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House Budget Supports C766 Schools in FY’18 Budget

The House budget finalized earlier this week proposed a $40.3 billion budget that includes support for Chapter 766 (C766) school students, teachers, staff and families! The House budget also proposed a 2.2 percent increase in Chapter 70 education aid and a 3.9 percent unrestricted local aid increase to cities, towns and school districts. This is great…

Last chance to join us!

39th Annual maaps Conference & Vendor Exposition with Leadership Strand on Friday, May 5, 2017 @ Best Western, Marlborough, MA Visit www.maaps.org to register The following workshops are sold out: A1, A5, A11, B1, C1, C2 & C8  Click Here to download the program announcement (include link to paper registration) The maaps 2017 Annual Conference…

New Licensure Course Option through FSU

maaps is pleased to announce a new partnership with Framingham State University (FSU) to provide on-line courses which can be used in the following ways towards educator licensure: Assist teachers currently on a waiver in meeting the Competency/Continuous Progress Requirements of the license for moderate disabilities. Each 4-week course can be used as 1 point…

Workforce Taskforce Members Recommended Reading

Back in the day when bookstores were commonplace you could usually find a shelf labeled “Staff Favorites”.  This new feature of the maaps news bulletin is something like that!  The members of the Taskforce will periodically offer books or articles that they and their colleagues have found helpful in their work.  Here are the first…

Four Ways to Manage Conflict in the Workplace

by Katie Shonk on April 10, 2017 Originally published in Harvard’s Program on Negotiation News Bulletin. Samantha was livid. While making a presentation during a meeting that both attended, Brad, a newcomer in her department, had shared some slides during a presentation that were clearly based on ideas for a project she’d shared with him…

maaps ‘Invite Your Legislator to School Day’ Visits, Legislative Meeting Series in Full Swing

More than 45 legislators and 45 staff members visit member schools and attend State House Briefing With the release of the House Ways and Means Committee Budget on April 12th now less than a month away and the House budget debate set to take place the week of April 24th, maaps is continuing its efforts…

April 2017 Professional Development Activities

April 2017 Professional Development Activities LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FINAL SESSION:   Date:                           April 14, 2017 Time:                          8:30 Registration                                     9:00 am – 12 noon (lunch on your own) 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Location:                    Best Western, Marlborough, MA Registration fee:        $55.00 maaps members, $110.00 Non-members                                     Click here to register How many…

Register Now – Workshops are filling up!

39th Annual maaps Conference & Vendor Exposition with Leadership Strand on Friday, May 5, 2017 @ Best Western, Marlborough, MA Visit www.maaps.org to register The maaps 2017 Annual Conference on Friday May 5th will host over 30 workshops including a dedicated strand of topics for leaders. In addition, there will be networking opportunities with 800+…

Are Your Best Employees Looking to Leave?

by Jim Harter and Amy Adkins First appeared on www.gallup.com on February 21, 2017 For the complete article click here Story highlights: Not all workers are benefiting from expanded job opportunities On the positive side, hiring has picked up Workers’ optimism about employment opportunities is rising  This is the first article in a two-part series….

Have your students taken the tutorial for MCAS 2.0?

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) has released Student Tutorials for MCAS 2.0 Computer Based Testing (CBT) and Practice Tests (CBT and PBT) in preparation for spring 2017 MCAS paper and computer-based testing for grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics. ESE strongly recommends that C766 schools have all students view the tutorial…

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