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In August, 175 educators participated in a two-day conference on Student Mental Health co-sponsored by NEC and SEEM.

Professional Development that strives to provide learning opportunities of excellence for educators and professionals to enable them to develop the knowledge, skills and practices necessary to meet the learning needs of all students.





Workshops and full-day conferences provide an opportunity for educators and professionals to enhance their knowledge base on topics relating to education, special education, behavioral health and youth issues while also providing an opportunity for networking among colleagues. All trainings are facilitated by presenters with expertise in their field. Workshop and conference selections are based on needs assessment from our member districts and our collaborative. Requests are highly regarded in the planning of all professional and family programs.

Continuing Education Credits

  • PDPS

  • Certificates of Attendance

  • CEUS – For clinical trainings only. Offered through the Collaborative of NASW

Professional Development Weather Cancellation Policy

If Beverly Public Schools and/or NEC are closed due to weather, all  NEC PD events are cancelled for that day/evening.  NEC closings are posted on WBZ. If the weather changes during the day, and there is an after school PD session scheduled, participants will be notified by email by 2:00.  It is the responsibility of participants to check their email.


Upcoming Events



    School Year 2018-2019

    Orton-Gillingham 10 Session Training

    The Orton-Gillingham Method for Teaching Reading & Spelling

    Instructor: Kerri McDonald-Schaub, M.Ed., OG Fellow (AOGPE), Dyslexia Therapist (IDA)

    10 Wednesday Sessions

    Dates: November 7, November 14, November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19 ,January 9, January 16 , January 23 , January 30 (weather delays/cancellations follow MERSD schedule)

    Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

    Location: Manchester-Essex Regional Middle-High School Library

    Cost: $500

    Participants will receive 30 PDPs upon completion of training



    Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Practicum & Fieldwork

    The Orton-Gillingham Associate Level practicum provides teachers who have completed the 30-hour introductory course with the opportunity to apply the theory of OG instruction while working with a student at their own school site or in a private setting.

    Instructor: Kerri McDonald-Schaub, M.Ed., AOGPE Fellow

    Dates: All face-to-face seminar classes will take place on the last Tuesday of the month from October through May (weather delays/cancellations follow MERSD schedule)

    Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

    Location: Manchester-Essex Regional Middle-High School Library

    Prerequisite: Participants must have completed the Orton-Gillingham Level I and II course within the last two years.

    Cost: $3,500 (includes 30 additional hours of coursework and 10 practicum observations hours)



    Youth Mental Health First Aid 8-Hour Course

    Due to a generous grant from the John W. Alden Trust to support Youth Mental Health First Aid training, we are able to offer this course at the reduced rate of $25 (normally $100)

    Instructor: Windi Bowditch, LMHC & Robyn Steinberger, SAC

    Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 & Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Time: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm each day

    Location: Northshore Education Consortium 112 Sohier Road, Beverly, MA 02151 (3rd floor boardroom #317)

    Cost: $ 25.00 includes refreshments (not lunch) and materials

    Participants will receive 8 PDPs upon completion



    Youth Mental Health First Aid FLYER

    To register by mail send check or PO to: NEC, 112 Sohier Rd, Beverly, MA 01915

    Developmental Trauma and Learning Workshop – The Impact on Academic Performance

    Presented by: The Federation for Children with Special Needs

    Instructor: Mary-Beth Landry, Training & Support Specialist – Recruitment, Training & Support Center

    Dates: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Time: 8:00a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Location: Northshore Academy Upper, 126 Sohier Road, Beverly MA

    Cost: Free Full Day




    NEC Conference – 2018

    Date: March 9, 2018

    Time: 8AM-3PM

    Location: Northshore Academy Upper School, 126 Sohier Road, Beverly MA

    Time to register for your (morning only) workshop! 

    Register early to get your first choice​ ​! ​

    Choose a 2nd choice- if first choice is full ​


    Full-day conference for all NEC staff ( keynote , morning session & PLC groups)
    Light breakfast and lunch will be provided
    Limited space in some classrooms so register early



    Behavioral Health Conference 2018

    Current Issues in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

    Date: April 12, 2018

    Time: 8:00 AM (Registration) – 3:00 PM

    Location: Four Points by Sheraton Wakefield Boston Hotel & Conf. Center, Wakefield, MA

    Cost: $175 for NEC Member Districts / $200 for Non Members

    This program is approved for PDP Educator accreditation for 5.5 hours of participation.


    Camila Barrera, MSW:  Teen Dating A to Generation Z:  Helping Students Develop Healthy Relationships

    It is important for school staff to understand the dynamics of teen relationships and recognize signs of unhealthy relationships and possible abuse, including the role of the Internet and social media in today’s relationships. The workshop provides activities for educators to bring information about healthy relationships into the classroom. Videos from MPY teen dating series are shown.

    Jeffrey Benson, M.Ed.: “Hanging In” with Challenging Students 

    People don’t change; they grow. Students with challenges grow in idiosyncratic and often unpredictable ways. In this workshop we will consider the diverse ways students learn, the opportunities to stretch the environment for atypical learners, and share many tools to help teachers hang in through the ups-and-downs of student development.

    Ruth Potee, MD:   Addiction and the Adolescent Brain

    In this presentation Dr. Potee will describe the pathways in the brain related to addiction, discuss the current opioid crisis and the impact on schools and communities, discuss the relationship of adverse childhood events and health outcomes such as addiction and chronic pain.




    Mail: Make check payable to Northshore Education Consortium and mail to: Attn: Kathy Mahoney
    Northshore Education Consortium, 112 Sohier Rd, Beverly, MA 01915

    Fax: Fax PO and registration form to 978.232.9449