On October 28, approximately 300 educators representing more than 70 school districts as well as scholars, policy makers and education thought leaders gathered in Marlborough, Massachusetts to share the latest information about major education policies and initiatives. While the conference focused on Common Core State Standards (CCSS), related matters such as educator evaluation, innovation schools, tools for 21st century teaching, and interest-based collective bargaining were addressed in a series of breakout sessions.
The opening plenary session featured Susan Moore Johnson, Jerome T. Murphy Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education. The title of her talk was “Ensuring that Teacher Evaluation Provides Both Support and Assessment.”
A second plenary session, “Labor and Management Working Together to Implement the Common Core,” featured Kathleen Skinner, director of the Center for Education Policy and Practice, Massachusetts Teachers Association; John Doherty, superintendent of the Reading School District; and Robert Mooney, president of the Reading Teachers Association.
Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Education Association Foundation and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Massachusetts Education Partnership is led by a board composed of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts, and four research institutions-University of Massachusetts Boston, Northeastern University, MIT, and the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy.