Member District: $300
Non Member District $325

DESE requirements, attendance is mandatory at all sessions in order to receive endorsement.

Graduate Credit
You will have the option of  purchasing Graduate Credit for the SEI Administer Course. When you register for the class you will be sent the information on graduate credits.

Activities for Elementary Math Instruction


Instructor: Debra H. Almeida, EdD
Participants: PreK-6 Educators teaching math to regular and special needs students
Date/Times: 03/10/20, 8:30-4:00
Location: 27 Russells Mills Rd Dartmouth MA
Course #: 2019-52
Course Description: This workshop will provide strategies and activities using color and manipulatives as well as gross/fine motor skills to enhance the students’ math abilities.

Course Description:

Each session will include exposure to children’s literature books that are directly related to the skill at hand followed by activities using techniques that the presenter used successfully in her own classroom. 

The morning session will include techniques for not only understanding place value but patterns that will help imprint its nature using sound, color, and manipulatives (i.e. dice, Shut the Box, unifix cubes, powers of ten, pretzels/raisins).

During the afternoon of the second session the focus will be on self discovery geometry using gross motor skills and  manipulatives (i.e. tangrams, snap cubes, geoboards, pattern blocks, pentominoes). strategies for internalizing the concept of what a fraction is with manipulatives including pattern blocks, fraction bars, unifix cubes, and geoboards.
Follow up will include reading with short reviews of three math related books for children and one lesson plan incorporating the philosophy of a child centered approach to the teaching of math.

Debra Almeida, EdD is a retired elementary teacher and math/science presenter for the Center for Innovation in Education with over 35 years of experience teaching gr. 3-5 students during the school year and elementary teachers around the country during the summer months. She began her career in Freetown in Special Needs and Title I then later became an inclusive teacher while looping from grades 4 to 5 for many years at Sippican School in Marion. She is presently the Program Director for the Whitfield/Manjiro Friendship Society co-teaching local graduate courses for LMU. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Bridgewater State University, a C.A.G.S. degree from Fitchburg State University and a doctorate degree from Cambridge College in Educational Leadership.

Sheltered English Introductory Course


Instructor: Michael Watson
Participants: Teachers, Administrators, Guidance Counselors
Date/Times: 02/25/20, 3/3/20,03/17/20/4:00-8:00
Location: SMEC 27 Russells Mills Rd Dartmouth
Course #: 2020-6
Course Info Contact: Sherri Tetrault, 508-998-5599 ex 23, stetrault@smecollaborative.org
Course Description: With the increase in English Language Learners entering public schools the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has outlined a plan for professional development for teachers, specialists, and administrators in order to accommodate the educational and social adjustment of the new learners within their new school. This fifteen hour professional development course will provide participants an exposure to the current framework and educational theory that will engage all learners in a classroom and specialized teaching. 

This course provides valuable information and 15 PDP’s but does not lead to endorsement.

Dates: 02/25/20, 3/3/20,03/17/20/  4:00-8:00

Member District $225 and Non Member District $250 
Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made prior to deadline. Deadline is 2/10/20.
All cancellations subject to a $50 administration fee.