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									    NO. 05-8 JUNE 2005 • CIRCULATION 62,000




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    A PUBLICATION OF THE MARYLAND STATE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION • AN NEA AFFILIATE   MSTA OnLine www.mstanea.org




    School Connectednesss
        School Success Linked toSchool Connectednes




    Relationships Relationships Relationships
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In this issue:

On the Road with MSTA: Summer Training Series 2005
Tracking the 2005 legislature: Was your legislator RIGHT or WRONG?
MSTA’s New Executive Director: David Helfman
                                                                  Connectedness
                                                are at a point where “quality time” with                                        In a recent New York Times article             behavior.      e undeniable link of these
                                                each other is recognized as a valuable                                     about the successes of a diverse Connect-           factors shows itself vividly in almost ev-
                                                professional bene t, yet di cult to nd.                                    icut high school, the teachers’ opportu-            ery school in the state. Your school en-
                                                We applaud the progress of local systems                                   nity to collaborate on curriculum deci-             vironment reacts systemically to weak-
                                                and our a liates in creating adult time                                    sions across content areas was identi ed            nesses in each of the links. Every area,
                                                in hectic professional schedules.                                          as an important factor in highly laudable           measurable and immeasurable, feels the
                                                     In this issue you can read about the                                  eighth grade scores. Collaboration gave             impact.
                                                impressive Wingspread Declaration,                                         educators an opening to use their profes-                Perhaps by bringing connected-
                                                a statement on the concept of school                                       sional judgment in dealing with the spe-            ness to the fore in our discussions and
                                                connectedness and a guide for foster-                                      ci c needs of their students.                       out actions we will provide the support
                                                ing school connectedness for students.                                          Connectedness, or the school house             system that allows sta , families and the
                                                Connectedness is a student’s belief that                                   relationships we carefully create with              community to create schools that are the
                                                adults care about them as learners and as                                  our students and our fellow sta ers,                center of the community, places where
                                                individuals.                                                               builds the kind of interdependent envi-             children and adults want to be because
   Pat Foerster, President                           But with the quantitative pressures                                   ronment we need for successful teach-               of the welcoming, nurturing and pleas-
                                                of public education, some factors a ect-                                   ing and learning. And so the question               ant environment that characterizes that
   All of us seek connections in our lives. ing achievement, like a feeling of con-                                        remains, how do we promote a deeper                 school as part of the community and not
   We struggle to spend time with our fam- nectedness, are di cult to identify yet                                         sense of connectedness which includes               an island within it. 
   ilies and friends.     ere’s even a name for have a profound impact on students’                                        administrators, sta , and students—one
   it—“quality” time. We understand the lives and school success.             e Declaration                                which shows itself as a smoothly run
   value of hugs and know how important recommendations are not new ideas.                 e                               school with happy and productive stu-
   it is for a child to hear their name in a catch-22 and ultimate stumbling block,                                        dents and sta ?
   nurturing way.                               however, is the di culty school sta has                                         MSTA and your Local Association
         When we grapple with di cult situ in creating connectedness among them-
                                             -                                                                             are keenly aware of two issues that a ect
   ations, it’s o en about improving com- selves. Without that, it is di cult to pur     -                                 connectedness between you and your                   WHAT DO YOU THINK?
   munication, relationships, and our con- posefully create an environment of con-                                         students and their parents or guard-                 Write Pat: MSTA, 140 Main Street
   nection to each other. In education, we nectedness for students.                                                        ians: workload demands and disruptive                Annapolis, MD 21401
                                                                                                                                                                                Email pfoerster@mstanea.org


When you need help or have a suggestion, contact                 Terry Borneman, Carroll                                    ESP : Sheila Sewell 410/996-5400                     ESP: Dan Collins, Marilyn Hunter, Cheryl McLeod
your Association Rep at school or:                               (S) 410/751-3656                  (H) 410/751-9584         Charles TCH: Bill Fisher 301/645-3232                410/997-3440
                                                                 Charles Burt, Prince George’s                              Dorchester TCH: Peter H. Singleton 410/221-          Kent TCH & ESP: Kay Joslin Walling 410/763-6931
MSTA Board of Directors
                                                                 (S) 301/985-1820                  (H) 443/858-8551         6388· ESP: Shirley Marshall 410/228-4950             Montgomery TCH: Tom Israel, Jon Gerson, Sarah
President                                                        Phyllis Parks Robinson, Montgomery                         Frederick TCH: Nancy Dietz 301/662-9077 · ESP:       Johnson, Jennifer Nguherimo, Paul Pinsky, Mary
Patricia A. Foerster, Baltimore County                           (O) 301/840-7161                  (H) 202/244-7221         Steve Brako 240/236-5521; ADM: Max White             Pat Spon, Jamal Miller 301/294-623+2
410/263-6600                          800/448-MSTA               Veronica Henderson, Baltimore Co.                          301/694-5900                                         Prince George’s TCH: Lew Robinson, Pat Alex-
Vice President                                                   (O) 410/887-6360                  (H) 410/889-3753         Garrett TCH & ESP: Vonda Bryner 301/334-2355         ander, Jephta Nguherimo, Dorothy Ray, Jima
Clara B. Floyd, Montgomery                                       Richard Rubino, Prince George’s                            Harford TCH: Keith Goodell 410/838-0800 · ESP:       Thomas-Gilbert, Nancy Walter 301/736-2700 ·
410/263-6600                          800/448-MSTA               (S) 301/918-8750                  (H) 410/244-8350         Barbara Yost 410/638-3817                            ESP: Harold Shaw, Adolfo Botello, Susan Lesser
Treasurer                                                        Jane Stern, Montgomery                                     Howard TCH & ESP: Joseph Staub 410/997-3440          301/773-7223
Betty Weller, Kent                                                                                 (H) 301/299-4770         Kent TCH: Betty Weller 410/778-6675 · ESP:           Queen Anne’s TCH & ESP: Kay Walling
(S) 410/648-6814                   (H) 410/810-2570              Local Presidents                                           Wayne Bedwell 410/348-2429                           410/763-6931
Executive Director                                               Allegany TCH: Valeria Arch 301/729-8280 · ADM:             Montgomery TCH: Bonnie Cullison 301/294-6232         St. Mary’s TCH & ESP: Liz Purcell Leskinen
David E. Helfman                                                                                                            Prince George’s TCH: Carol Kilby 301/736-2700 ·      301/863-9216
                                                                 Michael R. McGowan 301/724-1651 · ESP: Beverly
410/263-6600                          800/448-MSTA                                                                          ESP: Faith Jones 301/773-7223                        Somerset TCH & ESP: J.C. Parker 410/251-3441
                                                                 Mohler 301/689-3636
                                                                                                                            Queen Anne’s TCH & ESP: Rick Unger 410/604-2070      Admin.: Virginia Riggs 410/548-1837
NEA DIRECTORS                                                    Anne Arundel TCH: Sheila M. Finlayson 410/224-
                                                                                                                            St. Mary’s TCH: Jan Emerson 301/863-9216 · ESP:      Talbot TCH & ESP: Kay Joslin Walling 410/763-6931
Abby Beytin, Baltimore County                                    3330 · ESP: Darlene Pumphrey 410/636-1928
                                                                                                                            James Spears 301/862-3327                            Washington TCH & ESP: Ralph Straley, Temporary
(S) 410/887-1714                   (H) 410/833-4052              Baltimore City TCH: Lawrence R. Kurland                                                                         301/797-7682
                                                                 410/396-6375                                               Somerset TCH & ESP: Suzanne Middleton
Anna-Maria Halstead, Carroll                                                                                                410/651-2285                                         Wicomico TCH & ESP: Virginia Riggs 410/548-1837
(S) 410/751-3075                   (H) 410/840-9840              Baltimore County TCH: Cheryl Bost 410/828-6403 ·                                                                Worcester TCH & ESP: J.C. Parker 410/251-3441
                                                                                                                            Talbot TCH & ESP: Tamara Keeler 410/763-6931
Vacancy                                                          ESP: Gloria Collins 410/887-5943
                                                                                                                            Washington TCH: Claude Sasse 301/797-7682 ·          Program Staff
                                                                 Calvert TCH: Shannon Fitch 410/535-7802 · ESP:
AT-LARGE MEMBERS                                                                                                            ESP: Sheila Metzel 301/766-8050                      140 Main Street
                                                                 Sandy Brady 410/535-7311
Ann Ellis, Garrett                                                                                                          Wicomico TCH: Linda Eberling 410/749-2491 ·          Annapolis, MD 21401
                                                                 Caroline TCH: Charles Hunter 410/479-2332 · ESP:
(S) 301/746-8668                   (H) 301/387-6429                                                                         ESP: Kathy Cordrey 410/677-5124                      800/448-MSTA
                                                                 Barbara Holmes 410/634-2105                                Worcester TCH: Meme Suznavick 410/957-1484 ·
Susie Jablinske, Anne Arundel                                    Carroll TCH: Barry D. Potts 410/848-0983 · ESP:                                                                 410/263-6600
(O) 410/222-6930                   (H) 410/263-5748                                                                         ESP: Rebecca Henderson 410/957-1567                  MSTA OnLine www.mstanea.org
                                                                 Sharon Fischer 410/848-1963
                                                                                                                                                                                 Fax Numbers
                                                                 Cecil TCH: Linda Elwood 410/398-0713 ·                     Primary Contact Staff
                                                                                                                            Allegany TCH: Steve Benson 301/729-8280 ·            Main...............................................................410/263-3605
                                                                                                                            ADM: Vacancy · ESP: Lou Petronella 301/724-0703      Public Affairs...............................................410/263-7391
                                                                                                                            Anne Arundel TCH: Michael Carrington, Marsha         Affi liates & Advocacy...............................410/280-9067
                                                                                                                                                                                 Legal..............................................................410/263-5730
                                                                                                                            Meekins 410/224-3330 · ESP: Joe Sella 301/518-
                                                                                                                                                                                 Executive..................................................... 410/280-9070
                                                                                                                            1376, Kathryn Mullin 410/829-9788
                                                                                                                            Baltimore City TCH: Susan Russell, 410/263-6600      Executive David E. Helfman, Executive Director
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                                                                                                                            Baltimore County TCH: Robert Anzelc, Debbie          Center for Business, Policy, and Operations
                                                                                                                            Deschner, Linda Kane, Mary Jo Neville, Ray           Mark Dabkowski, Assistant Executive Director;
                                                                                                                            Suarez, 410/828-6403 · ESP: Kathy Wyatt 410/828-     Rebecca Quinn, Manager; Jacqueline Layton,
                                                                                                                            6403                                                 Clayton Rutkauskus, Randolph Satchell
  Casey Newton, Editor                                                                      ActionLine is published for     Calvert TCH & ESP: Joe Sella 301/518-1376            Center for Affiliates and Advocacy
  Andrea Chappelear, Editorial Assistant                                                    Vicki McMullen and 62,000       Caroline TCH & ESP: Jacqueline Harris 410/548-       Dale E. Templeton, Assistant Executive Director;
                                                                                            other members of MSTA.          2875; 877/ESP-MSTA (toll free)                       Jacqueline Harris, Manager; Kathie Hiatt, Manager;
  Phone 800/448-MSTA                                                                        Vicki, a school counselor at    Carroll TCH & ESP: Hal Fox 410/848-0983              Theresa Turner; Manager; Malethia Armstrong,
  FAX 410/263-7391                                                                          Tilden MS in Montgomery         Cecil TCH& ESP: Timothy Thornburg 410/996-           Debra Nixon, Dan Gottheimer
  MSTA OnLine and MembersOnly access:                                                       County, has been a member       8766;800/458-5352                                    Center for Public Affairs Lissa Brown, Assistant
  www.mstanea.org                                                                           since 1983                      Charles TCH: Meg MacDonald 301/645-3232              Executive Director; Diana Saquella, Manager; Jan
                                                                                                                            Dorchester TCH & ESP: Jacqueline Harris              Erskine, Lawrence Dolan, Amy Maloney, Randal
  The Maryland State Teachers                                                                                               410/548-2875; 877/ESP-MSTA (toll free)               Mickens, Casey Newton, Bob Rankin,
  Association publishes eight issues of                                                                                     Frederick TCH: John Gates, Steve Lenzo, Cheryl       Debra Williams-Garner, Jan Ziska
  ActionLine September through June.                                                                                        McLeod 301/662-9077 · ESP: John Gates                Center for Legal Issues Susan Russell, Chief
                                                                                                                            301/662-9217                                         Counsel; Kristy Anderson, Damon R. Felton,
  Postmaster: Send address changes to                                                                                                                                            James R. Whattam
                                                                                                                            Garrett TCH & ESP: Steve Benson 301/334-2355
  MSTA, 140 Main Street,                                                                                                    Harford TCH: Pat Kohler 410/838-0800 · ESP:
  Annapolis, Maryland 21401-2020                                                                                            Timothy Thornburg 410/398-0713
                                                                                                                            Howard TCH: Marius Ambrose, Dan Collins,
                                                                                                                            Marilyn Hunter, Cheryl McLeod 410/997-3440 ·


