Spring Conference 2019



Friday, March 15, 2019

Lead with Courage


MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) and MASCD (the Massachusetts affiliate of ASCD) have joined forces to bring together classroom and educational leaders for a one-day event of powerful presentations, workshops, hands-on sessions, and informal gatherings to address the critical issues of education. Both organizations believe in the importance of excellent leadership skills for teachers and administrators.

Whether you are leading change in a classroom or to a greater scale in a complex district, all change is vital, intense work in making sure we keep reaching for educational success. During this conference we will share our successes and failures as leaders.

Special Offer: Register by 2/29/19 and receive a complimentary copy of Julie Wilson’s new book: The Human Side of Changing Education


College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610

Call for Social Media Ambassadors

Contribute to the MassCUE Spring Leadership Conference 2019 as one of two Social Media Ambassadors! MassCUE is accepting applications for Social Media Ambassadors whose role will be to tweet throughout the conference, including the keynote and during assigned breakout sessions. Having a Twitter account linked to other media is a bonus!


The Human Side of Changing Education

Julie Wilson, Founder & Executive Director, Institute for the Future of Learning

When we ask schools to change, we are asking human beings to change. This requires special tools and a human-centered approach. In this interactive keynote, we will explore why change resistance is to be expected and how to get through it using practical tools, questions for reflection, and the experience of others leading change in schools. The ‘messy middle’ of change is the liminal transformative space where change happens. When we understand this space, we understand its necessity and its power to transform – and what we, the change agents, can do to harness it.

Julie Wilson, Founder & Executive Director, Institute for the Future of Learning

Julie Wilson

Julie coaches leaders and teams of leaders leading change. She has over fifteen years’ experience building effective learning environments that unlock human potential and enable organizational culture to adapt and grow during times of change. She is the founder and executive director of Institute for the Future of Learning, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping transform the ‘one size fits all’ model of education. The Institute works with a diverse range of clients including public schools, independent schools, public charter schools, and educational philanthropic organizations.
In addition to helping schools and communities lead sustainable change, Julie highlights great practice and shares reflections on curriculum, pedagogy, and change at www.the-IFL.org. Speaking engagements include TEDx, ASCD, the Center for Transformational Leadership, and the Science of Teaching and Leadership Academy. Julie graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education with a master’s degree in technology, innovation, and education, and a bachelor’s of arts in business administration and French from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. During her time as a staff member at Harvard, Julie was the recipient of the Harvard Hero award for outstanding contributions to the University. Her book, ‘The Human Side of Changing Education’ was published by Corwin Press in May 2018.


Teacher Leadership as a Catalyst for Change

Team from Revere Public Schools, Revere, MA

Dr. Danielle Mokaba-BernardoDr. Danielle Mokaba-Bernardo began her teaching career over 20 years ago in the Revere Public Schools. She has 15 years of experience as an administrator and has held various leadership positions including assistant principal of Revere High School and principal of Garfield Middle School. Danielle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. In this role, she co-chairs the Revere Educators Leadership Board and serves as a member of the district’s Grading Practices Committee.



Dr. Lourenço Garcia

Dr. Lourenço Garcia has more than 23 years of combined teaching and administration experience.  He received his Doctorate in Leadership in Urban Schools and Special Education and Disability Policy from UMass Boston and has worked as Principal of Revere High School for eight years. Among other key organizational changes, Dr. Garcia helped build a culture of teacher leadership capacity in school, promote student-centered learning and family and community involvement, and increase learning opportunities for students. He strongly believes in the constructionist learning approach and uses it to illuminate his reasoning and actions. Currently, Dr. Garcia is the Executive Director of Data and Accountability for Revere Public Schools.  In his new role, he works with principals, directors, and school-based teams using different approaches to data, including accountability, early warning indicator system, and other learning metrics to increase student achievement.


Lisa GoldneyLisa Goldney is a fifth grade math teacher at the Hill Elementary School in Revere.  A full time classroom teacher, Lisa has collaborated with educators and administrators in district in the development and implementation of the Educator Growth System, acting as both an Evaluation Teacher Leader and as chair of the Educator Growth Committee.  Most recently Lisa was a member of the Revere Educators Leadership Board, a group of educators and administrators who collaborate to make district-wide decisions and solve problems where she worked closely in the development of the Colleague to Colleague Peer Assistance program.


