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Return-to-School Working Group

DESE's Return-to-School Working Group will help develop a K-12 summer and fall restart and recovery plan. This plan will include guidance in the following areas:

  • Physical and virtual learning environments;
  • Teaching and learning;
  • Operations and business services; and
  • Behavioral health and social and emotional learning.

The working group held its first meeting on Thursday, May 7 with an initial focus on possible programming for this summer. Going forward, the working group will meet regularly to draft the restart and recovery plan for the next academic year. We anticipate sharing a draft with key stakeholders for feedback before releasing a final document. Please visit this webpage for information as it becomes available.

Comments to the Return to School Working Group can be directed here:

Return to School Working Group Members

Anne Gilligan, safe and healthy schools coordinator at DESE, and Ventura Rodriguez, DESE's senior associate commissioner for strategic initiatives, are co-chairing the working group.

Rodolfo AguilarParentBoston Public Schools
Kathryn AndersonSpecial Education Inclusion ELA TeacherChelsea Public Schools
Robert BardwellExecutive DirectorMassachusetts School Counselors Association
Erica BrownChief of Policy and School SupportsMassachusetts Charter Public School Association
Josh BrunoSchool to Career DirectorBoston Private Industry Council
Michael CahillMayor of BeverlyMetropolitan Area Planning Council
Brenda CasselliusSuperintendentBoston Public Schools
Eli Cole Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
Dennis CondonNeedham Fire ChiefFire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts
Elizabeth Dello Russo BeckerExecutive DirectorMassachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps)
Karen DeRocheMembership ChairMassachusetts Parent Teacher Association
Margaret DriscollMassachusetts Association of School Business Officials
Jon EvansSuperintendentKeefe Regional Technical School in Framingham
Jeff FarnsworthHampden Police ChiefMassachusetts Chiefs of Police Association
Ruthann FullerMayor of NewtonMetropolitan Area Planning Council
Geralde GabeauExecutive DirectorImmigrant Family Services Institute
Tara GohlmannChief Operating Officer and Chief Financial OfficerBuckingham Browne & Nichols School
Joanne Haley SullivanExecutive DirectorMassachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives
Jordan HealyStudentGranby Junior Senior High School/ State Student Advisory Council
Beth KontosPresidentAmerican Federation of Teachers Massachusetts
Glenn KoocherExecutive DirectorMassachusetts Association of School Committees
Janual LopezParentHolyoke Public Schools
Barbara MalkasSuperintendentNorth Adams Public Schools
Tadea Martin-GonzalezNorthampton High SchoolState Student Advisory Council
Gina MathewsAssistant SuperintendentRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
Jack McCarthyExecutive DirectorMassachusetts School Building Authority
John McCarthyPresidentNorth Reading Transportation (NRT Bus)
Natasha Megie-MaddreyParentLynn Public Schools
Takeru NagayoshiTeacherNew Bedford Public Schools
Merrie NajimyPresidentMassachusetts Teachers Association
Mariel NovasAssistant Director of Partnerships & Engagement for MassachusettsThe Education Trust
Richard PearsonAssociate Executive DirectorMassachusetts School Administrators' Association
Samantha PhillipsDirectorMassachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Tim PiwowarSuperintendentBillerica Public Schools
Tammy PustSenior AssociateBoston Public Schools
Raquel QuezadaParentLawrence Public Schools
Karen RobitailleDirector of School Health ServicesDepartment of Public Health
Karen RufoLexington Public Schools School Nurse LeaderMassachusetts School Nurse Organization
Tom ScottExecutive DirectorMassachusetts Association of School Superintendents
Jamil SiddiquiTeacherEast Bridgewater Public Schools
Dara SokParentLowell Public Schools
Anne Marie StronachChief Operating OfficerLawrence Public Schools
Lindsay TuckerAssociate CommissionerDepartment of Public Health
Pat TutwilerSuperintendentLynn Public Schools
Ken WertzExecutive DirectorMassachusetts Facilities Administrators Association

Last Updated: June 4, 2020

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