Friday, December 2, 2016

2011 Standards Review Update


The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met Monday morning and unanimously voted to release the proposed ELA and math Frameworks for public comment.  The refinement process has involved a multitude of stakeholders over the last year or so.  The following website was created by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to try to address some of the questions you may have about the review process: http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/StandardsReview/ela-math.html

There are two Quick Reference Guides (one for ELA and one for math) that describe the proposed changes to the standards.  These and other resources such as dates and locations for regional office hour sessions can be found on the website listed above.  The Public Comment Survey is open until February 17th but the sooner we hear your feedback the better!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Instructional Support Convening and More!

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's new Center for Instructional Support has combined the Annual Fall Summit and the Annual Spring Convening and replaced both of those with the new annual Instructional Support Convening, which will continue to feature topics relevant to your work and the initiatives of the Department.

Date:  February 14, 2017 and repeated on February 15, 2017
Time:  8:00 AM (onsite check-in opens)
Place:  Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Conference Center (Marlborough, MA)


Arts Literacy Conference:
This full-day conference will provide participants with varied opportunities to experience artistic literacies while engaging in different art forms and making connections to other subject areas. Although designed primarily for those who teach in the arts, educators are encouraged to invite teachers of other disciplines, administrators, and interested educational colleagues in their district to experience this interdisciplinary event.

Date: April 3, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM (onsite check-in opens)
Place: Devens Common Center (Devens, MA)

Civics Literacy Conference:
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) has partnered again with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate to bring you the second annual Civics Literacy Conference. We will be working with educators to: understand the role civic learning plays in maintaining our democracy; increase civic knowledge and engagement among K-12 students; and build on the natural connections between civics and literacy.

Date: May 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM (onsite check-in opens)
Place: Edward M. Kennedy Institute (Boston, MA)