Our consultants provide customized professional development, training, coaching and consulting for district and school leaders in areas such as district planning, content, leadership, culture, teaching and learning (pedagogy) and supporting specialists.
We offer high quality, research-based programs that help individual educators and Massachusetts school districts address some of their most urgent needs. We also run numerous licensure and degree programs throughout the year.
FOCUS ON SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Too often educators think they have to choose between paying attention to academic goals and focusing on social and emotional learning. For many, social emotional learning is seen as an add on program or an area relegated to specialists such as counselors and school psychologists.
John D'Auria will be delivering the keynote address at the Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives (MOEC) Professional Learning Day on January 9th. In this presentation, he will present current research that shows the connection between mindsets, self-efficacy, resilience and academic achievement. This connection is a vital one for all educators to understand and harness to better support the learning of all our students.
The summer intensive was even better than advertised! Just yesterday, my brother in law asked me "how I did" in the program as in what grade did I get. He knew, everyone knew, how hard I worked and he could only assume there was an evaluation of some sort. I told him there was no grade and that reflected on the value of the program. We worked impossibly hard simply because we believed in the work and the possibility of improving ourselves as professionals."
There was total respect for the ways all students learned. Every question was welcomed. The instructor had such excitement for the material that it was contagious!"
“The LLP program prepared me for life as an administrator in ways I could never have imagined. The readings and assignments stimulated growth in the depth and complexity of my thinking about schools and the critical function they serve. The relationships that developed within the cohort and with the faculty provide a professional network of new and experienced school administrators. This program broadens your thinking and sharpens your focus.”
My classroom has become much more interactive and I feel like students are taking ownership of their material instead of just copying notes and trying to do learning just for learning sake. The students enjoy learning to solve a problem that could be found in the world instead of just studying because that is what other people have done before in similar classes."
I was thrilled to see both team leaders really step up their leadership skills this year by taking on an active role and gathering, analyzing and presenting data to their teams in a coherent and organized manner."
I walked away with many resources and ideas that will not only enhance and better my practice but will also improve the school culture."
The program helped to fundamentally shape who I am. It brought my core values into sharp focus. I have learned how to back up my beliefs and actions with the field of research. I make better decisions now because they are grounded in my core values and scholarship. I understand key leadership principles at a depth that they have just become part of who I am."
The instructor was both accepting and challenging of me. She made it okay to take risks."