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In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is partnering with the Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives (MOEC) along with MESPA and MSSAA coordinate and conduct visits between principals and Equitable and Inclusive Practice Ambassadors. Sharon Jones at the Collaborative for Educational Services has been working alongside three other regional Ambassadors in Western Massachusetts, who are holding meetings with principals in order to introduce them to the resources available from ESE. The Department’s partnership with the ambassadors is a component of the Massachusetts State Equity Plan to promote equitable access to excellent educators for all students.
The goal is to design and deliver to principals a comprehensive dissemination of ESE user-friendly resources to help District leaders with inclusive practices to improve outcomes for students with disabilities, English language learners, students affected by poverty and minority students. Further, follow up consultative and technical assistance will be provided to principals where they have a need.
The team of ambassadors is composed of current and former principals, teachers, and other educational leaders, and they will share resources and strategies to strengthen instruction. For example, ambassadors will share information about a new grant designed to support innovative partnerships between districts and educator preparation organizations, a district-created interactive planner that helps districts assess and plan for distributing leadership, and information about a free online course on the foundations for inclusive practice.
Schools can schedule an ambassador visit by contacting Sharon Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org, and can learn more about the program by contacting Bill Diehl, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Educational Services.
In some cases, school districts may identify needs for follow-up consultation and technical assistance to meet specific needs. CES consultants have already begun working to support specific initiatives identified by districts in areas including:
Please contact Sharon Jones if your school or district has identified the need for additional support.
Among some of the initial resources that we would offer here that will help to introduce this work are the following:
This video introduces some of the resources in the Massachusetts state equity plan, and the Equity Playbook. (7:46 minutes)
Frameworks for Inclusive Practice: Video (5:39 minutes)