Five District Partnership

The Five District Partnership (5DP) is a joint educational effort among the Massachusetts districts of Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere and Winthrop to improve instruction and academic achievement.


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About the 5 District Partnership

The Five District Partnership (5DP) is a joint educational effort among the Massachusetts districts of Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere and Winthrop to improve instruction and academic achievement. It was born in 2012 after research showed a high rate of mobility among students within the districts. The statewide shift to adopt Common Core State Standards has made it an ideal time to unite the work among these schools.

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Mission and Vision

Faced with struggling student achievement and a highly mobile inter-district student population, the 5DP seeks to mitigate the gap in student achievement and maximize resources by aligning curriculum, performance standards, assessments, instruction, resources and professional development across the five districts.

The Vision of the 5DP is to collaborate around four central areas: student achievement, efficiency, educator relationships and fiscal prudence. To do this, the districts will focus on creating opportunities for, but not limited to:

  • Common Yearlong Plans (YLPs) and Understanding by Design (UbD) units for instruction and assessment
  • A repository for teaching resources
  • Increased professional development
  • Increased purchasing power
  • Reduced burden on individual teachers

The 5DP intends for these opportunities to happen at all levels, from teachers and curriculum directors to principals and superintendents. The tools and technologies, some of which are featured on this website, provide schools with access to and information about these pooled resources.

Timeline

The goals listed here are likely to evolve. We intend to create a shared set of goals for educators in the districts, and inspire other inter-district initiatives.



Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I be involved?
    The aim of the partnership is to have educators at all levels in all five districts working together; too much of the work we do is done in isolation. Contact the partnership to find out how you can get connected with other teachers in the same subject area or grade level. Take advantage of the opportunities for professional development around Understanding by Design (UbD) unit instruction and creation. If you’re a teacher, ask about joining one of the teacher teams dedicated to creating units. If you’re a school leader, ask how you can participate in steering committee activities. For more information, contact Cove Davis at cdavis@chelseama.gov.
  • How can I be involved?
    The aim of the partnership is to have educators at all levels in all five districts working together; too much of the work we do is done in isolation. Contact the partnership to find out how you can get connected with other teachers in the same subject area or grade level. Take advantage of the opportunities for professional development around Understanding by Design (UbD) unit instruction and creation. If you’re a teacher, ask about joining one of the teacher teams dedicated to creating units. If you’re a school leader, ask how you can participate in steering committee activities. For more information, contact Cove Davis at cdavis@chelseama.gov.
  • How will my instruction change?
    As common yearlong plans (YLPs) are created and agreed upon by the districts, teachers will be asked to follow the general order that standards are suggested to be taught. For example, if third-grade fractions are taught in November-December according to the YLP, all districts will adhere to that. YLPs for Math, ELA and Science for grades 2-8 are on the 5DP server and Mastery Connect. Trackers will be created in Mastery Connect to tie common assessments to the YLPS. Following the YLPs is essential starting in 2016-17 since the three common assessments over the course of the year will test standards as taught in each block or quarter. Teachers will not be required to use common lesson plans; in other words, the goal is not to take away freedom for teachers to create engaging classroom activities.
  • How will my instruction NOT change?
    Teachers are not robots. Moreover, innovative practices only come when we allow our teachers the opportunity to try new activities and adapt to the needs of their students. The 5DP is attempting to provide a more cohesive learning environment for mobile students throughout the districts, to provide a pooled set of tested resources from which teachers can choose, and to provide increased opportunities for the districts to offer professional development and save money through purchasing power. The 5DP encourages collaboration, not loss of freedom.
  • Where do I find resources for my classroom?
    Yearlong plans and UbD units are posted on the server; if you need the name and password for access, contact the 5DP or ask another teacher or administrator at your school. Additional links and resources can be found on our Resources page.
  • I have heard about other curriculum and assessment efforts from the state, like MCAS 2.0. Will they be part of the Five District Partnership?
    MCAS 2.0 is replacing PARCC and Edwin as the future direction of assessment in Massachusetts. Certain curriculum materials developed as part of PARCC are still valuable and useful, and will continue to be available as resources to teachers on the curriculum server.
  • I have an idea for the partnership. Who do I talk to?
    We are finding that the greatest benefit of the partnership so far is that connecting educators is fostering all sorts of innovative ideas and opportunities. Contact the executive administrator, Cove Davis, at cdavis@chelseama.gov to discuss any ideas to improve collaboration.

