MSAA Matters

February Edition I

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"Believe in the possibility that we can strive to be antiracist from this day forward."

From author Ibram X. Kendi in the book: How To Be An Antiracist

February 8, 2022

Dear MSAA Leaders,


I hope everyone enjoyed this past Friday's snow day. One educator described it to me as Mother Nature sending everyone a life line! I hope that each of you was able to get some extra rest, and check off some of the items on your to do list.


PreK-8 MSAA/DESE/CEI Spring Conference at Devens Commons Center

Thursday, March 10th and Friday, March 11th Register here


I am getting very excited about the upcoming PreK-8 Spring Conference. I wanted to include the flyer and the link to register in this edition of MSAA Matters. (Flyer directly below)


We will kick off the event with Dr. Henry Turner as our opening keynote speaker Thursday at 1:00 PM, (Registration begins at noon) followed by one Breakout Session and then some fun late afternoon and evening activities. On Friday, a keynote presentation will be provided by Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite along with a mother-daughter team, Heather Haq and her daughter, Iris Haq Lukolyo, to talk about the impact of racism on family, student engagement and social-emotional well-being. The keynote on Friday begins at 8:30 AM followed by a breakout session, lunch and a one last Breakout session beginning at 12:45 PM. The Conference ends Friday at 2:00 PM.


I also am including an article about Iris Haq Lukolyo which highlights an essay that she wrote in the fall of 2020. The essay appeared in the multicultural literary magazine, Skipping Stones, designed for readers from 8-16. In this essay Iris shares her thoughts and feelings after a virtual social studies lesson. It is very impactful. Click here for the essay. Click here for the article from the Washington Post. This is truly going to be an outstanding conference!


We have some fabulous breakout sessions by active administrators as well so be on the lookout for our program listing out the sessions as well the names of the presenters and descriptions of their sessions.


DESE/MSAA/CEI Early Learning Team


2021-2022 DESE/MSAA/CEI Elementary School Principals Networking & Professional Development Series


Matthew Rodriguez from Equity Imperative and his team will deliver 3 professional development sessions (each 2 hours in length) on anti-racist leadership in the early grades. These sessions will be interactive and include whole group and small group discussions. The last session will take place from 3:00-5:00pm on: Tuesday, February 8, 2022


MSAA Leadership Licensure Program (LLP)


The MSAA Leadership Licensure Program (LLP) is a one year DESE approved program that fulfills all the requirements for an educator to obtain the Principal/Assistant Principal certification. It has been in existence for 15 years. Our graduates, ranging in numbers of 20-40 per year, tell us it has a powerful impact on their ability to be effective leaders in the various schools throughout the Commonwealth.


The instructors of LLP courses are retired or practicing superintendents and principals. All are or have been long time successful leaders in their districts. The course of studies is delivered in the summer and on weekends (1 per month) beginning in June and ending in May the following year. Instructors come from our partnerTeachers21.


Our state also requires the successful completion of the Massachusetts Performance of Leaders (MAPAL) prior to granting the initial certification for the principalship. LLP has imbedded the requirements of MAPAL in the content of the courses as much as possible. In addition, LLP provides training in the completion of MAPAL and one-to-one advisory about this process. Our graduates far exceed the passing rate of the state average on MAPAL.

LLP is provided by MSAA as an alternative to a formal graduate program. We provided PDPS.


We also partner with Fitchburg University to offer both a Master’s Degree and a CAGS.

We are proud of LLP because our graduates inform us how inspirational the experience was to them, and how LLP impacted their effective leadership in actual practice. We depend primarily on current leaders encouraging the teacher-leaders to learn more about the LLP and apply for admission. LLP has a web section on its home page. Please reach out to perspective candidates who are interested in administration!


For more information, please visit our LLP website at www.msaa.net/llp.


Massachusetts Partnership for Youth


Massachusetts Partnership continually offers high quality webinars Click here to see all of the upcoming webinars. Below are the February offerings.


Structuring Time for Positive Impact on Student Success

February 9, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Speaker: Ted Hall, M.Ed., Senior Associate at Great Schools Partnership, Portland, ME, AthenaK12 Speaker

Register


Mindful Fridays: Mindful Listening - Building a Foundation for Productive Conversations

February 11, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Speakers: Tara Healey, M.Ed. and Zeenat Potia, M.A.

Register


Cultivating Success with Staff and Students

February 14, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Speaker: Rob Smith, Ph.D., Certified Mental Performance Consultant, HealthPoint

Register


Project Based Learning and Social Justice

February 15, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Speaker: LaTrice Lyle, M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education; Founder and Principal Consultant, EDQuity Consulting

Register


Horace Mann


There is important information below on Horace Mann's Loan forgiveness program.


