Master the Common Core: Free professional development available to MTA members

Master the Common Core

MTA educators have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and mastery of the Common Core State Standards as participants in the MTA/NEA/Teach Plus Core Collaborative. The program is free for MTA members. The deadline for the program has been extended. Applications are due by Friday, March 21.

The Core Collaborative is designed for teachers who want to work with colleagues to analyze, critique and develop unit and lesson plans that align with the Massachusetts Frameworks, which include the Common Core. Facilitators with expertise in the Common Core will help teachers learn about and develop their own best practices.

This teacher-created, teacher-facilitated series of workshops will address issues relevant to participants' grades and subjects. Lessons can be brought to the classroom immediately.

Core Collaborative
Core Collaborative participants said the program gave them significantly more confidence in their understanding of the Common Core State Standards as well as their ability to implement effective strategies in their classrooms.

Programs in Brockton and Cambridge begin on March 25 and April 1. The sessions will be held on five Tuesdays, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Brockton program is scheduled on March 25, April 8, April 29, May 13 and May 20 at Brockton High School. The Cambridge program, to be held at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, includes sessions on April 1, April 15, April 29, May 6 and May 20. Teachers completing the program have the option of receiving one graduate credit from Endicott College for a fee or professional-development points.

Courses being offered this semester in Brockton are Common Core in the Elementary Classroom; Reading, Writing and the Common Core; Integrating the Common Core into Secondary ELA; and Two Halves Don't Always Equal a Whole. Courses being offered in Cambridge include Common Core in the Elementary Classroom; Implementing Common Core Standards in the History Classroom; Differentiated Instruction and the Common Core; Middle School Literacy and Writing Strategies for the Common Core, Common Core in the Early Childhood Classroom; and Going Deeper: Literacy and the Common Core in the Upper Elementary Classroom.

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Questions can be emailed to Diane Grinnell at

Space is limited.