Professional Development

Vision Statement for Educator Professional Learning

Professional learning for educators can greatly impact student learning. Quality professional learning has seven key elements. Necessarily, the adult learning experiences are directly tied to school wide reform efforts, vision for student learning, and goals.  The experiences are connected to teacher needs as identified in self-assessment and are differentiated based on faculty members’ knowledge, experience, and/or discipline.  These experiences impact student learning when they are directly tied to student outcomes and when participants create a product and/or there are expected outcomes.

Additionally, we believe it is important for professional learning to include: time to collaborate with coach and/or colleagues; a leader is knowledgeable, engaging, and responsive; structured planning and practice; modeling of  the techniques and/or content being learned; follow up or be job-embedded; opportunities for reflection; learning activities match the goals; and, opportunities to give feedback on the quality of  professional learning.

When these necessary and important characteristics are in place, educator professional learning can have the greatest possible positive effect on students’ learning.

MyLearningPlan Our online professional development program for K-8 and evaluation form management system for 9-12 (OASYS).

Supplemental Educational Resources for Extended School Closure


  • Concord Fellows

    CONCORD FELLOWS: The goals of this program are to create engaging, relevant professional learning opportunities for all educators in Concord; to provide 50 hours of professional learning over two years for educators new to Concord; to orient and induct new educators in high quality instructional practices in Concord; and, to provide opportunities for skillful, Concord veteran teacher leaders to share expertise.

    This is the 2nd and 3rd year mentoring program in Concord required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, to advance your license from Initial to Professional Licensure.

    Structure of Concord Fellows Courses

    • Four hours of time are spent on each topic (one exception of a double class on classroom management) :
    • 1 hour of reading/viewing/observing
    • 2 hours of class time (in person, online, or hybrid) on date in calendar
    • 1 hour of written reflection and work about how the educator will integrate this new knowledge into their practice.



    • Modeling
    • Providing research based best practices
    • Differentiation
    • Collaboration time
    • Reflection
    • Based on teaching standards
    • Based on district-wide goals
    • Impact student learning


    Concord Fellows Course Schedule 2017-2018

    Concord Fellows Course Schedule 2016-2017



    March 2018 Edition

    Dear Faculty,

    Welcome Back! We hope you had a restful and rejuvenating winter break!

    Our January issue will focus on Cultural Competencies within our classrooms and within our school communities.” Cultural competence is having an awareness of one’s own cultural identity and views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on the varying cultural and community norms of students and their families. It is the ability to understand the within-group differences that make each student unique, while celebrating the between-group variations that make our country a tapestry. This understanding informs and expands teaching practices in the culturally competent educator’s classroom.” National Education Association.

    To renew certification, each educator needs 15 PDPs on cultural competence.  The courses below marked with an asterisk (*) satisfy some or all of this requirement.

    The Professional Learning Council
    (K – 12 educators planning for your growth)

    Cultural Competency:  The “Cultural Competence: What Does it Mean for Educators?” video, an interview with six educational scholars, explains why cultural competence is a salient issue in American public education today. These scholars emphasize the need for educators to provide an environment of respect and reciprocity of ideas. They illustrate how the ability for educators to learn how to teach students from different backgrounds is critical to the success of the educational system.


    Last Meeting of the Year will be MAY 8th at WILLARD

    • Literacy Collaborative (Designated THOREAU grade K-2 participants only)
    • Mental Illness in the Classroom: Self Injury, Schizophrenia, CultureSPED PDPs (Julee Vitello)
    • Cultural Competency: Religious Holidays (Emily Ferrara)
    • History of African American & Abolitionists in Concord (Primary Source)
    • Ancient China (Primary Source)
    • Using Technology to Reach All Learners: Tools to Support Executive Function SPED PDPs (Lynne Beattie)
    • Using G Suite of Tools (Genoveva Matheus)



    Applications will be available on March 12th and are due back to Teaching and Learning by April 25th. Summer Curriculum Work applications will be reviewed and awarded by May 1st. The work may start July 1st or later. The focus of summer work this year is: writing across the curriculum, music, social studies, health, and interdisciplinary/STEAM.




    Summer Institute for Professional Development

    Tuesday June 26th – Thursday June 28th, 2018 | 8:30AM – 3:00PM 

    Location: Ripley Room 4

    Spend three days of  Professional Development on inquiry in every subject area learning about the writing models used in CPS and CCHS to provide uniform and strategic scaffolding to our K-12 students, including students on IEP’s, 504’s and ELL. Architects for Learning: Fostering effective learning skills, strategies and habits.

     We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions!

    Email us anytime!
    Kristen Herbert 
    Sue Wisniewski
    Lynne Beattie



    November 2016 (Inaugural edition, SPED Opportunities, License Resources, Signing up with EDCO and IDEAS, and News and Info tool in My Learning Plan)

    January 2017  (Summer Work Applications, Technology Tips and Tricks, Google Drive Files/Folders, Blended Learning PD, Using Google Apps in Classroom)

    April 2017 (Summer 2017 Curriculum Work, Summer 2017 offerings, Mental Illness in the Classroom, Social Studies Institute, Technology Offerings; 3 Hour Workshops and Concord-Carlisle Tech Camp, Concord Fellows Instructor Application and License Information, Relicensure requirements and SEI)

    Spring/Summer 2017 (Reminder edition from April, 2017)

    September 2017 (Mental Illness in the Classroom, Concord Fellows; Courses taught by educators for educators, PBS Learning Media, Student Learning Vision Statement Video, Changes to Licensure regulations)

    January 2018 (EDCO and IDEAS spring workshops, Primary Source; free webinars, DWGL sessions, UTRAL PD Workshops, Which Form Do I Use for My Learning Plan)