K-12 Educators

Expanding Classrooms and Minds

Our offerings for K-12 educators draw on research by top Lynch School faculty as well as current practitioners in the field. We bring data informed practices to your classrooms and education spaces in order to address all needs of a twenty first century school. From teaching and learning to anti-racism and equity, from coaching and leading to student support, our offerings cover a wide range of topics that enhance learning spaces and hone the skills of educators.

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A Dive into Latin American History, Cultures, and Spanish Language
<p><span class="black">Teachers know that they should incorporate culture, history, and language authentically&nbsp;in&nbsp;order&nbsp;to&nbsp;create a culturally sustaining classroom that promotes the success of all their students, but knowing what&nbsp;to&nbsp;teach and how can be difficult when the culture or language is not one's own.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="black">To&nbsp;ensure that any teacher, regardless of personal background or language of instruction, can have the knowledge necessary&nbsp;to&nbsp;foster biculturalism and critical consciousness&nbsp;in&nbsp;their students, this workshop will cover:</span></p> <ul> <li><span class="black">Latin American history and the language history of Spanish</span></li> <li><span class="black">Similarities and differences between Caribbean, Central American, and South American cultures</span></li> <li><span class="black">Key concepts of English and Spanish grammar</span></li> </ul> <p><span class="black">Content will be connected&nbsp;to&nbsp;different academic standards, giving participants tangible examples&nbsp;to&nbsp;use&nbsp;in&nbsp;their everyday practice.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><b>Ana Soto Víquez and Mariam Gorbea Ramy<br> Online Workshop Series<br> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>This workshop series is about incorporating culture, history, and language authentically in the classroom. This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge necessary to create a culturally sustaining classroom that supports the success of all their students.<b><br> </b></p>
K-12 teachers interested in deepening their understanding of foundations of language education.
Applied Professional Certificates in Instructional Design
<p>These part-time, online certificates are for those looking to learn emerging practices in pedagogy, course design, educational technology, and interactive content development. One certificate can be earned in six months, or both in just over a year.</p> <p><a href="/content/bc-web/schools/lynch-school/sites/professional-continuing-education/learners/higher-education-/applied-professional-certificates-in-instructional-design.html"><span class="btn btn-default btn-maroon">Learn more</span></a></p>
<p><b>Online Certificates</b></p> <p>These two online non-credit certificates prepare you to lead change in K-12 systems, higher education, educational technology, corporate training settings and beyond.</p>
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Coding as a Playground
<p>This professional development targets teachers working with young children PreK-2 who are interested in integrating computer science (CS), computational thinking (CT), and robotics into their early childhood classrooms with a playful developmentally appropriate approach created by the DevTech group led by Prof. Marina Umaschi Bers.</p> <p> Participants will learn how to teach ScratchJr and KIBO robotics, a robotic kit that can be programmed without screens or keyboards by connecting wooden blocks, as well as the pedagogical approach, called “Coding as a Playground,” teaching strategies and materials to integrate programming with other areas of the early childhood curriculum, with a special focus on literacy, creative problem solving, arts and dance. </p> <p>We will experience this approach through hands-on projects and model how to teach coding and robotics in an early childhood classroom. We will explore how to both take advantage of ScratchJr and KIBO for helping children think in new logical ways, but also for collaborating and developing socio-emotional awareness.<br /> </p> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold"><a href="https://bostoncollege-lsoe.catalog.instructure.com/browse/teaching-writing-genres/courses/coding-as-a-playground">Learn more</a></span><br /> </p>
<p><b>Prof. Marina Bers<br> In-Person Workshop<br> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>This professional development targets teachers working with young children PreK-2 who are interested in integrating computer science (CS), computational thinking (CT), and robotics into their early childhood classrooms with a playful developmentally appropriate approach created by the DevTech group led by Prof. Marina Umaschi Bers.<br> </p>
Online Workshops K12 Educators Fully Online
K–12 Teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Customized Programs
<p>The Professional and Continuing Education team at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development will partner with you to build customized, student-focused professional learning experiences aligned with your school goals and strategic priorities.</p> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold"><a href="/content/bc-web/schools/lynch-school/sites/professional-continuing-education/learners/k-12/Customized-programs.html">Learn more</a></span></p>
<p><b>Customized Workshops<br /> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>We want our offerings to be responsive to the specific and “just in time” needs of our school partners. <b><br /> </b></p>
