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Commissioner's Weekly Update - April 22, 2016

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet:

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a special meeting Monday, April 25, 2016 about social-emotional learning and will hear from researchers and educators. On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the Board will hold its regular meeting, where members will hear about the Low Income Education Access Project; hear updates on Level 5 schools and two Level 5 districts, Southbridge and Holyoke; and discuss the House Ways and Means Committee's proposed FY17 education budget and the Foundation Budget Review Commission recommendations.

Green Ribbon Schools Winner:

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the Littleton Public School District is among the 47 schools, 15 districts, and 11 postsecondary institutions chosen this year as Green Ribbon Schools for their leadership in reducing environmental impact and utility costs, promoting better health for students and staff, and offering effective sustainability education. The district saved carbon dioxide and money through energy management work that began several years ago, and students now have the lead in the district's conservation efforts. The district has also incorporated the environment and resource conservation into the curriculum at every grade level. Congratulations!

Staff Promotions:

Associate Commissioners Cliff Chuang and Heather Peske have new titles and responsibilities within ESE. Mr. Chuang has been promoted to senior associate commissioner of educational options, a role that incorporates his current work in charter schools, school redesign, digital learning, learning supports, and early learning with new responsibilities in the areas of student support; college, career, and vocational readiness programs; and family supports.

Dr. Peske has been promoted to senior associate commissioner of instructional support and will continue her work in educator effectiveness and add responsibilities in the areas of curriculum and instruction. Those areas include literacy, the humanities, science, technology, engineering, math and English language learners. This new organizational structure, bringing together the educator effectiveness and curriculum and instruction offices under instructional support, is designed to promote the integration of teaching, learning, instruction, and curriculum initiatives and better assist schools and districts.

For Your Info:

  • Teach Western Mass: Teach Western Mass is holding an event on April 26, 2016 to share information about innovation and autonomy in Western Massachusetts schools. Panelists from public school districts and their partners will describe their mission to attract, select, develop, and retain great talent in the region in order to help transform schools. The following day, Holyoke Public Schools will have an educator recruitment fair.

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Last Updated: April 22, 2016
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