You are invited to participate in the MTA Core Collaborative, a high-quality semester-long professional development experience led by teacher leaders with expertise in the Common Core.  Through this program – provided to you at no cost by the MTA – you will collaborate with teachers from local districts to master the Mass Frameworks and help your students thrive. Join and invite your colleagues!

What is the MTA Core Collaborative?

What?  A team of MTA teachers collaborating to align curriculum to the Common Core, develop unit and lesson plans, and share best practices – led by outstanding teacher facilitators.
When?  Five Tuesdays, from 4:30-7:30p.m. (11/12, 11/26, 12/3, 1/7, & 1/21)
WhereCambridge Rindge & Latin Media Cafe, Dinner Provided

Why participate?
Relevance.  The Core Collaborative is teacher-created and teacher-facilitated, and addresses real issues relevant to your grade and subject.
Excellence.  You will develop Common Core-aligned units and lesson plans that you can use immediately in your classroom.
Leadership.  You will develop your skills as a teacher leader and come away with a toolkit to share with teachers at your school.
Recognition.  You will have the option to receive one university course credit from Endicott College or PDPs. (There is an $80.00 fee to receive course credit.)

Course Description
These courses will provide you the opportunity to collaborate with area teachers to implement the Common Core in your classroom. Led by a teacher Facilitator with expertise in the Common Core, you will collaborate to:

  • Analyze and understand the Common Core State Standards
  • Develop year-long curriculum maps with emphasis on specific standards
  • Create detailed unit plans focusing on key standards
  • Analyze and critique the work of peers and give and receive feedback about units, lessons, and strategies
  • Equip teachers to lead professional learning in their schools

On completion of the semester-long program, MTA Common Core Collaborative Teachers will be asked to share their lesson plan(s) on the Better Lesson website and to allow MTA to use the lesson(s) as exemplars in MTA training materials and websites. Collaborative Teachers will also be asked to pay it forward by donating 5-10 hours doing one of the following:

  • Provide guidance to teachers in their school or district
  • Serve as a presenter or co-presenter at an MTA workshop, webinar or conference
  • Work with MTA Training and Professional Learning staff on the design of materials for MTA programs about CCSS/PARCC
  • Create a video to assist other teachers in lesson planning
  • Share their expertise through media interviews or a part of panel discussions

Courses offered this semester:

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Common Core in the Elementary Classroom
Are you looking for ways to develop your students’ Common Core skills across content areas? In this course, you will dive deep into aligning current practices to meet the needs of 21st century learners across the curriculum.
Facilitator:  Catherine Tighe, Elementary Teacher from Somerville           

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Integrating the Common Core into Secondary ELA            
This course will support you with the resources and best practices to plan and implement Common Core-based units and lessons. You will work with fellow teachers on strategies such as Universal Design Learning, close reading, and text-dependent questioning.
Facilitator:  Lee Batjiaka, Middle School English Teacher from Bridgewater-Raynham

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Differentiated Instruction and the Common Core
In this course, you will broaden your understanding of proven models of differentiated instruction aligned to the Common Core. In each session, you will collaborate with fellow teachers to focus on a range of delivery models and instructional techniques to address a variety of learning styles and meet the individual needs of students.
Facilitator:  Karyn Grace, K-8 Special Education Teacher from Cambridge                

Middle School Literacy and Writing Strategies for the Common Core
What does it mean to teach students 21st century skills in literacy and writing? In this course, you will collaborate to increase the level of rigor in your classroom by incorporating the Common Core. You will examine best practices in methods such as close reading, providing textual evidence, and informational and reading literacy.
Dayna Mongelli, Middle School English Coach from Ashburnham Westminster   

Common Core in the Secondary Math Classroom
The Common Core provides a unique opportunity to analyze our practices to ensure all students are prepared to enter the 21st century workforce. For Math classrooms, this means developing conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and effective application. You will collaborate with fellow teachers to examine how to implement the standards in your own curriculum.
Peter Mili, Retired High School Math Teacher from Cambridge


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You must be a current teacher and a member of the MTA to sign up for this opportunity



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