June 9, 2021
Here is the link to access all the Unit A and Unit B Professional Development procedures and documents for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications will be done electronically and all correspondence relating to applications and tuition reimbursements will be done through email. The PD Application Form and documents can be accessed by following the link above and clicking on the menu button and selecting the Professional Development link. It will take you to the PD Homepage with the information. (A big thank you to Erika Masciadrelli for working with us to get this ready! It looks awesome!) Unit A and Unit B Members may begin putting in PD applications and tuition reimbursement requests for the next school year using this information - but approval will be subject to the approval of the final FY22 Budget.
May 3, 2021
Here are some of the new material that the Ethnic and Minority Affairs are discussing:
How to be an antiracist by Ibram Kendi book club: We are currently reading chapter 10-12 and discussing it on Wednesday. If you are interested, let Timothy Thomas know.
Webinar: Bridging the Opportunity Gap: What Culturally Relevant Educators Do (via edweb) http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E053DB83854731 Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT (event is live but will also be recorded)
We have been discussing book highlights of Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain by Zaretta Hammond New Book Read: Pedagogy of the Oppressed Book by Paulo Freire (Paolo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed believes that education must be remade to inspire and enable the oppressed in their struggle for equality. This new style of education focuses on consciousness-raising, dialogue, and collaboration between teacher and student.)
CRT and the Brain Study Guide
March 16, 2021
Here is the link to register for the Early Retirement Seminar from the MTA. The Early Retirement Bill: What You Need to Know
March 5, 2021
Here are the results of the vote for the 5th MOA of the 20-21 school year.
February 24, 2021
Here is the 5th MOA for the 20-21 School year. Please watch your email for details about a general membership meeting and date for voting.
February 12, 2021
From: Lori Lyncosky - President
Regarding: 1099s issued and scheduling vaccinations
Please be advised that the auditing department sent out 1099s for members who were reimbursed for college courses and conferences they attended. THIS IS NOT LEGAL!!! Please call payroll and request a new W2 that does not include that information. A reimbursement is not a taxable entity.
Members who are scheduling COVID vaccinations will be charged a personal day if they choose to get the shot during the school day. Appointments are being scheduled on weekends and after school. The district is not demanding you get vaccinated. They also see this as business that can be conducted outside of the school day.
February 1, 2021
Here are a couple of books recommended by the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee:
How to be AntiRacist by Dr. Ibram Kendi
Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain by Zaretta Hammond.
Webinars to check out to enhance our professional growth:
Responsive Schooling for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
Addressing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Changing School Communities