December Volume I
I hope this edition of Matters finds you well. I know anecdotally that many of you are contending with positive COVID test results and that this just adds another layer to your already multi-layered jobs. Please know that MSAA is always here to support you, and no issue is too small or too big that we can support you with.
In this issue there are several wonderful opportunities for your schools which will only enhance so many of the things you do to create safe spaces for your schools. Below you will find information on establishing a Special Olympics Unified Sports Team at your middle schools. Directly below this text box is a PowerPoint that is an overview of the program and a sign up sheet. Also there is one more information session on January 6th. The link to register is directly below.
There is information regarding the 39th Poster Contest for Missing Children sponsored by the Department of Justice. This contest is for 5th graders.
Massachusetts Partnership for Youth has several upcoming webinars and they are always worth the time to attend. Click here to see the upcoming webinars.
Mark your calendars for the annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit on Friday, January 21st!
Before we know it the Saturday, February 12th EdCamp at MSAA it will be here, so mark that day in your calendars as well.
Our joint Pre-K Spring Conference with DESE is really coming to life; save the dates of March 10 and 11. Not only will it be timely and relevant, it will just be fun to be together. More information to follow after the first of the year!
And finally Franklin Covey one of our partners is hosting a live session January 11th at 3:45 PM on the 4 Essential Roles of Great Leaders. Click here to sign up.
Special Olympics Unified Sports Teams
Informational Sessions: Learn more about the Unified Basketball season, an overview of Unified Champion Schools, and grant funding just to name a few. Principals, coaches, athletic directors, special education and any interested staff are encouraged to sign up! Click on the link below to learn more. The next webinar is Jan 6, 2022 01:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctd-yqpzstEtxVQdstmpdxfAWHTFTAw2ns After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
MSAA Esports – Spring ‘22
If you or your school is interested in learning more about MSAA Esports, visit our esports webpage here. There is some excellent information on signing up for Spring ’22 as well as some information on incentives and promotions. Do not hesitate to contact Richard Pearson, MSAA Esports Liaison (email@example.com) if you or an interested coach has any questions.
Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice 39th Annual National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
- 39th Annual Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest for Fifth Graders
Massachusetts Children’s Alliance (MCA) is excited to announce their partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) as a state manager for the 39th Annual Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest for 5th Graders. This nationwide contest is designed to promote awareness among teachers, parents/guardians and children and engage them in discussions about safety, with this year’s theme being “Bringing Our Missing Children Home”. Submissions are due January 21, 2022. The state-level winner will receive a pizza party for their class, and be eligible for the national prize package which includes a trip to Washington, D.C. for the national winner, his/her teacher, parents/guardians, and the state manager. See Poster Packet for more details (and contact the MCA for a Spanish version).
Massachusetts Partnership for Youth
Please check out the Massachusetts Partnership for Youth upcoming Webinars. Click here for the link to several webinars. There are some timely and relevant topics. Their webinars are very well done and very relevant and current.
#MSAAChat is on the second Tuesdays of the month September - June at 8:00 PM. The next chat is Tuesday, January 11th. Thank you to our facilitators: Marty Geoghegan, Bob Silveira, and Brian McCann!
DESE/MSAA/CEI Early Learning Team
2021-2022 Elementary School Principals Networking & Professional Development Series
Matthew Rodriguez from Equity Imperative and his team will deliver 3 professional development sessions (each 2 hours in length) on anti-racist leadership in the early grades. These sessions will be interactive and include whole group and small group discussions. The last session will take place from 3:00-5:00pm on: Tuesday, February 8, 2021.
- January 19th and 26th Book Group: Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep & Joyful Learning Across the Day (3:30-5:00)
The Early Learning Team, in collaboration with the Massachusetts School Administrators Association (MSAA), will be hosting its second Book Group as part of this year's professional development series for elementary principals. The book we will read is entitled Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep & Joyful Learning Across the Day by Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli and Cheryl Tyler. We will hold the Book Group Discussion virtually on January 19th and 26th from 3:30-5:00. If you would like to join us for this online book discussion, please register. Please consider joining us for some deep and meaningful discussions.
Pre-K-8 Spring Conference
The MSAA is pleased to announce a Spring Conference, jointly sponsored by MSAA, DESE, and CEI, focused on the needs of our PreK-8 membership. This conference was originally scheduled for March of 2020, however, COVID interrupted our plans and canceled the conference. The 2022 Conference concludes our joint year-long professional learning focus on Anti-Racist Leadership in the Early Grades and will bring our middle level partners into this work in a culminating 1 ½ day convening.
