Spring Conference 2020



Friday, March 6, 2020

A Personalized Approach to School Change


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. Please join us for this informative leadership day where we will be discussing how schools can take a personalized approach to teaching and learning.


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

Call for Social Media Ambassadors

Contribute to the MassCUE Spring Leadership Conference 2020 as one of two Social Media Ambassadors! MassCUE is accepting applications for Social Media Ambassadors whose role will be to share the day’s events throughout the conference, including the keynote and during assigned breakout sessions.

Applications are due by 5 pm February 7.



A Personalized Approach to School Change

Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer, Highlander Institute

Shawn C. Rubin is chief education officer at Highlander Institute in Providence, Rhode Island. Shawn designs and manages the institute’s blended and personalized learning initiatives. He is a national thought leader around coaching and consulting approaches to personalized learning and has been an integral driver of personalized learning growth in Rhode Island. His ten years in the classroom have informed his insider’s view into the challenges and limitations teachers face on a daily basis. Shawn is the co-author of Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change, which was released in October of 2018 by Harvard Education Press. 

Shawn is the architect of the Highlander Institute’s Fuse program, which trains educators to become change agents for personalized learning in schools and districts. He is the co-founder of Rhode Island’s bi-monthly EdTechRI meetups, which brings educators together to share ideas about edtech products and how they can help improve learning for students. He is also the co-founder and CEO of a competency assessment startup called Metryx. 

Shawn earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and his master’s in Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Shawn co-founded an international non-profit called Longitude in 2006 to support grassroots human-rights efforts in Ghana and India. 

Shawn is the winner of iNACOL’s  Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning award for 2017. Shawn has also won MassCue’s 2015 Pathfinder award and the Americorps Alums 2009 Eli Segal Entrepreneurship award.

Shawn lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and two boys. He is the son of two career educators and an avid Detroit sports fan. Follow Shawn on twitter @ShawnCRubin.


Quabbin’s Pathway to Personalization 

Beginning with an implementation overview, Quabbin School District leaders, teachers, and students will share their Pathway to Personalization story. This session will include videos, artifacts of the Design Team process and student and teacher testimonies. The Design Team will plan time to respond to questions from the audience. 

Dr. Sheila Muir 

Sheila has been involved in public education since 1991.  Most of her 27-year career has been spent working for the Quabbin Regional School District. She started as a substitute teacher, served as a middle school science and mathematics teacher, Dean of Academic Affairs at the middle and high school levels, Pk-12 Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, and Assistant Superintendent.   Dr. Muir has extensive experience leading school and district change. She is passionate about recognizing the unique needs of all students and educators, and providing authentic, meaningful learning opportunities that lead to student success. 

Colleen Mucha 

As one of the two Directors of Learning, Teaching, and Support, Colleen provides leadership to five elementary schools in the Quabbin Regional School District.  Colleen is responsible for professional learning, curriculum development and implementation.  Previously, Colleen was an elementary principal, a literacy coach, and a classroom teacher. In her time as an elementary principal, her school was awarded commendation status and she was selected as the Massachusetts administrator representative to work with Leading Educators to design a Teacher Leadership toolkit.  Colleen believes that leadership and teacher voice is critical to sustained change. 

Adam Couturier 

As one of the two Directors of Learning, Teaching, and Support, Adam provides leadership to the Middle and High School of Quabbin Regional School District.  Mr. Couturier was a 2016 Pioneer Valley Teacher of Excellence award winner as a result of his work in Springfield, MA. He served as a teacher, Social Studies Department Chair, and as a Middle Years Programme Coordinator at an International Baccalaureate school. In addition to this, he wrote curriculum and curricular resources for the National Parks Service as a member of the NPS Teacher Corps. at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Springfield Public Schools, Southbridge Middle and High Schools, and now at QRSD. In addition, Mr. Couturier is a frequent contributor to Scholastic’s EduBlog and podcast highlighting currents in literacy.  Adam is passionate about integrating technology in the classroom in order to impact student achievement. 

