MSAA Matters

January Volume II

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January 29

Dear Colleagues,


I hope all is well. I know from chatting with many of you in our Ring Central Gatherings that the pace has not let up this in January! There are a number of upcoming events to share with you in this edition that may be of interest to you. Please see below.


I would be remiss if I did not congratulate the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee for their very successful Summit last week. They held the fourth annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Summit, with the theme, “Gen-Z Moving A New Dream Forward,” virtually from January 19-21, 2021. It was an exciting and compelling three days. Well done!


Also noteworthy this past two weeks was the DESE/MSAA/MAECTE book group meetings. The book that was read and discussed was Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism by Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman. We were so fortunate and so grateful to both authors who facilitated the hour and a half long sessions. This certainly was deep and meaningful work and only the beginning. A quote form the book to keep in mind, "In schools tackling bias, adults and students talk about race regularly."


Please note that MSAA took two very important actions this past week. Firstly, we sent a letter to Governor Baker calling for a comprehensive and organized plan to vaccinate educators in February. Secondly, we sent DESE a position paper on the latest changes they made to Time on Learning, noting our objections. Links to both can be found below.


Please click here to see the summary of NAESP's mid year survey results. “The results of this survey reaffirm the enormous challenges that principals are facing in trying to lead learning communities in the middle of a pandemic,” says NAESP Executive Director L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE.


A big shoutout to the folks at Horace Mann for providing us with a consequential report on the Hidden Impact of Covid-19 on Educators. Also they are sponsoring two upcoming speaker series on February 2nd and 16th. See below to read the report and sign up for the speakers for free!


Also there is an important upcoming webinar on Free Application for Federal Aid on February 9th. The registration link is below.


There are three new shares with you in the Latest Articles, Video Section. Both are timely. The first is the Commission that has formed to study the Commonwealth's seal, flag and motto. The second is a webpage with valuable and fact based resources on teaching about The Capitol Event. And finally the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) webpage that has some valuable resources for parents and educators to get help for students who are struggling during COVID -19.



MSAA Chat

#MSAAchat will be on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 8 PM. We have had a few great discussions so far this school year. The #MSAAchat is hosted by MSAA High School Committee Chair, Brian McCann, Middle Level Chair, Bob Silviera, and Elementary Chair, Martin Geoghegan. We host #MSAAchat on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year at 8PM EST. We have some very lively discussions on many of the issues and topics we are all dealing with as educators right now. Please think about popping in.



Horace Mann Report


Horace Mann Educators released a new report, The Hidden Impact of COVID-19 on Educators, finding that over a quarter (27%) of teachers are considering leaving the profession due to concerns about COVID-19 including their own health and safety as well as the potential financial impact. Here are a few of the topline results:

The Hidden Impact of COVID-19 on Educators

Based on nationally representative survey of over 1,200 U.S. educators, with ages ranging from 21-64

Key findings include:

· Navigation of complex virtual / hybrid learning is driving job dissatisfaction: 77% of educators are working more today and almost 2/3 (60%) are enjoying their job less now than a year ago

· With the present health risks, many educators feel ill-equipped to return to classrooms: 59% of educators don’t feel secure in their school district’s health and safety precautions and 66% of educators don’t believe that health-related unplanned time off will be covered by their benefits

· Expensive treatment for COVID-19 would be another blow to educators’ weak finances: almost ¾ (74%) of educators would not say they are living comfortably and 44% of educators aren’t fully confident that their health insurance will adequately cover any health issue that arise

Here are links to the full report and the release:


Horace Mann Speaker Series

Tuesday, February 2nd Adam Welcome Educators Deserve It Register

Tuesday, February 16th Nicole Malachowski Harnessing the Headwinds of Change Register



Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA)

Increasing FAFSA Completion

For last year’s seniors, enrollment in higher education dropped by 10 percent this past fall compared to the previous year, and by 20 percent among economically disadvantaged students. COVID is clearly exacerbating already persistent college going gaps, particularly for low income, African American and Latino students.

For this year’s seniors, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion has dropped compared to this time last year by over 9 percent statewide, with larger drops in populations with historically low college going rates. FAFSA completion is a strong indicator of college-going, and this drop may be an early indication of further drops in college enrollment in September 2021.

Overcoming the financial barrier to higher education is critical. To help mitigate this potential crisis in college going, DESE, in partnership with Mass. Dept. of Higher Education, Mass. School Counselors Assn. (MASCA), Reach Higher, and GEARUP are sponsoring two FAFSA completion webinars to help illustrate the FAFSA completion situation, demonstrate FAFSA reports on Edwin Analytics, and hear from a few practitioners to explain how they are “getting it done” despite the pandemic.

While these sessions are particularly aimed at high school counselors and district and high school administrators, all are welcome. Please register ahead of time for one of the sessions available. These sessions will be offered via Zoom. After registering at one of the links below, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

When: Feb 9, 2021 03:00 PM

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpfuihqj8sHtT-uN7Lvf4wnx0eTHeq_QQg

When: Feb 10, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYocemtpzkvG9AIKQGYzpRsRalQQSayt8zE


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 💥 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 (thank you to those of you that have already registered)

https://www.smore.com/yb96f


🍎MSAA Elementary & Teaching and Learning Committees


Reminders


The MIAA Sportsmanship Essay/ Multimedia Contest deadline has been extended to February 5, 2021. Information can be found below.