                                                                                                                                                                                              MSTA ACTIONLINE                      APRIL
                               Tracking the 2005 Legislature
                               Was your legislator RIGHT or WRONG?


Pension enhancement a
real possibility in 2006!
MSTA’s pension enhancement bill received
widespread exposure thanks to vigorous
lobbying by members from across the state
in personal visits to Annapolis and hundreds
of emails through MSTA OnLine !                                                        Members at Calverton ES in Prince George's
                                                                                       County staged a "Green Day" to support leg-
                                                                                                                                               Prince George’s teachers
                                                                                       islative pension reform. Left to right: Bridgette         challenge lawmakers:
For each of the bills listed on the following pages, we’ve made                        Lazard; Gale Waibel; Michelle Kreuger; Connie               Where’s the equity in
                                                                                       Wood; Charlie Mann; Sharon Donnella-Love;                Maryland’s teacher pension?
                                                                                       Joann Price; Doris Foggie; Cassandra
it easy for you to find your legislators. See if their vote supported                  Mitchum; Holly Bellows; Carolyn Berngartt;
                                                                                                                                           Of course teachers at Calverton ES were feted
                                                                                       and Frann Patrillo.                                 with flowers and sweet treats in honor of
you, your students, and Maryland public education.                                                                                         National Teachers Day last month, but the
                                                                                                                                           staff at the Prince George’s County school
                                                                                                                                           also used the day to stake a claim to a better
If you’ve ever wondered why the              dues as reimbursement for negotiating     increase in direct aid to local boards of           pension for teachers across the state.
political process is an important one for    and enforcing the negotiated contract     education. In the critical area of school
public school educators and why MSTA         for non-members.                          construction, the State allocated $250              According to organizer Charlie Mann, the
plays a part, just read the recap of                                                   million for new schools and the repair              incentive for the school’s Green Day came
General Assembly action on the follow-
                                             Progress on the                           of existing schools.                                from the “ongoing and desperate concern for
ing pages. It’s easy to see how powerful
                                             pension bill!                                                                                 a token pittance of remuneration after years
                                             MSTA’s pension bill, SB623/HB1049,        Funding for private school textbooks                of selfless labors in our public schools.
Senate and House committees, led by
                                             received widespread exposure thanks       and technology was initially $3 million,
respected veteran Maryland legislators,                                                                                                    “We are hoping to spearhead an awakening
                                             to vigorous lobbying by members from      the same as last year. However, in his              to the voters, legislators and public at large.”
can champion a bill or dismiss it with a
                                             across the state in personal visits to    supplemental budget, the governor                   Mann said. “In spite of wonderful accolades
committee vote.
                                             Annapolis and the over hundreds of        increased that line item by $1 million              for the state in areas of tourism and quality of
Senate and House committees, whose           emails. The bill didn’t get a committee   for a total of $4 million. MSTA worked              life, the teachers will be receiving the nation’s
members decide which bills make their        vote in the Senate Budget & Tax or        unsuccessfully to have the funds delet-             lowest pension upon retirement.
way to the House and Senate floors for a     House Appropriations committees, but      ed from the final budget.
                                                                                                                                           “Where is the equity in this? We have sur-
final vote, are essential allies for MSTA    it is slated for summer study, a very                                                         rounding states near Maryland that are woo-
when successfully lobbied by MSTA            good sign. But with lawmakers’ interest                                                       ing dissatisfied teachers away for ‘greener
member activists and professional staff.     fueled by MSTA member action, the                                                             pastures’ in retirement. We have elected offi-
                                             pension bill didn’t stop there!                                                               cials who are and will continue to be receiv-
The year in review                           With just three days to go in the ses-                                                        ing more than adequate financial benefits
We’ve made it easy for you to find your      sion, MSTA’s hard work (and the need
                                                                                            For more about how                             after their public service.
legislators’ committees and their votes      to upgrade Maryland’s poor national
                                                                                          a bill becomes a law, visit                      “I happen to love my profession and I believe
on each of the bills in which MSTA had                                                  MSTA Online, www.mstanea.org,                      that I'm called to serve the grown-ups of
                                             standing in teacher pensions) was
an interest this year. See if their vote     finally acknowledged. Lawmakers
                                                                                        or see ActionLine, April 2005.                     tomorrow. Let’s unite around the state! Be
(RIGHT-R or WRONG-W) supported               working on the budget decided to                                                              relentless with your legislators! They make
you, your students, and Maryland             include an amendment in the Budget                                                            the decisions – they have the power to
public education.                            Reconciliation and Financing Act that                                                         change our pensions!”
There was a total of 1,018 Senate bills      required the Joint Committee on                                               Check these dates
and 1,613 House bills introduced to          Pensions to develop an enhancement
the General Assembly this year. In the       proposal for bill introduction in                 June                                        July
past, many of those bills introduced         the 2006 General Assembly session.                Fireworks Safety Month                      1-2 NEA Board of Directors
made their way to the floor of the Senate    Expect MSTA government relations                  9 Urban Bargaining                          1-6 NEA Representative
or House for a final vote of the assembled   staff to monitor and work with                    10 MSTA Board of Directors                      Assembly & Convention
legislators.                                 this committee closely during the                 14 East CBC                                 12 MSTA New Officer Training
                                             interim months.                                   19 Day of the African Child                 Summer Training Series 2005*:
This year was unique because only one                                                                                                      12-14 Emerging Leaders
                                                                                                  Fathers’ Day
bill of interest to MSTA received a sepa-                                                                                                  20-21 Leadership &
rate Senate and House vote. The Charles
                                             Tracking ed funding                               20 First Day of Summer
                                                                                                                                                  Organizational
                                             MSTA’s other top priority was                     27 NEA Retired Annual Meeting                      Development Institute
County fair representation fee bill,
                                             education funding. This year the State            29 NEA Joint Conference                     27-28 Teaching & Learning
SB232/HB776, requires education                                                                   on the Concerns of
                                             again met its obligation to Maryland’s                                                               Professional Development
employees who are not members of the                                                              Minorities & Women
                                             public school students. The budget                                                            *See page 13 for details.
Education Association of Charles                                                               30 NEA Board of Directors
                                             provides a $389 million (10.6 percent)
County (EACC) to pay a percentage of



MSTA ActionLine • June 2005                                                                                                                                                              3
                                 Tracking the 2005 Legislature
                                 Was your legislator RIGHT or WRONG?


S                                                                                                                                    Senate Budget &
      ince few bills of interest to MSTA
      made it to the Senate or House                                                                                                 Taxation Committee
      floor for a full vote of the assem-     Rehired-Retired Program Returns
bled legislators this year, ActionLine        Returning veteran teachers help fill classroom                                         SB 40 – Teachers’ Retirement and
presents the annual General Assembly          vacancies in targeted schools                                                          Pension System The bill hoped to
Scorecard in a new format. Members of                                                                                                reinstate the teacher retire-rehire pro-
                                              The 2005 session of the General Assembly saw the passage of legislation
the powerful Senate and House commit-                                                                                                gram that sunset in 2004 and eliminated
                                              (HB 1347/SB623) that reconstitutes the rehired-retired program that expired in
tees are the movers and shakers when it                                                                                              the earnings limit for teachers who are
                                              2004. This program was of critical importance to many members and local
comes to measuring the merit of a bill.                                                                                              retired and return to work in the same
                                              school systems around the state as they continue to look for ways to recruit
They are the first to read it and the first                                                                                          county. MSTA supported. Motion was
                                              highly qualified teachers and principals to fill vacant positions.
to hear from the voters who support it.                                                                                              for unfavorable. Bill failed.
                                              “I am pleased that the legislature saw fit to reinstate the rehired/retired law
As you can see by the information             which had proven valuable to educators and administrations,” said
provided on these pages, committee                                                                                                   SB 323 – Income Tax Credit for
                                              Pat Foerster, MSTA president. “It is important that implementation issues have         Graduate Level Education – Non-
member votes are essential for a bill to      been clarified so that in the drive for greater learning and higher achievement
gain steam for the rest of its journey                                                                                               public School Teachers Legislation
                                              our students are afforded the opportunity to be taught once again by teachers          This bill would have provided state tax
through the democratic process. When          with a proven record based on experience and qualifications.
you see a House bill in a Senate                                                                                                     credits for private school teachers who
committee, that bill moved from its           “This is just one tool to be used in providing each child with a certified,            pay tuition for graduate-level courses.
House committee to success on the             experienced and capable teacher,” Foerster added.                                      MSTA opposed. Motion was for favor-
House floor and proceeded to a Senate                                                                                                able with amendments. Bill failed.
                                              The legislation reconstituting the rehired-retired program takes effect July 1
committee to begin the same rigorous          and remains in effect for two years. After that, the law may be reviewed by the
review by Senate legislators.                                                                                                        SB 384 – Adult Education and
                                              General Assembly and considered for renewal.
                                                                                                                                     Literacy Services This bill requires
Review the voting records on                  Despite many deliberations this year addressing what they perceived as                 the governor to include in the fiscal
these pages. Did your legislators             abuses of the original program, the legislature decided to restructure the             2007 and 2008 State budgets an appro-
stand up for public education,                program and change its mission to address the persistent teacher shortage              priation equal to an increase of
its students, and employees?                  problem Maryland continues to face. As was the case under the previous                 $1,500,000 over the fiscal 2005 appro-
Remember them in 2006                         program, the program is optional for local school systems. The law does not            priation. Maryland State Department of
when every Maryland Senate                    prescribe compensation guidelines.                                                     Education (MSDE) must distribute the
and House seat will be up                                                                                                            funding as Literacy Works Grants to
for election.                                 New law adds restrictions                                                              reduce the waiting list for adult educa-
                                              In the reconstituted program, rehired retirees may work in schools:                    tion and literacy services. MSTA sup-
                                              I Not meeting adequate yearly progress or that are “in school improvement”             ported. Motion was for favorable with
    GENERAL ASSEMBLY                            as designated by the No Child Left Behind Act;
     VOTING RECORD                                                                                                                   amendments. Bill passed.
        Key to Senate & House                 I Receiving federal Title I funds; or
       Bills and Committee Votes              I That provide an alternative education program.                                       SB 663 – Retirement and Pensions
                                                                                                                                     – Reemployment of Retirees This
 MSTA supported                               In addition, under the restructured program, these rehired retirees may only
                                                                                                                                     bill eliminates the earnings limit for
 MSTA worked to promote the bill              teach subjects designated as a critical shortage area by the Maryland State
                                                                                                                                     teachers who received satisfactory evalu-
                                              Department of Education (technology education, special education, or classes
 Motion The committee vote was                                                                                                       ations in their last assignment and who
 favorable or unfavorable to move             for students with limited English proficiency).
                                                                                                                                     agree to teach in a school that: 1) is not
 the bill forward to the Senate or                                                                                                   making AYP; 2) is receiving Title I funds;
 House floor for a vote                       New requirements
                                                                                                                                     or 3) is providing education for adjudi-
                                              I A 45-day break in service from when a person first retires and
 SB Senate bill                                                                                                                      cated youths or expelled or suspended
                                                when they can begin working.
 HB House bill                                                                                                                       students. The teacher must agree to
                                              I Limits an assignment to no more than four years from when a                          teach in a critical shortage area as
 Bill passed Bill passed in                     school makes adequate yearly progress.                                               defined by MSDE, special education or
 committee, House and Senate and              I Local school boards must report to the MSDE and the General Assembly
 becomes law upon governor’s signature
                                                                                                                                     ESOL students. This also applies to prin-
                                                on the usage, placement and compensation of all rehired retirees under               cipals who were employed as a principal
 Bill failed                                    this program.                                                                        within five years of retirement. The
 Bill did not pass committee vote
                                              I Local superintendents are responsible for oversight and accountability of the        exemption does not apply to a retiree
 R A right vote with MSTA's position            program by being responsible for all assignments made under this program.            who retires on early service retirement
 W A wrong vote with MSTA's position          I Local school systems are responsible for making any reimbursements to                for 12 months following retirement.
                                                the state retirement agency for the required offset to a person’s benefit            MSTA supported. Motion was for favor-
 NV Legislator did not vote                                                                                                          able with amendments. Bill passed.
                                                required by law. Employees would thus be held harmless if an employee is
 NV+ By not voting, favored                     incorrectly assigned under this program.
         MSTA’s position                                                                                                             See following page for committee votes.
                                              For more information about your county participation in the
 NV- By not voting, favored
        MSTA’s opponent                       reconstituted program, contact your Local Association. For more
                                              information about the law, contact Randy Mickens, rmickens@mstanea.org;
 EX Excused from voting (usually              800/448-MSTA, ext. 128.
       due to a conflict of interest)
 AB Excused from voting due
      to absence



