Note: If your association would like to schedule a retirement workshop at your school, your
local president should call Harold Crowley at 800.392.6175, ext. 8240. Please be aware that
the M TA consultants do not have records of your service, so members are advised to bring
that information along to meetings.
AUBURN — Louise Gaskins: first Saturday of
each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Central Office,
48 S word St., Auburn; 508.791.2121, or at home,
QUINC Y — Harold Crowley: Tuesdays, Wednesdays
and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., M TA, 2 Heritage
Drive, 9th Floor, Quincy; 617.878.8240 or
800.392.6175, ext. 8240.
CAPE COD — Lawrence Abbruzzi: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Barnstable Teachers
Association (B TA), 100 West Main St., Suite #7,
Hyannis; 508.775.8625, or at home, 508.824.9194.
FI TCHBURG — Robert Zbikowski: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitchburg Teachers
Association office, 78 Franklin Rd., Fitchburg; Call
978.297.0123 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLYOKE — Ron Lech: third Saturday of each
month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Western Office, 55
Bobala Road, Suite 3, Holyoke; 413.537.2335, or at
LYNNFIELD — Mary Parry: third and fourth
Saturdays of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA
Northeast Office, 50 Salem St., Building B,
Lynnfield; 781.246.9779, or at home, 978.372.2031.
PI T TSFIELD — Ward F. Johnson: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Berkshire
Office, 188 East St., Pittsfield; 413.499.0257, or at
home, 413.443.1722; e-mail: email@example.com.
RAYNHAM — Edward Nelson: third Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Southeast
Office, 756 Orchard Street, third floor, Raynham;
508.822.5371. Call Nelson at home: 774.239.7823.
HIGHER EDUCATION AT-LARGE — Edward
McCourt, 781.325.2553; e-mail: emccourt.mccc@
The M TA provides individual retirement consultations throughout the
state to assist members. Proof of membership must be submitted when
requesting retirement services. This schedule is in effect from September
to June except at M TA’s Quincy headquarters, which is staffed during the
summer and school vacations.
REGIONAL RETIREMENT CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE
All consultations are now by appointment only during the hours listed.
Restorative justice program helps resolve conflicts
I t seemed that the more punishments were doled out at Fuller Middle School in Framingham, the worse the climate became.
Local media were reporting on student fights,
as well as two incidents in which students brought
weapons into the school. Educators knew something
had to be done.
“The teachers at Fuller knew that traditional
discipline protocols were not working and that the
emotional and social needs of the students were not
being met,” said Christine Mulroney, co-president of
the Framingham Teachers Association.
So last year, the FTA and the MTA put together
a proposal to launch a restorative justice program at
Fuller and applied for an NEA Great Public Schools
Grant to fund the necessary training. In November,
the Framingham School Committee gave the go-ahead for the program.
The $145,000 grant allows faculty and staff to
work with Engaging Schools, a nonprofit organization
that collaborates with middle schools and high schools
on social and emotional development, to implement
the program over three years.
“Our goal is to create a restorative justice
curriculum that can grow and change as the needs
of the students change from year to year,” explained
Sarah McKeon, Mulroney’s FTA co-president.
Students at Fuller are learning the practice
of “circles”— that is, problem resolution through
guided discussion. Students involved in a dispute —
whether verbal or physical — discuss why a problem
occurred and what the impact of the behavior has
The students then have a hand in deciding how
to address the situation. Traditional sanctions such
as detentions and suspensions are not completely off
the table, but they are also not automatic fallback
positions for problem behavior.
One young man who was on hand for an event
launching the program on March 22 recalled tussling
twice with a fellow student. But after the second
occasion, rather than automatically face detention
or suspension, the seventh-grader met face to face
with his adversary. “The circles are good. We talked.
We’re friends now,” the student told a roomful of
educators and others who gathered at Fuller.
Engaging Schools and Fuller educators will
conduct ongoing trainings and assessments of
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Photo by Scott McLennan
With help from the Framingham Teachers Association, the MTA and the NEA, Fuller Middle
School is developing a restorative justice program to handle conflict resolution. Educators and
students met with community members and the press in March to discuss the program.
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