MSAA Matters

February Volume II

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February 24th

Dear Colleagues,


We hope here at MSAA that you took at least some of the February Break to recharge, rest and just relax! You are looking at a long stretch between now and April Break, so pace yourselves. Yesterday at our All Level Ring Central Gathering we brainstormed some engaging and fun activities for students and staff all aimed at keeping spirits up and folks engaged.


There are several programs, and events that I would like to call to your attention, please see below.


The Leadership Licensure Program is accepting applications, see below for more information.


MSAA Leadership Licensure Program (LLP)

The Leadership Licensure Program is now accepting applications. Imagine being the teacher whose administrator acknowledges their potential leadership skills and encourages that teacher to seek a program to develop these skills. LLP candidates tell us that this is the leading reason they sought our program. The research also supports that successful leadership candidates were encouraged by their administrators to seek further skill development. If your recognize potential LLP candidates, please send them this link, along with your encouragement to apply.


You are not too late to register for MSAA EdCamp on Saturday, February, 27th at 8:15 AM


EdCampMaLeads2021


It is not too late to register for MSAA's EdCampMaLeads2021 this Saturday, February 27th starting at 8:15 AM. We hope you will consider registering - sharing with other educators- and attending - did we mention there will be giveaways too! (Thank you to our Sponsors!!!)


Register today. (And thank you to those of you who have already registered)

https://www.smore.com/yb96f


🍎MSAA Elementary & Teaching and Learning Committees


MSAA/DESE Early Learning Team March Book Group


I am pleased to announce our second book group series is taking place in March. In collaboration with DESE’s Early Learning Team and MSAA we are hosting a year-long professional development series on topics related to early learning, preschool to third grade. In March, DESE and MSAA will host a book group discussion about Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond. The discussions will take place at 3:00-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 17. Registration is open online.


Think of your teachers who may be deserving of...


DESE Teacher of the Year


DESE is committed to celebrating educators who embed and prioritize culturally responsive and sustaining practices into their classrooms. The Teacher of the Year models what exemplary teaching looks like for Massachusetts educators. An essential element of exemplary teaching is a focus on culturally responsive teaching. So, if CRT is a central focus of your teaching practice, throw your hat in the ring for Teacher of the Year!

Apply Here

This year, preference will be given to elementary teachers who consistently:

  • Build deep, meaningful relationships with students,
  • Believe in empowering students through evidence-based instruction, such as early literacy practices,
  • Reflect on their own practice,
  • Affirm students’ identities and work towards removing inequities,
  • Believe that teaching is an aMAzing profession,
  • Seek/Achieve Perfection

Every Teacher of the Year starts their journey by completing the application. How do you use asset-based practices that explicitly affirm the cultural identities of students, families, and communities?

Being Teacher of the Year is a chance to help share your “Aha!” moments, spread your learning, and continue building your culturally responsive teaching practices. Get ahead of the March 22nd deadline and apply today.


epsorts


In partnership with PlayVS, the MSAA is expanding its recognized varsity title offerings to include FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21 for the upcoming Spring 2021 season. Amid continued COVID-19 concerns and traditional sports reworking their infrastructure, the value of esports is evident now more than ever and MSAA is excited to provide high school students a safe extracurricular environment in which to experience it.

By bringing esports programs to high schools and encouraging students’ participation regardless of gender, physical ability or socioeconomic status you can expand the opportunities for students! Click here for more information.


Lysol and Kinsa Fluency Thermometer Program


John Quinn has called my attention to a free program for elementary schools offered through Lysol and Kinsa which is a free thermometer program and I have included the link below which gives an overview of the program. Though they are not onboarding applications for this year there will be openings available next year.


Some valuable programs from the Franklin Covey Organization:


Franklin Covey Leader in Me Program and Unconscious Bias Program


Leader in Me is a pre-K – 12 CASEL endorsed whole school improvement process that empowers educators with core paradigms and effective practices to drive measurable results in the areas of leadership, culture and academics. Leader in Me serves as an operating system by creating an environment where existing programs and initiatives can thrive. Through on going professional learning, coaching support and on line resources, Leader in Me is a process of continuous growth and improvement for students, staff and families.


Introducing Unconscious Bias: Understanding Bias to Unleash Potential. A bias is a preference for or against a person, place, or thing. But unconscious bias leaves us unaware of potential harm resulting from biased thinking. As we understand bias, we can address it to create a district culture in which everyone thrives. To do so, we must: • Identify Bias where it shows up in our own thinking and throughout our district. • Cultivate Connection with those around us to expand our understanding and improve our decision-making. • Choose Courage as we engage with care and boldness in addressing biases that limit people and constrain performance.


Upcoming Events/Initiatives at MSAA


MSAA EdCamp Saturday, February 27th 8:15 AM Click here for more information


Lastly, I have included one article and a link for your review. The first article is from Education Week this past Monday, and is about state testing and the federal government's position. The second link is from the NAESP website and it is a comprehensive guide on leading lessons on Social-Emotional Learning in the time of Covid-19. Both links are directly below.


Closing Message from Bill Gaine


On behalf of MSAA and Executive Director, Bill Gaine: Stay safe, stay strong, and take time for yourself.