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Disrupting the Narrative: Anti-Bias Tools for Texts
<p>In this 90-minute workshop, participants will first learn about bias in our classrooms and that there are multiple paths for addressing and disrupting bias. Leaders and teachers will review and analyze David Sadker’s 7 Forms of Bias and textual examples for each. Participants will then actively participate in informed decision-making around their own curricular texts and consider alternative approaches in mitigating detected bias.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><b>Lisa Portadin&nbsp;<br> Online Workshop<br> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>This workshop will provide participants with the practical tools and reflective opportunities to evaluate and adjust classroom texts and instruction to address instances of bias.&nbsp;<b><br> </b></p>
Workshops K12 Educators Fully Online
K-12 teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Embedding SFL Writing In The American Reading Curriculum
<p>ARC is currently used in a number of dual language programs. In order for these programs to incorporate SFL writing into the curriculum, they need guidance on how to distribute content across languages in order to make room for writing instruction and how to carry out the assessments for writing and content. They also need support with the distribution of writing lessons in connection with the curricular content and in coordinating the writing projects with the content provided by ARC.</p> <p>Currently, Maria Brisk is working with the Umana school to create units where SFL writing is incorporated into the ARC curriculum at the elementary and middle school levels. These units will be tested in the last weeks of the school year.</p>
<p><b>Maria Estela Brisk &amp;&nbsp;Antonelli Mejia<br> Online Workshop<br> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>After participating in this workshop educators will be able to understand the basic principles and policies guiding the merger between SFL writing and the ARC for different grade levels.<b><br> </b></p>
Fully Online K12 Educators Online Workshops
K-12 teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Math Routines That Promote Mathematical Fluency And Access For All
<p>Math Routines that Promote Mathematical Fluency and Access for All includes six mini-sessions: an introduction, 4 separate routine workshops, and a closing session. Participants will engage with math content through the different instructional routines.</p> <p>After engaging with the routine, participants will learn the rationale and research behind each one. Knowing why the routine is structured the way it is helps educators make instructional decisions while planning in the moment with students and after leading the routine. The workshop will also offer some time for participants to explore materials and plan upcoming routines.</p>
<p><b>Janamarie Sunkle &amp;&nbsp;Polly Wagner&nbsp;<br> Hybrid Workshop<br> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>Math Routines that Promote Mathematical Fluency and Access for All include six mini-sessions: an introduction, 4 separate routine workshops, and a closing session. Participants will engage with math content through the different instructional routines.&nbsp;<b><br> </b></p>
Hybrid K12 Educators Workshops
K-12 teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Planning For Culturally Responsive School Leadership
<p>Creating a school culture that is authentically culturally responsive requires a leader to think through a culturally responsive, equitable, and critical consciousness lens. This two-part course supports anyone who leads in a formal education setting and who wishes to better serve students who have been historically underserved or marginalized.</p> <p>Participants will begin to shape and articulate their vision for a culturally responsive school and explore the frameworks and actions that will support them in authentically transforming their school spaces.</p>
<p><b>Keisha Valdez<br> Online Workshop<br> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>This two-part course supports anyone who leads in a formal education setting and who wishes to better serve students who have been historically underserved or marginalized.<b><br> </b></p>
Online Workshops K12 Educators Fully Online
K–12 Teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Practical Language and Strategies to Build Executive Function and Decrease Anxiety
<p>In this interactive workshop, you’ll be empowered with: an understanding of anxiety and executive function practical language to talk about anxiety and executive function productive responses to decrease anxiety and build executive function, particularly how to improve organization, transitions, routines, self-monitoring, self-regulating and mental flexibility—all without sacrificing too much instructional time. Learn how to help your students, particularly those with anxiety, ADHD or learning challenges, become less stressed and more efficient, autonomous and productive.</p>
<p><b>Noel Foy<br /> Online Workshop<br /> August 11th | 9AM-11:30AM <br /> </b></p> <p>With the continued climb in anxiety in children (over 30% of students), teachers and students need to be aware of the relationship between anxiety and executive function. In moments of high stress, executive function can be hijacked, causing students to forget directions or have trouble getting started or sticking with a task when it gets challenging.<br /> </p>
Online Workshops K12 Educators Fully Online
