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Course Date(s):

Thursday, February 29, 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, February 27, 2024 at noon


Online Facilitated




6 PDPs

Grad Credit:



$70 TEC members / $80 Non-TEC


Online | Facilitated


All PreK-12 Educators

Connecting with Students: 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 teaching related to ways in which they positively and productively relate to students  (Standard III).

How can I connect with all students? 

How can I use culturally proficient principles when working with students? 

How can I establish trust that allows students to take learning risks? 

How can I foster a learning environment that views making mistakes as a learning tool?

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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