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SUMMER Courses (scroll down)  DEADLINE June 23, 2017

SUMMER2017 COURSE RULES Courses are offered only to PCEA members (who must also be members of their local association, MTA, and NEA). PCEA instructors are required to conduct classes for a total of 37-1/2 hours. Members who wish to receive Framingham State College credit should check with their local superintendent first, then mark the appropriate box on the  PCEA COURSE REGISTRATION form17a This form should be returned to the PCEA headquarters, with a check payable to PCEA.  No mailing should go to the college.

Members of the community who are not in the education profession are eligible to take Face to Face courses as long as they become associate members. Associate membership fee is $15.00. Members planning to take a course must include their course payment fee with the registration form. No one will be seated at the first class session unless such payment has been received by PCEA.

PCEA will confirm courses through email when registration forms are received in the office. Students may not change from one course to another once the courses have started. Refunds of the full amount will be made prior to the first class. Half refunds will be made up to the second class. No refunds will be made after the second class. Registration fees will not be returned unless the course is cancelled. Any questions or concerns regarding courses will be referred to the chair of the Professional Development Committee. All Courses are 3 credit courses (67.5 PDP’s) unless otherwise noted. You do not need to have a PayPal Account to use PayPal to pay for courses.


ONLINE COURSES- These courses are Framingham State University Credit only. These online courses are worth .75 or 3 credits. How an online course works-Each student has access to the syllabus once they have a registered account with Framingham State University (which takes a week after PCEA receives your registration form). The syllabus has assignments with completion dates and how to “hand them in” electronically. The instructor gets the assignments from the students and post comments, suggestions, etc. to their account. Each week students must enter a discussion group and answer a question, give feedback, or post a new question. This, however is again done on their own time as long as the post is done by the due date. None of this is actually “live”. Students can get in touch with the instructor and the instructor will post “virtual office hours”.

Cost of courses are as follows- Face to Face course – PDP’s $425 or Framingham State University Credit-$525.

Framingham State University Credit -$525 All fees are included

Mailed items MUST be sent to:

Ellen Brown PCEA, Box 49, 13 Industrial Drive, Mattapoisett, MA, 02739.

(or) The registration form may be faxed to 508-758-6462 or emailed to or

If paying with Pay pal, use the ADD TO CART buttons below. Otherwise, send in the Registration Form with an old-fashioned check. Pay pal will email the office as soon as you have paid. There is no need to send payment confirmation through fax or mail.

Make checks payable to: PCEA, P.O. Box 49, 13 Industrial Drive, Mattapoisett, MA 02739

You do NOT need a PayPal account to use PayPal!

Both the course registration form and payment must be received by the deadline in order for registrations to be complete. 

If paying with PayPal use the buttons below.


First choose your course: PCEA Credit, Framingham University Credit, OR Online Framingham Course below. (To choose and pay for additional courses click the link titled CONTINUE SHOPPING on the PayPal site it will return you to this page as often as you need to in order to add additional courses.) In the comment section or Instructions section please write what course(s) you are signing up for.

PDP’s $425.

Framingham Credit $525.

::: When you are done choosing courses, choose PROCEED TO CHECKOUT on the PayPal site. Credit Cards and Checks accepted.In the comment section or Instructions section please write what course(s) you are signing up for.

If Paying by check make checks payable to: PCEA, P.O. Box 49, 13 Industrial Drive, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Examines strategies to increase the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in schools through curriculum, student support services, and collaboration with student and community organizations. Participants examine literature and best practices designed to increase awareness among community members and school personnel.

Course Text

Jennings, Kevin, Becoming Visible, Alyson Publications, Los Angeles, ISBN 978-1-55583-254-4

Instructor:  Carl Swanson        Location: online   Dates:  July 9- August 4 Grade Levels – All   Cost: $525.

PRDV77123 RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI):Concepts and Applications for Educators will provide educators with knowledge to help them understand RTI concepts and learn to apply them to their daily work with students. Participants will learn core components of RTI, including the multi-tier intervention model, student assessment and data-based decision making, stakeholder involvement and evidenced-based instruction and intervention methods.

