Professional Development for PreK–12 Teachers, Community Educators, and School or District Leaders

The Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) provides educators with professional development that addresses critical content areas in teaching and learning.

Building upon our reputation for preparing experts in teacher education, our offerings will apply culturally responsive and innovative approaches to help educators ensure that learners—especially English language learners and children with special needs—reach their full potential. Some offerings can be taken for graduate credit or Professional Development Points (PDPs). 

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Current Offerings

On-campus offerings take place on the Lesley University campus in Cambridge, MA, near Porter Square (accessible by the Red Line or the commuter rail). For information about CAPS coming to your district or school, please contact us.

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  • March 13–14, 2020 | Institute on Leadership in Arts Integration

    The new Massachusetts Arts Frameworks ask that we connect “the arts to the self, society, history, culture, and other disciplines and bodies of knowledge.” Join leaders and practitioners from across Massachusetts as they share their various leadership models for designing arts integration programs in PreK-12 schools.

    Cost for the institute and ten (10) Professional Development Points: $175
    Cost for the institute only: $75

    Register for the institute (LARTS-0003). Choose either with PDPs or institute only.

    Friday 4 pm–8 pm
    Keynote speaker: Jeffrey C. Riley, Massachusetts Commissioner of Education
    An introduction to the arts standards with Dawn Benski, DESE Arts Content Support Lead
    Sessions with teachers, specialists, teaching artists, and administrators

    Saturday 9 am–3 pm
    Keynote speaker: Jamie Kasper, Director of the Arts Education Partnership
    Panel discussion with the leaders of professional arts organizations in visual art, media arts, music, dance, and theater
    Sessions with teachers, specialists, teaching artists, and administrators
    Collaborative work, planning, and networking

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  • Spring 2020 | Graduate Certificate in Arts Integration Strategies

    Take our 15-credit certificate in New Bedford, MA, and learn how to integrate the arts into your classroom. You'll find exciting ways to meet the needs of learners with different learning styles, cultures, and languages. If you live or work in Bristol County, tuition rates are lower. Learn more about the Arts Integration Certificate.

    View the other programs we offer in New Bedford.

More Coming in Spring 2020

  • Civics and Democracy: Elections
  • Women in Leadership Institute
  • Reggio Emilia Institute
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