Office of the Commissioner

Commissioner's Weekly Update

2018

October 12, 2018

  1. Update on Alternative Structured Learning Day Programs
  2. Picture of the Week: Latino Community Forums
  3. Waiver Requests for Computer-Based MCAS Testing Due
  4. Grant Opportunity for CVTE Programs
  5. Two Groups Invited to Submit Final Applications for New Charter Schools
  6. Charter School Expansion Requests
  7. For Your Info: Two schools recognized for innovation

October 5, 2018

  1. National Blue Ribbon Schools
  2. Picture of the Week: Aviation Maintenance Technology at Westfield Technical Academy
  3. Additional Translations of Press Release on MCAS and Accountability Results
  4. Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
  5. Systemic Student Support (S3) Academy
  6. U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship
  7. DESE Resource Corner: Student Assessment Updates
  8. For Your Info:
    • World War I Centennial Eighth Grade Art Competition
    • Early college visit
    • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

September 28, 2018

  1. MCAS and Accountability Results
  2. Picture of the Week: Holyoke High School Early College Programs
  3. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
  4. Training Sessions on the Spring 2019 MCAS Grade 10 Next-Generation Tests
  5. Rethinking Discipline Initiative Convening
  6. U.S. Presidential Scholarship Nominations Sought
  7. STEM Week
  8. Public Comment Open for Proposed Changes to Hearing Rules for Special Education Appeals
  9. Green Ribbon Schools Application Process Open

September 21, 2018

  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting
  • Picture of the Week: Oak Middle School, Shrewsbury
  • Embargoed Release of Assessment and Accountability Data
  • Hurricane Recovery Assistance for Homeless Students
  • Prevention of Substance Misuse and Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning
  • Registration Open for Building Inclusive Communities Conference
  • For Your Info:
    • Mass IDEAS Planning Grant Request for Learning

September 14, 2018

  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
  • Picture of the Week: DESE All Staff Meeting
  • Courses on Social Emotional Learning and Approaches to Play and Learning
  • Registration Open for Leading with Access and Equity Conference
  • Save the Date for Building Inclusive Communities in Early Childhood Event
  • DESE Resource Corner: Resources to support standards-aligned teaching and learning
  • For Your Info:
    • Comment on NAEP achievement levels

September 7, 2018

  • Reminder about Privacy of Employee Information
  • Picture of the Week: Early College
  • MassHealth School-Based Medicaid Program Expansion Update
  • Chap. 74 New Program Application Process Open
  • Model MOU for School Resource Officers
  • ESE Resource Corner: Massachusetts educator licensure video series
  • For Your Info:
    • Back to school facts
    • September 11 volunteer opportunities
    • Constitution Day
    • Every Kid in a Park

August 31, 2018

  • Early Warning Indicator System Reports Live in Edwin
  • Picture of the Week: Wire Village Elementary School in Spencer
  • Digital Connections Initiative
  • Redesigning School and District Report Cards
  • Home and Hospital Form
  • Request for Waiver from Limit on Alternate Assessments

August 24, 2018

  • Spots Available for PBIS and Tiered Literacy Academies
  • Picture of the Week: School Safety Roundtable
  • Regional Meetings to Inform a Family Engagement Framework
  • Competitive FY19 Safe and Supportive Schools Grant
  • Public Comment Open on Draft Guidelines for Use of English Proficiency Benchmarks
  • Opportunity for Educators to Serve on MCAS Committees
  • ESE Resource Corner: Research update

August 17, 2018

  • Commissioner's Back-to-School Resources
  • Picture of the Week: METCO Visit
  • Preliminary 2018 MCAS Data
  • New Subject Matter Knowledge Guidelines
  • DESE Ombudsperson for Private School Students with Disabilities
  • 2018-2019 Online Restraint Data Collection Tool is Now Open
  • Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) Reports coming to Edwin
  • The Anti-Hazing Data Collection

