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Course Date(s):

Synchronous module sessions: Thursdays, February 29, March 14 & 28, April 11 & 25, 2024
4:00 - 6:00 pm
For each synchronous session there is approx. 4 hours of additional independent work

Unless otherwise noted, course times listed are in EST

Registration Deadline:

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at noon


Online Facilitated




15 PDPs

Grad Credit:

1 optional graduate credit from Worcester State University for $125, due upon initial registration


$295 TEC members / $340 Non-TEC Members


Online | Facilitated


All PreK-12 Educators

Actionable Best Practices: Examine your practice through the lens of DESE educators’ evaluation standards

Participants will use the DESE Educator Evaluation tool Standards for Effective Teaching as a lens to examine, refine and refresh important elements of their own teaching. In each of five modules, participants will use class discussion, videos, and readings to address day-to-day teaching challenges and deepen their repertoire of professional teaching strategies.

Module 1: Connecting with students (Standards I &II)

[also offered as a single workshop here.]

Module 2: Asking for feedback (Standard II)

[also offered as a single workshop here.]

Module 3: Communicating with families (Standard III)

[also offered as a single workshop here.]

Module 4: Assessing student progress (Standard I)

[also offered as a single workshop here.]

Module 5: Collaborating with colleagues (Standard IV)

[also offered as a single workshop here.]

As a final project participants will collect and document evidence to support their growth in each of the standards, thereby fulfilling the requirement to show examples of attaining proficiency for each standard.

About the Instructor

Iolanda Volpe is a former high school teacher, World Language Department Chair, and, most recently, a Pre-K-12 Mentoring and Induction Program facilitator. Her career in the Concord Public Schools and the Concord-Carlisle High School includes teaching the Spanish language and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and managing a department of sixteen educators who taught French, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish. She worked closely with veteran and new teachers, encouraging collaboration and reflection on best practices. She has experience in teacher supervision and evaluation, mentor training, and mentoring developing teachers. She led the co-writing of the curriculum for a new district-wide K-5 Spanish Language Program and mentored the teachers new to the profession or new to teaching a world language in the K-5 setting. Iolanda was the coordinator of this successful proficiency-based program, which is now in its 7th year. 

She continues to be passionate about learning at all stages of life and advocates for ongoing, relevant professional development that supports teachers’ work and helps them positively impact student learning and well-being.

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