September 28th

posted Oct 2, 2011, 6:43 AM by
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The Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), along with the Sudbury SEPAC has requested that I pass on this invitation for you to attend their annual Special Education Basic Rights Workshop. The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) · Massachusetts Special Education Law and · No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child's school to decide their child's eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child's progress in school.
Date/Time: Monday, October 3, 2011 7-9 p.m. Location: Fowler School Library, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754 Maynard: Jennifer O'Leary
A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct this workshop. Federation workshops are free to parents and open to the public. You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community.

I strongly urge everyone to attend. As a veteran educator, it has become apparent to me that when parents and the schools work together, student success increases.

We have been working this week on the Race to the Top competitive continuation grant. This grant is only eligible to those districts that won the first round implementation of the Race to the Top grant last year. The Maynard school community rallied around this initiative last year and won it. It is important to note that this grant requires school committee, administration and teachers union support. By winning this grant, the school community has demonstrated their collegiality and collaborative relationship toward improving our educational system.
The grant we have submitted this week will provide funds for the current school year and the following two years (FY12, FY13, & FY14). These funds were designed to jump start communities on national and state mandates that will be required by FY14. The important projects that we will focus on include:
1.    Implementing the Statewide Educator Evaluation Frameworks
2.    Re-aligning the current curriculum to the new Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
3.    Strengthening the climate, condition, and school culture.
4.    Creating near-real-time access to data in the State Education Data Warehouse by implementing the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF)
5.    Implement elements of the statewide teaching and learning system.

As you can see, these are aggressive improvement strategies that we will focus on with or without the grant funding. Unfortunately, funding usually allows these types of initiatives to move forward more quickly. The Maynard School Community is committed to improving our schools and providing an exemplary education in our region.