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Professional Development for BPS Staff

We are pleased to present the Belmont Public school Professional Development web page.  Providing high quality professional opportunities is critical to supporting your growth and professional development.  The BPS PD program is supported through three primary means: 

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Assistant Superintendent - Janice Darias

Office of the Assistant Superintendent - Artemis Tingos

  • Professional Development meetings - (faculty, department and curriculum meetings) led by Principals, Directors and Curriculum Specialists focusing on district, school and program goals; 
  • Professional Learning Teams - educators working together on a targeted area of need to improve learning for all students; and 
  • Professional Development courses, seminars, workshops, and study groups - led by BPS educators, outside experts, and partner organizations. 

As you plan your professional development for the year, it is our hope that these workshops and opportunities will support your Professional Practice and Student Learning Goals as well as your ongoing learning and growth.

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Studying Skillful Teaching  A program for building teachers’ capacity – the knowledge and skills as well as the courage and conviction - to promote students’ motivation, learning, and increased achievement. It is based on the belief that teaching is a process of decision-making; and that skillful teachers never stop learning through experimentation, data analysis, study, and collegial sharing about what works best for their students.
  • Project-Based Learning foundational workshop based on BIE’s model of Gold Standard PBL, which provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to design, assess, and manage a rigorous, standards-based project. The workshop models the project process and is a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback. Participants are actively engaged in project design, with the expectation that every teacher or teaching team will generate a project plan for their own use. 
  • Success for All Students within Inclusive Classrooms This course will help staff to understand, instruct, accommodate and assess students with varying disabilities, as well as collaborate to employ strategies that ultimately help all students access curriculum. A variety of teaching methods will be modeled and the course lessons will be presented using lectures, presentations, technology, videos and current articles and publications.
  • Quality Conversations About Teaching and Learning This 3 day workshop will focus on objective, evidence-based feedback about one particular aspect of clarity: communication of worthwhile learning targets that students understand and information about how they are doing with the academic tasks created to meet those targets. Along the way we will practice both written summaries of observations and productive conversations.
  • The Faces of Mental Illness Mental health conditions are prevalent among school age children and adolescents. Classroom teachers are on the front line in dealing with students who are struggling with these disorders, some undiagnosed. Teachers are often the first to sense that “something isn’t quite right,”sometimes even before the parents. This course is designed to help teachers and support staff achieve the insight necessary to make the school experience more successful than it might otherwise be for these students and their families. 
  • IDEAS 1 Anti-Racist School Practices to Support the Success of All Students This course is designed to introduce educators to the complex issues raised by race and racism and their impact on student engagement and achievement. This course will provide educators with an understanding of racial identity and the importance of building authentic student teacher relationships. This course will also help educators increase their skills of cultural proficiency.
  • Professional Learning Teams In the Belmont Public Schools, Professional Learning Teams are the vehicle for collaborative learning, inquiry and action research through which self-selected teams of educators.
  • EDCO Courses 2018 - 2019 Funding for EDCO courses is limited. Please do not register online. If you would like to register for a course, please email Artemis Tingos.  She will register you with EDCO and you will be billed directly at the member rate.

Contact Us

  • Administration: 617-993-5400
  • Belmont High School: 617-993-5900 
  • Chenery Middle School: 617-993-5800 
  • Butler School: 617-993-5550 
  • Burbank School: 617-993-5500 
  • Wellington School: 617-993-5600 
  • Winn Brook School: 617-993-5700
  • BPS Webmaster: send email


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