Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017 MTA Summer Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 MTA Summer Conference, July 30 - August 3 at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Participants are educators, faculty, professional staff and education support professionals at public schools, universities and colleges across Massachusetts as well as retirees. Our conference theme is Learning Together for the Schools Our Communities Deserve.
Need to hone your union skills? Click here for information on our *NEW* Union Academy.

Looking for quality Professional Development? Click here for information on our Professional Development options.

Member in your first five years? Click here for information on our New Member Program.

Are you an Educational Support Professional (ESP)? Click here for information on programs of interest to ESPs. 
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We hope you can make it!

Holocaust Memorial Book Fair

Learning about the Holocaust has truly made an impact on our students' lives and this year's book fair will feature a student led account of the events leading up to and including the Holocaust, student portrayals of iconic heroes, and multi-media audio/visuals. We are also truly honored to have in attendance Freddie Meyerson, a 90-year old survivor of Kristallnacht, whom our students are eagerly awaiting to have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet. If you are able to attend and bring your families as well, my students and I would be honored to have you. If you could share this post I would greatly appreciate it. - Steve Nowell



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SEI Endorsement Course this SUMMER!

WHO:  Any NBPS Teacher

WHAT:  SEI Endorsement course for $450

WHEN:  Summer 2017, the first course begins Thursday, June 1st .  Seats are limited; registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

WHERE:  Roosevelt Middle School

HOW:  Registration is done through SmartPD beginning Wednesday, May 11.  Payment must be received by Thursday, June 1.


The fine print:

-        Checks should be made payable to NBPS and paid in the Business Office (Room 119) by 6/1/17 
-        Failure to make timely payment will result in loss of registration.
-        In order for us to accurately report completion to the DESE, your SmartPD information must be accurate please check to ensure that your Staff Record has
o   Full legal first name (including middle initial)
o   MEPID
o   Date of birth
-        As a reminder – DESE requires SEI Endorsement for license renewal.

If you have questions regarding the SEI Endorsement course, please contact Betty Fagundes at ext. 3333

If you have questions regarding SmartPD and registration, please contact Evelyn Mota at ext. 3325

Monday, May 8, 2017

An attack on teachers’ rights is an attack on education, too, and a threat against our democracy - Bruce Ditata

For those planning to Rally for Public Education on Boston Common May 20, there are significant reasons to rally, among them the desire to see less standardized testing and more learning, continued efforts to keep privatization moguls from their relentless meddling, dedication to a concept of equal funding/ equal opportunity for all students.

While all those rallying have at the core of their activism a vision of successful student outcomes, there is another menacing issue that bears watching ; an attempt to destroy teachers’ First Amendment rights to freedom of expression. Ensuring civil rights for teachers is at the core foundation of student outcomes.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is planning the “expansion of disciplinary powers” by state Education commissioner, Mitchell Chester, to tighten his grip over the opinions of the teachers’ rank and file – in turn setting off alarms at the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Giving dictatorial powers to one individual- Chester- is unprecedented,  violates due process of law, and could be implemented as early as June, 2017. It includes “ a package of proposed regulatory amendments… to suspend, limit or revoke (a teacher’s) license if -in Chester’s opinion- the educator has engaged in undefined “misconduct” that “discredits the profession.”

An informational release from Lou St. John, President of the New Bedford Educators Association, characterized the regulations as “a plan to silence educators and a threat to free speech rights of our members.”

A legal assessment by MTA stated, “ the proposed language is fatally flawed because it is overbroad and so vague… that it sweeps speech and behavior that are constitutionally protected.”
Therefore, the MTA document asks, rhetorically, could an educator’s “criticism of high stakes testing discredit the profession,” one of the protocols in the regulation?
Does a teacher bring her or his profession “into disrepute”- another of the regulation’s protocols- “by publishing an article or letter to the editor criticizing some action (by) the Commissioner?”

As any teacher knows, who has been involved in a fracas with their district , regarding their contractual obligations or advocacy for the well-being of their students, there is great power in administrative efforts to stifle dissent and often such power is wielded, relentlessly, until the teacher is pummeled into submission.

And the moral turpitude clause in the basic teacher contract is more than enough clout to discipline teachers found guilty of criminal or unethical activity.

So those who would attend the rally at Boston Common would be well advised to consider the tyranny being proposed against teachers’ freedom of expression and to consider that clear and present danger as an additional reason to march.


An attack on teachers’ rights is an attack on education, too, and a threat against our democracy.

New Bedford Educators Retirement and End of Year Celebration


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A message from Chris Cotter

I would like to take a moment to thank each and everyone of you for choosing and remaining in a profession which is constantly changing and not always for the better. Your dedication to not only your profession, but to those who matter most, THE CHILDREN, is so appreciated. Having family members in this profession for generations including my sister and daughter, I understand firsthand how important it is for teachers to remain strong during those difficult times. 

As I have stated, the test scores are not what identifies a child. Children are to be taught and pushed beyond what they believe possible. This is what teachers do each and every day. This is why I would like to say thank you to each and everyone of you on this what is teachers appreciation week!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rally in Boston - Bus Service Provided

New Bedford Educators Will Not Be Silenced

Bus Service will be available to the rally and will leave promptly at 12:15 p.m. on May 20th from New Bedford High School, 
230 Hathaway Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02740

Please RSVP to nbeducators@yahoo.com or  508-984-4441