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Welcome to the Inspire ’16 Professional Development Day Website.  

This Teacher-Driven PD Day has a wide variety of options for educators both within the Mendon-Upton Regional School District and outside of the district to participate, collaborate and learn.  

Register for Sessions:  
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  • The day will begin at 8:00, with the keynote presentation, starting promptly at 8:15 in the Nipmuc HS Auditorium. 
  • Once sessions are approaching capacity, registration maybe closed if we can’t find a larger venue.  
  • Some rooms may be changed between now and the day of the event.  
  • Some details of sessions may be adapted as well.
  • We still welcome session proposals by emailing Maureen Cohen at mcohen@mursd.org
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Important Note:  
  • Please read the session information carefully.  Some of the sessions are open to all participants, and others are closed sessions for only MURSD participants. 

For additional details about the day go to:  March 11 PD Day Information
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Friday, March 11 • 8:15am - 9:00am
Keynote: The Courage to Run with Aaron Polansky

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Courage is a relative term, and to run can certainly take on several meanings.  Having the courage to run can be interpreted in numerous ways.  Make no mistake about it; having the courage to run means we are moving.  We are either running from something or toward something; and it's usually both.  Having the courage to run means we've made a decision, and our decisions are catalysts for great things.  Everything that happens in our lives happens first on Friday, March 11, 2016 in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District.  Bring your sneakers.  We may even run.  It's your time to glisten.  Why not you?

You'll laugh, you'll feel, and most importantly-you'll think.  Aaron delivers an authentic message that changes lives and transforms cultures.  Aaron brightens mindsets, builds capacity, and ignites action.  His message transcends day-to-day routine and resonates for a lifetime.  Your outlook will change immediately.  The results are long-lasting and have helped to transform individuals, companies, and school systems alike.

Aaron was the 2011 Wrestling USA Magazine Massachusetts Man of the Year, 2013 Massachusetts Assistant Principal of the Year, and the 2015 Frederick Douglass Award Recipient for contributions to 'at risk' youth.

Aaron recently created the 'Walk a Mile Scholarship' to support at-risk youth interested in pursuing post-secondary education in a field where they too will pay it forward.  Aaron currently serves as the Principal of Bristol County Agricultural High School and resides in Southeastern, MA with his wife Rhonda, their six children, and dog Stella. 

(This is open to all participants). 

avatar for Aaron Polansky

Aaron Polansky

Administrator, Old Colony RVTHS
As seen on CNN, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, and CBS. From the school that received over 50,000 views of their 2017 snow cancellation announcement (https://youtu.be/up-kjFaXRP4). You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reflect. Currently the Superintendent-Director of Old Colony Regional Vocational... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am EST
Nipmuc Auditorium