MEP Conference: Leading K-12 Innovation through Labor-Management Collaboration

Join other Massachusetts education leaders for a day of learning and sharing.

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Plenary Speaker: Greg Anrig, Vice President, The Century Foundation and author of “Beyond the Education Wars: Evidence that Collaboration Builds Effective Schools.”

Greg Anrig is vice president of policy and programs at The Century Foundation and the author of Beyond the Education Wars: Evidence That Collaboration Builds Effective Schools. Since 1994, he has been responsible for overseeing The Century Foundation’s projects on public policy as well as its fellows. His previous book was The Conservatives Have No Clothes: Why Right-Wing Ideas Keep Failing (John Wiley & Sons, 2007). In addition, he co-edited a number of Century Foundation publications: (with Tova Andrea Wang) Immigration’s New Frontiers: Experiences from the Emerging Gateway States (The Century Foundation Press, 2006), and (with Richard C. Leone): Liberty Under Attack: Reclaiming Our Freedoms in an Age of Terror (PublicAffairs, 2007);The War on Our Freedoms: Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism (PublicAffairs, 2003); and Social Security Reform: Beyond the Basics (The Century Foundation Press, 1999). Previously, he was a staff writer and Washington correspondent for Money magazine.

Conference Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 Registration; Breakfast Buffet

8:30 -8:40 Welcome

  • Glenn Koocher, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of School Committees
  • Paul Toner, President, Massachusetts Teachers Association

8:40 – 9:45 Massachusetts Education Partnership Activities: the First Two Years

  • Thomas A. Kochan, Co-Director, Institute of Work and Employment Research, MIT
  • Barry Bluestone, Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University
  • Chad d’Entremont, Executive Director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy
  • Nancy E. Peace, Executive Director, Massachusetts Education Partnership

9:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 11:00 Plenary Session: Greg Anrig, Vice President, The Century Foundation, “Beyond the Education Wars: Evidence that Collaboration Builds Effective Schools.”

11:10 – 12:30 WORKSHOPS

1. Piloting PARCC: Lessons from District-/School-wide trial in Burlington and Revere
2. Collaborating to Expand Teacher and Student Time in School: The Impact of Expanded Learning Time Across Massachusetts
3. Why You May Want to Consider Using an Interest-Based Approach When Negotiating Your Next Collective Bargaining Agreement
4. Making Space: The Importance of Building Structures for Teacher Collaboration
5. DCP Working Session 1 (Planning Time for Members of DCP District Teams)

12:30-1:30 LUNCH SESSION
A Conversation about Education Policy:

Moderator: Chad d’Entremont, Executive Director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy
Panelists:

  • Maura O. Banta, Chair, Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Tom Gosnell, President, American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts
  • Glenn Koocher, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of School Committees
  • Tom Scott, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
  • Paul Toner, President, Massachusetts Teachers Association

1:40-3:00 WORKSHOPS

6. District Capacity Project: What Does It Mean to Build Capacity and How Can It Drive Student Success in Your School District?
7. The Role of Community Partners in Fostering and Sustaining Collaborations to Support Students, Families and Educators
8. A Look Under the Hood: MEP’s Interest Based Bargaining Training Program
9. Leveraging Labor-Management Working Groups to Support Educator Evaluation Systems
10. Kids can do a whole lot more than you thought! Collaboration is key to getting there!

3:10-3:30 Future Directions for MEP: a Structured Dialog with Conference Participants

  • What MEP programs should be continued?
  • What else might MEP do to improve collaboration and student achievement?

(Participants will work together in small groups with a facilitator.)

3:30 Conference adjourns

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