Volume 41, No. 6
Plymouth County Education Association, Inc.
Serving 7,000 members in these school systems: Abington, Bridgewater-Raynham, Brockton, Cohasset, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Freetown-
Lakeville, Halifax, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Middleboro, Norwell, Old Rochester Regional, Pembroke, Plympton,
Rockland, Scituate, Silver Lake, Wareham, West Bridgewater, and Whitman-Hanson
Donna Brown few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend an absolutely fascinating, thought-provoking conference
Immediate Past President: at Rutgers University. Sponsored by the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations, Developing
Kathy Paulding Globally Literate Students: 21st Century Skills, Emerging Technology and the United Nations brought
First Vice President: together experts in twenty-first century skills, global education, curriculum development, new technologies,
Charles Vautrain and, of course, the UN. By the end of the day my head was spinning. Ideas had been presented “rapid-fire”
and resources had been shared at warp speed. The room was electric with ideas.
Second Vice President:
The keynote speaker was curriculum and instruction expert, Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs. A national and
Sherley Phillips international educational consultant, Dr. Jacobs is best known for her work with curriculum mapping, dynamic
Secretary: instruction, and twenty-first century strategic planning. Before beginning her presentation, Dr. Jacobs placed
Michael Schwartz an empty chair on the stage. She explained that the chair represented the student since in all discussions of
Treasurer: education, there is one firm rule: all considerations must address the question “What is in the best interest of the student?” She
Robin Murray challenged participants by asking: “For what year are you preparing your students?” 1975? 1991? 2010? Her contention is that
schools are stuck in the last century, using a model for schools that had been developed at the turn of the century—the twentieth
During the next hour and a half, she discussed curriculum design, impediments to growth and change, adaptations, and
new versions of schools. She stressed that learners create and share knowledge differently from previous generations. She suggested
that curriculum design depended on three considerations: what to cut; what to keep; and what to create. Continuing, she described
a two-tiered model for curriculum development and catalogued the myriad ways to begin working to improve. By the end of her
presentation, my head was spinning. I purchased her new book, Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World, and it
is fascinating. There is much to discuss and much about which to think.
Other speakers addressed various facets of the conference theme. For teachers and learners, two areas were especially
(l to r) Robin Murray, Charlie Vautrain, Sherley Phil- important: globalization and the role of new technologies. A panel that included both theorists and practitioners shared ideas and
lips, Donna Brown, Kathy Paulding, Mike Schwartz methods to help educators address these and other issues. Many helpful websites were cited and are included in the Internet
Resources column on page 3.
The school year is half over, Valentine’s Day is in just a few days, vacation is very, very soon, and there’s still
Contact Us daylight at 4:30. Life is good! As I write this, it’s raining and the temperature is over 50 degrees giving promise of spring within
our lifetime. It’s the ideal time to read, talk, and think about change. But, remember: “What is in the best interest of the student?”
Administrative Assistant and Donna Brown, President
Ellen Brown oretta W. Quinlan was born in 1894 and graduated from Whitman
PCEA Headquarters High School in 1912. She attended a three-year program at
P.O. Box 49 Bridgewater College and graduated in 1915. She started teaching
Mattapoisett, MA 02739 in the Whitman Schools that fall, teaching grade five for many years. She
then taught grade seven and finished her career as an English teacher.
508-758-4755 She retired from Whitman Schools in 1964. The school
800-834-2373 committee voted to keep her on staff for the remainder of the 1964
fax 508-758-6462 school year although she reached the mandatory retirement age of 70
email@example.com on May 15, 1964.
***submitted by Michelle K. Kelley
Newsletter Editor: Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Carl Swanson Whitman-Hanson Regional School District
The Loretta Quinlan Award is the highest
In THIS issue: honor bestowed by the Association to a member of the Association
who best exemplifies the objectives of the Plymouth County Education
President’s Corner Association. The recipient of this award is chosen from the nominees
Contract Corner for Citation Awards. The Loretta Quinlan Award is given each spring
Humor in the Classroom to a member of the PCEA who exhibits outstanding service in all
three of these areas: profession, association, and community.
