Catholic Schools Office

Professional Development Opportunities - Summer 2016

Greetings from the Catholic School Office Team!

We trust that all of you are enjoying the beautiful summer weather and the opportunity to rejuvenate. As July comes to a close and you begin to reflect on the new academic year, we wished to provide you with a series of professional development opportunities for Catholic school teachers and leaders. These opportunities focus on new teachers, NWEA MAP, and more! You can also register for upcoming workshops directly through this newsletter or the CSO calendar.

NWEA Rostering Webinar - 8/4 @ 10:00 AM

To help you with the challenges of rostering for the new year, we arranged for a special webinar to occur next week -- after Kathy's monthly webinar and in anticipation of the 8/15 deadline for rostering. It is a special webinar with Adam Wolfgang from NWEA and the CSO. It is an opportunity for schools to walk through the rostering spreadsheet, ask questions, and to receive support. The webinar will be recorded and then available through the csotechteam.weebly.com site. No need to register in advance! Simply follow this link and join us next week.

NWEA Workshops on 8/15 & 8/16

Join us for a special set of workshops with Michael Koranda, Senior Professional Development Consultant, from NWEA. Michael is a champion of Catholic education, former teacher and leader, and an expert in using MAP data to improve student instruction. He is joined by another expert from NWEA, Jean Maertens. Additionally, to better support all of you, we are pleased to announce that schools will have access to double the number of seats! Each school can register up to two people for the advanced workshop on 8/15 and an additional two people for the workshop on 8/16.


You are encouraged to select the session on each day that best works with your schedule. However, it is important to note that as with the previous trainings, the number of seats per session is limited by NWEA. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. The cost is covered by the NWEA professional development fee for 2016-17. If you have questions about the registration process or the workshop content, please contact Dr. Amy Ryan, Associate Superintendent for Academics & Digital Learning, at csotechteam@rcab.org.

NWEA Advanced Workshop - 8/15
On Monday, August 15, Michael and Jean will focus on advanced aspects of reporting, interpreting data, and accessing resources through NWEA's administrative portal and Destination PD. This workshop was specially developed based on feedback from principals and teacher leaders who were digging into the student growth data and requested the opportunity to work with trainers in a more advanced capacity. The same workshop will be offered twice -- once in the morning from 8:45 to 11:45 AM and again in the afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 PM. Each school is guaranteed two seats for the advanced workshop (e.g., two seats in the morning session, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, or two in the afternoon session). Register for the NWEA workshop on 8/15 here!
NWEA Workshop - 8/16
On Tuesday, August 16, Jean and Michael will continue to support all schools and to deliver content around reporting, interpreting, and accessing resources through NWEA's administrative portal and Destination PD. It is the perfect workshop for leaders and teachers who participated in the professional development cycle last year and are continuing to deepen their understanding of how MAP data can be used to improve student growth, communicate with families, and transform classroom instruction. The same workshop will be offered twice -- once in the morning from 8:45 to 11:45 AM and again in the afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 PM. Each school is guaranteed two seats for the Tuesday workshop (e.g., two seats in the morning session, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, or two in the afternoon session). Register for the NWEA workshop on 8/16 here!

Catholic New Teacher Academy - 8/17 & 8/18

Join us for a two-day professional development workshop for K-8 Catholic teachers from the Archdiocese of Boston. It is an opportunity for beginning teachers, or those who are new to the diocese, to partner with colleagues and to: explore innovative teaching strategies and management techniques to ensure a successful academic year, learn best practices from experienced Catholic teachers, gain access to practical resources and tools to use through the year, and to become skilled at using the NWEA MAP assessment to monitor student growth. Additionally, this conference will serve to satisfy part of the state requirements around mentoring and induction for beginning teachers. All participating teachers will be provided with a certificate of participation and documentation of the completed hours.

The assessment session will be conducted by Michael Koranda, a Senior Professional Development Specialist with the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and will focus on how to utilize MAP data to impact instruction and to support students throughout the year. The concurrent breakout sessions will be facilitated by experienced Catholic teachers from across the diocese and focus on critical topics such as communicating with parents and families, classroom management, faith formation, and more!


This unique professional development opportunity is the result of a partnership with the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College and the Catholic Schools Office. The workshop is $25 for teachers in the Archdiocese of Boston and includes lunch. Register online!

Bonus NWEA Workshop!

Monday, Aug. 29th, 8:30am

North Andover High School, North Andover, MA, United States

North Andover, MA

Our colleagues at NWEA graciously extended an invitation for Catholic schools to participate in a free professional development workshop at the end of August. The workshop is part of the MAP Foundation Series and focuses on student growth data. It is designed specifically for teachers!


You have your MAP® data—now discover how you can use it to maximize every student’s learning. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll dive into your own reports and help you identify key ways in which you can use your student growth data to drive decision making. This workshop is being sponsored by NWEA and is offered at no cost to schools. Seating is limited so, register online quickly!

Museum of Science: Engineering Pilot

Calling all schools who participated in the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) program with the Museum of Science last year or have teachers who completed this training! The EiE team is working to develop resources to increase the program's accessibility for diverse learners.


The Museum is searching for teachers who have taught EiE in the past and are interested in actively partnering with the team this fall. Selected teachers will teach the new unit by December 2016 and in return receive a classroom set of materials, educator guide and a stipend of $450. To qualify, pilot classrooms must contain some students who receive special education services and/or ELL. However, it is important to note that the classrooms do not need to be predominately made of these student populations. Interested teachers are encouraged to apply online by the deadline: Friday, August 19, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

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If you have questions about the registration processes or the workshop content, please contact Dr. Amy Ryan, Associate Superintendent for Academics & Digital Learning, by phone or email.