Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Looking to Recognize Some Amazing MA Educators?

Do you know an amazing educator in Massachusetts? DESE is happy to announce three award opportunities for schools and districts to recognize educators for the pivotal role they play in service to students across the Commonwealth. We encourage you to nominate a educator for one of these awards.

The President Award for Excellent in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Anyone--principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public--may nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers who are currently teaching grades K–6 for the 2017-2018 award year. Teachers may also apply directly at www.paemst.org.

The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2018 and the Application Deadline is May 1, 2018, for elementary school teachers (grades K-6). Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) will be eligible to apply during a future cycle.

History Teacher of the Year

The History Teacher of the Year award is open to any full-time educator of grades K–12 who teaches American history (including state and local history). American history may be taught as an individual subject or as part of other subjects, such as social studies, reading, or language arts.  Requirements for applying for the award are as follows: 
·         The nominated teacher must have at least three years of classroom teaching experience.      
·         Nominees must be planning to teach for at least one year following the award year.
·         Past state and national winners are not eligible.
·         Self-nominations are not accepted.

The 2018 award will honor exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers. Eligible generalist and specialist teachers in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools, and US Territories are encouraged to apply.  You can find more information, including the application, at https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/national-history-teacher-year.

Distinguished Educator Recognition

The Distinguished Educator Recognition program is looking to recognize secondary educators (grades 6-12) relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unique instructional and leadership ability.  Such educators exemplify teaching at its best and their contributions have a  profound impact on students, colleagues, and the community. Individuals are encouraged to recommend one to three educators who have not received major recognition beyond their school or district for this honor. You can go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators/recognition/distinguished.html to get more information!

For any additional questions, please feel free to email EducatorRecognition@doe.mass.edu directly!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Student Government Day

Student Government Day will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018! What is Student Government Day you ask? This program provides educators and students from Massachusetts's public and private high schools with many opportunities to learn first hand about state government. It enables government officials to interact with students. Additionally, it allows student to voice their positions on important current issues through prepared debates, and participate in the legislative process through simulated committee hearings and House and Senate formal sessions.

New this year: the Student Government coordinator will host several 30-minute informational webinars in February and march to provide more of an overview of the day and answer any questions about the logistics of the day. For more information about program, logistics or information please visit the Student Government Day website  or email studentgovday@doe.mass.edu .

Registration has been extended to February 16, 2018. To register click here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Education Trust Co-Facilitating First Urban Literacy Meeting!

This year, ESE is pleased to announce that the ongoing Urban Literacy Leaders Network will focus on supports for educators to design and implement complex and engaging student tasks/assignments. The Network will use the Four Domains of the Literacy Assignment Analysis Framework and corresponding indicators created by The Education Trust to guide its work throughout the year. In the first meeting, participants will be introduced to the framework. Each subsequent meeting will focus on one of the four domains of the framework: (1) alignment to standards, (2) centrality of texts, (3) cognitive challenge, and (4) motivation and engagement. Participants will collaboratively review tasks/assignments and samples of student work in an effort to develop new strategies for improving the quality of instruction in their districts.
Our first meeting will be held next Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Devens at the Devens Commons at the Hilton Garden Inn (59 Andrews Parkway) from 9:00 - 12:00pm. To register please click on the following link.

Monday, September 25, 2017

WIDA Workshop: Engaging ELs in Math

Why am I blogging about math? I could not help but spread the word of this opportunity sponsored by the Greater Boston DSAC!

WIDA Two-Day Workshop: Engaging English Learners in Math
This interactive two-day workshop offers teachers of English Learners time to delve into combining English Language Development Standards and Mathematical Practices. In collaborative groups of educators, participants will develop a common understanding of language expectations, we will explore strategies and supports that foster a language rich environment. Through hands-on experimentation and analysis of language embedded within the content and practices, participants will have a deeper understanding of how to engage language learners of a variety of proficiency levels. For more information click here for access to the registration link and details.

Here are the details:

When: November 29-30, 2017
Where: Revere High School, East Wing Conference Room, 101 School Street, Revere, MA
Registration: http://www.doe.mass.edu/conference/?ConferenceID=9549

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Instructional Support Networks for 2017-18 School Year!

