Friday, October 5, 2018

Faculty Rep. and Board Member Training

2019 MTA Next Generation Program - Registration Open!

Please consider applying  to the 2018-2019 MTA Next Generation Leadership program. The MTA Next Generation Leadership Program is for MTA members who want to help make their locals powerful and effective organizations.  It is designed to inspire activism and to teach members how to solve workplace problems through active engagement. More information about the Next Generation leadership program is available here.  All MTA members who meet the criteria below are welcome to attend-whether you've been a member for 1 year or 20 years. 

Participation criteria:
  • Active service members currently employed;
  • Have not served as a union officer or executive board member for more than three years;
  • Are motivated by an impulse to help build strong, capable, active local associations;
  • May or may not have any background as a union activist or activist in other organizations;
  • Curious, purposeful, willing to share what you know and learn what others share.

Sessions will be held in different regions of the state according to the following schedule:

Education Association of Plymouth-Carver Office |  Friday, November 2 at 5:00 pm - Sunday, November 4 at 12:00 pm
MTA Auburn Office  |  Friday, January 25 at 5:00 pm - Sunday, January 27 at 12:00 pm
MTA Headquarters in Quincy   |  Wednesday, February 20 at 5:00 pm - Friday, February 22 at 12:00 pm  (vacation week offering)
MTA Holyoke Office  |  Friday, March 29 at 5:00 pm - Sunday, March 31 at 12:00 pm  
MTA Lynnfield  |  Friday, May 31 at 5:00 pm - Sunday, June 2 at 12:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Applications are considered on a rolling basis. This application will serve for all of the above dates. APPLY TODAY!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

South Coast Social Emotional Learning Summit – Registration open!

Join your fellow MTA members and other educators at the South Coast Social Emotional Learning Summit onSaturday, October 27, at Somerset Berkley Regional High School.

This free program is open to teachers, education support professionals, administrators and school committee members. The planning committee includes area school educators and the MTA, in conjunction with the Office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, the Carney Family Foundation, Bay Coast Bank and the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce.

Register here!

The day will feature more than 40 workshops, many of which are being presented by MTA members. Topics include:
  • Bullying
  • Building Relationships with Urban Middle School Students
  • Just Talk About It (Adolescent Mental Health)
  • Responsive Classroom for Specialist Teachers
  • Supporting Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Students
  • Mindfulness for Teachers
  • Using Books to Talk About Race and Racism
  • Welcoming All Families: Starting a Home Visit Program
  • A Relationship-Building Approach to Classroom Management
  • Cyber Safety: Do’s and Don’ts for Keeping Safe from Online Predators
  • Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Succeed and Avoid Substance Abuse
  • Supporting Immigrant Students in Our Schools

The agenda for the day will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with three workshop sessions and a lunch. The keynote address will be delivered by author and psychologist Mitch Abblett, Ph.D. Dr. Abblett is the author of The Mindfulness Skills Activity Book for Children.
We hope to see you on October 27!

Monday, September 17, 2018

NBEA Scholarship Fundraiser Car Wash

We hope that you will support our Scholarship Fundraiser Car Wash.  Every dollar raised at this car wash will go directly to our scholarship fund.

Donations can be sent to New Bedford Educators Association
160 William Street, New Bedford, Ma. 02740

Friday, September 14, 2018

After debate, NB charter school resolution referred to committee

"Jacqueline Reis, spokeswoman for the Office of the Commissioner confirmed that for FY19, the department of Elementary and Secondary Education projects that New Bedford Public Schools will pay $15,904,542 in charter school tuition and receive $1,892,986 in reimbursement."

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Charter School Facts

·       The state will allow an additional 1,225 charter school seats in New Bedford. We are faced with one expansion seeking 1,180 seats, another expansion seeking 100 seats and a new school seeking 1,008 seats.

·       New Bedford already pays nearly $14 million annually in tuition to charter schools attended by 1,175 New Bedford students.