August 10, 2018

  • Early Grades Literacy Grant Program
  • Picture of the Week: Elm Park Community School
  • Charter School Prospectuses and Expansion Requests
  • Updated Model Rubrics for Classroom Teachers and Principals
  • Early College Programs
  • For Your Info:
    • Clean energy grants
    • Mass IDEAS School Design Institute
    • Fran Pratt Award

August 3, 2018

  • Introduction to RADAR (Resource Allocation and District Action Reports)
  • Picture of the Week: Summer Food Service Program in Webster
  • Medical Emergency Response Plan Reminder
  • ESE Resource Corner: Research summaries, literature reviews, and policy briefs

July 27, 2018

  • Superintendents' Checklist: Updated Version Posted
  • Picture of the Week: Civics Education Institute
  • SEI Endorsement: New requirements for CVT Educators
  • Innovation Pathways Designation: Upcoming Information Sessions
  • Instructional Support Networks: Registration Open
  • Final FY19 State Budget

July 20, 2018

  • New Equity Roadmap Resources
  • Picture of the Week: House METCO Caucus
  • Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grants Awarded
  • Give Feedback on Proposed Refinements to Educator Evaluation Model Rubrics

July 13, 2018

  • Baker-Polito Administration Proposes Education and School Safety Package
  • Picture of the Week: SkillsUSA State Officers Team
  • Advisory on Janus Decision
  • Early Warning Indicator System Release Update
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grants
  • Hate Crime Listening Session

July 6, 2018

  • Second Installment of Hurricane Aid Distributed
  • Picture of the Week: Boston Renaissance Charter Public School
  • Upcoming Deadline for Homeless and Foster Care Student Data Collection
  • Two Online Courses for Early Childhood Educators

June 29, 2018

  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • Picture of the Week: PAEMST Winners
  • Board Meeting Recap
  • Summer Food Service Program
  • AEDs and Updated Medical Emergency Response Plans
  • MCAS Updates
  • For Your Info:
    • Excellence through Social Emotional Learning (exSEL) Network
    • Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester honored

June 22, 2018

  • Teachers Honored
  • Picture of the Week: Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year
  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
  • New Path Toward Licensure
  • New Process for Special Education Licensure Waivers
  • College and Carer Advising Professional Development Series
  • Deadline Approaching for Feedback on Subject Matter Knowledge Guidelines
  • Openings on Racial Imbalance Advisory Council
  • E-Cigarettes and Vaping Devices
  • DPH Survey to Inform Comprehensive School Health Services Programs
  • For Your Info:
    • Skills Capital Grants

June 15, 2018

  • Early Grades Literacy Grants
  • Picture of the Week: Shrewsbury High School
  • RADAR and FY18 End of Year Report Summer Workshops
  • Teachers Sought for CURATE Fellowship
  • Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) Release Update
  • Instructional Support Networks
  • Private School Students with Disabilities
  • For Your Info:
    • Personalized learning summit
    • NGLC Mass. learning excursions

June 8, 2018

  • Curriculum Resources
  • Picture of the Week: Student Board Member
  • Federal Grant Programs Website
  • Change to Early Childhood Special Education Grant
  • Principal and Teacher Advisory Cabinets Open for Applications through June 29
  • Reading Specialist Subject Matter Knowledge Standards
  • Save the Date for Symposium on Chronic Absenteeism
  • Reminder on Spring 2018 Grades 3–8 Computer-Based MCAS Preliminary Embargoed Data Files
  • For Your Info:
    • Free Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles training available
    • Project Here grant opportunity extended

June 1, 2018

  • Updates on Social and Emotional Learning
  • Picture of the Week: Goddard School of Science and Technology in Worcester
  • Innovation Pathway Designations and Grants Announced

May 25, 2018

  • Board Meeting Recap
  • Picture of the Week: Teacher Advisory Cabinet
  • Supplemental Budget
  • Professional Development Opportunities about Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
  • Online MCAS Questionnaire for Schools on Computer-Based Testing
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers Additional Learning Time Grant Posted
  • Middle Grades Math Virtual Book Study
  • Information on 2018-19 Charter School Application Cycle
  • For Your Info:
    • MASS urging students to register to vote
    • Principals' role in inclusive schools
    • Blue Ribbon School video

May 18, 2018

  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
  • Picture of the Week: Declaration Day at Springfield Renaissance School
  • Green Ribbon Schools
  • Uploading Licensure Documents
  • Expanded Licensure Call Center Hours
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Academies
  • Middle Grades Math Institute
  • Subject Matter Knowledge Guidelines Update
  • ESSA Foster Care Provisions
  • Early College Designations
  • For Your Info:
    • STEM Week
    • Summer Stride

May 11, 2018

  • Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
  • Additional Funding to Support Displaced Students
  • Board to Hold Special Meeting
  • Family Survey on IEP Development Process
  • District Induction and Mentoring Report Forms Coming Next Week
  • School Security Assessment App
  • Leading the Nation Week
  • For Your Info:
    • Presidential Scholars announced
    • Mass IDEAS School Model Design Studio

May 4, 2018

  • Statewide System of Support Update
  • Picture of the Week: Susan B. Anthony Middle School in Revere
  • Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
  • Elementary Principals Network Meetings
  • No Change to Hiring Requirement for Paraprofessionals
  • DESE Resource Corner: Standards-based learning videos
  • For Your Info:
    • Harvard Case Method Project
    • Suicide response resource for schools
    • Project Here grant opportunity
    • "No First Time" Day
    • U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semifinalists announced

April 27, 2018

  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting
  • Updated Educator Equity and Evaluation Data Posted
  • New for 2018: Early Reporting of Preliminary Spring MCAS Results
  • Promote Prevent Commission Report Released
  • Survey on IEP Development Process
  • Public Comment Open on Proposed Changes to Accountability and Assistance Regulations
  • Federal Literacy Grant Opportunity for High-Need Districts
  • Links to Leading the Nation Videos
  • For Your Info:
    • Massachusetts egg at White House Easter Egg Roll
    • Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color Conference

April 20, 2018

  • Additional Funding to Support Hurricane Evacuees from Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Picture of the Week: Student Government Day
  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
  • Public Comment Open on Proposed Amendments Related to LOOK Act
  • Reminder on Restraint Reporting
  • DESE Resource Corner: Reports Library
  • For Your Info:
    • Strategic plan for the juvenile justice system
    • Lesson plans on intergenerational engagement

April 13, 2018

  • Massachusetts NAEP Scores Lead the Nation (Again!)
  • Picture of the Week: Tenacity Challenge
  • Professional Development Opportunities on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
  • April Is the Month of the Military Child
  • Family Engagement External Stakeholders Regional Meetings
  • Spring Early Learning Regional Network Meetings
  • Elementary Principals Network Meetings
  • Computer Science Training Grant
  • Registration Open for July 24–26 Civic Education Institute
  • For Your Info: Message from the Registry of Motor Vehicles

April 6, 2018

  • Commissioner Riley Sworn in at Leading the Nation Celebration
  • Picture of the Week: Swearing In Ceremony
  • Supporting Displaced Students from Puerto Rico
  • DESE's Student Councils Seek New Members for 2018-2019
  • 2018 Massachusetts Green Ribbon Schools Announced
  • Advisory on Emergency Planning and Door Locking
  • New Advisory on Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Special Educators
  • Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement Gathering
  • School Choice Reminder
  • MCAS Testing Schedule for 2018-2019 Released
  • For Your Info:
    • Two Massachusetts schools recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education

March 30, 2018

  • A Message from the Acting Commissioner
  • Picture of the Week: Old Sturbridge Village Academy Charter Public School
  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting
  • Nominate teachers by Sunday for PAEMST
  • FY17 Preliminary Finance Data Available
  • Course on Pre-K and K Standards for SEL and Approaches to Play and Learning
  • DESE Resource Corner: Schools' sample materials for coordinating MCAS test administration
  • For Your Info:
    • Social and emotional learning grant opportunity

March 23, 2018

  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
  • Graduation Requirements for Students from Puerto Rico
  • Picture of the Week: LEAP Convening
  • Public Comment on History and Social Science Framework Ends Soon
  • Graduation and Dropout Rate Events
  • 2018 VOCAL School Climate Survey
  • Diverse and Learner-Ready Teachers Initiative
  • DESE Resource Corner: "How Do We Know?" Initiative
  • For Your Info:
    • We the People Middle School Showcase
    • WIDA seeks input on framework
    • Youth Preparedness Council
    • Recent recognitions

March 16, 2018

  • Math and STE Ambassadors
  • Picture of the Week: National School Breakfast Week in Lowell
  • Snow Again!
  • Preparing for MCAS Administration
  • Save the Date for July 24–26 Civic Education Institute
  • VISTA: Last Chance!
  • DESE Resource Corner: Planning for Success

March 9, 2018

  • Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium
  • Picture of the Week: Commissioner Chester Honored by CCSSO
  • Webinar on Proportionate Share for Special Education Directors
  • Professional Development on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
  • Annual Arts Conference on April 2
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants Information Session
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • Last Chance for Massachusetts Green Ribbon Schools Competition
  • Hasta La VISTA
  • For Your Info:
    • Resources on student walkouts
    • Integration of computational thinking and elementary math/science

March 2, 2018

  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting
  • School Safety and Student Activism in the Wake of the Parkland Shooting
  • Picture of the Week: Phoenix Academy Public Charter High School, Lawrence
  • Good News on Graduation and Dropout Rates
  • Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
  • VISTA Survey Still Open
  • WIDA Early Years Modules
  • For Your Info:
    • DESE seeking a director of literacy and humanities

February 23, 2018

  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
  • Picture of the Week: Skills Capital Grants announcement at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
  • Presentation on Proportionate Share for Special Education Directors
  • Support Services for Students Who Have Arrived from Puerto Rico
  • VISTA 2018 Survey Window Extended
  • Upcoming Deadline on Circuit Breaker Intent
  • For Your Info:
    • Governance-based strategies for school improvement
    • Massachusetts leads again on Advanced Placement success

February 16, 2018

  • A Message from the Acting Commissioner: Parkland Tragedy
  • Update on Funding and Diplomas for Puerto Rican Students
  • Grants Available for Enhancing Data Use
  • USED Webinars on Funding System Flexibility
  • VISTA 2018 Responses Still Needed
  • Openings on English Learner/Bilingual Education Advisory Council
  • Massachusetts Green Ribbon Schools Competition
  • Registration Open for Statewide Convening on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
  • Upcoming Deadline - School-Attending Children Report
  • For Your Info:
    • STEM Career Pathway Capacity grants announced
    • Massachusetts Ranks High on School Breakfast Growth
    • Massachusetts Children's Behavioral Health Innovation Awards

February 9, 2018

  • Rural Schools Report
  • Picture of the Week: Holyoke's Morgan School
  • New FAFSA Tool
  • Educators Needed for Arts Curriculum Framework Review
  • USED Announces Flexibility Opportunity for Districts
  • Applications for Planning for Success Training due Friday, February 16
  • VISTA Reminder
  • DESE Resource Corner: Research update
  • Casting Call for Students
  • For Your Info:
    • Lawrence Alliance for Education members announced
    • Massachusetts History Day judges needed
    • Youth Preparedness Council

February 2, 2018

  • New Commissioner Appointed
  • Save the Date - Statewide Convening on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
  • VISTA Survey Window is Open
  • Student Government Day Will Be Friday, April 6
  • School Choice Reminder
  • For Your Info:
    • Early college update
    • Students honored at Bruins game
    • Online course for early childhood educators

January 26, 2018

  • Commissioner Finalist Interviews and Expected Board Vote
  • Picture of the Week: The Dever School in Boston
  • Board Meeting Recap
  • New Requirement for Districts to Implement a Substance Use-Related Screening Tool
  • FY19 Preliminary Chapter 70 Calculations
  • Guidance for Ensuring the Educational Stability of Students in Foster Care
  • Massachusetts Green Ribbon Schools Competition
  • Lead in School Drinking Water Assistance Program
  • For Your Info:
    • New Southbridge receiver
    • Preventing and Addressing Bias-Based Incidents

January 19, 2018

  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
  • Commissioner Finalists
  • Advanced Placement Exam Fee Subsidies
  • Revision of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework
  • Substance Use Prevention Education Training for Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Including Data from Commonwealth Virtual Schools for the School-Attending Children Report
  • Planning for Success Training Opportunities
  • DESE Resource Corner: New research on dual enrollment
  • For Your Info
    • Massachusetts tops in EdWeek's "Quality Counts"
    • New Metco, Inc. CEO
    • Alternative structured learning time programs

January 12, 2018

  • Update on Commissioner's Search
  • Alternative Structured Learning Day Programs
  • U.S. Department of Education Grants 1 Percent Waiver Request
  • Last Chance to Be Eligible for State and Federal Discounts for Fiber Upgrades
  • VISTA Survey Coming
  • Guidelines for Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Experiences
  • Student Government Day Will Be Friday, April 6
  • Charter School Waitlist Report Update
  • DESE Resource Corner: New policy brief available on class size in Massachusetts
  • For Your Info
    • Grants to help students from Puerto Rico

January 5, 2018

  • MCAS Grade 10 Field Test Assignments
  • For Your Info: Intergenerational grant opportunity

2017

December 22, 2017

  • Commissioner Search Update and Board Recap
  • Information on the LOOK Act
  • Serving Students from Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico
  • Webinar and Regional Networking on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
  • Elementary Principals Network Meetings
  • Early Learning Program Quality Workgroup
  • Program Reconstruction Meetings about Approved Private Schools
  • 2018 E-rate Filing Deadlines
  • Qualified Zone Academy Bond Program Update
  • Save the Date for LEAP Convening
  • For Your Info
    • Fifteen school building projects advance
    • School design institutes
  • Note

December 15, 2017

  • Board to Meet
  • Picture of the Week
  • Culturally Responsive Holiday Celebrations
  • LOOK Act
  • 2017 School & District Report Cards
  • Quick Reference Guides to the 2017 Mathematics Curriculum Framework
  • Upcoming Twitter Chat on Standards-Based Learning in Mathematics
  • Student Government Day Will Be Friday, April 6, 2018
  • DESE Resource Corner: List of state holidays
  • For Your Info:
    • Advanced manufacturing program for adult students
    • Operation Prevention Video Challenge

December 8, 2017

  • Hiring Displaced Puerto Rican Educators
  • District Testing Mode Decisions
  • Coordinating Federal Grant Programs to Improve Student Learning
  • Resource Reallocation and District Action Reports (RADAR)
  • Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
  • For Your Info:
    • Summer opportunity

December 1, 2017

  • New Schedule for Weekly Update
  • Board Meeting Recap
  • Tuition for Virtual Schools
  • Students from Puerto Rico
  • Picture of the Week: Principal Partners
  • Influenza Information
  • Updated Guidelines on Implementing SEL Curricula
  • Updated 2017-2018 Statewide Testing Schedule
  • 2015 PISA Collaborative Problem Solving Results
  • DESE Resource Corner: Help families save money for both K-12 and college expenses
  • For Your Info:
    • LOOK Act
    • Save the date for conference on bias-based incidents
    • Profile in Courage Essay Contest

November 17, 2017

  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
  • Picture of the Week: SkillsUSA in Washington, D.C.
  • New Phase of Lawrence Receivership
  • Resources for Supporting LGBTQ Students
  • Improved Office of Planning and Research Website
  • New Associate Commissioner for Statewide System of Support
  • Upcoming Deadlines: Charter School End-of-Year Financial Report
  • Note: No Update Next Week

