2023 Annual Conference Presentations

Thank you again to all who joined us at the 2023 MASC MASS Joint Conference, “Investing in Equitable School Districts: Moving from Theory to Practice.” Your active participation contributed to the success of this event, and we are grateful for your commitment to advancing education in Massachusetts.

In addition to over sixty panel sessions, the conference featured keynote speakers, including MA Secretary of Education Patrick Tutwiler; Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson, CEO of the Disruptive Education Equity Project (DEEP); and Justin Reich, director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab. We trust you found the sessions informative and inspiring, particularly the not-to-be-missed session on Friday about Artificial Intelligence and its role in teaching and learning.

For your convenience, we have included the presentations from the conference below. While we may not have all the slides at the moment, we will continue to update this page as we receive them.


Wednesday, November 8

PANEL SESSION I: 12:30-1:40pm

  • Leading for Equity: Cultivating Culturally Responsive Leaders and Schools
  • Leading in the Age of Climate Change: How Districts Can Build and Fund Healthy, Sustainable, Carbon Free Schools
  • Wrap-around Services that Strengthen Alliances between Families and Schools
  • Getting Started with DEI: One District’s Pathway to Learning and Decision-Making
  • Basics of Policy | Slides Here
  • Role of the Chair
  • Addressing the Unique Challenges of Regional Schools


PANEL SESSION II: 1:50-3:00pm

  • Let’s get REAL: A Comprehensive Approach to Race, Equity, Access and Leadership
  • Toward a Better MCAS | Slides Here
  • Get on the Bus—for Transportation Cost Savings and Better Customer Service | Slides Here
  • Getting the Message Right during a Crisis
  • Effective Meetings
  • Cooperation, Consolidation, and Regionalization Efforts


PANEL SESSION III: 3:15-4:30pm

  • Building Bridges for Equity in Polarizing Times | Slides Here
  • Implementing a New High-Quality Literacy Curriculum
  • Electrification of School Bus Fleets
  • Why Medicaid Funding Matters to Schools
  • Supporting the Whole Child: Putting Local Wellness Policies into Practice


Thursday, November 9

COSCAP PROGRAM: All Day | Slides Here

PANEL SESSION IV: 8:15-9:10am

  • Know the Signs for School Violence Prevention
  • Is Virtual Reality Right for our District? Implications of Educational VR for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Providing District-based Daycare for Educators
  • Promoting Equity through Social & Emotional Skills | Slides Here
  • Special Education Update | Slides 1 | Slides 2 | Supporting Doc 1 | Supporting Doc 2
  • Building Leadership Capacity and Equity in the School Committee/Superintendent Relationship
  • Communities Divided: How to Navigate Polarizing Issues | Slides Here
  • Vocational Technical Issues: Part 1


PANEL SESSION V: 9:20-10:20am

  • Supporting Culturally Responsive Social Studies with Investigating History
  • School District Planning and Implementation: The Updated MA IEP Form and Process | Slides Here
  • System Approach to Supporting Equity in Chelsea Public Schools
  • Recruiting the Right Superintendent for Your District
  • Understanding Chapter 70 | Slides Here
  • Embedding Equity Work in Partnership with District and Community
  • Vocational Technical Issues: Part 2


PANEL SESSION VI: 11:15am-12:15pm

  • From Equity Audit to Strategic Planning
  • Partnering with Your Educational Collaborative
  • Standards-based Approach for Assessing the Quality of Athletics Programs
  • Hiring Staff in a Competitive Environment
  • Partnering for Equity in Early Literacy
  • Paws for Student Success
  • Stay On Message: Keeping Your Strategic Plan at the Forefront | Slides Here
  • Legal Issues


GENERAL SESSION: 2:30-3:45pm

  • Topic: “Transformative Relationships: Best Practices in Long-Term Planning for Equity and Strategic Communications”


Friday, November 10, 2023



GENERAL SESSION: 9:00-10:15am

  • Topic: Artificial Intelligence: What is its Role in Teaching and Learning? | Slides Here


PANEL SESSION VII: 10:30-11:45am

  • Career Readiness: How Blackstone Valley Leveraged Finances, Resources and Talents to Create Opportunities for All
  • HR: Current Trends in Collective Bargaining | Slides Here
  • Rural Schools: Unique Mental Health Challenges (and Solutions)
  • Your Superintendent has Left: Now What?
  • Equity in Action: A District’s Journey Towards becoming Antiracist



  • Book Banning on the Rise
  • Dealing with the MOST DIFFICULT People
  • MA School Building Authority: Processes, Initiatives, Funding | Slides here
  • Chair Chat | Slides Here




PANEL SESSION IX: 3:45-4:45pm

  • Working Effectively with Different and Personal Styles
  • Liaising with your PACS | Slides Here
  • Parliamentary Procedures