March Volume I
A little light is shining at the end of this long tunnel! Hard to believe we are in March 2021! We still need to stay the course, but vaccines are happening for educators and soon we will be moving towards a "new normal", which will include more students back in our buildings. We know at MSAA that these changes will require an enormous amount of work from each of you and the staff in your buildings. We are here for you at MSAA; even if just to vent, do not hesitate to reach out. Or make sure you take advantage of our Ring Central Gatherings to tap into your colleagues for ideas and strategies. (See below for the Ring Central Gatherings)
Some important events and programs to call your attention to. Below you will find information on the Massachusetts Student Council Virtual Conference and an NAESP survey for you to share your best practices with colleagues across the country. Also, there is an upcoming webinar from the Massachusetts School Counselors Association on March 23rd. And finally, you will find a message from one of our many great sponsors regarding their program Jostens Pix.
Given the news as of late I have included two articles regarding literature choices and racism as well as a podcast series offered by the Wallace Foundation on SEL.
Be on the lookout for the upcoming MSAA Matters issue in which we will share our notes from our meeting with Commissioner Jeff Riley which took place on Thursday, March 11th.
Massachusetts Student Council Annual Conference
Student Council Registration Is Open!
Virtual MASC Annual Conference
“Spreading the Magic of Student Council”
April 9, 2021 7:00pm-8:30pm
April 10, 2021 9:30am-4:30pm
· $10 per student/adviser
· No limit to the number of registrants per school
· School registration must be submitted by the Student Council Adviser
· Deadline: March 29, 2021
Student-Led Workshop Application
· One workshop proposal may be submitted per school
A Two-Day Virtual Event Including:
Keynote Speaker Jake Kefler
State Officer Elections
MASC Summer Conference Reunion
National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
NAESP is engaged in conversations at the national level around best practices and strategies to reopen and keep open schools. We recognize that the reopening landscape varies greatly: some schools have been open since the beginning of the school year, while others have yet to reopen.
Regardless of your school’s reopening status, NAESP wants to hear from you about what’s working and if you have strategies you are using that other principals might find useful. Like all K-12 issues, it’s critical for the principal voice to be heard as part of reopening conversations.
To that end, NAESP is collecting best practices and strategies from our members to learn more about how they are navigating these issues at the school level. Please take a few moments to take this survey and share your best practices with colleagues across the country.
Message from Executive Director, Bob Bardwell from the Massachusetts School Counselors Association upcoming Webinar March 23rd Read below for more details
School Counselors, School Social Workers, School Adjustment Counselors, & School Psychologists: Which one, for what, and why?
Do you know the difference between these four educational support personnel? Do you know the role, the training and certification, and expectations and outcomes for each of these roles? Are you confused about what you can and cannot have each educator do? Join us for an informative and educational discussion about these four unique roles in K-12 schools to better understand and utilize education support personnel.
The panel will consist of April Megginson, certified school counselor & Assistant Professor Bridgewater State University, Matthew DuBois, School Psychologist, Public Schools of Brookline and Lecturer, Northeastern University, Carmen Lopez, Adjustment Counselor, Gerena Community School, Springfield, Ben Shore, School Social Worker, Billerica Memorial High School and Arria Coburn, Principal, The Springfield Renaissance School.
The objective of this program is to provide an opportunity for superintendents, school administrators (principals), special education administrators, school committee members, school counselors, school adjustment counselors, school social workers and school psychologists to better understand the various roles of school support personnel and how we are different but also how we support one another, in particular the students and families with which we work.
This FREE webinar will take place on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 3:30 - 4:30 via zoom. Pre-registration is required here. This promises to be a robust and engaging discussion.
Please direct any questions pertaining to this event to Bob Bardwell, Executive DIrector, Massachusetts School Counselors Association.
Director of School Counseling & School-to-Career Coordinator
Monson High School
55 Margaret Street
Monson, MA 01057
Message from Jostens regarding Jostens PIX
Has your experience working with your school’s portrait photographer this year been challenging?
We know that this year has been frustrating, managing so many things that are out of our control, and we think that School Picture Day shouldn’t be one of them. It should be a day that you, your staff and your students smile. Jostens seems to have found a way to do that!
Jostens, one of our trusted partners and a name so many of you already trust in yearbooks, rings, caps & gowns, diplomas, etc. has expanded their photography division, Jostens Pix, to Massachusetts.
- No handling money or packages at school. All sales go direct from the consumer and all packages are delivered directly to homes.
- No waiting weeks for your portraits. They’re uploaded directly to your website in 3-5 days.
- No ridiculous prices or complicated package pricing. Cost to the consumer as little as $5/photo sheet. Period. Free digital image with all orders over $25.
If you are in need of an alternative to your current photography situation or are just curious about options, please sign up for one of JostensPix webinars.
No pressure; just some relief from unnecessary stress when you choose to work with Jostens.
Jostens will provide details, answer all questions and concerns. Please mark your calendars and register today.
March 19TH at 7:30 AM. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtdOmurzopHtapH1SGeayTIDdoWKmXiI58
March 25th at 4:00 PM. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pdOuorjkjG9Oe_P32zYcM1zGzuERr5BrL
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save it to your calendar.)
We encourage you to SHARE this invitation with anyone that might be interested to learn more on how they can save their school staff time and their families money.
PS: Here are video links if you can spare a minute.
TESTIMONIALS, please click here: https://app.frame.io/presentations/dbbcb473-729d-45d2-91bc-eab6e151cf09
OVERVIEW of the JostensPix process (1 minute, 40 seconds long), please click here: https://youtu.be/dfmFz02Hxrc
Our Jostens Representative Chris Spelman has agreed to be our point person specifically for photography needs. You can call him directly 888.345.9725 if you have any questions. He and the entire Massachusetts Jostens team are here for you: Tara Anderson, Justyn Faber, Ryan Ford, Craig Johnson, Corey LaRoche, Mike Lenfest, Dan McLaughlin, Chris Spelman & Kate Toman.
Think of your teachers who may be deserving of...
DESE Teacher of the Year 2022 (All paperwork due March 22nd)
DESE is committed to celebrating educators who embed and prioritize culturally responsive and sustaining practices into their classrooms. The Teacher of the Year models what exemplary teaching looks like for Massachusetts educators. An essential element of exemplary teaching is a focus on culturally responsive teaching. So, if CRT is a central focus of your teaching practice, throw your hat in the ring for Teacher of the Year!
This year, preference will be given to elementary teachers who consistently:
- Build deep, meaningful relationships with students,
- Believe in empowering students through evidence-based instruction, such as early literacy practices,
- Reflect on their own practice,
- Affirm students’ identities and work towards removing inequities,
- Believe that teaching is an aMAzing profession,
- Seek/Achieve Perfection
Every Teacher of the Year starts their journey by completing the application. How do you use asset-based practices that explicitly affirm the cultural identities of students, families, and communities?
Being Teacher of the Year is a chance to help share your “Aha!” moments, spread your learning, and continue building your culturally responsive teaching practices. Get ahead of the March 22nd deadline and apply today.
Closing Message from Bill Gaine
On behalf of MSAA and Executive Director, Bill Gaine: Stay safe, stay strong, and take time for yourself.
MSAA Assistant Executive Director
MSAA Matters Newsletter
Middle Level and Elementary Committee Liaison
Ring Central Gatherings
DESE INITIAL FALL SCHOOL REOPENING GUIDELINES
Arts: Chorus, band, theater, dance, and visual arts • Physical education
Latest Articles, Videos, Websites this Edition
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
2nd Monday of the Month Assistant Principal Gatherings 3 PM
3rd Monday of the Month Middle Level Administrators 3 PM
April 19 Holiday
4th Monday of the Month All Level Administrators 4 PM
1st Tuesday of the Month PK-8 Administrators 4 PM
MSAA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Synchronous Online Workshops: dates as listed
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
SEL for Adults five-part series; take one module or all, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Christopher Dodge, Seaside Educational Consultants Register for all 5 modules, To register for individual modules, email email@example.com
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
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