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NO. 05-8 JUNE 2005 • CIRCULATION 62,000 actionLINE Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PA I D Permit No. 4681 Baltimore, MD 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 I I 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 A PUBLICATION OF THE MARYLAND STATE TEACHERS ASSOCATION AN NEA AFFILIATE 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, email@example.com; 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. MSTA ActionLine • June 2005 7 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Name leisure activities including dining, golfing, swimming and tennis! Address City/State/Zip re! MSTA’s Home Phone Baltimo 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 county. It was For more information and a to an award-winning Cricket/Cobblestone obvious that it was going to be nomination form, visit MSTA Publishing magazine for their classroom. OnLine, www.mstanea.org. 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, MSTA ActionLine • June 2005 15 An exciting new benefit for MSTA members! w w w.m TOP 10 Q&A: MSTA’S ACCESS PROGRAM 1What is the Access card? Simply put, the Access card is your stanea MSTA membership card. It not only entitles you to all the benefits of being a member of your Local Association and MSTA but it also gives you .org the ability to save money at thousands of locations worldwide. 2 What kinds of discounts are available? 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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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