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Boston & Springfield members in the community

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This week Boston STAND members attended the Boston Public Schools committee meeting and delivered testimony asking for the School Site Council manuals to be translated into Spanish and Haitian Creole—the two most common languages spoken other than English in Boston Public Schools.

Ensuring educational standards for our future

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Recently Stand for Children Massachusetts' Executive Director Jason Williams submitted an op-ed on the benefits of PARCC and Common Core to the Boston Business Journal.

Let's Improve Parent Engagement

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If you are a STAND member or supporter from Boston you have probably received an email telling you about the All (ELL) Parents Welcome campaign.

A Recap to a Great Event

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Last weekend, Stand for Children Massachusetts co-sponsored the Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Early Education and Care at UMass Boston, eight of the candidates in the Massachusetts race for governor made news by agreeing that the commonwealth should improve the quality of preschool programs and expand access to them.

Stand for Children Massachusetts had members from Springfield and Boston in attendance, STAND members were excited to hear the candidates’ views on early education and had an opportunity to meet the candidates as well.

Wondering how teachers in Mass. are evaluated?

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Do you want to learn the basics about how teachers are evaluated in Massachusetts and how your child’s teacher was evaluated?

Watch this video to learn more about teacher evaluations in Massachusetts, and help make sure your child receives the best education possible.

To learn more about Great Teachers Great Schools implementation visit our website https://stand.org/massachusetts/action/great-teachers-great-schools-implementation.

Parents STAND UP for their Children's Education

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In March, our Boston chapter launched Stand University for Parents (Stand UP), an eight-week workshop for families focused on becoming more engaged in their children’s education. Stand UP provides parents with action steps they can immediately take to improve education outcomes for their children. This course stemmed from a national ongoing discussion about the importance of parent engagement in the academic future of a child. Congratulations to all our graduates.

"Week on the Hill" Members Speak with Elected Officials

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As the week comes to an end, so does Stand for Children Massachusetts’ Week on the Hill. This week hundreds of our members took action to call on their State Representatives to protect the early childhood education budget. STAND members sent 168 petitions to members of the House of Representatives and 152 petitions to their State Senators.

Investor Luncheon Drew an Impressive Crowd

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Stand for Children Massachusetts hosted an Investor Luncheon on Tuesday, April 8. More than 50 supporters attended the luncheon. Stand for Children Massachusetts’ Executive Director, Jason Williams, gave an update on where we are and what our goals are going forward for both the Boston and Springfield districts.

Members at the luncheon also heard from Boston member Lorene Wright who shared her daughter’s positive experience at the UP Academy Boston and Springfield member Karla Rivera, discussed her concerns of having a young child on the wait-list for early education.

BPS Engages the Community in the Search for A Superintendent

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Earlier this month Mayor Walsh and the Boston School Committee announced the dates they were hosting public hearings to engage the community in the search for a BPS Superintendent.Stand for Children Massachusetts asked our Boston members what characteristics they want the new Superintendent to have. We have two members delivering testimony based on member's feedback. STAND member and BPS Math teacher Rochelle Murray delivered testimony last night and East Boston Member Leader Lorena Chicas will deliver testimony tomorrow evening.

STAND Members have been very busy lately

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On Friday, March 7 members of Stand for Children Massachusetts delivered testimony to Legislators requesting further funding for early education programs to reduce the waitlist. Additionally, more than 30 members were in attendance to show their support of the bill.

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