November 10, 2017

  • Department Website to Be Down
  • A Note from the Acting Commissioner
  • Aid for Families Fleeing Puerto Rico
  • Spring MCAS High School Field Tests and Question Tryouts
  • Reminder: New Policy Brief Available on Teacher Equity Gaps
  • Chapter 74 Career/Vocational and Technical Education Supply and Demand Study
  • Identifying Department of Children and Families Social Workers

November 3, 2017

  • Job Description Posted for Next Commissioner
  • Lawrence Educator Receives Milken Award
  • Middle Schools Substance Use Prevention Initiative
  • Board and Commission Training
  • School Survey Results from Massachusetts School Building Authority
  • Programme for International Student Assessment
  • Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grants Available for Wi-Fi

October 27, 2017

  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meetings
  • The ABCs of Success in High School and Beyond
  • Springfield Principal Honored
  • Graduation Requirements for High School Students from Puerto Rico
  • Online Course for Early Childhood Educators
  • ESSA Changes Related to the "Highly Qualified" Designation and Parental Notifications
  • Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grants Available for Wi-Fi
  • Recent Changes to the Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval Regulations
  • DESE Resource Corner
  • New policy brief available on teacher equity gaps
  • For Your Info:
    • Cyber threat
    • Governor tours early college programs

October 20, 2017

  • Assessment and Accountability Results
  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
  • Serving Students from Puerto Rico
  • Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement Work Group Meeting
  • Southbridge Receiver Job Description Posted
  • Social and Emotional Learning Professional Development Opportunity
  • 2017-2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominations
  • Elementary Principals Network Meetings
  • Special Education Advisory Council Openings
  • Used Computers Available
  • Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grants Available for Wi-Fi
  • Water Testing Available
  • Registration Open for Student Government Day on April 6
  • For Your Info:
    • Computer Science Teachers Association Conference

October 13, 2017

  • Embargoed Release of Assessment and Accountability Data
  • 2017 Annual Dropout and Cohort Graduation Rate Data Ready for Review
  • Grants Available for STEM Career Pathways
  • Free E-rate Webinar Series
  • Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grants Available for Wi-Fi
  • Application Deadline for Parent and Community Advisory Council Extended
  • Resources for Massachusetts' Approved ESSA Plan
  • Skills Capital Grants
  • Exploring the State of Personalized Learning
  • DESE Resource Corner
  • For Your Info:
    • Social studies conference
    • Identifying and remediating reading disabilities
    • "High School Quiz Show"
    • Civics opportunity

October 6, 2017

  • Commissioner Search
  • 2017 MCAS and Accountability Information
  • Early Warning and College Success Webinar
  • Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
  • Update on Puerto Rico
  • Recent Changes to the Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval Regulations
  • Induction and Mentoring Report
  • DESE Resource Corner
    • Grade-by-grade explanations for the 2017 ELA/Literacy and Mathematics curriculum frameworks
  • For Your Info:
    • Gov. Baker visits Lawrence
    • Clean Energy Day opportunity
    • Webinar on evaluating professional development

September 29, 2017

  • National Blue Ribbon Schools
  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting
  • Welcoming Students from Puerto Rico
  • "I Came Here to Learn"
  • FY18 Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant Webinars
  • Community Forum in Abington
  • Districts' Testing Mode Decisions Due October 13
  • Computer Science-STEM Opportunity
  • Advanced Placement Results
  • Two Charter School Proposals Move to Next Phase

September 22, 2017

  • State ESSA Plan Approved
  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
  • Supporting Students in Military Families
  • Special Education Leadership
  • Digital Connections Initiative: K-12 Upgrade Webinar
  • Competitive FY18 Safe and Supportive Schools Grant
  • Online Course for Early Childhood Educators
  • Social and Emotional Learning Professional Development Opportunity
  • Openings on Arts Education Advisory Council and the Racial Imbalance Advisory Council
  • Elementary Principals Network Meetings
  • DESE Resource Corner:
    • Quick reference guides to the 2017 Mathematics Curriculum Framework

