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5DP Collaborative Workshops

Teacher-Led Professional Learning (TLPL)

A partnership between the Five District Partnership and Teach Plus

The 5DP Teacher-Led Collaboratives are a set of free teacher-led professional learning workshops that connect you with fellow teachers from the Five District Partnership - from Revere, Malden, Everett, Chelsea and Winthrop school districts. Together, you will share best practices and refine your instructional practice during a summer hands-on workshop experience. 

What is the 5DP Collaborative?‚Äč
  • A set of University-level courses led by current classroom teachers 
  • These courses:
  • Are content/grade band-specific in disseminating best practices
  • Are led by current classroom teachers to promote Teacher Leadership 
  • and foster collaboration between teachers from across districts in the Five District Partnership
  • Three 5-hour sessions (15 hours), on July 10, July 11 and July 12. Sessions run 9am - 2pm. 
  • Courses are held at Revere High School. 
  • Lunch is provided.
  • Free. 
  • Qualify for PDP points (or UMass graduate credit with $110 fee).
Join the 5DP Collaborative Now: Full Course Descriptions Below

Course Descriptions

Finding a Balance with Literacy: How to Engage Students with Informational Text (Grades 5-12)

Teacher Leader: Lindsey Horowitz

Our State Standards outline ambitious goals for what students need to achieve by the end of each year in both literature and informational text. With so much already on our plates, how can we find a balance of text types in our curriculum, while also ensuring that all students, from struggling readers to overachievers, are appropriately challenged? This course will include strategies for incorporating informational text into any curriculum in a meaningful way, while also addressing ways to increase comprehension of all texts. 

Teaching All Students: A Multi-Sensory Approach (Grades Pre-K - 5)

Teacher Leader: Rene Rotondo

How do we sustain engagement among an increasingly diverse student population? In this course, you will work collaboratively to understand, analyze, and implement strategies for student engagement through a multi-sensory approach to learning (i.e., integrating the visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile learning styles), adaptations to activities, and evidence-based practices. 

Procedural Versus Conceptual: Is There a Place for Both in the Math Classroom? (Grades 6-8)

Teacher Leader: Maggie Webb

Using anchor problems to guide instruction, we will work together to implement conceptual learning in the math class. This course will look at data and how to find a balance between pacing and deadlines, including the benefits of allowing students to develop the informal reasoning to make sense of key concepts. Teaching lessons conceptually upfront allows for a deeper level of understanding by students of all levels. You will learn to ensure that students are taking ownership of concepts. We will explore multiple methods to access material conceptually and opportunities to collaborate on lesson plans, assessments and tasks that aim to have students do the “heavy lifting.” 

Thinking Moves: Shared Habits of Mind Across Disciplines (Grades K-12)

Teacher Leader: Demetrius Fuller

What are the shared habits of mind that artists, writers, scientists and mathematicians have in common that make them successful? How can we work together to promote them in our students? Through multimedia hands-on activities and challenges, participants will develop a clear understanding of the 8 habits of mind that our students need to innovate and confidently tackle novel problems. Participants will adapt their current lesson plans to highlight and bolster the uses of Habits of Mind in their teaching.

Math Tasks Worth Solving (Grades K-5)

Teacher Leader: Chris Fitzpatrick

How can we create more engagement and excitement about mathematics using meaningful math tasks and discourse? In this course we will experience how exciting mathematics can be when it is presented in a meaningful and authentic way. We will work through problem solving tasks that can be used to support the development of students’ mathematical reasoning.  Participants will explore rich tasks including 3 act tasks and open middle problems and learn how to incorporate these tasks and mathematical discourse into the classroom.