Each month RTSC secures recognized leaders in their respective fields to present on various special education and related topics geared toward supporting the at-risk population of students throughout the state and beyond. Register to attend one or more of the webinars below for an opportunity to engage with our presenters during the Q&A session which follows the presentation.
Not available to participate during the live broadcast? All of our webinars are recorded and archived on our website. Visit the Webinar Recordings page to access our archived webinars which are produced with closed caption, presenter bios, and resource links.
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Joan Wasser Gish is the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Center for Optimized Student Support at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, where she is working with a statewide Advisory Board to develop an infrastructure to facilitate integration of education with social services, youth development, health, and mental health resources for Massachusetts’ children and families. She is the main author of “Tipping the Scales: How integrating school and community resources can improve student outcomes and the Commonwealth’s future.” Her Webinar will examine how trends in Massachusetts show that more children, in more communities, are experiencing circumstances including poverty, and health and mental health challenges, that can interfere with students’ readiness to develop the cognitive and social-emotional skills demanded in school and in the workplace. She will share what can be done, including what we are learning from the sciences, new principles of effective practice, and the evidence showing that when students receive comprehensive supports and opportunities that are integrated alongside academic instruction, they can thrive academically, closing achievement gaps and reducing dropout rates, regardless of socio-economic status.
For almost forty years, Ms. Mossaides has held a wide range of positions in the public and independent sectors as an attorney and administrator. Before assuming the position as the Child Advocate for the Commonwealth, she was the Executive Director of Cambridge Family and Children’s Service. In 2008, the Legislature passed a law establishing the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) to ensure children placed in the care of the Commonwealth receive humane and dignified treatment, examine on a system-wide basis the care and services provided to children and advise the public and government on how to improve services to children and families. The process for selection of the Child Advocate is delineated in law and consists of a 14 member nominating committee representing state human service agencies, non-profit child advocacy agencies, the juvenile court, the social work professional association and social work union.
Join Maria Mossaides for a Webinar on November 7, 2017, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, when she will speak to the Mission and Responsibilities of the Office of the Child Advocate.