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Commissioner's Weekly Update

2024

May 28, 2024

  1. Board Recap
  2. Pictures of the Week: Parent and Student Advisory Groups
  3. Comment on Updated ESSA Plan
  4. 2024 School Health Profiles Survey Responses Needed
  5. Instructional Leadership Institute
  6. DESE Resource Corner: Resources for arts educators
  7. BRYT Student Mental Health Program
  8. For Your Info: Team Massachusetts at 2024 MATHCOUNTS competition

May 20, 2024

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: New Bedford’s Family Institute for Student Success
  3. 2025 Teacher of the Year Finalists and Semifinalists
  4. Preventing the Spread of Infections in K-12 Schools
  5. Reminder on Restraint Reporting and End of the Year Certification
  6. Federal Resources for Improving Attendance
  7. For Your Info: MASSGrant Plus flyer

May 13, 2024

  1. Presidential Scholars
  2. Pictures of the Week
  3. Educational Stability Office Hours
  4. SY24-25 Professional Learning and Coaching Opportunities for Teams
  5. Innovation Career Pathways Workshop for Prospective Applicants
  6. Members Sought for EL/Bilingual Education Advisory Council
  7. For Your Info:
    • Guidance on addressing discrimination
    • Code.org opportunity

May 6, 2024

  1. Board Recap
  2. Picture of the Week: Board at Wellesley High School
  3. Teacher Appreciation Week
  4. National School Nurse Day
  5. Regional Licensure Assistance Centers
  6. Edwin FAFSA Tool Info Session
  7. Deadline Extended to Join State Student Advisory Council
  8. Supporting Additional Learning Time Grant for New 21st CCLC Sites
  9. Feedback Sought on Ed Prep Guidelines
  10. School Choice Participation
  11. Perkins Webinar
  12. Seeking Additional Members for Arts Education Advisory Council

April 29, 2024

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: “Annie Jr.” in Lowell
  3. Green Ribbon Schools
  4. Revalidate with MassHealth to Continue in the School-Based Medicaid Program
  5. Paid Teacher Leadership Opportunity in Civics Education
  6. Vote for the Terrific Tray of the Year
  7. LGBTQ+ Youth Leadership Award Opportunity
  8. FAFSA Updates
  9. STEM Summit

April 22, 2024

  1. Future Teacher Signing Days
  2. Picture of the Week: Nashoba Valley Technical High School Groundbreaking
  3. Skills Capital Grants
  4. Feedback Sought on Updates to the District Standards and Indicators
  5. Early Learning Virtual Lunch and Learn Sessions
  6. Virtual High Dosage Math Tutoring Program
  7. Free Lead in Drinking Water Testing Available for Massachusetts Schools
  8. For Your Info: Final Title IX regulations

April 16, 2024

  1. Changes to ELAR
  2. Picture of the Week: Student Government Day
  3. Vacation Week Activities from DCR
  4. Massachusetts Aspiring Principal Fellowship
  5. Trainings on Emergency Plans and Behavioral Threat Assessment
  6. CTE Partnership Planning and Implementation Grants
  7. Nominate a Teacher for Mass. History Teacher of the Year
  8. Interpreter in Education Training
  9. For Your Info: Renew America's Schools Program

April 8, 2024

  1. Early College Designation Info Session
  2. Pictures of the Week: Innovation Career Pathways
  3. Support with the College Financial Aid Process
  4. Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
  5. Trainings on Emergency Plans and Behavioral Threat Assessment
  6. Updated Special Education Procedures for PRS and PSM
  7. Preschool Partnership Grants Announced
  8. Instructional Leadership Institute

April 1, 2024

  1. Board Recap
  2. Picture of the Week: Boston Collegiate Charter School Career Symposium
  3. Massachusetts Aspiring Principal Fellowship
  4. Updated Respiratory Virus Guidance from DPH
  5. Regional Trainings on Addressing Hate in School Sports
  6. World Language Proficiency Academy 2024
  7. Chapter 74 Nonresident Student Tuition
  8. Feedback Sought on Updates to the District Standards and Indicators
  9. For Your Info: Advancing Early College

March 25, 2024

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: Coalition on Adult Basic Education 2024 conference
  3. Three New Early College Programs Announced
  4. Pilot of Approaches to Play and Learning/Executive Function Resource for Grades 1-3
  5. Paraeducator and Administrator Listening Sessions
  6. Early Learning (PK-3rd Grade) Spring Book Group Discussion
  7. Park Serve Day
  8. For Your Info:
    • Data story on chronic absenteeism
    • Mental health student expression contest

