George J. Callahan, 71, of
Walpole. Taught at Medfield High
School for 36 years. Nov. 6.
Mary E. Cole, 88, of Watertown.
Taught at the Fletcher School in
Cambridge before retiring. Oct. 2.
Mary Daiopulos, 77, of Reading.
Taught in Wakefield for 42 years.
Boleslaw L. “Bill” Linga, Jr.,
65, of Douglas. Was a math teacher in
Northbridge for more than 25 years.
Paul A. Mimeault, Sr., 76, of
Brimfield. Was a machining teacher
at Pathfinder Regional Vocational
Technical High School in Palmer for
more than 20 years. Oct. 26.
Cosmo A. Valente, 84, of
Marlborough. Taught music and
served as the director of music in the
Marlborough Public Schools for 38
years, retiring in 1990. Oct. 12.
in the Common Core from fellow
MTA members trained to facilitate
development of aligned lessons. There
are five three-hour sessions held every
other week in Cambridge.
Two more sessions with 50
teachers each will be held this spring,
one for teachers from south of Boston
and a second for teachers from the
North Shore. The materials developed
will be shared with other educators
via online platforms, including
BetterLesson. In addition, all 150
teachers receiving the training are
required to provide training in the
Common Core in their own districts or
at MTA conferences.
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Common Core training
By Scott McLennan
T he Massachusetts Society of Professors at UMass Amherst filed a petition with the state Department of Labor Relations on
Jan. 24 asking it to force the university to recognize
instructors in the Continuing and Professional
Education program as being eligible for union
representation and therefore covered by the contract
between the MSP and the university.
UMass has maintained that CPE faculty members
do not share a “community of interest” with members
of the MSP, which represents full- and part-time
instructors and librarians on the Amherst campus.
MSP President Randall Phillis noted that MSP-covered faculty members who also teach in the CPE
program belong to the union, as do CPE instructors
on other UMass campuses.
“Faculty members teaching in CPE are fulfilling
an important academic mission of ensuring that
UMass students have a full opportunity to complete
their degree programs. Over time, academic
departments have developed an increasing dependency
on the work of CPEs. It is time the value of this work
is recognized for what it is — a core element of the
university’s academic mission,” Phillis said.
Educators rallied on Jan. 24 in support of
efforts to include CPE instructors in the MSP.
Photo by Jeff Schuhrke
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