The Center for Teacher Education and Research, known as the CENTER, was established in 2004. The CENTER works to develop collaborations and partnerships between Westfield State University and public school districts, community colleges and universities, collaboratives, and professional organizations in order to provide high quality professional development for teachers and administrators.
The CENTER is a registered Institution of Higher Education Professional Development provider with the Massachusetts Department of Education. Therefore, the CENTER’s professional development offerings meet the guidelines established by the state department of education and are aligned with the Massachusetts Standards for Professional Development. The professional development offerings include: summer institutes, conferences, workshops, and courses. The workshops and courses may be face to face, hybrid, and/or online. Each professional development offering provides PDPs and some offerings also offer graduate credit for successful completion of requirements.
The CENTER facilitates grant proposals between Westfield State University and public schools districts, community colleges and universities, collaboratives, and professional organizations.
The CENTER also offers schools districts and associations partnership programs.
Our partners for 2019 -20 are:
CES Collaborative for Educational Services, Chicopee Public Schools, CLOI Commonwealth Learning Online Institute, Deerfield Teachers' Academy, East Longmeadow Public Schools, Generation Citizenship, Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, Longmeadow Public Schools, Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, Ludlow Public Schools, Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools, Massachusetts Foreign Language Association, Ribas Associates, Massachusetts Bio Technology Council, Math Recovery, Massachusetts Teachers Association, Southwick,Tolland,Granville Regional School District, Westfield Public Schools, and West Springfield Public Schools.
If interested in becoming a Grant Partner or participating in our Partnership Program for 2020-2021, please contact Dr. Marsha Olsen, Director, Center of Teacher Education and Research, firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.572.8459.
The CENTER welcomes suggestions for PD programs and/or grant opportunities.
Online Learning Best Practice Pedagogy in Elementary Classrooms is designed to provide participants with online learning best practice pedagogy in the areas of student engagement, student rigor, differentiated instruction, and student assessment. It is a self-paced online webinar focusing on the elementary level.
Online Learning Best Practice Pedagogy in Secondary Classrooms is designed to provide participants with online learning best practice pedagogy in the areas of student engagement, student rigor, differentiated instruction, and student assessment. It is a self-paced online webinar focusing on the secondary level.
In each webinar, participants must complete the learning assessment at the end of each module with an 80% or better. Participants must also complete a culminating learning assessment by applying the webinar learning through the creation of a lesson plan which includes at least one instructional strategy and an online tool for implementation from the webinar for each area; engagement, rigor, differentiated instruction, and assessment.
For successful completion, participants will earn 5 PDPs. Cost $50.00. Next offering is August 1st.
Mentor Training-15 PDPs
SEI MTEL PREP-15 PDPs
EEC 108: ‘Understanding Academic Language to Improve Content Area Instruction for ELLs’
EEC 113: ‘Using Technology to Support ELLs in SEI + ESL/ELD Classrooms’
'Understanding Diversity and Cultural Competency to Support ELL Students in the Schools'
SE: ‘Instructional Strategies for the Exceptional Learners’