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Welcome colleagues,
As we head into the New Year at full speed, we are faced with great uncertainty when we look at the future of public education under a new presidential administration that proposes policies that could widen opportunity gaps for English language l earner , Black, Latino, and low-income students. 

While these are certainly troubling times, we mustn't forget that our voices have power. Over the past few months, we have seen protests and new  initiatives  that have taken important steps to close these gaps. Here in Massachusetts, we voted down a statewide plan to raise the charter school cap by a wide-margin. I address efforts like these and CCE's rededication to our most important work in my latest blog post, The Road to Democratic Education in 2017 Now is the time to rally behind our principles and continue our push for equitable and excellent public schools. 


Dan French 
Executive Director
Quality Performance Assessment Summer Institute
Join us at our QPA Summer Institute Online Info Session
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 3:30 - 4:00 pm
This 30-minute online info session is the perfect opportunity to learn more about CCE's 
Quality Performance Assessment  program and our upcoming  QPA Summer Institute , being held on July 17-20, 2017 in Boston, MA. 

At the info session, we will provide an overview of QPA Summer Institute and what you can expect to experience and learn during the four-day workshop. A Q&A portion will be held at the end for educators to submit questions, which will be answered live.

MA Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment
We're excited to announce the official launch of the MA Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment   (MCIEA), a partnership of Massachusetts public school districts and their local teacher unions,  joined together to create a fair and effective accountability system that offers a more dynamic picture of students and schools than a standardized test . MCIEA's system focuses on a school quality framework that includes multiple measures of student engagement, student achievement, and school environment, and emphasizes performance assessments in the classroom to measure students' deeper mastery of content and skills. Participating districts include Attleboro, Boston, Lowell, Revere, Somerville, and Winchester; CCE serves as MCIEA's coordinating organization. 

MCIEA Legislative Briefing
Senator Patricia Jehlen will be hosting a Legislative Briefing about MCIEA on Monday, January 30 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m at the Massachusetts State House. Superintendents, teachers, and leaders in education will be presenting on MCIEA's pilot program. The briefing is open to the public. For more information, please see the invitation.
Looking Back on January's MCIEA QPA Institute
On January 9, over 90 educators participating in 
MCIEA  came together for the first of four Quality Performance Assessment (QPA) Institute  days facilitated  by CCE. The QPA Institute days build educators' capacity to design, validate, and score high-quality assessments. This first institute focused on performance assessment design.

The day began with exploring exemplary performance  tasks in cross-district groups and culminated with schools beginning to brainstorm performance assessment designs. We heard some fantastic ideas during the brainstorm and are excited to see these ideas build into rigorous and engaging cross-curricular performance assessments! 

CCE coaches will be working with school teams and hosting virtual professional learning communities with team leaders before the next institute on  Wednesday, February 8 .
Our Blog Excerpt
Stacy Young, Director of the MA Personalized Learning Network, says farewell to the Coalition of Essential Schools, who closed their doors last month after years of service to the education community. 

"The Coalition of Essential Schools will be closing its doors permanently within the next few weeks. This is a sad loss for the world of education, but the small and mighty community of educators who embrace the Coalition and its principles will surely continue to keep the work at the forefront of the conversation. Twenty years later, I find the work that I was first introduced to in my cozy student teaching cohort in Southern Maine is still difficult and is still necessary."

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