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Educator Exchange, Dinner Edition: How do you design high-quality professional development?

The Teacher Collaborative

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

Educator Exchange, Dinner Edition: How do you design...

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This month's theme is all about designing effective professional development for your staff or colleagues. We will be discussing what critical elements are necessary to plan and execute a successful professional development meeting. We'll be offering dinner and the expertise of local educators on this topic.

Here's the rundown of what’s happening at this month’s Educator Exchange, Dinner Edition


  • Introductions around the table: Teacher Collaborative, Experts/Innovators, & Educators

  • Dinner and loosely-facilitated discussion with experts and attendees

  • Wrap up/closing


The Experts/Innovators are: 

  • James Likis is a former high school math teacher and co-founder of Do It Yourself, or DIY, Coaching. The typical teacher in BPS is only observed 5 times per year, so we wanted to create an alternative to traditional coaching that leverages video to have teachers coach themselves and one another.


More experts/innovators to come



Getting there:

  • Traveling by T: The Kebab Factory is accessible by bus or the closest T station is the Sullivan Square station on the orange line or the Harvard station on the red line.  You can then catch a bus to the restaurant from either of these stations.  
  • Parking: Street parking is available, but can be limited.  Please plan additional time to find a place to park.


The Educator Exchange: Dinner Edition is a spinoff of the Educator Exchanges: Big Ideas series. The dinner edition offers more intimate conversation focused on a particular topic that has been selected by teachers in which you get a chance to tap into the expertise of two local educators and one another! Each month features a different theme, new resources, and guest experts.



What do we mean by experts/innovators?

  • We define experts/innovators as educators who are trying something new and working to gather resources and content on that specific topic.  Of course, experts are also still learning and improving, too! Oftentimes, teachers do not give themselves enough credit when describing what they're good at and what they have expertise in, so we wanted to encourage teachers to own this.  

Who can attend this event?

Events are open to anyone who wants to discuss the given topic more in depth.

  • Educators who are curious about how to utilize talk-moves more effectively and become a facilitator of student discussion
  • Educators who feel confident facilitating classroom discussions, but want to give students more ownership in faciltating their own discussions
  • Educators who are experts at facilitating classroom discussion and support/coach other staff members in their schools.

Who should I contact with any questions?

Please contact Desireé Vaughn at

What's the refund policy?

If you find that you are no longer able to attend this event, please notify me as soon as possible.  As long as someone can fill your spot, your money will be refunded.

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The Kebab Factory - An Indian Bistro
414 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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