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2008 Conference
Contact the Conference Coordinator PDF Print E-mail

All speakers & authors for the 2008 Conference have been selected. If interested for 2009, please email our conference coordinator, Melissa Lynch, and we will keep your information for future review. 

Exhibitor packets will be mailed in late-June or early July. Email our conference coordinator if you are a new exhibitor and would like to receive a packet.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 May 2008 )
PDPs and MSLA PDF Print E-mail

 MSLA grants Certificates of Attendance for participants in conferences and workshops, based on Recertification Guidelines on the DESE webpage excerpted below:

Professional Development Points (PDPs)

May I earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) for attending a professional conference?

Professional Development Points are no longer awarded for attendance at a professional conference. However, educators who attend a professional conference may earn PDPs from their district if they extend their learning by developing a school-based activity or curriculum or by publishing written material. In this case, educators should obtain official verification from their school district. In addition, registered PD providers may award PDPs for conference attendance when educators participate in a workshop that includes an observable demonstration of learning that could include a written product. Registered providers should issue Certificates of Attendance when educators participate in a conference.

Please note that eligible workshops must total 10 hours or more on a related topic. Combining (bundling) workshops on a related topic to equal 10 or more hours is acceptable. For more information, please visit the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators.

What is the 10-hour in a topic minimum requirement

A minimum of 1o hours in a topic must be completed in order to count your activities toward the renewal of your license. Workshops/seminars with similar topics that are fewer than 10 hours may be bundled (combined) to equal at least 10 PDPs.

If you are unable to bundle your PDPs and they equal less than 10 you will not be able to submit these PDPs for renewal purposes.

May a variety of professional development activities in one topic be used to satisfy the 10-hour in a topic minimum requirement?

Combining (bundling) professional development activities in one topic may be used to satisfy the 10-hour in a topic minimum requirement. Note that districts will need to maintain reasonable documentation and award PDPs after an observable demonstration of learning. For example, a middle school mathematics teacher could participate in a six-hour, district-based professional development program focused on algebraic structures, then attend a four-hour session on teaching algebraic structures at a statewide workshop, and subsequently develop a new curriculum unit on algebraic structures for use as a district guide. The new curriculum unit would also serve as a demonstration of learning. In this example, the district may award the educator twenty-five PDPs in content (six PDPs for the district-based professional development program, four PDPs for the statewide workshop, and fifteen for the new curriculum unit.) For more information, please visit the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators.

What is a Professional Development Point (PDP)?

A Professional Development Point (PDP) is a unit of measurement of professional development activities. For example, one clock hour is equivalent to one PDP; one undergraduate semester hour (or college credit) is equivalent to 15 PDPs; one graduate semester hour (or college credit) is equivalent to 22.5 PDPs; and one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is equivalent to 10 PDPs. For more information, please visit the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators.

What documentation am I responsible to maintain in order to verify the completion of my professional development activities?

Educators must maintain a record of all applicable professional development activities in order to verify compliance with the renewal regulations. Typically, educators will only be asked to submit these documents if they are audited. The most common forms of verification include:

College/University course:

  • Official Transcript
  • Grade Report

School District, Collaborative, or Registered Provider Initiative:

  • Official certificate or letter verifying participation (activity/hours of participation/PDPs earned, proper signature)
  • End-of-course assessment (written product or other documentable product)

Self-directed Activities (resulting in a professional product):

  • Published articles, books, curriculum units, etc. For curriculum units, points will be given by the district if the educator is employed in a public school. Also, the verification document must be on school letterhead and signed by an administrator.

Summer Professional Development Institutes sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

  • Official certificate or letter verifying participation (activity/hours of participation/PDPs earned, proper signature)

Is the ratio of one PDP per clock hour still in effect?

Yes, educators are able to earn one PDP per clock hour for professional development activities and programs outlined in the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators. Educators who complete professional development activities that include an end-of-course assessment and are sponsored by the Department will earn 1.5 PDPs per clock hour.

May I earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) for presenting at a professional conference?

Educators may earn 30 PDPs the first time they make a presentation at a professional conference in a five-year renewal cycle.

May I earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) as a trainer/presenter of a professional development workshop or seminar?

