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*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.










        May, 2014      EAPC Officer Elections
     Looking for candidates for:   President, Plymouth Secondary Vice President, Secretary

Interested in running for office? Nomination papers (50 signatures) due by April 29th.  Need more information on job requirements? contact Donna

    Interested in being part of the Negotiating Process for 2014-2015? contact EAPC officers for more information

Teacher Evaluation Process: 
        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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      Plymouth/Carver Insurance Update:
    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. 


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 2013-2014 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
  Change in the Bullying Law:  MGL c.71, s.370
  The definition in the 2013 legislation:

After the words "students", is now included, "or by a member of a school staff including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity, or paraprofessional."

Bullying is:  repeated use of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture in combination thereof, directed at a victim that:
(i) causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or damage to the victim's property
(ii) places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property
(iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the victim
(iv) infringes on the rights of the victim at school;
(v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

For the purposes of this section, bullying shall include cyber-bullying.

   Take the Pledge: Stand Up For Bullied Students

For information click:   NEA’s Bully Free: It Starts With Me

One caring adult can make all the difference. NEA’s Bully Free: It Starts With Me campaign asks you to fill out this pledge form so that you can be that one caring adult.

I agree to be identified as a caring adult who pledges to help bullied students. I will listen carefully to all students who seek my help and act on their behalf to put an immediate stop to the bullying. I will work with other caring adults to create a safe learning environment for all the students in my school.