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March 21st, 2019 School Health Services Update

By Andree EntezariMarch 21st, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We were honored to host over 100 nurses new to School Nursing at the BU SHIELD Foundations program this week!  School nursing, as a professional specialty, is expanding in both its requirements for the practice of school nursing as well the need for more well educated nurses to meet the increasing demands of the students we serve. BU SHIELD is serving this need with its program offerings and the subject matter experts providing education and training to these new nurses.  We welcome them to our practice…and want to be sure they are all well-prepared for the 21st century role of the school nurse!

 This past Tuesday, March 19th was also National Certified Nurse’s Day for all nursing specialties.  As a School Nurse, you are an accomplished nursing professional, deserving of recognition for your contributions to health care. Certification helps open the door to leadership opportunities, increased salary, and many more benefits. This is step all School Nurses should consider toward life-long learning. Get acknowledged for the things that you do every day. Please see the NBCSN website at:

https://www.nbcsn.org/ for more information

 Don’t forget the Northeast Region School Nurse Recruitment Event tomorrow (Friday, March 22nd) at the Northern Essex Community College!  All are welcome!  See the attached flyer for more information! Please see the announcements below for several important updates!  Thank you for all you do, every day, to keep our students healthy and safe!

Mary Ann and the School Health Team

  “Managers are people who do things right, and leaders are people who do the right thing.” –Warren Bennis, business consultant 

SCHOOL NURSES IN THE NEWS!

Congratulations to Shanyn A Toulouse, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN, Regional School Nurse Consultant for the Northeast, on the award of a $20,000 grant on behalf of Prevent Blindness, for the  Better Vision Together Community of Practice from the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health project titled Vision Screening in Young Children for the City of Haverhill Promise of Childrens Vision Team!  Shanyn has led the efforts for better vision screening and to improve children’s vision and eye health and care for all children statewide!   We are so proud of Shanyn and the work she and her  team is doing to improve children’s vision!

2019 IMMUNIZATION UPDATES REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

VIEW THE TRAINING CALENDAR AND REGISTER FOR AN IN-PERSON TRAINING EVENT OR A WEBINAR HERE:

Immunization Updates 2019 Training Calendar

Topics will include:

  • MIIS updates, including ways to improve data quality and bi-directionality
  • VFC compliance/vaccine storage and handling (meets the annual VFC training requirement)
  • Updates to the 2019 childhood and adult immunization schedules
  • School immunization data
  • Current trends in the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases

Please note the following for the in-person session at the State Lab in Jamaica Plain:

  • There is NO PARKING available at the Jamaica Plain State Lab facility.
  • The cafeteria is temporarily closed, there will be no food or drink available for purchase- attendees are welcome to bring their own.
  • There will be security screening, please bring as few personal items as possible.

Vaccine Confidence Project
Join us for updates on Vaccine Confidence in Massachusetts, and hear from other providers and advocates.
All are welcome!

 

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK PROFESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: OPEN TO ALL SCHOOL HEALTH PERSONNEL
Happy Social Work Month! In honor of social work month we would like to recognize the BU SSW alumnus who had the vision to found the Social Work in Education Program and has supported it the past few years. We also want to recognize the invaluable work you do as social workers by offering a 25% discount with the discount code SSWMONTH at checkout on the following seminars:

March 25th – Postvention: Responding to Schools and Communities Following Adolescent Suicide

March 29th – Who Decides? Using Shared Decision Making to Effectively Engage Adolescents and Young Adults in Treatment Services and Supports

 

April 2nd – Creating safe spaces for adolescents in school settings and Supports

 

April 9th – The Special Education Process (IEP’s and other handy dandy information)

REGISTRATION FOR APRIL 4TH SCHOOL-BASED MEDICAID PROGRAM TRAINING RELATED TO REIMBURSABLE SERVICES OPEN!
As previously announced in an email on March 7th, MassHealth, in conjunction with UMass Medical School, will offer a training to share critical information related to Reimbursable Services billed through interim claiming and moments marked as “in accordance with program guidelines” in the Random Moment Time Study.  The training will build upon information shared in the recently published “Direct Service Interim Claiming Guide” available online at www.mass.gov/info-details/sbmp-resource-center.

We are now registering for the April 4thtraining. There will be 2 sessions, morning and afternoon, as well as a livestream option. Please follow the link included below to register for a session. One submission should be made per school district / vendor by: 03/22/2019. Registration is required for those attending on-site and via livestream. Due to limited seating capacity at UMass, we can only accommodate one LEA/vendor employee in attendance on-site. We are actively exploring alternative locations for future trainings  to accommodate more in-person participants. Thank you for your patience and understanding of our current capacity constraints. Information about connecting to the livestream, along with a participant ID and passcode and any training materials will be sent out to confirm livestream participant registrations several days prior to the training date.  

Registration Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QJJHP6Y   Further details can be found on the registration form.

AAA TRAFFIC SAFETY POSTER & VIDEO CONTEST 

Students in grades K-12 from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island can enter.

To be eligible, all poster and video entries must be postmarked by April 5, 2019.

Poster entries must follow these guidelines to be considered:

  • Size may not exceed 11″ x 17″
  • The theme must adhere to the proper grade level category
  • Posters must be submitted by mail

Video entries must follow these guidelines to be considered:

  • Videos can only be accepted from students in grades 9-12
  • Entries must be submitted in .mpg, .avi or .mp4 format and not exceed 20MB
  • Submissions cannot be longer than 60 seconds in length
  • Videos can be submitted either by mail on a flash drive or disc, or emailed to: postercontest@aaanortheast.com

Poster entries will be judged on a state-by-state basis. A first- ($300), second- ($200) and third-place ($100) poster winner will be selected from each of the three grade levels for each of the five states — for a total of nine poster winners per state. All first-place entries in each grade level (K-4, 5-8 and 9-12) from the five states will then be eligible for an additional $1,000 grand prize.

Online voting for the grand prize will take place between April 22–30. AAA members and the public are eligible to vote, but only one vote per person, per day will be allowed.

Contest winners will be announced on May 10, 2019.

How to Enter Grades K-12 can submit a hand-drawn or digitally created poster, no larger than 11” x 17”, vertical or horizontal.

Students in grades 9-12 also have the option to submit a short video, not more than 60 seconds in length.

