Rick Atkins, Director of Professional Learning

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History

EDCO’s McSwiney Center for Professional Learning, dedicated to the late Eileen McSwiney who served as the Director of the Professional Learning program for 33 years, provides professional learning programs, networking opportunities, and special projects to assist member school districts in strengthening their curriculum and instruction. The McSwiney Center program goals are developed by district representatives in concert with EDCO staff to address current issues and needs across the Collaborative.

Program Objectives:

Establish and support networks and forums for sharing information, curriculum products, and state-of-the-art theory and practice about teaching and learning.

Expand the capacity of participating school districts to provide professional learning for school personnel

Extend member districts’ access to programs, resources and materials through collaborative projects and alliances with local institutions

Activities Conducted:

Professional Development Programs are designed to address mutually held systemwide goals of the member school districts and provide access to state-of-the-art practice and research on teaching and learning. Program offerings range from single session workshops to multi-session courses and conferences.

Interdistrict Curriculum Committees serve as a grassroots network for communication among member districts and between districts and EDCO staff.

The following EDCO interdistrict groups meet to exchange information, provide forums for discussion of instructional issues, and serve as task groups to develop collaborative projects:

  • Superintendents,
  • Assistant Superintendents (serves as the Program Advisory Committee)
  • Arts
  • Data Specialists
  • English Language Learners
  • Foreign Language
  • Health/Wellness
  • Language Arts
  • Library
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • High School Principals
  • Middle School Principals
  • School Psychologists
  • Early Childhood Directors/Specialists
  • Special Education Administrators
  • Team Chairpersons
  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)
  • Network Managers
  • Technology Leadership
  • Instructional Technology Specialists

Initiation and Management of Special Projects is implemented by initiating grant programs  and linking with research and development organizations and local colleges and universities.