MSAA Matters

March 2020

March 5

Dear Colleagues,


I hope this newsletter finds you well. There is a lot that you are dealing with in school districts and I just want to remind you that we at MSAA are here to help you. In that vein I have included the following links to serve as a resource for you while your district grapples with how to handle the Corona-virus. The second link Precautions is a very informative article of what to do in your school, your home, large group events, etc. The last link is from John Hopkins University and it is a live map updating outbreaks in the USA and around the world. Please let us know how we, at MSAA, can support you and your district as you deal with this health issue.


CDC link


Precautions to take in several venues


MA Dept of Health


World of Health Organization


Mapping 2019-nCoV


Please find important upcoming events listed below. There are some very exciting opportunities for all. Check it out!


Tuesday, 3/10 Don't forget to tune in to #MSAAchat to learn alongside Trevor Muir, author of The Epic Classroom and his new book the Collaborative Classroom. It should prove to be a tremendous night of learning and discussion.


Thursday, 3/12 Women in Leadership convenes at the Treehouse in Charlton, MA. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with one another and to hear Deb Hult speak.


Friday, March 27th The Elementary Committee is getting very excited about the upcoming PK- 8 Spring Conference at Devens Common Center. Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite is the keynote speaker and will be addressing adult well-being as well how to support a safe, trauma informed school community. Two breakout sessions will follow with lunch in between and include sessions from mindfulness, building a pro-social school climate, to nurturing relational trust among students staff and families. A social will follow at the Devens Common Grill. Don't miss this event- there is truly something for everyone and it will be just the battery charge you could use at the end of March pre-MCAS! Cancelled


Saturday, March 28th Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress 36th Annual Conference DCU Center Worcester, MA 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Cancelled


Monday, April 6 is the Assistant Principal Conference at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Milford MA. Come dive into and share the story of being an assistant principal and learn from innovative educators like Aaron Polanski , Andrew Marotta John Clements and Mary Ann Moran. Register and Flyer link


Wednesday April 15th 6th Annual Mental Health Summit at the Doubletree Hotel Westborough MA Register here.


Wednesday, May 5th - Thursday May 6th NAESP Leadership Immersion Institute Augusta ME. See below for more information.


Wednesday, July 29th - Friday, July 31st MSAA Summer Institute planning committee is accepting proposals and they are due by April 1st Proposals


On a final note don't miss the latest Ignite and Unite videos - our colleagues continue to hit it out of the park with their engaging videos.


Warm regards,

Beth


Beth Wittcoff

MSAA Assistant Executive Director

Middle Level and Elementary Committee Liaison

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NAESP Leadership Immersion Institute

NAESP Leadership Immersion Institute

May 5-6, 2020 | Augusta, ME

This 2-day event is a highly structured, interactive professional learning opportunity that integrates research-based best practices in mentoring and adult learning with educators’ knowledge and experiences. Principals from all grade levels and district personnel are encouraged to participate! Training topics include:

  • Mentoring Principals to Lead Learning Communities
  • Build Culture: Creating Schools that are Great Places to Teach and Learn
  • Empower People: Leading Learning to Bring Out the Best in Teachers and Students

· Optimize Systems: Ensuring School Operations, Processes and Contexts Support Effective Teaching and Learning

The program curriculum has been newly redesigned to align with NAESP’s 2019 edition of Leading Learning Communities: Pillars, Practices, and Priorities for Effective Principals, the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, and NAESP’s Mentor Competencies. To learn more about the program, visit https://www.naesp.org/mentor or Register

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Upcoming Professional Development, Special Events & Conferences

Special Events/Conferences


NAESP National Leaders Conference, Sunday, 3/22 - Wednesday 3/25 Crystal City Hyatt Regency, Arlington, VA Click here to review NAESP's platform and resolutions.