All entries must focus on a theme from the appropriate category below:

Grades K-4:

Pedestrian & child passenger safety

  • Play away from traffic
  • Booster seat use
  • School bus safety
  • Getting to school safely

Grades 5-8:

Passenger,

pedestrian & bike safety

  • Buckle up/seat belt use
  • Don’t distract the driver
  • Bike safety
  • Walking to school
  • Be aware of traffic
  • Obey the AAA School Safety Patrol/crossing guards

Grades 9-12:

Safe driving practices

  • Distracted driving
  • Texting or cellphone use
  • Speeding/aggressive driving
  • Alcohol and/or drug awareness
  • Drowsy driving

All entries must be postmarked mailed to the following address:

AAA Northeast Traffic Safety

1415 Kellum Place

Garden City, NY 11530

Complete rules can be found at AAA.com/PosterContest. Attached is the contest flyer.

REGIONAL CONSULTANT CONTACT INFORMATION:

EOHHS Region NAME OFFICE PHONE CELL PHONE EMAIL
State Epidemiologist 617-983-6800 For Calls Related to Infectious Disease and Immunizations ONLY.
Central Cynthia Tomlin 978-567-6250, ext. 10142 978-875-2009 lwaingortin@hudson.k12.ma.us  cltomlin@hudson.k12.ma.us
Metrowest Jill Connolly 781-848-4000, ext. 7841 781-603-7697 jill.connolly@braintreeschools.org
Northeast Shanyn Toulouse 978-420-1919 978-761-2307 shanyn.toulouse@haverhill-ps.org
Southeast Ann Linehan 508-580-7363 annlinehan@bpsma.org
West Diane Colucci 413-750-2511 colucci-hechtd@springfieldpublicschools.com

Mary Ann Gapinski, MSN, RN, NCSN

Director of School Health Services

MA Department of Public Health

250 Washington Street – 5th Floor

Boston, MA  02108

mary.gapinski@state.ma.us

Website: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/school-health-services

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March 15th, 2019 School Health Services Update

Dear Colleagues,

It was an inspiring, reflective and emotional day on Wednesday!  We heard from extraordinary School Nurse Leaders from across the state as to how they broke free of the “glass cage” to lead with courage, power and voice!  We listened to their stories of growth through their mistakes and their triumphs addressing the needs of their students and staff! We heard their strategies for dealing with difficult managers and co-workers.  We learned how they gathered, analyzed and used data to support their requests for additional staff and resources.  Many thanks to each of them, Jill Gasperini, Laurie Melchionda, Barbara Singer, Rita Casper, Pam Ciborowski, Cheryl Barczak, Debra McGovern, Cynthia Carbone, Marie Fahey, Phyllis DuComb, and Pamela Rivers for sharing their stories. A very special thank you to Tracy Rose-Tynes and Alison Brill who led the day with a  musical presentation that began the day in such a wonderful way! And thanks to those who honored our statewide Regional Consultants and members of the School Health Unit Team with their gifts of both praise and presents!

Next week we will be welcoming and beginning to orient nurses new to school nursing at the BU SHIELD Foundations program!  These are nurses who are beginning their journey toward leadership as a School Nurse and we look forward to working with them as they begin this process of growth in our chosen profession.  As you know, nurses seeking licensure as a School Nurse in Massachusetts must participate in a four-day training program that includes both online and classroom components.  In addition to this orientation, BU SHIELD is working to develop a School Nurse Mentor program with the School Nurse Empowerment Team (NET).  We look forward to implementing this program beginning as a pilot program under the direction of Beverly Heinze-Lacey, MPH, RN, Director of the BU SHIELD program, and the NET as we further address the need for strong School Nurse leaders in every school in Massachusetts!

Thank you to all who have assisted one another in our individual journeys to becoming School Nurse Leaders….in each of our school buildings, in our school districts and across the state!  Thank you for all you do- every day!

Mary Ann and the School Health Team

“It’s the rough side of the mountain that’s the easiest to climb; the smooth side doesn’t have anything for you to hang on to.” –Aretha Franklin, singer known as the Queen of Soul – March is Women’s History Month

SCHOOL NURSES IN THE NEWS!
Jamy Gaynor, Ed.D, MS, BSN, RN, FCCS, NCSN, a School Nurse in the Marlborough Public Schools successfully completed another milestone in her career – she passed the NCSN exam!  Congratulations, Jamy!

NORTHEAST REGION SCHOOL NURSE RECRUITMENT EVENT
Please see the attached recruitment poster for the Northeast Region that is being coordinated by Shanyn Toulouse, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN, Northeast Regional School Nurse Consultant!  Do you know an  RN with a BSN or working toward one?  Looking for a nursing career that requires a collaborative team approach? Already a DESE Licensed School Nurse looking for a change? Looking for a rewarding job working with children or teens? Have excellent assessment and communication skills? Enjoy a challenge and can work independently?  School Nurses in the Northeast Region will be hosting a Recruitement Event at Northern Essex Community College, Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill MA, on the March 22nd from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  The attached poster has more information….please distribute to family, friends and colleagues who may be interested!

2018-2019 PEDIATRIC ASTHMA & DIABETES SURVEY UPDATE
Thank you for your patience as we prepare this year’s survey, and apologies for the delay in getting it out to you sooner. We will begin emailing the survey out in the next week. If you elected to receive the survey by mail, you should receive it within the next few weeks. Again, thank you for your support in this project; we look forward to sharing the results with you.

UPDATE ON NATIONAL SHORTAGE OF CERTAIN EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTORS
The FDA has the most updated information on the shortage of certain epinephrine auto injectors. In October 2018, the FDA extended expiration dates for certain epinephrine auto-injectors as listed on this FDA page. (Scroll about halfway down the page to reach the information concerning epinephrine.)

SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES WEBPAGE
Racism and other systems of oppression negatively impact all students’ ability to learn and be healthy. School nurses are uniquely situated to address and reduce health disparities and racial inequities in schools, and work to increase access, equity, and opportunity for all students. Resources available to assist in these efforts can be found on the MDPH School Health website at: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/racial-equity-and-school-health


UPCOMING SBIRT TRAININGS:
SBIRT in Schools Introduction to Verbal Substance Use Screening (required for DESE initial School Nurse licensure):

  • 3/25/2019 in Ludlow MA
  • 4/8/2019 in Boston MA
  • 5/15/2019 in Dartmouth MA

Register here: SBIRT in Schools
For additional SBIRT trainings, including Implementation Essentials (for districts or schools who have never implemented SBIRT) and Mastering SBIRT (for districts or schools who have implemented SBIRT in the past and would like to deepen their skills) please complete the training request found at:  https://www.masbirt.org/training-request

SCHOOL-BASED MEDICAID PROVIDER TRAINING WEBINAR
MassHealth, in conjunction with UMass Medical School will offer a training to share critical information related to Reimbursable Services billed through interim claiming and moments marked as “in accordance with program guidelines” in the Random Moment Time Study. The training will build upon information shared in the recently published “Direct Service Interim Claiming Guide” available online at www.mass.gov/masshealth/schools.   Accordingly, we ask that you save the date to attend the Reimbursable Services for Interim Claiming & RMTS training in person or via phone/livestream.

