Office of the Commissioner

Commissioner's Weekly Update

2021

October 25, 2021

  1. Board Recap
  2. Picture of the Week: STEM Week
  3. School Pupil Driver Certificate Exam Event
  4. New Installment of COVID-19 FAQs
  5. Monitoring Progress to Improve Outcomes
  6. Guidance on Sharing Student Education Records with DCF Social Workers
  7. Leveraging Technology to Strengthen Teaching and Learning
  8. Financial Literacy Planning and Implementation Grant
  9. Summer Reimbursement Grant Opportunity
  10. Elementary School Principals Professional Development
  11. Student Government Day
  12. Weston Educator Honored
  13. RFQs Coming for Grants Processing and Regulatory Compliance Monitoring Applications
  14. For Your Info:
    • Advance Child Tax Credit
    • ACT scores best in nation

October 18, 2021

  1. Board to Meet
  2. TNTP Acceleration Roadmap Implementation Support
  3. Supporting Students' and Teachers' Mental Health and Wellbeing
  4. AAAC Meeting and Call for Nominations
  5. Deadline Extended for U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominations
  6. Upcoming LearnLaunch Workshops
  7. 2022-2023 STEM AP Access Expansion Opportunity Information Session
  8. For Your Info: Elevating Voices for Equity

October 12, 2021

  1. MEMA Help with COVID-19 Supplies
  2. 2022 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
  3. New COVID-19 FAQ
  4. School Meal Supply Chain Disruptions
  5. Workshop on Communication in Uncertain Times
  6. Survey to Develop MOUs for SROs
  7. Reminder about U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program
  8. Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Available
  9. P-EBT and SNAP Reminders
  10. For Your Info: Project-based learning opportunities

October 4, 2021

  1. COVID-19 Testing Webinar
  2. Deadline Extended for MCAS and Innovative Science Assessment Review Committees
  3. Reminder about U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominations
  4. DOT-RMV One-Day 7D Driver Training and MAPT School Transportation-Related Events
  5. Emergency Connectivity Fund Program
  6. Free LearnLaunch Workshops
  7. Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) Sessions Available
  8. FAFSA is Open
  9. Special Literacy Webinar
  10. DESE Resource Corner: Updated FAQs for the supplemental low-income data collection
  11. Providers Sought to Implement Alternatives to the Subject Matter Knowledge MTELs
  12. December 12 Deadline to Apply and Receive an Emergency License

September 27, 2021

  1. Extension of Mask Mandate and Details on Vaccine Threshold
  2. Board Recap
  3. National Blue Ribbon Schools
  4. Identifying Close Contacts
  5. Introducing MassSTEP
  6. COVID-19 Testing Webinar
  7. Exploring Interest in Potential Math Acceleration Academy Grant Opportunity
  8. College and Career Readiness through MyCAP
  9. Workshop Series on the Education Triangle of Students, Staff, and Families
  10. U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program Registration Open
  11. Considering Offering Perkins V CTE Programming for the First Time in FY23?
  12. Elementary School Principals Networking and PD Series
  13. Massachusetts School Wellness Website
  14. Innovation Pathway Grants
  15. For Your Info:
    • Translation Day
    • Google PD opportunities

September 20, 2021

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: Charlton Middle School
  3. New FAQ on COVID-19
  4. Webinar on COVID-19 Testing Program
  5. Teacher Diversification Professional Learning Community Update
  6. Teacher Diversification Pilot Program Grant Due Date Extended to September 30
  7. Relationship Mapping to Cultivate a Sense of Belonging
  8. Updating the Supplement to the History and Social Science Framework
  9. Deadline for Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council Applications
  10. FAQ on History and Social Science Teaching with Respect to Race, Racism, and Culturally Responsive Teaching
  11. New Procedure for Individual Student Program Requests for Approval
  12. Reducing or Eliminating the Use of Time-Out Rooms
  13. Redesigned DESE Website
  14. For Your Info:
    • Tax credits for families
    • MassCUE workshops

September 13, 2021

  1. Virtual School Courses for Students with Medical Need
  2. Picture of the Week: B.M.C. Durfee High School
  3. Program Quality Workgroup for PK-3 Educators
  4. Vaccine Resources
  5. Update on Nutrition Resources
  6. Mass Literacy Support Network for K-3
  7. Empowering Youth-Adult Relationships in Schools
  8. Educators Needed for MCAS and Innovative Assessment Development
  9. Anti-Hazing Data Collection
  10. Support Forums on Civics Projects
  11. PD Provider Registry
  12. U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominations Sought
  13. For Your Info: Constitution Day

