Center for Education and Community

The Center for Education and Community (CEC) provides professional development, supports professional learning communities and responds to the learning needs of schools, school districts and education-related organizations in the region surrounding Salem State. Its services include site- and campus-based courses, workshops, consultations, and study groups; research assistance, program development and grant-writing assistance; and roundtables and conferences.

Selected examples of CEC activities:

  • Annual fall "Best Practices in Education" conference for area educators, co-sponsored with Salem State's Friends of Education and the School of Graduate Studies
  • Grant development and implementation in collaboration with schools, school districts and community organizations
  • Assistance with program development and delivery for professionals, children and families
  • District-sited professional development courses and workshops in a wide range of educational fields, including subject matter content, classroom management, universal design, adapting and modifying curricula, talent development and educating advanced learners, family literacy, hands-on mathematics, and economic education
  • Assistance with the development of professional learning communities
  • University-district partnerships for degree- and certificate programs in high-need educational licensure areas

For more information about the School of Education's Center for Education and Community, please contact staff coordinator Wendy Pearson at 978.542.7448.

7th Annual Best Practices in Education Conference

Join the Salem State University community for its 7th Annual Best Practices in Education Conference on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Harrington Building, Salem State University South Campus, 11 Harrison Road, Salem, MA 01970.

Choose up to 4 workshops from among 16 workshops for PreK-8 early childhood and elementary teachers, administrators, support personnel, and parents on topics including:

  • Meeting Learning Challenges
  • Supporting English Learners
  • Engaging Families
  • Highlighting the Common Core


Mary-Lou Breitborde, EdD

Celebrating Schools for Teachers of the People: Reclaiming the Mission

Mary-Lou Breitborde is a professor of education at Salem State University.  She is co-author of Teaching on Principle and Promise and Educating the Global Village, teaches courses in the social and historical foundations of education, develops university partnerships, and presents nationally and internationally on schools as community institutions and agencies of social change.  A former elementary classroom teacher, Salem State University associate dean, and educational consultant, Dr. Breitborde is working on a biography of Civil war-era teachers of the freed people.

Conference Flyer [PDF]

Conference Brochure [PDF]

Register for the 7th Annual Best Practices in Education Conference

RETELL/SEI Endorsement Course Registration Instructions

In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE), Salem State University is offering three graduate credits for successful completion of GNE726: SEI Endorsement Course. The course fee is $275.

GNE726 is restricted to enrollees in DESE-instructed RETELL/SEI Endorsement courses offered in school districts. To document approval to register for the course, teachers should provide the email/welcome letter from the DESE SEI course instructor.

Before you can register, you must have a valid Salem State student identification number:

Already have a Salem State ID number?
  • Submit ID number to CEC staff Wendy Pearson (978.542.7448)
  • Staff will authorize your ID number for course registration and then notify you that are ready for registration
  • Register online using Navigator or in person at the Office of Student Records and Registrar
Need a Salem State ID number?
  • Access Navigator and follow instructions for creating a new student account
  • Once you have an ID number, submit it to CEC staff Wendy Pearson (978.542.7448)
  • Staff will authorize your ID number for course registration and then notify you that are ready for registration
  • Register online using Navigator or in person at the office of student records and registrar

Payment is non-refundable after the first course meeting, regardless of whether the registrant is unable to complete the course and/or does not earn a passing grade to earn credit. Registrants may view and download an unofficial Salem State University transcript with grade for the course after the course has ended and grades are posted by DESE, by going online to their Navigator account.  No hard copy of grades will be mailed automatically. Salem State School of Graduate Studies (SGS) policies are applicable to off-campus courses and may be found in the Salem State Online Course Catalog.

For further assistance, contact CEC staff Wendy Pearson (978.542.7448).