Center for Teacher Education and Research

Welcome to the Center for Teacher Education and Research!

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 are:
CES Collaborative for Educational Services, CLOI Commonwealth Learning Online Institute, Chicopee Public Schools, Deerfield Teachers' Academy, East Longmeadow Public Schools, Generation Citizenship, Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, Longmeadow Public Schools, Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools, Massachusetts Bio Technology Council, Massachusetts Foreign Language Association, Massachusetts Teachers Association, Math Recovery, Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center, Ribas Associates
Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District, West Springfield Public Schools Westfield Public Schools, Westford Public Schools, & Ludlow Public Schools.

If interested in becoming a Grant Partner or participating in our Partnership Program, please contact Dr. Marsha Olsen, Director, Center of Teacher Education and Research, molsen@westfield.ma.edu or 413.572.8459.

The CENTER welcomes suggestions for PD programs and/or grant opportunities.
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New Courses

Online Learning Best Practice Pedagogy for Elementary or Secondary Classrooms

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 of the course, participants will earn 15 PDPs.  Cost $150.00.  Both courses are offered each month beginning on the first of the month.

If interested in registering for either 'Online Learning Best Practice ' course, please contact Dr. Marsha Olsen at molsen@westfield.ma.edu or call 413-572-8459.

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SEI Extension courses-15 PDPs (required for professional educator license renewal):

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'

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Special Education (SE) course- 15 PDPs (required for professional educator license renewal):

SE:  ‘Instructional Strategies for the Exceptional Learners’

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Contact us

Marsha Olsen
Program Coordinator - Center For Teacher Education & Research
Wilson Hall W-136