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May 7, 2020
As always, MSAA hopes this May edition of MSAA Matters finds each of you well, as well as your family, friends, students, and staff! It has been a most challenging seven and a half weeks, and I continue to be in awe of your compassion, organization, thoughtfulness, and pure grace during the Corona Virus Crisis. MSAA is dedicated to supporting each of you in any way we can. We do this through our weekly virtual gatherings, our professional development, through email or just pick up the phone and give us a call - YOUR association is here for you!
Coming up this month, see below for some exciting opportunities for you.
Tuesday, May 12th at 11 AM the MSAA Special Education Gathering is hosting DESE Special Education Director, Russell Johnston. He will be addressing ESY among other relevant topics. See weekly email with Ring Central links.
Wednesday, May 20th from 1 - 3 PM Dr. Nicole Christian Brathwaite will be presenting on preparing for the transition back to school in the fall. Dr. Brathwaite will give a presentation on using a trauma responsive lens to support adults and children's social emotional well being. This is targeted for administrators of PK-8 students. MSAA has partnered with DESE's Early Lead Learning Team to coordinate this event. Register.
Speaking of DESE, if you have not visited their website recently it's new front page design is very user friendly and organized by category. It has a section called Ideas and Resources for Families, Ideas, and Resources for Educators both replete with sub categories. DESE website.
Tuesday, May 26th and Wednesday May 27th 1-3 PM Inspirational and motivation speaker Principal Kafele will be asking us to reflect, discuss and explore: Is My School, Team, Department, Division or District Better Because I Lead It? Mark your calendars and register now as space is limited. Register
On a final note, please find a plethora of articles I have curated over the last few weeks that I thought would be helpful resources for you. There are eight articles ranging from Zoom Fatigue to nine ways schools will look different, to principals finding novel ways to show their love and support for their students. Read at your leisure and your interest.
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Middle Level and Elementary Committee Liaison
A School Principal Ponders Pandemic Pedagogy and a Coronavirus Project Plan (4 part series) | Culturally Responsive Leadership - Joe Truss
What the hell are supposed to be doing during distance learning? How do we make it feel more human? Here are my thoughts on the coronavirus, distance learning, and what it means for our education system
Jostens introduces free “Virtual Commencement” programs to help high schools and colleges celebrate graduation amidst COVID-19 closures
Jostens “Virtual Commencement Centers” provide digital tools and content to help schools execute virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020.
Jostens Virtual Commencement Center
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MSAA High School Gatherings Mondays @ 3:00 PM
MSAA Special Education Gatherings Tuesdays @ 11:00 AM
MSAA Assistant Principals every other Tuesday beginning April 28th 2:30 PM
MSAA Middle Level Gatherings Tuesdays @ 3:15 PM
MSAA PK - 6 Gatherings Tuesdays @ 4:00 PM
MSAA ELLs Gathering Thursdays @ 2:00 PM (cancelled)
MSAA All Levels Gathering Thursdays @ 4:00 PM
MSAA Assistant Principal Appreciation Hour Friday, April 17th at @ 3:00 PM
On 31 December 2019, WHO was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. WHO is closely monitoring this event and is in active communication with counterparts in China. In line with standard protocols for any public health event, an incident management system has been activated across the three levels of WHO and the Organization is prepared to mount a broader response, if needed.