Professional Learning

CREST provides high quality professional development to teachers, therapists, instructional assistants, nurses and parents in order to build capacity to meet the diverse needs of students and families.  Instructors have extensive experience in the field and have worked in public, private, and collaborative settings.  They strive to provide rigor and relevance in each and every session so participants walk away with hands-on tools to implement immediately.

Programs are held on our Methuen campus or can be customized in your district to meet your specific goals.

Please see what CREST is offering for Professional Learning!
We accept PO’s for all sessions!
We will be offering new options coming for the 2017-2018 school year.   More information to come soon!
Online PD Modules for 10 PDP’s
  • Partnering with Parents in a Preschool Setting
  • Promoting Positive Paraeducator Practice
  • Mentor Training: Teachers
  • Mentor Training: Administrators
Online PD Modules for 15 PDP’s (Meets new recertification requirements). 
  • Integrating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Your Classroom

Hybrid PD Series for 15 PDP’s ( Meets new recertification requirements).  

  • Effectively Integrating UDL and PBIS in Your Early Childhood Setting
Online 3 Credit Courses: 
  • Writer’s Workshop: This course will be conducted online and is designed to support teacher in their efforts to provide writing instruction through a balanced literacy model.  The course covers the four kinds of writing:  shared writing, interactive writing, guided writing, and independent writing.  Teachers will discover ways to integrate new ideas for maintaining or improving Writer’s Workshop in their own instruction and learn how writer’s workshop offers advantages across the curriculum. Instructor: Lori Martin, M.Ed.
  • Literacy for Students with Multiple Disabilities (Including Those with Sensory Impairments):  This course will be conducted online and will explore research and effective literacy strategies for students with multiple disabilities, including those with sensory impairments. Assistive technology supports will be woven into the entire course. Course Instructor: Patricia H. Mason, Ph.D.
2 Day Intensive Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)Training with completion certificate. 
Licensure Programs
We have 2 NEW options for those who wish to advance their careers.
  • B.A. Program for Paras who want to pursue a teaching degree
  • Licensure Programs in Moderate Special Needs and Administration

Sessions to start in the fall. 

To obtain details and/or registration information, please contact:

  • Bachelor of Arts Program: David Giarusso, Assistant Director of Professional Studies ~ 978-232-2847  –
  • Licensure Programs: Janet Arndt, Director of Graduate Education ~ 978-867-4322  –

If you do not see something of interest, and wish to have us develop something for you, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Rodriguez at 339-227-2155 or at

Week 1 Start date:  Monday, July 11th
The 6 week Registered Behavior Technician™Certification Program is designed for teachers, teacher assistants, paraprofessionals, and related service providers and is focused on the required course work for the RBT™ credential.
The program is delivered in a series of modules that are aligned with the RBT™ Task List.  These sessions are completed over a 6 week period with face-to-face meetings three times a week for two and one half hours. Method of instruction includes lecture, readings, hands on teaching demonstrations and verbal and written assessments.

At the time of the program, participants should be practicing under a BCBA.

Upon completion, participants will have the essential skills to implement evidence-based ABA teaching skills in both the classroom and home environment.  Each participant will be eligible to independently take the Registered Behavior Technician™ Certification exam through the Pearson VUE testing center.

Questions regarding this program can be directed to Cyndie Femino at 978-685-3000 ext 1110 or by email.

Want to learn more? Click on our flyer below.
  Administrator Course:
Universally Designed Leadership

Course Description:   Educational leaders aspire to build great systems in a landscape of barriers. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides options for effective and inclusive educational platforms. This course builds off of the principles of UDL and applies them to your leadership practices. Participants will be able to focus their learning specifically on areas they need to strengthen and develop individualized strategies for effective leadership in collaborative settings.

Course Details:  Cost (Includes the textbook and food for all in-person sessions).
● Individuals: $650* per person
● Teams of 3-5: $625* per person
● Teams of 6 or more: $600* per person
*If you wish to purchase graduate credits, there is an additional fee of $237 to Gordon College.
Course Schedule: 
● In-Class Meeting: Tuesday, August 1 9:00am – 3:00 pm ○ Online Module (8/14-8/25)
● In-Class Meeting: Tuesday, September 12: 9:00-1:00 pm ○ Online Module (9/15-9/29)
● In-Class Meeting: Tuesday, October 3 9:00-1:00 pm ○ Online Module (10/9-10/20)
● In-Class Meeting: Tuesday, November 7 9:00-1:00 pm ○ Online Module (11/13-11/30)
● In-Class Meeting: Tuesday, December 5 9:00-1:00 pm
Questions regarding this program can be directed to Cyndie Femino at 978-685-3000 ext 1110 or  by email .
Course FLYER
for Universally Designed Leadership

IEP Boot Camp: Pre K-22 Using Data to Improve Teaching and Learning

Presenter:  Carol Kosnitsky

Dates:  October 30, 31; November 28, 29, 2017 (4 Days)

Time of Training:  9:00 – 3:00



Designing and implementing high-quality IEPs can be a daunting process. There are a lot of moving parts, such as collecting relevant data, managing meetings, and aligning IEPs with state standards. This 4-day Series will provide participants with all the tools they need to develop IEPs that “tell each student’s story” and embed meaningful strategies for measuring and reporting progress.