September 7, 2021

  1. Back-to-School Resources
  2. Picture of the Week: Roxbury Prep Charter School
  3. Webinar on Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases and COVID-19 Testing Program
  4. DESE Leadership Update
  5. Acceleration Roadmap Implementation Support
  6. LearnLaunch September Workshops
  7. Exploring Edwin Webinar and Resources
  8. Reminder about Directory Administration
  9. Charter School Proposals and Applications for Renewal

August 30, 2021

  1. Board Recap and Mask Requirement
  2. Updates to DESE/DPH COVID-19 Guidance for Districts and Schools
  3. Flowcharts and Webinar on Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios
  4. Webinar on New Supplemental Low-Income Data Collection Form
  5. Due Date for Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinet Extended
  6. Upcoming LearnLaunch Workshops
  7. Early Warning Indicator System Live in Edwin
  8. Massachusetts STEM Week

August 23, 2021

  1. Board to Hold Special Meeting
  2. COVID-19 Resources
  3. Picture of the Week: Agawam Early Childhood Center
  4. EWIS and Data Usage Sessions
  5. Apply for the Family School Partnership Initiative
  6. Cultivating a Culture of Caring Workshop
  7. CVTE Equitable Access Grant
  8. DESE Resource Corner: Collaboration with community-based early childhood partners
  9. Members Sought for Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council

August 16, 2021

  1. DESE/DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios
  2. COVID-19 Testing Program
  3. Information for School Health Offices
  4. Picture of the Week: Skills Capital Grants
  5. State Seal of Biliteracy Update
  6. Leveraging Technology to Strengthen Student Learning
  7. August and September Safe Kids Thrive! Trainings
  8. Strategies to Support Student Access to Above Grade-Level Material
  9. Teacher Diversification Professional Learning Community Update
  10. Teacher Diversification Pilot Program Grant Due Date Extended
  11. Supplemental Low-Income Data Collection Forms Available in Security Portal
  12. For Your Info: Toolkit for an equity-focused pandemic recovery

August 9, 2021

  1. Free Learning Acceleration Workshops for Educators
  2. COVID-19 Testing Program Webinar
  3. Updated Guidance on Promoting Students' Wellbeing
  4. Apply to Join the Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinet
  5. LearnLaunch's Prepare Educators Workshop
  6. Civics Project Jumpstart Workshops
  7. Supporting Civil Discourse in Social Studies: Best Practices for Leaders
  8. Apply to Join the InSPIRED Fellowship
  9. Call for AAAC Nominations

August 2, 2021

  1. Fall Guidance
  2. Onsite Vaccination Clinics
  3. Picture of the Week: Food for Thought in Malden
  4. Summer PD on Building Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems
  5. Supplemental Low-Income Data Collection
  6. College and Career Ready (CCR) through MyCAP
  7. Affiliated Comprehensive School Health Services RFR
  8. EWIS and Data Usage Sessions
  9. Emergency Rental Assistance Program

July 26, 2021

  1. School Gardens
  2. Picture of the Week: Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year
  3. Free Planning and Learning Opportunities from LearnLaunch
  4. DESE Resource Corner: New Digital Literacy and Computer Science Curriculum Guide
  5. New MTEL for DLCS Licensure

July 19, 2021

  1. Leveraging Technology to Strengthen Student Learning
  2. Apply to Join the Innovative Science Assessment Pilot
  3. Competitive FY2022 Safe and Supportive Schools Grant
  4. Educators Sought for MTEL Panels
  5. Facilitated Workshop on Setting Priorities for 2021-22
  6. Vocational Technical Education Advisory Council
  7. Spaces Remain for Online STEM AP Courses This Fall
  8. Child Tax Credit
  9. For Your Info:
    • Connect Science Energy Institute
    • Project based learning opportunity
    • Praise for history and civics standards

