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MA Instructional Institutes

This year, the MA Department of Education (DESE) is offering two Instructional Institutes for district teams: Instructional Prioritization Institute and Instructional Leadership Institute. Use the descriptions below to determine if one or both of these opportunities can support your district planning for SY24-25.

MA Instructional Prioritization Institute

2024 Institute Details

District teams can apply for either the virtual April or in-person May session. Priority will be given to districts with one or more schools identified by the Accountability System as requiring assistance.

District teams can apply at Instructional Prioritization Institute Application.

  • Virtual: April 2nd & 3rd from 9–11am and 12–2pm with a lunch break in between, both days via Zoom
  • In Person: May 7th & May 8th from 9:00am–4:00pm both days at Courtyard Marriot 75 Felton Street, Marlborough, MA

District applicants will receive an email confirming their participation and next steps.

Institute Overview

Each school year, effective school districts identify clear improvement priorities and the highest leverage practices to improve student learning. From there, they implement a focused and cohesive set of systems and structures to drive improvement and provide schools with timely, data-informed support and feedback aligned with those priorities. This spring, DESE is partnering with TNTP to offer an in-person and virtual Instructional Prioritization Institute — a two-day learning experience that will support district leaders in their efforts to plan for sustainable improvement in SY 2024-25.

The Institute is designed to support your team at all stages of the process, from reflection on your instructional improvement efforts to date, to focused planning for the future. If you have previously participated in the Institute, attending this year will allow the time and space to reflect on the work you have been doing and refine your strategy for SY 2024-25. If this is your first year participating, the Institute will empower your team to elevate the essentials and identify a clear and motivating instructional improvement priority to improve teaching and learning for all students. District teams will have space and time to do the following:

  • Articulate or refine an instructional improvement priority, informed by data and a deep understanding of your system's context and capacity, and begin to operationalize a plan to drive instructional improvement in SY 2023-24.
  • Ensure your plan reflects best practices for progress monitoring and change management, is inclusive of diverse stakeholders who will contribute to the collective effort of improving outcomes for all students.
  • Identify key strategies and action steps that support the identified priority.

This Institute will be a high-engagement learning experience. TNTP and DESE will provide teams with the opportunity to learn from and with their peers across the state and explore research-based and innovative practices. Teams will walk away with actionable deliverables that will drive immediate and long-term impact.

Who Should Attend

Teams should be comprised of 4–6 leaders who are charged with instructional improvement and have decision-making authority and locus of control to implement learning from Institute. Participants should represent a diverse set of perspectives and experiences in role, tenure, school-based, race, special education, and EL.

MA Instructional Leadership Institute

2024 Institute Details

District teams can complete an initial registration at Instructional Leadership Institute Interest Form. This institute is open to all Massachusetts districts and will have two components, running over 3-days during the week of July 29th.

  • In Person: Week of July 29th from 9:00am–4:00 pm both days. Location and specific dates coming soon.
  • Virtual: Week of July 29th (after the two-day in-person) via Zoom for facilitated team planning. This will occur after the two-days in-person.

District applicants will receive an email confirming their participation and next steps.

Institute Overview

The Instructional Leadership Institute will be a 2-day in-person, 1-day virtual professional learning and planning experience for district and school leaders to deeply engage and build expertise in MA Standards Frameworks, with a focus on instructional equity. Participants will plan for the key components of instructional improvement systems in order to better monitor and improve instructional practice. District teams will engage in sessions that will support them to:

  • skillfully implement high-quality instructional materials that support culturally and linguistically sustaining practices and foster deeper learning for all learners at the rigor of the standards,
  • plan with district teams to identify and build equity-centered routines and systems for instructional leadership teams to effectively support high-quality culturally responsive instruction across all classrooms and drive professional learning, including:
    • examine mindsets, actions, and policies and their impact on educator support and student outcomes, and
    • develop an action plan to lead high-quality instruction within their respective roles.
  • collaborate and connect with fellow job-alike leaders to learn and share best practices.

This Institute will be a high-engagement learning experience. DESE and other partners will provide teams with the opportunity to learn from and with their peers across the state and explore instructional through an equity lens and develop the systems necessary to support high-quality instruction. Teams will walk away with a deeper understanding of the MA Standard Frameworks and an action plan to lead to high-quality instruction within their respective roles.

Who Should Attend

K–12 school and district-based instructional leadership teams, with attention to leaders who are changed with instructional improvement and have decision-making authority and locus of control to implement learning from the Institute. Educators can participate as a member of the school and/or district team if they are key teacher leaders who are either responsible for leading their teams in CPT and/or PLC time OR who are members of their school's ILT. Teams should be between 3–10 people and represent a diverse set of perspectives, experiences, roles, and identities.

Last Updated: January 30, 2024

 
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