MSAA Matters

June Volume 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

June 17th

Dear Colleagues,

As we close out an unprecedented school year, I want to share some resources with you on Juneteenth and LGBTQ+ Pride month. I also wanted to remind you that at the end of July we are hosting the Summer Institute in Plymouth MA at the 1620 Hotel from Wednesday, July 28 - Friday, July 30 (Pre-conference Tuesday, July 27). It is going to be a very special gathering - don't miss out!

I recognize that the resources I am sharing are coming towards the end of the school year, but I thought they still may be helpful for some of you who are going into next week. As a preview for next year, I intend to create a Padlet for each diversity celebration month with resources for elementary and secondary levels. I plan to add to the Padlet well in advance of the month. See below for a fuller description of the videos and podcasts below for Juneteenth and LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Each video and podcast is excellent.

Additionally, this edition includes information on the Soul of Leadership program for next year, and upcoming NASSP and NAESP information on conferences this summer. There are also updates on MSAA's outstanding Student Council and E-sports accomplishments across the Commonwealth.


Register for Summer Institute here. See below for a description of all the fabulous activities, keynotes, etc. MSAA thanks our Summer Institute 2021 Platinum-Level Sponsors: Comcast Internet Essentials, Franklin Covey Leader in Me, Horace Mann, Lifetouch, and Jostens

Soul of Leadership

Over the past three years, MSAA has partnered with Courage and Renewal Northeast to offer a unique professional learning experience for principals called “The Soul of Leadership: Courage, Presence and Integrity.” With grant funding intended to support transformational leadership from the Angell Foundation, 100 school leaders from a range of districts across Massachusetts have participated, including 45 this year in two state-wide cohorts. This year, 15 Assistant Principals participated for the first time. We have also experimented with shorter introductory sessions to the Essex County Learning Community and the 5 District Partnership.

The Soul of Leadership offers school leaders the time, space, and facilitation to do what Parker J. Palmer calls “the work before the work.” Soul of Leadership is intended to develop principals’ critical capacity for self-awareness, listening, reflection, and leadership while providing a lived experience of the process of building relational trust and offering strategies to help leaders strengthen SEL and social justice in their adult community. The program helps integrate reflective practices into the routine of administrative team meetings and helps teams apply these practices to their daily work.

This past year, our program was fully virtual. In the future, we will return to our initial blended format which includes single-day retreat sessions spread over the course of the school year combined with virtual small group Zoom sessions in between.

What’s Next?

Alumni Network: This past year, we worked with an Alumni Network of 25 school leaders from our first two cohorts. The Network will continue and expand to include those from this year’s new cohorts.

State-wide Cohort 4: We plan to offer at least one new state-wide cohort beginning in the fall – pending grant funding to offset the cost. If you are interested in participating in the new cohort(s), please use this Cohort 4 Sign-up. A link for official MSAA registration will be sent out when plans are finalized in late summer.

Feel free to contact me for more information.

Rick Rogers

Soul of Leadership Coordinator

NASSP upcoming events

· National Student Council Conference (NSCC), June 22–25
This virtual event will feature keynote speakers, including U.S. Women’s gymnast Gabby Douglas and founder Ben Rattray! The conference will provide student council members and advisers from across the country the opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills and build their peer networks.

o NSCC21 Promotional Toolkit

· National Principals Conference (NPC), July 14–16
This year’s virtual event offers unmatched professional learning for school leaders from across the country. Featured sessions explore equity, wellness, and innovation, as well as leadership development based on NASSP’s Building Ranks framework. We hope to see you there!

o NPC21 Promotional Toolkit

NAESP Conference in Chicago Thursday July 8 - Saturday, July 11th


MSAA Student Council Year in Review

Despite the many challenges of the pandemic, the members of the 2020-21 MASC Student Executive Board worked collaboratively throughout the school year to create an impactful lineup of virtual events for student leaders across the state. Led by MASC Executive Director and Middleboro High School Principal Paul Branagan, this group students met virtually on Saturday mornings throughout the fall and winter to plan, promote and deliver the same student council programming, in a virtual manner, that the MSAA membership has grown accustomed to. The following virtual programs were offered throughout the fall:

October 8, 2020 Student Forum: Tricks Up Our Sleeves/So You Wanna Run?

October 22, 2020 Speaker Series: Phil Boyte

October 30, 2020 Presidents’ Dinner

November 5, 2020 Student Forum: Casting a Spell

November 19, 2020 Speaker Series: JC Pohl

December 3 Officershop

The great work of the Student Executive Board continued through the winter in planning a two-day virtual MASC State Conference. Replicating an in-person, overnight event that typically takes place at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, MA was not an easy task, and the MASC Student Executive Board enthusiastically accepted the challenge. Their planning included the conference schedule development, state officer elections, the annual Polar Plunge and working in subcommittees to select the annual MASC award recipients. As a result of their efforts, over 700 student leaders and student council advisors registered for the MASC Virtual State Conference on April 9-10, 2020. The highlights of this virtual event included:

