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Leading Educational Access Project (LEAP)

LEAP Professional Development

  • Statewide Cadre of Trainers from educational collaboratives to support school districts in developing sustainable systems and practices.

  • Online Training Module
    This online interactive training module was developed by DESE and guided by ongoing partnership work with LEAP districts and collaboratives. It is intended to provide the user with a fundamental understanding of the impact that poverty can have on student performance and is intended for school and district use with groups or individuals allowing for direct instruction to school personnel.

    This course is one option for Massachusetts educators to earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) toward license renewal. When the course has been completed, participants will be able to generate a Certificate of Completion that must be signed by a supervisor/administrator.

    Professional development delivery methods should include orientation of new personnel during the course of the year, as well as for initial orientation each year. It is expected that presentations of this training will be modified by the presenter to meet the specific needs of schools and districts and to promote discussion. This training is able to be presented in sections or in its entirety. Those viewing this module will:

    • Review the findings of special education in Massachusetts;
    • Improve understanding of the impact of poverty on student performance;
    • Receive information regarding work that is happening in districts on this topic and related resources.

    If you experience difficulty with the accessibility of this video, please request materials in an alternate format.

Last Updated: July 11, 2017

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