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2022 Convocation

Posted on 08/10/2022

Back-to-School Convocation 2022


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Sharif El-Mekki, founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development; 2015 Neubauer Fellow; and 2013 US Department of Education Principal Ambassador, is expected to address approximately 4,000 Springfield Public Schools teachers, principals, administrators, and staff during the annual SPS Convocation Ceremony to be held on Friday, August 26th in the auditorium at the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts School, 339 State Street at 9 a.m.

Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick said El-Mekki’s work is rooted in the elements that define the Springfield Public Schools Portrait of a Graduate. His role as keynote speaker, Warwick said, is an ideal kick off the 2022 school year, the district’s third year of Portrait of a Graduate work.

“We still have much further to go in our commitment to work with community to re-imagine how we do school,” said Warwick. “As a national and prolific advocate for public education, Mr. El-Mekki understands the deep dive we must make to create the best outcomes for students.” 

 The district has partnered with the community over three years to develop the Portrait of a Graduate, Springfield’s vision of what students need upon graduating high school to be successful in college, career, and life.

Now that the Portrait is completed, the district continues working with community to create a strategic plan focused on re-imagining instruction and revising the systems and processes to best support students to realize the vision outlined in the Portrait.

The draft strategic plan was released for public review during the summer and remains available for public feedback on the Springfield Public Schools website.

 “As we celebrate the start of the 2022-23 school year, we will focus on the success we have to date in planning a new future for our students and also on the hard work as educators and community to achieve our goals,” Warwick said.  

 Convocation will include remarks by Mayor Domenic Sarno and other dignitaries along with a special appearance by SPS Class of 2020 graduate Zyasia Knighton, a recent contestant on the nationally syndicated television program “So You Think You Can Dance.”


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