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June 2022

As an office, we recently shared ideas from our Life List (a variation of one’s “Bucket List”) with our team. It was such an uplifting experience to learn about the big and small choices people were making to live out their dreams right now. We hope that this summer you’re able to enjoy the extra sunlight and take a few moments to engage in practices that lift you up and help you to be your best self.

Our goal is to create the conditions that support the preparation, development, and retention of a diverse and effective educator workforce so that all of our students thrive. You are so needed in this important work. Thank you for all that you do.


In this newsletter you will find: 
Spotlight PK-12 Corner
EdPrep Corner We're Hiring!
What we're reading and learning

Spotlight

Community Voices

In our work this year, we've sought to hear and elevate voices which have been historically under-represented in the education policy decision-making process. Here are some of the thoughts and reflections shared by over 110 students and family members across 15 districts about what makes their school communities meaningful and powerful. 
  • "Everything that a principal/admin does impacts students’ well-being. It’s about creating an environment that is supportive, sensitive to individual needs and learning." (Family member)
  • "I like when we talk about bigger social issues. It creates an environment that’s comfortable for everyone. You know you’re appreciated, cultural backgrounds - you’re appreciated. (Student)
  • Ensure that teachers are respectful to their students and don’t hold any malice. They should also respect a person’s gender identity, religion, race, sexual orientation, etc. no matter what." (Student)
  • "Make sure a lot of teachers and students don’t hold any grudges or biases against anyone. In our school, people are comfortable with themselves. In other schools, teachers have biases where they make assumptions based on race, religion, stuff like that." (Student)
  • "Build friendly, comfortable relationships with students. Students will avoid asking for help at all costs if they don't feel comfortable talking to a teacher." (Student)
  • "The foundation of everything is relationships. Our children aren’t just numbers in a system. [The administrators and teachers at our school] know more about them on a personal level." (Family member)
Join an MTEL Committee and Support Key Updates!

DESE and the Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson are seeking licensed Massachusetts educators to participate in several upcoming MTEL committees. Committees typically meet over the course of two to three days, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. We are committed to centering voices of those who have been historically marginalized in public education, and strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, LatinX, Asian and other educators of color, and members of other historically marginalized groups to apply. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please complete an application here. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Robyn Kaczowka at evaluationsystemscrg@pearson.com.
July 18-19
In-person, location TBD

July 20-21
In-person, location TBD

TBD 

TBD 
Bias Review


Biology Item Review


Middle School Humanities Item Review - high need area

General Curriculum ELA/History Item Review - high need area

PK-12 Corner

Educator Evaluation Updates

With an explicit focus on integrating and strengthening culturally responsive practice, the Office of Educator Effectiveness has partnered with educators, students, and families this year to update Implementation Resources for Educator Evaluation, and launch revisions to the model educator evaluation rubrics for teachers and school level administrators. The following resources are available this summer:

  • Available now: Updated 2022-2023 Educator Evaluation Implementation Resources
    • These resources are intended to support a more collaborative, coherent, and culturally responsive evaluation process using the existing model rubrics.
  • Available mid-July on our website: Draft Updated School-Level Administrator Rubric and Classroom Teacher Rubric Elements, aligned to principles of culturally responsive teaching and leading
    • The updated Draft School Level Administrator Rubric will be piloted during the 2022-23 school year. If you are interested in learning more or applying, please see the application, which is due August 19.
    • The updated draft elements for the Classroom Teacher Rubric will be made available to support goal-setting, feedback, and professional learning. The complete draft rubric will be released next summer for piloting in SY2023-24.
Looking ahead to the coming school years, we anticipate the following timeline:
  • SY2022-2023: Draft School Level Administrator Rubric piloted
  • SY2023-2024: Final School Level Administrator Model Rubric available for use and Draft Classroom Teacher Rubric piloted
  • Summer 2024: Final Classroom Teacher Model Rubric released and available for use (per collective bargaining agreements)
For questions about these updates, please contact educatordevelopment@mass.gov.
Share Feedback on Ed Prep Program Approval Guidelines!

