The Lynch School of Education’s Pathways to Professional Development offerings are cohort-based experiences designed to meet the needs of individual school/district contexts. Whether it is customizing one of our four established cohort-based professional development experiences OR working with our design team to develop an experience unique to specific school contexts, each of our research-based modules can help meet overall school/district improvement plans.
All modules are designed to establish and grow the capacity of a school/district team so that the impact of the professional development experience last long after the module ends. As such, every Pathways to Professional Development offering includes a follow up experience, during with the school/district can share their experiences with Boston College facilitators in implementing the professional development experience within their school/district. Facilitators will provide feedback as well as provide suggestions for refinement and reinforcement.
Drawing from NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, this research-based professional development experience examines the role that collaborative discussions can play in teaching mathematics and deepening students’ mathematical understanding. Participants will work with Boston College Facilitators to develop strategies to incorporate collaborate math-based discussions within their classroom.
A series of after school meetings between the teacher leaders and Boston College facilitators is designed to help teachers learn the basic tenets of why and how to develop Professional Learning Communities within their school in order to address problems of practice in a school community. During this module, teachers draw upon extant school-based data to formulate school-specific problems of practice that participants will unpack in order to formulate action steps.
In this module, teams of teachers will work with Boston College facilitators establish project-based learning across the all grades/content areas within a school. Participants will learn about the process of invention, the role of writing and reflection, as well as the impact of data in informing the invention process.
Working with our design team, school leaders can create a customized professional development experience for the teachers within their school or district. These experiences can be held on site or online, with or without a university credits component.
“I think all the facilitators do an amazing job of identifying anxieties one can have as a first year teacher and giving solutions to problems before they even come to be.”
“I have enjoyed the Professional Learning Community meetings and find them a valuable learning experience.”
"There is no better payback on learning and professional development than creating ideas and plans and putting those into action to meet student needs. The staff at the Lynch School have worked so closely with us at the Jackson Mann. They just moved us to an entirely new level of professional development. They have deepened and solidified a great partnership to benefit the teachers and students of the Jackson Mann K-8 School. It doesn’t get any better than that!"