4                                                                                                                               MSTA ActionLine • June 2005
                                        Tracking the 2005 Legislature
                                        Was your legislator RIGHT or WRONG?

                                                                                              Senate Education, Health &
                                                                                              Environmental Affairs Committee
                                                                                              SB 268/ HB 330 – Education – National Board Certified Teachers –
                                                                                              Stipend Eligibility This bill expands the eligibility for the stipend that is awarded
                                                                                              for achieving National Certification. State stipends in an amount equal to the local
                                                                                              grant for National Certification must be paid to non-administrative certificated school
                                                                                              employees who work directly with students or teachers at public schools. MSTA sup-
                                                                                              ported. Motion was for favorable with amendments. Bill passed.
                                                                                              SB 762 – Driver Education – Mandatory Instruction in Public High School
Senate Budget & Taxation Committee                                                            The bill would have required, rather than authorized, county boards of education to
                                                       SB 40   SB 323       SB 384   SB 663   offer driver education instruction to high schools students. MSTA opposed. Motion
                                                                                              was for unfavorable. Bill failed.
District 25 (Prince George's)
Sen. Ulysses Currie (D), Chair                         R       W            R        R
                                                                                              SB 912 – Public Charter Schools – Funding – Amount Per Pupil This bill
District 39 (Montgomery)                                                                      would have required a county board of education to disburse to a public charter school
Sen. Patrick J. Hogan (D), Vice-Chair                  R       W            R        R
                                                                                              an amount of county, State, and federal money for each student equal to
District 4 (Carroll, Frederick)
Sen. David R. Brinkley (R)                             R       W            R        R        90 percent of the per pupil amount disbursed to other public schools in the local juris-
District 32 (Anne Arundel)                                                                    diction. MSTA opposed. Motion was for unfavorable. Bill failed.
Sen. James E. DeGrange, Sr. (D)                        R       W            R        R
                                                                                              HB 579 – Pilot Program to Study and Improve Screening Practices for
District 44 (Baltimore City)
Sen. Verna L. Jones (D)                                AB      NV           R        R        Autism Spectrum Disorders This bill creates a pilot program to study and
District 12 (Baltimore Co. & Howard)                                                          improve screening practices for autism spectrum disorders; requires MSDE and
Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer (D)                           R       W            R        R        DHMH to: 1) select 30 pediatric health care provides to participate, 2) assess ASD
District 14 (Montgomery)                                                                      screening instruments, 3) develop training materials for health care providers on early
Sen. Rona E. Kramer (D)                                R       W            R        R        detection, 4) distribute written CDC information on early detection to parents, etc.
District 26 (Prince George's)                                                                 MSTA supported. Motion was for favorable. Bill passed.
Sen. Gloria Lawlah (D)                                 AB      W            AB       AB
District 45 (Baltimore City)                                                                  HB 1491 – State Department of Education – Early Learning and Child
Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden (D)                         R       W            R        R        Care Program This bill requires MSDE to develop a plan to accredit all existing
District 2 (Washington)                                                                       alternative learning centers and child care programs that are providing or are
              .
Sen. Donald F Munson (R)                               R       W            R        R
                                                                                              planning to provide publicly-funded full-day kindergarten or pre-kindergarten
District 20 (Montgomery)
Sen. Ida G. Ruben (D)                                  R       W            R        R        programs for low-income four year olds. MSTA opposed. Motion was for favorable.
District 13 (Howard)
                                                                                              Bill passed.
Sen. Sandra B. Schrader (R)                            R       W            R        R
District 38 (Somerset,
Wicomico, Worcester)
                                                                                              Senate Education, Health &
Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus (R)                           R       W            R        R        Environmental Affairs Committee
                                                                                                                               SB 268/HB 330 SB 762     SB 912 HB 579 HB 1491
                                                                                              District 11 (Baltimore Co.)
                                                                                              Sen. Paula C. Hollinger (D), Chair            R    R        R        R        W
                                                                                              District 43 (Baltimore City)
Senate Finance Committee                                                                      Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D), Vice-Chair       R    R        R        R        W
                                                                                              District 47 (Prince George’s)
SB 232 – Charles County – Education – School Personnel – Employee                             Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt (D)                   R    R        R        R        W
Services or Representation Fee This legislation enables the Education                         District 42 (Baltimore Co.)
Association of Charles County and the local board of education to agree to negotiate a        Sen. James Brochin (D)                        R    R        R        R        W
                                                                                              District 37
representation fee for non-members. The fee is a percentage of the dues that reimburs-        (Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico)
es the Association for negotiating and enforcing the negotiated agreement for non-mem-                        .
                                                                                              Sen. Richard F Colburn (R)                    R    W        R        R        W
bers. MSTA supported. Motion was for favorable. Bill passed.                                  District 29 (Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's)
                                                                                              Sen. Roy Dyson (D)                            R    NV       NV       R        W
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                SB 232                District 33 (Anne Arundel)
District 28 (Charles)                                                                         Sen. Janet Greenip (R)                        R    R        R        R        W
Sen. Thomas McLain Middleton (D), Chair                                 R                     District 18 (Montgomery)
District 30 (Anne Arundel)                                                                    Sen. Sharon M. Grosfeld (D)                   R    W        R        R        W
Sen. John C. Astle (D), Vice-Chair                                      R                     District 7 (Baltimore Co.& Harford)
District 46 (Baltimore City & Co.)                                                                             .
                                                                                              Sen. Andrew P Harris (R)                      R    R        W        R        W
Sen. George W. Della, Jr. (D)                                           R                     District 9 (Carroll & Howard)
District 24 (Prince George's)                                                                 Sen. Alan H. Kittleman (R)                    R    R        R        R        W
Sen. Nathaniel Exum (D)                                                 R                     District 22 (Prince George's)
District 41 (Baltimore City)                                                                  Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D)                       R    R        R        R        W




                                                                                              ✔
Sen. Lisa A. Gladden (D)                                                R
District 1 (Allegany, Garrett & Washington)
Sen. John J. Hafer (R)                                                  R
District 35 (Harford)
Sen. J. Robert Hooper (R)                                               R
District 10 (Baltimore Co.)
Sen. Delores G. Kelley (D)                                              R
                                                                                                                                                The results are in!
                                                                                                         The run-off election results for MSTA NEA Director are in!
District 8 (Baltimore Co.)
Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D)                                        R                                                        The run-off election results, as verified by the
District 36 (Caroline, Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s)                                                                       MSTA Nominations and Credentials Committee, are:
Sen. Edward J. Pipkin (R)                                               R                                                       John Riley…….4698 • Jane Stern…….4665
District 19 (Montgomery)
Sen. Leonard H. Teitelbaum (D)                                          R


MSTA ActionLine • June 2005                                                                                                                                                         5
                                     Tracking the 2005 Legislature
                                     Was your legislator RIGHT or WRONG?

