Fiscal Year 2016 Professional Development Support
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) will sponsor the following statewide Connecting Activities professional development opportunities for fiscal year 2014. These opportunities are designed to support educators, employers, Connecting Activities field staff, Workforce Investment Boards, One Stop Career Centers and Local School-to-Career Partnerships in the implementation of quality work-based learning and career development education for all students.
Youth Director Leadership Forums:
In order to create an opportunity for learning about and discussing both policy and programming priorities, ESE will sponsor the following half-day (9:00 am - 12:00 noon) Leadership Forums for Youth Directors, Local School to Career Partnership Directors and others responsible for leading Connecting Activities programs:
- Fall Leadership Forum September 17, 2015
- Spring Leadership Forum February 4, 2016
Regional Meetings Supported by ESE:
- In the fall of 2015, new for FY2016, each region will sponsor an employer partner event locally, supported by ESE, rather than attend a statewide event
Statewide Connecting Activities Conference:
The Department will sponsor one full day statewide conference for the entire Connecting Activities network, including CA leaders and their local staff and partners.
Regional Data Management Support:
The Department will sponsor webinars and regional trainings. Topics may include using the online Work-Based Learning Database, implementing the new Work and Learning Program Elements, using the MA Work-Based Learning Plan, use of Labor Market Information or other related topics. The sites and content of these trainings will be determined based on regional requests and needs. Please contact Shailah Stewart to arrange a workshop or webinar for your region.
Professional Development Materials:
Two websites support the Connecting Activities initiative, massconnecting.org and Skills Pages, each offering a range of resources, from relevant state and national reports to locally developed PowerPoint presentations and other materials, which practitioners can use to support their efforts to share information and train others. The new Career Development (CDE) Guide provides a variety of CDE activities now offered by many schools and communities in Massachusetts, along with definitions and frameworks to assist with efforts to create or expand and improve these activities.