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

Fall 2019 Offerings

All offerings will take place on the Lesley University campus in Cambridge, MA, near Porter Square (accessible by the Red Line or the commuter rail). Most institutes take place on Friday nights from 6:00 pm–9:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am–5:00 pm

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  • October 4–5 | Civics and Democracy I: Successes and Failures in Three Branches of American Government

    Friday, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm: Panel discussion with former US Congressional Representative Michael Capuano, former Carter White House Deputy Counsel Margaret McKenna, and former US Supreme Court Fellow and Clark University Professor Mark Miller This panel discussion is free and open to the public.

    Saturday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm: Workshops
    Explore social controversies past, present, and future with experts from the three branches of government. Examine the fundamental ideas at work in the institutions of the US government, and develop curriculum materials to meet Massachusetts civics standards with pedagogy to support students in becoming engaged citizens.

    Dr. Jo-Anne Hart is a Professor of Global Interdisciplinary Studies and creator of the online civics teaching platform GrowingVoters.org. Dr. Susan Patterson is director of the PhD in Educational Studies: Individually Designed Specialization, and has a background in teaching middle and high school history and economics.

    Cost for 10 PDPs: $150
    Cost for 1 graduate credit: $650 plus $20 registration fee

    Register for:
    Course title: Civics and Democracy
    Course number for credit: EEDUC 5160.01 (19/FA)
    Course number for PDPs: EEDUC 5160.CEU1 (19/FA)

    Registration form [PDF].  See below for how to register.

    For more information:
    For more information contact Marianne Adams madams@lesley.edu.

  • October 25–26 | Language of Poetry: Teach This Poem Institute

    Friday, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm: Poetry readings

    Saturday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm: Workshops
    Teach this Poem, winner of the 2018 Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation, is a free weekly online subscription published by The Academy of American Poets that features a weekly poem with interdisciplinary resources and classroom activities.

    Explore with its creator how to quickly and easily bring poetry into the classroom and home. Learn a pedagogy for teaching poetry that enables all students to enter the world of poetry with confidence.

    Madeleine Holzer is the Educator-in-Residence at the Academy of American Poets where, for the past four years, she wrote Teach this Poem. For over twelve years, she served as Educational Development Director and Program Development Director at Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education. She is a Visiting Scholar in the Creativity Commons at Lesley University. Her poetry and essays have been published in a number of small print journals and education books, as well as on Poets.org.

    Cost for 10 PDPs: $150
    Cost for 1 graduate credit: $650 plus $20 registration fee

    Register for:
    Course title: The Language of Poetry
    Course number for credit: EEDUC 6203.01 (19/FA)
    Course number for PDPs: EEDUC 6203.CEU1 (19/FA)

    Registration form [PDF]. See below for how to register.

    For more information: Marianne Adams madams@lesley.edu

  • November 1–2 | Integrated Arts Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms

    Friday, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm: Creative arts program

    Saturday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm: Workshops
    Discover how arts integration across the curriculum transforms learning experiences for students of all abilities. Drawing upon Universal  Design for Learning (UDL) and Differentiated Instruction (DI) you’ll engage in visual and performing arts strategies to consider the multiple ways students learn. Explore how arts integration in inclusive settings supports classroom management and assessment. Critically reflect on what it means to be ‘a person with a disability’ and the relationship of those beliefs to educational practice. Develop your own creative potential in the arts as a source of self-expression, problem solving, motivation, and critical thinking.

    Dr. Louise Pascale is professor and director of the Integrated Teaching Through the Arts (ITA) program at Lesley University. She served for eight years as education director for VSA Massachusetts, developing arts-based teaching strategies to allow students with and without disabilities to learn together more effectively. Susan Fisher has over 40 years’ experience as a visual artist and arts educator. She is an accomplished ceramic sculptor, photographer, and calligrapher. At Lesley she teaches courses in visual art, art education, and strategies for integrating the arts with students of all abilities

    Cost for 10 PDPs: $150
    Cost for 1 graduate credit: $650 plus $20 registration fee

    Register for:
    Course title: Integrated Arts Strategies for Inclusive Settings
    Course number for credit: EARED 6002.01 (19/FA2)
    Course number for PDPs: EARED 6002.CEU1  (19/FA2)

    Registration form [PDF]. See below for how to register.

    For more information: Marianne Adams madams@lesley.edu

  • November 8-9 | Introduction to Restorative Justice and Using Circles Effectively

    Friday and Saturday, 9:00 pm–5:00 pm
    In this workshop, you'll learn the fundamentals of restorative justice and build a range of strategies, including facilitating restorative circles. Circles are an essential process for creating social support to address problems and respond to harm in a restorative way. The workshop is for parents, caregivers, K-12 educators, social workers, counselors, and those interested in developing skills or working in any community, organizational, or religious space.  

    Cost for 15 PDPs: $200

    Register for this workshop by name.

    Registration form [PDF]. See below for how to register.

    For more information: Meenakshi Chhabra mchhabra@lesley.edu

  • November 15–16 | Civics and Democracy II: The Controversial Constitution: Fault Lines and Remedies

    Friday, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm: Book talk with Cynthia and Sanford Levinson, authors of Fault Lines in the Constitution.

    Saturday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm: Workshops
    Explore the founding and continued impact of the U.S. Constitution on our lives. Working with content experts, you’ll examine the controversial content of the Constitution and develop hands-on learning strategies for engaging students using Massachusetts civics standards to “understand the purposes, principles, and practices of the US government as established by the Constitution," including the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

    Dr. Jo-Anne Hart is a Professor of Global Interdisciplinary Studies and creator of  the online civics teaching platform GrowingVoters.org. Dr. Susan Patterson is director of the PhD in Educational Studies: Individually Designed Specialization, and has a background in teaching middle and high school history and economics.

    Cost for 10 PDPs: $150
    Cost for 1 graduate credit: $650 plus $20 registration fee

    Register for:
    Course title: Civics and Democracy
    Course number for credit: EEDUC 5160.01 (19/FA2)
    Course number for PDPs: EEDUC 5160.CEU1 (19/FA2)

    Registration form [PDF]. See below for how to register.

    For more information: Marianne Adams madams@lesley.edu

  • 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 iolsson@lesley.edu

    2.5 CE hours available for LMHCs 

How to Register

Registration form [PDF]: download, print and fill out, and send to:
University Registrar
Lesley University
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

You may also walk in the registration form: 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 02140, third floor, or fax it to 617.349.8717.

Payment

You can send a check for the course amount, with your registration form. If you prefer, you can be billed. In that case, once your form is received and processed, you will be invited to join the Lesley Student Accounts Center for e-billing and payment.

For registration information, contact Rodney Durand: caps@lesley.edu or 617.349.8511

Contact the Center

Coming in Spring 2020

  • The Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity: The Impact of Trauma on Learning
  • Integrated Arts Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms Institute
  • Invitational Institute on Teaching Civics: A Collaboration of Lesley University with the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History
  • Language of Poetry: Teach This Poem Institute
  • Civics and Democracy III: Elections
  • Second Annual Conference on Trauma and Embodiment
  • Women in Leadership Institute
  • Writing Institute
  • Reggio Emilia Institute