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October 16-17, 2018

The 12th Annual Showcase of Model School Programs and Promising Practices features topics related to Accreditation in K-12 public schools and career and technical schools/centers. 

Sign up for one or both days - reserve your spot now!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Special Pre-conference Program
9:00 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - Showcase
8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center
219 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 

Hotel Accommodations
If overnight accommodations are required, please note that you must make reservations on your own. A discounted hotel rate of $145.00 is available for conference attendees. Please use the Westford Regency Inn's online system to book your room.

Please refer to the registration page for options and fees. The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, all sessions, and program materials; however, attendees who wish to participate in interactive sessions or access materials online should bring their own device.

Pre-conference - Tuesday, October 16th

A Vision for Learning 

The full- and half-day pre-conference workshops will give participants opportunities for in-depth, interactive learning experiences. The focus of the day is on creating a vision for your learning community by using the NEASC Standards as the foundation to transform your plans for growth into reality.

Program Overview

8:30–9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00–11:30 a.m. Half-Day Session I

12:15–2:45 p.m. Half-Day Session II

9:00 a.m.–2:45 p.m. Full-Day Session

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lunch

Participants will attend either one full-day or two half-day sessions. 

Full-day session

Building and Implementing a Vision of the Graduate
Abby Benedetto, Deeper Learning Coach, Envision Learning Partners

Half-Day Sessions

Inquiry and Project-based Assessment — from Grassroots to Grasstops
Francis W. Parker Essential Charter School, MA
and the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR)

NEASC 2020: A Vision for Learning

Understanding and Using the NEASC Survey Data 
Tripod Associates

Showcase - Wednesday, October 17th

The Showcase is designed to give participants a chance to learn directly from their peers at accredited schools. The programs featured in the Showcase each year are based on current research, best practice, and the NEASC Commission on Public Schools' Standards for Accreditation. 

Program Overview

7:45–8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Showcase Structure

9:00–10:15 a.m. Session I

10:30–11:45 a.m. Session II

11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Presentation

1:30–2:45 p.m. Session III

Welcome and Showcase Structure

Greetings and an overview of the day's program by George Edwards, Director of the NEASC Commission on Public Schools.

Session Topics

Multiple topics will be offered for each of the three 75 minute sessions. Please note that topics may be subject to change as final Showcase details are confirmed. Please make sure to check back for updates.

From Treadmill to Windmill: Transforming the Schedule to Incorporate Personalization and Choice
Andover High School, MA

Streamline Your Learning Walks: Providing Timely and Immediate Feedback
Portsmouth High School, RI

Learning Cycles: Locally-grown Curriculum Writing and Validation
Ipswich Public Schools, MA

Addressing Issues of Race, Bias, and Privilege in an (almost) All White School
Sutton High School, MA

Be the Change: Acknowledging and Eradicating White Privilege in Library Collections and Curriculum
Middletown High School, CT

Strengthen Your Core: The Importance of Dynamic and Vibrant Core Values and Beliefs 
Lincoln High School, RI

High School 3.0: The Impact of Student Voice and Choice on Whole-school Redesign
Newfound Regional High School, NH

Change Agents: Counseling Today’s High School Student
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, MA

Fostering an Effective Competency-based Learning High School: A Case Study
Sanborn Regional High School, NH

The Delivery of Student Services: A Journey from What Is to What Should Be
Fairhaven Public Schools, MA

How a Schedule Changed the Learning Environment
Natick High School, MA

Promoting Educational Equity: The Power of Student Voice
Fairfield Warde High School, CT

Promoting Authentic Learning through External Partnerships
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, MA

Engage, Empower, Educate: A real Alternative to Student Success
Belfast High School, ME

Luncheon and Keynote Presentation

John Clements, 2017 MSAA Principal of the Year

Principal, Nipmuc Regional High School; NEASC Commissioner, 2011-2016

John Clements A key to living an inspired life is to find role models — people who motivate us and help us to find ourselves in the process. John Clements is one of those people. Recognized by MSAA and NASSP as a principal who demonstrates exemplary contributions to education, John will share his experiences and insights as our 2018 keynote speaker.


For more information

If you have questions about this year's event, or are interested in presenting next year, please contact:

Kathy Montagano, Associate Director, Commission on Public Schools


Bill Wehrli, Associate Director, Commission on Public Schools

Registration is open

Registration is now open. Sign up for one or both days. We look forward to seeing you in October!