Professional Development and Continuing Education

Professional Development and Continuing Education

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development Professional Development and Continuing Education offerings are devised to meet the needs of individuals, schools, and districts. We collaborate with principals, teachers, and support staff to identify their needs and develop customized professional development plans that leverage our faculty’s diverse fields of expertise. 

Through a variety of programming, current educators can study at the forefront of instruction and assessment while advancing their careers. Experienced Lynch practitioners develop customized programming that covers a range of topics, including how to most effectively develop learning communities. Programming is flexible, with credit and non-credit courses and short-term and extended options available. Our modules are designed to establish and grow individual and group capacity so that the impact of the professional development experience lasts long after the module ends. Every offering includes a follow up review in which the individual/school/district can share their experiences with implementing their professional development in their practice. Boston College facilitators provide feedback for refinement and reinforcement. 

Whether it is customizing one of our established cohort-based professional development experiences, or working with our design team to develop an experience unique to specific school contexts, each of our research-based modules can help meet overall school/district improvement plans.

Program Offerings

Bilingual Education Certificate

Led by a consortium of Boston College faculty and students who actively work with teachers and administrators in dual language schools in Massachusetts, this program prepares student teachers and practicing teachers to work in bilingual settings using innovative dual language practices. The certificate is aligned with Massachusetts subject matter knowledge requirements for state bilingual endorsement.

Teaching the Genres of Writing to K-8 students

A series of one-credit courses prepare educators to teach language development and writing to students in grades K–8. The curriculum leverages an approach that Professor Maria Brisk has developed and tested for over 10 years in multiple schools. Courses focus on narrative writing, report and explanation writing, and argument and procedure writing.
 

Higher Education Summer Seminars

Engaging, practice-oriented summer short courses are geared towards higher education professionals and graduate students seeking professional renewal, new skills, knowledge, and career advancement. Courses may be taken individually or as a set, and are taught by experienced, dynamic senior administrators and faculty from Boston College and other regional institutions.

Mentoring and Induction of Novice Teachers

A series of after school meetings between the teacher leaders and Boston College facilitators is designed to help teachers learn the basic tenets of why and how to develop Professional Learning Communities within their school in order to address problems of practice in a school community. During this module, teachers draw upon extant school-based data to formulate school-specific problems of practice that participants will unpack in order to formulate action steps.

Building a Data-driven Mindset

In this module, teams of teachers will work with Boston College facilitators to establish responsible habits of data use. They will practice decomposing learning targets, and will deepen their understanding of student thinking by exploring effective data cycle protocols and procedures. Participants will learn how to create and analyze learner center problems of practice.

Customized Professional Development Experiences

Working with our design team, school leaders can create a customized professional development experience for the teachers within their school or district. These experiences can be held on site or online, with or without a university credits component.
 

Contact Us

Office of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations
Campion Hall 106
pathways@bc.edu
617-552-4206

Quick Facts

Flexible course locations and scheduling
(Site based, online, or hybrid formats)

Courses can be taken for continuing education credits, or non-credit professional development

Partake in current program offerings,
or develop a customized module

There is no better payback on learning and professional development than creating ideas and plans and putting those into action to meet student needs. The staff at the Lynch School have worked so closely with us at the Jackson Mann. They just moved us to an entirely new level of professional development. They have deepened and solidified a great partnership to benefit the teachers and students of the Jackson Mann K-8 School. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Andrew Tuite, Principal of Jackson Mann K-8 School