· Conference Schedule

Day One – Opening General Session and Keynote Speaker Jake Kelfer

Day Two – General Sessions, 19 Student-led Workshops, Advisor Sessions, Regional Meetings and State Officer Elections

· State Officer Elections (2021-22)

President: Jade Moynihan - Foxborough Regional Charter School
Vice President:
Paige Money - Tahanto Regional High School
Megan Raymond - Oxford High School

State Delegates:
Alexis Quirk - Dracut High School
Skylar Gravell - Westborough High School
Evan Hemingway - Tantasqua Regional High School
Emma Pszeniczny - Minnechaug Regional High School

· Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Massachusetts

917 Student Council members participated from 54 schools

33 teams reached fundraising levels over $500

$87,1779 total raised for Special Olympics Massachusetts

MASC was presented with the “Golden Plunger Award” as a top fundraiser in Massachusetts

· MASC Award Presentations

Unsung Hero Awards - Recognizing individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty on a regular basis with little or no recognition

Aml Rachid - Shepherd Hill Regional HS

Brigid McCarron - Melrose HS

Liam Randall - Nauset Regional HS

Gracelyn Tatta - Greenfield HS

James Rokas Award - Recognizing achievement and potential in student leadership

Lila Peddie - Middleboro HS

Molly Starczewski - Shepherd Hill Regional HS

Samantha Mikulskis - Mahar Regional School

Alexis Quirk - Dracut HS

Top Ten Projects - Recognizing top ten most outstanding projects as determined by the State Board

Blackstone Valley Tech, Duxbury, Middleboro, Nauset, Oakmont, Oxford, Plymouth North, Shepherd Hill, Walpole, Westborough

MASC Administrator of the Year

AJ Loprete – Principal, North Reading High School

MASC Advisor of the Year

Kerry McMenimen – Student Council Advisor, Walpole High School

MASC Distinguished Service Award

Bill Gaine – MSAA/MIAA Executive Director

Congratulations to the members of the 2020-21 MASC Student Executive Board for demonstrating selfless leadership and service to student councils across Massachusetts during such challenging times. The MSAA membership offers its gratitude and appreciation to these student leaders for a job well done throughout the 2020-21 school year!

2020-21 MASC Student Executive Board Members

State Officers:

Greta Russo - Rockland HS (President)
Wes Moran - Duxbury HS (Vice President)
Abby Donahue - Minnechaug Regional HS (Secretary)

State Delegates:

Nickole Biedrzycki - Oxford HS

Thiago Ferraz - Norfolk County Agricultural HS

Grace Gillam - Mahar Regional School
Mika Pelletier - North Andover HS

Regional Presidents:

Noah Miles - Middleboro HS

Haley Moore - Blackstone Valley Regional Voc/Tech HS

Nessren Ourdyl - North Reading HS

Willow Scappace - Greenfield HS


MSAA Esports – 2021 Spring Season and Finals Information; Upcoming 2021-22

The MSAA had another successful season of Esports! We continue to grow the number of participating schools and also add more gaming opportunities for students.

Spring Season 2021 Participation

Rocket League – 35 school teams (105 players + substitutes)

League of Legends – 26 school teams (130 players + substitutes)

Other Varsity Titles but not enough for league (New games for Spring 2021)

FIFA (soccer) – 1 team

MADDEN (football) – 1 team

Spring 2021 Champions and Finalists

Shrewsbury High School “CEO’s” were the champions of Rocket League and the Shrewsbury High School “Gatekeepers” were the champions of League of Legends.

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School were the runner-ups in League of Legends, while Wachusett Regional High School “WachuLeaguers” were the runner-ups in Rocket League!

Planning for School year 2021-22

With PlayVS, we have worked to expand schools and participants. Effort will be focused on trying to gather more interest in the following new games:

FIFA (soccer)

MADDEN (football)

*New* for Fall 2021 – Ninetendo games

Splatoon 2 “action multiplayer” will be available to schools starting Fall 2021

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe “racing game” will be available to schools starting Spring 2022

Starting a new Esports Team

If interested in starting a team at your school, you should have an advisor or other individual signup for information from PlayVS at this link. Signing up at the link does not obligate you or your school. It simply gets your interest logged and PlayVS will reach out to answer questions and support however you need.

Please now that many, many schools have esports players at your school already. It is very popular throughout the country and with high school aged students.

Summer Institute

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, July 28th- Friday, July 30th (Pre- conference Tuesday, July 27th) The Summer Institute, a three-day conference for all school administrators, offers an unparalleled gathering and learning opportunity each summer. Register

The MSAA is proud to announce the Summer Institute in our new venue set in historic Plymouth, MA. The Hotel 1620 will be the host for SI 2021 and for 2022-2023.

This year’s conference will prove to one of our best with outstanding speakers scheduled. JC Pohl, a nationally recognized “School Culture and Mental Health” professional, will kick off the conference on Wednesday morning. Thursday morning will feature best-selling author Sean Covey, who wrote the book, the 7 Habits of Effective Teens. Sean has written extensively on The 4 Disciplines within Me, The Leader in Me, and the 7 Habits of Effective People. On Thursday we will look forward to DESE Commissioner Jeff Riley’s report on the status of education in the Commonwealth. Finally, we are excited to announce another outstanding leader who will address our attendees, Coach Sherry Winn. Coach Winn is a two-time Olympian, National Championship Basketball Coach, and a three-time Amazon best-selling author.

