Makerspaces: Where Learning = Doing

Professional Development


What is a makerspace? How can I create one in my school or district? How can I leverage a makerspace to increase student and community engagement in my school? In this three-session workshop (two face-to-face meetings plus an online webinar), you will explore these questions and more. The online follow-up session will provide a chance for you to share your experiences and challenges, and work with your colleagues to find solutions and inspiration.

Participants will explore a wide range of the possible configurations of makerspaces, and find one that fits the needs of your students, your school and your budget. Through this guided planning process, you will design and integrate a makerspace into your curriculum, with connections to strategies like Project-Based Learning and STEAM education that is in alignment with the new Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Standards draft Standards (December 2015).

Makerspaces are places where “learning = doing”, so come and create your own makerspace!

Audience and Grade Level

Classroom Teachers, Tech Teachers, Tech Integrationists, Tech Directors, Librarians, Media Specialists, and anyone interested in starting a makerspace at their school or in their district; Grades K-12.


15 PDPs will be awarded to participants who attend both face-to-face sessions as well as the online session (date TBD) and submit a plan to develop a makerspace in their own school or district.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • thumbnail of Casey Daigle

    Casey is the Digital Learning Manager for the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES), where she works with preK-12 teachers, administrators, and edtech leaders across Massachusetts to explore how tech can transform teaching & learning, better connect us as humans, and create more equity and inclusion. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and spends a lot of time engaging educators about makerspaces, personalized learning, and what learning feels like when it happens online.

  • Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse

    Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse is the Director of Licensure & Credentialing at the Collaborative for Educational Services. Suzanne oversees the Teacher Licensure and Administrative Leadership programs and is part of the CES ISTE Certification Team. She also co-leads the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Team of the Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition and is Site Coordinator for Reading Recovery in Western Massachusetts. Her interests lie in the fields of blended learning, technology integration in K-12 schools, makerspaces and creativity in education, games and gamification, and adult pedagogy. She has facilitated workshops and professional learning communities in history, literacy, K-12 libraries, and technology integration.

For more information, contact:
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413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.