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Spring Conference 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

Lead Like A Pirate


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. Thus our theme this year is “Lead Like a Pirate”, based on the best- selling book by Beth Houf and Shelley Burgess. See our innovative workshop presentations [1] that support our theme.


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

Call for Social Media Ambassadors

Contribute to the MassCUE Spring Leadership Conference 2018 as one of two Social Media Ambassadors!  For the MassCUE/MASCD 2018 conference at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA (3/9/18) 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.

APPLY [10]


Beth Houf 

Beth Houf is passionate about developing schools that encourage high levels of learning and empowerment for all… schools where students and staff are running to get in, not out! To do so, Beth seeks out fun and meaningful ways to interact with students and teachers so they are excited about coming to school. Wearing costumes, singing karaoke, or breaking out some original dance moves as she enthusiastically greets students each morning, or providing innovative  learning time and celebrations for her staff so they feel rejuvenated and excited about teaching is common practice for Beth.

Beth Houf is a middle school principal in central Missouri. She also serves as a facilitator for the DESE Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. She has spoken at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, the Association for Middle Level Education National Conference and many state and local educational venues. She is also active in her local, state and national elementary principal associations. Beth has also been a guest lecturer at William Woods University, Westminster University and the University of Missouri. Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011 and the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016.

Most recently, Beth partnered with Dave Burgess, Inc. to co-write the book Lead Like a PIRATE  with Shelley Burgess. Together, Beth and Shelley have established an international community of leaders. Using professional development sessions, social media and the hashtag #LeadLAP, Beth and Shelley provide leadership support that reinforces key principles and reflective practices.

Natick LLAP Team

Shown left-right: Dr. Peter Sanchioni, Superintendent Jordan Hoffman, Principal Johnson Elementary School Dr. Anna Nolin, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Innovation Andrew Zitoli, Principal J. F. Kennedy Middle School Brian Harrigan, Principal Natick High School

Dr. Peter Sanchioni, Superintendent

Dr. Anna Nolin, Assistant Superintendent

Brian Harrigan, High School Principal, Gr. 9-12

Andrew Zitoli, Kennedy Middle School Principal Gr. 5-8

Jordan Hoffman, Johnson Elementary School, Gr. K-4


March 9, 2018

7:30 am- Registration opens (and light breakfast served)

8:30 am – Morning Keynote

9:45 am to 10:30 am – Concurrent Session #1

10:40 am  to 11:25 am – Concurrent Session #2

11:35 am – Visit with Vendor sponsors

12:00 pm – Lunch Provided

12:45 pm – Afternoon Keynote

1:45 pm to 2:30 pm – Concurrent Session #3

2:40 pm to 3:25 pm – Concurrent Session #4

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm -Visit with vendor sponsors

Session times and room locations will be scheduled in mid-February 2018. Attendees are encouraged to sign up for sessions they are interested in attending in order to help us determine the appropriate room size.

Click here to view the Daily Workshop Schedule [1]


Registration is now open!

Early Bird February 26, 2018 $165.00-districts that send 5 or more educators will receive a 10% discount that is applied to the Purchase Order
Regular after February 26, 2018 $195.00

Register for Event [11]

Vendor Opportunities – All spots are now filled!

We are looking for five (5) sponsors and two (2) keynote sponsors (morning and afternoon keynotes) for our conference on March 9, 2018. Sponsorships are available on a first come, first serve basis.

$3,000 Sponsorship (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 (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 [12].

Interested? Please contact Shelley Chamberlain [13], Executive Director of MassCUE, by January 5, 2018.

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Table Sponsors