Content Area Professional Development Offerings

Content Area Professional Development  Offerings

  • Art
  • English / Language Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Math
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Technology




Date Monthly-Beginning the first of each month
Time Self-paced online
PDPs 15 Art PDPs
Cost $150

This Art course will provide participants with design applications for a studio class in a two-dimensional design format.  Concepts will be applied in relation to the arts through in-depth readings and analysis of studio works of art.




Primary Source Activities for the Social Studies Classroom
Date TBD
Time online
 PDPs 15
Cost $200 ($280 for one WSU graduate credit)
Instructor Dr. Erica Morin,  Assistant Professor Westfield State University History Department

Although teachers are required to cover an extensive list of learning standards according to the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework, there are a many opportunities to incorporate creative primary source activities into the classroom. In this online course, participants will complete a selection of pedagogical readings, discussions, and exercises to help them develop new learner-centered activities that engage with different types of primary sources. This course will be completed online over the course of five days using the Westfield State course management platform PLATO/Blackboard. Participants will be required to read four brief pedagogical articles and contribute to discussion posts about the readings. Participants will watch video clips and online presentations to explore a number of different types of primary sources and examples of creative activities. For the final assignment, students will design a new activity or assignment that incorporates insights and ideas from the course content. 

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Bringing Sports Into the Traditional History Classroom:  Resources, Ideas, and Methodology of Bringing Sports Related Themes and Topics in Your Classroom

Date Online October 1-31, 2017
PDPs 15
Cost $200
Instructor Brian Sheehy, High School History Department Chair, MA History, Masters of Athletic Administration

From the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Mayans to today, sports has and continues to play a vital role in cultures and civilizations all over the world.  Approaching history through the prism of sport can spark student interest and imagination and bring history alive.  So many topics and themes in sports history mirror events, situations, and trends in American society along with the global community.  Educators who teach World Civilizations, U.S. History, or a variety of different electives can benefit from incorporating themes and topics relating to sports into their classroom.  Topics such as industrialization, urbanization, imperialism, nationalism, race, politics, and gender through sports can be used in traditional classrooms.  The primary goal of this professional development course will be to provide educators with ideas and resources, as well as the background so that they can include themes and topics of sport into their history classroom seamlessly. This course will provide with strategies, resources, and activities that will enrich any class that they teach. As Nelson Mandela eloquently stated, "Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers."

Please contact Dr. Marsha Olsen for registration form at

English Language Arts





El microcuento/microrelato 

Date TBD
Time Online
PDPs 15
Cost $200 (One WSU Graduate Credit for $280)
Instructor Dr. Enrique Morales-Diaz, Westfield State University Professor, Department Chair of the World Language Studies 

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This 15-hour course will focus on the analysis and discussion of the microcuento, distinct forms of literary narrative from the traditional writing style used in novels and short stories.  This workshop will ask participants to read and interpret content, develop strategies for incorporating these brief stories into the classroom through lesson planning and activities.  Participants will also be asked to write their own microcuentos/microrelatos that they will share for other participants to use and develop lesson plans.


El cortometraje

Date: TBD
Time 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
PDPs 15
Cost $200 (One WSU Graduate Credit for $280)
Instructor Dr. Enrique Morales-Diaz, Westfield State University Professor, Department Chair of the World Language Studies 

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This workshop will focus on the viewing analyzing short films.  Participants will develop lesson plans with content focusing on the developing of strategies and activities to introduce into the classroom.

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