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!
HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOUR NEW IPDP?
IS IT SIGNED BY YOUR SUPERVISOR?
IT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY-NOT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM'S!
•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.
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.
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. The first meeting was held Monday, May 18th. Every bargaining unit under the 150E regulations has a representative on the negotiating team. C.O.P.E. (COALITION OF ORGANIZED PLYMOUTH EMPLOYEES) has been meeting regularly since early September. The EAPC has been in attendance for all meetings.
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.
The next session is scheduled for June 1 at 4 PM. Until there is a clear direction for contribution rates and plan designs, The EAPC will not be recommending any bargaining agreements.
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.
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.
- 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.