ESE is pleased to announce the launch of content specific instructional support educator networks for the 2017-18 school year. These networks are designed to drive implementation of the 2017 Massachusetts Mathematics, ELA/Literacy Frameworks and the 2016 Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Framework. We are calling on classroom leaders, school leaders, and district leaders to partner across districts to learn, to test, and refine tools and strategies, and to innovate.

Our network offerings this year include:

  • Middle and Secondary Literacy Network (4-12): Promoting Integrated Literacy Learning in Grades 4-12
  • Secondary Literacy Network (9-12): Promoting Variety and Flexibility in Student Writing
  • Urban Literacy Leaders Network: Designing Complex Literacy Tasks
  • Early Numeracy Network (Pre-K-3): Steppingstones to Addition and Subtraction
  • Middle Grades Math Network (4-7): Proportional Reasoning: The Bridge from Fractions to Ratios
  • Secondary Math Network (6-12):Access Math: Building Middle/High Coursework Pathways for the Future
  • Urban Mathematics Leaders Network: Advancing Access for English Learners
Science and Technology/Engineering Networks:
  • Elementary Science Network: Time on Science: Creating Robust Elementary Science Programs
  • Middle Grades Science Network: Aligning STE Assessments to the Middle Grades STE Standards
  • Urban Science Leaders Network: Developing Authentic STE Assessments K-12
For more information and registration details, please click here.

Monday, July 10, 2017

ELA/Literacy Frameworks Quick Reference Guides

We are pleased to present a new set of resources designed to support implementation of the 2017 ELA/Literacy Curriculum Framework: a set of four Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) now available on our Curriculum Frameworks home page. (Additional QRGs focused on math and on other aspects of the ELA/literacy standards are forthcoming.) At just two pages each, the QRGs are designed to be widely accessible and easy to distribute, and we hope they will serve as useful entry points and conversation starters for educators and families alike. The QRGs now available are:
·         Massachusetts Anchor Standards for Reading – an illustration of how the ten Reading standards work together to define what and how students should read in school at every grade level. Possible uses:
o   Teachers meet in vertical or horizontal teams to explore how each grade level’s standards contribute to the QRG’s “big picture.”
o   Educators use the QRG to discuss with families various ways in which they might approach reading with their children at home.
·         Reading Closely to Analyze Complex Textstwo QRGs, one tailored to the elementary grades and another for the secondary grades, describing the role of close reading in the standards and in the classroom. Possible uses:
o   Teams of teachers discuss how the QRGs’ sample instructional scenarios reflect or inform their everyday classroom practice.
o   Educators and families work together to brainstorm a list of text-dependent questions to use when reading with students.
·         Text Complexity and the Growth of Reading Comprehension – a collection of suggestions and links to resources designed to inform the choice of appropriately complex texts for young readers. Possible uses:
o   Teachers work in grade-level teams to assess the complexity of their classroom texts using the qualitative criteria listed in the QRG.
o   Educators work with families to choose texts appropriate for their children’s interests, motivations, and background knowledge.

Friday, June 30, 2017

2017 ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks NOW AVAILABLE!!

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy and for Mathematics are now available in their final form. Please note that these documents have not changed substantively since the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted them in March. Standards have been proofread for typographical errors, guidance material has been copyedited for clarity and consistency, and all content has been reformatted. Each framework is accompanied by a brief “highlights”document, available at the link and also attached here, focusing on the more substantive differences between the 2011 standards and the 2017 ones.

Additional resources supporting implementation of the 2017 frameworks will be released throughout the 2017–2018 academic year. Currently in various stages of development are:
  • Family-friendly summaries of the learning standards for each grade level, to be published in Spanish and English
  • Quick Reference Guides to specific aspects of the revised standards, written and formatted for wide accessibility
  • Updated Writing Standards in Action materials, Model Curriculum Units, and What to Look For observation guides
  • Sets of regional network meetings for school and district personnel, focused on specific subjects and grades
Please note, ESE will not be printing these documents as they are interactive and contain live links.