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In FY2017, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Elementary School Principal Association (formerly known as MESPA), the Early Learning team co-hosted 6 regional focus groups with elementary principals from across the state. Discussions were focused on practices in the Preschool through Grade 3 (PK-Grade 3) space and specific topics included but were not limited to: social and emotional learning, the role of play in learning in the early grades, retention of young children, collaboration with community-based providers and professional/leadership development. From those focus groups came a request for continued opportunities for elementary principals to network on topics related to early learning (PK-Grade 3).

In response, the Department, in collaboration with the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (which now incorporates the former MESPA), will host 3 rounds of regional network sessions for elementary principals on various early learning topics. The sessions will provide elementary principals with a combination of professional development, real-time problem solving using the case consultancy model and networking with other elementary principals on topics of interest. The following dates have been set for the winter and spring regional meetings:

Berkshires: 1/17/18 and 3/7/18
Central: 2/1/18 and 5/24/18
Greater Boston: 2/6/18 and 5/18/18
Northeast: 1/26/18 and 5/31/18
Southeast and Cape/Islands: 2/13/18 and 6/1/18
Western: 2/9/18 and 5/16/18



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