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AFTER RENEWAL-KEEP ALL DOCUMENTATION IN A SAFE PLACE!

*LICENSE RENEWAL*
All Educator Licenses at the Professional Stage must be renewed every five years.
Relicensure
•Primary License: 150 PDPs (no longer 120)
•Each Additional License: 30 PDPs

Re licensing questions: http://www.doe.mass.edu/recert/qa.html

•Align your Individual Professional Development Plans with school and/or district improvement goals

•Obtain supervisor approval indicating that 80% of the Professional Development Points (PDPs) are consistent with the educational goals of the school and/or district

•Earn a minimum of 10 hours in a topic

•Seek your supervisor's endorsement of their completed professional development plan prior to applying for recertification.










    Be active in this year's elections- vote for the candidate that supports PUBLIC EDUCATION!
           The new governor gets to appoint the Commissioner of Education!

    REPRESENTATIVES NEEDED FOR
    ALL PLYMOUTH AND CARVER BUILDINGS
    IMPORTANT UPDATES THAT NEED TO BE DELIVERED
    SEPTEMBER 10, 2014   4:30   PCIS

   EAPC/MTA/NEA DUES INFO-

Please make sure to check your first pay stub of the school year to ensure that your pay is correct and that the proper dues amount is being deducted.

- Please make sure to save your final December pay stub, as this will have information relevant for yearly tax purposes.

  The link below will take you to a breakdown of dues information for 2014-2015 years.  Please contact the EAPC office at     office@plymouthcarvereducators.com if you have any questions.


Click here for dues information-

    What does the EAPC dues of $170 cover?  Salaries-president and office manager, stipends for committees, pay roll taxes, accounting services, insurance, rent, utilities,  phone, office supplies, office equipment, conferences, annual meeting, NEA RA

  MTA - The obvious benefit is the legal services for our members. More than 65 issues went before the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Board. In  2013 2014, we have retained attorneys to protect member rights, used the daily call desk to the legal department and have an MTA field representative assigned to Plymouth and Carver on speed dial.

2014-2015 - 5 contract negotiations, the Plymouth health agreement needs to be renegotiated, the second year of the evaluation tool must be reviewed and revised, District Determines Measures/staff and administrator surveys need to be negotiated....
 
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Teacher Evaluation Process:  Please contact Donna if you have concerns or suggestions for changes in the current evaluation tool or piloted DDM's.

        The joint labor/management committee will use your results to make decisions on the District Determined Measures for next year.

    DDM's do NOT affect your performance rating!   The only thing it determines is whether you are placed on a 1 or 2 year SELF- DIRECTED Plan.
    Carver and Plymouth agree that the evaluation process and the identifying and selecting of District Determined Measures will be reviewed annually.

     More detailed information available through MTA Educator Evaluation Toolkits

   Looking for information on Retell?  Common Core?  Parcc?  MTA Educator Toolkits are a great resource!
           
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   Negotiations have begun in Plymouth - Mary Mckeon, Cindy Toomey, Cindy Barber are the chairs for educators, secretaries, paraprofessionals. No signed agreements at this time.   Carver has begun their strategy sessions for Teachers and paraprofessionals.

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      Plymouth/Carver Insurance Update: Premiums have increased by 5%.  This not negotiable.
   
The current  agreements do not in any way affect contribution level changes, and in fact protects them for three years.

    Click on this link to see chart of new Plymouth health insurance copays: Link to Health Insurance Chart

- Non-Medicare eligible retirees' status was not changed.  Those hired before 1986 may fall into this category - please call the Benefits office to see if you are in this group.  These retirees may be eligible for Medicare through a spouse, or will have access to Blue Choice or Blue Care Elect in retirement. 





Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners
(RETELL)

A Message Regarding License Renewal

A core academic teacher (CATs)1 of at least one English language learner (ELL) who has failed to obtain the SEI Endorsement when assigned to a Department-designated cohort year, will not be able to renew, advance, or extend his or her license until the educator obtains the SEI Endorsement.

As of July 1, 2016, if a CAT is assigned to a classroom with an ELL, the CAT will be required to earn the SEI Endorsement within a year.

•A CAT who is renewing a professional license may have already earned a significant number of professional development points (PDPs) prior to the enrollment in the Department's SEI course. As a one-time initiative, the Department will allow educators to carry PDPs earned via the ESE SEI course from one renewal cycle to the next. However, educators must maintain all of their PD records for both renewal cycles to ensure their eligibility to carry the SEI PDPs into the next renewal cycle.

•PDPs earned through the SEI Endorsement course may be applied to license renewal as content PDPs. Similar to the allowance for carrying excess SEI PDPs from one renewal cycle to the next, this is also a one-time exception.


The Fall Course located in Plymouth has been designated as a regional program. What that essentially means is that all classes will  take place on Saturday.

Want to get a head start on the readings? 
RETELL Advisory No. 10: Course Readings

(one more requirement attached to our licenses)

EAPC/MTA/NEA DUES INFO-

- Please make sure to save your final December pay stub, as this will have information relevant for yearly tax purposes.

The link below will take you to a breakdown of dues information for 2014-2015 years.  Please contact the EAPC office at office@plymouthcarvereducators.com if you have any questions.

Also, a couple quick reminders:

- Please make sure to check your first pay stub of the school year to ensure that your pay is correct and that the proper dues amount is being deducted.

Click here for dues information
Background Checks: We are the last state to require this.


The law requires all public and private preK-12 school employees in Massachusetts, as well as early childhood educators, to submit to fingerprint-based national and state criminal background checks. Specifically, all school-related personnel with the potential for direct and unmonitored contact with children will be subject to national and state fingerprint-based criminal background checks.  

When do I have to submit to a fingerprint check?

Individuals who have begun service for their school employer on or after July 1, 2013, must submit their fingerprints for national and state criminal background checks to be performed once the system is established during the 2013- 2014 school year, according to the process created by the Commonwealth and according to the schedule established by DESE. CORI checks continue to be required at least once every three years for current or prospective school employees who might have direct and unmonitored contact with children.

School employees and others (who might have direct and unmonitored contact with children) who began service for their school employer prior to July 1, 2013, shall submit fingerprints for national and state criminal background checks before the start of the 2016-2017 school year, on a phased-in basis and according to a schedule established by DESE.

Where will the fingerprinting take place?
Fingerprinting will take place at sites to be identified around the state.  The closest is Bourne, yet Plymouth fingerprinting can be done at Cordage Park.

How much does it cost?
The law provides that the fee shall be $55 for employees who are certified pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71, section 38G, and shall be $35 for employees who are not certified pursuant to section 38G. The law provides that the secretary of administration and finance, in consultation with the secretary of public safety and security and the commissioner of education, may increase the fee accordingly if the FBI increases the fee for its fingerprint background check service.

Many people have asked about the difference in the fee.  This fee was set by the legislators and part of the law.  Do I have to have my finger prints taken. No, but you will not be employable in a public school setting.

For more specific information - you can go to
http://www.massteacher.org/advocating/background_checks.aspx