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Welcome colleagues,
We are proud to announce the release of the 46th issue of Voices in Urban Education (VUE). CCE has partnered with Annenberg Institute for School Reform on the topic of  Performance Assessment: Fostering the Learning of Teachers and Students.

The issue makes the case that performance assessment is a powerful lever for progressive school change. Featuring case studies, interviews, profiles, and passionate advocacy, the VUE issue shines a spotlight on the best work happening in the assessment field. We invite you to download a PDF or read the articles online.


Dan French 
Executive Director
Summer Offerings at CCE

CCE is excited to offer two professional development opportunities this summer. 

Our Quality Performance Assessment team welcomes you to join us at our annual Summer Institute this July 17 - 20 at Simmons College in Boston. Educators from across the country will gather to learn and apply our Quality Performance Assessment model by designing performance tasks through the lens of equity and cultural responsiveness.

The Essential Personalized Learning Institute, August 7 - 9 at the Holiday Inn in Dedham, is an exciting new professional development workshop for educators and administrators. Our EPL staff will work with participants to bring personalized learning to their schools. Participants will also benefit from: 
  • A 25% discount for additional registrants from a single district (first one pays full price, all others are discounted)
  • Participants may be eligible for Title I funds
  • Participants will be awarded up to 16 PDPs
Supporting Family Engagement in New Hampshire
On May 9 th, Richard Feistman, CCE's senior research associate, attended the University of New Hampshire's Family and Community Engagement Conference for Educators and Related Professionals . As a featured speaker, he came to the event with the goal of assisting educators in developing and sustaining authentic partnerships between families and schools.  R ichard focused on several New Hampshire organizations that support family and community engagement (FCE).

Richard also advised that sustained FCE programming involves dedicated time and responsibility at the local level. Participants explored their districts' policy on family and community engagement, job responsibilities related to FCE, and plans for annual evaluation of FCE efforts. Perhaps the most rewarding part of the experience was seeing several groups take their initial steps toward developing and sustaining authentic partnerships between families and schools.

If you have questions about improving your family and community engagement efforts you can reach Richard at rfeistman@ccebos.org.

A Vision for Personalized Learning in Massachussetts
In this White Paper,  A Vision for Personalized Learning in Massachusetts , the Center for Collaborative Education's Dan French and Diana Lebeaux examine the educational context of Massachusetts and opportunities for transformation. 

The paper investigates the commonwealth's strong reputation for educational achievement to reveal entrenched  achievement gaps and to suggest that the very measures we use to evaluate schools and students do not align with important  indicators of preparation for college, career, and civic life in the 21st century. 

Our Blog Excerpt 
Guest author Arthur Baraf, principal at Met High School in Rhode Island, shows how he makes time to teach a course every trimester to stay connected to teachers and students: 

To be a great school leader, one must constantly think about great instruction and deeper student learning. Too often, once a teacher becomes an administrator they become disconnected from the work of teaching students. 

Read Arthur Baraf's post, A Principal in the Classroom: Utilizing Innovative Student-Centered Learning Practices.
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