What: Reimbursable Services for Interim Claiming & Random Moment Time Study Training

Who: Staff who support seeking reimbursement for Reimbursable Services, such as Random Moment Time Study (RMTS) Coordinators, Medicaid Billing Staff, Special Education Directors, Health Services Directors, Business Managers, etc.

Where: Via livestream, with limited capacity in person at UMass at 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

When: 04/04/2019

Why: To learn about Reimbursable Services requirements as it relates to Direct Service Claiming, including interim billing; Medicaid covered services; program compliance; service documentation; medical necessity; and the RMTS for Direct Service Practitioners. Information from this training directly relates to revenue claimable under the School-Based Medicaid Program.

What’s next? 

Stay tuned! Additional details and registration information to follow.  Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with appropriate individuals in your Local Education Agency. In addition, vendors will be notified of this training session. We highly recommend LEAs send an LEA employee to attend virtually or in person so LEAs fully understand program requirements as described by MassHealth. As a reminder, LEAs are obligated to understand and follow program requirements as described in the MassHealth-LEA provider contract. Additional specialty specific (e.g. physical therapy, behavioral health) trainings will be announced as dates are finalized.

THE PAX GOOD BEHAVIOR GAME TRAINING
The PAX Good Behavior Game Training is an evidence-based instruction is supported by the Massachusetts Departments of Public Health and Elementary and Secondary Education.  The one-day training (April 1 in N. Falmouth; April 2 in Leominster; April 3, Northampton; April 4 in Natick; or April 5 in Waltham), classroom materials, and implementation support will be offered at no charge. As a result of this training, the concepts of self-management and social skills are integrated into the regular curriculum by classroom teachers and increase the time-in-learning. Teacher stress is significantly decreased, and research has shown an improvement in academics. As you know, children’s success along these dimensions helps to prevent later alcohol, opioid, and other substance misuse.

Special Education personnel, Psychologists, School Adjustment Counselors, and Social Workers can often become effective supporters of this social and emotional learning process. Each person is asked to register individually as soon as possible (or by March 13, 2019) at one of these locations:

·   April 1, 2019 – N. Falmouth: http://www.cvent.com/d/q6qzkl
·   April 2, 2019 – Leominster: http://www.cvent.com/d/g6qzk1
·  April 3, 2019 – Northampton: http://www.cvent.com/d/c6qzkw
·  April 4, 2019 – Natick: http://www.cvent.com/d/v6qzkx
·  April 5 – Waltham: http://www.cvent.com/d/r6qzkc

Because this opportunity will be most meaningful coming from you, we ask that you also forward this to your team.  For more information on the SEL program visit Good Behavior Game.  For details on the Massachusetts initiative contact Kathleen Herr-Zaya at the Department of Public Health (Kathleen.Herr-Zaya@massmail.state.ma.us or 617-624-5143).  Please let us know your ideas and feedback.
If you have any questions relating to the registration, please contact: Marion Clark-Jalbert, Training Coordinator, AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.  Marion@adcare-educational.org

VACCINE SAFETY BASED ON EVIDENCE
The current measles outbreaks in the United States and elsewhere are being fueled by misinformation about the safety of vaccines. To help counter such misinformation, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine created a website that provides clear, concise, and evidence-based answers to questions about vaccine safety and other commonly asked questions about health and science.

PEDIATRIC ALLERGY & ASTHMA UPDATE NURSING CONFERENCE
Please see the attachment for information on the April 4th Pediatric Allergy & Asthma Update nursing conference.  The program is being held at the Forefront Center for Meetings & Conferences, 404 Wyman St., Waltham, MA.  02453.   There is still time to register!  The PayPal link in the flyer attached will allow you to pay with a PayPal account OR a regular credit/debit card.  IF you would rather pay by check, please just email me to register you and make checks payable to Children’s Hospital and mail to my attention, address below.

Purchase orders are accepted and must be on file by Thursday March 28th.  They can be faxed directly to me at 617-730-0591 or scanned and emailed to me as well.

Thank you!

CARING FOR ADOLESCENTS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
Join us for a free full day conference addressing the complex needs our adolescent population is facing today. The conference will include sessions given by leading experts in the field on substance use disorder screening, prevention, and treatment, concurrent mental health issues and trauma, social media, the role of the family, JUULing and marijuana.  It is free, has free CE’s and amazing providers with new knowledge and resources to be shared.

For more details and to register, visit: https://www.bmcobat.org/training/register/event/?id=117

Date:  April 12, 2019

Registration: 8:00 AM

Conference: 8:30 AM– 4:30 PM

Location:  Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot Street , Needham, Ma 02494

FREE!

Conference Highlights:

  • Screening, Prevention, and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
  • The Social Media Disconnect
  • JUULing, Vaping, and THC
  • Developmental Neurobiology and Evidence Based Treatment Options

CME Course Director: Daniel P. Alford, MD, Boston University School of Medicine

See attached flier for more information.

5TH ANNUAL MIAA MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT
Who Should Attend? Student Leaders, School Administrators, Wellness Coordinators and Educators, Athletic Directors, Coaches, Nurses, Guidance Personnel, Club Advisors,

School Resource Officers and anyone interested in learning more about effective model programs and best practices in wellness

Friday, April 26, 2019

Doubletree Hotel, Westborough, MA

Registration/Breakfast: 7:30am–8:15am

General Session: 8:15am–9:15am

Concurrent Sessions: 9:30am–12:20pm

Luncheon: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Fee: $55 per person  (Includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Materials)

5 PD Hours:  Content Area: Safe and Supportive Learning Environments

The Conference will feature three concurrent workshop sessions on:

  • Coping With Stress & Teen Depression
  • The Emotional Impact of ADHD and Effective Strategies for Instruction
  • Anxiety Disorders in Students
  • Meditation & Social/Emotional Awareness For Educators
  • Mind Over Media: The Fight for Mental Health
  • Student-Athletes & Mental Health
  • Teen Empowerment, Mindfulness & Resiliency
  • When Grief & Loss Affect a School Community
  • How to Cultivate Happiness
  •     The Brain, Trauma & Teens
  • The Role of the SRO & Student Mental Health Concerns
  • Bullying Prevention

There will also be an Exhibit Area with over 20+ wellness exhibitors

There is a 72-hour cancellation policy for this program.

