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The Department is dedicated to helping educators improve their practice through participation in High Quality Professional Development (HQPD). High Quality Professional Development is a set of coherent learning experiences that is systematic, purposeful, and structured over a sustained period of time with the goal of improving teacher practice and student outcomes.

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Registration for the SY2015-16 RETELL/SEI Teacher and Administrator courses will open in summer 2015.

For information about the SY2014-15 courses, please visit the 2014-15 RETELL registration website.

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Online Courses on Foundations for Inclusive Practice:

The Department has sponsored the creation of two online courses to help educators meet the needs of all learners in inclusive settings. These courses are self-paced and free to Massachusetts educators. The courses are also one way for Massachusetts educators to earn the 15 professional development points in "effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles" that are required to renew a professional license.

The courses are Foundations for Inclusive Practice: Administrator and Foundations for Inclusive Practice: Educator and present a rigorous and engaging sequence of professional development about meeting the needs of all students. Educators can register at the Guidebook for Inclusive Practice website. Districts who are interested in forming communities of practice as a supplement to these courses can fill out this short form.

Graphic of Massachusetts High Quality Professional Development Standards, with link to full standards. 1. HQPD has clear goals and objectives relevant to desired student outcomes. 2. HQPD aligns with state, district, school, and/or educator goals or priorities. 3. HQPD is designed based on the analysis of data relevant to the identified goals, objectives, and audience. 4. HQPD is assessed to ensure that it is meeting the targeted goals and objectives. 5. HQPD promotes collaboration among educators to encourage sharing of ideas and working together to achieve the identified goals and objectives. 6. HQPD advances an educator's ability to apply learnings from the professional development to his/her particular content and/or context. 7. HQPD models good pedagogical practice and applies knowledge of adult learning theory to engage educators. 8. HQPD makes use of relevant resources to ensure that the identified goals and objectives are met. 9. HQPD is taught or facilitated by a professional who is knowledgeable about the identified objectives. 10. HQPD sessions connect and build upon each other to provide a coherent and useful learning experience for educators.

Last Updated: September 9, 2016
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