Summer Professional Development Institutes FAQs

How do I register?

You may register online via our electronic registration form, or by sending your printed registration form to the MITS office.  You are not considered officially registered until MITS has received both your completed registration form and your payment.

Where do the Institutes take place?

Summer Professional Development Institutes can take place at a variety of partner institutions in 6-8 regions across Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. The first and last day of the institutes are usually held at the Lead Institute. During the rest of the program you will follow a schedule that will include spending 1-2 days at each of the partner’s sites. The schedule will vary depending on the number of participants in each region. The rotation schedule will be given to you on the first day of the institute.

Where will I be going and what activities will I be doing?

Please refer to each Region’s page during Spring/Summer to find further information about activities.

How do I know where to go/what to bring on the first day?

MITS sends out a Welcome Packet to each registered participant once payment is received. We start sending out these packets in late May/early June.

Will the Institute take place indoors or outdoors?

The Summer Professional Development Institutes are a balance of both indoor, classroom-based components and outdoor field experiences. Depending on your region, daily activities could include nature walks, behind-the-scenes tours of facilities, introductions to resource centers, modeling of inquiry-based activities and more.

I can’t get a babysitter – can I bring my child with me to the Institute?

MITS Institutes are graduate level programs for adults, thus the activities and learning environment are inappropriate for children. Day care is not provided.

Are the Call Backs optional?

The Call Backs are considered an integral part of the course and are not optional. You will receive PDPs for attending the Call Backs.

How can I pay?

You may pay for registration either via our electronic registration form, or by sending a check in to the MITS office with your printed registration form. You are not considered officially registered until MITS has received both your completed registration form and your payment.

What is the 2017 Summer Professional Development Institutes registration deadline?

The registration deadline is June 1st, 2017. After that date please call for availability.

What is the 2017 Summer Professional Development Institute cancellation policy?

A $75 cancellation fee will be deducted from any registration refunds prior to June 1, 2017.  All refund requests must be received by June 1, 2017. No refunds will be given after that date.

How do I pay for graduate credits?

You may pay for graduate credit either via our electronic registration form’s PayPal option, or by sending a check or Purchase Order in to the MITS office. Graduate Credit Forms are sent out with Welcome Packets, and must be completed and returned to the MITS office.

Can the Summer Professional Development Institute graduate credits be applied to a Master’s Degree program?

You need to check with the college or university in which you are enrolled to find out if the graduate credits are transferable to your Master’s Degree program.

When will I receive my grade/PDPs?

PDPs and graduate credits will be awarded after your region’s Fall Callback.

Professional Development Seminar (PDS) Series FAQs

How do I register?

Registration can be done online through an electronic form, or by using our printable registration form and mailing it to the MITS office. You are not considered officia

How do I pay?

Payment can be submitted securely via PayPal by using our online PDS registration form, or by printing out a registration form and mailing it to the MITS office with a check or Purchase Order. You are not considered officially registered until MITS has received both your completed registration form and your payment.

Can I receive PDPs for attending?

Yes, PDP certificates are available at the end of each seminar.

Do I have to attend all the sessions?

No, which session you choose to attend is entirely optional. There is a registration discount for attending all the sessions. Please see our online PDS brochure for details.

Do the PDS sessions have a capacity limit?

Yes, our PDS sessions often have a limit to how many people can register. When one has reached max capacity the session info will be updated on our website and Facebook page. Please do not show up at the PDS without prior registration, as we may have to turn you away at the door. We keep a waiting list, but it’s best to register early to ensure your spot!