Thursday - May 2, 2024
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Massachusetts Moderators Association and the MMA will co-sponsor a webinar on May 2 reviewing how to publicize, plan and conduct meetings that promote civil public discourse.

A panel of seasoned town moderators will offer insights from their experience in both open and representative town meetings. They will review how to develop meeting rules, anticipate contentious issues, create a climate for respectful deliberation, and manage disruptive behavior.

Speakers will include:
• Concord Town Moderator and Massachusetts Moderators Association President Carmin Reiss
• Reading Town Moderator Alan Foulds
• North Andover Town Moderator Mark DiSalvo
• Longmeadow Town Moderator Rebecca Townsend

While this webinar will focus on promoting civil discourse at annual town meetings, much of the content can be applied to all public meetings.

Appointed and elected municipal officials may register online. The hour-long webinar will begin at noon.

Only MMA members may register for this webinar. Members include appointed or elected officials from member communities across the state. Media members are not permitted to attend.

MMA Education and Training Coordinator Lily Rancatore,