Hatice Nigdelioglu

Hatice Nigdelioglu has worked as a teacher for more than eight years and is currently a ninth and tenth-grade mathematics teacher for English language learners at Revere High School, where she previously taught special education. She believes that teachers with any level of experience can meaningfully contribute to the school community and believes in the importance of allowing students’ interests to guide their learning. Hatice participates in several professional learning groups, serves as a faculty advisor for the Muslim Students Association and is  a member of the Revere High School’s Competency-Based Learning Planning Team, a branch of Revere High School Redesign and Innovation Team. She also participated in Revere High School’s Cultural Competency Committee and helped create a Cultural Perspectives Curriculum. In 2017, Hatice was recognized by Education First as an example of an inspiring teacher leader.


Rick NorrisRick Norris is an Instructional Mathematics Coach at the Garfield Middle School in Revere after teaching mathematics for fifteen years. He previously collaborated with administration to procure a grant through the Center for Collaborative Education to redesign school culture and structure through a Personalized Learning Initiative. Currently, Rick is a member of the Grading Practices Committee in which teacher-leaders and district administrators are developing a Standards Based Grading System for the elementary grades and a Habits of Work Grading System for middle and secondary grades.


Will Schwartz

Will Schwartz is an inclusion math teacher at Revere High School in Revere, MA. He is currently the co-chair for the School Redesign and Innovation team. Along with colleague Marcie Day, he is the recipient of an Education First Teacher Leadership grant to implement and study peer observation as a strategy to improve instructional practice. He is a former TeachPlus Policy Fellow and is currently working with TeachPlus on a research project that leverages teacher expertise to evaluate and improve professional learning.


Call for Proposals Now Closed

In connection to our major theme of the conference from keynote author Julie Wilson’s The Human Side of Changing Education: How to Lead Change With Clarity, Conviction, and Courage, what might you be doing in your school or in your classroom that could be considered related to these primary areas:

  • Sustained leadership and a visionary school board
  • A shared vision of the change
  • Unleashing talent and building teams
  • Rethinking the use of time and space
  • Overhauling the assessment structure of learning and school performance
  • Other topic related to leadership



7:30 am Registration with light breakfast
8:30 am – Morning Keynote
9:45 am – 10:25 Concurrent Session #1
10:35am – 11:25 Concurrent Session #2
11:25am – Visit with Vendors
11:50am -Lunch
12:30 pm – Afternoon Keynote
1:40 pm – 2:30 Concurrent Session #3
2:40 pm – 3:30 Concurrent Session #4

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*Note: Specific session times will be posted by the end of January




Early Bird March 8, 2019 $165.00
Regular After March 8, 2019 $195.00
Group Districts that send 5 or more educators will receive a 10% discount that is applied to the Purchase Order

Cancellation fee of $75 will be applied for any cancellations on or after March 9, 2018. Note that if an attendee who cancels after March 8, 2019 substitutes with another colleague then a cancellation fee will not be charged.

Special Offer: Register by 2/29/19 and receive a complimentary copy of Julie Wilson’s new book: The Human Side of Changing Education


Vendor Opportunities

We are looking for five (5) sponsors and two (2) keynote sponsors (morning and afternoon keynotes) for our conference on March 8, 2019. Sponsorships are available on a first come, first serve basis.

$3,000 Sponsorship – 4 spaces remaining (Limit of 5 Spaces)* 
• Banquet table for materials
• Two complimentary registrations
• Recognition before the morning keynote
• Logo on Leadership Conference webpage 1 month prior and up to event

$3,500 Keynote Sponsorship – 1 space remaining (Limit to 2-one for morning and one for afternoon)* 
• Larger banquet table in prominent area for materials
• Three complimentary registrations
• Advertisement on web based app
• 2 minute time slot to address the participants before the morning or afternoon keynote
• Logo on Leadership Conference webpage 6 weeks prior and up to event

*We have built into our morning and afternoon schedule an additional block of time with no sessions in order to encourage attendees to visit with our sponsors.

Expected Demographics
The conference is made up of a cross section of education professionals from across the Commonwealth. There is a small population that attends from surrounding states. The attendance will close at 250 maximum. Expected attendees include Administration (Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, Dean of Students, Principals and Technology Directors), Educators (Integration Specialists, Classroom Teachers, Content Coordinators, etc.) and IT Directors. See the demographics at Information at a Glance.

Interested? Please contact Shelley Chamberlain, Executive Director of MassCUE, by January 5, 2019.

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