House Health & Government Operations Committee                                             House Appropriations Committee
HB 579 – Pilot Program to Study and Improve Screening Practices for                        HB 1 – Public School Construction Assistance Act of 2005 This legislation
Autism Spectrum Disorders This bill creates a pilot program to study and                   would have closed a corporate loophole by requiring recordation and transfer
improve screening practices for autism spectrum disorders; requires MSDE and               taxes on real property when the transfer is achieved through the sale of a “controlling
DHMH to: 1) select 30 pediatric health care provides to participate, 2) assess ASD         interest” in a corporation. Additional taxes collected would go toward public school
screening instruments, 3) develop training materials for health care providers on early    construction. MSTA supported. Motion was for favorable with amendments.
detection, 4) distribute written CDC information on early detection to parents, etc.       Bill passed in the House; failed in the Senate.
MSTA supported. Motion was for favorable. Bill passed.
                                                                                           HB 755 – Retirement and Pensions – Earnable Compensation This bill
HB 1152 – English Language – Formal Recognition This bill would have                       would have included all compensation for participating as a coach or an advisor for
established English as the official language of Maryland, requiring that state and local   any extra curricular activity or any stipend in the base for computing retirement ben-
governments must write and publish each official document in English and conduct           efits. MSTA supported. Motion was for unfavorable. Bill failed.
each meeting and other official communication in English. MSTA opposed. Motion
                                                                                           HB 1347 – Retirement and Pensions – Reemployment of Retirees
was for unfavorable. Bill failed.
                                                                                           See SB 623 for a description of the bill.
House Health & Government Operations Committee                                             House Appropriations Committee
                                                   HB 579   HB 1152                                                                                  HB 1     HB 755   HB 1347
District 18 (Montgomery)                                                                   District 38 (Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester)
Del. John A. Hurson (D), Chair                        *        *                           Sub-District 38B (Wicomico,Worcester)
District 46 (Baltimore City)                                                               Del. Norman H. Conway (D), Chair                          R        W        R
Del. Peter A. Hammen (D), Vice-Chair                  R        R                           District 45 (Baltimore City)
District 24 (Prince George's)                                                              Del. Talmadge Branch (D), Vice-Chair                      R        W        R
Del. Joanne C. Benson (D)                             R        R                           District 42 (Baltimore Co.)
District 8 (Baltimore Co.)                                                                 Del. Susan L. M. Aumann (R)                               R        W        R
Del. Joseph C. Boteler, III (R)                       R        W                           District 39 (Montgomery)
District 34 (Cecil, Harford)                                                               Del. Charles E. Barkley (D)                               R        W        R
Sub-District 34A (Cecil, Harford)                                                          District 9 (Carroll, Howard)
Del. Charles R. Boutin (R)                            R        W                           Sub-District 9A (Howard)
District 8 (Baltimore Co.)                                                                 Del. Gail H. Bates (R)                                    W        W        R
Del. Eric M. Bromwell (D)                             R        W                           District 29 (Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's,)
District 33 (Anne Arundel)                                                                 Sub-District 29B (St. Mary's)
Sub-District 33B                                                                           Del. John L. Bohanan, Jr. (D)                             R        W        R
Del. Robert A. Costa (R)                              R        W                           District 31 (Anne Arundel)
District 2 (Washington)                                                                    Del. Joan Cadden (D)                                      R        W        R
Sub-District 2C                                                                            District 3 (Frederick, Washington)
             .
Del. John P Donoghue (D)                              R        W                           Del. Galen R. Clagett (D)                                 R        W        R
District 4 (Carroll, Frederick)                                                            District 12 (Baltimore County, Howard)
Sub-District 4B (Carroll, Frederick)                                                       Sub-District 12A (Baltimore, Howard)
Del. Donald B. Elliott (R)                            R        W                           Del. Steven J. DeBoy, Sr. (D)                             R        W        R
District 42 (Baltimore Co.)                                                                District 37 (Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico)
Del. William J. Frank (R)                             R        W                           Sub-District 37B (Caroline, Dorchester,Talbot,Wicomico)
District 16 (Montgomery)                                                                   Del. Adelaide C. Eckardt (R)                              W        W        R
Del. Marilyn Goldwater (D)                            EX       EX                          District 1 (Allegany, Garrett & Washington)
District 23 (Prince George's)                                                              Sub-District 1A (Allegany & Garrett)
Sub-District 23A                                                                           Del. George C. Edwards (R)                                R        W        R
Del. James W. Hubbard (D)                             R        R                           District 20 (Montgomery)
District 5 (Baltimore Co., Carroll)                                                        Del. Peter Franchot (D)                                   R        EX       EX
Sub-District 5B (Baltimore Co.)                                                            District 22 (Prince George's)
Del. A. Wade Kach (R)                                 R        W                                            .
                                                                                           Del. Tawanna P Gaines (D)                                 R        W        R
District 27 (Prince George's, Calvert)                                                     District 25 (Prince George's)
Sub-District 27B (Calvert)                                                                 Del. Melony Ghee Griffith (D)                             R        W        R
Del. Sue Kullen (D)                                   R        R                           District 44 (Baltimore City)
District 19 (Montgomery)                                                                   Del. Keith E. Haynes (D)                                  R        W        R
Del. Adrienne A. Mandel (D)                           R        EX                          District 34 (Cecil, Harford)
District 7 (Baltimore Co., Harford)                                                        Sub-District 34A (Cecil, Harford)
Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R)                         EX       W                           Del. Mary-Dulany James (D)                                R        W        R
District 11 (Baltimore County)                                                             District 10 (Baltimore Co.)
Del. Dan K. Morhaim (D)                               R        R                           Del. Adrienne A. Jones (D)                                R        W        R
District 20 (Montgomery)                                                                   District 31 (Anne Arundel)
Del. Gareth E. Murray (D)                             R        R                           Del. John R. Leopold (R)                                  R        W        R
District 10 (Baltimore Co.)                                                                District 28 (Charles)
Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D)                       R        R                           Del. Murray D. Levy (D)                                   R        W        R
District 41 (Baltimore City)                                                               District 18 (Montgomery)
Del. Nathaniel T. Oaks (D)                            R        R                           Del. Richard S. Madaleno, Jr. (D)                         R        W        R
District 13 (Howard)                                                                       District 47 (Prince George’s)
Del. Shane E. Pendergrass (D)                         R        R                           Del. Doyle L. Niemann (D)                                 R        AB       R
District 34 (Cecil, Harford)                                                               District 29 (Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's)
Sub-District 34B (Cecil)                                                                   Sub-District 29C (Calvert, St. Mary’s)
Del. David D. Rudolph (D)                             R        EX                          Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell (R)                             W        W        R
District 26 (Prince George's)                                                              District 44 (Baltimore City)
Del. Veronica L. Turner (D)                           R        R                           Del. Jeffrey A. Paige (D)                                 R        EX       R
District 3 (Frederick, Washington)                                                         District 27 (Prince George's, Calvert)
Sub-District 3B                                                                            Sub-District 27A (Prince George's)
Del. Richard Weldon, Jr. (R)                          R        W                           Del. James E. Proctor, Jr. (D)                            R        EX       EX
                                                                                           District 4 (Carroll, Frederick)
*Committee chair generally votes to break a tie.                                           Sub-District 5B (Baltimore Co.)
                                                                                           Del. Nancy R. Stocksdale (R)                              W        W        R
                                                                                           District 13 (Howard)
                                                                                           Del. Frank S. Turner (D)                                  R        W        R


6                                                                                                                                      MSTA ActionLine • June 2005
                                 Tracking the 2005 Legislature
                                 Was your legislator RIGHT or WRONG?

House Ways & Means                             accredit all existing alternative learning
                                               centers and child care programs that are
Committee                                      providing or are planning to provide
HB 1 – Public School Construction              publicly-funded full-day kindergarten or
Assistance Act of 2005 This legisla-           pre-kindergarten programs for low-
tion would have closed a corporate loop-       income four year olds. MSTA opposed.
hole by requiring recordation and trans-       Motion was for favorable. Bill passed.
fer taxes on real property when the trans-
fer is achieved through the sale of a “con-    SB 268/HB 330 – Education –
trolling interest” in a corporation.           National Board Certified Teachers
Additional taxes collected would be            – Stipend Eligibility This bill expands
directed toward public school                  the eligibility for the stipend that is
construction. MSTA supported. Motion           awarded for achieving National
was for favorable with amendments.             Certification. State stipends in an
Bill passed the House but failed in            amount equal to the local grant for
the Senate.                                    National Certification must be paid to
                                               non-administrative certificated school
HB 62 – Corporate Income Tax                   employees who work directly with stu-
Reform This bill would have increased                                                                    Back row: Meg MacDonald, MSTA UniServ manager for Charles County, and Amy Maloney, MSTA government
                                               dents or teachers at public schools.                      relations, join Bill Fisher, EACC president, at the signing of HB779. Front row: Lt. Governor Steele; Mike Miller,
the State’s General Fund revenue by pro-       MSTA supported. Motion was for favor-                     Senate president; Gov. Ehrlich; and Mike Busch, Speaker of the House. See below for more about the bill.
posing substantial changes to the State’s      able with amendments. Bill passed.
corporate income tax law including com-
bined reporting and aggregate income           House Ways & Means Committee
tax liability of all of the members of the                                           HB 1     HB 62     HB 739     HB 1002      HB 1256        HB 1491       SB 268/HB330
corporation. MSTA supported. Motion            District 20 (Montgomery)
                                               Del. Sheila Ellis Hixson (D), Chair     *           *       *            *            *              *               *
                                                                                                                                                                                  EACC champions
was for unfavorable. Bill failed.
                                               District 22 (Prince George's)
                                               Del. Anne Healey (D) , Vice-Chair       R           W       R            R            W              W               R
                                                                                                                                                                                   ROTC teachers!
HB 739 – Education – Full-Day                                                                                                                                                            Welcome to
                                               District 4 (Carroll, Frederick)
Kindergarten and Prekindergarten               Sub-District 4A (Frederick)                                                                                                           the bargaining unit!
Programs – Alternative Providers               Del. Joseph R. Bartlett (R)             R           W       R            W            W              W               R
Education This bill would have                 District 33 (Anne Arundel)                                                                                                             “The passage of HB 779
required local boards to use alternative       Del. David G. Boschert (R)              R           W       R            W            W              W               R                  bolsters my belief that
                                               District 38                                                                                                                          there’s strength in numbers.”
early learning and child care providers,       (Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester)                                                                                                                        —Larry Adams,
licensed by Department of Human                Sub-District 38B                                                                                                                                ROTC instructor, newly
Resources that are accredited or commit        (Wicomico,Worcester)                                                                                                                              represented by EACC
                                               Del. Bennett Bozman (D)                 R           W       R            R            W              W               R
to becoming accredited by MSDE, to             District 11 (Baltimore County)                                                                                                      It took until the final hours of
provide all day kindergarten and pre-          Del. Jon Cardin (D)                     R           W       R            R            W              W               R              the last day of the General
kindergarten for all disadvantaged four-       District 15 (Montgomery)                                                                                                            Assembly, but ROTC teachers
year olds; prohibited local boards from        Del. Jean B. Cryor (R)                  R           W       R            R            W              W               R              in Charles County came out
                                               District 45 (Baltimore City)                                                                                                        ahead when legislators passed a
applying for any school construction           Del. Clarence Davis (D)                 R           AB      R            R            AB             W               R
funds until they had exhausted all possi-      District 38
                                                                                                                                                                                   bill including them in the
bilities for using alternative program         (Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester)                                                                                                     Education Association of
                                               Sub-District 38A                                                                                                                    Charles County bargaining
providers. MSTA opposed. Motion was            (Somerset,Wicomico)                                                                                                                 unit. Now, ROTC teachers
for unfavorable. Bill failed.                  Del. D. Page Elmore (R)                 R           AB      R            R            W              W               R              benefit from the protection of
                                               District 32 (Anne Arundel)
HB 1002 – Income Tax – Credit for              Del. Terry R. Gilleland, Jr. (R)        R           W       R            R            W              W               R
                                                                                                                                                                                   the county’s negotiated con-
Educational Materials – Home                   District 40 (Baltimore City)                                                                                                        tract, and are formally recog-
Instruction Program This bill gave a           Del. Marshall T. Goodwin (D)            R           AB      R            R            W              W               R              nized as professional educators.
                                               District 17 (Montgomery)
$300 tax credit on State income taxes to       Del. Michael R. Gordon (D)              R           AB      AB           R            W              AB              R
                                                                                                                                                                                   A grateful Larry Adams, ROTC
parents for educational material pur-          District 19 (Montgomery)                                                                                                            teacher at Lackey HS in Charles
chased to home school their children.          Del. Henry B. Heller (D)                R           W       R            R            W              W               AB             County, attended the hearing in
MSTA opposed. Motion was for unfavor-          District 24 (Prince George's)                                                                                                       the House Ways and Means
                                               Del. Carolyn J.B. Howard (D)            R           AB      R            R            W              W               R              Committee. “This bill means a
able. Bill failed.                             District 14 (Montgomery)                                                                                                            great deal to me both profes-
HB 1256 – Education – Public Schools           Del. Anne R. Kaiser (D)                 R           AB      R            R            W              W               R              sionally and financially,” Adams
                                               District 39 (Montgomery)                                                                                                            said. “In addition, it’s reassuring
Required Use of Instructional                  Del. Nancy J. King (D)                  R           W       R            R            W              W               R
Assistants This legislation, proposed to       District 40 (Baltimore City)
                                                                                                                                                                                   to know that the county’s
address class size issue, would have           Del. Salima Siler Marriott (D)          R           W       R            R            W              W               R              ROTC instructors are now con-
required the use of instructional assis-       District 2 (Washington)                                                                                                             sidered viable members of the
                                               Sub-District 2A                                                                                                                     EACC collective bargaining
tants for kindergarten to third grade class-   Del. Robert A. McKee (R)                R           W       W            W            W              W               R              team. The passage of this bill
es in excess of 15 students in schools fail-   Sub-District 1C
                                                                                                                                                                                   bolsters my belief that there’s
ing to meet AYP. MSTA supported.               (Allegany & Washington)
                                               Del. LeRoy E. Myers, Jr. (R)            R           W       AB           R            W              AB              R              strength in numbers.”
Motion was for unfavorable. Bill failed.       District 26 (Prince George's)                                                                                                       “Ultimately,” Adams said,
                                               Del. Obie Patterson (D)                 R           W       R            R            W              W               R
HB 1491 – State Department of                  District 47 (Prince George’s)
                                                                                                                                                                                   “the children of Charles
Education – Early Learning and                 Del. Victor R. Ramirez (D)              R           W       R            R            W              W               R              County are the beneficiaries of
Child Care Program This bill                   District 21 (Prince George's)                                                                                                       this successful endeavor!”
requires MSDE to develop a plan to             Del. Justin D. Ross (D)                 R           W       R            R            W              W               R

                                               * Committee chair generally votes to break a tie.


