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Professional Development

What Members Say

“[I would recommend BERST] to find renewed purpose and fun in one's own teaching and leading roles, to participate in creating a supportive professional community that represents the best of Baystate.”
—Ute Schmidt, Spiritual Services Manager, Leader Track

BERST Academy provides several educator development offerings throughout the year. We also recommend journals, blogs, and professional meetings that we think are valuable resources for educators.

For BERST Members

Base Camp

Base Camp is a two-day foundational professional development experience that uses group activities and personal reflection to introduce new members to BERST's key principles of motivation, innovation, and reflection.

Activities focus on building community, exploring various means of motivation, and participating in innovative teaching strategies. Participants also have the opportunity to watch faculty offer each other feedback on their teaching. Base Camp is a unique opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in developing and implementing innovative teaching practices.
BERST Faculty Teaching Boot Camp


The goals of these hour-long education sessions are to sustain our community of teachers and leaders, and test an innovative approach to teaching and learning. Each month explores a new strategy, such as visual teaching techniques, technological tools, and creative writing.

BERST Rounds

BERST Rounds are longer, exploratory programs, and offer educational credit. 

These quarterly sessions are designed to engage with education in creative ways. Recently, we explored how the physical practice of yoga can support more mindful approaches to teaching and leading.

BERST Workshop Brainstorming

Open to All at Baystate Health

Journal Club

Monthly lunch-hour sessions discuss a journal article, typically focused on a theory that informs our approach to teaching and learning in BERST.

Recent articles include:

  • "The Mystery of Motivation, "Gary Drevitch, Psychology Today (February 2017)
  • "Discovering Your Authentic Leadership," Bill George, Peter Sims, Andrew N. Mclean, and Diana Mayer, Harvard Business Review (February 2007)