Please direct all billing questions to the MSAA accounting department.

Contact: cbohmiller@miaa.net

 MASSACHUSETTS CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MCAAP) presents its Annual CME Edward Penn Lecture and Business Meeting:

Speaking Up For Kids: Pediatric Advocacy in Massachusetts

May 8, 2019 – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, MA

Overall Program Objectives :

Attendees will identify and master strategies and tools to effectively engage in legislative and other policy-making processes to advocate for child health.

Attendees will learn how to create a personal road map in order to engage in life course child health advocacy.

Attendees will learn how to leverage their child health expertise to advocate in face-to-face, social media and traditional media encounters with legislators, policy-makers and the public.

 Featured Speaker:  Mark Del Monte, JD, CEO/Executive Vice President (Interim) of the American Academy of Pediatrics “Advocacy and the Pediatrician: Optimal Health for All Children”

The AAP designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

To register, click here.

To access the full program outline, click here.

For more information, contact Cathleen Haggerty at chaggerty@mcaap.org

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL NURSES ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Registration & Room Block are now open for NASN 2019!

Please join us in Denver, CO, June 28 – July 1 (preconference June 27)

For more information, please visit:  https://www.nasn.org/nasn/programs/conferences/annual-conference

REGIONAL CONSULTANT CONTACT INFORMATION:

EOHHS Region NAME OFFICE PHONE CELL PHONE EMAIL
State Epidemiologist 617-983-6800 For Calls Related to Infectious Disease and Immunizations ONLY.
Central Cynthia Tomlin 978-567-6250, ext. 10142 978-875-2009 lwaingortin@hudson.k12.ma.us  cltomlin@hudson.k12.ma.us
Metrowest Jill Connolly 781-848-4000, ext. 7841 781-603-7697 jill.connolly@braintreeschools.org
Northeast Shanyn Toulouse 978-420-1919 978-761-2307 shanyn.toulouse@haverhill-ps.org
Southeast Ann Linehan 508-580-7363 annlinehan@bpsma.org
West Diane Colucci 413-750-2511 colucci-hechtd@springfieldpublicschools.com
Therese Blain 413-750-2007 blaint@springfieldpublicschools.com

 

Mary Ann Gapinski, MSN, RN, NCSN

Director of School Health Services

MA Department of Public Health

250 Washington Street – 5th Floor

Boston, MA  02108

mary.gapinski@state.ma.us

Website: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/school-health-services

DESE Update: March 8th, 2019

By Andree EntezariMarch 8th, 2019in DESE Updates

1. Math Pathways Regional Meetings:

The grades 9-16 Math Pathways Regional Meetings started this month and will run through April. The meetings follow the success of the 2018 Pathways Summit, a collaboration between DESE and the Department of Higher Education to lay the groundwork for implementing distinct math pathways for students. Participants at each regional meeting will communicate shifts that have already happened and frame the logistics for the project’s next phases, like adjusting the sequence and content of high school math to better align with recently adopted higher education pathways.

Participants should attend in teams, which could include teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, directors and math faculty. All members of the team must register individually.

Upcoming dates and locations are: •Friday, March 15 at Holyoke Community College,
•Friday, March 22 at Bridgewater State University, and
•Friday, April 26 at MassBay Community College in Wellesley Hills.

Picture of the Week:

On March 8, 2019, Commissioner Riley’s visits included trips to Nashoba Regional School District and Harvard Public Schools. Here, students at Hildreth Elementary School in Harvard speak to him about their work.

A boy and a girl stand on either side of Commissioner Riley, who is sitting or squatting at a table looking at plants and information about them. The girl is talking to him.

3. VISTA 2019 Survey Reminder:

The window for superintendents and principals to complete the 2019 Views of Instruction, State Standards, Teaching, and Assessment (VISTA) survey closes March 15. The response rates to date are very low in comparison to prior years, and DESE urges everyone to complete their surveys. The Department’s program offices rely on this annual survey to inform their work and plan how to support schools and districts. Please take the time to provide DESE with your feedback.

Superintendents and principals who have not received a survey or who are having difficulty accessing their surveys can contact the VISTA Study Help Desk at MAVISTA@westat.com. For help with questions about VISTA that are not related to access, please email Shelagh Peoples, the VISTA coordinator, at speoples@doe.mass.edu.

4. Kairos Conference:

Commissioner Riley will convene Kairos: Mapping Our Way Forward, a statewide conference to reimagine K-12 public education in Massachusetts, on Tuesday, March 19 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Campus Center. Registration is now full, but parts of the conference will be streamed online. More information is available at the conference website.

5. Webinar on Renewing a Professional License:

In DESE’s continued efforts to assist the many educators in Massachusetts who need to renew professional licenses by June 2019, the Office of Educator Licensure is offering webinars from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25 and from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Monday, April 1. Registration is open online. The webinars will review the license renewal requirements, including the minimum professional development points (PDPs) that academic educators must have in English as a second language, sheltered English immersion, bilingual education, special education, and diverse learning styles; the possible intersection of the Educator Plan and Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP); options for earning PDPs; PDPs’ point value; and the simple process of renewing a license online in ELAR.

Besides the webinars, other resources include the License Renewal Guidelines (download), Renewal FAQs, and the Massachusetts Educator Licensure Series video on license renewal.

6. Registration Open for Science and Math Institute:

The Department’s STEM Ambassadors have been working with educators across the state to develop and pilot high-quality classroom tasks aligned to the current standards for math (grades 4-8) and science (grades 6-12). At the Science and Math Institute, attendees will learn more about the tasks, students’ responses to them, and how to use the ambassadors’ work to improve STEM instruction in participants’ districts. John Urschel (a former NFL superstar and current MIT Ph.D. candidate) will deliver the keynote address. This event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Registration is open online.