The Office of Educator Effectiveness is in the process of revising the Guidelines for Program Approval to center anti-racist practices and deepen our focus on evidence-based instructional practices. The Guidelines will be updated in sections over the next year; the first set of sections is posted for public comment through August 31st. Please share your feedback here!
2022 Induction and Mentoring Report

On Wednesday, June 1st, DESE sent districts the survey link for the 2022 Induction and Mentoring Reports. These reports are required of traditional school districts and Horace Mann charter schools and are optional for Commonwealth charter schools. The survey has similar formatting as previous years and asks districts to report on information that satisfies the requirements that were established in the 2001 regulations (603 CMR 7.12(3)). Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about reporting expectations.

Districts will have two months to complete and submit their Induction and Mentoring Report; the survey will close on Monday, August 1st, 2022. Individuals designated as induction and mentoring contacts within each district have been sent the survey link that also contains a downloadable version of the survey. If a district is unsure about their induction and mentoring contact, they can ask their local directory administrator. If the directory administrator has not designated an induction and mentoring contact, the contact defaults to the superintendent. Please email EducatorDevelopment@mass.gov with any questions.

Ed Prep Corner

Ed Prep Instructor Opportunity: CS Resources for K-5 Educators

Are you an educator preparing future K-5 teachers? CSforMA will be running a fun, hands-on workshop to introduce K-5 teachers and the educators who prepare them to Computer Science content that aligns with the Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Frameworks.  This workshop will combine resources from Code.org’s CS Fundamentals, programming in the language Scratch, and an array of physical computing devices such as Makey Makey, Hummingbird, and Micro:bits to explore a variety of options to build an implementation plan for a K-5 classroom. Educators will examine curriculum integration in order to teach DLCS in Math, Science, Language Arts, etc.  This workshop is offered by CSforMA at no cost for EdPrep program instructors through generous corporate donations. The workshop will be held August 1-5 at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, Southbridge, MA. Visit CSforMA.org and look for the August 1-5 session to register.

There are also openings in the July 25-29 and the August 1-5 workshop “Bringing Computation to Life with the micro:bit” which is geared towards grades 5-8.

Program Approval Updates

As many of you know, the Office of Educator Effectiveness is in the process of revising the Guidelines for Program Approval. Earlier this month, we shared some key updates to this work, including:

  • Summer 2022 Ed Prep Virtual Convening: August 23, 2022
    Register here! The convening will be an opportunity to learn more about the vision for the program approval revisions, hear takeaways and recommendations from the Spring 2022 Listening Tour, and engage with partners supporting your efforts in evidence-based early literacy and implementation of the Guidelines for the Preparation of Administrative Leaders. We recommend sharing this registration link with relevant members of your Sponsoring Organization’s leadership and faculty. A more detailed agenda will follow in July.
     
  • Public Comment is Open for Guidelines Sections
    The Guidelines for Program Approval will be updated in phases over the next year, as outlined on the Program Approval Guidelines Updates webpage.  The first sections of the Guidelines are now posted for public comment through August 31, 2022. We hope to hear from a robust group of stakeholders from both educator preparation programs and K12 schools and districts during the public comment period.
     
  • Cohort Timelines for Formal Reviews
    These timelines were determined based on the year of the Sponsoring Organization’s most recent review and their current Approval designation. Cohort A will span two years to support the roll-out of a revised process; the remaining cohorts will be reviewed within one academic year. For all Sponsoring Organizations, approval will be extended to your next review year.
Early Literacy in Ed Prep Updates

Over the last several months, DESE has collaborated with higher ed faculty, PK12 educators, and national experts to draft new program criteria focused on early literacy, which will be part of the updated review process launching in SY2024-2025. The goal of this new criteria is to ensure that teacher candidates are fully prepared to implement evidence-based and culturally responsive early literacy instruction on day one in the classroom.

