superintendents from Milton, Brockton,
Taunton, Holbrook and Pembroke.
The second MAAP conference
will be held from 8 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m.
on March 17 at the University of
Massachusetts Boston. Massachusetts
Secretary of Education Matt Malone
will give the keynote address. The
MTA is providing funding and
personnel to support the event.
All AP and IB teachers statewide
are invited to attend, but space is
limited to 100. More information
and a link to register can be found at
www.cvent.com/d/m4q143. There is
no charge for the conference; lunch
will be provided. Those attending
are eligible to receive professional
The partnership was born out
of the cooperating districts’ difficult
experience with the Massachusetts
Mathematics and Science Initiative. The
five districts rejected MMSI grants
because of the program’s requirement
that AP teachers be paid a bonus based
upon students’ AP test scores.
At the same time, the MMSI
grants offered many attractive features,
including cross-district professional
development and a goal of instilling an
aspirational culture among students,
parents and teachers. Recognizing
these benefits, leaders, teachers
and MTA representatives decided
to create their own AP professional
In 2012, a team of teachers from
the cooperating districts and MTA
representatives designed the conference.
Almost 100 teachers, some from as
far away as Holyoke, met at Stonehill
College to discuss obstacles they face
in their classrooms. They solicited
solutions and lesson plans and shared
them with teachers from other districts.
Eventually, the MAAP hopes to
host at least two events annually, one
for teachers and one for students. It
will also seek to broaden its scope.
Currently, the partnership is primarily
focused on enhancing and improving
student learning in AP and IB classes.
The goal is to expand that range, since
members agree that the ultimate goal
of the collaborative is to promote
student learning at all academic levels.
MAAP member Nick Fitzgerald
is an English teacher at Milton High
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Partnership to hold conference in March
Two NEA directors are re-elected
Two NEA directors have been re-elected under the MTA election waiver.
The NEA directors are Tiffany Back of the Newton Teachers
Association and Erik Champy of the Triton Regional Teachers
The two were the only candidates for those seats, triggering
the election waiver. The waiver, under a policy passed by the MTA
Board in February 1995, provides for automatic election when
the number of candidates is equal to or less than the number of
Back and Champy will serve three-year terms beginning in
Both Kenney and Thrasher
expressed great appreciation for the
efforts of Niccoli and their MTA field
representative, Ashley Adams.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better
leader, mentor and role model than
Lorraine,” Thrasher said. “She helped
lead us along. We had no idea what we
were doing since we had never done
Niccoli, who was the MTA’s ESP
of the Year in 2012, recently received
a promotion that gives her more pay
and responsibility but takes her out of
the bargaining unit. “Her advocacy on
behalf of educators in Brockton and
across the state will be sorely missed,”
said MTA President Paul Toner. “In her
efforts to help organize the MTAs in
Brockton, she went above and beyond
her usual responsibilities as head of the
paraprofessional association to address
an obvious inequity. We appreciate
all she has done and wish her the very
best in her new position.”
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