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Annual MASCA Conference 2016

2016 MASCA Conference and MA Reach Higher Convening
Pre Conference – afternoon of Monday April 4, 2016 
Full Conference – Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Holiday Inn, Boxborough


We invite you to join us at the  2016 MASCA Conference & MA Reach Higher Convening that will be held on Monday, April 4th (Pre-Conference) and Tuesday, April 5th (Full Conference).  Our state-wide conference and Reach Higher Convening will draw school counselors, counselor educators, and career and college experts together with a goal of helping all of the students in the Commonwealth find success in the areas of college and career readiness, academic preparedness, and social and emotional well-being.   

The Monday Pre-Conference Workshop, Legal Issues for School Counselors, will be held from 3:00 - 5:30 PM led by Attorney Gini Tate. The Pre-Conference workshop is included in your registration cost.  A wonderful President's Reception will be held on Monday evening, and the full conference will begin on Tuesday morning.   

Our full day conference on April 5th will include our first annual MA Reach Higher Convening.  Programming throughout the day will include sessions addressing the career, social/emotional and academic domains as well as program choices specifically designated as a “Reach Higher” which will be focused on preparing all of our students to “Reach Higher” for education and training post high school.   Although we have no idea at this point if they will attend, First Lady, Michelle Obama, and members of her Reach Higher staff have been invited as special guests.   

We hope you will join us for the 2016 MASCA Conference and MA Reach Higher Convening.   Our goal is to provide relevant professional development that you can bring back to implement and effect positive change in your schools. Early Bird registration is available through March 1, 2016. The cost for registration past that day increases by $25. After April 1, onsite registration will be available for an additional $35.  If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact Jen Jameson, Conference Registrar, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. General questions can be addressed to Ruth Carrigan, MASCA President & Conference Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Registration Links:

Conference Participant Registration Link 

Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration Link 



New OMEGA Scholarships Available

Through the generous sponsorship of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab, the New England University Transportation Center, and AARP, OMEGA is proud to offer three new $1000 college scholarships to recognize and reward the efforts that young adults are making to create multigenerational connections in their communities. 

ESE’s Spring Convening

ESE’s Spring Convening will take place on Monday, May 16th and will be repeated on Tuesday, May 17th in Marlborough. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.


Future Ready Mentor Tool Kit

Future Ready Massachusetts gets middle and high school students to take the necessary steps to prepare for life after high school. Future Ready Massachusetts helps middle and high school students by empowering influential adults such as mentors, parents, teachers and guidance counselors with access to college and career readiness information, tools and resources to help them guide conversations with students about how to plan for success in college, the workforce and life.


MASCA's SMART Goals Project

MASCA's SMART Goals Library


Library (see SMART Goals): HERE


Submit your goals to share:HERE