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The Department has moved to 135 Santilli Highway in Everett. The Department's office and Licensure Welcome Center are open. The new location has free parking and is a short walk from the Wellington station on the MBTA's Orange Line.
Special Education

Technical Assistance — Training — Professional Development

  • Indicator 12 Technical Assistance: Community of Practice (CoP)
    You are cordially invited to join us for the first Early Childhood Transition Community of Practice (COP). Engage with peers and thought leaders on January 25, 2023 at 10 am EDT to discuss how districts and early intervention providers can better collaborate to ensure the timely transition of eligible children. Register here: CoP Registration. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated!

  • Indicator 12 Technical Assistance: Regional Meetings for Winter 2023
    AnLar, an education consulting firm working with DESE and DPH, will be hosting online regional meetings on Part C to Part B transition. All district special education administrators, early childhood coordinators, and staff who support early childhood transition are encouraged to attend. Register for the meetings .

  • Indicator 7 Data Webinar: October 12, 2022
  • 2019-2020 Special Education Leadership Institutes

  • 2019-2020 Special Education Professional Development Series

  • Online training for Indicator 12 Technical Assistance (transcript )
    This training is intended as an online, interactive training for districts assigned to Cohort 1 for the Massachusetts State Performance Plan for Special Education (MA SPP) Activities. Districts participating in Indicator 12 data collection will learn about data collection requirements and reporting process.
    If you experience difficulty with the accessibility of this video, please request materials in an alternate format.

  • Online training for 603 CMR 46.00 The Prevention of Physical Restraint and Requirements if Used
    This training is intended for school and district use with small groups or individuals allowing for direct instruction to school personnel about the regulatory requirements in the recently revised regulations under 603 CMR 46.00 Prevention of Physical Restraint and Requirements if Used. The training guides the user through the requirements of these regulations and can be used to partially meet the requirements of orientation for new personnel during the course of the year, as well as for initial orientation each year. Please note, however, that this training does not include all required elements of training. Additional time will be necessary to orient individuals to program and district policies in this area. The Department recommends individual use or use in groups of 3-4 people. This training is not meant to be used as the sole method of training for large groups, although it can be of assistance in such trainings. If a district uses the training, it must supplement the information provided to ensure that all requirements of annual training are met.
    If you experience difficulty with the accessibility of this video, please request materials in an alternate format.

  • Massachusetts FOCUS Academy (MFA)

  • Massachusetts Licensure Academy (MLA)
    These trainings have been designed for educators working with a waiver as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities or educators wanting to add the Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities to their current educator license.
    The Massachusetts Licensure Academy (MLA) offered by DESE through the Collaborative for Educational Services, will offer two no-cost courses per semester. Courses are presented in a hybrid format (mix of online and face-to-face), with monthly face-to-face meetings in either Marlboro or Northampton. Courses will be offered for 67.5 PDPs. Three graduate credits are available at the participant's expense.

  • Comprehensive System of Personnel Development Training Project
    A multifaceted system that has been designed to supplement ongoing professional development activities provided to personnel that work with students with disabilities.

Last Updated: January 20, 2023

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

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