Leadership Team - A Partnership at All Levels

Superintendents

Mary M. Bourque (Chelsea)
Frederick F. Foresteire (Everett)
Charles Grandson (Malden)
Dianne Kelly (Revere)
John J. Macero (Winthrop)

Executive Administrator for Curriculum and Development (EACA)

Cove Davis (cdavis@chelseama.gov)

Steering Committee

Chelsea: Katie Schubmehl, Sarah Kent, Michele Sodergren
Everett: Janice Gauthier, Fran Connolly, Patricia Massa
Malden: Pat Dailey, Janice Raymond, TBA
Revere: Matt Costa, Christina Porter, Tonia D’Eramo
Winthrop: Frank Woods
Others: Mary Jackmann, Leah Tuckman, Lauren Updegrove (DSAC)

If you have questions about whether you can use 5DP materials, or you would like to use these materials for commercial purposes, please write a request to Cove Davis or call us at 617-466-5113.


The Five District Partnership Plus 1 Grant

The Five District Partnership in collaboration with the COSMIC Center at UMASS Boston have received a Massachusetts Math and Science Partnership grant to further content training for middle school science teachers in the five districts focusing on content knowledge, the new draft science standards, and writing and refining high quality assessments for use as District Determined Measures. This page is dedicated to sharing information about this exciting project.

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5DP Resources

Yearlong Plans and Common Standards

Massachusetts bases its education standards off Common Core State Standards, which were developed to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. The 5DP is connecting local educators to create common curriculum maps known as Yearlong Plans (YLPs) across all grades and subjects that align to state standards.

  • End-of-Year Planning: Ideas to Finish the Year Strongly
    • Use student data to revisit "problem areas". MasteryConnect, 5DP common assessments, GRADE assessments, and DIBELS should provide indicators about where your students might benefit from re-teaching. You might even let students drive their own learning by getting them involved in identifying areas of weaknesses upon which they would like to improve.
    • Work with teachers in the grade ahead to identify ways you can best prepare students for the first block of the next year.
    • Collaborate to design a cumulative, inquiry-based, or integrated project across subjects. Or help students to design and research their own project.
    • Check the 5DP website for new UbD units you can utilize in your classroom.
  • Current Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, by subject
  • Parent Roadmaps: Supporting your child through the Common Core State Standards (all grades)

Understanding by Design (UbD)

Understanding by Design is tool utilized for educational planning focused on "teaching for understanding" advocated by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. The 5DP is dedicated to creating UbD units for all grades and subjects that are aligned to commonly agreed upon yearlong plans throughout the districts.

UbD 101
UbD creation resources

MCAS 2.0

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is in the process of upgrading MCAS to better measure the critical thinking skills students need for success in the 21st century. The new test, informally called "MCAS 2.0," will build upon the best aspects of the MCAS assessments that have served the Commonwealth well for the past two decades. The test will include innovative items developed by PARCC, along with new items specifically created to assess the Massachusetts learning standards. MCAS 2.0 will be designed to be taken on a computer. The plan is to phase in computer-based testing so that computer-based tests are fully administered statewide in 2019, with many students participating as well in 2017 and 2018.


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Professional Development Opportunities

  • Save the Date Teach Plus Courses coming July 10, 11, 12. Stay tuned for course offerings!

Opportunities for Teachers


5DP Educators Showcase

Join Us for the 5DP Educator Showcase on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00 at Winthrop High School!

This free event features educators from all five districts sharing examples of their work--how they're supporting students, collaborating, and thinking creatively. Includes a celebratory reception and raffle prizes! Learn from exciting presentations, get ideas for your classrooms, meet new people, and be inspired by all the great work happening in our districts! Questions? Contact Cove Davis.