July 12, 2021

  1. Summer PD on Building Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems
  2. Picture of the Week: Linscott-Rumford Elementary's end-of-year art project
  3. Important Consideration for English Learners without 2021 ACCESS for ELLs Scores
  4. Guidance on Initial Identification of English Learners in the 2021-2022 School Year
  5. Reminder on Safe Kids Thrive! Training
  6. Free Planning and Learning Opportunities from LearnLaunch
  7. Emergency Connectivity Fund Resources and Next Steps
  8. Accessible Instructional Materials Library
  9. For Your Info: Summer Nights and ASA Engage Summer Series on Helping Careers

July 6, 2021

  1. Acceleration Roadmap Implementation Support
  2. Picture of the Week: Reading with the Safe Schools Program
  3. Early-Release MCAS Data Available to Districts
  4. Restraint Reporting due Friday, July 9
  5. Designing Powerful Learning Experiences
  6. Facilitated Workshop on Setting Priorities for 2021-2022
  7. Edwin Has Changed
  8. Tips and Tools to Create Safer Environments for Kids
  9. Innovation Schools Annual Evaluation
  10. Perkins V Public Comment
  11. Vaccines Available
  12. Instructional Support Network Catalog
  13. For Your Info: Confronting anti-LGBTQI+ harassment

June 28, 2021

  1. Board Recap
  2. Picture of the Week: Whitcomb Middle School in Marlborough
  3. Leveraging Technology to Strengthen Student Learning
  4. Acceleration Roadmap Implementation Support
  5. Emergency Connectivity Fund Program
  6. Special Education Leadership Institutes
  7. Summer P-EBT Outreach
  8. Developing Well-Being for Students, Staff, and Families
  9. New Early College Designations
  10. For Your Info: Kids Count

June 21, 2021

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: Balch Elementary
  3. Clarifying COVID-19 Guidance
  4. Webinar on Early Literacy Screening and Dyslexia Guidelines
  5. CARES Act ESSER I Data Request
  6. Facilitated Workshop on Setting Priorities for 2021-22
  7. Preventing EEE
  8. For Your Info:
    • Vaccine benefits
    • Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway

June 14, 2021

  1. Further Guidance Allocating Resources to Support Recovery and Acceleration
  2. Picture of the Week: Hadley Elementary School
  3. Acceleration Roadmap Support
  4. Reminder about Summer Opportunities
  5. Draft VTE Frameworks Available for Public Comment
  6. Success in Health and Physical Education Webinars
  7. Juneteenth Resources
  8. Guidance on Medical Waiting Rooms at Schools
  9. Planning for Student Success in STEM
  10. Educators Needed for MTEL Item Reviews
  11. Summer and School Year Online Academic Support for High School Students
  12. DESE Resource Corner: EdTech Strategic Planning Guide

June 7, 2021

  1. Heat Days
  2. Picture of the Week: Roberts Elementary School in Medford
  3. Weekly School COVID-19 Reporting to End
  4. MTEL Committees
  5. DESE Resource Corner: New resources supporting culturally responsive teaching
  6. Medical Emergency Response Plans Due September 1
  7. Teachers Sought for CURATE Panels
  8. For Your Information:
    • #MindfulMondays with InSPIRED Fellows
    • PTSD Awareness

June 1, 2021

  1. Board Recap
  2. Picture of the Week: School Counselor of the Year
  3. Updated COVID-19 and Graduation Guidance
  4. FAQ on Contact Tracing and Off-Site Graduation Ceremonies
  5. Webinar on Virtual Learning in 2021-2022
  6. Edwin is Changing
  7. New Workshop through Thriving Minds
  8. Information Session for Educators Holding an Emergency License
  9. Acceleration Roadmap for the 2021-22 School Year
  10. 2021-22 Educator Evaluation Implementation Resources
  11. Spaces Remain for Online STEM AP Courses This Fall
  12. Sexuality Education Listening Sessions
  13. Teacher Diversification Professional Learning Community
  14. Teacher Diversification Pilot Program Grant
  15. Reminder on Restraint Reporting
  16. Summer P-EBT
  17. DESE Resource Corner: List of holidays
  18. For Your Info: Investigating harassment

May 24, 2021

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Marking the Anniversary of George Floyd's Murder
  3. Vaccines Available for 12-Year-Olds and Above
  4. Building Resilient Schools Beyond Crisis
  5. ESSER III Allocations and RFP Posted
  6. Facilitated Workshop on Setting Priorities for Summer and Fall
  7. Graduation Guidance
  8. School Wellness Coaching Program
  9. Influence 100 Now Accepting District Applications
  10. Workshops on Google Workspace for Education
  11. Reminder about Kaleidoscope PD Opportunity
  12. For Your Info: Educator diversity efforts highlighted

May 17, 2021

  1. COVID-19 Updates
  2. Picture of the Week: Welcoming Students
  3. Information on Vaccines for Ages 12+
  4. Presidential Scholars
  5. Empowering Youth-Adult Relationships Webinar
  6. SEL and Wellness for Educators - Community of Practice Series
  7. Grant for World Language, Heritage Language, and Dual Language Programs
  8. PD Resources to Support Culturally Responsive Practice
  9. Facilitated Workshop on Setting Priorities for Summer School
  10. Youth Mental Health First Aid
  11. Mental Health Literacy for Educators
  12. Influence 100 Now Accepting District Applications
  13. Summer Learning Support
  14. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction
  15. State Financial Aid Deadline Extended
  16. Summer AP STEM & English Bridge Program
  17. For Your Info: COVID-19 Harassment

May 10, 2021

  1. National School Nurse Day
  2. Picture of the Week: Teacher of the Year Semifinalists
  3. Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
  4. Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
  5. Expanding Access to STEM AP Courses
  6. Building a Comprehensive School Mental Health System
  7. Reminder about Kaleidoscope PD Opportunities
  8. Evaluating and Selecting HQIM for ELA, Math, and Science Network
  9. 21st Century Health Education Training for Families
  10. CVTE Equitable Access Grant
  11. District Summer School Expansion and Engagement Matching Grants
  12. Building Resilient Schools Beyond Crisis
  13. Nutrition Assistance
  14. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Academies Accepting Applications
  15. New "After Dark" Designations Announced
  16. For Your Info: Letter from Secretary Cardona to Teachers

May 3, 2021

  1. Summer Learning
  2. Picture of the Week: JFK Elementary School in Boston
  3. Summer and School Year Programs to Accelerate Math Instruction
  4. Updates to In-Person Learning Requirements
  5. FAQ about Notifications to Close Contacts
  6. Revised Commencement Guidance
  7. Teacher Appreciation Week
  8. World Languages Curriculum Framework
  9. Notification Starting for Schools Selected for State YRBS and Youth Health Survey
  10. Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy
  11. Comprehensive School Mental Health System Opportunity
  12. GSA Student Leadership Council and Summer Summit
  13. Elementary Principals Early Learning Convening
  14. Public Comment on Proposed Amendment to the "Lowest 10 Percent" Ranking
  15. Student Opportunity Act Plans Posted

April 26, 2021

  1. Public Comment Open on SEI Guidance for Career Vocational Educators
  2. Reminder on State Student Advisory Council Information Sessions
  3. Reminder on Ed Prep Reviewer Opportunity
  4. Public Comment Sought on Proposed Amendment to Accountability and Assistance Regulations
  5. Acceleration to College Program for Students Earning the Modified CD
  6. Extended Licenses Will Expire July 31
  7. For Your Info: Massachusetts Civic Learning Week

April 20, 2021

  1. Board Recap
  2. Update on Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts
  3. Picture of the Week: FAFSA Completion Campaign
  4. Free School Meals Extended through Next School Year
  5. Virtual Listening Sessions for Families and Those Working with Families
  6. Reminder about Kaleidoscope PD Opportunities
  7. For Your Info:
    • Video contest
    • Statistics in Schools

April 12, 2021

  1. Pooled Testing Webinar
  2. MCAS Updates
  3. Massachusetts Dyslexia Guidelines
  4. Free PD offerings on Digital Literacy and Computer Science
  5. Summer Enrichment for English Learners
  6. FAFSA Help
  7. Signal Success Training
  8. Innovation Pathways Designation and Planning Grant Opportunity
  9. School Choice Participation
  10. DESE Resource Corner: Family engagement framework
  11. Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  12. For Your Info:
    • Resources for first-time drivers
    • Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert
    • Jazz Informance with Herbie Hancock

April 5, 2021

  1. MCAS Updates
  2. Picture of the Week: Welcoming Words
  3. Free PPE Supplies
  4. Prom Guidance
  5. CVTE Programs Update
  6. FY22 Charter Schools Pre-Enrollment Report
  7. History/Social Science Curriculum Pilot Opportunity
  8. State Student Advisory Council Information Sessions
  9. DESE Resource Corner: Guide to Building Supportive Talent Systems for Educators in 2021-2022
  10. Summer and School Year Programs to Accelerate Math Instruction
  11. AP Exam Fee Subsidies
  12. New Innovation Pathways Designations Announced
  13. For Your Info: Webinar on teen mental health