Ms. Quinlan was a life member of the NEA, MTA, and PCEA
Our Favorite Teachers as well as the past President of PCEA, MTA, and the Massachusetts
PCEA AWARDS info Retired Teachers’ Association. She received an honorary doctorate
Beth Stafford- MTA from Stonehill College.
Community Work Crews The NEA Bicentennial Award was presented to Ms.
Quinlan at the NEA Convention in Miami in 1976 as one of five
women selected for having played an important part in elevation the
In the NEXT issue: standards of the united Teaching Profession. She also received an
President’s Corner award from the MTA for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in
She was honored further for serving as chairperson of the
Humor in the Classroom MTA Committee that effected the building of the first permanent
Best Practices MTA Headquarters at 20 Ashburton Place in Boston.
Our Favorite Teachers QUINLAN In 1960, Ms. Quinlan was the first recipient of the PCEA Annual
Award. The award was renamed in her honor in 1978. Mary Alden,
***continued on Page 3
TCI Press, Seekonk UPCOMING MEETING DATES
www.tcipress.com March 8 Tuesday, April 13 & Wednesday, April 14 (Annual Banquet) May 10 June 7
FOOD BANK OUR FAVORITE TEACHERS
I share with you my experience with Chris Naton. I am a nurse
March - Scituate subcontracted to work at Chandler School in Duxbury where I care for the needs
May - Pembroke of first grade boy. In addition to caring for his personal and medical needs, I am
also acting as a teaching assistant for him, a role for which I have had very little
Thankfully, my little friend and I are welcomed everyday by Mrs. Naton
The purpose of the food bank is to bolster the offerings of each of our member
and all the children. They make us feel as though we are an important part of the
communities' food banks. YOU donate the food, please, and your PCEA reps bring the
day from the first minute we arrive. That should be enough.
food to the meetings, and locals get to give the food to their local food banks. Watch this
But what this teacher does on a daily basis for the rest of her class
column for your town’s month!
is incredible! Room 417 is the best place to be when you wake up in the
morning. Mrs. Naton makes everyone know how much they belong, how smart
they are, and how they need to get on task to enjoy the benefits of first grade.
I learned a little bit about teaching people in my training to become a
nurse, but I have learned SO much more in my four months with Chris Naton
than I ever had as a nursing student. She is a mentor as a teacher, as a wife, as a
mother, and as a friend. Her patience and love for the children is like nothing I
have ever experienced as a parent or a volunteer in our school system, and I have
been here for over eight years. She is a TEACHER in every sense of the word.
***Nancy O’Connor, RN, Duxbury
Editor’s Note: Our Favorite Teacher is a feature dedicate to those teachers held
in high esteem by us, their students. If you have a teacher from your school
years that you would like to tell us about, please submit your article to the editor.
Humor in tHe Classroom
My third graders were working in their spelling books. One definition
stated: “It’s a trend in clothing.” The correct answer should have been
“fashion.” One of my children wrote “shrink.” I certainly hope that this is not true!
***Carl Swanson, Duxbury
We were learning about homophones in my second grade classroom. I was asking
for examples from the students, and they had come up with several that we had written
on the board. I had given them directions for an activity and sent them off to work with
partners. As they transitioned to the next task, one little boy immediately ran up to me
because he just had “one more homophone” that he couldn’t wait to share with me. His
eyes were wide with excitement, so I asked him to share his idea. “Rip and Rip,” he said.
I asked him if he could use each of those in a sentence, prepared to tell him that it means
the same thing. “Rip like you rip a paper and RIP like you’re dead,” he said.
***Susan Mulready, Chandler School, Duxbury
The right of employees to have union representation at investigatory
Do you have an amusing anecdote about life in the classroom? interviews was announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1975 case (NLRB
We’d love to know about it! Please send your account of appropriate classroom humor vs. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251, 88 LRRM 2689). These rights have become
that keeps you going. Please make your submission to the editor of this newsletter at known as the Weingarten rights.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, grade, school, and district. Employees have Weingarten rights only during investigatory interviews.
