Welcome to the Be the Change blog. It is a compilation of educational resources and reflections on best practices in education. This is an exciting time in education where educators and educational leaders are faced with a choice everyday on how to embrace continuous change and innovation. This blog hopes to share ideas and resources that promote new ways of thinking about education. Out-of-the-box thinking…here we come.
Maureen M. Cohen
Mendon-Upton Regional School District
Maureen Cohen is the Assistant Superintendent in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District located in Mendon, Massachusetts. With twenty years experience in education, Dr. Cohen has worked across urban and suburban school settings as a high school teacher, school building administrator and district leader. In 2012, Dr. Cohen was the MSSAA Massachusetts Assistant Principal of the Year and was selected as one of the 3 national finalists for NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year. With undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bowdoin College and Northeastern University in government and international relations, followed by a doctorate in educational leadership, her educational background has focused on the impact of leadership in national, global, and educational institutions. Dr. Cohen is passionate about creating educational environments built on positive relationships that unlock students’ potential, empower student agency, and provide opportunities for relevant learning experiences that are authentic, innovative, and collaborative.
Dr. Cohen also believes in the importance of building cross-district networks focused on collaboration and continuous improvement. As a result, she has built cross-district mentoring programs, leadership roundtables, and collaborative projects with regional districts. A frequent presenter, she has presented at MASS, MSAA, MassCUE, EduCon, and numerous MA PD days (Nashoba, Ashland, Hopedale, Mashpee). Her presentations have been on various topics such as: Leadership (Transformative, Mindful, Instructional, Change, Technological), Project Based Learning, Curriculum Design, Student Engagement, Mentoring, Growth Mindset, and Social-Emotional Learning. In addition to presentations, she has led district strategic committees on equity, later start times, and strategic planning in Ashland, Grafton, and Sutton respectively. Additionally, she served as a member of the Grafton School Committee and Co-Chair of the Blackstone Valley Curriculum Consortium.
You can follow her on her district website: http://mursdcurriculum.weebly.com/ as well as on Twitter @maureenmcohen. She is one of the founders of a collaborative project called the Inspired Learning Project, which can be found at: http://www.inspiredlearningproject.com/. She is also part of a collaborative blog on educational topics at https://unboundedleadership.com.