March 29, 2021

  1. Pooled Testing Costs Covered through End of This School Year
  2. Picture of the Week: Letourneau Elementary in Fall River
  3. Massachusetts Academic Excellence Roadmap
  4. Special Education Transportation
  5. COVID R.E.L.I.E.F. Communities of Practice Alliance
  6. Single District Virtual Schools Webinar
  7. Reminder about LearnLaunch Workshop on Returning to School
  8. Elementary Principals April Early Learning Convening
  9. Perkins V Public Comment
  10. Personal Responsibility Education PD Webinars
  11. Summer Grant Opportunity
  12. Ed Prep Reviewers Needed
  13. Available Now! GLEAM K-12 Program Grants
  14. Reminder about Kaleidoscope PD Opportunities

March 22, 2021

  1. Graduation Guidance
  2. Picture of the Week: Welcoming Students Back
  3. New FAQs
  4. Survey on Summer Programming
  5. Medicaid 101
  6. LearnLaunch Workshop on Returning to School
  7. CTE Partnership Planning Grants
  8. Accelerated and Regular Early College Designation Process
  9. Distinguished Educators Sought
  10. PD Provider Registry
  11. Student Government Day 2021
  12. Safe Routes to School

March 15, 2021

  1. Pooled Testing Update
  2. Picture of the Week: Choose Love at Shutesbury Elementary
  3. Guidance on In-Person Learning Requirements
  4. Special Education Transportation
  5. New FAQs
  6. Reminder about Charter School Transportation
  7. Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
  8. Grant for New 21st CCLC Sites
  9. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Academies Webinar
  10. Professional Learning about SEL and Family Engagement for Early Childhood Educators

March 8, 2021

  1. Board Recap
  2. Picture of the Week: West Parish Elementary in Gloucester
  3. School Staff Eligible for Vaccine Starting March 11
  4. Grades 3-8 MCAS Testing Schedule Postponed
  5. SEL and Wellness for Educators Community of Practice
  6. Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Youth Health Survey Postponed
  7. Workshop on Effective Staffing Structures
  8. Kaleidoscope PD Opportunities
  9. Apply to the Kaleidoscope Collective for Learning's Community Council
  10. Letter from Secretary Cardona

March 1, 2021

  1. Board Recap
  2. Picture of the Week: Pooled Testing in Newburyport
  3. Updated Guidance on Indoor Singing
  4. Pooled Testing Update
  5. Categories of School Staff Eligible for Vaccine
  6. ESSER II Funds
  7. LearnLaunch Workshop
  8. Launch of YRBS Data Collection Community of Practice
  9. Online Academic Support Services for High School Students
  10. COVID R.E.L.I.E.F. Communities of Practice Alliance
  11. Nominations and Applications Open for 2022 Teacher of the Year
  12. Communities of Practice for Health and Physical Educators
  13. MTEL Alternative Pilot
  14. Vaccine Awareness Campaign

February 22, 2021

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: Virtual Book Club with GSA Student Leadership
  3. Information Session on Expanding STEM AP Access
  4. Upcoming LearnLaunch Building Blocks Workshops
  5. Help Finding Substitute Teachers
  6. Elementary Principals March Book Group
  7. Share-a-thon on Assessment Strategies
  8. Significant Disproportionality in Special Education (258) Grant
  9. Kaleidoscope PD Opportunities
  10. Apply to the Kaleidoscope Collective for Learning's Community Council
  11. For Your Info:
    • FEMA Youth Preparedness Council
    • Massachusetts administrator recognized

February 16, 2021

  1. ESSER II RFP Posted
  2. FAFSA Completion Opportunity Grant
  3. Emergency Licenses
  4. Updated Transportation Guidance
  5. Tentative Spring 2021 MCAS Testing Schedule for High Schools
  6. New Cybersecurity Profile and Resources
  7. Upcoming LearnLaunch Building Blocks Workshops
  8. PreK-Grade 3 Remote Learning Partnership Grants
  9. DESE Resource Corner: Guidebook of Culturally Diverse Artists & Artworks
  10. Financial Literacy Planning and Implementation Grant
  11. Mass Literacy Getting Started Series
  12. Deadlines Extended for Non-Resident Chapter 74 Admissions
  13. For Your Information: Girls Who Code

