Wellesley Public Schools has partnered with The Education Collaborative (TEC) to offer three online, self-paced courses at no-cost to Wellesley educators. To register for a course, click on “Registration Link.” If you have already created an account, you will login. If you have not created an account yet, you will click on “Create New Account” and use your WPS email address. This will allow you to bypass the payment screen and auto-enroll you in the available courses.
Connecting Behavioral Health and Social Emotional Learning to Success in School
This course contains four sessions that address specific areas of social and emotional learning that all Massachusetts schools are required to address. The sessions are designed to help teachers support all students in the classroom. The four sessions are: Managing Stress and Anxiety; Preventing and Addressing Bullying In and Out of School; Supporting the Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students; and Suicide Prevention and Postvention. These are complex and sensitive topics, and each session can be a starting point for learning how to ensure that all students feel comfortable and supported in school so that they are able to reach their academic potential. Each session will provide participants with resources to help them self-assess their understanding on the topics covered, resources to build their understandings, and activities that guide them to reflect on and apply what they learned in a variety of formats. There are additional resources in the “Extend” section of each session so that participants can continue learning.
This self-paced course is eligible for 15 PDPs. Submit your Certificate of Completion to Chelsea Bailow, Professional Development Coordinator, for the PDPs to be reflected in your WellesleyPD records. There is an option for one graduate credit from Worcester State University; see the link below for more information.
Engaging All Students with Differentiated Instruction
Understanding and responding to students’ individual learning needs can be a challenge for teachers. Participants in this course, Engaging All Students with Differentiated Instruction, will explore many strategies and tools that will help them to plan lessons so that all students are appropriately challenged and supported. Participants will also explore technology tools that will facilitate instruction of students with diverse learning needs and strategies to differentiate assessment. To apply what they learn in the course, participants will complete an Implementation Plan outlining how they will modify instruction in their classrooms to meet a variety of student learning needs.
This self-paced course can be used to satisfy the minimum 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles. Submit your Certificate of Completion to Chelsea Bailow, Professional Development Coordinator, for the PDPs to be reflected in your WellesleyPD records.
Strategies to Enhance Instruction for English Language Learners
In this course, participants will review and explore teaching strategies to support English Language Learners. Participants will also explore technology resources that can support English Language Learners within the classroom. To apply what they learn in the course, participants will complete a Lesson Plan Template outlining how they will incorporate in their classrooms instructional practices that have been shown to be effective in supporting the learning of English Language Learners.
This self-paced course can be used to satisfy the minimum 15 PDPs related to training in Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) or English as a Second Language. Submit your Certificate of Completion to Chelsea Bailow, Professional Development Coordinator, for the PDPs to be reflected in your WellesleyPD records.