Inspire '16 has ended
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:  
  • Please view the schedule options and click on the sessions you would like to attend to register and to build your day’s schedule.  
  • This can be changed at any time leading up to the day.  
  • You can view the schedule in various forms (simple, expanded, grid, by venue) by clicking on the Schedule Dropdown arrow.
  • 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
Search Features:  
  • You can use the filtering feature on the right by clicking on the topical categories. 
  • You can also use the search box to search by keyword, people, or tags.  
  • Want to know who is attending various sessions?  Click on the session and the attendees will be listed on the session page.  

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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Aaron Polansky

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 Technical High School, Aaron previously served as Assistant Principal, then Principal of Bristol County Agricultural High School. Aaron was named 2011 Wrestling USA Massachusetts Magazine Man of the Year, 2013 Massachusetts Assistant Principal of the Year and was the recipient of the 2015 Frederick Douglass Award for his contributions to 'at risk youth'.  Aaron is best-known for promoting a safe, rigorous and innovative environment where students and teachers are encouraged to innovate and take positive risks. Under his leadership, Bristol Aggie programs were recognized by The White House, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Geographic, and other nationally renowned organizations, for innovative and collaborative educational efforts. In 2017, Aaron signed with DBC Books and has since published “Dolphins in Trees” and “Beyond Us” which have been used to guide SEL curriculum and leadership trainings nationwide. Aaron has delivered keynote addresses at national conferences, schools, and for the private sector throughout the United States.