School Story Boards for the 5DP Educator Showcase

The 5DP Educator Showcase is a chance to highlight the great working happening in our districts. We want to share as much as possible at the event. That's why we're offering each school the chance to create a poster or "story board" that will be displayed at the event for attendees to visit.

Find out more and register to share story board at the Showcase. Also see the Showcase Flyer.


5DP Educator Showcase Presenters

  • "Gimme the Codes: Introducing Coding in the Classroom" by Damian DeMarco, Computer Science Teacher, SeaCoast High School, Revere Public Schools
  • "Increasing Mathematical Discourse" by Chris Fitzpatrick, Elementary Math Coach, Beebe/Forestdale Elementary School, Malden Public Schools
  • "Empowering ELL Students by Turning the Tables: ELL Students Teaching Teachers" by Sarah Harrington, English Language Learner History and Social Studies Teacher, Chelsea High School, Chelsea Public Schools
  • "Guided Math to Reach All Students" by Ryan Heraty, Principal, Dawn Letterie, Math Coach, Kristen Reynolds, Third Grade Teacher, and Courtney Pino, Special Education Teacher, Arthur T. Cummings Elementary School, Winthrop Public Schools
  • "Increasing Awareness Beyond the Classroom: The Genocide Research Project" by Amanda Judd, English Language Arts Teacher, Brandi Coffey, English Language Arts Teacher, Riley Dunn, English Language Arts Teacher, Michael Scarfo, English Language Arts Teacher, Everett High School, Everett Public Schools
  • "Transition in Action: Supporting Student Dreams" by Karen Suttle, School Social Worker, SeaCoast High School, Revere Public Schools
  • "Taking Risks, One Poem at a Time" by Althea Terenzi, English Language Arts Teacher, Revere High School, Revere Public Schools
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2016-2017 Teacher Advisory Board

The 5DP Teacher Advisory Board is comprised of teachers from all five districts who convene six times during the school year to offer feedback and suggestions on the 5DP’s work. They also help establish a strong communication channel between teachers and 5DP leadership so that more teachers’ voices are heard in the 5DP’s vision and planning.

Meet the 2016-2017 5DP Teacher Advisory Board

Kevin Carpenito: Kevin is a grade 8 Science teacher at the Beebe School in Malden. He has taught for 22 years, teaching Special Education, Grade 7 Science and now Grade 8 Science. In addition to being on the 5DP Teacher Advisory Board, Kevin is a mentor for year 2 and 3 teachers in Malden. Kevin was also the varsity baseball coach at Malden High School for the past 17 years from which he has now retired. He holds a BA in Sociology with a minor in Biology from North Adams State College and an M.ED in Special Education from Fitchburg State College. Kevin's goal for joining the 5DP Teacher Advisory Board is to be a source of communication between the teachers of Malden and the 5DP.


Ashley Cinelli: Ashley is a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at Rumney Marsh Academy in Revere. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Secondary Education from Merrimack College, and a Master's degree in Reading from Gordon College. Ashley has worked with students in grades 6-12 as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach. In addition to her work with the 5DP Teacher Advisory Board, she serves on her school's Universal Design for Learning team and runs professional development for staff on working with non-fiction texts in the classroom. Her hope for the 5DP Teacher Advisory Board is to increase the awareness and effectiveness of the resources available for teachers.


Stephanie Ferraz: Stephanie is a 6th grade teacher at the Wright Science & Technology Academy in Chelsea. She holds a B.S. in Math & Science as well as a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction. For the past 11 years, Stephanie has gone from teaching all subjects (still in the same room!), to just focusing on science. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Stephanie has also been a mentor for 8 of those years (the last 4 of which have been in the Lead Middle School mentor position). Having been afforded the opportunity to simultaneously be both a classroom teacher and mentor, Stephanie recognizes the need and importance of teacher collaboration and its direct impact on student learning. The 5DP will ultimately provide teachers with a platform to not only share resources and strategies but create consistency among what is taught at all levels.