Policy Update (NASBE – February)

By Andree EntezariMarch 6th, 2019

March 6th, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice ( https://www.nasn.org/nasn/nasn-resources/professional-topics/framework) provides structure and focus for the key principles and components of current day, evidence-based school nursing practice. Central to the Framework is student-centered nursing care that occurs in collaboration with the students’ family and school community. Surrounding the students, family, and school community are the key principles of Care Coordination, Leadership, Quality Improvement, and Community/Public Health. These principles are surrounded by the fifth principle, Standards of Practice, which is evidence-based, clinically competent, quality care. School nurses daily use the skills outlined in the practice components of each principle to help students be healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

We know that the number of children who attend school and have a chronic health condition such as asthma, food allergies, seizure disorders, diabetes, or poor oral health are increasing. Each day, these and other health conditions must be managed for the student to remain present and ready to learn at school. Evidence demonstrates the important link between student health and academic success. While federal and state regulations require schools to provide services and accommodations for students with chronic health conditions, efforts to at the school level are often fragmented. School administrators and special education staff may receive little or no guidance from education or health agencies—to implement protocols for collaboration and coordination. Yet research suggests that students who receive direct healthcare and/or care coordination by school nurses have fewer visits to healthcare provider offices, urgent care centers, and emergency rooms, and report fewer hospitalizations. Care coordination is a key principle in school nursing practice for the 21st century. Attached is the NASN White Paper which describes this key element to the care we provide our students in school every day.  It is essential that school nurses become skilled in care coordination to improve attendance and increase the academic success of our students.

Let’s keep hoping that Spring is near….I’m tired of the frigid weather of the past few days!

Thanks for all you do….every day!

Mary Ann and the School Health Team

“With tireless energy and eager zeal, colored women have, since their emancipation, been continuously prosecuting the work of educating and elevating their race, as though upon themselves alone devolved the accomplishment of this herculean task.” – – Mary Church Terrell,  Civil Rights Activist and First President of The National Association of Colored Women

SCHOOL NURSES IN THE NEWS!

  • Congratulations to Ellen Claflin, RN BSN NCSN, a school nurse in the Scituate High School on achieving national certification in school nursing practice!!
  • The MetroWest Health Foundation has selected the Framingham Public Schools -School Health Services as the recipient of the 2019 Deborah Blumer Community Health Leadership Award. The award is being presented in recognition of the work our nurses do every day to improve the health and wellness of Framingham’s school-aged children!  Judith Styer, RN, Director of Health and Wellness for the Framingham Public Schools, will accept the award on behalf of the district’s school nurses at the foundation’s Annual Dinner Meeting on March 28.  Congratulations to Judy and her team!!
  • Please click on the link:  https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-school-nurse,566165 to read the article that appeared recently in the Berkshire Eagle highlighting Richmond Consolidated Elementary School Nurse, Cristina Lenfest. Be sure to see the sidebar in the article that provides a “log” of the school nurse’s day!

UPCOMING SBIRT TRAININGS:

Introductory SBIRT trainings (required for DESE initial School Nurse licensure) registrations with available space in them:

  • 3/25/2019 in Ludlow MA
  • 4/8/2019 in Boston MA
  • 5/15/2019 in Dartmouth MA

Register here: SBIRT in Schools

For additional trainings related to implementation (for districts who have never implemented SBIRT) and mastering SBIRT (for districts who have never implemented SBIRT) please complete the training request found at:  https://www.masbirt.org/training-request

NEW NASBE STATEMENT: EXAMINING CHRONIC ABSENCE THROUGH A STUDENT HEALTH LENS

Attached is an article from the National Association of State Boards of Education (“School Committees” here in MA)  that discusses how they can be involved with reducing chronic absenteeism.  For example, do the local and state budget support students’ access to school nurses, social workers, psychologists, and counselors?  Students who experience poverty and disproportionate rates of illness and who lack transportation and healthcare options benefit most from regular school attendance. They are often also the least able to make up for missed instruction and lack of access to nutrition programs and support services.

MIAA:  TEEN SEXUALITY & HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Who Should Attend? School Administrators, Wellness Coordinators, Athletic Directors, Teachers, Club Advisors, Guidance Counselors, Nurses, Coaches and anyone interested in learning more about effective model programs and best practices in wellness

Friday, April 12, 2019 at the MIAA Office, Franklin, MA

Registration: 8:00am

Workshop Time: 8:30am–1:30pm

Fee: $40 per person includes light breakfast, lunch and materials

Featured Presentations:

  • Promoting Healthy Relationships and Creating Safe Environments, Jason Wheeler, DESE Safe Schools Programs
  • Beyond Us: Project-Based Learning, Aaron Polansky, Authentricity
  • Coming Out: How to Support LGBTQ+ Students,  State Rep Jeffrey Roy/Nate Roy

There is a 72-hour cancellation policy for this program. Please direct all billing questions to the MIAA accounting department.

5 PD Hours      For more information contact: cbohmiller@miaa.net

The physiology of addiction: effects of drug-taking behavior on the brain

Ruth Potee, MD,  a much sought after speaker on substance use, addiction, and recovery will be speaking at the Nashoba Regional High School at 50 Mechanic Street Bolton, MA 01740 on March 21st from 6:30 – 7:30. This is a FREE event  open to all in the community and students ages 14 and up.  Prior to her presentation at 5:30, Hidden in Plain Sight and representatives from Learn to Cope will be available.  Please share this with your parents, staff, age appropriate students and community.   A flier is attached for your convenience.

“KIDS AND THE LAW/LOS MENORES Y LA LEY” 

Rebecca Pries, who is the founder and former Executive Director of Adolescent Consultation Services, has written a book that has proven to be a valuable resource that explains the MA laws that impact our students and families. “Kids and the Law/Los Menores y la Ley” can support your practice in addressing the needs of the whole child in your school community. It comes recommended by the Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mary Lou Sudders, “This book has been proven to be an indispensable resource for children and families involved with juvenile court and for those who serve them.”  See the attached flier for information on how to purchase this resource.

Nursing and the Health of Populations

A reminder of the upcoming program at Boston University:

Featured speakers:

Maureen Bisognono, President Emerita and Senior Fellow, Institute For Healthcare Improvement

Barbara Stilwell, Executive Director, Nursing Now

APR 2

3 to 5:30 p.m.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Reception to follow.

Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street, Boston

Where has nursing made the most difference in population health worldwide? Where can it make a difference moving forward? This half-day symposium will address the state of nursing science and practice and its intersection with the evolving field of global population health. The meeting aims to ask questions and encourage provocative answers, pointing to future synergies between nursing and population health. Cohosted with the Nursing Now campaign and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

REGISTER HERE:  http://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-programs/deans-symposia/nursing-and-the-health-of-populations/      

MDPH: IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM NEWS

This message is from Dr. Susan M. Lett, Medical Director, MDPH Immunization Program. Please share this advisory with all pertinent colleagues and staff within your practice or institution.

