Tuesday, September 15, 2015

'What To Look For' Documents Coming Soon!

Many of you have already experienced a sneak preview of the 'What To Look For' documents at last May's Spring Convening.  At the time it was a pilot project and only two grade level documents existed for mathematics.  Since then we've collected feedback from districts and have made many updates and upgrades!  Now DESE has K-8th grade for mathematics and multiple grade levels for science available.  These documents will be available shortly on the DESE website. 

Additionally, I will be supporting a workshop at the Fall Convening on how to use the 'What To Look For' documents.  The workshop is titled, Developing a Shared Understanding of Quality Practice, and will incorporate multiple classroom videos from the 40 high quality videos that DESE recently released.  More information on the Fall Convening can be found here.  See you in Marlborough on either the 27th or 28th of October!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Free Graduate Courses Through MA FOCUS Academy!

The Massachusetts FOCUS Academy (MFA) offers cost-free, online, three (3) credit graduate courses that provide educators with the skills, knowledge and instructional strategies to improve outcomes for all students in safe and supportive inclusive environments.
  • Creating and Sustaining Positive School-Wide Learning Environment
  • Assessment of Students with Disabilities who are English Language Learners
  • Collaborative Co-teaching: Meeting the Needs of All Students
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Partnering with Families of Middle School and High School Students with Disabilities
  • Partnering with Families of Preschool and Elementary School Students with Disabilities
  • Universal Design for Learning: Student Affect and Engagement
  • Universal Design for Learning: Addressing Learner Variability
  • Universal Design for Learning: Addressing Learner Variability in Mathematics Instruction
Course descriptions and syllabi can be found at Massachusetts FOCUS Academy Fall 2015.


Teams of at least two but no more than six practitioners who are currently working in a prioritized Massachusetts Public School District or school are eligible to apply for a course.  Priority is given to level 3 districts!


Please contact mtss@doe.mass.edu with any questions or comments