Fostering a Positive School Culture

Student Voice at the Center of School Culture

October 21, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Brian Harrigan, MEd, MPP, Principal, Natick High School, Natick, MA, AthenaK12 Speaker

Webinar Description
To build a positive school culture, where everyone feels valued, respected and inspired to thrive, students need to be vocal and active partners. It is essential to activate and amplify student voices. This webinar will explore the importance of student voice and the many ways that Principals and Assistant Principals create the space and norms for students to make a meaningful impact on school culture.

About the Speaker
Brian Harrigan, MEd, MPP is the Principal of Natick High School, a position that he has held since 2015. He loves the energy, creativity and vision of high school students. Brian believes that the most challenging issues in the world are better solved by young people, with the structure and support of their trusted adults. He promotes a positive school culture that is mutually respectful, equitable, inclusive and welcoming to all students. He is proud to run a school where students are challenged, supported and feel a sense of belonging. During his time in Natick, Mr. Harrigan has overseen significant improvements in academic achievement and student engagement by investing in educator growth and collegiality, expanding AP and co-taught classes, adding RTI workshops for struggling learners, ensuring equitable access for all students and dramatically expanding extracurricular offerings.

Mr. Harrigan leads a cultural exchange program with Starfish International, a school for girls in The Gambia, West Africa. Students and staff involved in the exchange are ambassadors of hope, creating a better world through education and sisterhood. It is one of the many ways that Natick High School is helping students become authentic global citizens. Prior to Natick, Brian was the Assistant Principal at Westwood High School where he designed and implemented the Senior Independent Project Program (SIPP),an experiential course designed to provide seniors with the opportunity to pursue a topic they are passionate about outside the traditional curriculum - working with a mentor to develop essential questions, perform research, create and implement a project plan, gain meaningful real-world experience related to their topic and share their results with the greater community.

Mr. Harrigan earned a Bachelor's of Arts from Amherst College, Master’s of Education from Catholic University, Master’s of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and Master’s of Educational Leadership from Boston College. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education from Boston College. Mr. Harrigan was the captain and catcher on the Amherst College baseball team. He is an avid runner, completing 15 marathons at an ever slower pace. Mr. Harrigan lives in Hopkinton with his wife and two teenage daughters. He is a better parent and principal as life and work come together every day.

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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.

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