SEI Special Topics: Mathematics and Academic Language

Professional Development


You've earned your SEI endorsement; now what? The SEI course taught educators to think about academic language in terms of language objectives; this course offers a "deeper dive" into academic language as it relates to content (knowledge, skills, understandings) and thinking. Participants will explore WIDA's discourse, sentence and word/phrase levels of academic language; oral and written discourse; content and language objectives; and state and national content and practice standards.

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Teachers; Grades K-12.


18 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside reading and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these PDPs will satisfy the ELL or Special Education-related requirements for recertification. 


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


  • Carmelo Chiello

    Carmelo Chiello, currently a doctoral student in the School of Education’s Language, Literacy, and Culture concentration at the UMASS-Amherst, taught middle school social studies in South Florida for eleven years, earning National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification along the way. He has an MA in TESOL and Bilingual Education, as well as a TEFL certificate; and taught ESL in Spain.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
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.