Chris Walsh Center

Monthly Newsletter: February

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A Warm Welcome from the Chris Walsh Center Coordinator:

Hello and welcome to our first newsletter! If you are receiving this, you have attended one of our events in the past year, or you are one of our contacts in the MetroWest region who is passionate about supporting educators, families, and students. We hope that you enjoy receiving updates from the center in your email and will follow our social media for more. The Chris Walsh Center for Educators and Families of MetroWest celebrated its opening at Framingham State University in February 2020, at one of the last large face-to-face gatherings held on campus prior to COVID-19. We are celebrating one year of providing services to the campus and the community this week, so I’d like to share some highlights about what we’ve accomplished in our first year.

Hybrid and Online Professional Development Webinars: Hundreds of educators, other professionals, and parent/guardians have extended their learning in our series of webinars. You can watch the recordings of each event to learn about:

  • Culturally Responsive Social-Emotional-Behavioral Supports

  • Dyslexia Screening

  • Twice-Exceptional Learners (Gifted/advanced learners with a disability diagnosis)

  • Epilepsy Awareness (Lecture and Panel Discussion)

Parent/Caregiver Support Groups: Parents/caregivers, educators, and staff from the center have come together to discuss topics including dyslexia, twice-exceptional students, mental health, and supporting children with remote learning during COVID-19.

Parenting Book Discussion: The center, in partnership with students majoring in Child and Family Studies at FSU, led a book group discussion for educators and families about Raising Human Beings by Dr. Ross Greene.

Grant-Funded School Consultation: Through a partnership grant with the MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham, the center is providing ongoing consultation to teachers, focused on their efforts to provide differentiated instruction for a range of learning needs, in a hybrid format.

Service Learning Experiences for FSU Students: The center has provided service learning experiences for dozens of students as part of their coursework in the Education Department. We have also hired paid interns and student employees who are studying across many fields, including education, sociology, psychology, English, marketing, and business.

Advisory Board: The center formed an advisory board and held our first meeting in fall 2020. Please contact us if you are interested in attending our Spring 2021 meeting and/or serving on the board in the 2021-22 academic year.

We hope to stay connected with you and build the scope of our programming in the next 12 months!

Stay tuned,

James Cressey, Ph.D., NCSP

Chris Walsh Center Coordinator

Associate Professor and Chair, Education department

Picture of: The ribbon cutting at the Chris Walsh Center opening.

The ribbon cutting at the Chris Walsh Center for Educators and Families of MetroWest on February 13th, 2020.


Black Boys Beyond Stereotypes Panel Discussion

The center co-sponsored the "Black Boys Beyond Stereotypes: A Call to Action" panel discussion on Thursday, February 18th with over 250 attendees from all over the country! Educators and parents/caregivers heard from our panelists about how schools and communities can better serve Black children and families.

Facebook Live Reading of: "For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World"

To continue our support for Black History Month, the Chris Walsh Center hosted a Facebook Live Reading. Ellen Rose, who is the Graduate Assistant at the Chris Walsh Center, read:

"For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World"

by: Michael W. Waters and Keisha Morris.

Check it out on our Facebook Page!

Introducing: Parent/Caregiver Support

Do you have questions or need support? We are here to help.

Drop-in Hours: A Chris Walsh Center staff member will be available to meet during designated “drop in” hours every week beginning on March 1, 2021. If you would like to speak with someone on the telephone or over zoom, you can set up a meeting using this link or clicking on the image during one of our office hours:

  • Mondays 3:30 - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Fridays 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Or call us at anytime and leave a voicemail or email us:

(508) 215-5630 ,

Parent/Caregiver Support Group: We are getting ready to launch virtual Parent/Caregiver support groups! Click the blue button below to take our survey and let us know what times and topics are of interest to you.

Click Here to Take Our Parent/Caregiver Survey

Click the blue box above to take our survey about forming a parent/caregiver support group!

Upcoming Events:

Join us at one of our upcoming events:

Thursday, February 25th at 7pm:

Free Film Screening of "Intelligent Lives” and a Q&A session with film maker, Dan Habib

"Intelligent Lives" stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Micah, Naieer, and Naomie—who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

A Film By: Dan Habib

Film Website

Register Here!

Thursday, March 25th at 7pm:

Free Film Screening of "Opening Doors to College”, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker, Dab Habib.

“Opening Doors to College” stars four college students with intellectual disabilities leading an inclusion revolution. Curtis, Janet, Fudia, and Missy immerse themselves in classes, residential life, extracurricular activities, and the entire college experience at Millersville and Temple Universities

A Film By: Dan Habib

Film Website

Register Here!

Contact us:

About Us:

Mission: To provide information for families and educators about the continuum of educational support available to students with disabilities, students who are gifted, and students with unmet needs. The center will offer support, workshops and other programming for families, educators, student support professionals, administrators, and advocates in the MetroWest area. The center also will engage in scholarly research, educator preparation, and professional development.