Professional Development

Professional Development Points (PDPs)

MMEA - Not a Licensed PDP Provider
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires PDP providers to be licensed. MMEA is not a licensed PDP provider and is therefore not authorized to award PDPs.

How to Earn PDPs
According to the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, PDPs are not awarded solely for conference attendance, but may be awarded by your school district for conference attendance combined with other documentation.

Here is what you should keep in order to document your conference attendance as it pertains to PDPs:

  • the conference program book
  • all session handouts and notes
  • the registration receipt

Following are a few suggestions as to how you may be able to use the session information at the conference to acquire PDPs. Be sure to check with your school district first!

  • Develop lesson plans in a standards-based unit;
  • Document music repertoire for its specific expected outcomes;
  • Work on curriculum development in your school district;
  • Develop and document teaching strategies used in the classroom/ rehearsals;
  • Develop and document assessment strategies used in the classroom, rehearsal, and/or performance;
  • Provide an "observable demonstration of learning" such as:
  1. samples of student work;
  2. CD/video of classroom, rehearsal, and/or concert;
  3. video taped observation of your teaching.

More Information:
Professional Development Frequently-Asked Questions:
Education laws and regulations:
Related resources:

Contact the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for further information. (See

Massachusetts Music Educators Association

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Michael LaCava
Interim Executive Director
PO Box 920004
Needham, MA 02492