Kara O’Connell 

As the Director of Implementation at the Highlander Institute, Kara oversees the Institute’s consulting work with schools and districts. Kara coordinates professional learning services, manages a team of Educational Strategies Specialists and works closely with partners to ensure the successful implementation of blended and personalized models. With a background in Special Ed. Administration and 6 years as a technology implementation specialist, Kara has experienced first hand the transformative impact of high quality, technology- enhanced classroom instruction. Kara lives in Massachusetts with her family. 

Melinda Lopez 

Melinda was born and raised in New York City and moved to Rhode Island to attend college. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Brown University and then her Teacher Certification from Roger Williams University. She has been an educator since 1994- working in both early childhood and elementary school settings. She is passionate about meeting all students where they are and supporting teachers in her new role at Highlander as an Educational Strategies Specialist. She lives in Johnston, RI and is blessed with her wonderful partner, her two sons, and her dog. 


2020 MassCUE Administrator Scholarships: Apply Now!

Never attended the MassCUE/MASCD Spring Leadership Conference at Holy Cross in Worcester? Now is your chance to attend with complimentary registration for you and a fellow administrator from your district!

MassCUE will be offering 2 administrator scholarships!  If you are a building level administrator wishing to attend for the 1st time, now is the time to apply!  

The Administrator Scholarships include entrance to the conference at Holy Cross in Worcester for you (1st time attendee) PLUS a building based buddy administrator from your district (1st time attendee). Applicants must be a MassCUE or MASCD member but the buddy who accompanies the winner does not need to be a member. Two buddy scholarships will be awarded with one elementary and one secondary winner to be selected randomly from the entire pool of applicants.  

The online application must be submitted on or before December 31, 2019.  The winners will be selected at the MassCUE Board meeting on January 8, 2020.  Winners will be notified and announced on social media as well as the MassCUE website. Winners can consider sharing their Spring Conference takeaways via a podcast interview or blog submission.

The application process is now closed. Please consider applying next year!

Call for Proposals Open October 15, 2019 – December 13, 2019

The theme of the conference is from keynote Shawn Rubin and Cathy Sanford’s book “Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change”. Describe what might you be doing in your school or in your classroom that could be considered related to these primary areas:

  • Designing with the Community in Mind: All Voices at the Table
  • Piloting Initiatives through Continuous Improvement
  • Measuring Impact of School Redesign: What Does Success Look Like?
  • Sustainable Scaling of Best Practices
  • Personalizing Professional Learning for Educators


Times Description
  7:30 am –  8:00  am Registration with light breakfast
  8:15 am –  9:30  am Welcome & Morning Keynote
  9:45 am – 10:35 am Concurrent Session #1
10:45 am – 11:35 am Concurrent Session #2
11:35 am Visit with Vendors
11:55 am Lunch
12:35 pm – 1:25 pm Afternoon Keynote
  1:35 pm – 2:25 pm Concurrent Session #3
  2:35 pm – 3:25 pm Networking Dessert Reception with Presenters and Keynotes

Registration is now open!




Early Bird February 27, 2020 $165.00
Regular February 27, 2020 $195.00
Group Districts that send 5 or more educators will receive a 10% discount that is applied to the Purchase Order

Presenter and Co-presenter Fees:
Primary presenter is no charge and Co-presenter is $75. A presentation may have up to 4 presenters with each additional presenter (after 2 presenters) pays regular conference fee of $165.

Cancellation fee of $75 will be applied for any cancellations on or after February 27, 2020. Note that if an attendee who cancels after February 27, 2020 substitutes with another colleague then a cancellation fee will not be charged.

Special Offer: Register by 2/20/20 and receive a complimentary copy of Shawn Rubin’s book: Pathways to Personalization

Vendor Opportunities

We are looking for five (5) sponsors and two (2) keynote sponsors (morning and afternoon keynotes) for our conference on March 6, 2020. Sponsorships are available on a first come, first serve basis.

$3,000 Sponsorship – 5 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 – 2 spaces 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 24, 2020.

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