Fostering a Positive School Culture

Family Partnerships and Communication in K-8 Schools

November 23, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: Shoshy Starr, M.Ed., AthenaK12 Speaker

Webinar Description
Designed for department heads, curriculum directors and other teacher leaders, this webinar will present the rationale and examples for using protocols to engage all participants in an equitable and productive dialogue during meetings. It's often a challenge to ensure that all voices are heard and respected while simultaneously making the meeting productive. Protocols can be used in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes. It's essential to match the protocol to the purpose and to have a "tool box" of effective protocols to use. This interactive webinar will engage participants in developing greater understanding about the power of protocols.

About the Speaker
Shoshy Starr, M.Ed. has been working in the field of special education for over 27 years, working in a myriad of roles including a classroom and special education teacher in Natick Public Schools, an instructional coach in Boston and Wellesley Public Schools, and a college instructor at Boston University, Salem State University, Wheelock College and Framingham State University. Shoshy’s greatest passion is helping teachers, teacher leaders, and school leaders improve their practice. For more than 16 years, Shoshy has consulted in literacy, mathematics, special education, curriculum, instructional coaching, and teacher leadership in prek-12 urban, suburban, public and private districts across Massachusetts. She has also been a researcher for the University of Delaware on the moves of instructional coaches and their impact. She holds a Masters degree in Special Education from American University and a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar.

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
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