·       If the state approves reaching the city’s charter school seat cap, New Bedford Public Schools will lose approximately $30 million annually, leading to lost resources and programs, staff cuts and possible school closures.

·       Compared to the district public schools, charter schools in New Bedford do not educate the same rate of English Language Learners and students with special learning needs.

·       Charter schools push out students who do not conform, and they are closed off to students who arrive in the district mid-year.

·       The community has no control over charter schools, and the two proposed expansions will not even be subject to public hearings.

New Bedford Public Schools meet the needs of every student and do not deserve to have funding siphoned away by privately run charter schools. The same arguments against increasing the number of charter schools exist today as when voters defeated Question 2 in 2016. 

Increases in Charter School Seats will Harm our Students and Schools


The New Bedford Educators Association strongly opposes any increase in the number of charter school seats in the district. The proposed  charter school expansions would- if approved- cause irreparable harm to students in New Bedford Public Schools by draining resources, cutting staff and possibly closing whole schools. The NBEA stands with New Bedford’s elected leaders in opposing Alma Del Mar’s proposed expansion of 1,180 charter seats for students in grades K to 8, Global Learning’s expansion of 100 seats for students in grades 5 to 12 and the opening of a new 1,008-seat New Bedford Cheironeum for grades 6 to 12. We must protect our public schools and the educators who are dedicated to teaching every child.

FUNDING:  New Bedford is projected to pay $13.8 million to privately run charter schools this fiscal year. That is the tuition to cover the approximately 1,175 students attending charter schools. The state will allow an additional 1,225 charter school seats in New Bedford, so the city’s tuition to charters stands to effectively double.

Imagine our schools losing $30 million ANNUALLY!

Already, New Bedford is barely spending what the state considers a minimum amount necessary to the needs of all students.  The Legislature did not fix the broken Foundation Budget formula used for state aid to public schools, so communities, including New Bedford are actually underspending on public education.

Spending more on charters will only undermine the schools working with the vast majority of New Bedford students.

FAIRNESS:  New Bedford’s current mix of charter schools does not educate all students. Compared to district public schools, the charters do not educate similar rates of English Language Learners or students with special learning needs. As grade levels increase at charter schools, the student population shrinks, indicating persistent “push out” of students who do not conform to the charter school’s environment.

If enrollment shrinks as grade levels increase, the state should not approve adding seats to programs that either do not meet their obligation or whose services are not wanted by the community.

COMMUNITY: NBEA members must connect with families to let them know the harm posed by these charter school expansion plans. The environment we faced when we successfully defeated Question 2 has not changed. The funding formula used to pay for charter schools still robs district schools and the students attending them.

There is no local control over charter schools, and in cases of the proposed expansions there will not be any public hearings before the state. Only the new school proposal, which is being submitted for a fourth time after three previous rejections, requires a public hearing if it moves forward.

The charter schools in New Bedford have not been good partners, despite the city’s willingness to assist them. Last year, New Bedford High School allowed students from Alma Del Mar to access academic services not available to them at their own school.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Earn FREE Special Ed and ELL PDPs this Fall with MTA!

This Fall MTA is offering four FREE two-day workshops in Quincy and Westfield where you'll be able to earn PDPs towards your license renewal. We have member-designed workshops in Special Education and English Language Learners that will meet relicensure requirements in those areas.   
Quincy MTA Headquarters, October 13 and 27 (9am-4pm both days)
Creating Success with English Learner Students (15 ELL PDPs)
Fine Tuning Phonics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties (K-5) (15 SPED PDPs)

Westfield State University, October 13 and 20 (9:30am-4:30pm both days)
Teaching ELLs Using Culturally Meaningful Children's Books (15 ELL PDPs) 
Weaving SEL into Your Classroom to Make a Big Difference for Special Needs Students (15 SPED PDPs)

Registration will open on Sunday, September 16 at 3:00pm.

