how well the school is functioning as a
“This is all about the culture and
climate we create,” said Jose Duarte,
who is in his first year as principal
at Fuller but has worked previously
in schools where restorative justice
practices were used to resolve
Using the work underway at
Fuller as a model, Framingham now
envisions expanding the restorative
justice approach across the district.
MTA President Barbara Madeloni
said the work being done at Fuller is an
example of what should be happening
in public schools across the country,
not only to combat the lingering ill
effects of harsh punishment, but to
enhance schools’ learning experience.
“It’s a different way of thinking,”
she said. “We’re looking at how we
come together in a community, come
together in a school, where it’s not
about compliance and punishment,
but how to listen, talk, share and
understand each other.
“There are so many possibilities to
teach with this approach,” she added.
“This is the future our schools need to
be moving toward.”
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School starts restorative justice program
McGuire Grigg, a special
education paraeducator from
California, said ESPs “work tirelessly
for their students every day.”
“If it weren’t for the work you do,
our schools wouldn’t function,” she
told the crowd.
McGuire Grigg said that ESPs
generally account for more than
one-third of the public education
workforce. Fellow ESPs “feel your
pain, but they’ve also experienced
your strength,” she said. “This is why
we must continue to support and stand
with one another.”
Ramos, a paraeducator who works
with visually impaired students at
Burncoat High School in Worcester,
recounted being named the national
ESP of the Year at the annual NEA
ESP Conference in Dallas.
He said he had never seen such a
possibility for himself — and had no
idea just how powerful his voice could
become — when he first became an
Union involvement “helps bring
out that inner person in you that you
sometimes neglect because you’re
busy doing other things,” he said,
urging fellow ESPs to “take that first
step” and join the journey.
“It’s my name on the award,” he
said. “But really, this award is for all
To see more photos from this
year’s MTA ESP Conference, please
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ESPs urged to ‘take that first step’
UMB cuts spark protest
Though the deficit has been blamed
on construction projects, veteran
educators reminded the trustees that
the work has been necessary largely to
remedy crumbling infrastructure.
Union members and students
staged a rally in the Campus Center
after the trustees’ meeting.
At the rally, MTA President
Barbara Madeloni assailed the attack
on the campus, which educates more
minority and first-generation college
students than any other in the system.
She said the UMass Boston
community’s willingness to fight cuts
and tuition hikes sends a powerful
message to state leaders: “You can’t
The activism appears to have had
Hours after the actions, all
summer courses — which had been on
the chopping block — were restored.
MTA Vice President Erik J. Champy received the Male
Involvement Award at the Massachusetts PTA’s 107th annual
convention on March 18. The theme of this year’s conference,
which was held at UMass Lowell, was “Opening Doors:
Inclusion & Diversity in the PTA.” Pictured with Champy is
Geronimo Rodriguez, a member of the national PTA Board.
Award from the PTA
Photo by Bob Duffy
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