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

Offerings take place on the Lesley University campus in Cambridge, MA, near Porter Square (accessible by the Red Line or the commuter rail). 

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

    Friday, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm: Book talk with Cynthia and Sanford Levinson, authors of Fault Lines in the Constitution. University Hall Amphitheater.

    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. 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 LEDUC 5076 here.

    For more information: Marianne Adams

  • 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 

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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