Professional Development

The RSRC is dedicated to providing teachers and administrators with professional development opportunities which increase their understanding of mathematics and science and support their teaching of students. Courses are offered during the summer. Quarterly network meetings provide ongoing opportunities for teachers and administrators to meet and discuss classroom issues during the school year.

Want to see some photos of our Professional Development courses in action? 
Choose a course below:

Student Conceptions in Physical Science


Attending NCSM Boston 2015?

 Come and learn more about a research-evaluated professional development program developed by the Regional Science Resource Center! 

"Developing Mathematics Learning Communities Focusing on Student Work"

Mathematics Learning Communities (MLC) use student work as a means to connect professional development to the classroom and to stimulate authentic discussions about how students learn mathematics.  MLC can serve as a professional development model that math teachers leaders can implement within their own school/district.  By developing a cadre of trained teacher facilitators, MLC can provide a school/district with high-quality, sustainable, research-based professional development. Participants will become members of a model mathematics learning community for a more in-depth look.

Speakers: Dona Apple and Wendy Cleaves

April 13, 2015 @ 12:15 PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Room: 103

             COURSE OFFERINGS                    NETWORK MEETINGS




Understanding the Standards for Mathematical Practice

Examining the Intersection of the Standards for Mathematical Content and the Standards for Mathematical Practice.  A hybrid professional development experience for teachers and district math leaders.

  • Each grade band will experience two modules around important math ideas and will engage participants in metacognition, analyzing student work, unpacking rigor of math tasks, vertical alignment and more.
  • Online follow-up work can be done at your convenience during the given month.
  • Earn 10 PDP's per session.
  • Registration Fee: $250.00 per session.
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Making Data, Statistics & Probability Accessible to ALL Learners

This course offers foundational math content and pedagogical strategies for general education, inclusion and special education teachers of grades 5 through 12. It strengthens teachers’ understanding of concepts in data, statistics and probability.  Teachers will learn universal design strategies and techniques to promote accessibility of rigorous mathematics to a broad range of learners. 

Intended Audience: Teachers in grades 5-12 who support ALL Math Learners (including general and special educators, ELL teachers, G/T teachers, as well as math coaches & specialists)  

Location: Regional Science Resource Center, Shrewsbury MA

Resources: Participants will receive a course binder full of materials along with access to hundreds of online instructional strategies and teacher resources.  Refreshments will be served at all face-to-face sessions. 

Registration Fee: $575.00 (45 PDPs awarded for course completion)  OR   

 $725.00 (3 graduate credits through Endicott College)

Course Instructors:Wendy Cleaves, Regional Science Resource Center, Math Coordinator

 Kelly Hilton, Framingham High School, Math Teacher   


Register online at:

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DSAC Courses

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is making available a limited amount of professional development to Level 3 districts and schools through its six regionally-based District and School Assistance Centers (DSACs).  The Regional Science Resource Center @ UMass Medical School is an approved vendor for four DSAC mathematics course offerings:

  • Advanced Mathematical Decision Making
  • Increasing Accessibility to Algebra & Geometry for ALL Learners
  • Massachusetts Intel Mathematics Initiative (MIMI)
  • Mathematics Learning Communities (MLC)

Click on the link (to your right) for more information.

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AP Biology

The AP Biology Network was initiated for any interested AP Biology teachers. The meetings, held four times throughout the year, will address interests, questions, and issues of the participating teachers. There is no charge and all teachers, veteran and novice, are invited to join the group.

March 24, 2015

3:30 - 5PM @ The Regional Science Resource Center - Rose Gordon Bldg, 222 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA

AP Chemistry

The AP Chemistry Network meetings address interests, questions, and issues of the teachers participating. There is no charge and all teachers, veteran and novice, are invited to join the group.

March 26, 2015

3:30 - 5PM @ The Regional Science Resource Center - Rose Gordon Bldg, 222 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA

AP Calculus

The AP Calculus Network meetings include opportunities to explore calculus content, find out about updates and changes to the AP exam, and ask questions of colleagues. If there are new AP teachers in your district and other districts that you know, please extend an invitation for them to join us. Please feel free to bring along copies of resources you would like to share with the group.

We are looking forward to seeing you again! 

Thurday, May 21, 2015

3:30 - 5:30 PM @ The Regional Science Resource Center, Rose Gordon Bldg, 222 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 


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Wendy Cleaves

Karin Spahl Lebeau

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