The 2019 Immunization Schedule for those 0-18 years has been posted by CDC at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/index.html.  The changes in the schedule are reviewed in the February 8, 2019 MMWR at: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/pdfs/mm6805a4-H.pdf.   Changes to the 2019 immunization schedule for children and adolescents from birth through 18 years of age are outlined below:

General Schedule Updates

  • The schedule cover page now includes basic instructions on how to use the schedule and lists routinely recommended vaccines and their standardized abbreviations and trade names.
  • Web links are provided throughout the document and website versions for downloading helpful resources such as: the CDC Vaccine Schedules App; reference materials on vaccines; vaccine-preventable disease surveillance; reporting postvaccination adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System; the General Best Practice Guidelines; traveler’s vaccines; etc.
  • Table 3, which provides recommended immunizations by medical condition and other indications, distinguishes between precautions, delay and contraindications. It now includes definitions of these terms:
  • Precaution – vaccine might be indicated if benefit of protection outweighs risk of adverse reaction is highlighted in orange.
  • Delay in vaccination – vaccine should not be given during pregnancy is highlighted in pink.
  • Contraindicated or use not recommended – vaccine should not be administered because of risk factors for serious adverse reaction is highlighted in red.
  • The notes (previously known as footnotes) in the schedule have been reordered alphabetically by vaccine. They provide concise information describing vaccine indications, dosing frequencies and intervals, and other published ACIP recommendations.
  • Mumps and Meningococcal Disease Outbreaks:
  • In the “Additional Information” section at the beginning of the vaccine notes, it now directs providers to their state or local health department for information regarding vaccinations during an outbreak. As a result, language regarding the use of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the setting of an outbreak or the use of Meningococcal (Groups A, C, W-135, and Y) conjugate (MenACWY) and Meningococcal Group B (MenB) vaccines in the setting of meningococcal disease outbreaks has been removed from the MMR and meningococcal vaccine notes.

Influenza Vaccine:

  • The influenza row in Table 1 and Table 3 is modified to reflect CDC recommendations for use of inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) among children 24 months and older. LAIV and IIV are listed separately.
  • Any licensed influenza vaccine that is appropriate for age and health status of the patient may be used.
  • Guidance for the use of influenza vaccine in patients with egg allergy is included.
  • Recommendations for the use of LAIV also include contraindications and precautions.

Hepatitis A Vaccine:

  • The hepatitis A row in Table 1 now reflects recommendation for use among infants 6-11 months for international travel. A purple bar for unvaccinated travelers age >12 months has been added
  • Homelessness has been added an indication.
  • Information about the use of combination HepA-HepB vaccine (Twinrix) has been added for use in those >18 years of age and older.

Hepatitis B Vaccine:

  • The word “all” was added for the birth dose recommendation for medically stable infants (>2,000 grams) born to hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) negative mothers. This was added to emphasize the importance of the universal birth dose.
  • Information regarding CPG-adjuvanted hepatitis B (Heplisav-B) vaccine as well as the combination Hep A-HepB vaccine (Twinrix) for use in those >18 years of age has been added.

Men B Vaccine:

  • In Table 3, the pregnancy box has been changed to orange for a Precaution.

IPV Vaccine:

  • Within the IPV note, a bullet has been added regarding the use of combination vaccine: 4 or more doses of IPV can be administered before the 4th birthday when a combination vaccine is used. However, a dose is still recommended after the 4th birthday and at least 6 months after the previous dose.

Tdap Vaccine:

  • On the Tdap row in Table 1 of the schedule, the bar for persons aged 13-18 years has been split into a half green and half purple bar to represent catch-up vaccinations and use in pregnant adolescents, respectively.
  • The Tdap note has been updated to indicate those who receive a dose of Tdap or DTaP at age 7-10 years inadvertently or as part of the catch-up series should still receive the routine does of Tdap at age 11-12 years.

An additional helpful resource is the AAP policy statement Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule — United States, 2019 which is available at

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2019/02/01/peds.2019-0065.full.pdf and will be published in the March issue of Pediatrics.

Printable versions of the 2019 immunization schedules for persons ages 0 through 18 years also are available on the CDC website in several formats, including portrait, landscape, and pocket-sized versions. Catch-Up Vaccine Job-Aids for DTaP, Hib and Pneumococcal Vaccines are available again this year.  The 2019 CDC Vaccine Schedule App will be available in early March.  If you have questions about the immunization schedule, please call the MDPH Immunization Program at 617-983-6800 and ask to speak to an immunization epidemiologist or nurse.

Susan M. Lett, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Immunization Program, Division of Epidemiology and Immunization, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Run4KidsMA!

Swift River School and the Mahar Girl’s Track Team proudly host Run4KidsMA! Runners coming together for a fun day of miles and smiles! We will run the Mahar track to accomplish our goals. Join us for our 5th Run4KidsMA! A 6 Hour Running Party!  Looking for a family friendly running event? This is the event for you!  Laps are run on a safe, flat, ¼ mile, high school track in Central Massachusetts.  Set a Goal: 5K, 10K, ½ Marathon, 25K, Marathon, 50K, and we’ll help you reach it!  Rain or Shine! Come For An Hour, Or Stay All Day!  Pizza by the slice will be available at midday for purchase, or feel free to bring a picnic!  This is a cup-free event! Please bring a water bottle. We’ll have water for refilling!

REGISTER ONLINE OR AT THE EVENT (r4k2019.racewire.com)

Your FREE registration entitles you to a day of running fun with your friends and family! Please register to help us plan for enough goodies.
Purchase a Swag Bag for $10 and you will receive the new 100 Mile Club headband, dog tags and a race bib! See attached flier for more information.

9TH ANNUAL INTEGRATIVE NURSING CONFERENCE:  EMPOWER~ INNOVATE~ CULTIVATE: CHANGE STARTS WITH YOU!

Overview:  Join us for nurses week! Indulge yourself mind, body and spirit.  Let us pamper you with breakfast and lunch, motivational speakers, experiential Yoga sets to reset your nervous system. Raffles and shopping too.  Top it off with contact hours to complete the day.  Let us fill your cup.

Fee:  Only $99 for the general public.

New This Year! T-shirts – order your BMC Integrative Nursing t-shirt. They are blue, short sleeve and cost $20.  You can pre-order on the website and pick it up at the conference.

Poster Session:  Submit a poster on your institution’s latest integrative nursing techniques.  For more information, click here.

Presented by: Boston Medical Center Integrative Nursing Council

Sponsored by: Sponsored by the Anna Ross Committee of the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae, Inc. and the Boston Medical Center Nursing Department.

To more information and to register for this program, click here:  REGISTRATION

PAX GOOD BEHAVIOR GAME TRAININGS

We thank you for your response to It is now time to Register the Team from your school that you enlisted to attend the PAX Good Behavior Game Training – the free Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) professional development opportunity offered to school administrators,  1st and 2nd grade teachers, and support staff.. As you know from the DESE Newsletters, this evidence-based instruction is supported by the Massachusetts Departments of Public Health and Elementary and Secondary Education.

The one-day training (March 25 in Sturbridge; March 26 in Lowell; March 27 in Taunton; March 28 in Boston; or March 29th in Westborough), classroom materials, and implementation support will be offered at no charge. As a result of this training, the concepts of self-management and social skills are integrated into the regular curriculum by classroom teachers and increase the time-in-learning. Teacher stress is significantly decreased, and research has shown an improvement in academics. As you know, children’s success along these dimensions helps to prevent later alcohol, opioid, and other substance misuse.

Special Education personnel, Psychologists, School Adjustment Counselors, and Social Workers can often become effective supporters of this social and emotional learning process. Each person is asked to register individually as soon as possible (or by March 13, 2019) at one of these locations:

·   March 25, 2019 – Sturbridge: http://www.cvent.com/d/06q1vk (about 1 – 1 1/2 hours from Boston)
·   March 26, 2019 – Lowell: http://www.cvent.com/d/76qq81
·  March 27, 2019 – Taunton: http://www.cvent.com/d/w6qq84
·  March 28, 2019 – Boston: http://www.cvent.com/d/g6qqky
·  March 29, 2019 – Westborough: http://www.cvent.com/d/m6qqkh

Because this opportunity will be most meaningful coming from you, we ask that you also forward this to your team.

For more information on the SEL program visit Good Behavior Game.  For details on the Massachusetts initiative contact Kathleen Herr-Zaya at the Department of Public Health (Kathleen.Herr-Zaya@massmail.state.ma.us or 617-624-5143).  If you have any questions relating to the registration, please contact:
Marion Clark-Jalbert , Training Coordinator, AdCare Educational Institute, Inc., by email at: Marion@adcare-educational.org

IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM UPDATE ON THE NATIONAL MEASLES OUTBREAK

From January 1 to February 21, 2019, 159* people from 10 states (CA, CO, CT, GA, IL, KY, NY, OR, TX, and WA) have been reported as having measles. Six outbreaks (defined as 3 or more linked cases) have been reported, in Rockland County, New York; Monroe County, New York; New York City; Washington; Texas; and Illinois. Of these outbreaks, 2 outbreaks are ongoing from 2018.

In Massachusetts, there were two confirmed cases in Massachusetts residents during 2018, and an additional case in an international visitor. Control measures involved: contacting hundreds of people who were potentially exposed, MMR vaccination clinics, immune globulin for exposed infants, and lengthy quarantine of people with no evidence of immunity to measles who were not vaccinated 3-5 days after the exposure, or could not receive MMR vaccine.

CDC is asking for your help to ensure that all patients are up to date on MMR vaccine. When it comes to vaccinations, parents trust the expertise of their doctor more than anyone else. Explain to patients that MMR vaccine is the best protection against measles infection.

What Should Clinicians Do?

  • Listen and respond to parents’ questions. When parents have questions, it does not necessarily mean they won’t accept vaccines. Sometimes, they simply want your answers to their questions.
  • Ensure all patients are up to date on measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.
  • Children need 2 doses of MMR: one dose at 12-15 months and another dose at 4-6 years.
  • Before any international travel, infants 6-11 months need 1 dose of MMR vaccine, children 12 months and older need 2 doses separated by at least 28 days, and teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles need 2 doses separated by at least 28 days.
  • Consider measles in patients presenting with febrile rash illness and clinically compatible measles symptoms (cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis), and ask patients about recent travel internationally or to domestic venues frequented by international travelers, as well as a history of measles exposures in their communities.
  • Promptly isolate patients with suspected measles to avoid disease transmission and immediately report the suspect measles case to the health department.
  • Suspect cases of measles should be reported immediately by calling the MDPH Division of Epidemiology at 617-983-6800 (24/7). Epidemiologists will provide assistance with testing at the MA State Public Health Laboratory, and recommendations for measles control. Providers in Boston should call the Boston Public Health Commission at 617-534-5611.

For more information, including guidelines for patient evaluation, diagnosis and management, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/hcp/index.html

Other Resources

Share information about measles with parents and the public in your office.

For healthcare professionals:

*Preliminary data reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

REGIONAL CONSULTANT CONTACT INFORMATION:

EOHHS Region Name Office Phone Cell Phone Email
State Epidemiologist 617-983-6800  

For Calls Related to Infectious Disease and Immunizations ONLY.

Central Cynthia Tomlin 978-567-6250, ext 10142 978-875-2009 lwaingortin@hudson.k12.ma.us  cltomlin@hudson.k12.ma.us
Metrowest Jill Connolly 781-848-4000, ext. 7841 781-603-7697 jill.connolly@braintreeschools.org
Northeast Shanyn Toulouse 978-420-1919 978-761-2307 shanyn.toulouse@haverhill-ps.org
Southeast Ann Linehan 508-580-7363   annlinehan@bpsma.org
West Diane Colucci 413-750-2511   colucci-hechtd@springfieldpublicschools.com
Therese Blain 413-750-2007   blaint@springfieldpublicschools.com

Mary Ann Gapinski, MSN, RN, NCSN

Director of School Health Services

MA Department of Public Health

250 Washington Street – 5th Floor

Boston, MA  02108

mary.gapinski@state.ma.us

Website: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/school-health-services

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DESE March 1st, 2019

By Andree EntezariMarch 1st, 2019in DESE Updates

1. Safe and Supportive Schools Statewide Conference:

Please save the date for a statewide conference on March 27, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: Using an Equity Lens to Support All Students. Participants will learn about equitable and inclusive practices that support healthy social, emotional, and physical well-being. Teams and individuals from early childhood, elementary, middle, and high schools are invited to attend, as are as community-based representatives from early childhood and after-school and out-of-school time programs. The event will run from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree in Leominster. Registration will open March 4.  Please use this online form to register after that date. For more information, download this save the date flier. Anyone with questions can contact the Office of Student and Family Support at 781-338-3010 or achievement@doe.mass.edu.

