8:30 - 9:00am: Registration and Breakfast (Tilton Room)
Continental Breakfast will be provided
9:00 - 9:30am: Welcome (Tilton Room)
9:30 - 11:30am: Disrupting Poverty: How High Poverty/High Performing Schools are Intervening to Help At-Risk Students Succeed (an audience interactive, hands-on session)
Dr. William Parrett, Director, Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies, Boise State University
11:45 - 12:40pm: Box Lunch (Tilton Room)
MA Congressman James McGovern
12:50 - 1:50pm: Breakout Sessions
Community Action Partners: Working with Safety-Net Collaborators in Your Community
Representatives from Massachusetts Community Action Partnership (MASSCAP) agencies will describe their work in various communities to aid families living in poverty and, most importantly, how they partner with school districts to provide supports to help these students learn and succeed. MASSCAP is very eager to increase collaboration with school districts and school committees.
Joe Diamond, Executive Director, MASSCAP; Karen Frederick, Executive Director, Community Teamwork—Lowell; Clare Higgins, Executive Director Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin (Greenfield)
Supporting your Staff to Support Your Students
Superintendents representing Brockton, Franklin and Northampton will discuss the strategies they’ve implemented, including professional development to provide staff members with tools and supports to address the unique needs of students in poverty and help ensure their success.
Kathleen Smith, Superintendent, Brockton; Sara Ahern, Superintendent, Franklin; John Provost, Superintendent, Northampton
Community Schools Model: Bringing Services Directly to Students and Families
Representatives from the Hartford Partnership for Student Success will describe the Community Schools model of liaising with outside organizations to benefit students. Attendees will learn about the community schools concept, how partnerships are built and examples of the successes that have been realized for students and families as a result.
Tauheedah Jackson, Director, Hartford Partnership for Student Success; Other Panelists: TBA
2:00 - 2:30pm: Interagency Panel Discussion - Next Steps to Collaboration (Tilton Room)
DESE Commissioner-Elect Jeffrey Riley; Glenn Koocher, Executive Director, MASC (moderator); Others: TBA