Educators who develop and present a professional development workshop or seminar are eligible to receive twice the number of PDPs given to participants, with the presenter receiving a minimum of 10 PDPs and a maximum of 24 PDPs. These points may be counted the first time the training is provided in a five-year cycle.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 May 2015 )
MSLA Conference / Professional Learning PDF Print E-mail
Questions? Contact Laura D'Elia,   This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Professional Learning Committee chairperson
Edcamp MSLAEdCamp

         Saturday, September 26, 2015
         Dedham Middle School
          70 Whiting Avenue, Dedham                           8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
         Fee: Free
This new Edcamp is hosted by MSLA and is open to all educators  (forward this to your staff!) This is a great opportunity for librarians and educators to connect, share, and learn.

Digital Learning Day @ WGBH
         Friday, January 8, 2016
         WGBH Studios in Boston
         Fee: $100
         Join us for a day of digital learning and resources at the WGBH studios in Boston.
         There will be a keynote and session presentations, as well as tours of the WGBH studios.          After your day at WGBH you can head off to the opening of the Exhibit Floor at ALA
         Midwinter! More details to come.

Spring BookFest (not the official title)
         April 30, 2016
         Location: TBD
         Time: TBD
         Fee: TBD
         This event will be dedicated to books, reading, authors, and literacy.
         Donalyn Miller will be our keynote speaker (no threat of a snowstorm in April!) and there
         will be session presentations. More details to come.

English Language Learners and the School Library Course
         Summer Courses for Eastern MA and Western MA are currently full and accepting names
         for the waitlist.

         There will be an EDCO class in Bedford again in the fall, and we'd like to offer something
         south of Boston in 2016. Details are currently being discussed.
         Use the link in the title of the course to see when new courses are added or to add your
         name to the waitlist.

SPED Course
         We are currently trying to figure out the best way to provide coursework for librarians that
         satisfies the SPED endorsement for licensure. We will keep you posted

2017 Conference (Date and Location TBA)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 August 2015 )
Conference Policies PDF Print E-mail

Program Changes
The Conference Committee apologizes for any inconvenience caused by program changes. In all cases, cancellation or changes are beyond our control and are usually the result of illness or last minute scheduling problems. The Committee asks for your understanding should the situation arise.

Name Badges
Please wear your name badge at all times to gain entry to all sessions, exhibit hall, and meals.

There will be NO REFUNDS for cancellations within 5 days of the Conference.

Smoking is not permitted at any time during sessions. Conference attendees are asked to use the hotel’s designated smoking areas only.

MSLA Exhibit Hall
In the exhibit hall, exhibitors are presenting the newest products and services tailored for school libraries. Please show your appreciation for the exhibitors who support MSLA.

Certificate of Attendance
Due to the DESE changes in policy relative to PDPs, a certificate of attendance is in enclosed in this packet for your reference.

Personal Items
MSLA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items at the Conference.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 January 2015 )
2015 Conference Handouts PDF Print E-mail

Download handouts (and links) provided by Speakers: [updated 3/25/2015]

SUNDAY March 1

UnConference Kick-Off and Schedule-Building:
Dan Callahan and Laura D’Elia

Sessions & Notes

Monday March 2

Elementary Library Centers:
Jessica Lodge

Creating Uncommon Spaces: A DIY Learning Commons Makeover Seminar: Chani Craig
~Print Mandala~
Flipping for Blendspace!
Jen Thomas

Great Books for Teens:
Terri Grief
The Nuts & Bolts of Building a Library Collection for Tomorrow's Global Citizen: Jordana Shaw and Samantha Kane
The Power of Voice in Nonfiction Writing: 
Melissa Stewart and Sarah Albee
Fill Your Students’ Toolboxes Using Creative Technology Applications and 20% Time:  Christine Steinhauser Google Doc
How to Start a Nerdfighters Club:
Jordan Funke
Digital Literacy Using the Massachusetts Statewide Databases:
Marlene Heroux, Leslie Lomasson, Robyn Ferrazzani
Down & Dirty Tricks for Staying Sane in an Insanely Busy Library: Laura Gardner
Swimming Lessons in the Deep End: Social Media in the Elementary School Library: Kate Powers
Making Connections with LibGuides: 
Leslie Lomasson, Lani Blechman
A Poetry Toolkit:
Sharon Shaloo, Laurin Macios
 PDF with Links
Education by Design: Connecting to the Mobile Generation with BiblioBoard: Carolyn Morris, Emily Tordo, Tricia London
Coding with Kids: How to Teach & Integrate Coding into the Classroom:  Maya Bery
Media Literacy through Screencasting:
WGBH/Carolyn Jacobs and Cathy Collins
 Google Doc PPT
Summer Reading: Everybody Reads! 
Cindy Erle and Sherri Chalke
The New Statewide eBook Program:
Stephen Spohn and Tricia London
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 )

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