Join us Thursday at 2:00pm for Pioneer & MAVA’s Webinar……. “Vocational Technical Schools and Urban Education Reform”!!!

Voc-Tech Schools & Urban Education Reform

Pioneer’s book Hands-On Achievement: Massachusetts’s National Model Vocational-Technical Schools demonstrated that our Commonwealth is the nation’s leader in vocational-technical schooling. And yet, the state’s urban high schools continue to have deep pockets of chronic underperformance among poor and minority students. We invite you to join Pioneer and the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) for a webinar Thursday, February 8th from 2-3PM on the nexus between the Bay State’s excellent voc-tech schools, urban education, and the recent policy debates about voc-tech admissions policies.

Join an expert panel including Warley Williams, Heidi Riccio, & Kevin McCaskill!


· Introductory Remarks by Jamie Gass (5 minutes)

· Moderated panel by MAVA’s David Ferreira with (40 minutes) panelists:

Warley Williams, Principal at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical and extensive administrative experience in middle and high school urban education in the New Bedford Public School System.

Dr. Heidi Riccio, Superintendent-Director of Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School and former Principal/ Director of Career and Technical Education at Medford Vocational-Technical High School.

Kevin McCaskill, former Executive Director of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School (Boston), Putnam Vocational High School (Springfield), and current Principal at Brockton High School.

During the Q&A, audience members will submit their questions via the chat box on Zoom.

· Closing Remarks by Jamie Gass (1-2 minutes)

David J. Ferreira

MAVA Communications Coordinator