Welcome to a new school year! We're heading into 2023-24 with a clear educational vision that we introduced in the spring. Its goal is to ensure that all students, particularly students from historically underserved groups, are supported and have opportunities to shine. In brief, we envision classrooms where:
In support of this vision, we've produced — and will update in September — a catalog of DESE supports (such as grants and professional learning opportunities) (download) for districts and schools, aligning each resource or opportunity with the relevant part of our vision. You can find both the educational vision and the catalog at Educational Vision page.
We also have several other resources to help you and your school community this year:
As always, we remain ready to partner with you on a wide range of subjects, including deeper learning, educator diversity, and Early College.
I wish you and your staff and students the very best for this school year. Thank you for all that you do.
Jeffrey C. Riley
Last Updated: August 21, 2023
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