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  Plymouth Teachers Rank Among Best in MA    2015
Plymouth teachers earned a spot on the "Best High School Teachers in America" survey.

  Plymouth public school teachers are among the best in Massachusetts, according to a new survey.
  Niche recently released its latest "Best High School Teachers in America" report, which ranked schools by state.
  Niche is a national research group started by Carnegie Mellon University.

  Plymouth teachers were ranked No. 24 in Massachusetts. The survey was based on test scores, opinion polls, and other data.
  Niche ranked more than 2,200 public and private school districts based on dozens of statistics and opinions from 235,000
  students and parents across the country.

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    Insurance Update:
  
    Click on this link to see chart of 2015-2016 Plymouth health insurance copays: Link to Health Insurance Chart

     Click on this link to Plymouth Public Employees Insurance Agreement 2015-2018: PEC

    Carver Health Insurance Approval of Homerule Petition 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 and paraprofessional's contribution rate remains at 25%. 
















     
                                HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOUR NEW IPDP? 
         IS IT SIGNED BY YOUR SUPERVISOR?
        IT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY-NOT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM'S!


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

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

    C.  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.
    2. At least 120 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.

    2. 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.

    SEI Endorsements: As a reminder, all educators who are seeking the SEI endorsement must apply for the endorsement in ELAR at gateway.edu.state.ma.us./elar/

            MTA members may request assistance from MTA staff by sending an email to licensure@massteacher.org
           
  
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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.

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU MAKE HARD COPIES OF ALL EVALUATION MATERIALS FOR YOUR RECORDS!  IF YOU RECEIVED A FINAL RATING OF NEEDS IMPROVEMENT, A SPECIFIC PLAN OF ACTION IS REQUIRED.

  More detailed information available through MTA Educator Evaluation Toolkits 

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.

      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.

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.

                     This is the website from Plymouth                                        http://www.plymouth.k12.ma.us/uploaded/Human_Resources/Substitute_Teaching/Fingerprinting_Instructions.pdf

For more specific information:   http://www.massteacher.org/advocating/background_checks.aspx