We are excited to return to the Devens Common Center in Devens, MA for this 1 1/2 day event scheduled for Thursday, March 10th and Friday, March 11th, 2022. We will kick off the event with Dr. Henry Turner as our opening keynote speaker on Thursday mid-afternoon. On Friday, a keynote presentation will be provided by Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite along with a mother and her daughter to talk about the impact of race on family, student engagement and social-emotional well-being.
Each day will also offer breakout sessions facilitated by current MA administrators. Breakout sessions will be an hour and 15 minutes long. The theme for this year's conference will be Anti-Racist Leadership PreK-8. We are looking for a variety of topics for our break-out sessions that will be of interest to current PreK-8 leaders surrounding this theme. Please consider submitting a proposal for a breakout session at our Spring Conference!
We are excited to offer the opportunity for administrators to provide professional learning to other administrators. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, January 22nd. The MSAA Elementary and Middle Level Committees will be in touch with all applicants by Friday, January 24th. To submit your proposal: https://tinyurl.com/2p9eduua
The first article is from the NAESP titled Put Your Oxygen Mask First. School leaders can use these three strategies to promote the social-emotional health of new teachers in a stressed out world. NOVEMBER 20, 2021 | BY SARAH J. KAKA AND JENNIFER A. TYGRET
The second article addresses the growling tensions around teaching anti-Racism from Education Week.
Links to these two articles are directly below this text box. In addition to the articles I have included a link to register for A Whole Child Approach to Supporting Positive Student Behavior also from Education Week.
On behalf of the staff at MSAA we wish you a happy, safe and joyous holiday season. May you be blessed with getting together with family and friends!
Closing Message from Bob Baldwin
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of ALL children. You are making a difference!
MSAA Assistant Executive Director
MSAA Matters Newsletter
Middle Level and Elementary Committee Liaison
Ring Central Gatherings
"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
Middle School Special Olympics Unified Sports Teams
Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice 39th Annual National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
Latest Articles, Videos, and Relevant Resources
Save the Dates
Thursday, January 6th Urban Best Practice Summit
Wednesday, January 19th DEI Youth Summit
Saturday, February 12th ED Camp Live 8:00 AM 12:00 PM @MSAA Forge Park
Thursday, March 10th 2:00 PM 5:00 PM; Friday, March 11th 8:30 - 3:00 PM our PK-8 Spring Conference is back! Devens Commons
Monday, April 4th Ed Camp Play 2.0 in partnership with DESE - Virtual
Tuesday, April 12th Assistant Principal Conference In-person @ Doubletree Hotel Milford
MSAA Position Papers
DESE LATEST RESOURCES
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
Monday January 10th PK - 8 Gathering @ 4:00 PM
2nd Monday of the Month Assistant Principal Gatherings 3 PM
3rd Monday of the Month Middle Level Administrators 3 PM
4th Monday of the Month All Level Administrators 4 PM
MSAA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DECEMBER 2021 - FEBRUARY 2022
Professional Development Opportunities
February 10, 2022, 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, Inc, Register
Learning Portals open Oct 1, 2021 through January 15, 2022
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
Classroom Management: Keys to Maximizing Opportunities, for Student Learning, Curriculum and Instruction, presented by Dr. Curtis Bates, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC, Register
Differentiated Instruction to Promote Maximum Learning Recovery, Curriculum and Instruction, presented by Carol Gregory, Ribas Associates and Publications, 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
Expanding Math Mindsets: Digital Tools & Resources, to Engage Middle & High School Students, Mathematics, presented by Brian Skeffington, Seaside Educational Consultants, LLC, Register
Understanding the Differentiated Instruction Classroom: A Certificate Program for Paraprofessionals and Assistant Teachers, presented by Carol Gregory, Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register
Succeeding with Students with Special Needs: A Certificate Program for Paraprofessionals and Assistant Teachers, presented by Bill Simmons, M.Ed., Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register
Succeeding with English Language Learners: A Certificate Program for Paraprofessionals and Assistant Teachers, presented by Dr. Cindy Crimmin, Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., 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
Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom: The Gateway to Learning Recovery, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, presented by Dr. Deborah Brady, Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register
1 Graduate Credit Available
Succeeding with Students with Special Needs, Special Education, presented by Bill Simmons, M.Ed., Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register Approved by DESE for the 15-PDP Special Education License Renewal Requirement
Recovering Learning Loss for Students from Low Income Homes, Special Education, presented by Dr. Roseli Weiss, Ribas Associates and Publications, Inc., Register