Picture of the Week:

Holyoke STEM Academy students examine chicken tissue. The academy and Holyoke High School are two of 58 schools statewide that are receiving grants to expand computer science, engineering, and biomedical science education. Both Holyoke schools will use their grants to establish Project Lead The Way programs. (Photo courtesy of Holyoke Public Schools)

3. Additional Planning for Success Workshop Dates and Locations:

The Department is offering several free training opportunities for educators interested in learning about Planning for Success, DESE’s recommended strategic planning process.  Due to demand and a weather postponement, DESE has added additional workshop dates and a new location. Upcoming workshops include:

Half-Day Workshops on Applying Planning for Success to Your District: Registration is open now to individuals or district groups for:Creating a Plan for Your District:  Register by March 11 for the March 14 workshop at DESE in Malden or the March 20 workshop at Devens Common Center.
Improving Your Existing District Plan: Register by March 27 for the April 4 workshop in Malden or the April 22 workshop at the Hilton Garden Inn at Devens.
Implementing and Aligning Resources to Support Your Plan:  Register by April 26 for the May 2 workshop in Malden or the May 20 workshop at Devens Common Center.
Action Planning Network (series), April 24, May 14, and June 5: Districts interested in building an annual action plan from an existing multi-year strategic plan are invited to participate with colleagues in an Action Plan Network. Participants can earn 12 professional development points.  The deadline to apply is March 29.

Contact Planning for Success Consultant Lori Likis (lorilikis@ccoaching.com) or Kathy Cross (kcross@doe.mass.edu) for an application or additional information.

4. Elementary Principals Network Meetings:

The Department’s Early Learning Team and the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association will host a round of four regional network meetings for elementary principals on March 18 (Falmouth), 22 (Shrewsbury), 25 (Berkshires), and 29 (Springfield). These sessions will provide elementary principals the opportunity to network with area colleagues on topics related to early learning (preschool-third grade), receive professional development, and discuss problems of practice. Network topics will be based on the interests of the participants and may include but will not be limited to:Early literacy and math curriculum and instruction,
Assessment practices,
Social and emotional learning,
Safe and supportive early learning environments,
Serving English language learners,
Addressing gender identity in the early years, and
Birth to grade 12 family engagement.
Elementary school principals can register online for one of the sessions and are encouraged to share the information with other elementary school principals. Anyone with questions can contact a member of the Early Learning Team at 781-338-3010 or achievement@doe.mass.edu.

5. Spring Early Learning Network Meetings:

The Department’s Early Learning Team and teams from the Department of Early Education and Care will host three regional networking opportunities in April. Teams that include a coordinated family and community engagement coordinator, Early Intervention representative, Head Start representative, community-based early education and care representative, and public school early childhood coordinator, special education coordinator, elementary principal and/or district administrator are invited to attend. The meetings will run from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 at the Holyoke Public Library in Holyoke; Friday, April 5 at the EDCO Collaborative in Bedford; and Wednesday, April 10 at the Falmouth Public Library in Falmouth. More information and registration are available online. Anyone with questions can contact a member of the Early Learning Team at 781-338-3010 or achievement@doe.mass.edu.

6. Student Government Day:

There are 50 registration slots still available for Student Government Day! The Department is honored to sponsor and coordinate the 72nd annual Student Government Day Program from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5 at the State House in Boston. This program encourages students from Massachusetts public and private high schools to learn about the structure of state government and become engaged citizens through active participation in the legislative process. Students will assemble at the State House, where most will replicate activities of the General Court (the Massachusetts State Legislature), while others will meet as constitutional officers or as members of the Supreme Judicial Court. The Student Government Day team is also hosting a speech competition to select the student governor for the event. The competition is opened to registered student designees. More information about the speech competition and Student Government Day is available online. Schools are encouraged to select one student designee and one student alternate.

7. Survey on Draft Arts Curriculum Framework:

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education recently voted to send the draft updated Arts Curriculum Framework out for public comment. It includes:the addition of media arts to the existing disciplines of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts; an increased emphasis on the importance of (1) creating original work in the performing arts and (2) presenting in visual and media arts;
an increased emphasis on responding to the work of other students and to work from masters, with a focus on understanding the context in which art works were created;
a structure organized around a common set of artistic practices across the five disciplines to encourage integrated instruction and collaboration; and
ambitious standards that highlight the importance of art as part of a well-rounded education that prepares students for college, careers, and civic participation.
The Department is seeking feedback on the draft and has created a survey at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4828710/Public-Comment-Arts-Framework-2019. The survey will be open until April 23.

8. DESE Resource Corner

The How Do We Know Initiative: Looking for evidence-based interventions? The Department has developed a set of resources to help schools and districts locate evidence-based interventions that address their identified needs. The How Do We Know? web pages include a list of research summaries, literature reviews, and policy briefs as well as a page with links to evidence clearinghouses. The Department is posting new materials on a regular basis and is developing and scheduling trainings for superintendents and principals. Please contact Kendra Winner at kwinner@doe.mass.edu with any requests for assistance with evidence-based interventions.

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Empower~Innovate~Cultivate~Change starts with you

By Andree EntezariFebruary 26th, 2019in SHIELD Updates

Join us for nurses week!

Indulge yourself mind, body and spirit.  Let us pamper you with breakfast and lunch, motivational speakers, experiential Yoga sets to reset your nervous system. Raffles and shopping too.  Top it off with contact hours to complete the day.  Let us fill your cup.

Only $99 for the general public.

New This Year!
T-shirts – order your BMC Integrative Nursing t-shirt. They are blue, shortsleeve and cost $20.  You can pre-order on the website and pick it up at the conference.

Poster Session Submit a poster on your institution’s latest integrative nursing techniques.  For more information, click here

Presented by:
Boston Medical Center Integrative Nursing Council

Sponsored by:
Sponsored by the Anna Ross Committee of the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae, Inc. and the Boston Medical Center Nursing Department.

Julianne Benvie, RN, BSN
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Erin Taylor, DNP, MSN, RN, CNOR
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Vicky Dennis,
MBA, MSN, RN, CPNP(c)
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Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN
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Jeff Jones
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Margaret “Peg” Baim, MS,
ANP-BC
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Leslie Salmon Jones
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Accreditation
The application to award contact hours has been submitted to Boston Medical Center. Boston Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Association, Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This program is supported by the Anna Ross Committee of the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae, Inc. Faculty and planners have no vested interests, and there are no conflicts of interest. There will be no discussion of off label uses of drugs.