Massachusetts ASCD supports instructional, curriculum and policy leaders in many ways. Members include school and college teachers, department heads, principals, curriculum directors, superintendents, and policy makers.
Massachusetts ASCD’s mission is to promote quality teaching and learning by fostering instructional and curriculum leadership. MASCD is the recipient of the 2007 ASCD Affiliate Overall Excellence Award.
MASCD leads a grassroots campaign to promote Whole Child education: all children healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Activities include presentations at conferences, collaboration with educational and community organizations, and direct work in schools, especially developing student leadership skills to advocate for more engaging, student-centered learning experiences.
MASCD is a founding member of the Working Group for Educator Excellence, helping develop and garner support efforts to promote educator excellence. Activities include policy work to establish high standards, supports and accountability for teachers and administrators, a joint project with the DESE to articulate the knowledge base on high expertise teaching, and a pilot project with three school districts strengthening the locally-controlled systems that contribute to educator expertise. The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering new standards for educator evaluation that the WGEE helped develop (Spring 2011).
MASCD led a state-wide task force for High School Redesign and supports ongoing high school reform.
MASCD maintains dialogue with policy makers on issues affecting education and provides information to inform their thinking. MASCD has published FOCUS on Teacher Quality…Not By Certification Alone; Using Student Work to Ensure High Quality Teaching;Learning Communities: A New Definition of Professional Development; and Fit for Learning: A Call to Action.Position statements, MASCD Speaks, include The Framework for History and Social Science: Charting a New Course and Multiple Measures of Assessment.
MASCD sponsors professional development programs and dialogue on teacher leadership, curriculum development, and effective instruction and assessment. MASCD also collaborates with other professional organizations and the Massachusetts Departments of Education. MASCD co-sponsors the Northeast ASCD Affiliate Conference, held annually in Boston the first weekend in December, the Leadership Licensure Program for principals, curriculum directors and superintendents (LLP) and the Teacher Leadership Certificate Online program (TLC). The LLP has graduated hundreds of practicing administrators since its inception in 2002. All leadership programs offer the option of graduate degrees. The LLP for aspiring superintendents is part of the Boston College doctoral program.
MASCD publishes a journal and books, and offers several ways for educators to network and to express their views through the web site.Perspectives provides a forum for idea exchange and new developments in education. MASCD books include Mission Possible: Reaching All Learners with Technology,Using State Frameworks to Develop Quality Curricula for Massachusetts Schools,Beyond Technology…Learning With the Wired Curriculum and Teaching: A Career, A Profession. Beyond Technology and Teaching have received the ASCD excellence awards.
MASCD is governed by a board of directors comprised of curriculum and instructional leaders. Volunteers assist in many ways. A strategic plan guides the Association’s work. An endowment provides long-term financial stability.
MASCD is an affiliate of ASCD, a diverse worldwide community of educators forging covenants in teaching and learning for the success of each learner.