March 18, 2024

  1. DESE Special Education and Other Staffing Changes
  2. Pictures of the Week: Acceleration Academies in Chelsea
  3. School Nurse Honorees
  4. Updates for EdTech Leaders
  5. FAFSA Updates
  6. Digital Literacy and Computer Science Summit
  7. For Your Info: Engage Every Student recognition program

March 11, 2024

  1. New Expectations for Teacher Preparation in Early Literacy
  2. Picture of the Week: Education Secretariat at Ways and Means Hearing
  3. Updated Perkins V State Plan
  4. Last Chance to Register for Civics Project Showcases
  5. Addressing Hate in School Sports
  6. Agriculture Youth Council Accepting Applications
  7. FAFSA and College Affordability Updates
  8. Mandated Reporter Training
  9. For Your Info: Connect Science training

March 4, 2024

  1. Board Recap
  2. Addressing Hate in School Sports
  3. Learn from DESE Civics Grant Recipients
  4. FY25 Civics Teaching and Learning Grant Available
  5. Webinar about Electric Buses
  6. PD Provider Registry
  7. School Choice Participation
  8. Vaccinations for Exchange Program Students

February 26, 2024

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: Quincy Early College Symposium
  3. SEL and Mental Health Professional Learning Communities
  4. Grant Opportunity about Elevating Student Voice and Well-Being
  5. InSPIRED Fellowship Open for Applications
  6. Educational Stability Office Hours
  7. Family Engagement Series on Newcomer Families
  8. HS Road Safety PSA Contest
  9. For Your Info:
    • USED resources for expanding preschool opportunities
    • Transformative Leaders of Massachusetts Fellowship
    • Civics contests

February 20, 2024

  1. Commissioner Riley to Step Down
  2. Picture of the Week
  3. Focus Groups on High School Computer Science
  4. ELE Policy Changes Webinar
  5. Applications for Emergency Extensions begin February 23
  6. Early Literacy Consortium Grant
  7. Get ready for the April 8 Total Solar Eclipse

February 12, 2024

  1. Addressing Hate in School Sports
  2. Picture of the Week: STE Performance Assessment Ambassador training
  3. 2024 School Health Profiles Data Collection Beginning
  4. For Your Info:
    • Health Connector webinar for individuals and families
    • Digital Learning Day:
    • Transformative Leaders of Massachusetts Fellowship

February 5, 2024

  1. Educational Stability Office Hours
  2. Picture of the Week: Literacy Launch Event in Randolph
  3. School Counselor of the Year
  4. Vacation Acceleration Academies Grant
  5. Grant to Support Reduction or Elimination of Time-Out Rooms
  6. FAFSA Delays
  7. Adolescent Literacy Intervention Selection Tool (A-LIST)
  8. Elementary Principals and Early Childhood Coordinators March Regional Network Sessions

January 29, 2024

  1. Board Recap
  2. 2023 School and District Report Cards
  3. Nominate the Next Teacher of the Year
  4. Registration Open for Massachusetts Civics Project Showcases
  5. Teacher Leadership Opportunity in PreK-5 Civic Learning
  6. Massachusetts Instructional Planning Institutes
  7. For Your Info: National School Counseling Week

January 22, 2024

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: Early College Student Summit
  3. 21st Century Community Learning Centers Information Session
  4. Family Engagement Series on Newcomer Families
  5. Appleseeds Materials and PD Grant Opportunity
  6. Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative Grant Opportunity
  7. Investigating History 2024-25 Grant Now Open
  8. 2024 School Health Profiles
  9. CTE Teacher Testing Program Update
  10. Reminder about CLIA Waivers
  11. Braille Literacy Month
  12. For Your Info: National edtech plan

January 16, 2024

  1. FAFSA Reminder
  2. Picture of the Week: School is Where We Belong
  3. Gender Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood and the Elementary Years
  4. Grant to Support Student Voice and Well-Being
  5. Reminder - Registration is Open for Student Government Day 2024
  6. For Your Info:
    • Health Connector open enrollment
    • School district communication support survey
    • Equity Leader Accelerator Program

January 8, 2024

  1. SOA Overview Webinar
  2. Picture of the Week: Nature scenes in New Bedford
  3. ESL Certification Grant
  4. Comments Sought on Proposed Changes to Accountability System
  5. Hall STEM Teacher of the Year Program
  6. Welcoming Newcomers and Mental Health Support
  7. Integration of SEL into Academics through Service Learning
  8. Explore Data on Educator Diversity
  9. Looking for the Next Teacher of the Year
  10. Tier 2 and Tier 3 Interpreter in Education Setting Training
  11. For Your Info: Addressing discrimination

January 2, 2024

  1. Grant Opportunity about Elevating Student Voice and Well-Being
  2. Picture of the Week: Combining the Arts at Somerville High School
  3. SOA Overview Webinar
  4. Webinar for Reserve Relief (Circuit Breaker Program)
  5. Medical and Behavioral Health Emergency Response Plan Webinars
  6. Comments Sought on Special Ed Procedures
  7. Middle School Humanities MTEL Score Reports Delayed

2023

December 18, 2023

  1. DESE Malden Office and Licensure Welcome Center Closed Dec. 18-Jan. 5
  2. Picture of the Week: Burlington High School's Computer Science Pathway
  3. Arts Curriculum Framework Survey for Arts Educators
  4. Digital Literacy and Computer Science PreK-6 License Info Session
  5. Welcoming Newcomers and Mental Health Support
  6. For Your Info:
    • School Ambassador Fellowship Program
    • Girls Who Code
  7. Note

December 11, 2023

  1. Emergency Management Planning Grant
  2. Picture of the Week: "Frozen" at Triton Regional High School
  3. Tuition Equity Law Information Session
  4. Comments Sought on Proposed Statewide Virtual School
  5. Arts Curriculum Framework Survey for Arts Educators
  6. Now is the Time to Invest in School Nutrition Programs
  7. Guidance Available for FY24 SOA Planning Process
  8. Early Learning Book Discussion on Student Voice
  9. Tier 2 and Tier 3 Interpreter in Education Setting Training

December 4, 2023

  1. Free COVID Tests
  2. Picture of the Week: Miller Elementary at MASS MoCA
  3. Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
  4. Feedback Sought on Pathways, CTE, and Career-Connected Learning
  5. FAFSA Support
  6. Input Sought on Preparing Teachers for Early Literacy Instruction
  7. Behavioral Health Summit
  8. Tuition Equity Law Information Session
  9. Winter Supplies for Families in Emergency Assistance System

November 27, 2023

  1. Board Recap
  2. Pictures of the Week: Joseph H. Martin Middle School in Taunton
  3. Community Eligibility Provision for School Nutrition Services
  4. DESE Civics Pathways
  5. Massachusetts Family School Partnership Initiative
  6. DESE Resource Corner: ESL MTEL Test Prep Course

November 20, 2023

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield
  3. Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Framework Information Sessions
  4. Using MTSS for Talent Development Workshop Series
  5. School Behavioral Threat Assessment Training
  6. Tailoring Supports for Non-Traditional License Holders
  7. Intent to Apply for Waiver Extension about the Percentage of Students Taking MCAS-Alt
  8. Massachusetts Dyslexia Institute
  9. Math Tutoring Program
  10. Hate Crimes Prevention Grant

November 13, 2023

  1. DLCS PreK–6 License Competency Review Available
  2. Picture of the Week: Student Voice
  3. Staying Healthy Over the Holidays
  4. FY24/FY25 Genocide Education Grant Now Open
  5. Call for Student Artwork
  6. Hybrid Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Commonwealth Virtual School
  7. Civics Project Showcases Coming in the Spring
  8. For Your Info:
    • Nondiscriminatory environments
    • NEA Big Read

November 6, 2023

  1. Teacher of the Year
  2. Representation and Inclusivity in Higher Education
  3. VOCAL Data
  4. Call for Student Artwork
  5. Elementary Principals and Early Childhood Coordinators Fall Regional Network Sessions
  6. Webinars on SY24 Purple Star Award Designation
  7. Comments Sought on Proposed Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual School
  8. Arts Curriculum Framework Survey for Arts Educators
  9. For Your Info:
    • MassHealth reminder
    • Name a snowplow
    • Connect Science: Service-Learning Training Program

October 30, 2023

  1. Board Recap
  2. Pictures of the Week: Family Summit
  3. November 7 Deadline to Apply for and Receive an Emergency License
  4. Using MTSS for Talent Development
  5. Call for Student Artwork
  6. FAFSA Support from uAspire
  7. DESE Civics Pathways
  8. Public Comment Sought on Draft Early Literacy Program Approval Criteria
  9. Joint Guidance on Equity in Higher Education
  10. FRESH Grant
  11. For Your Info:
    • High School Quiz Show
    • Halloween fun facts

October 23, 2023

  1. Board Preview
  2. Pictures of the Week: CityLab High School in Revere
  3. Massachusetts Literacy Institute Grant Reposted
  4. Early Literacy Universal Screening Supports Available
  5. Tuition Equity
  6. Milken Educator Awards
  7. Registration Open for Student Government Day
  8. For Your Info: Innovative Schools Learning Excursions

October 16, 2023

  1. Approaches to Play and Learning Resource Pilot
  2. Picture of the Week: STEM at Sokolowski Elementary in Chelsea
  3. SEL and Mental Health Competitive Grant Opportunity
  4. Elementary Principals 3-Part PD Series on Student Voice in the Early Grades
  5. Using Edwin Reports to Increase College Access
  6. Join an MTEL Committee and Support Key Updates
  7. Emergency License Support
  8. 2024 Green Ribbon Schools Awards Application Now Open
  9. E2C Hub
  10. For Your Info: OneGoal Massachusetts Partnership Summit

October 10, 2023

  1. STEM Week
  2. Picture of the Week: Codman Academy Student Doctors
  3. Novice-Level Arts Teachers Invited to Join a Community of Peers
  4. October 23 Convening on College Access
  5. CTE Partnership Planning and Implementation Grants
  6. FAFSA Information
  7. Innovation Career Pathway Grants

October 2, 2023

  1. Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: Community Elementary School in North Attleborough
  3. WIDA Self-Paced Workshops
  4. In-District Ambassadors Sought for STE Performance Assessment
  5. Save the Date for October 23 Convening on College Access
  6. November 7 Deadline to Apply and Receive an Emergency License
  7. Charter School Amendment Requests and Renewal Applications
  8. Financial Education Innovation Fund Grant
  9. MCAS Data Explorer
  10. EPA 2023 Clean School Bus Program Funding Opportunity
  11. For Your Info: NAGB seeking nominations

September 25, 2023

  1. Board Recap
  2. Pictures of the Week: Mary M. Walsh Elementary in Springfield
  3. National Blue Ribbon Schools
  4. Orientations to Educational Stability
  5. General Curriculum and Middle School Humanities MTEL Scores
  6. Grant for Supporting School Arts & Cultural Vitality Review Teams
  7. Presidential Scholar Student Nomination Guidelines Available
  8. Registration Open for U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program
  9. Governor's Youth Advisory Council
  10. School Level Administrator Rubric Community of Practice
  11. School-Based Medicaid Program Reminder
  12. Innovation Career Pathways Planning Grants
  13. For Your Info:
    • Mass Health and Health Connector support
    • Nominate an art teacher for recognition
    • Forum on scholarships and military pathways

September 18, 2023

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Pictures of the Week: GNBVT and the Lloyd Center
  3. Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
  4. Approaches to Play and Learning Resource Pilot
  5. Welcoming Newcomers
  6. Massachusetts Teacher STEM Fair
  7. Anti-Hazing Data Collection
  8. Novice-Level Arts Teachers Invited to Join a Community of Peers
  9. School Custodian Day is October 2
  10. Continuum of Services Professional Learning Program
  11. Reminder about CTE Schools' Access to Middle Schools
  12. For Your Info:
    • USED Regional Advisory Committees
    • Symposium on Gifted Education

September 5, 2023

  1. Civics Pathways
  2. Picture of the Week: Literacy academies in Wakefield
  3. Mandated Reporter Training
  4. Members Sought for MCAS Development and Bias and Sensitivity Committees
  5. U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominations
  6. DPH Grants Related to Gun Violence and Related Trauma
  7. New MassDEP Reporting Requirement on Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
  8. Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grants
  9. Reminder on Homeless Student Guidance
  10. For Your Info: Educational stability requirements

August 28, 2023

  1. Strengthening Family-School Partnership Grant
  2. Picture of the Week: Chelsea Back to School Celebration
  3. Public Comment Extended on Draft Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Framework
  4. Expanding Spoken Language Interpretation in Schools
  5. Anticipated CTE/VTE Advisory Council Vacancies
  6. Mentors Needed for the Arts Mentoring Network
  7. Deeper Learning Implementation Grant
  8. Registration Open for Family School Partnership Summit
  9. Educational Stability Office Hours
  10. DESE Resource Corner: Guidance on supporting homeless students during the state of emergency
  11. For Your Info:
    • Massachusetts Health Connector
    • Resource on racially inclusive school communities

August 21, 2023

  1. Superintendent's Checklist
  2. Picture of the Week: Brockton High School Marching Band
  3. Welcoming Newcomers
  4. Registration Reminder for Education Security Portal
  5. EdTech Peer Learning Cohort
  6. EWIS and Data Usage Sessions
  7. New High Quality Instructional Materials Purchase Grant
  8. Massachusetts Literacy Institute Grant
  9. Comments Sought on English Learner Documents
  10. For Your Info: YouthWorks opportunity

August 14, 2023

  1. Investigating History Curriculum Introduction Webinar
  2. Picture of the Week
  3. Supplemental Low-Income Data Collection Webinars
  4. Registration Reminder for Education Security Portal
  5. Public Comment Sought on Draft Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Framework
  6. Members Sought for Gifted and Talented Advisory Council

August 7, 2023

  1. History Teacher of the Year
  2. Pictures of the Week: Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School Integration Academies
  3. Training for Mandated Reporters Coming
  4. Mathematics Digital Supplement Program
  5. Input Sought on Possible Media Arts Endorsement
  6. Members Sought for Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council
  7. EdTech Peer Learning Cohort
  8. Welcoming Newcomers (Updated Registration Links)
  9. Hate Crimes Prevention Grant Reminder
  10. Public Comment Sought on Draft Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Framework
  11. For Your Info:
    • MassHealth reminder
    • Still time for college this fall

July 31, 2023

  1. Extension Opportunity for ESSER II
  2. Picture of the Week: Celebrating the FRESH Grant
  3. New ELE and WL Director Induction
  4. Hate Crimes Prevention Grant
  5. High-Quality Instructional Materials Network
  6. Creating a Welcoming Environment for Newcomer Students and Families
  7. EWIS and Data Usage Sessions

July 24, 2023

  1. Approaches to Address Student Cellphone Use Pilot Grant
  2. Picture of the Week: Fall River Summer Enrichment
  3. Required Reporting on SROs and Mental, Social, and Emotional Health Support Staff
  4. Registration Reminder for Education Security Portal
  5. Registration Open for Mass Literacy Overview Course
  6. Food Security Grants

July 17, 2023

  1. Hate Crimes Prevention Grant
  2. Picture of the Week: Summer programs in Lawrence
  3. Comments Sought on English Learner Documents
  4. Summer Nights
  5. Safer Schools and Communities Initiative Grants

July 10, 2023

  1. New Members Sought for Racial Imbalance Advisory Council
  2. Picture of the Week: Chelsea Opportunity Academy

July 3, 2023

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Public Comment Sought on Draft Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Framework
  3. Picture of the Week
  4. Teacher Diversification Grant

June 26, 2023

  1. Board to Meet
  2. Picture of the Week: DESE Book Club and Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students
  3. FY24 My Career and Academic Plan (MyCAP)
  4. SEL and Wellness Course
  5. 2023 District Induction and Mentoring Survey
  6. For Your Info: Free summer workshop series on digital citizenship

June 20, 2023

  1. Computer Science (CS) Engage Grant
  2. Picture of the Week: West Somerville Neighborhood School
  3. Comments Sought on English Learner Documents
  4. DESE Resource Corner: WIDA self-paced workshops
  5. Sharing Promising Practices: Phoenix Charter Lawrence's Makerspace
  6. For Your Info: Smithsonian education summit

June 12, 2023

  1. High School Network for Staffing/Scheduling Redesign
  2. Picture of the Week: Chelsea Graduation Parade
  3. Reminder on Restraint Reporting
  4. Early Literacy Screening Guidance
  5. Reminder about Child Labor Laws
  6. Model Medical Behavioral Health Emergency Response Plan
  7. For Your Info: MassHealth renewals

June 5, 2023

  1. District Team Registration Open for Family School Partnership Summit
  2. Pictures of the Week: Civics Project Showcase
  3. Investigating History Curriculum Now Available
  4. Apply for the SY24 Principal and Teacher Advisory Cabinet
  5. FRESH Grants
  6. Child Labor Laws
  7. For Your Info: Discrimination in student discipline

May 30, 2023

  1. Board Recap
  2. Picture of the Week: Framingham Girls in STEM
  3. Health and Wellness School and District Leader Networking
  4. Educator Evaluation Webinar
  5. Next Generation ESL Project Webinar
  6. Expanded STEM Opportunities
  7. SY24 Math Tutoring for Fourth and Eighth Graders
  8. Early Literacy High-Dosage Tutoring for K-3 Students
  9. For Your Info:
    • School avoidance webinar
    • Girls on the Run
    • Federal guidance on protected prayer and religious expression
    • Condition of Education

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