Required Text-Sailor, W. (2009). Making RTI Work How Smart Schools are Reforming Education through School wide Response to Intervention. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Can be purchased on Amazon –

Instructor:  Allyson Marsh      Location: online        Dates: ISBN 978-1-55583-254-4

Dates:  July 9- August 4 Grade Levels – All   Cost: $525.

PRDV75917 UNDERSTANDING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS is designed to introduce teachers to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and to provide practical strategies for teaching students with autism. Topics of focus will include the DSM-V diagnosis of autism, the possible causes and treatments for autism, the academic strengths and weaknesses of students with autism, and strategies for teaching students with autism in the general education setting. Required Text Fein, D. & Dunn, M.A. (2007). Autism in your Classroom: A General Educator’s Guide to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, Inc. ISBN 978-1-55583-254-4

Instructor:  Allyson Marsh      Location: online        Dates:  July 9 – August 4 Grade Levels – All   Cost: $525.

PRDV 75919 ASSESMENT AND IDENTIFICATION OF LEARNING DISABILITIES This course provides an overview of the 13 special education disability categories and basic strategies and interventions for working with individuals with these disabilities. This class is geared towards regular education teachers who desire a better understanding of disabilities and to increase their knowledge of practices to accommodate different learning styles within the classroom.

Instructor:  Allyson Marsh      Location: online        Dates: July 9- August 4 Grade Levels – All   Cost: $525.


Introduces the educational resources available on the Internet. Using classroom curriculum as a foundation, teachers learn about telecommunications using e-mail, listservs, and newsgroups. The use of audio and graphics, creation of web pages, and how to do research on the World Wide Web are also covered.

Instructor:  Jane Greenberg       Location: online   Dates: July 9 – August 4 Grade Levels – All   Cost: $525.


This course addresses the coherent integration of multiple technologies into the core curriculum subjects. Participants reshape an existing curriculum unit or build a new one to include multimedia presentations. Particular emphasis is placed on aligning the curriculum units with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

Instructor:  Jane Greenberg          Location: online        Dates: July 9 – August 4 Grade Levels – All   Cost: $525.


This course examines the relationship between academic success and healthy social and emotional development for middle school students. Participants learn to teach Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills including perspective taking, conflict management, self-focusing, self-motivation and to revise or create lessons.

Required Text and supplementary materials: Daniel Goleman, 1995 Emotional Intelligence Tenth Anniversary Edition and DSM IV are required text for the course. Additional text and research in the area of SEL may be used as well to aid with answering the weekly questions. The required texts can be found at Barnes and Nobles and on or borrowed at your local library.

Instructor: Melissa McNeil-Pleasant     Location: online    Dates: July 9, – August 4 Grade Levels – Middle School   Cost: $525.


This course explores the causes of discipline problems and violence in schools. This course will provide useful prevention strategies and interventions for teachers in order to address these challenges. Learn how creating a more respectful school environment reduces the number of violent incidences. Lastly, this course addresses the importance of staff intervention both in and out of the classroom and discusses various ways of dealing with discipline problems and violence in today’s schools.

Instructor:  Keri Clark          Location: online        Dates: July 9- August 4 Grade Levels – All   Cost: $525.




Empower your students to get engaged in their community, by blending research and learning with community service.  Service-learning provides students with opportunities to develop civic awareness and can build critical leadership and communication skills necessary for success in their education and beyond through the development of service projects that address real community needs.  By working with community members and solving real issues, students can enhance their research, communication, critical thinking, organizational, and problem solving skills.  They also can gain important experience working with diverse members of their communities. This type of learning can be adapted for all ages and levels of students, make connections to any discipline, and take advantage of students’ individual interests and skills.  In this graduate course, teachers will be introduced to the principles and benefits of service learning, how to align service projects with learning goals and objectives, tips on setting student goals and objectives, strategies for project planning and management,
effective assessment tools, varied reflection techniques, steps to develop community partnerships and resources.  Students are expected to create a comprehensive lesson plan to incorporate service learning into their

Instructor:  Heather Willinger     Location: Face to Face- Marshfield High School /online   Dates: July 10- July 14 face to face Time: 8:30-12:15  Dates(online): July 17-21     Grade Levels – All   Cost: $525.





