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Preparing Educators to Become Changemakers and Lifelong Learners

Lesley’s Graduate School of Education has earned a reputation as New England’s most respected provider of teacher preparation programs. Whether you’re thinking about becoming a teacher or are already teaching, we offer programs that ensure you’ll be the best teacher you can be. 

We integrate arts, literacy, technology, and strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners into all of our programs. By studying here, you'll learn not only what to teach, but how to teach. We prepare you to anticipate the evolving needs of PreK-12 students through practical approaches, field-based experiences, and ongoing feedback and support.

With small classes and a collaborative environment, you’ll become a vital member of our learning community. And as a Lesley graduate, you’ll join an extensive network of alumni educators who are making a difference in students’ lives across the country and around the world. 

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Fall 2019 Professional Learning Opportunities

Our Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) has an array of institutes and workshops for this fall that are designed to enrich your teaching and learning. Explore the list and register for professional development points (PDPs) or graduate credit. Civics, arts, poetry, restorative justice, and more. See what CAPS has to offer.

Three Civics and Democracy institutes cover: the three branches of government; the fault lines and remedies in the 'controversial constitution;' and the ins and outs of presidential elections. The Language of Poetry institute gives practical ideas for teaching poetry using "Teach this Poem" (from the Academy of American Poets). In the Integrated Arts Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms institute, you'll discover how arts integration in the classroom can enhance how students learn. An Introduction to Restorative Justice workshop introduces you to strategies for responding to harm in a restorative way. Learn more and register.

Professional Development Centers

Center for Reading Recovery and
Literacy Collaborative

Headed by literacy expert and author Irene Fountas, the center is a national leader in literacy research, professional development, and school programs for grades PreK–8. We run workshops, institutes, and courses in Cambridge and in school districts, as well as the annual Literacy for All Conference

Learn more about the Center for Reading Recovery.

Center for Inclusive and Special Education

The Center for Inclusive and Special Education is dedicated to supporting educators, families, and communities in meeting the needs of all learners. We are guided by a philosophy that presumes the competence of all people in their different ways of knowing, learning, and expressing. We are also the home to the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity, which advances the development of trauma-sensitive learning environments.

Learn more about the Center for Inclusive and Special Education.

Center for Mathematics Achievement

We assist teachers, coaches, specialists, teacher leaders, and administrators in honing and deepening mathematics content knowledge through workshops, professional development, and consultation at school and district sites. We believe that educators who have enriched their own mathematical content knowledge are better equipped to provide more effective mathematics opportunities for their students.

Learn more about the Center for Math Achievement.

STEAM Learning Lab

The STEAM Learning Lab provides a new way for our students and community partners to engage in inquiry-based exploration. It's a space where students can come together to imagine, build, and invent.

Learn more about the STEAM Learning Lab.

Center for Advanced Professional Studies

The Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) serves educators throughout their careers by providing professional development that addresses critical content areas in teaching and learning.

Learn more about the Center for Advanced Professional Studies.

"What makes teaching important is your impact on so many students over so many years. Everyone's had one teacher who stood out as a person who made a difference in their lives—and they remember that teacher forever."
Brenda Matthis, Associate Professor