February 8, 2021

  1. COVID-19 Vaccine
  2. Picture of the Week: Bentley Academy Innovation School
  3. Pooled Testing Update
  4. Vacation Reminder
  5. State Coronavirus Prevention Fund Program
  6. Expanding Access to STEM AP Courses
  7. Upcoming LearnLaunch Building Blocks Workshops
  8. ASOST Competitive Grant Opportunity and Info Session
  9. Info Session for New 21st CCLC Sites
  10. Digital Literacy Now Grant
  11. DLCS Student Learning Devices Grant
  12. Civics Curriculum Teacher Advisor Application Open
  13. Moving to College Housing Scholarship
  14. Additional Students Qualify for Pandemic-EBT and Free and Reduced-Price Meals
  15. For Your Info: Free webinar on supporting students

February 1, 2021

  1. Board Recap
  2. Increasing FAFSA Completion
  3. Updated CVTE Guidance for Early Childhood Practicums and Placements
  4. Upcoming LearnLaunch Workshops
  5. PD Opportunities on Strengthening School Mental Health
  6. 2020 School and District Report Cards
  7. Schools' Role in Ensuring Eligible Families Receive P-EBT
  8. Educator Evaluation Update
  9. Relationship Mapping
  10. PSAT/NMSQT/SAT Information
  11. National School Counseling Week and Mass. School Counselor of the Year
  12. For Your Info: CAYL Catalyst Webinar Series

January 25, 2021

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: Framingham School Nurses
  3. Updates on the COVID-19 Vaccination Process for School Personnel
  4. Update to Guidance on Air Hand Dryers
  5. Upcoming LearnLaunch Workshops
  6. Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
  7. Bullying Webinar
  8. Family-Friendly Resources for Help with Mental Health
  9. High School Science Modeling and Simulation Opportunity
  10. School Wellness Coaching Program
  11. For Your Info: BOKS

January 19, 2021

  1. Update on Flu Vaccine Requirement
  2. Picture of the Week: Pierce School in Brookline
  3. COVID-19 Testing Information
  4. Tentative Spring 2021 MCAS Testing Schedule for Grades 3-8
  5. Elementary Principals Convenings
  6. Upcoming LearnLaunch Workshops
  7. Middle School Science Grant Opportunity
  8. Bullying Webinar
  9. Request for Temporary Changes to Federal Accountability Requirements
  10. Guidance on CvRF School Reopening and Remote Learning Technology Essentials Grants
  11. Honoring Teachers
  12. For Your Info:
    • Girls on the Run
    • Tech tips to increase student engagement

January 11, 2021

  1. COVID-19 Pooled Testing
  2. Assessment and Accountability Update
  3. January 2021 Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Updated Supplemental Guidance for Student Groups and School Events
  5. Remote Learning Practice Profile on Simultaneous Instruction
  6. Preschool to Third Grade High-Quality Remote Learning
  7. Family Engagement with Pinnacle Partnerships
  8. Translated FAQ on Flu Vaccine Requirement
  9. DESE Resource Corner: Promoting Student Engagement, Learning, Well-Being, and Safety During Remote and Hybrid Learning
  10. Reminder about Student Privacy

January 4, 2021

  1. High School Senior Internship Education Project
  2. Draft World Languages Framework Available for Public Comment
  3. Massachusetts Family-School Partnership Initiative
  4. LearnLaunch Workshops
  5. Professional Learning through Kaleidoscope
  6. Student Learning Time Dashboard
  7. Announcing GLEAM Collaboration and Preparation
  8. Share-a-thon on Discourse Strategies
  9. Early Literacy Screening Assessment Grant
  10. Flu Vaccine Deadline
  11. Teacher of the Year Nominations and Applications Open

2020

December 21, 2020

  1. Board Recap
  2. Picture of the Week: Student Art from Jordan/Jackson Elementary in Mansfield
  3. Student Learning Time Regulations
  4. Updated Quarantine Guidance
  5. U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program
  6. High School Senior Internship Education Project
  7. P-EBT Benefits Extended
  8. "After Dark" Designation Applications Opening Soon
  9. Elementary Principals Book Group Discussion
  10. Fact Sheet on Cyber Threats