This course is designed to assist participants in acquiring the attitudes, knowledge, and strategies that contribute to effective social skills in an educational environment and also throughout one’s life. The impact that one’s early programmed belief systems have on the individual’s decision-making process will be explored. The many aspects of verbal and nonverbal communication will be discussed using graphic indicators of writing and drawing. Various theories on the brain’s need to connect, and the pros and cons of memory, empathy, attunement, as well as contemporary forms of social networking in the technological era will be investigated and discussed in detail. This course is applicable to all subjects and grade levels inclusive of nurses, physical education, teachers of ELL learners, special education, applied sciences, art, music, as well as vocational areas.

Instructor: Eileen Page     Location: Marshfield High School  Dates: 8:30-12:15 Dates: July 19- Aug 1 Grade Levels – all   Cost: $525.



This course will offer participants the opportunity to create and develop material for differentiating instruction through learning centers and educational games for small groups, individual students, and for the entire class.  In addition to this, instruction and opportunity to incorporate and develop activities and techniques for the E.S.L. student.  The finish products should meet the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.  The educators participating will exchange theory, suggestions, methods, etc.  Classes are conducted to allow time for research, hands-on activities short presentations, and a follow-up question and answer period.  Come prepared with area(s) of the curriculum you’d like to work on.  The $10 fee is for laminating material and any other necessary material.  This is a stress free class!!!

Instructor:  Kathryn Sardella     Location: Library @ West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School, West Bridgewater, MA Supply fee: $10. (payable to the Instructor)  Dates: July 18,19,20,25,26,27  Time: 8:15- 3:30   Grade Levels – All



This course explores a range of best practices for maintaining an active personal creative practice. Topics include motivation and purpose, idea generation, authenticity, focus, work habits, time management, persistence, feedback, community, and obstacles to creativity. The course is designed to be both conceptual and hands-on. Students will participate in discussions and presentations that focus on the assigned readings and short videos, review and develop creative work practices, and engage in their own creative work by keeping a sketchbook, journal, notebook or digital product. Examine what’s holding you back, “practice what you preach” and gain a better understanding of this complex process for yourself and your students.

Course Texts and Materials:

Bayles, David and Orland,Ted Art and Fear, Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Art making

The Image Continuum, Santa Cruz, CA, 1993; ISBN: 1-57731-464-6


Gilbert, Elizabeth, Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear, Riverhead Books, New York, 2015; ISBN: 978-1-59463-471-0

Glei,Jocelyn K. Manage Your Day to Day: Build your Routine, Find your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind  99U Adobe Behance, Published by Amazon publishing, 2013; ISBN: 9781477800676

Materials and tools for personal creative work such as a sketchbook, journal, notebook or digital device .

Please note: In-class creative materials must be simple, safe, small scale and portable (dry media only). Writers, visual artists, designers, film makers, composers, playwrights will be asked to limit their class-time creative work to drawing, writing or digital work on a personal device.

Instructor:  John Mahoney    Location: Brockton High School, Brockton  Dates: July 10-13, 17-20, 24, 25    Time: 8:00-12:00   Grade Levels – All



SEMINARS -15 PDP’s only. Cost for each $175. Please Pay by check only.


Minumum of 10 students Deadline to Register for first Seminar- June 19, 2017

JUNE 26 –JUNE 30

Seminar Title: First and Second Language Acquisition-Bridging both


This courseprovides participants with basic theoretical and research-based background of first and second language learning and teaching combined with discussions for effective instruction of academic content for English Language Learners (ELLs). Topics include the examining the needs of a variety of English language learners, Stages of second language acquisition, and dimensions of language.

Instructor:  Vula k. Roumis    Location: Brockton High School, Brockton  Dates: June 26-30    Time: 3:30-6:30  

AUGUST 21 -25 Deadline to register August 14

Seminar Title: Cross Cultural Perspectives


The course is designed to explore a variety of topics informing culture. Several approaches to understanding culture include: 1) The traditional definition based on systems of beliefs, language, group ethos, routine practices, and material artifacts; 2) Culture as it is affected by inequality, social relations and policies and 3) Culture as it is produced by media and perception. All these discussions will be in the context of educational ramifications including communication, behaviors, language, representation, identity, race, class.

Instructor:  Vula k. Roumis    Location: Brockton High School, Brockton  Dates: August 21 -25    Time: 3:30-6:30 










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