March/April 2017 Professional Development Events

Date: March 7, 2017             MCAS 2.0 Changes to Accommodations

PDG: Education Directors (open to all members)

Time: 10:00 am – 12 noon    Click here to register

Location: Best Western, Marlborough, MA

Daniel Weiner, DESE, will be on hand to review and demonstrate the new accommodations available with the MCAS 2.0 test.  He will also address any technology concerns folks may have. With the new test there have been several changes to accommodations including some non-standard ones. Because of this we specifically asked Dan to address those with Education Directors.

Facilitator: Dan Weiner, DESE


March 16, 2017                      A conversation with EEC

PDG:                                      Residential and Clinical Directors

Time: 10am-12noon              Click here to register

Location: Best Western, Marlborough

A conversation with EEC on latest findings in licensing, updates on licensing procedures, what’s new with restraint and seclusion.  If you have specific questions, please get them to Ginnie at by March 7.

Facilitator:  Tim Keane, EEC



Making Meetings Matter and Memorable and Trainer Tips for Non-Trainers!

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 hours do you spend running and managing meetings and facilitating training each month? Are these events productive, meaningful, fun? As the meeting leader or presenter do you feel skilled at effectively managing the participants and the process?  Come join your colleagues for this action packed, experiential day-long session designed to give you the “WOW” factor when running meetings or presentations.

This workshop provides an overview of planning, organizing and facilitating effective meetings and trainings. Topics will include:

  • Five key attributes of effective meeting management
  • Tips and tools for establishing agendas and training outlines
  • Challenges and barriers to operating successful meetings and trainings.
  • Skills and attributes of effective facilitators and trainers.

Facilitator: Beth Skidmore, President & CEO, Skidmore Consulting, Chelmsford, MA