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    Commissioner's Weekly Update

    2022

    May 16, 2022

    1. Message from Commissioner Riley about Tragedies Last Weekend
    2. Picture of the Week: Student Photography at Lawrence High School
    3. Educator Well-Being Workshops
    4. Reminder for Support for Building and Sustaining a Community of Care
    5. Learning Acceleration Network
    6. Potential Summer 2022 Acceleration Academies Grant
    7. Recruiting and Retaining Educators of Color
    8. Affordable Connectivity Program
    9. Media Arts Education Survey
    10. Presidential Scholars Announced
    11. 2023 Teacher of the Year Finalists
    12. Social and Emotional Indicator System (SELIS) Webinar
    13. Reminder that Arts PD Pack is Available
    14. For Your Info: "Angst" virtual watch party

    May 9, 2022

    1. Mental Health Resource on School Avoidance
    2. Picture of the Week: National School Nurse Day
    3. Leveraging All School-Based Mental Health Staff
    4. Healthy Schools Webinar Series
    5. Potential Summer 2022 Acceleration Academies Grant
    6. Recruiting and Retaining Educators of Color
    7. Social-Emotional Regulation at the End of the Year
    8. Crush COVID Community of Practice
    9. Cultivating Partnerships to Support School-Based Wellness
    10. Principal and Teacher Advisory Cabinet Applications and Nominations
    11. Grants for Bottle Filling Stations
    12. Reminder on Careful Hiring and Duty to Report Educator Misconduct
    13. New STEM Internship Program
    14. For Your Info:
      • Student performers sought
      • Lifeguards needed
      • Innovative Schools Virtual Learning Excursion

    May 2, 2022

    1. Board Recap
    2. Public Comment Sought on MCAS and Licensure Proposals
    3. Picture of the Week: Student Artwork from North Attleborough
    4. IEP Improvement Project
    5. Giving Students Valuable Work and Greater Responsibility
    6. Teacher Diversification PLC
    7. Appleseeds Early Literacy Materials
    8. School Behavioral Threat Assessment Trainings
    9. Gender Identity and Expression in Early Childhood and the Elementary Years
    10. School Choice Participation
    11. For Your Info:
      • Teach Plus opportunity
      • STEM Week Challenge kickoff

    April 25, 2022

    1. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Meet
    2. Picture of the Week: Milestones Day School and Transition Program
    3. FY23 Early College Incubator Planning Grant
    4. Preregister Now for June Job Fair
    5. FAFSA and MASSGrant Reminder
    6. Aligning Technology with School and District Priorities
    7. Targeted Partnership Program Catalog for SY22-23
    8. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Academies Webinar
    9. Deadline Extended for School Health Profiles Survey
    10. Grant for New 21st Century Community Learning Centers Sites
    11. Civics Project Fellowship
    12. Survey Related to Sex Abuse Prevention
    13. For Your Info:
      • STEM summit
      • "Refresh Your Mental Health" art contest
      • Free, evidence-based literacy PD

    April 19, 2022

    1. PD Provider Registry
    2. Picture of the Week: Updated Cosmetology Framework Serves All Hair Types
    3. Third Installment of the Crush COVID Community of Practice
    4. How to Establish a School Mental Health Team
    5. Reminder of Support for Setting Instructional Priorities
    6. School Pupil Driver Certificate Exam Event
    7. Nominations Sought for History Teacher of the Year
    8. Civics Project Virtual Office Hours
    9. Civics Teaching and Learning Grant
    10. Civics Project Virtual Support Forum
    11. Building and Sustaining a Community of Care
    12. Comment on Proposed Amendment to Accountability and Assistance Regulations
    13. DESE Resource Corner: FAQ on genocide education in Massachusetts
    14. For Your Info:
      • FAFSA festival
      • LearnLaunch's Innovation Challenge

    April 11, 2022

    1. Vacation Vaccine Clinics
    2. Picture of the Week: School Nurses Honored
    3. Update on Statewide COVID-19 Testing Program
    4. Updated Advisory on Equal Access to Public Education for Immigrant Students
    5. Teacher of the Year Semifinalists
    6. Powerful Learning Experiences for Students with Disabilities
    7. Adult Training Grant Opportunity
    8. Districts Sought for CS Career Pathways PACE Grant
    9. Innovation Pathways Grants
    10. Upcoming Adult Education RFPs and RFR
    11. DESE Resource Corner: EdTech spotlight
    12. For Your Info:
      • Learning opportunity for school communications professionals
      • Transformative Leaders of Massachusetts fellowship

