Public Higher Education Advocacy Day is set for March 5 at the State House.
The event pulls together faculty, students
and administrators from UMass, state universities
and community colleges to speak with a unified
voice, urging legislators to invest in the state’s
higher education system.
MTA President Paul Toner stressed that
while the Legislature increased spending on
higher education last year, it is important that
legislators keep the trend going in order to fully
recover from the steady decline that occurred in
higher education funding from 2001 to 2012.
“This is an important day for everyone
who is learning and working in our system of
higher education,” said Toner, who serves on
the Commission on Higher Education Quality,
Efficiencies and Finance.
Students and higher education faculty and
staff will visit legislators to discuss issues of
quality and affordability. The MTA is working on
issues including ensuring that per-student funding
continues to increase and that compensation and
working conditions improve for adjunct faculty.
Additional information and registration
materials will be posted on the MTA website,
www.massteacher.org, as the event approaches.
T wo Massachusetts educators have been named recipients of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science
Jessica Findlay, a math teacher in Douglas, and
Erin Dukeshire, a science teacher in Boston, are
among 102 math and science teachers who received
the awards. The educators will be honored at events
in Washington, D.C., over the coming months.
The awards are given annually to outstanding
K- 12 science and math teachers around the country.
Each year, the awards alternate between educators
teaching kindergarten through sixth grade and
has worked at the Douglas Intermediate Elementary
School for seven years, teaching both fifth and sixth
grade. She is the chair of the K- 12 Mathematics
Curriculum Team, leading colleagues as they
share best practices and plan integrated learning
experiences. Her enthusiasm and creativity have led to
the creation of events such as Pi Day and a schoolwide
math-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s
Hospital, with more than $53,000 raised to date. She
has also been a LEGO robotics coach since 2006.
Dukeshire has been a sixth-grade science teacher
at Orchard Gardens K- 8 Pilot School in Roxbury for
three years. She is a teacher leader on the Turnaround
Teacher Team, leading the school’s K- 8 Science Team.
Preconvention meetings to be held in April
R egional preconvention meetings have been set for elected delegates to the 2014 MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates. At
these preconventions, the delegates will receive
information and materials critical to their decision-making on organizational matters.
Registration for the preconventions begins at 3: 30
p.m. Each meeting is scheduled to begin at 4: 30 p.m.
The following is a list of locations and dates for
the 2014 preconventions:
n Tuesday, April 1, Central Region, Best Western
Royal Plaza, Marlborough
n Wednesday, April 2, Northeast/Metro Regions,
Crowne Plaza, Woburn
n Thursday, April 3, Western Region, Clarion
Hotel and Conference Center, Northampton
n Tuesday, April 8, Southeast/Metro Regions,
Holiday Inn, Taunton
n Wednesday, April 9, Cape and Islands Region,
Cape Codder Resort/Spa, Hyannis
Further information will be provided to
delegates as it becomes available. The Annual
Meeting of Delegates will be held May 9-10 at the
Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
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