In order to write a compelling and relevant IEP, participants will learn how to:

  • Identify and synthesize relevant sources of educational data;
  • Develop relevant student profiles;
  • Establish practices that increase team member engagement in the IEP process;
  • Align the IEP to grade-level standards;
  • Determine appropriate accommodations, scaffolds, and specially-designed instruction necessary to meet each student’s unique needs and to ensure meaningful involvement and progress in the general education curriculum.

The training will emphasize effective use of data to monitor and report progress. At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Collect and synthesize all data necessary to develop a plan;
  2. Describe student strengths, the impact of the disability, and current performance levels so that the classroom teacher’s ability to support the student will be optimal;
  3. Utilize data to create measurable goals, monitor progress, and make data-driven instructional decisions;
  4. Align IEPs to the Common Core State Standards;
  5. Increase student, parent, and teacher engagement in the IEP process;
  6. Plan appropriate instructional and assessment accommodations;
  7. Manage difficult conversations and meetings through the IEP process.

Participants will actively reflect upon the IEPs they have written, make revisions, and practice the alignment process throughout the 4-day Series.

All participants MUST bring an IEP to work on.      

Cost:  Members $595 and Non Members $650. Purchase orders will be accepted.

Location:  5 Branch Street, Methuen, MA 01844

Lunch and handouts will be provided.
Questions regarding this program can be directed to Cyndie Femino at 978-685-3000 ext 1110 or  by email .
Register HERE for IEP Boot Camp!



From May 15 through May 18, Haverhill Kindergarten Teachers of the Bartlett, Bradford, Pentucket Lake and Silver Hill Schools; and, Lowell Kindergarten Teachers of the Bailey, Moody, and Reilly Schools conducted walk-throughs of each other’s classrooms, observing instruction with their students, and sharing best practices.  As partners of professional development during the last 18 months, Haverhill and Lowell kindergarten staff, literacy specialists, and administrators, have concluded their first, full year designing curriculum implementing DESE’s Statewide Focus on K2 principles of early literacy and learning.  

In the spirit of collaboration, teachers observed how interactive, standards-based literacy classroom centers have been established and, how students are engaging with their peers while immersed in two different Focus on K2 units of study; Animals 2×2 (Lowell) and Our Earth (Haverhill). After each morning walk-through, Haverhill and Lowell kindergarten teachers met together, discussing their successes and strategies aligning Massachusetts’ five principles of early literacy and learning throughout both districts. The week of visits was reviewed positively by all, and the development of cross-district kindergarten professional learning communities have been planned for the next school year.

Our thanks to 19 extraordinary kindergarten teachers, their 423 students, and administrators for opening their doors on behalf of early literacy instruction: Rashaun Martin, Haverhill Public Schools, District Supervisor, Social Studies and World Languages; Melissa Newell, Lowell Public Schools, Coordinator of English Language Arts & Literacy, K-12; Margaret Rodero, Literacy Specialist; Donna Mastrovito, Literacy Specialist; Sean Carabatsos, Principal, Reilly Elementary School, Lowell; Margaret Shepherd, Principal, Silver Hill Charter School, Haverhill; Kimberly Clements, Principal, Bailey Elementary School, Lowell; Maureen Gray, Principal, Bartlett Kindergarten Center, Haverhill; Roberta Keefe, Principal, Moody Elementary School, Lowell; Dianne Connolly, Principal, Pentucket Lake Elementary School, Haverhill; and Louise Perry, Principal, Bradford Elementary School, Haverhill.  

This is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Early Literacy Grant and CREST Collaborative.

Reilly and Moody to Bartlett K Van Photo Silver Hill K to Reilly Van Photo IMG_8398 IMG_8393

Thank you to the many participants who joined us this past spring for professional learning at CREST.  Please feel free to peruse the images of some recent sessions below!

Northeast Early Literacy Series: April 27, 2017
 School Law Updates, presentation by Colby Brunt, Esq: May 9, 2017
ETL/ODD Leadership Forum: May 11, 2017
  Universal Design for Learning Full Day Workshop:  May 12, 2017

Contact Information

Dr. Kristan Rodriguez, Director of Professional Learning:

  • Phone: 339-227-2155
  • Email:

General Questions can be sent to Cyndie Femino

  • Phone: 978-685-3000 ext. 1110
  • Fax: 978-689-7466

Office Hours: Mon – Fri:  8:00AM – 4:00PM

1 Branch Street, Methuen, MA 01844
Methuen, MA 01844

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