In order to gain valuable feedback on the draft criteria and support programs to make the necessary shifts in accordance with new expectations, DESE is offering optional formative feedback reviews beginning this fall to all organizations with programs in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Moderate Disabilities. TPI-US will be conducting these formative feedback reviews and providing an independent, confidential report back to each organization for their own continuous improvement. 
 
On June 21st, TPI-US and DESE hosted an informational webinar about upcoming Formative Feedback Reviews. If you missed the webinar but would like to learn more about this opportunity, please click here to watch a recording of the informational session. You can also reach out to Ed Crowe (edcrowe@tpius.org) or Holly Womack (hwomack@tpius.org) of TPI-US with specific questions about the formative feedback review process.

If your sponsoring organization is interested in participating in the Formative Feedback Reviews in Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Fall 2023, please complete this Google Form to sign up for a review by August 1.
 
Summer CAP Manager Online Platform Trainings

DESE continues to offer training to CAP Managers on the CAP Online Platform. This training is open to all CAP Managers considering using the CAP Online Platform for the 2022-23 school year, those who are new to the platform, and for those seeking a refresher on the platform. These sessions are designed to be “train-the-trainer” in order to prepare CMs to train and support their Program Supervisors, Supervising Practitioners, and Teacher Candidates to use the system. We will also share a few new resources available for the platform and a few updates. Please use this link to register for one of three trainings in July and August. Please note that while Program Supervisors are welcome to join these trainings, the training is oriented for CAP Managers.

SOs not planning to use the CAP Online Platform will continue to upload data by July 15 using the CAP data import template.
2022 CAP Data Reporting

All required CAP data must be submitted to DESE by July 15th each year. This is a firm deadline after which your data will be reported into Edwin, so we encourage you to review and/or upload your data as early as you can. Pleases refer to emails sent from educatorpreparation@mass.gov on April 8th and May 10th titled “2022 CAP Data Submission Requirements” for more details and the Quick Reference Guide. Please reach out to the Educator Preparation Inbox with any questions about your CAP data reporting and we will respond as quickly as we are able.

We're Hiring!

Assistant Director of Instructional Policy

The Center for Instructional Support (CIS) works to advance the Department’s Academic Vision and seeks to upend the disproportionate access and outcomes for students of color in the Massachusetts’ K-12 education system. The Assistant Director of Instructional Policy is responsible for providing leadership on the Center for Instructional Support’s high priority, cross-team initiatives. Learn more and apply here!
Join DESE's History and Social Science Team!

We’re hiring for a one-year position focused on supporting DESE’s exciting portfolio of history and social science work throughout the 2022-23 school year. In this role, you’d join a collaborative, fast-paced, and fun team committed to thinking creatively and deeply about curriculum and instruction. And you’ll have the chance to be part of exciting projects that will impact students and teachers across the state – next year, we’ll be holding our first-ever Massachusetts civics project showcase; developing an open-source, inquiry-based history curriculum; supporting the first year of a genocide education mandate for middle and high school; and promoting meaningful elementary social studies instruction.
 
Click here to sign up and receive a notification when the job posting goes live. Applications will open on Mass Careers on or around June 22nd, with preference given to applications received in the first two weeks. Please reach out to Reuben Henriques (reuben.f.henriques@mass.gov) with any questions.

What we're reading and learning

The following are just a few examples of what we’re reading or listening to these days, as we all seek to continually build understanding and awareness of the educational context in which we are so invested.

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life by Annette Lareau An intimate look at the distinction between “concerted cultivation” and the reliance on “the accomplishment of natural growth” in American families.

The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation by Darrell M. West A thoughtful consideration of the nature of change in the workplace and how the American social contract, including our education system, must adapt to meet current needs.

A popular reading program takes another hit to its credibility : NPR Deeper learning around the efficacy of Reading Recovery.
 

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