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R e l a t i o n s h i p s, R e l a t i o n s h i p s,
                                                                                               “We have a culture of detachment in our       “We know that teacher quality is key
                                                                                               nation’s schools,” said Blum. “Essentially,   to understanding the minority
                                                                                               we’re telling kids: ‘You’re on your own,’     achievement gaps,” added Dolan, who,
                                                                                               and while some succeed, many don’t.           with Erskine, is responsible for MSTA’s
                                                                                               This is not acceptable.”                      school improvement plan. “The work
                                                                                                                                             of Dr. Ronald Ferguson, who spoke
                                                                                               What does work?                               on student connectedness at the 2004
                                                                                               Based on current research evidence, the       NEA Convention, gives us a clear sense
                                                                                               most effective strategies for increasing      of what specific teacher characteristics
                                                                                               the likelihood that students will be con-     motivate students to meet their
                                                                                               nected to school include ideals school        potential. Guess what? It all comes
                                                                                               reformers have advocated for years:           back to Ted Sizer’s comment about
                                                                                               I Implementing high standards                 relationships.”
                                                                                                  and expectations, and providing aca-                          (Continued next page)
                                                                                                  demic support to all students;
                                                                                               I Applying fair and consistent discipli-
                                                                                                  nary policies that are collectively
                                                                                                  agreed upon and fairly enforced;
                                                                                               I Creating trusting relationships                BEST and School
                                                                                                  among students, teachers, staff,               Connectedness
                                                                                                  administrators, and families;                      Learn more about MSTA’s
                                                                                               I Hiring and supporting capable teach-                  BEST program at the
                                                                                                  ers skilled in content, teaching tech-           Summer Training Series 2005
School Success Linked to                                                                          niques, and classroom management
                                                                                                  to meet each learner’s needs;
                                                                                                                                               MSTA’s initiative for school improve-

School Connectedness
                                                                                                                                               ment BEST: Building Educational
                                                                                               I Fostering high parent/family                  Success Together is designed to build
                                                                                                  expectations for school performance          collaboration and connections
                                                                                                  and school completion; and                   between teachers, administrators,
                                                                                                                                               support staff and parents.
When asked about the three most                 believed to be a strong protective factor in   I Ensuring that every student feels
important factors in effective school           helping students cope with stress both            close to at least one supportive adult       BEST promotes data collection and
                                                within and outside the school setting.            at school.                                   team building through the use of
reform, noted education scholar, Ted
                                                                                                                                               tools such as the NEA KEYS Survey
Sizer, replied simply: “Relationships,          Last September, an issue of The Journal of     Jan Erskine, MSTA education reform              and the Systems Thinking/Systems
relationships, relationships.” A                School Health was devoted to the findings      specialist, says MSTA has long recog-           Changing Game
number of recent research reports               of the Wingspread Group, a group of            nized the importance of building a cul-         The NEA KEYS Survey looks at input
focus on the importance of relation-            23 researchers, educators and govern-          ture where connectedness and caring are         from all school stakeholders on the
ships or connectedness within the               ment leaders who convened at the invita-       predominate factors. “The vision of the         foundational levels for connectedness
                                                tion of Robert Blum, William H. Gates          MSTA School Improvement Work                    in Key categories of Shared
education system as a vital factor in
                                                Professor and chair of the Department of       Group, for example, incorporates these          Understanding and Open
understanding student success.
                                                Population and Family Health Sciences at       concepts of shared ownership, pervasive         Communication and Collaborative
                                                the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of          caring and sustained commitment to              Problem Solving.
What is connectedness?                          Public Health in Baltimore.                    improve student achievement,” she said.
There are many facets of connectedness                                                                                                         BEST works with school
within the school setting. We know that         Along with six commissioned research           “As advocates for high achievement              teams to develop:
when teachers feel connected to their col-      reviews that document the evidence on          for both teachers and students, MSTA            I Collaborative culture;
leagues through collaborative support           the role of school connectedness               engages school communities by shining           I Distributed leadership;
they are less likely to leave the profession.   in the lives of students, the group            a light on each and every stakeholder in        I Group decision-making;
We also know that when parents feel con-        presented a manifesto of sorts for             the education process,” Erskine                 I Shared best practices;
nected to school they are better able to        student connectedness called the               continued. “Without a buy-in from the
                                                                                                                                               I Joint teacher analysis of
encourage student learning through a            Wingspread Declaration.                        entire education community, in the form           student work;
supportive home environment.                                                                   of real engagement, connection, and             I Family, school, community
                                                The Wingspread Declaration lays out
                                                                                               action, we won’t get any closer to a solu-        partnerships; and
Yet recent studies focusing on the impor-       strategies for both teachers and admin-
                                                                                               tion for our schools.”                          I Action research
tance of students’ connectedness to the         istrators that lead to increased connect-
school, particularly their sense of con-        edness to school. Unfortunately, many                                                          The goal of BEST is to create a profes-
                                                of these strategies are not currently
                                                                                               Connectedness and the                           sional learning community grounded in
nection to their teachers, show that 40 to
                                                rewarded in most school accountability
                                                                                               minority achievement gap                        connectedness and caring.
60 percent of all students—urban, sub-
                                                                                               “It’s not surprising,” said Larry Dolan,        For more about BEST and how Allegany
urban, and rural—are chronically disen-         systems. As every educator knows, the
                                                                                               MSTA education reform specialist, “that         County is using the program, see the March
gaged from school. These students               pressures of high stakes assessments
                                                                                               when minority students report that their        issue of ActionLine, or visit the ActionLine
believe that the adults in their school         leave little time for anything but strict
                                                                                               teacher cares about them, encourages            OnLine archives at MSTA OnLine,
don’t care about them.                          academic focus, all but insuring                                                               www.mstanea.org. For more information,
                                                                                               them to do well, sets high academic
                                                that classroom teachers maintain                                                               about BEST, contact Jan Erskine,
School connectedness—a student’s feel-                                                         standards, and is perceived by the
                                                an atmosphere that is rigid and                                                                MSTA education reform specialist,
ing of being part of and cared for at                                                          student as someone who wants to help            jerskine@mstanea.org; 800/448-MSTA.
                                                sometimes distant.
school—is a primary aspect of under-                                                           them, the gaps in student achievement
standing student achievement and is                                                            all but disappear.”


8                                                                                                                                    MSTA ActionLine • June 2005
Relationships
Nurturing relationships                            Studies Show
How can we create more classrooms                  According to Blum’s studies, school                 THE WINGSPREAD DECLARATION
where students feel teachers care for              administrators should:                                  Here’s a look at the Wingspread Declaration on
them, encourage them, and demand that              I Commit to authoritative rather than                School Connectedness, the work of an interdisciplinary
they do well? One clear answer is to cre-            authoritarian leadership;                                        group of education leaders
ate a level of collaboration and collegial-        I Articulate a clear academic
ity that can allow teachers to learn and             mission;
support each other.                                I Set high academic standards
Once teachers feel connected to each                 and expectations;
                                                                                                 Two years ago, education, youth and health advocates got together at the
other, connectedness to students is likely         I Ensure that an adult is assigned
                                                                                                 Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin to discuss the issue of school
to follow. Students who perceive their               to know and watch out for
                                                                                                 connectedness. Their goal, to define the issue and a set of basic tenets to help guide
teachers as creating a caring, well-struc-           every student;
                                                                                                 schools, was realized in the Wingspread Declaration on School Connectedness.
tured learning environment in which                I Create small learning
expectations are high, clear, and fair are           environments;                               According to the document, the Wingspread Declaration outlines “the most effective
more likely to feel connected.                     I Reduce noise levels in lunchrooms;          strategies for increasing the likelihood that students will be connected to school.”
                                                     and
The work of the Wingspread Group                   I Assure that parents are                     How does the work of the                           Increasing the number of students
emphasizes that all school staff—                    well-informed.                              Wingspread Group translate to                      connected to school is likely to impact
administrators, teachers, coaches,                                                               our work as public educators?                      critical accountability measures, such as:
para-professionals, support personnel,             In addition, teachers should:                                                                    I Performance;
                                                                                                 The principles of the Wingspread Declaration
custodians, cafeteria employees, bus               I Apply consistent classroom                  highlight the critical importance of:              I Incidents of fighting, bullying,
drivers—play a critical role in making                management techniques, with                I Holding students to high expectations;               or vandalism;
students feel that they belong in school.             clear rules and consequences;              I Building positive adult-student                  I Absenteeism; and
It also notes that the positive effects of         I Give all students an equal                     relationships; and                              I School completion rates.
school connectedness cut across racial,               opportunity to participate                 I Ensuring students’ physical and
ethnic, and income groups.                                                                                                                          Strong scientific evidence demonstrates
                                                      in class discussions;                         emotional safety.
                                                                                                                                                    that increased student connection to
Robert Blum offers numerous strategies             I Involve students in curriculum              Across racial, ethnic, and income groups,          school promotes:
for improving school connectedness,                   planning and choosing group                increasing connectedness strengthens:              I Educational motivation;
many focused on creating an environ-                  assignments;                               I Academic performance;                            I Classroom engagement; and
ment where meaningful relationships                I Encourage peer-assisted teaching            I School completion;                               I Improved school attendance.
can get started and be nurtured.                      and collaborative learning and;            I Student motivation and classroom                 These three factors in turn increase
                                                   I Develop routines and rituals                   engagement; and                                 academic achievement. These findings apply
“The research is overwhelming on
                                                      for the class.                             I Reduces negative behaviors such as               across racial, ethnic, and income groups.
what needs to be done,” Blum said.
“We need to engage kids in their own               “Location, location, location” may be the        absenteeism, bullying, vandalism,
                                                   mantra for real estate investors, but in         classroom disruption, substance use, and        There is strong evidence that a student
education and make them want to be a                                                                                                                who feels connected to school is less
                                                   the field of education, positive relation-       early sexual activity.
part of school. If we do that, we’ll                                                                                                                likely to exhibit:
improve their prospects for academic               ships and a strong sense of connection        Students are more likely to succeed when           I Disruptive behavior;
success and reduce the likelihood that             with their school can make all the differ-    they feel connected to school. School
                                                                                                                                                    I School violence;
they’ll become involved in a whole raft            ence for students of any age, ethnicity, or   connection is the belief by students that adults
                                                   socio-economic status.                        in the school care about their learning as well    I Substance and tobacco use;
of dangerous behaviors.”                                                                                                                            I Emotional distress; and
                                                                                                 as about them as individuals. The critical
                                                                                                 requirements for feeling connected include         I Early age of first sexual experience.
                                                                                                 students’ experiencing:
                                                                                                 I High academic expectations and rigor
                                                                                                     coupled with support for learning;
                                                                                                 I Positive adult-student relationships; and
                                                                                                 I Safety, both physical and emotional.

                                                                              Resources on Connectedness
“Developing policies and programs that promote school connectedness is a good educational        I http://allaboutkids.umn.edu/kdwbvfc/fr_pub.htm
strategy and a good public health strategy,” writes Robert W. Blum and his colleagues in           An overview of the research on school connectedness and adolescent health.
Improving the Odds: The Untapped Power of Schools to Improve the Health of Teens.                I http://allaboutkids.umn.edu/
“The challenge is to understand what promotes school connectedness.”                               Scroll down to the Wingspread Declaration on School Connectedness
Read more:                                                                                       I Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students' Motivation To Learn
I Improving the Odds: The Untapped Power of Schools to Improve the Health of Teens.                http://www.nap.edu/books/0309084350/html/
  Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota. Blum, Robert William;                         Reviews current research on what shapes adolescents' school engagement and motivation
  McNeely, Clea; Rinehart, Peggy Mann. (2002).                                                     to learn, including new findings on students' sense of belonging and a look at ways these
                                                                                                   can be used to reform urban high schools.
Journal of School Health, September 2004
The entire issue is devoted to school connectedness. Articles include the Wingspread             I Places to Be, Places to Belong: Youth Connectedness in School and Community
Declaration on School Connectedness, the latest research on connectedness and                      http://www.actforyouth.net/documents/PLACES_REPORT.pdf
examinations of programs aimed at building connectedness.                                          This report is based on a dissertation that examines youth's feeling of connectedness to
Orders can be placed online at www.ashaweb.org, phone 800/445-2742, fax 330/678-4526 or mail       their school and community in an upstate New York community. The report focuses on
P.O. Box 708, Kent, OH 44240.                                                                      8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders and includes findings and suggested actions.
On the web:


MSTA ActionLine • June 2005                                                                                                                                                                      9
                                                                                       Professional Development Workshops
                                                                                       FREE! Workshops created for frontline educators! MSTA’s
                                                                                       Professional Development Workshops at Convention 2005 offer
                                                                                       relevant, useful workshops in a jam-packed schedule created for you
                                                                                       by MSTA’s school reform staff.
                                                                                       Here’s a preview of what you can find October 21-22 in Ocean City.


                                                                                    Creating an ADD Classroom                   to learning to read? Research-based
                                                                                    to Benefit All Students                     strategies reflect what is known about
                                                                                    The goal of this workshop is to help        best practices for teaching non-readers,
                                                                                    teachers create a classroom beneficial to   poor readers, and struggling-readers.
                                                                                    all students, both those with and           Learn how to help them make rapid
                                                                                    without ADD. Strategies will allow          reading gains in all content areas.
                                                                                    teachers to work with the learning          Simplify standards-based lesson
                                                Make the most of                    styles of ADD students, rather than         planning with strategies to:
                                                Your professional                   against them, ensuring classroom
                                                                                    success and continued achievement for
                                                                                                                                • Capitalize on all students’ reading
                                                                                                                                  strengths;
 It’s about YOU!                                   weekend !                        all students. This workshop will be         • Match instructional methods to
 Join us October 20-22 in Ocean City                                                co-led by both a psychologist specializ-      students’ instructional needs; and
 for MSTA’s 138th Convention &                                                      ing in ADD and a teacher with ADD           • Increase students’ interest, motivation
 Representative Assembly! It’s all         MSTA’s exciting new plan for             who, because of his own struggles with        and engagement in reading.
 about you this year when MSTA’s                                                    attention deficit disorder, has imple-
                                           Convention 2005 features more            mented a variety of strategies to improve   Lions and Leopards and Bears,
 annual celebration of its members
 showcases the 2005 Professional
                                           ways to learn and relax.The              success in the classroom.                   Oh My!
                                           streamlined schedule makes it                                                        A hands-on session where participants
 Development Workshops, an
                                                                                    Implementing Action Research                learn how the EdZOOcation programs
 exhibition of education products and      easy to enjoy the Friday night           The presenters define action research       at Baltimore’s Maryland Zoo comple-
 services, the annual Representative       buffet and MSTA’s Dance Party            and why and how implementing it can         ment their classroom curricula and meet
 Assembly, and special events for
                                           with the Fabulous Hubcaps!               help uplift staff and students.             national and state content standards.
 every member.
                                                                                                                                Educators receive free zoo curriculum
                                                                                    Believing the HYPE – Keys to
 It’s about YOU!                           T H U R S D AY                           Motivating Students of Color
                                                                                                                                materials and sample a series of fun and
                                                                                                                                informative animal-related activities.
 This year, more than 50 different         October 20, 8 p.m.                       This workshop will provide you with
 workshops, from motivating minority       Presiden’t Reception                     key information for helping minority        Pass the Parapro:
 students to overcoming test-taking        Clarion Fontainebleau Resort Hotel       youth become leaders, develop better        Overcoming Test Anxiety
 anxiety meet today’s education issues     Get a head start on Convention 2005!     attitudes and connect their dreams to       Anxious about the Para-Pro? Bring your
 with timely, relevant information you     MSTA President Pat Foerster hosts a
                                           welcoming reception for members.
                                                                                    the importance of a good education.         questions or share your testing experience
 can use on the job. See a sampling of                                              Back for an encore presentation, Darrell    in an interactive workshop.
 workshops on these pages.                 F R I D AY & S AT U R D AY               Andrews explains HYPE® (Helping             This workshop focuses on test anxiety
                                           October 21 & 22                          Youth Pursue Excellence), a workshop        as an impediment to successful
 It’s about YOU!                           All activities at Ocean City’s           for educators, youth workers, coun-         test-taking with specific tips on how
 An education trade exhibition fills the   Roland E. Powell Convention Center       selors and others interested in helping     paraeducators can successfully achieve
 exhibit hall with books, field trip                                                minority youth overcome barriers.           passing scores on the Parapro exam.
                                           Professional
 specials, fund-raising ideas and                                                   Expect to learn:                            Hands-on exercises using samples from
                                           Development Workshops
 motivational items for teachers and                                                • How to effectively engage and             the Parapro will give participants useful
                                           FREE! No pre-registration required
 support professionnals. Don’t miss        F R I D AY 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.             motivate minority and special             information that can easily translate
 money-saving opportunities on your        S AT U R D AY 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.         education youth;                          into confidence as they take the exam
 favorite classroom extras.                Over 50 workshops! Special school        • Why certain youth act in a certain
                                           improvement strand offers one (1)          manner; and                               Recognizing and Utilizing the
 It’s about YOU!                           MSDE credit!                             • How to unlock the potential in even
                                                                                                                                Cultural Characteristics of
 Hard-working delegates have all                                                                                                African American Students in
 afternoon Friday to join their            MSTA’s An Apple                            the most difficult to serve youth.
                                                                                                                                Academic Settings
 colleagues in workshops and to            a Day Health Fair                        Introduction to Integrating                 If you are looking to improve minority student
 visit the exhibits.                       MSTA cares about your health!            Technology into the Curriculum
                                                                                                                                achievement, this workshop is a must.
                                           Registered nurse and dietician on site                                               How well do you understand the
                                                                                    The workshop introduces participants
                                           plus interactive booths!                                                             teaching/learning socio-cultural systems
                                                                                    to several different ways to integrate
                                                                                                                                that exist in academic settings? This
                                           MSTA Trade Exhibition &                  technology into various classroom
                                                                                                                                workshop addresses student and
                                           Little Red Schoolhouse                   environments – the computer lab
                                                                                                                                teacher efforts to adapt to their
                                           Education-related vendors, daily         setting, the one-computer classroom
                                                                                                                                environment as they work together in
                                           give-aways, and the Little Red           and small group instruction. The
                                                                                                                                academic settings. An exploration of
                                           Schoolhouse! Add your idea to the        workshop will demonstrate how to

         It’s                              Great Public Schools chalkboard to
                                           receive MSTA school supplies!
                                                                                    use Microsoft Office, Web Quest and
                                                                                    PowerPoint games like Jeopardy and
                                                                                    The Weakest Link.
                                                                                                                                the cultural cognitions of some African
                                                                                                                                American students is done with
                                                                                                                                participants. Concrete examples of stu-

        ALL                                MSTA Fund for Children
                                           and Public Education
                                           Buy a $5 raffle ticket for a chance to
                                                                                    Learning to Read and Reading
                                                                                    to Learn: What Does it Take to
                                                                                                                                dent behaviors and effective responses
                                                                                                                                that teachers may utilize to incorporate
                                                                                                                                cultural preferences and differing world

       about                               win up to $1,000!
                                           Representative Assembly
                                                                                    Differentiate Literacy in the
                                                                                    K-12 Classroom?
                                                                                    Dr. Helené Hodges returns to MSTA’s
                                                                                                                                views into learning experiences make
                                                                                                                                this presentation a favorite.


        you!                               Special note Friday: Delegates convene
                                           for a morning session only; afternoon
                                           free for Professional Development
                                                                                    Convention 2005 with more help in
                                                                                    creating the differentiated classroom.
                                                                                    How do we move from reading to learn
                                           Workshops.