K-12 teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Providing Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction
<p>As educators, it is often difficult to plan ELA units while balancing the scope and sequence of the curriculum, ensuring best practices, and staying grounded in the work of equity and excellence. This workshop will be grounded in Gholdy Muhammad’s research, which has focused on the “social and historical foundations of literacy in Black communities and how literacy development can be reconceptualized in classrooms today.&quot;</p> <p>Using Muhammad’s text,&nbsp;Cultivating Genius, participants will look at the big picture of a unit, analyzing all of the tenets of the equity framework. This work will include unpacking the framework through discussion of practices that will ensure teaching and learning that disrupts racism, sexism and other oppression.</p>
<p><b>Marcia Riddick&nbsp;<br> In-Person Workshop<br> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>This workshop will be grounded in Gholdy Muhammad’s research, which has focused on the “social and historical foundations of literacy in Black communities and how literacy development can be reconceptualized in classrooms today.”<br> </p>
On Campus K12 Educators Workshops
K-12 teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Serving Multilingual Learners by Empowering Teachers, Forging Partnerships, and Elevating Parent and Family Voice
<p>Teaching, coaching, connecting and partnering with multilingual students and families can be the best and most rewarding job in the world. It can also feel isolating if you are serving in a context where your students and their families face English-only instructional mandates, immigration issues and deportation fears, and where the prevailing wisdom favors a white, English dominant narrative that threatens to silence your students and overlook their strengths.</p> <p>In this workshop, you will connect with like-minded colleagues to utilize an asset-based approach to identify linguistic and cultural resources in the community, explore examples of ways you can widen your circle of influence and strengthen alliances, and create and plan a project that deepens your positive and collective impact on behalf of your multilingual learner students.</p>
<p><b>Marta García, Rebecca Westlake &amp; Luz G. Villarreal<br> In-Person Workshop&nbsp;<br> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>In this workshop, you will connect with like-minded colleagues to utilize an asset-based approach to identify linguistic and cultural resources in the community, explore examples of ways you can widen your circle of influence and strengthen alliances, and create and plan a project that deepens your positive and collective impact on behalf of your multilingual learner students.<b><br> </b></p>
On Campus K12 Educators Workshops
K-12 teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Strategies to Boost Executive Function, Productivity, and Motivation with Writing
<p>Do your students find it challenging to get started on a writing task? Do they have difficulty with stamina, effort, and self-regulation, or find it hard to remember the directions and steps of an assignment? If so, anxiety and underdeveloped executive function may be interfering with their productivity and motivation.</p> <p>Executive function—which includes goal setting, planning, organizing, prioritizing, mental flexibility, self-monitoring, and thinking critically—is essential to writing.&nbsp;<span style="background-color: transparent;">When highly stressed or anxious, the executive function goes offline, blocking students’ abilities to focus on the task, remember what they need to do, and be flexible in their thinking.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><b>Noel Foy<br> Online Workshop<br> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>In this workshop, you will learn how to incorporate: language to build executive function and decrease anxiety and behavior issues quick, practical skill-building activities to develop executive function and increase production, motivation, and confidence as related to writing&nbsp;<b><br> </b></p>
K-12 teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Success in Instructional Coaching
<p>Coaches and mentors in education settings are in increased demand. More and more schools and districts are recognizing the value of teacher coaching and mentoring as a pathway for improved student outcomes. D<span style="background-color: transparent;">espite this growing recognition of the value of job-embedded professional development, there are limited opportunities to prepare coaches and mentors to perform their duties.</span></p> <p>This 2 part series serves as an introduction to instructional coaching. Taking a coach-the-coach approach, the series addresses the coach's role and gets participants to think of how they are leaders, influencers, and agents of change. Participants are grounded in research-based approaches that promote best practices and continuous improvement. The workshop introduces participants to the key levers and processes required to support the development of coaches. It is ideal for those who are new to coaching or aspiring to be instructional coaches.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><b>Keisha Valdez<br> Online Workshop<br> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>The workshop introduces participants to the key levers and processes required to support the development of coaches. It is ideal for those who are new to coaching or aspiring to be instructional coaches.<b><br> </b></p>
K–12 Teachers
Teaching Argument And Procedure Writing To K-8 Students
