Professional Development for PreK–12 Teachers, Community Educators, and School or District Leaders

The Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) provides educators with professional development that addresses critical content areas in teaching and learning. Such areas include the arts, literacy, environmental education, ELL/bilingual education, civic engagement, social and emotional learning, special education, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and trauma in learning.

Building upon our reputation for preparing experts in teacher education, our offerings will apply culturally responsive and innovative approaches to ensure that educators can help all learners—especially English language learners and children with special needs—reach their full potential. Participants can take courses for graduate credit or Professional Development Points (PDPs). 

Joel Rubin, middle school history teacher

Current Offerings

On-campus offerings take place on the Lesley University campus in Cambridge, MA, near Porter Square (accessible by the Red Line or the commuter rail). For information about CAPS coming to your district or school, please contact us.

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  • December 3 | Innovations in Early Childhood Workshop

    Whole Body Math: Kinesthetic and Sensory Engagement in Early Childhood Mathematics will explore how to implement Whole Body Math strategies in preschool to second grade classrooms. Free and open to the public. 4:30-6:30 pm, University Hall Amphitheater.

    Learn more and register.

  • December 7 | A Symposium of the Expressive Arts Therapies: The Past, the Present & the Future of the Field

    Saturday, 10:00 am –1:00 pm
    Join us for the launch of Dr. Stephen K. Levine's new book, Philosophy of Expressive Arts Therapy: Poiesis and the Therapeutic Imagination.  A celebration of the expressive arts as it is, was, and will be, the morning will be filled with performances, readings, discussion and music by Mitchell Kossak, Philip Spieser, Vivien Marcow Speiser, Ellen Levine, Elizabeth McKim, and others. Dr. Levine will introduce the book by a short performance from his recent work, It Could Have Been Me!

    For more information: Isabelle Olsson

    2.5 CE hours available for LMHCs 

  • January 17–19, 2020 | Institute for Trauma Sensitivity: The Impact of Trauma on Learning

    The Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity will offer courses examining the impact of trauma on student learning, both academic and social/emotional. Students will take one course out of four that make up the Trauma and Learning Certificate. Cost: $500 per course, with support from Lesley and the Oak Foundation.

    Learn more about the institute and how to register. 

  • February 6, 2020 | Innovations in Early Childhood Workshop

    Making Sense of Climate Change will explore curriculum, work with families, children’s literature, and classroom practices for working with young children on understanding and combating climate change. 

    Free and open to the public. 4:30-6:30 pm, University Hall Amphitheater.

    Contact for more information.

  • March 13–14, 2020 | Institute on Leadership in Arts Integration

    The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Arts/Learning, and Lesley University are pleased to host the Leadership in Arts Integration Institute. Held at Lesley, the Institute will bring leaders in arts integration from around Massachusetts to present models for designing and implementing arts integration programs in PreK-12 schools. Keynote presenters will include state and national leaders in the arts and education, including Jamie Kasper, the newly-appointed Director of the Arts Education Partnership of the Education Commission of the States. 

    Call for proposals: to provide a variety of models of leadership in arts integration, we are seeking proposals from arts specialists, classroom teachers, school leaders, artists, and other professionals who have engaged in designing arts integration programs in schools. 

    Please see the proposal submission form [PDF]. The deadline for submission is January 10, 2020.

  • Spring 2020 | Graduate Certificate in Arts Integration Strategies

    Take our 15-credit certificate in New Bedford, MA, and learn how to integrate the arts into your classroom. You'll find exciting ways to meet the needs of learners with different learning styles, cultures, and languages. If you live or work in Bristol County, tuition rates are lower. Learn more about the Arts Integration Certificate.

    View the other programs we offer in New Bedford.

More Coming in Spring 2020

  • Invitational Institute on Teaching Civics: A Collaboration of Lesley University with the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History
  • Civics and Democracy: Elections
  • Women in Leadership Institute
  • Reggio Emilia Institute
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