Current Articles/Videos/Podcasts/Resources


I have maintained the Black History Month resources that I shared last month and have included three new resources from Learning For Justice, eschool news and the National Education Association. They are high quality and excellent resources.



Closing Message from Bob Baldwin


Thank you for making a difference in the lives of ALL children. You are making a difference!


Warm Regards,

Beth


Beth Wittcoff

MSAA Assistant Executive Director

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Saturday, February 12th ED Camp Live 8:00 AM 12:00 PM @MSAA Forge Park


Thursday, March 10th 2:00 PM 5:00 PM; Friday, March 11th 8:30 - 3:00 PM our PK-8 Spring Conference is back! Devens Commons


Monday, April 4th Ed Camp Play 2.0 in partnership with DESE - Virtual


Tuesday, April 12th Assistant Principal Conference In-person @ Doubletree Hotel Milford

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RING CENTRAL GATHERINGS

See member email for links to these gatherings!

There will be no meetings on the Monday holidays.


1st Monday of the Month High School Administrator Gatherings 3 PM


2nd Monday of the Month Assistant Principal Gatherings 3 PM


2nd Monday of the Month PreK - 8 4 PM


3rd Monday of the Month Middle Level Administrators 3 PM


4th Monday of the Month All Level Administrators 4 PM

MSAA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DECEMBER 2021 - FEBRUARY 2022

Professional Development Opportunities


Live/In-Person


February 10, 2022, Understanding and Addressing Implicit Unconscious Bias in Our Schools, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Karen Dodd Antonelli, M.Ed., Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc, Register


Asynchronous


Learning Portals open Oct 1, 2021 through January 15, 2022

The Inclusive Classroom: Reaching Students of ALL Abilities, through Co-teaching and Creating Tiered Interventions, Curriculum and Instruction, presented by Dr. Judy Ann DeLucia, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC, Register


Classroom Management: Keys to Maximizing Opportunities, for Student Learning, Curriculum and Instruction, presented by Dr. Curtis Bates, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC, Register

Differentiated Instruction to Promote Maximum Learning Recovery, Curriculum and Instruction, presented by Carol Gregory, Ribas Associates and Publications, Register


Learning Recovery, Curriculum and Instruction, presented by Cynthia Marchand, Ribas Associates and Publications Inc., Register 4 Graduate Credits Available


Succeeding with English Language Learners, English Language Arts, Dr. Cindy Crimmin, Ribas Associates and Publications Inc., Register Approved by DESE for the 15-PDP ELL License Renewal Requirement


Restorative Justice, Leadership/Administration, presented by Dr. Curtis Bates, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC, Register


How to Deliver Effective Feedback: Addressing What Matters Most to Improve Professional Practice, How to have a Difficult Conversation!, Leadership/Administration, presented by, Dr. Judy Ann DeLucia, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC, Register


Effective and Stress-Free Parent Communication, Leadership/Administration, presented by Jared Procopio, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC, Register


Expanding Math Mindsets: Digital Tools & Resources, to Engage Middle & High School Students, Mathematics, presented by Brian Skeffington, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC, Register


Understanding the Differentiated Instruction Classroom: A Certificate Program for Paraprofessionals and Assistant Teachers, presented by Carol Gregory, Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register


Succeeding with Students with Special Needs: A Certificate Program for Paraprofessionals and Assistant Teachers, presented by Bill Simmons, M.Ed., Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register


Succeeding with English Language Learners: A Certificate Program for Paraprofessionals and Assistant Teachers, presented by Dr. Cindy Crimmin, Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register


SEL in the Classroom: A Certificate Program for Paraprofessionals and Assistant Teachers, presented by Dr. Deborah Brady, Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register

Positive Anxiety - Making the Shift, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Patric Barbieri, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC Register


Bridging the Gap: Connecting Academics and Social Emotional Learning to Maximize Student Learning, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Maureen Gilman, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC, Register


Getting Back on Track: Using PBIS Strategies to Create Safe and Supportive Classrooms, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Maureen Gilman, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC, Register


Sustaining Educator Wellness for the Long Haul, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Christopher Dodge, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC, Register


Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom: The Gateway to Learning Recovery, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Dr. Deborah Brady, Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register

1 Graduate Credit Available


Succeeding with Students with Special Needs, Special Education, presented by Bill Simmons, M.Ed., Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register Approved by DESE for the 15-PDP Special Education License Renewal Requirement


Recovering Learning Loss for Students from Low Income Homes, Special Education, presented by Dr. Roseli Weiss, Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register

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