December 14, 2020

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: Worcester Public Schools Warehouse
  3. Massachusetts Work Immersion Network RFP Posted
  4. Update to CVTE Cooperative Placements and Internships
  5. Early Literacy Opportunity
  6. DESE Resource Corner: Leveraging Student Teachers to Support Flexible Staffing Models
  7. MassHealth School-Based Medicaid Program
  8. Skills Capital Grants
  9. For Your Info: National Christmas Tree Display

December 7, 2020

  1. Updates to MCAS and ACCESS Schedules and Participation
  2. Mask Distribution
  3. BinaxNOW Tests
  4. Health and Physical Education During COVID-19
  5. Student Opportunity Plans
  6. Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students
  7. Local Contribution Study Released
  8. For Your Info: Technovation Girls Massachusetts Challenge

November 30, 2020

  1. Board Recap
  2. Picture of the Week: Colrain Central School
  3. Significant Disproportionality in Special Education
  4. Introducing the Massachusetts Work Immersion Network (MassWIN)
  5. Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia PD
  6. Workshop on Designing Learning Experiences for Equity
  7. Health and Physical Education During COVID-19
  8. Professional Learning through Kaleidoscope
  9. Growing Literacy Equity Across Massachusetts (GLEAM)
  10. DESE Resource Corner: Superintendents' Checklist
  11. For Your Info: Free PD on experiential learning

November 23, 2020

  1. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: West Street Elementary School in Southbridge
  3. Webinars on Risk Reduction Strategies
  4. Updated Quarantine Guidance
  5. Health and Physical Education During COVID-19
  6. InSPIRED Fellowship Application Now Open
  7. OPTIC Content Fellows Application Now Open
  8. BinaxNOW COVID-19 Testing
  9. Guidance on Preventing and Addressing Hate and Bias Incidents
  10. DESE Resource Corner: Updated web pages for Strategic Initiatives and the Kaleidoscope Collective for Learning

November 16, 2020

  1. Serving English Learners with Disabilities
  2. Picture of the Week: Carlisle Public School
  3. LearnLaunch Workshops
  4. Professional Learning through Kaleidoscope
  5. Reminder of Edgenuity PD for Partnering Districts
  6. Holiday Reminders
  7. New College Housing Scholarship for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
  8. For Your Information:
    • Mental Wellness During Virtual Learning Grant
    • Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest
    • Poetry Out Loud for High Schools

November 9, 2020

  1. Updates to Guidance on Health Metrics
  2. Picture of the Week: Paton School in Shrewsbury
  3. Mask Guidance
  4. Elementary Principals Early Learning PD Series
  5. AP Registration
  6. Reminder about Free Hotspot Opportunity
  7. Transition to In-Person Learning Support
  8. LearnLaunch Workshops
  9. November Share-a-Thon
  10. Deadline Extended for Hate Crimes Prevention Grant Applications
  11. VTE Framework Revision
  12. For Your Information: Family-friendly help with mental health

November 2, 2020

  1. New FAQ Installment on Ventilation in Classrooms
  2. Picture of the Week: Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School
  3. Webinar on COVID-19 Risk Reduction Strategies for Superintendents and Facilities Directors
  4. T-Mobile Project 10Million
  5. Deadline Extended for U.S. Presidential Scholarship Nominations
  6. 2020 School Health Profiles Data Collection Concluding
  7. LearnLaunch Workshops
  8. Updates to Edwin
  9. Early Learning-Related PD Opportunities
  10. Building Equitable Supports for Children with Disabilities
  11. Mass Literacy
  12. Professional Learning through Kaleidoscope
  13. InSPIRED Statewide Affinity Network
  14. Support for Designing Transitions to Full or Partial In-Person Learning
  15. DESE Resource Corner: Good Question!
  16. Additional Vendor for Screener and Diagnostic Assessments
  17. New Website to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
  18. Innovation Pathways Planning Grants Announced
  19. For Your Information: MassCUE/MASS Conference

October 26, 2020

  1. Board Recap
  2. Pictures of the Week: 2021 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
  3. Upcoming LearnLaunch Workshops
  4. Professional Learning through Kaleidoscope
  5. PD for Edgenuity and FLVS Global Districts
  6. Updates and FAQs About History, Social Science, and Civics
  7. For Your Information: Statistics in Schools

Last Updated: October 26, 2021

Jeffrey C. Riley
Jeffrey C. Riley
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