Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Message from Chris Cotter

Good morning to all,

WOW what a week! I would like to just take a moment of your busy lives and wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for ALL you do for the children of New Bedford. Although you may hardly, and some may say never, get the Thanks you deserve, please know that these children truly look up to all of you in their best days as well as their bad. I can tell you that there are far more parents that you may not be aware of that praise the work you all have been doing and are grateful for having you in their children’s classrooms and lives. The moral of this is to again say THANKS and to know how those you may not hear from actually are Thankful for you in all the effort and work you do. So HAPPY THANKSGIVING and enjoy the time with all you families and loved ones.

Chris Cotter

Friday, November 17, 2017

Victory for English Learners in the Legislature

After 15 years of educating English learners under a law requiring English-only Sheltered English Immersion, an MTA-supported bill was passed by the Legislature this week that will give schools more flexibility to adopt programs that meet their students' needs, including bilingual education and dual language instruction.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

NBEA statement regarding Dr. Pia Durkin's resignation

The New Bedford Educators Association wishes Superintendent Durkin well in her future endeavors. The NBEA will continue to work with her on the many important issues facing our public schools. New Bedford public school educators look forward to participating in the search for a new superintendent and welcoming that person into our community.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017-2018 MTA Rethinking Leadership Program – Application Open

MTA is pleased to open the application process for the 2017-2018 MTA Rethinking Leadership program. This leadership program supports our union’s ALL IN campaign which seeks an unprecedented level of member engagement across our locals so we can win on the issues important to our members. Through dialogue rooted in participants' experience, the Rethinking Leadership program will explore bottom-up, participatory leadership strategies to foster an active and engaged membership and to build local power.  It will address the fundamentals of outreach, recruitment, strategy development, decision-making, and planning for direct-action.

This program will focus on the following themes:
·         Understanding the balance of power and assessing local capacity
·         Bringing people together around commonly felt problems
·         Designing and carrying out action plans to solve problems

Mary Foyle, President of the Lunenburg Education Association, shared this about her experience in the program at Summer Conference:

We welcome applications from members who meet these criteria:
·         Active service members currently employed
·         Have served in a union leadership role (e.g. officer, executive board member, building representative) for two or more years*
·         Curious, purposeful, willing to share what you know, and learn from others
·         Motivated by an impulse to help build strong, capable, active local associations
  *If you are interested in creating bottom-up activism in your local, but you do not meet the "time in leadership" criteria above, please consider attending MTA's Next Generation Leadership program. More information is available here.

Training Sessions Available:
·         MTA Headquarters in Quincy  |  Saturday, December 9 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, December 10 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
·         Educational Association of Worcester Office  |  Thursday, February 22 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, February 23 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (February break offering)
·         MTA Raynham Office  |  Thursday, April 19 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, April 20 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (April break offering)
·         MTA Holyoke Office  |  Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 am –6:00 pm and Sunday, May 13 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The program requires commitment for the entire session you choose. Hotel accommodations will be provided if needed.

Tell Congress to stand up for education by opposing the Republican tax plan.

Last week, Congressional Republicans unveiled their new tax plan. Students and educators will suffer terribly if the bill becomes law.

This $5 trillion plan is a tax giveaway to the wealthiest and corporations, paid for on the backs of working families and students. It jeopardizes the ability of states and local communities to adequately fund public schools. Nationally, the bill could lead to $250 billion less in public education funding, and nearly 250,000 education jobs put at risk. 

Cutting 250,000 jobs takes teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, and administrators out of our schools-the very people who, every day, inspire students to learn, grow, and dream big.

So here's our choice: Fight for the educators, well-rounded curriculum, and support services our students need and deserve; or do nothing, and watch that money go to millionaires and billionaires instead. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Supporting ELs in Special Subjects and Support Services PD Opportunity

The Supporting English Learners in Specialty Subjects and Support Services is a training for support staff and specialists (Gym, Art, Music, teachers, nurses, TLS, ESL teachers, Paraprofessionals, etc.). However, all educators are welcomed! This training will be hosted at Keith Middle School on Thursday 12/7/17 & 1/4/18 from 8:30-3:30 PM. It will provide participants with 15 PDPs in ESL you would need for licensure or 1 graduate credit course. Registration is opened now! If you have any problem opened this link or registering for the course, please reach Betty @ ext. 3333. For more information visit our Smart PD System Website or click on the link

Early Childhood Staff PD Opportunity

We are very excited to bring once again to our NBPS Early Childhood Educators the “Early English Language Development” training on (Friday 1/15/18 & 1/26/18) from 8:30-3:30 PM @ Keith Middle Schools. Every educator is welcomed! (TLS, ESL teachers, PK teachers, K teachers, Paraprofessionals, School Administrators, etc.). This training will provide you with 15 PDPs in ESL you would need for licensure or 1 graduate credit course. Registration is opened now! If you have any problem opened this link or registering for the course, please reach Betty @ ext. 3333. For more information visit our Smart PD System Website or click on the link

Thursday, November 9, 2017

New Bedford Public Schools will offer a SEI Endorsement course this Spring

Dear NBPS Educators:

We are pleased to inform you that New Bedford Public Schools will offer a SEI Endorsement course this Spring 2018!

WHO:  Any NBPS educator that need/want to attend a SEI Endorsement course
WHAT:  SEI Endorsement course for $450
WHEN:  Spring 2018, the first class begins Tuesday, February 6th.  Seats are limited; registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
WHERE:  Normandin Middle School (81 Felton Street)
HOW:  Registration is OPEN through SmartPD. Registration closes on Friday, February 2nd.  Payment must be received by Monday, February 5, 2018.

The fine print:
-         Checks should be made payable to NBPS and paid in the Office of Business and Finance by 2/5/18 
-         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   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

Thank you all!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The City Council supports New Bedford Educators

4.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Winterson, Council President Lopes, Councillors Abreu, Gomes,
Martins and Carney, requesting, that the City Council send a letter to our local State and Federal 
Delegations in opposition of Senate Bill #279 and House Bill #304, due to the fact that the approval 
of said bills will strip our local schools and educators of their rights and voices.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thank you!

The NBEA Board of Directors would like to thank everyone (volunteers, faculty representatives, those who sold tickets, those who bought tickets, those who made contributions) who helped make our Scholarship Fundraiser a great success.

Our thanks to Domino's Pizza (Tony Squizzero) who donated pizza for our event and allowed us to use his location at  
836 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02745.

Also, we would like to thank Sunrise Bakeries and Coffee Shops,  506 Bolton Street, New Bedford and 571 Dartmouth Street, Dartmouth for donating coffee and donuts for our event.

Lastly, we'd like to thank Steve Arsenault's Kenpo Karate located at 830 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02745 for their support.

New Bedford Educators Association Annual scholarship Fundraiser Car Wash