On behalf of the

Written by STA Administrator.

Lou St. John

New Bedford Education Association

160 William Street

New Bedford, MA 02740


Dear President St. John,

On behalf of the Somerville Teachers Association, I am writing to you to offer our support. The actions of the New Bedford Public Schools Superintendent are draconian to use the frequently labeled term. We believe that one of the other models for school improvement should have been used. Particularly a model that gives the hard and smart working educators a voice in how to improve their school.

Unfortunately, it appears that we are at a time in public education where politicians and business people believe they know what is best for schools, students and teachers.

I have asked the members of the STA to consider attending the rally on January 17th. If they are not able to do so, I have asked them to send a personal message of support to either the NBEA’s Facebook page or your email address. Personally, I am planning to attend the rally to represent my 640+ members.

Please let me know if we can offer any further assistance.


Jackie Lawrence




2013 Media Literacy Conference

Written by STA Administrator.

Playful Learning that will take place on Saturday, November 2nd, from 8am to 5pm (EDT) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During this event, through inspiring talks, hands-on workshops, and expert panels, teachers will have the chance to explore with local colleagues and national experts how to effectively integrate games and new media into teaching and ignite student passion in the classroom.

You can find more information about the conference and register at:



RETELL in a Nutshell

Written by STA Administrator.

“Core academic teachers” who teach English Language Learners (ELLs) will soon be required to obtain a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Teacher Endorsement under the state’s Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) initiative. 1 The impact of this requirement is a mandatory subject of bargaining. Districts may not assign ELLs to affected teachers who have not obtained the endorsement by the required deadline. Training to meet the requirement will be rolled out between the spring of 2013 and the 2015-16 school year. When they have met the requirement, affected teachers will apply for the SEI Endorsement via their ELAR accounts. There are still several unanswered questions about RETELL. More information will be available from the MTA at, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) at, your local association and your district administration. Read more by downloading the attached PDF.

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Written by STA Administrator.

Do you spend personal money on school supplies?

Are you concerned about class size?

Do you spend more time addressing in-direct student services?

How much does it cost to educate our students?

A whole generation of students has gone through the Massachusetts public schools since the last time an analysis of what it costs to educate our children from pre-K to high school graduation was done. That’s why educators, education support professionals, and community members need to advocate for legislation to help determine how best to provide opportunities for every Massachusetts student.

Let’s be proactive…let’s be informed...! Learn more about House Bill 153, An Act to Fulfill the Promise of Education Reform: Adequate Funding for Student Success. Join your colleagues at a discussion with:

Senator Patricia Jehlen

Second Middlesex District

Thursday, November 17, 2011

4:30 PM

West Somerville Neighborhood School

177 Powderhouse Boulevard

Somerville, MA 02144

Contact Frances Cooper-Berry, via e-mail, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information and to be included in the Legislative Political Action Team (LPAT).

LPAT Second Middlesex Senate District is a collaboration of members

of the Massachusetts Teachers Association from Medford, Somerville, and Winchester