CONTEST GUIDELINES:

PARTICIPANTS Contest is open to students in grades 9-12 at MIAA Member Schools  ESSAY ENTRIES Must be typed, double spaced, and contain no more than 500 words  MULTIMEDIA ENTRIES Must be a video that is no longer than 3 minutes


PRIZES:

First Place ($400) and Runner-Up ($200) prizes will be presented in two categories (essay and multimedia) Contest winners will present their entries as honored guests during the 27th Annual MIAA Sportsmanship Summit. First Place and Runner-Up essay entries will be published in a compilation entitled “Sportsmanship: A Game Plan for Life, Volume XX First Place and Runner-Up multimedia entries will be available on the MIAA website


CONTEST DEADLINE AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

All entries must be received by 12:00 pm on Friday, February 5, 2021 All entries, essay and multimedia, must be emailed to educationalathletics@miaa.net See directly below for the pdf flyer link.


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

MIAA 20th Annual Sportsmanship Essay/Multimedia Contest Deadline extended to 02/05

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


February 1

March 1

April 5

May 3

June 7


2nd Monday of the Month Assistant Principal Gatherings 3 PM


February 8

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


February 2

March 2

April 6

May 4

June 1

MSAA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional Development


SYNCHRONOUS PRESENTERS: Penny Copplestone and Dr. Kathleen Larche, TEACHERS21

Paraprofessionals Training

5 Parts – January 19 & 26, February 2, 9 &23 (Repeat offering of Fall workshop)



SYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Dr. Nicole L’Etoile, TEACHERS21

Embed Formative Assessment Strategies in a Virtual/Hybrid Classroom: Digital Tools to Engage and Assess Students

Two parts - January 21 and January 25



SYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Kaitlyn Torossion, Ribas Associates and Publications

Sheltered English Immersion Course for Administrators

This course is approved by and fulfills Massachusetts DESE and U.S. Department of Justice requirements of the education of English Language Learners/Five synchronous sessions with an additional component

5 Parts – January 27, February 10 & 24, March 10 & 17 (Repeat offering of Fall workshop)




SYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Colleen Shea, Esq., Stoneman, Chandler & Miller, LLP

Legal Aspects of Student Confidentiality

January 28




SYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Jen Thomas, TEACHERS21

Low-Tech, High-Fun in the Classroom!

Easy Digital Puzzles & Games

February 1 and February 11




SYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Karen Dodd Antonelli, Ribas Associates and Publications

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Course

for All Classroom Teachers and School Clinical Staff

Feb 1, 8, & 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29; April 5, 12, & 26 and May 3




SYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Karen Dodd Antonelli, Ribas Associates and Publications

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Course

for Vocational High School Teachers and School Clinical Staff

Feb 3, 10, & 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31; April 7, 14, & 28 and May 5




SYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Richard W. Cole, Esq.

Ensuring Equity and Building Inclusive and Welcoming Schools
for Students from All Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds

Three parts – February 4, February 8 and February 9




SYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Dr. Nicole L’Etoile, TEACHERS21

Rethinking Summative Assessments in a Virtual/Hybrid Classroom

Two parts – February 23 and February 25



ASYNCHRONOUS




ASYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Jane Hardin, Ribas Associates & Publications

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 – 5 Modules; take individual modules or all 5

Registration now through May 15; learning portals open January 22 and close June 30




ASYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Dr. Cindy Crimmin, Ribas Associates & Publications

Succeeding with English Language Learners

Approved by DESE for Use Toward the 15 PDPs in Special Education for License Renewal for Teachers, School Clinicians, and Administrators – 5 Modules; take individual modules or all 5

Registration now through May 15; learning portals open January 22 and close June 30




ASYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Elayne Gumlaw, Ribas Associates & Publications

Teaching Face-to-Face, Hybrid, and Remote

Registration now through May 15; learning portals open January 22 and close June 30




ASYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Dr. Roseli Weiss, Ribas Associates & Publications

Low Socio-economic Status (SES) Students and Families:

Strategies for Closing Achievement Gaps and Reducing Special Education Referrals

Registration now through May 15; learning portals open January 22 and close June 30




ASYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Karen Dodd Antonelli, M.Ed., Ribas Associates and Publications

Understanding and Addressing Implicit Unconscious Bias

in Our Schools

Registration now through May 15; learning portals open January 22 and close June 30




ASYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Jane Hardin, Ribas Associates and Publications

The Impact of Trauma on Teaching, Learning and Living

in the Era of Covid 19

Registration now through May 15; learning portals open January 22 and close June 30




ASYNCHRONOUS PRESENTER: Cynthia Marchand and Carol Gregory, Ribas Associates & Publications

Classroom Management (with a component on remote teaching)

Registration now through May 15; learning portals open January 22 and close June 30



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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