GNB Voc-Tech and Old Colony to be highlighted during DESE Leading the Nation Week

GNB Voc-Tech and Old Colony are two of the six school district sites chosen to be highlighted during the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Leading the Nation week.

During May 7-11, districts will showcase their students’ success. Commissioner Riley and Secretary Peyser will be in attendance. 

At noon on May 8, Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School will hold a Senior Send-Off/Teacher Appreciation Rally at which student leaders will talk about their teachers, and seniors will face faculty members in a volleyball game. The whole school will attend, as will Commissioner Jeff Riley. 

At 4 p.m. on May 8, Old Colony will host “Educating for the Future – 2020 and Beyond”, an event about how Old Colony partners with businesses, school districts and community organizations to advance education in science, technology, engineering and math. The event will include a social hour, exhibits, a panel discussion, and a ribbon cutting for equipment purchased with a Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant. Education Secretary James Peyser will attend the event.

About Leading the Nation

While Massachusetts has always had a strong commitment to education, the state's public schools have been recognized as national leaders on many fronts in recent years, thanks to the hard work of teachers, students, families, and communities.

The 2018 Leading the Nation campaign coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act, which increased and stabilized state aid to districts, established common learning expectations statewide, and made it easier to see where schools were doing well and where changes might be needed. Massachusetts' recent successes reflect an enduring bipartisan commitment to those principles.

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