|For Immediate Release|
|Monday, July 3, 1995|
Education Department Holds Seven Summer Schools for Educators
Malden - While many public school educators are enjoying the usual summertime activities, more than 900 others will be participating in one of seven week-long Summer Institutes on Education Reform sponsored by the State Department of Education.
The Institutes will focus on the implementation of the new draft curriculum frameworks. These frameworks for teachers detail the broad standards for public education described in the state's Common Core of Learning, adopted in 1994, and they reflect the intention of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 to bring all students to high levels of expectations and higher standards of achievement.
The frameworks are in seven key academic areas, including English, math, science and technology, social studies, world languages, the arts, and health, and are the result of months of collaboration by thousands of teachers, parents and students. They are expected to be approved by the Commissioner of Education Robert V. Antonucci and by the Board of Education in October for use by classroom teachers across the state.
Commissioner Antonucci stated, "Teams that are restructuring their school districts will collectively examine the common issues involving curriculum design, time management and decision-making. These conferences will allow the teams to use comprehensive planning strategies to incorporate the frameworks into their programs for meaningful change in classrooms."
District teams will be able to follow up on the objectives they initiate during the summer conferences by participating in three additional full-day sessions during the next school year. "This opportunity represents a new approach to professional development for the Department," Antonucci indicated. "We will be initiating a limited number of long-term professional development programs designed to reflect the most respected research in the field of professional development, while we emphasize consistent progress toward the goals of Education Reform."
Summer Institute teams from over 65 school districts will consist of up to fifteen members, including the superintendent or assistant superintendent, a school committee member, a program administrator, a school principal from each level and the accompanying school council co-chair, two teachers from each level, and community partners.
These school districts will be participating in area Summer Institutes which run all day for five full days:
at Curry College in Milton on July 10-14
Braintree, Dedham, Harvard, Holbrook, Lynn, Nashoba Regional, Old Rochester, Saugus
at the Mansfield Holiday Inn on July 17-21
Dartmouth, Middleboro, Norfolk, Norton, Norwood, Sandwich, Seekonk, Swansea, Weymouth, Whitman-Hanson
at the Boston University Campus in Tyngsboro on July 24-28
Billerica, Community Day Charter, Gr. Lawrence Reg.Tech, Gr. Lowell Reg/Voc/Tech, Lawrence Family Development Charter, Lowell, Lowell Middlesex Academy, North Andover, Peabody
at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland on July 24-28
Ashland, Bellingham, Douglas, Dudley-Charlton, Leicester, Oxford, West Boylston
at the Boston University Campus in Tyngsboro on July 31-August 4
Danvers, Dracut, Masconomet Reg., Nashoba Valley Tech. H.S., Shirley, Tewksbury, Tri-Town School Union, Wakefield, Westford, Wilmington, Winthrop, Worcester
at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland on July 31-August 4
Ashburnham-Westminster Reg., Blackstone Valley Reg., Grafton, Marlborough, Maynard, Millis, Northboro/Southboro Reg., Shrewsbury, Spencer-East Brookfield
at American International College in Springfield on July 31-August 4
Agawam, Chicopee, Frontier Reg./Union #38, Holyoke, Lee, MohawkTrail Reg., Mt. Greylock/Union 69, Northampton/Smith, Palmer, Pittsfield, Springfield