10                                                                                                                      MSTA ActionLine • June 2005
Staying Fit – Exercises You Can
Do at Home or Work
A demonstration of various sculpting                                     Special strands offer concentrated study
and toning exercises that can be done
just about anywhere with or without
                                           MSTA’S                       These special units of study offer the opportunity to delve more deeply into
equipment. Participants will also be
taken through some cardio routines that
                                           FABULOUS                     specific areas of teaching practice, skill building or personal growth. Join your
                                                                        colleagues as exciting presenters offer fresh takes on important issues designed
require very little time and space along   FRIDAY NIGHT                 to improve your teaching, your job, and your students’ performance!
with some resistance exercises that can                                             Receive MSDE Credit!
be performed with or without weights.      All activities at
                                           Ocean City’s                 School Improvement Strand
The Gentlemen’s Club:                      Roland E. Powell             Theis strand offers six exciting workshops devoted to making the school
Addressing the Needs of the                                             environment a win-win one for students, educators, administrators and parents.
Non-Achieving, Difficult to
                                           Convention Center            Choose four of the six, attend them in their entirety, and receive one (1)
Handle Male Student                                                     Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) credit!
                                           Unwind from your busy
Participants will be on the edge of
                                           day with a casual            Participants who present certificates showing completion of the workshops
their seats in this workshop addressing                                 will receive an official MSDE credit form from MSTA’s Convention
the academic and social development of     reception and buffet         2005 Professional Development Workshops office.
the non-achieving, difficult-to-manage
male student. Humor, role-playing, brief
                                           then bop ‘til you drop
video clips of actual student behaviors    with the Fabulous
and much more are a part of this           Hubcaps, Maryland’s
dynamic program.                                                       Collaborative Tools that                     Good Stuff
                                           favorite dance band.ance    Enhance Dialogue                               • Women: Back to the Future
Women: Back to the Future                  6 p.m.                       • Creating a Differentiated                   • Simplifying Strategies
Bring an open mind, your life experience                                  Classroom to meet the needs                 • Everyone Deserves the
and your creativity.                       Reception                      of Subgroup Populations                       TOTAL Teacher
Performing arts are a powerful tool for                                 • Study Groups: Getting                       • Lions, Leopards and Bears, Oh My!
                                           7 p.m.                         Started and Beyond
helping students gain insight on an                                                                                   • How High is Your Self Esteem?
emotional as well as cognitive level.
                                           Buffet dinner                • How MSTA Helps Schools Improve
                                                                                                                      • Eliminating the Achievement Gap
                                                                        • Implementing Action Research
They can help children grow in their       8:30 p.m.                    • Cognitive Coaching                        Reading and Writing
understanding of leadership, problem       MSTA Dance Party!                                                          • Learn to Write: Considering Cognitive
solving and self esteem.                                               High School Best Practices                       Processes for Composing
After performances showcasing              $40/members;                 • Project-Based Learning                      • Competent Kids, Supportive Teachers
                                                                        • International Baccalaureate Program           Differentiating Writing Their Way
diverse American women like                $65/non-members              • Using Inquiry in the High School            • From Theory to Practice
Sacagawea, Bessie Coleman, Eleanor         Contact your Local           • Promising Practices                           to Publication
Roosevelt and Rachel Carson                Association for ticket                                                     • Learning to Read and
                                                                        • Overcoming Bias
through song, monologue, and               information.                                                                 Reading to Learn
poetry, participants will undertake                                    Augmenting Teaching                            • Helping Parents Build Students
a brief writing exercise to integrate      *This event replaces the     • Career Connections                            Critical Thinking & Reading Skills
their experience. The workshop                                          • Integrating Technology Into Your              at Home
                                           annual Convention Banquet      Curriculum
culminates in a shared group                                                                                        Special Education
                                                                        • Librarian Media Specialists:
performing arts activity.                                                 A Teacher’s Best Friend
                                                                                                                      • Black Hole or Saving Grace: Home
                                                                                                                        and Hospital Teaching
                                                                        • Growing Your Own:
                                                                                                                      • Creating an ADD Friendly Classroom
                                                                          National Board Certification
                                                                                                                      • An IDEA Who’s Time Has Come
                                                                       Bringing in New Teachers                       • Communicating With Students with
                                                                        • How to Motivate Young People to               Autism Spectrum Disorders
                                                                          Become Teachers                             • Substance Abuse
                                                                        • Think “Think” to Begin a Successful         • Collaboration – The Key to Creating
                                                                          Teaching Career                               Powerful Instructional Partnerships
                                                                       Professional Development Schools             Cultural Competence
                                                                        • The Pitfalls of the Three Ps                • Recognizing and Using Cultural
                                                                        • Using Student Work for Instructional          Characteristics of African American
                                                                          Decision-Making                               Students in Academic Settings
                                                                        • Will the Learner in the Room
                                                                          Please Stand Up                           Respect, Rhythm and Rhyme
                                                                                                                      • The Gentleman’s Club: Addressing
                                                                        • Teacher Reflection
                                                                                                                        the Needs of the Non-Achieving,
                                                                                                                        Difficult to Handle Male Student
                                                                       Positive Student Behavior
                                                                       Development                                    • Educating African American Males in
                                                                        • Positive Behavior Intervention                the 21st Century
                                                                          Strategies                                  • An Overview of Islam
                                                                        • Empowered Discipline for the                • Celebrate the Diversity of Humanity!
                                                                          Challenged Student
                                                                        • Believing the HYPE (Helping Youth         Science
                                                                          Pursue Excellence)                          • Children’s Faces of Inquiry:
                                                                                                                        Drawing as a Teaching and
                                                                        • Cooperative Learning: Constructing            Learning Tool in Science
                                                                          Community, Content, and
                                                                          Communication                             Educational Support Personnel
                                                                        • Adult Bullies in Public                     • Pass the Parapro: Overcoming
                                                                          School Systems                                Test Anxiety
                                                                                                                      • Liar, Liar, Consumer Fraud Protection
                                                                       Differentiated Instruction
                                                                        • Motivating the Mind with Music              • Building Membership in your
                                                                                                                        Local Association
                                                                        • Tools of Differentiation: Teaching
                                                                          Strategies for Success                      • Assertiveness: You Can Do It
                                                                        • Differentiating Instruction and
                                                                          Assessment Through Multiple
                                                                          Intelligences




MSTA ActionLine • June 2005                                                                                                                                   11
                  MSTA’s 2005 Summer Training Series
                                      For teacher and education support members!

       Each series includes two full days of rich program                                         Registration form
       content, participant interaction and activities. Enjoy
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       leisure activities including dining, golfing, swimming
       and tennis!                                                                                Address


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                                      re!
                                                    MSTA’s                                        Home Phone
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              in Fell’s Point,                      2005 Summer
      Join us                                       Training Series
                                                                                                  Local Association


                                                    MSTA: ON THE ROAD 2005                        School Name
                                                    Professional development
                                                    opportunities for MSTA teacher                Email Address
                                                    and educational support members
                                                                                                  Preferred Roommate

                                                                                                  ❑ Vegetarian        ❑ Smoker

                                                                                                  On the Road with MSTA:
                                                                                                  Summer Training Series 2005
                                                                                                  Series I ❑ Leadership
                                                                                                  Emerging Leaders Academy            I   July 12-14
            Join us
                    in St. M                                                                      Fells Point, Baltimore
                            ichaels!
                                                    LEADERSHIP                                    Series II ❑ Power
                                                    Emerging Leaders Academy                      Leadership & Organizational
                                                                                                  Development Institute I July 20-21
                                                                                                  St. Michaels, MD
                                                    POWER                                         Series III ❑ Knowledge
                                                    Leadership & Organizational                   Teaching & Learning: Professional
                                                    Development Institute                         Development Institute I July 27-28
                                                                                                  Rocky Gap, MD
                                                                                                  CHOOSE ONE
                                                                                                  ❑ Bridging the Gap
                                                    KNOWLEDGE                                     ❑ Take this Test and Ace It!                  Contact your
                                                    Teaching & Learning:                                                                      Local Association
                                                                                                  ❑ Let’s Start at the Beginning            for financial support
                                                    Professional                                                                                 information.
                                                    Development Institute                         GENERAL REGISTRATION
                            rland!
                       Cumbe                                                                      $160 per session
            Join us in                                                                            DEADLINE: June 17, 2005
                                                                                                  Make checks payable to MSTA
                                                                                                  Mail to
                                                                                                  MSTA
                                                                                                  140 Main Street
                                                                                                  Annapolis, MD 21401
                                                      Visit www.mstanea.org                       ATTN: Debra Nixon
                                                       for more information.


Leadership           I   July 12-14               Power       I   July 20-21                          Knowledge                  I   July 27-28
Urban comfort in Baltimore’s Fell’s Point!        Quaint waterfront vibes on the Shore!               The beauty of Western Maryland outside your door!
MSTA’s 2005 road trip begins in Baltimore’s hip   Head to the laid back tranquility of                The magnificent scenery of Western Maryland
Fell’s Point. Learn the fine points of school,    St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore for lessons       sets the stage for three professional develop-
workplace and Association activism—then put       in building Association muscle by organizing        ment activities chosen for their relevance to
them to work as a Local Association leader.       members around pro-public education issues.         teacher and education support members.



MSTA ActionLine • June 2005                                                                                                                                     13
 News
                  &
                                                                                           MSTA OPENS MID-SHORE REGIONAL OFFICE
                                                                                                        Eastern Shore central location serves

 Notes                                                                                                 Talbot, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties




                                             Sheila Hill: Candidate
                                             for Pension System
                                             Board of Trustees
                                             MSTA supports the candidacy of
                                             Sheila Hill in her bid for re-election to
                                             the board of trustees of the State
                                             Retirement and Pension System.
                                             Longtime trustee and MSTA member
                                             Bill Brown is unopposed and therefore
                                             automatically reelected.
                                                                                         MSTA’s new Eastern Shore office is home to Talbot County Education Association (TCEA),
                                              Sheila Hill was originally appointed       Jacqueline Harris, MSTA’s regional director, and Kay Walling, MSTA UniServ director for Talbot,
  Sheila Hill: Candidate for State Retirement to finish the term of Art Caple, a         Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties.
  and Pension System Board of Trustees.       former board member. Since being
                                              appointed to the board of trustees,        “We’re grateful to have a new home. Having MSTA this close to serve our members means a
                                                                                         lot,”said Tamara Keeler,TCEA president. “We can be more effective with MSTA staffing in a
 Hill has been invaluable in monitoring the investments of the systems’ assets,
                                                                                         central location and with an office equipped to handle the concerns of our membership.”
 lobbying for full funding of the pension system by the state, and representing
 your interests at board meetings. She has been a competent and tireless leader.         TCEA will conduct daily Association business including contract negotiations and general
                                                                                         membership meetings at the new office.
 New voting procedures!                                                                  “Our growing membership on the Eastern Shore will be well-served by our new office,”
 If you’re eligible to vote in the upcoming election for pension board trustee,          said Pat Foerster, MSTA president. “This regional office, our first, will accommodate the
 you’ll receive a postcard in the mail reminding you to vote.                            school employees here who have long shown their commitment to public education.
     I Voting begins June 8 and ends 5 p.m. July 8. You’ll have the opportunity          Teacher and support professionals have earned our praise and admiration for their
       to vote for one trustee candidate.                                                activism in the last five years on the shore. They secured the right to the collective
     I Candidates’ biographies are posted on the State Retirement Pension                bargaining process for support professionals and their energy spread to help open
       System website at http://www.sra.state.md.us.                                     up the scope of bargaining across the state.”
     I If you do not have access to a computer and wish to have a copy                   “Support professionals were too long denied the right to bargain collectively and we’re
       of the candidates’ biographies, call a retirement agency counselor at             here to continue to improve their jobs and those of teachers as well,”said Jackie Harris,
       410/625-5555; toll-free 800/492-5909.                                             the Eastern Shore regional director.
                                                                                         MSTA Mid-Shore Regional Office
                                                                                         8221 Teal Drive, Suite 420, Easton, MD
                                                                                         410/763-6931; toll-free: 866/283-9030; fax: 410/763-6941
                                                                                         Visitors from the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, MSTA headquarters, and neighboring counties
                                                 MSTA’s Friend of                        celebrated the opening of MSTA's new Mid-Shore Regional Office. Front row: Betty Weller, MSTA treasur-
                                                 Education Award                         er; Jacqueline Harris, Eastern Shore regional director; Pat Foerster, MSTA president; Tamara Keeler,TCEA
                                                                                         president; Betsy Moyer, former MSTA executive director; Susan Algier,TCEA vice president; and Kay
                                                   Do you know a true                    Walling, MSTA Uniserv director, Kent,Talbot, and Queen Anne's counties.
 Catherine Culver                                  Friend of Education?
 West Lake HS • English teacher
 Charles County
                                                 Send MSTA your nomination
                     I joined for the            of a person or organization
                     job protection              whose leadership, actions, and
                     and security at             support contribute to the
                     first. Then, I              improvement of public
                     started getting             education in Maryland.The
                     fed up with                 winner will be honored at                              Are you a contest winner?
                     things in my                MSTA’s Convention 2005,                                Visit MSTA Online, mstanea.org to find out. Each
                     school and our              October 20-22 in Ocean City.                           winning educator receives a one-year subscription
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 obvious that it was going to be                 nomination form, visit MSTA                            Publishing magazine for their classroom.
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 difficult to change some of the
                                                 To request a nomination form,
 things I saw as obvious obstacles
                                                 contact Wendy Busse, MSTA
 to doing my job well without the                Public Affairs, 800/448-MSTA,
 support of the Association.                     ext. 137. Nominations must
 As I got into the meetings, I saw               be signed by a MSTA member.
 that it was about making a differ-              Deadline: August 5, 2005
 ence and that the more people who
 get involved the better the chance              Send to:
 of having some effect. I originally             MSTA
 started by helping out on the                   Friend of Education
                                                 140 Main St.
 sidelines, now I’m my local
                                                 Annapolis, MD, 21401
 school building representative!