Warm Regards,


Beth


Beth Wittcoff

MSAA Assistant Executive Director

MSAA Matters Newsletter

Middle Level and Elementary Committee Liaison

Ring Central Gatherings

LYSOL AND KINSA FREE THERMOMETER PROGRAM

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Franklin Covey Leader in Me Program and Unconscious Bias Program

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Latest Articles, Videos, Websites this Edition

MSAA Position Papers

RING CENTRAL GATHERINGS

See member email for links to these gatherings!

There will not be a meeting on the Monday holidays.


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

March 1

April 5

May 3

June 7


2nd Monday of the Month Assistant Principal Gatherings 3 PM

March 8

April 12

May 10

June 14


3rd Monday of the Month Middle Level Administrators 3 PM

February 15 Holiday

March 15

April 19 Holiday

May 17

June 21


4th Monday of the Month All Level Administrators 4 PM

February 22

March 22

April 26

May 24

June 28


1st Tuesday of the Month PK-8 Administrators 4 PM

March 2

April 6

May 4

June 1

MSAA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Synchronous Online Workshops:

dates as listed


March 16, 2021 - Students' First Amendment and State Law Rights to Free Speech, Protest and Assembly two-part workshop; second date 3/18, Leadership/Administration, presented by Richard W. Cole, Esq. Cole Civil Rights and Safe Schools Consulting Register


April 8, 2021 - School Law Update, Leadership/Administration, presented by Colleen Shea, Esq., Stoneman, Chandler & Miller Register


Asynchronous Workshops:

Open now through May 15, 2021 - registrants may work at their own pace

Succeeding with English Language Learners Approved by DESE for Use Toward the 15 PDPs in ELL for License Renewal for Teachers, School Clinicians, and Administrators, five-part series; take one session or all,

English Language Arts/Literacy, presented by Dr. Cindy Crimmin, Ribas Associates and Publications Register


Succeeding with Students with Special Needs: Approved by DESE for Use Toward the 15 PDPs in Special Education for License Renewal for Teachers, School Clinicians, and Administrators five-part series; take one session or all, Special Education, presented by Jane Hardin, Ribas Associates and Publications Register


Teaching Face-to-face, Hybrid, and Remote for Maximum Academic and Social-Emotional Learning Growth, Curriculum and Instruction, presented by Elayne Gumlaw, Ribas Associates and Publications Register


Classroom Management (with a component on remote teaching), Curriculum and Instruction, presented by Cynthia Marchand and Carol Gregory, Ribas Associates and Publications Register


Low Socio-economic Status (SES) Students and Families: Strategies for Closing Achievement Gaps and Reducing Special Education Referrals, Curriculum and Instruction, presented by Dr. Roseli Weiss, Ribas Associates and Publications Register


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 Register


The Impact of Trauma on Teaching, Learning and Living in the Era of Covid 19 Two-module program,

Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Jane Hardin, Ribas Associates and Publications Register


Succeeding with Students with Special Needs: A Certificate Program for Paraprofessionals and Assistant Teachers, presented by Jane Hardin, Ribas Associates and Publications Register


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


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


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


Positive Anxiety - Making the Shift ALL FIVE MODULES five-part series; take one session or all, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, Patrick Barbieri, Seaside Educational Consultants Register


How to Deliver Effective Feedback and Have a Difficult Conversation: What is the Impact of Covid-19 on Evaluative Criteria? - ALL FIVE MODULES five-part series; take one session or all, Leadership/Administration, presented by

Dr. Judy Ann DeLucia, Seaside Educational Consultants Register


Fostering a Culture that Includes All Students in an Inclusionary Setting Through Co-Teaching - ALL FIVE MODULES five-part series; take one session or all, Curriculum and Instruction, presented by Dr. Judy Ann DeLucia and Shannon Pirrello, Seaside Educational Consultants Register


Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day: Creating Safe and Supportive Classrooms Across Every Learning Environment, ALL FIVE MODULES five-part series; take one session or all, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Maureen Gilman, Seaside Educational Consultants Register


Expanding Math Mindsets: Digital Tools & Resources to Engage Middle & High School Students five-part series; take one session or all, Mathematics, presented by Brian Skeffington, Seaside Educational Consultants Register


SEL for Adults five-part series; take one module or all, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Christopher Dodge, Seaside Educational Consultants Register for all 5 modules, To register for individual modules, email pd@msaa.net


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


Asynchronous Workshops:

Opening March 1 through May 15, 2021 - registrants may work at their own pace


Creating Safe and Supportive Classrooms Using PBIS Strategies - ALL FIVE MODULES five-part series; take one session or all, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Maureen Gilman, Seaside Educational Consultants Register


Managing Student Behaviors in All Settings: Home, School, Remote, Curriculum and Instruction, presented by

Dr. Curtis Bates, Seaside Educational Consultants Register


For more information please contact: pd@msaa.net

DESE/MSAA Year Long Professional Development Early Education Team

TIMELY ARTICLES AND VIDEOS

Black History Resources

What Black Lives Matter Means to Kids with abercrombie's Kind Crew | Play On Special Episode
What the Heck Just Happened Episode 2
Nick News Presents: Kids, Race, and Unity | Hosted By Alicia Keys

Massachusetts Attorney General's November 17, 2020 Statement on dealing with Hate and Bias Incidents in Schools

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Rennie Center Back To School Blueprint

A Report of the Childhood Trauma Task Force

Protecting Our Children's Well - Being During Covid - 19

Building Blocks of Equitable Remote Learning

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