- The Delegates' Assembly last Wednesday had seven resolutions before it, of which six passed. I've posted the bullet points on that here; note that there also was a "sense of the assembly" that passed, supporting a resolution echoing the call for a three year moratorium passed by several committees this year.
- Margaret Driscoll of Melrose took notes in several financial sessions over the course of the conference; you can find her notes on those here. I caught the end of the session on "what's next" on chapter 70, as well, which was on the Foundation Budget Review Commission (much discussed this weekend!); I also posted some notes on questions to ask your school business official.
- There was an excellent session on meeting the needs of students in poverty, moderated by Margaret McKenna from the Board of Ed, which I found really hopeful. McKenna was very clear on the need for organized school committee advocacy directly to the Board as well as to the Legislature.
- While I missed Thursday afternoon's speaker on "The Boy Crisis," you can find Margaret Driscoll's notes here.
- The Friday morning update on state policy was packed to the walls; my notes are here. Again, Senator Jehlen spoke strongly on the need for organized advocacy by school committees.
- The very funny (who knew?) Professor Yong Zhaog was Friday's keynote.
- I was part of a Friday panel on Less Testing, More Learning.
- And Saturday morning's presentation on "Telling Your Story," which had us thinking generationally about public presentation and advocacy was very interesting.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Report on MASC
in lieu of notes, here's what I sent out when I got back: