M.A.S.S. Professional Development Committee Announces 2022 Conference Theme & Request for Proposals


THEME – Looking Ahead:  Promoting Equity, Wellness, Academic Achievement and a Culture of Care for All

The MASS Professional Development Committee has been finalizing the details of the 2022 Paul J. Andrews Executive Institute which will be held from July 12-14 at the Sea Crest Resort/Mashpee High School.  This year’s theme, Looking Ahead:  Promoting Equity, Wellness, Academic Achievement and a Culture of Care for All, looks at the visionary and servant leadership necessary to create a safe and supportive culture throughout their district and the community.  This year we are requesting workshop proposals which focus on the best evidence-based practices locally, regionally, and nationally that develop cultures and practices on topics which include promoting self-care for leaders, creating a caring community, shaping a community of learners, addressing leadership challenges for Superintendents, building capacities of school and district leaders, and creating a culture and climate that fosters safe and supportive schools.   Some of the key questions that emerge from this theme include:
• How do we as leaders create safe and supportive schools where all students feel welcome, valued and supported and where equity is embraced, and trauma sensitive practices are the norm?
• How do we create anti-racist practices in our schools, districts, and community?
• How do we lead and educate our staff to recognize implicit bias and microaggressions in our schools?
• How do we practice self-care, overcome anxieties, and avoid burnout for ourselves and our building and district leaders?
• What will our schools need to look like, post pandemic in order to respond to mental health and academic needs?
• How do we encourage more student voice and family engagement in our anti-racist work?
• How do we give students meaningful access to the resources they need to support their success?
• What are the best practices to create school and district communities that focus on creating a climate and culture of participation and shared ownership?
As part of the presentation, the Committee encourages presenters to show how success is measured through quantitative or qualitative means for your initiative or practice.  In addition, please consider how your practice or initiative can be replicated for other schools or districts.  In addition, we plan on continuing our highly successful Assistant Superintendent Ed Camp from last year and we encourage Assistant Superintendents to submit Ed Camp proposals.
Through the selected sessions, we hope to celebrate the excellent work that is taking place in your school districts and in all public schools across the Commonwealth.  We are looking for strong proposals that help address one or more of the questions above.  We also encourage districts who have developed partnerships with other districts, collaboratives, consortiums, vocational schools, or regional schools to submit a proposal.  We will only consider Request for Proposals that align with our theme.
Please consider submitting a proposal for this year’s Executive Institute.  The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, January 12th.  Please note that you will be contacted regarding the status of your proposal.  Over the last few years, we have received many outstanding proposals and, unfortunately, it is logistically impossible to accommodate all proposals.  We will also attempt to recommend any proposals not accepted to other M.A.S.S. sponsored events.
We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

Questions please email Erica Hedrick at ehedrick@massupt.org

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