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Professional Development for BPS Staff

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 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 cultural proficiency skills. 

COURSE DATES AND 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 September, October, November, and December 2022:

  • September: 29
  • October: 13, 20
  • November: 3, 17
  • December: 1, 8, 22

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 available through Framingham State University for a fee of $150.  Please note that you must request pre-approval through Frontline to be able to have Graduate Credits applied to your personnel file and/or receive tuition reimbursement for the cost of the credit. Frontline instructions can be found here.

Enrollment is open to both teachers and administrators and is limited to 23 participants.


**Deadline for Registration: September 15, 2022 (or until the course reaches capacity)**

Studying Skillful Teaching 2022:  Are you a Pre K – 12 educator looking to build capacity to improve daily practices and your student’s achievement?  The Studying Skillful Teaching (SST) is the perfect course for you!  Studying Skillful Teaching is designed to improve your students’ achievement through lesson planning, high expectations, and formative assessment.

Course Dates and Times:  Studying Skillful Teaching is a 37.5 hour in-person course that will run for four consecutive days in the Belmont School District in August and four Monday afternoons in the fall:

  • August 8, 9, 10, 11 — 8:30 am-3:30 pm
  • September 19 — 3:30 - 6:45 pm
  • October 3 — 3:30 - 6:45 pm
  • October 24 — 3:30 - 6:30 pm
  • November 14 — 3:30 - 6:30 pm

Course Cost and PDPs:  The course is sponsored and paid for by The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE).  Many thanks to the FBE for their generous support!  Participants also have the option to apply for three graduate credits through Fitchburg State University, at an approximate cost of $375.  Open to educators Grades PreK-12.  Maximum enrollment: 25

Click here to register today for Studying Skillful Teaching

Click here to view the course overview

Summer 2022 Courses Offered by The Initiative for Developing Equity and Achievement for Students (IDEAS):  The IDEAS program offers courses that help communities develop ant-racist practices that collectively work to dismantle systems of discrimination and oppression.  To register for an upcoming course, contact Maura Logan.

Click Here for the Available Summer 2022 Virtual IDEAS courses

Professional Learning TeamsIn 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

Professional Development Documents

Contact Us

Assistant Superintendent - Janice Darias

Office of the Assistant Superintendent - Maura Logan