PK- 8 Spring Conference, Friday 3/27 at Devens Common Devens , MA Register


Assistant Principals Conference , Monday, 4/06 8:00 AM (Register) 8:30 AM Conference begins at the Doubletree Hotel Milford, MA Register


NAESP Leadership Immersion Institute, Thursday 5/5 - Friday 5/6 in Augusta, Maine

More Information


Upcoming Professional Development:


March


Monday, 3/9, How to Deliver Effective Feedback to Faculty and Staff: Effective Coaching Strategies and Setting Clear Expectations, Dr. Judy Ann DeLucia, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register Combined with Having the Difficult Conversation: Pre- and Post-Evaluation Discussions.


Friday, 3/13, Infusing Social-Emotional Learning in Your District, School, Classroom and Practice (Part Two of this workshop is offered on Friday, April 3, 2020. Price includes both sessions.), Dr. Deborah Brady, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Wednesday, 3/18, Teaching with Poverty in Mind: How to Build High-Achieving Schools for ALL Students, Dr. Nancy Spitulnik, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Thursday, 3/19, Negotiating Your Next Contract, Atty. Sheilah McCarthy, 8:30 am – 11:00 am, MSAA Office, Register


Tuesday, 3/24, Legal Aspects of Employee Discipline, Colby Brunt, Esq., 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Tuesday, 3/24, Effective Feedback is at Heart of Great Coaches and Instructional Leaders, Paul B. Ash, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Wednesday, 3/25, Structured English Immersion (SEI) Overview, Laurie Sullivan, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Thursday, 3/26, PBIS Systems: Creating a Positive Climate and Safe, Supportive Learning Environment, Maureen Gilman, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Thursday, 3/26, How School Leaders Build Strong School Cultures, Improve Faculty Morale and Increase Student Achievement, Dr. Paul B. Ash, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Friday, 3/27, Using Data for Continuous SEL School-wide Improvement, Cathy Giles, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Friday, 3/27, Supporting the Literacy Growth of "At Risk" Students, Dr. Deborah Brady, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Friday, 3/27, ADHD and Executive Function in the Classroom, Brendan Mahan, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Monday, 3/30, Increasing Student Engagement in the Middle School Classroom, Dr. Nancy Spitulnik, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Monday, 3/30, Rethinking Behavior Support Second Offering! Jessica Minahan, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Tuesday, 3/31, Special Education 101 for General Educators, Colleen Dolan, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Tuesday, 3/31, Don't Give Up! Strategies to Build Perseverance and Tenacity in Adolescent Learners, Jennifer Miller, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register



April


Thursday, 4/2, School Law Update, Colleen Shea & Joan Stein, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm MSAA Office, Register


Thursday, 4/2, Finding the Write Answer: Writing in Mathematics for Grades 9-12, Polina Sabinin and Rebecca Steinitz, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Friday, 4/3, Anxiety and Unmet Needs in the Classroom ADHD Essentials, Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S., 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Friday, 4/3, Integrating Technology in the Classroom: An Ed Tech Workshop for Beginners, Maureen Gilman, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Monday, 4/6, Cultivating SEL for Staffs: Caring for our OWN Emotional Well-Being!, Cathy Giles, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Tuesday, 4/7, The School Leader: Surviving & Thriving, Andrew Marotta, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Monday, 4/13, Working in Classrooms with Students with Neurological and Emotional Disorders, Jane M. Hardin, M.Ed., 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Tuesday, 4/14, Everybody Reading, Everyday: Creating a School-wide Culture of Literacy, Liz Garden, Principal, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Tuesday, 4/14, How to Build High Performance Teams in Your School and Design Effective Meetings, Paul B. Ash, Ph.D., 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Wednesday, 4/15, Marrying UbD with Innovative Learning in a Modern Context, Jennifer Mannion, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Thursday, 4/30, "I'm Done; What Do I Do Now?": Meeting the Challenge of Academically Advanced Students in a Classroom of Diverse Learners, Janis R. Baron, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


Thursday, 4/30, So You Want (Or May Want) To Be A Superintendent, Paul B. Ash, Ph.D., 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register


May


Tuesday, 5/12, Recalibrating Schoolwide Discipline and Student Support: Building a Restorative and Accountable Approach, Larry Dieringer, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSAA Office, Register