Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday is photo day!
Don’t forget to wear your new MSSAA shirt!

7:30—8:25am Continental Breakfast
Nauset Center
Conference participants and vendors only; admission is by conference badge and ticket only

8:30—9:30am Closing Keynote
The Future of Massachusetts Education
Mitchell Chester, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Nauset Center

Final vendor raffle following Commissioner Chester’s speech

9:35—10:00pm Group Photo
Sea Crest Front Lawn
Compliments of Terry Blieler of LifeTouch
Please be prompt! We need a half hour to line up our large group!

Concurrent Sessions #6

Dating Violence and Youth: What School Administrators Need to Know

Ballroom I
Workshop Presenter:
Colleen Armstrong, Youth Education Specialist, REACH
In Massachusetts, one in 10 teens reported experiencing physical or sexual violence in their dating relationships. Through this interactive workshop, participants learn about common behavioral indicators of dating violence, health effects and best practices to assist youth after disclosures of abuse. Additionally, participants will begin to explore models for addressing teen dating violence prevention within their schools from classroom-based health education through school policy recommendations.

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program: A Middle School Success
Ballroom II
Workshop Facilitator:
George King, Principal, Hale Middle School (Nashoba Regional School District)
This panel discussion will introduce participants to a successful peer-to-peer mentoring program that was developed by a high school student based on her middle school experience. The program, in our middle school, has had remarkable impact on student academic progress. Learn how you can implement it in your school.

Launching School-Based Green Initiatives
Ballroom III
Workshop Presenters:
Rick Swanson, Assistant Principal and Ron Woolley, Social Studies Teacher, Hingham High School
Learn how Hingham High School (HHS) has become a much “greener” place in the last few years. From implementing recycling and composting programs in the cafeteria to organizing an annual school-wide “Teach In” about environmental issues and distributing T-shirts to students who are caught committing “Random Acts of Green-ness,” HHS has found creative ways to raise environmental awareness and promote sustainable behavior. This presentation has met with great reviews at Primary Source summer workshops since 2009.

How to Work Less, Produce More, and Still Get the Job Done in a Sensible School Week
Race Point
Workshop Presenter:
Kelly McHugh, Principal, Whitehall Junior/Senior High School (Whitehall, NY)
Implementation of the methodology introduced in this workshop has been proven to multiply the time principals spend in classrooms by 500%, reduce their weekly work load by 20 hours, AND generate a corresponding rise in student achievement. This workshop teaches participants management strategies that will free them from front office “administrivia”, empower their staff, and allow them to spend two full days each week in classrooms coaching teachers to improve curriculum and instruction.

High Stakes Tests and the Non-English-Proficient High School Students’ Assessment
Workshop Presenter:
Dr. Raquel Bauman, ESL Coordinator, Ayer Shirley Regional School District
Addressing the needs of non English proficient students when the students come into our district in primary or middle school years or If they come to us well prepared in their own language is relatively easy. A different challenge is presented by students who enter our schools in 10 or 11th grade. How do we address the issue of academic credit required for graduation if work was completed in Farsi, or Spanish or Portuguese? And MCAS or other high-stakes testing, do we teach biology as the language or the discipline? Our district has been creative, collaborative in its approach and most importantly has paid attention to the details while staying in touch with parents and guardians. We will share our experience and facilitate discussion about best approaches.

Bringing Learning Objectives to Your School
Workshop Presenter:
Daniel Roy, Principal, Wilbraham Middle School
In this workshop I will share my experience introducing daily learning objectives or learning outcomes to my 6th-to-8th-grade middle school. The discussion will include introducing the concept to the staff, helping staff learn to use and then master the concept, and, how to keep the initiative going by ensuring “buy-in.”

Concurrent Sessions #7

What Principals Should Know and Expect from their Athletic Program
Ballroom I
Workshop Facilitator:
Bill Gaine, Deputy Director, MSSAA/MIAA
This session will discuss the curriculum of Educational Athletics identified by its necessary synergy in our Secondary Schools’ mission. The accountability of respective school personnel will be addressed.

Middle School Roundtable Session
Ballroom II
Workshop Facilitators:
Dr. Michael Connelly, MSSAA Assistant Director, and George Ferro, Principal, Whitman Middle School
Middle school administrators take on common issues and share best practices in an informal setting.

Your MTRS Benefits

Ballroom III
Workshop Presenter:
Jonathan Osimo, Director of Member Services, Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System
This is an informational program for MTRS members of all ages and career stages. This program focuses on retirement formulas, creditable service issues, Social Security for the Massachusetts educator and other postretirement issues.

NewsCurrents: A Unique Program for Teaching Current Events
Race Point
Workshop Presenter:
John Shea, Educational Sales Consultant, NewsCurrents
“ If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every citizen to remain informed.”
--Thomas Jefferson
This program will introduce school administrators to a powerful interactive current events program that connects to the History and Social Science and English Language Arts Curriculum Frameworks, promotes engagement of multiple intelligences, and challenges students to utilize higher order thinking skills. NewsCurrents, an indepth and balanced current events program, is effective in classes such as Social Studies, Geography, Civics, Independent Critical Thinking, Language Arts and 21st Century Skills. Participants will enjoy a lively current events discussion, respond to thought provoking questions, and be encouraged to offer their opinions during the discussion. The exercise will clarify how this program helps students make connections to themselves, to other texts, and to the world.

11:00am Check Out
Sea Crest Lobby

11:45am Conference Officially Concludes

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The MSSAA Summer Institute 2012 was brought to you by...

MSSAA Executive Staff
Richard F. Neal, Executive Director
William N. Gaine, Deputy Director
Sherry L. Bryant, Associate Director
Richard L. Pearson, Associate Director
Phillip F. Flaherty, Assistant Director
Dr. Michael Connelly, Assistant Director
Linda Hayes, Assistant Director
Arthur Dulong, Assistant Director

MIAA Executive Staff
Dick Baker, Assistant Director

MSSAA Summer Institute Staff
Cora Armenio
Nancy Huntley
Bonnie Lemote
Marjorie Richards
Linda Taylor

MSSAA Ad Hoc Summer Institute Planning Committee
Liaison - Art Dulong, MSSAA Assistant Director
Mr. Michael Barney, Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics (Worcester), Director
Ms. Tara Bennett, Uxbridge High School, Principal
Mr. John Buckey, Nantucket High School, Principal
Ms. Susan Fontecchio, West Bridgewater Middle/High School, Assistant Principal
Mr. Roland Joyal, Chicopee High School, Principal
Dr. Patricia Lally, Tewksbury Memorial High School, Principal
Mr. Michael Lovecchio, Pembroke High School, Principal
Mr. Brian McCann, Joseph Case High School (Swansea), Principal
Mr. William Nunnally, Dracut High School, Assistant Principal
Ms. Diane Paradis, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, Principal
Ms. Maureen Porter, Retired
Mr. Michael Scarpitto, Reading Memorial High School, Assistant Principal
Ms. Marilyn Slattery, Malden High School, House Principal
Ms. Mary Trahan, Sharon High School, Assistant Principal
Ms. Christine Vigneux, Belchertown High School, Principal

2013 Summer Institute: Wednesday, July 24th, to Friday, July 26th
Pre-Conference Workshops: Tuesday, July 23rd
See You Next Year!