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5DP Teacher-Led Professional Learning

A partnership between the Five District Partnership and Teach Plus

The 5DP Teacher-Led Collaboratives are a set of free teacher-led professional learning course that connect you with fellow teachers within the Five District Partnership - from Revere, Malden, Everett, Chelsea and Winthrop school districts. Together, you will share best practices and refine your instructional practice over five weeks.

What is the 5DP Collaborative?​

  • 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
  • Five 3-hour sessions (15 hours). We will offer two rounds of courses this spring for multiple opportunities to participate:
    • Round 1: Beginning the week of March 5
    • Round 2: Beginning the week of May 7 (course descriptions coming soon!)
  • Courses are held at Revere High School. 
  • Dinner is provided
  • Free
  • Qualify for PDP points (or UMass graduate credit with $110 fee)

Why participate? 

  • Immediate Impact: Sessions include hands-on strategies that you can immediately apply in your classroom. Time is embedded within each session to increase your knowledge around best practice strategies and build them into your lesson plans and student tasks.
  • Collaboration: The 5DP professional learning series is teacher-created and teacher-facilitated.  This is an opportunity to collaborate with highly-motivated teachers and elevate the day-to day practice in your classroom.  
  • Delivered by Experts: Teacher Leaders will share what has revolutionized their classroom practice as they have made sense of the standards and best practices. It is entirely teacher driven and led by someone who understands your experience. 

What are 5DP participants saying about their experience?

  • “I really feel like I am coming away from this class as a more prepared teacher and I can't wait to try out all of the new strategies.”
  • “I enjoyed the interactions with fellow teachers from other districts. It helped with developing further ideas and strategies to take back to my classroom.”

Join the 5DP Collaborative Now: Full Course Descriptions Below

Course Descriptions


Courses Offered at Revere High School on Thursday Evenings
Dates: Thursdays from 4:30pm - 7:30pm, March 8, March 15, March 22, March 29 and April 5. Dinner provided. 


In with the Old; In with the New: Integrating Language Goals into Established Content Units (Grades 6-12)
Teacher Leader: Victoria Barbato

In this course, we will walk through a process of targeting the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills that students need to get the most out of content units, while maintaining the integrity of the unit. Together, we will breakdown language standards for a deeper understanding of what it means to build language skills across content areas. Over the course of the five weeks, you will learn how to identify language goals that match that content topics you already teach, create a union plan, using the UBD, backwards planning process, that incorporates the use of language instruction. 


Math Tasks Worth Solving (Grades K-5)
Teacher Leader: Chris Fitzpatrick

In this course we will experience how exciting mathematics can be when it is presented in a more meaningful and authentic way and how to bring that excitement to students. 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.


Implementing Social Emotional Learning within Daily Practice (Grades 3-5)
Teacher Leader: Brian Stanley

DESE recommends all students receive high quality instruction in the five core competencies of Social and Emotional Learning: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. What strategies can we use to teach these competencies to our students? In this course, you will gain a working knowledge of how to identify and embed social and emotional learning competencies through targeted behavioral expectations within instruction. Together, we will engage in activities that provide opportunities for us to learn, plan, implement, and reflect on strategies to teach and reinforce the five competencies of social-emotional learning.  


Performance-Based Assessments: Learning for Life (Grades 5-12) 
Teacher Leader: Charles Willis

What future roles will our students play, and how can our classrooms be restaged as rehearsal spaces for life? In Performance Based Assessments: Learning for Life you will learn how to revise, redesign and plan assessments that get students excited to connect their learning to real world problems. In a competency-based approach, students will grapple with thought-provoking essential questions and know explicitly the skills and content required to complete a rigorous and relevant assessment. This course outlines a framework for planning and assessing units of study that engage students in the dynamic integration of content with real-world literacies – reading, writing, and numeracy in a variety of modes, frequent oral processing, academic conversation, questioning, non-routine problem solving, viewing, producing, presenting, and reflection.


Finding a Balance with Literacy: How to Engage All Students with Informational Text (Grades 5-12)
Teacher Leaders: 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 literacy-based curriculum in a meaningful way, from ensuring student comprehension to assessing student work.


Thinking Moves: Shared Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum (Grades K-12)
Teacher Leader: Demetrius Fuller

What are the shared habits of mind that artists, writers, scientists and mathematicians have in common that makes them successful, and how can we work together to promote them? 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.


A Multimodal Approach to Literacy and Standards-Based Instruction and Assessment (Grades 6-12)
Teacher Leader: Keith Spencer

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education recently updated the English Language Arts and Literacy Frameworks including multiple cross-references between the reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language strands. How can educators harness a multimodal approach to standards-based instruction and assessment to reach all students and make measurable progress? In this course, teachers will gain an understanding of the updates to the frameworks, its emphasis on integration, and how multimodal approaches including visual, auditory, linguistic, and kinesthetic instruction and assessment enable our students to become better readers, writers, speakers, listeners, and informed digital citizens.


Courses Offered at Revere High School on Thursday Evenings 
Dates:Thursdays from 4:30pm - 7:30pm, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31 and June 7. Dinner provided.


Beyond the Pacing Guide: Reimagining the Elementary Math Classroom (Grades 1-5)
Teacher Leaders: Lisa Caponigro and Chris Fitzpatrick

Are you stressed about your pacing guides? Come design your IDEAL math class as you connect horizontally and vertically across schools and districts to share best practices and discuss common challenges in our elementary math classrooms. We will explore skills foundational at each grade level to create a dialogue centered on what we are doing well and already know; as well as what can be improved so our students will be prepared for current and future grade levels.


21st Century Learning and Teaching: Incorporating Instructional Technology in the Classroom (Grades K-8)
Teacher Leader: Laura Hubert

How do we incorporate technology in the classroom in order to prepare students who are digitally literate? In this course, we will dive into the 2016 Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Curriculum Framework and identify ways for classroom teachers to plan lessons that address these standards.  We will explore instructional technology tools and resources that can be utilized in the classroom to increase student engagement and achievement, provide multiple opportunities for student choice and expression, and development of the 4 Cs—critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. By the end of the five weeks, you will gain a working knowledge of technology as a teaching and planning tool in order to enhance your teaching practice as a 21st century teacher. 


SEI Focus: Protocols and Strategies for Reaching and Teaching EL Students (Grades K-12)
Teacher Leader: Constance Moore

In this course, you will gain the requisite knowledge and skills to shelter instruction, as it pertains to various disciplines, in order to meet the needs of our ever increasing population of English language learners (ELLs), so that they can equitably “. . .access the curriculum, achieve academic success, and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources as participants and future leaders in the 21st century global economy.” Over the five-weeks, we will explore effective research-based strategies and practices to make subject matter concepts understandable for students who are still developing English language skills.


Performance-Based Assessments: Learning for Life (Grades 5-12)
Teacher Leader: Charles Willis

What future roles will our students play, and how can our classrooms be restaged as rehearsal spaces for life? In Performance Based Assessments: Learning for Life you will learn how to revise, redesign and plan assessments that get students excited to connect their learning to real world problems.  In a competency-based approach, students will grapple with thought-provoking essential questions and know explicitly the skills and content required to complete a rigorous and relevant assessment. This course outlines a framework for planning and assessing units of study that engage students in the dynamic integration of content with real-world literacies – reading, writing, and numeracy in a variety of modes, frequent oral processing, academic conversation, questioning, non-routine problem solving, viewing, producing, presenting, and reflection.


Questions? Email Sasha Zuflacht at szuflacht@teachplus.org