    April 4, 2022

    1. Expanding AP STEM Opportunities
    2. Picture of the Week: Randolph Educator Wins Milken Award
    3. Update on Fee Subsidies for AP and IB Exams
    4. P-EBT Benefits
    5. FY23 Charter Schools Pre-Enrollment Report
    6. Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
    7. Professional Learning about SEL for Early Childhood Educators
    8. Overview of Chap. 74 Nonresident Tuition Program
    9. Implementing Strong Instructional Feedback to Accelerate Learning
    10. Leveraging All School-Based Mental Health Staff
    11. New Members Needed for Student Advisory Councils
    12. DESE Resource Corner: Professional development in the arts
    13. For Your Info:
      • Advanced Placement success
      • Federal tax payments for families

    March 28, 2022

    1. Board Recap
    2. Picture of the Week: Board Honors National Guard and MEMA
    3. FAFSA Information Session
    4. Investigating History Curriculum Pilot
    5. Physical Education and Physical Activity Webinars
    6. Single District Virtual Schools Webinar
    7. Using a Whole School Approach to Well-Being
    8. Spring Planning Sessions
    9. Update on School Meals
    10. High School Science Opportunity
    11. Safe, In-Person Learning for Students with Disabilities
    12. For Your Info: Early College update

    March 21, 2022

    1. Board to Meet
    2. Picture of the Week: Vocabulary on Parade in Holyoke
    3. Educator Data Dashboard
    4. Update on Student Opportunity Act Plan Amendments
    5. Workshop Series on Learning and Mental Health for All
    6. CTE Partnership Planning and Implementation Grants
    7. Rethinking Grading Grant for High Schools
    8. World Language Curriculum Alignment Labs
    9. Mental Health Team Composition and Oversight
    10. EdCamp Play Sessions
    11. Addressing Hate and Bias in School Athletics: A Call to Action
    12. Keeping Student Data Private
    13. For Your Info:
      • Forum on pandemic's impact on education
      • PAEMST State Finalists
      • DESE and DTA employees honored

    March 14, 2022

    1. Welcoming Newcomer and Refugee Students and Families
    2. Winter/Spring Civics Project Virtual Support Forums
    3. FAFSA Information Session
    4. Feedback Sought on Civics Professional Learning
    5. April 1 Deadline for Excess USDA Foods Inventory
    6. Reminder on Restraint Reporting
    7. Rethinking Grading Grant for High Schools
    8. Civics Project Resource Library
    9. Free, District-Specific Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings
    10. DESE Resource Corner: List of holidays
    11. For Your Info:
      • Cybersecurity grants
      • Child Tax Credit

    March 7, 2022

    1. Curriculum Data Collection
    2. It's Civic Learning Week
    3. Virtual Learning Series on Anti-racist Advocacy
    4. Attendance Guidance
    5. An Act Promoting School Nutrition
    6. Trainings of Trainers on Developing Emergency Operation Plans
    7. PK-8 Spring Convening
    8. Anti-Racist Social and Emotional Learning
    9. Join an MTEL Committee and Support Key Updates
    10. Metro North Virtual Job Fair
    11. 2022 School Health Profiles Survey is Open
    12. Rethinking Grading Pilot Project
    13. School Choice Participation
    14. For Your Info: Free, evidence-based, grant-funded literacy and SEL PD opportunity

    February 28, 2022

    1. Masking on Buses
    2. Picture of the Week: Pittsfield Acceleration Academy
    3. Early Literacy PD Opportunity
    4. Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
    5. Drop-In PD on Learning Acceleration
    6. Anti-Racist Family Engagement Workshop
    7. Spots Remain for Free STEM AP Opportunity
    8. Self-Care and Well-Being for Educators
    9. Supporting Educators' Social Emotional Skills and Wellbeing
    10. Thriving Minds Fellowship
    11. School Mental Health Essentials PD Series
    12. Workshop on Supporting Social-Emotional Regulation
    13. For Your Info: More Than Ready campaign

    February 22, 2022

    1. Board Recap
    2. Picture of the Week: Black Excellence/Dress for Success Day at Boston Renaissance Charter Public School
    3. Masks Still Required in Some Locations
    4. School Choice Rosters and Claim Forms Application
    5. Funds Available for School Nutrition Programs
    6. Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students
    7. Trainings of Trainers on Developing Emergency Operation Plans
    8. Distinguished Educators Sought
    9. Summer Learning Grant Opportunity
    10. Updated Model School Resource Officer MOU Available
    11. For Your Info: PAEMST Winners