<p>This is one of three courses in a series on how to teach writing with a genre-based pedagogy that has a strong emphasis on language development. Using this genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn how to teach arguments and procedures.&nbsp; Features of the genres demanded in elementary and middle schools will be learned and practiced. The strong emphasis on language development distinguishes this approach from others currently used in schools. The approach to teaching guides teachers in ways of apprenticing students to writing that builds confidence and success.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><b>Theresa Vilcapoma<br> Online Course <br> Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>This is one of three courses in a series on how to teach writing with a genre-based pedagogy that has a strong emphasis on language development. Using this genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn how to teach arguments and procedures.&nbsp;&nbsp;<b><br> </b></p>
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K-8 teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Teaching Narrative Writing to K-8 Students
<p>This is a project-based course where groups of participants will collaborate to develop a writing unit in a genre appropriate for their grade level. Using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn what and how to teach reports and explanations in the context of social studies and/or science. Features of the genres demanded in elementary and middle schools will be learned and practiced. The strong emphasis on language development distinguishes this approach from others currently used in schools. The approach to teaching guides teachers in ways of apprenticing students to writing that builds confidence and success.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><b>Elizabeth MacDonald<br> Online Course<br> Inquire for more information!<br> </b></p> <p>This is a project-based course where groups of participants will collaborate to develop a writing unit in a genre appropriate for their grade level. Using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics, participants will learn what and how to teach reports and explanations in the context of social studies and/or science.&nbsp;<b><br> </b></p>
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K–8 Teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Teaching Report And Explanation Writing To K-8 Students
<p>As you prepare for the upcoming school year you may be thinking about how to ensure strong writing units are in place for the students in your classroom, school or school district. This 4-day project based course gives time for groups of participants to collaborate on developing a writing unit in a genre appropriate for their grade level in English and/or Spanish using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics. This learning opportunity that usually runs over the course of 5 weeks has been condensed into 4 full days of learning and planning with time for feedback, reflection and revision of a final writing unit.</p>
<p><b>Maria Estela Brisk<br> Online Course<br> </b><b style="font-size: 0.8125rem; background-color: transparent;">Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>This 4-day project-based course gives time for groups of participants to collaborate on developing a writing unit in a genre appropriate for their grade level in English and/or Spanish using a genre-based pedagogy informed by systemic functional linguistics.&nbsp;<b><br> </b></p>
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K–8 Teachers, administrators, and school leaders
Teaching Writing: An Overview Of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) And Genre-Based Pedagogy
<p>As you prepare for the upcoming school year, you may be thinking about how to evolve and improve the teaching of writing in your classroom, school, or school district. This workshop will provide you with an overview of a genre-based pedagogy informed by the theory of systemic functional linguistics that is often referred to as “SFL Writing.” Participants will discover the demands of the various genres in elementary and middle school, learn how the emphasis on language development distinguishes this approach from others currently used in schools, and explore ways that the practice can be implemented school-wide.</p> <p>Additionally, participants will be informed of more in-depth learning opportunities for teaching writing with the genre-based approach.This workshop draws upon field based research in multiple elementary and K–8 schools for over 10 years. It is informed by the theory of systemic functional linguistics and implemented with the pedagogical practice of the teaching and learning cycle, a strong scaffolding at the onset of the learning process which has been modified and adapted over time with the input of real teachers in classrooms in and around Boston.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><b>Elizabeth MacDonald &amp;&nbsp;Lisa Portadin<br> Online Workshop<br> </b><b style="font-size: 0.8125rem; background-color: transparent;">Inquire for more information!</b></p> <p>As you prepare for the upcoming school year, you may be thinking about how to evolve and improve the teaching of writing in your classroom, school, or school district. This workshop will provide you with an overview of a genre-based pedagogy informed by the theory of systemic functional linguistics that is often referred to as “SFL Writing.”<b><br> </b></p>
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K-12 teachers, administrators, and school leaders

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