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Professional Rights and Responsibilities (PR&R) meets twice a month to review issues that might impact our contract language. Special thanks to Janine Kennedy and Deb Newhall for their dedicated service and Union representation for Carver and Plymouth. Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement!


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•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

If renewing a professional-level license prior to July 1, 2016, the following requirements apply to renewal of a primary license:
1.Individual professional development plans (IPDP)* must include at least 150 PDPs for the designated Primary Area. At least 120 of the PDPs must be in the content area of the license or in pedagogy directly related to the educator's primary license, with at least 90 of these PDPs in the content area of the educator's primary license.

If renewing a professional-level license on or after July 1, 2016, the following requirements apply to renewal of a primary license:

1.Professional development activities shall be identified by the educator and supervisor during the development of, and review of, the Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP)* in order to better support student achievement. Individual professional development plans must include at least 150 PDPs including:

a.At least 15 PDPs related to SEI or English as a Second Language.

b.At least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.

c.At least 90 PDPs in the content area of the license or in pedagogy, with no less than 60 PDPs in or related to the content area of the educator's primary license.

*As indicated in 603 CMR 44.04(1)(c), the same plan can be utilized to satisfy license renewal and educator evaluation.

        The annual meeting approved the budget for 2015-2016.  The changes in by-laws was also approved. 
                   The by laws are attached to this website.
Officers for 205-2016
        President: Donna  
        Plymouth Elementary VP and political action leader-Tom Pinto
        Plymouth Secondary VP - Cindy Barber - paraprofessional
        Carver VP - Tammy Johnson
        Secretary -Katie LeCaro McGrath
        Treasurer- Doug Fies
         Office Manager - Linda McCarthy

  Contract Updates:
         Carver teachers have a signed agreement.  Work on the stipends is ongoing.
         Carver paraprofessionals are well into negotiations.  All proposals are on the table.
         Plymouth teachers have met several times and all proposals are on the table. 
         Plymouth paraprofessionals and secretaries are working on their proposals to
         be presented at a later date.    (waiting for teachers to go first!)                

  Evaluation Process: IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS OR CONCERNS INVOLVING THE PROCESS - PLEASE NOTIFY   PRESIDENT@PLYMOUTHCARVEREDUCATORS.COM   There is a standing committee that reviews the process in both Plymouth and Carver.


  More detailed information available through MTA Educator Evaluation Toolkits                       
     PLYMOUTH INSURANCE UPDATE:   After a formal request from Union Leaders  under the letterhead of C.O.P.E.,  the Selectmen voted   to open coalition bargaining  (Section 19) in regards to insurance plan design and contribution rates.  Every bargaining unit under the 150E regulations has a representative on the negotiating team.
          May 18th- initial meeting with proposals
          June 1 - over 4 hour session
          June 8 - 3.5 hour session
   We are awaiting the finalized proposal from the town.  Next meeting is scheduled for June 29th.
   The EAPC is proudly represented by your three negotiation chairs as well as MTA representative, Josh Levit.
     Mary McKeon - teachers
     Cindy Barber - paraprofessionals
     Cindy Toomey - secretaries

     Donna Ramsay - spokesperson for  C.O.P.E.

      Carver- the Home-rule petition approved by town meeting has been filed with the legislature. All retiree benefits remain at 75/25 and future retirees are guaranteed 75/25 until 2025. The teacher's contribution rate remains at 25%.  Special thanks to Deb Gesualdo for her strong representation at the table.


SEI Endorsements: As a reminder, all educators who are seeking the SEI endorsement must apply for the endorsement in ELAR at
MTA members may request assistance from MTA staff by sending an email to

   Looking for information on Retell?  Common Core?  Parcc?  MTA Educator Toolkits are a great resource!
                                                                 Background Checks:

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? 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.
      Please note the MorphoTrust USA? fingerprinting location in Plymouth, MA has moved. The
      new location is 385 Court Street Suite 305/306, Plymouth, MA 02360. The hours of operation
      are Tuesday and Thursday 9:00A-5:30P, Wednesday 10:00A-7:00P, Saturday 8:00A-2:00P.

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.

                     This is the website from Plymouth.

For more specific information - you can go to

Click here for dues information

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. 

Student and Staff Feedback in Educator Evaluation- Administration has agreed that there will be no system wide feedback process for this year!

DESE Regulation 603 CMR 35.07 identifies 3 categories of evidence to be used in the course of an educator's 5-step evaluation cycle.  These include:
1. Products of Practice
2. Multiple Measures of Student Learning, Growth and Achievement
3. Other Evidence rated to Standards of Practice

     The third category of evidence includes the use of  student feedback.  Beginning  2014-2015 school year, the school districts are to collect    feedback from students for use in the educator evaluation.  Administrators will be required to collect feedback from staff for use in their educator evaluation.

     DESE does not require a particular instrument, however, they have published suggested surveys.  Click the link here.

      EAPC Negotiations will focus on these key concepts:

  •          Feedback should be meaningful and actionable.
  •          Feedback collection can take many forms-and does not have to include DESE's forms
  •          Feedback can be introduced to inform any part of the evaluation cycle
  •          No specific weights or formulas are connected in the use of feedback.