    February 14, 2022

    1. Board to Meet
    2. Picture of the Week: Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School
    3. Mask Requirement Lifted
    4. Drop-In PD on Learning Acceleration
    5. Crush COVID Community of Practice
    6. World Languages Framework Implementation Orientation
    7. Request for Temporary Flexibility Related to Federal Accountability Requirements
    8. Civics Project Office Hours
    9. Opportunities to Re-Envision the Teaching Role
    10. For Your Info:
      • Multilingual workshops on career and technical education
      • Schools sought for study

    February 7, 2022

    1. Webinar on COVID-19 Testing
    2. Picture of the Week: Tama Lang, School Counselor of the Year
    3. Civics Project Virtual Support Forums
    4. Supporting Mental Health Literacy for Educators
    5. Student Government Day Reminder
    6. Civics Project Resource Library
    7. DESE Resource Corner: Revised Civics Project Guidebook now available
    8. RESPECTfully Awareness Campaign to Promote Healthy Relationships
    9. Educators Needed for Biology and Introductory Physics MCAS Standard Setting Panels
    10. For Your Info: Access to federal payments for families

    January 31, 2022

    1. Board Recap
    2. Webinar on Updated Protocols and COVID-19 Testing
    3. 2021 School and District Report Cards
    4. Strategic Shifts Toward Mastery-Based Learning Workshop Series
    5. Rescheduled Student Opportunity Act Webinars
    6. Office of EdTech Seeks Input for Systems Guide
    7. Grade 8 Civics Assessment Pilot and Practice Test
    8. School Pupil Driver Certificate Exam Event
    9. World Languages Framework Implementation Series
    10. PK-8 Spring Convening
    11. Teacher of the Year Nominations and Applications Open

    January 24, 2022

    1. Board to Meet
    2. Picture of the Week: Ahern Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra
    3. Webinar on COVID-19 Testing
    4. Training on Bullying Prevention, Intervention, and Reporting Requirements
    5. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding Opportunity
    6. Service-Learning and Social Emotional Learning PD Series
    7. Anti-Racist Leadership in the Early Grades
    8. Student School Climate Survey Reports Available in Edwin
    9. 21st Century Community Learning Centers Information Session
    10. Webinar on High-Quality Literacy Curricula
    11. For Your Info:
      • Environmental youth and educator awards
      • Girls Who Code summer programs

    January 18, 2022

    1. New COVID-19 Testing Program Option and Webinar
    2. Reminder on Protocols for Quarantine and Isolation
    3. Supporting Educators' Social Emotional Skills and Wellbeing
    4. Workshop Series on Shifting toward Mastery-Based Learning
    5. Educators Sought for Upcoming MTEL Item Review Committees
    6. Efficient and Healthy Schools Campaign
    7. For Your Info:
      • National ESEA Distinguished Schools
      • Supporting Afghan and other newcomer students

    January 10, 2022

    1. School Mask Requirement Extended
    2. Updated Flowchart and New FAQ
    3. ACCESS for ELLs Testing Window Extended
    4. Certain Emergency Licenses Extended
    5. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Update
    6. Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Collection Community of Practice
    7. Upcoming LearnLaunch Workshops
    8. New FY22 Adult Education Planning Grant Opportunity
    9. 2022-23 STEM AP Access Expansion Opportunity Information Session
    10. Grants for Bottle Filling Stations
    11. Preschool Grant Opportunities
    12. Schools Needed for Grade 8 Civics Assessment Pilot This Spring

    January 3, 2022

    1. COVID-19 Updates
    2. Leveraging Technology to Strengthen Teaching and Learning
    3. Upcoming LearnLaunch Workshops
    4. Information Session on Positions Related to Special Education
    5. Mandated Reporter Training Pilot Program
    6. Developing Academic Vocabulary and Discourse to Accelerate Learning
    7. New Members Sought for Digital Learning Advisory Council
    8. Seal of Biliteracy 2022 Legislative Update
    9. For Your Info: U.S. Department of Education on In-Person School

    2021

    December 20, 2021

    1. Board Recap
    2. Picture of the Week: Embracing differences at Grafton Middle School
    3. COVID-19 Testing Webinar
    4. School Culture Workshop
    5. Superintendent's Checklist
    6. Student Privacy Reminder and Resources
    7. For Your Info: School staff shortages

    December 13, 2021

    1. Board to Meet
    2. Picture of the Week: Fourth Grade Art from Walpole
    3. Networking and PD on Family Engagement
    4. 2022-23 STEM AP Access Expansion Opportunity Information Session
    5. Strategies to Create Positive School Culture
    6. Accelerating Math Instruction in the 2022-23 School Year
    7. Student Opportunity Act Update
    8. Update on Training on Bullying Prevention
    9. Hate Crime Prevention Grant
    10. New Grant Opportunity for Literacy
    11. Civics Project Jumpstart Workshop
    12. For Your Info:
      • Poetry Out Loud
      • Surgeon General's advisory on youth mental health

    December 6, 2021

    1. New COVID-19 FAQ
    2. Webinar This Week on Students' Connectivity
    3. Student Opportunity Act Update
    4. December 12 Deadline to Apply and Receive an Emergency License
    5. Governor Baker Signs Genocide Education Bill
    6. Child Find Resources
    7. Funding for COVID-19 Response
    8. FAFSA Season
    9. For Your Info: Free resources from Girls Who Code

    November 29, 2021

    1. High School Senior Internship in Education Project
    2. Grants for Language Acquisition
    3. Educator Wellness PD
    4. Comprehensive School Mental Health System PD
    5. Save the Date for Training on Bullying Prevention, Intervention, and Reporting Requirements
    6. Student Government Day Registration and Speech Competition Now Open
    7. Student Opportunity Act Plan Amendment Process
    8. For Your Info:
      • Missing Children's Day Poster Contest for Fifth Graders
      • Resources for Afghan refugees

    November 22, 2021

    1. New COVID-19 FAQ
    2. Assistance Filling Vacant Positions
    3. School Pupil Driver Certificate Exam Event
    4. Edwin Office Hours Are Back
    5. Designing Strong Instructional Scaffolds
    6. Seeking Vendor for K-12 Educational Technology Guide
    7. Civics Project Fellowship
    8. Education Superhighway K-12 Bridge to Broadband Webinars
    9. School Hate Crimes Prevention Resource Guide and Upcoming Grant Opportunity
    10. Culturally Responsive Teaching Workshop
    11. Applicants Sought for Sontag Prize
    12. Comments Sought on Proposed Charter School and Charter Amendments
    13. Survey for Mandated Reporters
    14. More Districts Participating in Influence 100
    15. Enrollment Data Posted

    November 15, 2021

    1. Board Meeting Postponed
    2. Picture of the Week: Culinary Arts at Minuteman High School
    3. Test and Stay in Before- and After-School Programs
    4. Reminder about FAFSA Completion Reports in Edwin
    5. Summer Reimbursement Grant Opportunity
    6. PD on Collecting and Using Mental Health Data
    7. LearnLaunch Workshop on Monitoring Progress to Improve Outcomes
    8. Forum on Engaging Students with Disabilities in Civics Projects
    9. Educators Sought for Upcoming MTEL Bias Review Committees
    10. Vendors Sought for Grants Processing and Regulatory Compliance Monitoring Systems
    11. Helpful Messages to Families About School Meals
    12. For Your Info: The Big Read

    November 8, 2021

    1. Drop-In PD on Learning Acceleration
    2. Early College Full School Impact and Expansion Grant Opportunities
    3. Assistance Filling Vacant Positions
    4. COVID-19 FAQ on Pooled Testing During Short School Weeks
    5. COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Resources
    6. P-EBT Reimbursements for Districts
    7. DESE Resource Corner: EdTech insights from the UMass Donahue Institute
    8. Intent to Seek Waiver to 1 Percent Limit on Alternative Assessments
    9. For Your Info:
      • Welcome poster from the UMass Amherst Translation Center
      • Citizen Schools Virtual Coffee Hour with Teach Plus
      • Resources from Girls Who Code

    November 1, 2021

    1. COVID-19 Updates
    2. COVID-19 Webinar
    3. Reminder about 2022-2023 STEM AP Access Expansion Opportunity Info Session
    4. SEL and Mental Health Competitive Grant Opportunity
    5. Model School Resource Officer MOU Review Commission to Hold Forums
    6. School Mental Health Professional Development
    7. Acceleration Roadmap Implementation Support
    8. Upcoming LearnLaunch Workshop Offering
    9. Healthy Schools Program Grant to Supplement School-Based COVID Relief Efforts
    10. AP and IB Exam Fee Subsidies Expanded
    11. FAFSA Completion Reports Live in Edwin
    12. DESE Resource Corner: EdTech spotlight
    13. Updated DCF and DESE Joint Advisory on Mandatory Reporting

    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

    Last Updated: May 17, 2022

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