Ben Francavilla: Ben is a 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts teacher at the Sumner G. Whittier School in Everett. He holds a Bachelor’s of English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s of English Teaching from Boston University. With over 13 years of classroom educating, including teaching in Chicago and Thailand, Ben strives to include his experience teaching in a range of environments to his various leadership roles: school volleyball and academic coach, student council advisor, P.T.O head, and 5DP Assessment Committee member and Teacher Advisory Board member, where he hopes to continue his leadership in the various initiatives. Most certainly, Ben is proud to join this committee, as it provides an opportunity to collaborate with other district leaders and implement positive change for the consortium.


Lindsey Horowitz: Lindsey is a 7th grade ELA teacher at the Eugene Wright Science and Technology Academy in Chelsea, MA. In addition to her work in the ELA classroom, she is a member of the Instructional Leadership Team, Instructional Support Team, Classroom Management and Safety Team, and is the lead teacher for Mastery Connect at her school. She also facilitates an after school program called "IDEAS in Medicine" in partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine. Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Bowdoin College, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently learning about education policy through the Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellowship with Teach Plus. Lindsey joined the 5DP Teacher Advisory Board because she loves collaborating with and learning from other educators.


Joseph Lento: Joseph has been teaching in the Everett Public School System for 9 years. He is currently a Grade 7-8 Science teacher at the Sumner G. Whittier School. Joseph serves on the Leadership Team and the School Council at the Whittier School. Joseph is also involved in athletics within the Everett Public Schools, where he currently holds the post of Head Varsity Baseball Coach for the 5th year Joseph obtained his B.S. at Salem State College and his M.Ed. in Middle School Science at Cambridge College. He has been involved with the 5DP since its inception and really enjoys the collaboration that occurs between the members. Joseph feels being a member of 5DP TAB will allow him to help bring practical resources and information to the teachers in his district.


Bridget Monagle: Bridget has been teaching in the Revere Public School system for 10 years. She is currently a 4th and 5th grade Reading/ELA teacher at the Hill Elementary School. She has been a part of the school leadership team, advisory committee and has initiated the intramural basketball program. Bridget has her Master's degree from Salem State University in Elementary Education, her CAGs from AIC in Educational Leadership and is currently pursuing her Ed.D from NOVA Southeastern University and hopes to finish this spring. Bridget wanted to join the 5DP Committee because she feels that having the chance to work with other educators is essential and beneficial to grow as an educator.


Meaghan Murphy: Meaghan Murphy is a mathematics teacher at Revere High School. She is in her sixth year as a teacher and her fifth year as an inclusion Geometry and Advanced Algebra teacher. Meaghan majored in History and minored in Mathematics at UMass Boston and holds a Masters in Secondary Education for Mathematics from Boston College. In addition to serving on the 5DP Teacher Advisory Board, Meaghan has collaborated with other 5DP teachers on the high school Geometry year long plans and continues to collaborate with 5DP colleagues as they research and identify the “big ideas” for high school mathematics. Meaghan joined the 5DP Teacher Advisory Board because she believes that strong communication and collaboration among teachers is key to student success throughout the 5DP.


Jane Wright: Jane is a 6th grade English teacher at the Salemwood School in Malden. She is currently in her 23rd year teaching. She has taught English or Reading in grades 6-8, was a Reading Specialist in a school K-5, and has taught Kindergarten. Jane has been a Team Leader for the past seven years at her school and was previously a mentor for new teachers. In addition to being on the 5DP Teacher Advisory Board, she is part of the 5DP committee creating common assessments in English. Jane has her Masters in Reading from Salem State and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from UMass-Boston. She is also certified to teach English in grades 5-9. Her goal for joining the 5DP Teacher Advisory Board is to bridge communication between the district and 5DP and to increase awareness to the resources, created by teachers, available to teachers.

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Have a question or need more information about the 5 Districts Partnership?

Please contact the 5DP’s Executive Administrator for Curriculum and Development, Cove Davis, and let the 5DP know how we can support your efforts.

The Vision of the 5DP is to collaborate around four central areas: student achievement, efficiency, educator relationships and fiscal prudence.

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