For descriptions and to register, please visit this link.

MTA is planning on offering more opportunities to earn PDPs in these and other subject areas during February Vacation, Saturdays in March & April, April vacation, and next Summer.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Elaine Santos

"New Bedford Educators Association is sadden by the news of the death of our colleague and friend, Mrs. Elaine Santos. Elaine was a delightful, genuine, and caring person; her loss will have a deep impact on both the students and staff of Gomes School."

New Hire Meet and Greet

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A message from Josh Amaral

I want to pass my sincere condolences to Cathy's colleagues, friends, and family. She was a positive force in the lives of her students and was a frequent and steadfast advocate for NBPS students and educators. While I never had Cathy as a teacher, friends who did provide testimonials that speaks volumes. Ironically, I did learn some from her devoted husband Dave, who was my first ever baseball coach and a wonderful person. I feel fortunate to have gotten to know their family, and my thoughts are with their children Ashley, Brittany, and Justin in this difficult time. 

New Bedford teacher, husband killed in tragic crash

http://ABC6 - Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather

A message from Chris Cotter

I would like to offer my condolences to Cathy Oliveira’s family, extended family, friends, and colleagues. She was a strong advocate for children and there were times she felt defeated. Cathy never gave in and continued her fight for kids first and then those internal issues that she was being dealt. She will always hold a special place in my heart as I hold her friendship in high regards! Please reach out to the EAP program if anyone finds difficulty with this situation! 
R.I.P. Cathy
Chris Cotter

New Bedford couple inseparable in life and death

"Cathy Oliveira was a dynamic teacher who made a lasting impact on hundreds of children and earned the admiration of her colleagues. The New Bedford Educators Association is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our member. Cathy will always be in our memories and will never be forgotten."

Thursday, August 30, 2018

SEI Endorsement Teacher Course here in New Bedford! Register now for the Fall!

Dear NBPS Educators and staff:

This is a reminder to register for our next SEI Endorsement Teacher course!

WHO:  Any Educator (Teacher, administrator, paraprofessional interested who has not yet received their SEI Endorsement)
WHAT:  SEI Endorsement Teacher course for PDPs only
WHEN:  Fall course, the first class is on Tuesday, September 11th.  Seats are limited; registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Priority placement will be granted to Core Subject matter Educators.
WHERE:  Normandin Middle School (Library Conference Room- 3rd Floor)
HOW:  Registration is done through SmartPD beginning Tuesday, July 10th.  Registration closes on Monday, September 10. 
COST: The course cost is $450. Payment must be received by Tuesday, September 4th.

The fine print:
  • Checks should be made payable to NBPS and paid in the Office of Business and Finance by 9/4/18. 
  • 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
    • Full legal first name (including middle initial)
    • MEPID
    • 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!

Sonia Walmsley
Executive Director of Educational Access & Pathways
New Bedford Public Schools
455 County Street. New Bedford, MA 02740
508-997-4511 Ext. 3333 or 3315

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Early Career Educators Conference – November 17, 2018

The MTA’s New Member Committee is pleased to announce the Early Career Educators Conference (formerly the Just for New Teachers Conference) to be held at Worcester Technical High School on November 17, 2018.

MTA’s Early Career Educator Conference, designed for PK-12 teachers, paraprofessionals, and community college professors in their first five years of practice, presents the perfect opportunity for participants to meet with fellow educators and learn how to strengthen their classroom management skills, technology skill and much more! 

This one-day conference offers 23 different two-hour workshops, including workshops on supporting English language learners and students with special needs, designing great lesson plans and assessments, and creating a positive environment for students, so that participants can choose the workshops that best meet their own learning and teaching needs. 

This conference is FREE to attend for MTA members and SEAM members.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Superintendent Message Aug 2018

New Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Anderson and Asst. School Superintendent Karen Treadup welcome students and parents as they gear up for the new school year. August, 2018.