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Welcome to the Center for University, School and Community Partnerships (CUSP)at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's satellite location in Fairhaven. CUSP offers professional development and alternative licensing programs for teachers and administrators.--- The Leading for Learning Principal Licensure Program ---

Learn about the Tuition-FREE*, Fast-Track
Teacher Preparation Program for PARAPROFESSIONALS!

If you are a paraprofessional who has dreamed about becoming an elementary school teacher, UMass Dartmouth in partnership with Bristol Community College, Lesley University, and the New Bedford and Fall River Public Schools is offering a Tuition-Free*, Fast-Track Program toward teacher licensure in Elementary Education with additional licensure in Moderate Special Needs.

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*Based upon acceptance into the Massachusetts Teacher Preparation Program


The New Bedford Public Schools Professional Development Program is designed to be an on-going process. All staff who affect student learning will be involved in activities and programs that continually upgrade professional skills. The promotion of individual growth and development will lead to meaningful and relevant curriculums for improved student performance. Additionally, to prepare and support educators to help all students achieve to high standards of learning and development.

The New Bedford Public Schools Professional Development Plan provides for varied opportunities for professional growth and development that:
  • will align professional development activities with the district, school and individual educator goals for education
  • increases staff understanding of how to provide school environments and instruction that are responsive to the developmental needs of children, young adolescents, and adolescents
  • addresses diversity by providing awareness and training related to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to ensure that an equitable and quality education is provided to all students
  • enables staff to provide challenging, developmentally appropriate curriculum that engages students in integrative ways of thinking and learning
  • prepares teachers to demonstrate high expectation for student learning " reflect the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks