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MASC members are invited to join "How Schools Improve By Engaging Families," a free EdWeek webinar on May 2 hosted by our friends at Panorama Education, to learn how these districts are building strong family-school partnerships.
On the webinar, Dr. Karen Mapp, Commissioner Ken Wagner, and leaders from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and Denver Public Schools (DPS) will share strategies for engaging and empowering families in the service of student success.
The state's funding formula (referred to as Foundation Budget) was developed in 1993 and remains unchanged, even as the past two and a half decades have brought extraordinary changes to the public education landscape, including MCAS requirements, new state curriculum frameworks, budget losses to charter schools, the rise of expensive modern digital technologies, and increased expenses associated with addressing students' complex social and emotional needs.
In the absence of appropriate state funding, districts must either cut services or place a disproportionate burden on their local taxpayers.
On March 8, MASC members are invited to participate in a webinar sharing the strategies that district leaders in Washoe County, NV and Long Beach Unified, CA use for supporting students’ Social-Emotional Learning. This webinar will highlight how school and district leaders can collect and use data to support the development and growth of students’ SEL skills. Using real-world examples, these leaders will share strategies for engaging students, families, and teachers in the work of SEL.
This event is hosted by the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools.
The annual MARS Legislative Breakfast is scheduled for Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8:30am at Nashoba Valley Regional Tech High School in Westford, MA (get directions). MARS and Nashoba Valley Tech are hosting this event. If you are able to come to this event, please email Perry Davis at mars.Davis@marsregionals.net by Friday, March 10th with the names of the people coming from your regional school district. MARS needs to give a number to the culinary arts program to plan for the breakfast. There is no charge for the event.
On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, Division IV of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) together with the CAPS Collaborative will be holding a Legislative Breakfast at the CAPS Collaborative in Westminster. The program will provide school committee members, collaborative board members and their guests the opportunity to hear directly from their legislators on matters that directly impact public school education in the Commonwealth. The budget remains a key focus of our attention as well as legislative matters being heard which influence our families and their children, especially those areas impacting special education.