MSAA Matters

February Volume I

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February 10th

Dear Colleagues,


I know each of you joins me in wishing Executive Director, Bill Gaine good health and happiness in his retirement in September 2021. In the meantime, we will continue to benefit from his exceptional stewardship and guidance.


This edition is dedicated to providing resources for Black History Month. The only caveat I offer is that these resources can and should be used all year round, incorporated into the curriculum across all disciplines at all levels. As each of you look for ways to take action to help your school/district achieve that next level of inclusivity, remember Ijeoma Oluo words in her book So You Want To Talk About Race: "We cannot talk our way out of a racially oppressive system. We can talk our way into understanding, and we can then use that understanding to act." See below for resources for all grade levels-there are many videos for use with students, videos to use with staff and your parent community as well as compelling articles. Additionally, thanks to Henry Turner , Principal of Newton North High School and current MSAA Board Memberl for the resources he has provided and Craig Martin, Executive Director of Bridge Boston Charter School in Boston and former MSAA Board Member for his Wakelet, chock full of outstanding resources.


I have also included Larry Ferlazzo's piece from Education Week, February 2nd, the first in a series of two interviews. In this first one he interviews an 8th grade Boston Public School teacher regarding her thoughts on all of the adult talk on students losing ground during this pandemic. I know from our Ring Central Gatherings this is very much on your minds. Click here.


Horace Mann Educators' Corporation Speaker Series (Free)


Tuesday, February 16th Nicole Malachowski Harnessing the Headwinds of Change Register to hear Nicole's remarkable story.


Upcoming Events/Initiatives at MSAA


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


We are excited that EdCampMaLeads2021 is coming up next month!

Educators- YOU are AMAZING đź’Ą and have been making the impossible possible!!! MSAA knows how hard you are all working and we want to invite you to this year's VIRTUAL EdCampMALeads to support you and give you the opportunity to connect with other educators across the state (& beyond)!


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


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

Latest Articles, Videos, Websites this Edition

Black History Month 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

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


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

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

MSAA VIMEO CHANNEL

RESOURCES

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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