14                                                                                                                                  MSTA ActionLine • June 2005
Executive Changes at MSTA
      I’m responsible for my                 Exiting the Pennsylvania NEA affiliate
                                             after five years as an assistant executive
    own working conditions                   director managing the research, educa-
– if I don’t like them I need                tion services and communications divi-
         to work for change.                 sions, Helfman comes to Maryland pre-
                        —David Helfman       pared for the state’s unique challenges.
                                             “I have a lot to learn in Maryland and I
As a young University of Wisconsin
                                             expect to do a lot of listening,” Helfman
student working his way thorough
                                             said. “What’s foremost right now is
school at a downtown Madison hotel,
                                             improving salaries and pensions for
David Helfman, MSTA’s new executive
                                             MSTA members. We’ve seen an incre-
director, learned a lesson that would
                                             mental move on pensions as the legisla-
become the driving force behind his
                                             ture takes the issue up in summer study
career: I’m responsible for my own                                                           Pat Foerster with Betsy Moyer, former MSTA executive director, at a party in Moyer's honor.
                                             session. I’m optimistic we’ll see real
working conditions – if I don’t like them
                                             change in the 2006 General Assembly.”
I need to work for change.
                                             Helfman sees other issues like reducing         Longtime MSTA staffer
His treatment as a hotel worker was
unsettling enough that he and a few com-
                                             workload and improving the school envi-         Betsy Moyer left the
                                             ronment as fundamental to the success of        Annapolis headquarters
rades, armed with a copy of Stephen
Schlossberg’s labor primer Organizing and
                                             both school employees and students.
                                                                                             office for the last time
                                                                                                                                                     “Betsy’s legacy at
                                             “Students count on us to make sure we
the Law*, bartered a deal with a group of
labor lawyers who agreed to represent
                                             can give them the attention and support         April 29, saying goodbye                                MSTA will continue
                                             they need to learn,” he said. “We can’t
them in exchange for remodeling the                                                          to a 41-year career as an
lawyers’ newly rented office space in an
                                             provide this if we have too many courses                                                                for untold years to
                                             to prepare each week, too many classes          educator and advocate.
old downtown Madison building.
“We stayed up nights working on the
                                             each day, too many students in each class,
                                                                                             Betsy Moyer, MSTA’s former executive                    benefit our members,
                                             or too much unnecessary paperwork.”
lawyers’ offices and reading up on labor                                                     director, came to union advocacy as a
law. We successfully organized the hotel’s
                                             Helfman is a firm believer in the public        young Maryland teacher traveling the
                                                                                                                                                     our students and
                                             education tradition. “It’s the one institu-     ranks of her local Harford County
restaurant workers,” Helfman said. “The                                                                                                              public education.”
                                             tion that should level the playing field
owners called in the National Labor                                                          Education Association and MSTA
                                             for all children as they grow. However,                                                                 –Pat Foerster, MSTA president
Relations Board who denied our petition                                                      where she was elected Association
                                             we need to do a better job leveling that
to be recognized as a bargaining unit.                                                       president in 1974. In 1975, she accept-
                                             playing field.”
They said we needed a ‘wall-to-wall’ unit,                                                   ed a staff position in research services
representing all of the hotel’s workers.”    One of the things Helfman finds attrac-         at MSTA headquarters, then in
                                             tive at MSTA is its history of growth.
In the process, however, Helfman helped                                                      Baltimore. She was promoted to assis-
                                             “The success on the Eastern Shore is                                                                 public education and the students we
friends organize another major hotel in                                                      tant executive director a few years later.
                                             exciting to my work as a union staff                                                                 serve,” said Pat Foerster at a party in
town. “After that I knew exactly what I
                                             member. I’m delighted that this growth          As associate executive director,                     Moyer’s honor. “Betsy’s long career in
wanted to do with my career.”
                                             has been among education support                Ms. Moyer put the Association on firm                advocacy began when collective bargain-
That career took off right out of graduate   professionals. I have 10- and 12-year-old       financial footing. As a result, MSTA                 ing was made law and continued over the
school at Cornell which he left with a       sons in the pubic schools,” Helfman             is viewed as a good corporate citizen                years to include creating a financially
master’s in collective bargaining and        said. “I see first-hand how support
labor economics. When he landed a                                                            run with excellent strategic planning                strong and viable organization with an
                                             professionals keep their eyes out for
research position at the Pennsylvania                                                        and budgeting.                                       outstanding staff and a broad and deep
                                             the kids. They’re a vital part of any
State Education Association, Helfman         school’s success.”                              Moyer made Association history in 1999               leadership corps.
found a perfect complement to his                                                            when the MSTA board of directors                     “Issues such as school funding, political
                                             Helfman’s wife Karen is a social worker.
strong interests in collective bargaining                                                    appointed her to be the first woman                  support, pensions, school construction,
                                             A forensic interviewer, she works
and labor and his math skills.                                                               executive director, one of only 10 in the
                                             on a multidisciplinary team in a                                                                     student achievement and teaching issues
“I expected to stay five years and left      hospital-based children’s advocacy              NEA family of state affiliates.                      such as curriculum, professional
25 years later,” Helfman laughs. “My         center evaluating child abuse.                                                                       development, instructional practices and
job over the years had changed quite a bit                                                   Among her most exciting accomplish-
                                             *Organizing and the Law, 4th edition. By        ments for MSTA members are the two                   certification have surfaced time and again
– but every day was interesting and I                                                                                                             throughout her career,” Foerster
                                             Stephen I. Schlossberg and Judith A. Scott.     rallies she organized to protect and
found I really loved working with public
                                                                                             support education funding. The first, in             continued. “Having touched all of these
school educators.”                           David Helfman, MSTA's new executive director.
                                                                                             the early 1990s, was organized to protest            issues numerous times, Betsy’s legacy at
                                                                                             Gov. Schaefer’s proposed cuts to public              MSTA will continue for untold years to
                                                                                             education funding; last year’s rally was             benefit our members, our students and
                                                                                             called to support full funding of the                public education.”
                                                                                             legislature’s historic Thornton legisla-             “I realize Betsy Moyer has raised
                                                                                             tion, threatened to be shortchanged by               the bar for me as executive director
                                                                                             Gov. Ehrlich’s proposed budget.                      with her many achievements,” said
                                                                                             By any measure, the Annapolis rallies,               David Helfman, Moyer’s successor.
                                                                                             which galvanized thousands of members                “I intend to build on her success as
                                                                                             and public education advocates, were                 I work with MSTA staff and leaders
                                                                                             unprecedented successes.                             to improve school employee pensions,
                                                                                                                                                  protect health insurance and promote
                                                                                             “On behalf of MSTA members, past, pres-              proven education practices.”
                                                                                             ent and future, we thank Betsy Moyer for
                                                                                             her outstanding service to the members,




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                                                                                                                      TOP 10 Q&A: MSTA’S ACCESS PROGRAM
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                                                                                                                     2 What kinds of discounts are available?                Your card saves you
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                                                                                                                     retail stores, golf courses, ski resorts, theme parks and everywhere else in
                                                                                                                     between.With discounts at over 100,000 locations worldwide, you’ll be
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                                                                                                                     5 How do I get my discounts?            Most merchants require that you
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                                                                                                                         present your membership card at the time of purchase. Occasionally,
                                                                                                                     some merchants also require a printed coupon that you print from the
                                                                                                                     website, so be sure to check the individual merchant page on the website
                                                                                                                     for specific instructions.
Welcome to an exciting addition to the many
benefits already offered to MSTA members!
Starting with the 2005-2006 membership year,
                                                                                                                     6 How do I search for savings?             There are several ways to search
                                                                                                                          for savings.To find participating merchants in your area, simply enter in
                                                                                                                     your city name or zip code into the box marked “find discounts,” select
MSTA offers discounts on hotels, golf courses,                                                                       your category and click “Find”! You can also refine your search results by
                                                                                                                     clicking on “Advanced Search” on the left hand side of your browser.This
ski resorts, travel, services, entertainment,                                                                        will allow you to search for several specific categories within a specific area.
movies, and recreation packages through the
                                                                                                                         What if I lost my card? Don’t worry.The process of obtaining a
internet-based ACCESS card program. It’s free
and especially designed for MSTA members.
                                                                                                                     7    replacement card is easy. Simply visit MSTA OnLine Members Only, or
                                                                                                                     call MSTA Membership, 800/448-MSTA, to have a new card mailed to you.

Look for more information about ACCESS on MSTA
OnLine and ActionLine in the coming months!
                                                                                                                     8 What if a merchant I visited didn’t recognize the
                                                                                                                       program?       Every once in a while, a merchant will appear on the web-
                                                                                                                     site whose employees are unaware of the discount program. If a participat-
Starting this summer, you’ll find participating restaurants, retailers,
                                                                                                                     ing location does not honor your discount, please contact ACCESS
merchants, and golf courses featured on the MSTA OnLine
                                                                                                                     Customer Service, 888/433-7898 immediately.
MembersOnly website, www.mstanea.org. When you
receive your 2005-2006 membership card and MSTA pocket
calendar in early August, you’ll also receive information about
ACCESS and directions for use.
                                                                                                                         don’t have
                                                                                                                     9 Idirectory? Internet access. Can I get a printed
                                                                                                                                      Absolutely! Simply contact ACCESS Customer Service,
                                                                                                                     888/433-7898, and the ACCESS member services team will send you a
                                                                                                                     printed directory for your area (nominal fee required). Since the printed
Log-in to ACCESS is simple.
                                                                                                                     directories are only updated once every quarter, it’s possible that some
You’ll simply use your existing MembersOnly log-in and follow direc-
                                                                                                                     recently added merchants will not appear in your directory.The website,
tions to ACCESS discount programs. For those not already registered
                                                                                                                     on the other hand, is updated daily.
in MembersOnly, your membership card is all you need to enroll.
A benefit to use RIGHT NOW!
It’s MSTA’s goal that these exciting savings opportunities will
                                                                                                                          don’t see
                                                                                                                     10 IWhat can Imy favorite merchant in the program.
                                                                                                                                    do?         ACCESS gets some of its best leads from
                                                                                                                     members like you.With the Refer-A-Merchant program, members identify
help you stretch your budget, while allowing you to enjoy a wide
                                                                                                                     businesses where they would most like to save. Once a location is
variety of leisure and recreational activities across Maryland and
                                                                                                                     submitted, the merchant recruitment team goes into action – contacting
the country.
                                                                                                                     that business and encouraging it to join the Access Savings program.
                                                                                                                     So be sure to check the website often to see if your “referred merchant”
                                                                                                                     has been added to the program!

                                                                                                                                                      MSTA ActionLine • June 2005

								
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