Sign Up for the Fund Our Future Rally: May 16th at the State House!

FundOurFutureNavy (1)The Fund Our Future campaign continues to gain momentum. At this point, it’s not a question of whether or not Massachusetts schools will receive more funding, but just how much and how fast they will receive it. We need to keep the pressure on to maximize this opportunity for our students and their community. Don’t forget that EB alone can expect to see $1.3 million dollars added to its annual education budget if the MTA-backed legislation is passed.

If you’re looking for a positive, forward-looking union activity that everyone from teachers to administrators to parents can agree on, this is it! Click here to RSVP with the MTA to attend the Fund Our Future rally outside the Mass. state house on May 16th at 5 pm. Also, if you’re thinking of going, please fill out this form so the EB contingent can stay in contact and communicate as we move toward the rally.

New Members: Attend the MTA Summer Conference New Member Program!

See below for a message from Ashley Adams, the MTA’s new member organizer. He visited EB last year and proved himself to be both a wealth of information and a very engaging presenter. The message is regarding a program at this year’s MTA Summer Conference, which VERY worth attending- it’s empowering, educational, and fun. Read the message below and check out this flyer- SC2019_NMP_Flyer-  for more information.

Here’s Mr. Adams’ message:

I’m writing to invite you to apply for something fun and educational.  It’s the New Member Program at the MTA Summer Conference.  This program is four days long, starting Sunday, August 4th at noon and ending Wednesday, August 7th at 5PM.  You are eligible to apply if you are an MTA member in your first five years of practice – and if you haven’t attended before.

Why might you want to attend?  It’s an ideal way to become more involved in your union.

Many of our former participants have gone on to become leaders within their locals and for the MTA.    You will work collaboratively with existing union leaders and MTA staff, while developing a wide variety of skills including: collective bargaining, problem solving, organizing, grievance handling, effective group communication, and one-on-one networking.  You will also have an opportunity to try out the skills you learn in simulated bargaining sessions, meetings with administration, and organizing campaigns.  It will also give you an excellent opportunity to collaborate with, learn from, and socialize with MTA members from across the state.

The New Member Program is developed and presented by the New Member Committee, a group of educators from across Massachusetts.  The program is offered at no cost to MTA members.

We do not take everyone.  We are limited to 40 people.  Preference will go to those qualified members who first submit their application.  So if you’re serious about getting the most out of your membership, please consider joining us for this excellent leadership opportunity,

Apply today!

Sincerely,

Ashley Adams, MTA New Member Organizer

The application for the MTA’s New Member Program is available at this website.

aadams@massteacher.org

Come fight for increased ed. funding in Massachusetts! (RSVP here)

fundourfutureAs part of the Fund Our Future campaign, the MTA is hosting a forum at Bridgewater State on Tuesday, February 26th from 4 to 5 (refreshments will be available at 3:30). The goal is for as many educators from Southeastern Massachusetts as possible to attend, so educators can learn more about Fund Our Future, and, maybe even more importantly, show Massachusetts politicians that educators from preK to college are passionate about getting our students the funding they deserve. Let’s have the EBEA bring a big showing- we are in line to receive 1.3 million dollars in our budget annually if this campaign succeeds!

Interested in attending? Find more details and RSVP here.

Have questions? Email here.

What could E.B. schools do with a $1.3 million budget boost?

fundourfutureIf you’re not already proud to be a member of the MTA, check out some of the buzz around their new initiative, the Fund Our Future Campaign. This initiative centers around the fight to win more resources for the students we teach every day by pushing state lawmakers to update the outdated Chapter 70 formula that determines how much state aid schools are allotted each year. If the state were to update the formula to better reflect things like today’s high special ed and healthcare costs, the state k-12 education system would see a $1 billion increase in funding each year; the MTA estimates that $1.3 million of those dollars would go to East Bridgewater.

Interested in learning more? Check out this recent Boston Globe article and this MTA news update.

 

Important General Membership Meeting re: Salary Schedule Concerns

What: EBEA President Curt Shippee, MTA lawyer Rich Mullane, and MTA field rep. Megan Werner will meet with EBEA general membership to explain the ongoing salary schedule issue. This is an incredibly important issue and member engagement is vital!

When: Thursday, September 20th, 4 p.m.

Where: Jr/Sr. High School Lecture Hall (ask a colleague at the high school if you need help finding it!)

Please share this with your colleagues!

 

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NEA/MTA Teacher Leadership Institute

         image001 (1)Teacher Leadership Opportunity Available – Lead from the Classroom

The Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association seeks 35 MTA members to participate in the 2018-2019 Teacher Leadership Institute Fellowship. Teachers from nine states are participating in the program.

300 teachers will participate in a comprehensive leadership development program, concluding with a field-based leadership capstone project and a focus on instructional leadership, policy leadership, or union leadership.

Time commitment – approximately 4 hours a month beginning in October, extends through August 2019 with 8 virtual workshops & 3 full-day face-to-face meetings.

Teachers selected will receive a $500 stipend, 67.5 PDPs and earn Micro-Credentials.

You must be a member of the MTA.

Click here to apply. Questions?  Gary Gilardi at ggilardi@massteacher.org