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					      Volume 41, No. 6
                                                              PCEA News
                                                         Plymouth County Education Association, Inc.

Serving 7,000 members in these school systems: Abington, Bridgewater-Raynham, Brockton, Cohasset, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Freetown-
                                                                                                                                                                         February 2010

Lakeville, Halifax, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Middleboro, Norwell, Old Rochester Regional, Pembroke, Plympton,
Rockland, Scituate, Silver Lake, Wareham, West Bridgewater, and Whitman-Hanson

              PCEA Officers
                                                                                                  PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

                                                           Dear Friends,
        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
plycoedas@aol.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.
   Internet Resources
                                                                                                                                    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
   Contract Corner

                                                                     LORETTA W.
                                                                                                                                    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.
    Internet Resources
    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
   Legislative Conference

            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.
      editorpcea@aol.com. 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 editorpcea@aol.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
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                                                                                                           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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                                                                                                                          or affect my personal working                              SA
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                                                                                                                          conditions, I respectfully request that

                                           Mar. 26                                                                        my union representative or officer                                M

                                            Apr. 25                                                                                                                                             E!

                                                                                                                          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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