One school’s success story featured in the newest MTA Today

MTA Today Winter 2014 Teacher Colleen Gazard works with second-grader Jace Coleman at the Dunning Elementary School in Framingham, where a focus on immersing students in reading and writing has been producing significant results. Across Massachusetts, 43 percent of third-grade students lack reading proficiency. Efforts to improve the situation are getting a boost through the work of a panel of early literacy experts that is charged with assessing the problem and streamlining resources to address it. Also in this edition, you'll find coverage of efforts to fight state takeover plans for Level 5 schools in Holyoke and New Bedford. On a lighter note, the 2014 MTA Red Sox Reading Game season is now underway.

In this Issue:

  • After 60 years, ‘Brown’ ruling resonates
  • Editorial
  • PARCC field tests draw mixed reactions
  • Letters to the editor
  • Helping students meet reading goals
  • A perfect season for books and baseball
  • ESPs learn, network and honor a colleague
  • Higher education conference draws large crowd
  • Teachers oppose takeover plans for Level 5 schools
  • MTA president issues statement on education legislation
  • Event promotes collaboration among AP and IB teachers
  • Legislature extends deadline for MECEU bill
  • ‘Good old-fashioned organizing’ helps PSU add members
  • Stories illustrate higher ed successes and challenges
  • MTA Summer Conference is set for early August
  • MTA signs agreement with SEIU and AFSCME
  • Regional retirement consultations available
  • Partnership is a gateway to success for students

This issue of MTA Today also includes a section featuring articles and other information about the 2014 MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates — Including statements by candidates in contested races — and the spring edition of the MTA Advantage.

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Stories illustrate higher ed successes and challenges

“If you have ever wondered what a miracle looked like, take a good look, because you are looking at one right now,” said Steven Fanus, who struggled with a disability that prevented him from learning to read and write as a child. Fanus credited the faculty and staff at Bristol Community College, where he is on track to receive a communications degree, with giving him access to “a world of possibilities that I on my own had never seen.”

Fanus was one of many public higher ed students, faculty and staff who traveled to Beacon Hill to share their personal stories and urge legislators to support Massachusetts’ community colleges, state universities and UMass in the state budget.

Watch and read our coverage of Public Higher Education Advocacy Day.

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