Thursday, June 22, 2017

A message from Josh Amaral

Dear New Bedford Educators,

As the school year comes to a close, I wanted to write to thank you all for everything you do for our students and our schools. Over the last month, I was fortunate to have attended an abundance of celebrations, promotion ceremonies and graduations and found myself thinking about the dozens of teachers who made an impact on each child walking across the stage, field, or room. I think about the dozens of teachers who made that impact on me. In early June, I ran across this article that emphasized that point: Thanks for driving the massive effort that goes into another memorable year of moving New Bedford's young people forward.

I know teaching can be a thankless and stressful profession, and the endless blizzard of new mandates, methods and requirements only make it harder. While I'd like to think we've made some positive strides in New Bedford, I know we're far from perfect and still have a lot of work to do. And on that note, if you'd ever like to chat or send along ideas, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

I hope you have a relaxing and joyful summer, and that the life-changing, enormous value of what you do, even in the face of adversity, does not go unappreciated. 

Thank you!



Anonymous said...

gee thanks Josh
as i clean out my desk for not showing enough improvement over last year- oh data data.
i was immediately hired in a different district who welcomed me.
why are teachers allowed 1-2 years to improve test scores and pia allowed 5+ years to improve -rather destroy our city-your city!
the last school committee meeting should have made you stand up and say enough but then again the mayor would get mad at you.
why dont you talk privately and confidentially with teachers and get the real story of how we are treated.
how much turnover are you going to allow before this ends.

Anonymous said...

So, Bailey out at Keith(2 years at helm) Replaced by Almeida from DeValles(2 years) VP from Lincoln to Swift(that perfect hire returning to Dartmouth) VP from Pulaski (1 year) sent to Lincoln, Normandin taken over by 26 year I missing anything? NBHS turnover sounds horrendous too. How many TFA? What is going on? Urban students deserve structure, consistency, and familiarity. All this shake up does is increase anxiety. Maybe short term assessment gains, at what cost?

Anonymous said...

The School Committee at some point will have to realize that this dangerous instability is directly attributable to the mean-spiritedness and mismanagement at PRAB. What did Durkin's evaluation this year look like?

Anonymous said...

I can't believe more wasn't made of the teacher who spoke so eloquently at the last SC meeting! He basically said the data was flawed, he alerted his superiors, and they told him to shut up about it! Where is the story?

Anonymous said...

Everyone brace yourself for the upcoming resignations. I'm sure there will be excellent teachers sprinting towards other jobs. What is Durkin doing to keep them here? Is there a plan to retain talented teachers? She will have no one to blame except herself when they say bye-bye. The "don't let the door hit you in the rump" policy doesn't work well these days. Neither does "the kids need you." She's laughing all the way to the bank.

Anonymous said...

I have noticed that there has been a change to the New Bedford Educators Associations website. It now links to the MTA. Why the change, and where does one now get previous information that was listed on the lefthand side, including agendas and personnel reports?