An investigatory interview occurs when a supervisor questions an employee
to obtain information that could be used as a basis for discipline or asks an
employee to defend his or her conduct.
We Need Your Input! If an employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse
consequences may result from what he or she says, the employee has the right
Do you have a Favorite Teacher story to share? to request union representation. Management is not required to inform the
employee of his/her Weingarten rights; it is the employee’s responsibility to
A Best Practice to share?
know and request these rights.
An item for Humor in the Classroom? When the employee makes the request for a union representative to
be present management has three options:
Email the editor at email@example.com. (1) it can stop questioning until the representative arrives;
(2) it can call off the interview; or,
(3) it can coerce an employee to voluntarily gives up his/her rights to a union
representative (an option the employee should always refuse.)
Employers may try to tell the employee that the only role of a union
representative in an investigatory interview is to observe the discussion. The
Supreme Court, however, clearly acknowledges a representative’s right to assist
and counsel workers during the interview.
The Supreme Court has also ruled that during an investigatory
interview, management must inform the union representative of the subject of
the interrogation. The representative must also be allowed to speak privately with
the employee before the interview. During the questioning, the representative can
interrupt to clarify a question or to object to confusing or intimidating tactics.
While the interview is in progress, the representative cannot tell the employee
what to say but s/he may advise the employee on how to answer a question. At
the end of the interview the union representative can add information to support
the employee’s case.
RENT THIS SPACE! On June 15, 2004, The National Labor Relations Board ruled by a
3-2 vote that employees who work in a non-unionized unit are not entitled
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accompany them to an interview with their employer, even if the affected
Half Page Ads (7.5”x9”).................$175 per issue employee reasonably believes that the interview might result in discipline.
Quarter Page Ads (4.5”x7.5”).........$100 per issue If called to a meeting with management, read the following statement
to management before the meeting starts or at any time that the meeting seems
to take a turn for the worse. It is a good idea to cut out this card, laminate it,
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If this discussion could in any way lead
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be present at this meeting. Without
May 26 representation present, then I choose
not to participate in this discussion.”
Beth Stafford, MTA Executive Committee Member, LORETTA QUINLAN, continued from Page 1
spoke at the January PCEA meeting to inform us of some
important legislation. PCEA President in 1978, stated, “Loretta Quinlan has been an inspiration to her
According to Ms. Stafford, the U.S. Senate version educational colleagues throughout her years as a classroom teacher, an association
of the health legislation includes a tax on so-called Cadillac leader, and a retired teachers’ advocate since her retirement. It is most fitting that
plans to be paid by the providers. It is believed that the tax the PCEA Board honor Miss Quinlan in this manner.”
will be passed onto the plan subscribers.
Ms. Stafford also spoke about Race to the Top. Locals
that sign onto the state’s Race to the Top application agree Previous Quinlan Award Winners
to consider a plan with their superintendents and school
committees. The MTA has put out a document it says will allow a local association to 1960 Loretta Quinlan – Whitman
withdraw at anytime from negotiations. The MTA recommends that any local not having
1961 Henry Burkland – Middleboro
a good working relationship with their superintendent or school committee not sign the
state agreement without also having the MTA agreement in place. The MTA is concerned 1962 Dr. Everett L. Handy – Duxbury
that if districts do not sign onto an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding), an agreement 1963 Dr. Clement C. Maxwell – Bridgewater
in which districts have no say will become part of the NCLB law. Districts are funded 1964 Joseph Plouffe – Brockton
based on the amount of Title One money received by that district. For details on the U.S. 1968 Winifred Mahoney – Hingham
Department of Education application requirements, the amount of funds available, how
1969 John Kelley – Abington
a district is chosen for funding, and what a commitment to the state’s application entails,
go to: massteacher.org/rttt. 1970 Richard Menice – Bridgewater
1971 Dr. Stanley L. Clement – Bridgewater
1973 Mary F. Knapp – Norwell
1974 Mary Giberti – Wareham
1975 Stanley Goldman – East
1976 John T. McGarigal – Rockland
Sites cited at the conference: Developing
Globally Literate Students: 21st Century 1977 John F. Carnes – Hingham
Skills, Emerging Technology and the United 1978 Clara Morgan – Mattapoisett
Nations 1979 Mary Alden – East
Intel® Education Free Professional 1980 George Shaughnessy – Rockland
Development and K-12 Tools and 1981 Isabelle Bartosiak – Plymouth
Resources for 21 st Century Skills: 1982 Sharon L. Hartley – Rochester
www.intel.com/education 1983 M. Virginia Kirby – Whitman-Hanson
U.N. Cyber School Bus: 1984 Jean Murphy – Marshfield
www.cyberschoolbus.un.org 1985 Eileen B. Malloy – Whitman-Hanson
Innovative Guides on Global Learning: 1986 Carol Pelletier – Middleboro
www.asiasociety.org/education 1987 Guido J. Risi – Scituate
Making “show and tell” fun again: 1988 Mary Barry – Marshfield
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/ 1989 Helen Cox – East
digitalphotography/PhotoStory/default. 1990 Gail Zeiba – Freetown-Lakeville
mspx 1991 Tom Evans – Whitman-Hanson
For a fact-based world view: 1992 Donna Richardson – Hanover
www.gapminder.org 1993 Alice Carey – Middleboro
1994 Donna M. MacDonald – Middleboro
1995 Robert L. Brousseau – Wareham
Teachers...It’s Your Turn!
1996 Elvoid B. Mayers – Rockland
1997 Jane Burns – Scituate
1998 Elaine S. Gordon – Scituate
P.C.E.A. needs your help to find out your needs for professional 1999 Anne Wass – Hanover
development offerings. 2000 Janice Beyer – Brockton
2001 Robert Marshall – Freetown-Lakeville
Answer and return this questionnaire to Ellen Brown at P.O. Box 49, 2002 Larry Shultz – Cohasset
Mattapoisett, MA 02739 by March 8 and your name will be in a drawing 2003 Margaret Boutiette – Wareham
to win a prize. 2004 Deborah Gustafson – Wareham
2005 Robert Gustafson – Wareham
The drawing will be held on March 22. 2006 Dan O’Sullivan – Wareham
2007 Ann Ladouceur – Whitman-Hanson
1. Are you interested in participating in a cohort program in Plymouth 2008 Donna Resmini – Plympton
County? (check one) 2009 Beth Clark – Wareham
Masters ____ CAGS____ Other____
2010 YOUR NAME HERE!
2. If you are a paraprofessional, would you be interested in the following
MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Associate’s Degree_____ COMMUNITY WORK CREWS
Certification (what kind)_________________
Does your school building need some upkeep? Paint? Landscaping?
Maintenance? Of course it does! So many of our buildings need attention due to
3. What course offerings can we develop that would be of interest to you? recent budget cuts and their effect on maintenance.
In what content areas are you interested? The Massachusetts Department of Correc-
tions sponsors Community Work Crews. All cities,
_________________________________________________________ towns, and counties are eligible to receive these ser-
vices. MCI Plymouth is one of the many facilities
that supplies inmate work crews to assist with un-
4. Other suggestions:________________________________________ skilled labor. The inmates are learning a better work
Please enter me in the survey drawing. ethic while giving back something to the community
while your school system can save some money and
Name_____________________________________________ complete some neglected work projects.
Work crews operate with a maximum of ten
Local______________________________________________ minimum security inmates who are under the super-
vision of a correctional employee. Many services are provided free of charge
Phone_____________________________________________ while some are assessed a small fee.
For more information, contact Director Robert Balfour at 978-405-
E-mail_________________________@__________________ 6621 or Gina Perez at 978-405-6622. You may email Ms. Perez at gperez@doc.
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