September 14, 2016
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The MSLA Executive Board met virtually on September 14 to review and vote on the new strategic plan, to discuss a language change in the reimbursement policy regarding travel, to learn about implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and to talk about upcoming Professional Learning Committee offerings.
Members voted a second time to approve the updated Strategic Plan, which linked here and is now posted on the MSLA website.
Policy Language Change
The Board discussed changing the current language on the travel reimbursement policy to be more specific and to encourage members to use economy in securing hotel and flight accommodations when events are going to be reimbursed by MSLA.
The committee is working with Rosen Publishing and Every Library to write policy and be included as stakeholders in the state’s implementation plans. Currently members are working in subcommittees to identify priorities for DESE, and need a few more people, ideally from the Board, to help on this committee.
Better Together was a big success. The next event is MSLA EdCamp on November 5 in Western Mass at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School. Registration for this event is at http://bit.ly/edccampmsla16 and opens on October 1 and is open to all members of the learning community. There are two courses led by MSLA members that are offered through EDCO this fall: ELL and SPED. The ELL course will be led by Judi Paradis and a colleague, who are substituting while Karen Sekiguchi is ill, and the SPED course will be led by Barbara Fecteau. MSLA members pay the EDCO member fee for these MSLA led courses.
All 3 keynote speakers have been confirmed for the May 2017 Conference: Mitali Perkins, Pernille Ripp, and Kristina Holzweiss. The Conference Subcommittee has put out a call on the listserv for sessions.