September 15, 2017

  • Reminder about Directory Administration
  • 2017 Principals of the Year
  • History Teacher of the Year Becomes a National Finalist
  • Chapter 74 New Program Applications
  • Substance Use Prevention Education Training for Middle Schools
  • 2017-18 Restraint Data Collection Tool Now Open
  • DESE Resource Corner
    • Highlighting strong work in Framingham
  • For Your Info:
    • Poetry Out Loud
    • National Assessment Governing Board seeks members
    • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
    • Staff member recognized

September 8, 2017

  • Guidance on Immigration Enforcement Requests
  • Early Warning Indicator System Data for 2017-18 Available
  • Planning for Success Action Plan Training
  • Openings on Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council
  • Water Testing Available
  • Back-to-School Materials in Five More Languages
  • Reminder: New Anti-Hazing Collection Procedures Underway
  • For Your Info:
    • Massachusetts History Day
    • Constitution Day
    • Great NorthEast ShakeOut
    • Massachusetts Students' ACT Scores among the Best

September 1, 2017

  • Celebration of Commissioner Chester's Life
  • Restraint Data Collection Update and Reminder
  • Planning for Success Action Plan Training
  • Public Comment Period for the Mass. Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS )
  • For Your Info:
    • Proposed Somerville school to be featured
    • Early education grants
    • Commonwealth Commitment expands
    • Back to school with USED

August 25, 2017

  • A Message from Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson
  • Preliminary 2017 Accountability Data
  • New Anti-Hazing Collection Procedures Underway
  • Standard Setting Conference
  • DESE Resource Corner
    • New interactive parent guide to the next-generation MCAS
  • For Your Info:
    • Celebration of Commissioner Chester's life
    • METCO, Inc. seeks a CEO

August 18, 2017

  • Preliminary 2017 MCAS Results
  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Special Meeting
  • Educator Network Opportunity
  • Celebration of Commissioner Chester's Life
  • For Your Info:
    • New STEM and literacy and humanities leaders
    • Webinar on emergency planning

August 11, 2017

  • Summary Now Available on Changes to Licensure and Educator Preparation Regulations
  • Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) Reports coming to Edwin
  • Four Groups Hope to Open New Charter Schools
  • Request for Proposals for Adult Education Posted
  • Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement Network Meeting
  • Proportionate Share Guidance
  • Leading the Nation
  • DESE Resource Corner
    • Revised What to Look For observation guides now available

August 4, 2017

  • Understanding the Impact of Poverty on Student Outcomes
  • Application Materials Released to Support High Quality College and Career Pathways
  • Broadband Upgrade Support Survey
  • For Your Info:
    • Celebration of Commissioner Chester's Life

July 28, 2017

  • Celebration of Commissioner Chester's Life
  • Website Redesign
  • Early Grades Literacy Grant
  • Changes to Licensure Regulations
  • Request for Feedback about School and District Profiles
  • For Your Info:
    • Technology guide
    • Tips on Math Instruction

July 21, 2017

  • Massachusetts High Quality College and Career Pathways Initiative
  • Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Allocation Grant Posted
  • FY18 Chapter 70 Information Posted
  • Alternate Assessment Waiver
  • For Your Info:
    • Middle school science teachers wanted for study

July 14, 2017

  • Quick Reference Guides to the 2017 English Language Arts Curriculum Framework
  • Supporting Students who are Homeless or in Foster Care - New Contact Information
  • Special Education Professional Development Series
  • Free Conference on Implementing New Curriculum Frameworks
  • For Your Info:
    • SkillsUSA
    • Edcamp on innovation and design
    • Summer Nights for Youth
    • Strategies for at-risk high school students
Jeffrey C. Riley
Jeffrey C. Riley
Commissioner of Elementary
and Secondary Education

 
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