Winter issue of MTA Today

Innovation Schools were established as part of the Achievement Gap Act of 2010, and there are now 44 in operation across Massachusetts. On a recent morning, Amanda Bell, a teacher of third- and fourth-graders at the Winter Hill Innovation School in Somerville, worked with student William Baxter as he used a game-based computer program to focus on math facts. Bell says that Winter Hill teachers embraced an Innovation School plan because it gave them the flexibility to make changes they believe will help their students.

Another way that MTA members are trying to help their students is by standing up to bullying. A conference to further that effort was held in late November at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

Also in this issue:

Editorial: Trying to drink water from a fire hose
MTA seeks fairness for adjunct faculty
More districts try Innovation Schools
‘This was an opportunity to put innovation on steroids’
Four candidates running for NEA Director seats
School gardens produce healthy results
Speaker urges EMAC audience to organize
MTA and NAACP announce partnership
Members urged to support crucial bills
Governor’s budget seeks increased funding for education
New teachers focus on classroom techniques
Locals urged to bargain over RETELL impact
Malone brings wide range of experience to new post
Teachers offer views on boosting achievement
Nation gears up to celebrate love of reading
Brockton charter school proposal draws opposition
Regional retirement consultations available
Nominations sought for Human and Civil Rights Awards
Preconvention meetings to be held in April
Commission recommends retiree health insurance changes
ESP Conference to be ‘bigger and even better’
New law requires background checks for educators
Exciting new travel packages for members
Propane available at a big MTA discount
Coalition calls for revenue to fund key services

Winter 2013


Winter Issue

Human & Civil Rights Award nomination form