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Course Date(s):

Thursday, April 25, 2024
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Plus approx. 4 hours of additional independent work

Unless otherwise noted, course times listed are in EST

Registration Deadline:

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at noon


Online Facilitated




6 PDPs

Grad Credit:



$70 TEC members / $80 Non-TEC


Online | Facilitated


All PreK-12 Educators

Collaborating with Colleagues: An actionable best practice

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 practice related to their ability to collaborate with colleagues (Standard IV).

Essential questions:

  • What are some examples of effective collaboration?
  • What are some effective ways to enhance professional collaboration?
  • How can I use collaboration to support my  professional learning and growth?
  • Which colleagues are easiest to collaborate with and why? How can that be replicated?
  • How does educator collaboration benefit student learning?

To take this workshop and 4 others for one graduate credit and at a reduced price, go to Actionable Best Practices: Examine your practice through the lens of DESE educators’ evaluation standards.

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 her school-wide colleagues as a teacher evaluator  and encouraged collaboration and reflection on best practices. Iolanda also led the co-writing of the curriculum for a new district-wide K-5 Spanish Language Program and mentored the teachers who were new to the profession or new to teaching a world language. 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 to positively impact student learning and well-being.

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