The institute offers over 40 exciting and informative presentations from practicing administrators in our state, networking with colleagues, exposure to MSAA Corporate Sponsors, opportunities for family fun, access to all historic Plymouth has to offer, and the amenities offered by the hotel.

The theme for our conference is “Unite and Ignite 2021,” and this is a great way to get excited and prepared for the new school year! Check out this cool SI video made by the SI Committee.


The first two resources are from the website Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance). The first resource explains the history of Juneteenth and the second is a podcast titled Queer in America. The third resource is appropriate for elementary students, it is a Brain Pop explaining Juneteenth. The fourth resource is also a Brain Pop for elementary level explaining LGBTQ+ month and why we celebrate it. The next resource is from Vox and is a very informative short video on the history of Juneteenth. The next video explains why we have LGBTQ+ Pride month in the United States. The last resource, again from Learning Justice, speaks to how to teach "hard history".

Closing Message from Bill Gaine

On behalf of MSAA and Executive Director, Bill Gaine: Congratulations on a remarkable year! You persevered and provided your students with a safe and special year of learning. You tackled the issues at hand, not only the challenges of the pandemic but societal issues such as racism, anti- Semitism, and violence against the AAPI community. You did this thoughtfully and with strong commitment to helping our students and staff confront these issues together. Please enjoy some time off and we look forward to seeing you in Plymouth in July!

Warm Regards,


Beth Wittcoff

MSAA Assistant Executive Director

MSAA Matters Newsletter

Middle Level and Elementary Committee Liaison

Ring Central Gatherings

Latest Articles, Videos, Websites, Podcasts for this Edition

What is Juneteenth and Why Do We Celebrate? | BrainPOP
Why all Americans should honor Juneteenth
Pride Month 2020 | BrainPOP News
Why Do We Have Gay Pride Month In The United States?

MSAA Position Papers

MCAS Position Paper Released 10/2020

Teacher Evaluation Paper Released 10/2020


Arts: Chorus, band, theater, dance, and visual arts • Physical education (revised03/01/21)


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

October 4 (Labor Day Monday, September 6th - no Gathering)

2nd Monday of the Month Assistant Principal Gatherings 3 PM

September 13th

3rd Monday of the Month Middle Level Administrators 3 PM

September 20th

4th Monday of the Month All Level Administrators 4 PM

September 27th

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

September 7th


Professional Development Opportunities

Summer 2021

Continue your professional improvement this summer at your own pace, on your own schedule,
and at an affordable price!

Renew your License * Engage a Salary Lane Change * Make a Career Move

Summer Institute Pre-Conference Workshops: Live/In-Person July 27 @the 1620 Hotel, Plymouth

DEI 101: Taking Your First Steps Towards Creating a More Equitable School Culture, Leadership and Administration, Presented by: Ted McCarthy & Coleen Motyl-Szary, Principal and World Language Department Chair, Sutton High School, Register

Having Difficult Conversations, Leadership and Administration, Presented by Dr. Paul Vieira, Superintendent of the Douglas Public Schools, Register

School Law Update, Leadership and Administration, Presented by Colleen Shea, Esq., Stoneman, Chandler & Miller, LLP, Register

What’s Next? A Workshop for Pre-K to 8 Administrators, Leadership and Administration, Presented by Julie Vincentsen, Principal, Hanscom Primary School, Register

What’s Next? A Workshop for Secondary School Administrators, Leadership and Administration, Presented by Mike Rubin, Principal, Uxbridge High School, Register

MIAA Orientation/Induction Workshop for Principals & Athletic Directors, This in-person orientation workshop fulfills the MIAA mandatory attendance requirement for new Principals and Ads, Presented by Phil Napolitano, MIAA Assistant Director, Register

Asynchronous Online Registrants may work at their own pace,

Registrations are accepted now through August 1, 2021. Learning Portals open July 1 and July 12 (see individual flyer for

opening day) through August 20, Registration ends August 1

Recovering Learning Loss for Students from Low Income Homes, Special Education, 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, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Jane Hardin, Ribas Associates and Publications, Register

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; 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; Special Education, presented by Jane Hardin, Ribas Associates and Publications, Register

Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom: The Gateway to Learning Recovery, Price includes a copy of the CASEL endorsed book Social Emotional Learning in the classroom, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Deborah Brady, Ph.D., Ribas Associates and Publications, Register

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

Positive Anxiety - Making the Shift, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Patric Barbieri, 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

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

Restorative Justice, Leadership/Administration, presented by Jared Procopio, 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

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

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

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

For more information please contact:

DESE/MSAA Year Long Professional Development Early Education Team

2021-2022 TBA


Changing the Narrative Addressing Racial Crisis
Explaining What is Race? | #ComingTogether

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



Rennie Center Back To School Blueprint

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Franklin Covey Leader in Me Program and Unconscious Bias Program

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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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