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.

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


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 2016-2017

    Youth Mental Health First Aid

    This course is intended for individuals who work with youth, but do not have clinical training.

    Time: Wednesday, January 25th & Thursday January 26th, 8:00AM-12:30 PM

    Location: The Family Center at NEC, 112 Sohier Road, Beverly MA

    Registration: $100 registration fee covers all materials and a light breakfast



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

    Behavioral Health Conference 2017

    Topics & Presenters:

    Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment for Children with Complex Trauma
    Elizabeth Warner PsyD & Michelle Denison, MS, OTR/L 
    The Cost of Intolerance: How Race, Ethnicity, Culture & Mental Health Intersect 
     Gayl Crump-Swaby, Ph.D., LCSW
    Meeting the School-Based Mental Health Needs of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth 
    Christopher Bellonci, MD    

    Time: April 6th, 2017, 8:30AM-3:00PM

    Location: Four Points Sheraton Wakefield Boston Hotel and Conference Center, 1 Audubon Rd, Wakefield, MA

    Registration: Member Districts $175    Nonmember Districts $200

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

    Rethinking School Discipline: the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

    Presenter: Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.

    Time: Friday, December 2, 2016, 9:00-4:00PM

    Location: Four Points Sheraton Wakefield Boston Hotel and Conference Center, 1 Audubon Rd, Wakefield, MA

    Registration: Member Districts $175    Nonmember Districts $200



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

    Seminar Series for New or Aspiring Special Educational Team Leaders

    NEC will consider adding an additional section of this course in the spring or summer.

    Presenter: Sharon Stewart

    Dates: Tuesdays

    Cohort A – 12/6, 1/17, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2* (*snow date if needed)

    Cohort B  –  1/24, 2/28, 3/21, 4/11, 5/9 

    Time: 3-5pm

    Location: Northshore Academy Cafeteria, 126 Sohier Road, Beverly

    Registration: Member Districts $250    Nonmember Districts $300



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


    NEC Staff Professional Development  

    Professional Development for Northshore Education Consortium staff.  Member Districts will be invited to attend trainings based on availability of space. 


    December 11, 2015

    Afternoon Training – All Staff

    Topics (choose one)

           Social Thinking: A View of Social Thinking Through the 7 Core Concepts
           Introduction to Trauma-Informed Treatment in Latency Aged and Adolescents
           Applying iPad Creation Tools to Support Narrative, Expository and Social Language

    Location: Northshore Academy Upper School, 126 Sohier Rd, Beverly

    Time: 12:30-2:30 PM




    Professional Development Conference Day – 2017


    Northshore Academy Upper School

    126 Sohier Road

    Beverly, MA 01915



    8:00-8:30        Breakfast and Registration

    8:30-9:45        KEYNOTE: In Our Voices Presentation: NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness)

    10:00-12:00    Breakout Sessions (Choose 1 of these 6 Sessions. If you don’t register, your first choice may fill up and not be available)

    12:00-1:00      LUNCH

    1:00-3:00        PLC Work Groups


    8:00 AM        KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  

    In Our Own Voices Presentation          

    NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness)

    In Our Own Voices presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share powerful personal stories in this 90-minute presentation


    10:00 AM      BREAKOUT SESSIONS:     (Choose 1)     

    1)     Spock Talk: What Every Educator Should Know About Developmental Psychology 

    Charlie Appelstein 

    This fun, jargon-free workshop examines key developmental periods and the psychological ramifications – and remedies – if kids don’t receive “good enough” care during these stages. Topics include: Prenatal difficulties and cognitive inflexibility; Attachment issues and strategies to enhance bonding; the terrible twos, splitting, personal self-disclosure, and character disorders; year three – the age of mastery; age five and making friends.


    2)     Building Resilience in Adolescents 

    Jeffrey Benson

    Developing independence and responsibility. Collaborating and communicating effectively. Establishing valuable work habits. Harnessing emotions and motivation. In this workshop, Jeffrey Benson, educator, author, and consultant will discuss the latest research on best practices from adolescent psychology, neuroscience, school climate, and provide you with tools to help teens succeed now and later in school, home, workplace, and community


    3)     Music, Movement, and Art: A Creative Experience at the Express Yourself Studio

    Paula Conrad M.Ed and Stan Strickland M.Ed

    Get on the NEC bus, travel to the Express Yourself Studio, and spend 90 minutes immersed in exploring the arts! Explore success oriented music, movement and art experiences with Exyo artists. We will create a community of collaboration that you can bring to the classroom. With effortless process, participants will access, ignite, and share our strengths and resources in a non-threatening environment. (Limited to 20 participants)


    4)     DDS Framework for Adult Services 

    Dr. Valarie Oresto Whiting

    Dr. Valarie Oresto Whiting, DDS Statewide Director of Training for ASD, ABI, and DD, will speak about the DDS Framework for Adult Services and how it applies to our students with severe disabilities.


    5)     Transition Planning for students with ASD 

    Marilyn Weber, Transition Specialist and Kelly Challen, Director of Transition Services/ NESCA

    This workshop will discuss effective strategies for transitioning from classroom education to community experiences, what community experiences best support transitions to college, employment, recreation, leisure, independence and a range of post-secondary outcomes, and “How to implement the “I” in individualized educational programs.”


    6)     A Parent’s Perspective Panel 

    Sheila Guiney

    Hear directly from a group of current and former NEC parents about their experiences raising children with special needs and the specific ways in which educators have made the biggest impact on their children and families.


    12:00   LUNCH


    1:00     PLC Work Groups 






    To download the complete Conference Program click here