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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. Building upon our reputation for preparing experts in teacher education, our offerings will apply culturally responsive and innovative approaches to help educators ensure that learners reach their full potential. Some offerings can be taken for graduate credit or Professional Development Points (PDPs). 

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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.

Summer 2020 offerings will be taught remotely and online. 

  • June 22-July 12, July 13-August 2, August 3-August 23 | Three Workshops for K-12 Teachers on Remote Learning

    In this series of three 15-hour workshops on remote learning, you will explore the principles and practices of design, delivery, and inclusivity of remote learning for K-12 classrooms. All workshops emphasize meaningful student engagement, self-directed learning, and culturally sustainable practices.

    Workshops are delivered online with periodic synchronous meetings flexibly scheduled. You will be able to use the learning management system (e.g., Google Classroom, Schoology, etc) that your school or district uses, as well as other tools that advance your practice in a remote learning environment. We will have expert users on hand to answer your questions.

    Registration for these Remote Learning offerings is currently closed. If you are interested in being on a waiting list for these workshops or would be interested in hearing about any future offerings, please email Sue Cusack,

    June 22–July 12
    LCOMP 6211: Remote Learning: Focus on Design

    This workshop will explore best practices in designing accessible instructional content for use in remote teaching.

    July 13–August 2
    LCOMP 6212: Remote Learning: Focus on Delivery

    This workshop will explore best practices in delivering accessible instruction and content for use in remote teaching. 

    August 3–August 23
    LCOMP 6213: Remote Learning: Focus on Inclusivity

    This workshop will explore best practices in designing and delivering accessible and culturally responsive content and instruction for use in remote teaching. 

    Cost per Workshop 
    22.5 PDPs: $0*
    One graduate credit: $650 (less $200 discount)*

    *This series of workshops is made possible through the generous support of the Biogen Foundation’s STAR Initiative 

    Register for one or more of these courses for PDPs or credit. Preference is given to educators from the greater Boston area. Others will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if space is available.

  • July 5-August 23 Online Course | Dyslexia: Neurobiology, Assessment, and Intervention

    July 5–August 23 
    This course focuses on current research on dyslexia.  Course participants will investigate the neurobiology of dyslexia, appropriate screening tools, and specialized instruction. Advances in brain research will inform our study of dyslexia and appropriate classroom instruction. Participants will examine norm-referenced and informal assessments to include a lens of students who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse. Technologies to support students with dyslexia will also be reviewed. Participants will develop a case study with appropriate interventions.


    Three graduate credits: $1950
    45 PDPs: $500 

    Register for the course for three credits. LSPED 6165 01
    Register for the course for PDPs. LSPED 6165 CEU

    If you are a matriculated student who is taking this course as part of your program, use LOIS to register for ESPED 6165 01. Be sure to check with your advisor about how the course fits into your program. 

  • July 25 | In the Spirit of the Home Studio

    Saturday, July 25th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    A live virtual studio experience from the home studios of Visiting Scholar Lella Gandini and Art and Design faculty Kristina Lamour Sansone

    Are you an educator who would like to explore studio experiences within the Reggio Emilia approach? This one-day hands-on and minds-on workshop will explore the historical origins of the studio atelier though mini-stories and by seeing materials and objects in your home environment in new ways. Participants will have a chance to learn, observe, explore, and document in collaboration with peers to build a virtual community of practice. Sessions will be live in Zoom with Voicethread as our documentation tool. 

    $150 for 10 PDPs

    Register for LWKSP 0002 01

  • October 9, 10, 11 | Impact of Trauma on Learning Institute

    Presented by the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity (LIFTS).

    During this three-day event, you'll get an understanding of the impact of trauma on student learning that will inform your decision- making in schools and classrooms. You'll begin to more fully understand how students learn and behave, and learn strategies that address the needs of the whole child. You may 

    Learn more about the institute. Registration information will be available soon.

  • Fall 2020 | Graduate Certificate in Arts Integration Strategies

    If you are a Newton, MA, teacher, administrator, or staff member, you can apply to start this 15-credit certificate program in the fall of 2020. 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, Learn more about the Arts Integration Certificate.

Using the New Elevate System for Course Registration

Elevate is a new online registration system used for continuing education and other services. Even if you have taken courses at Lesley previously, you will need to create a new account for Elevate, which you can use for future courses offered through this system. 

Each course has a unique registration code. Make sure your correct course/start date is listed on the upper right hand corner of the “Create Account” sign-in page. After entering your information, the system will prompt you for payment, if appropriate.

Once registered, you will receive two emails: one from with your Elevate username and portal link; one from the Registrar’s Office with your Lesley credentials for Blackboard/myLesley and LOIS. If you do not receive an email within two business days regarding your Lesley credentials, please contact our IT department at 617-349-8770 or

Many Lesley events and professional development opportunities have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. We are already planning future offerings, so please check back.

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