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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: 

  • 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.

Click here to view the currently scheduled Professional Development Opportunities and Meetings for the 2021 - 2022 School Year.

Professional Development Opportunities

IDEAS 1: Anti-Racist School Practices to Support the Success of All Students:  This course is Sponsored by Belmont Public Schools and 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.

Course Dates & Times:  The Fall/Winter IDEAS 1 course will be led by instructors Doug Weinstock and Paula Martin and will take place as a virtual Zoom meeting from 3:30 – 6:30 pm on the following Thursdays throughout November and January 2021-2022:

  • November 4, 18
  • December 2, 9, 16
  • January 6, 13, 27         

Registration Information: The course fee is paid for by Belmont Public Schools.  Participants will earn up to 25 PDPs and may choose to apply for 2 Graduate Credits are available from Framingham State University for a fee of $150.

Click Here to Register for IDEAS 1

Enrollment is open to both teachers and administrators and is limited to 23 participants. Deadline for Registration: October 1st, 2021 (or until the course reaches capacity)

Fall 2021 Courses Offered by The Initiative for Developing Equity and Achievement for Students (IDEAS):  IDEAS, a new program of M.A.S.S., has been providing professional learning opportunities for educational institutions and other organizations for more than thirty years. The IDEAS program offers courses that help your community develop anti-racist practices that collectively work to dismantle systems of oppression.  Click Here for the Available Fall 2021 Virtual IDEAS Courses.  Contact Maura Logan to register for an upcoming IDEAS course.

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.

Study Groups 

Study Group Proposal Form

Contact Us

Assistant Superintendent - Janice Darias

Office of the Assistant Superintendent - Maura Logan