The Reading Teachers Association represents the teachers and nurses employed by the Reading Public Schools. The organization was created to support teachers and nurses in their effort to promote high professional standards and improve the quality of education for all of the children of Reading, Massachusetts.
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Reading teachers standing up for their students, schools and themselves at the budget public hearing. We are calling on the community to pass an override and stop the harmful budget cuts!
April Vacation PDPs: ELL, Special Ed and Engaged Classrooms
Registration is now open for three free two-day courses through which participants will earn 15 PDPs, meeting state requirements for either English Language Learners or Special Education:
- April 17 and 18, Springfield Education Association: Engagement Strategies to Reach and Teach All Students (Special Education)
- April 19 and 20, Greater Lowell Technical High School: Supporting Students with Special Needs in Your Classroom (Special Education)
- April 19 and 20, MTA Quincy Headquarters: Supporting ELLs in Your Classroom (ELL)
Free registration for these free programs is available at: http://www.cvent.com/d/9gqjgc.
More ELL and Special Education programs will be offered this summer.
Additionally, there are still spaces available for the Engaged Classrooms Four Day Institute at MTA Quincy Headquarters, April 17-20. This program for educators in grades 7 through 12 offers the opportunity develop and improve upon structures, protocols and practices used in the classroom. Participants will earn 28 PDPs for free or can earn 2 graduate credits from Fitchburg State University at a cost of $245.
Registration for this program is available at: http://massteacher.org/engagedclassrooms.
Letter to the Editor written by RMHS Teacher Jeffrey Ryan
We, the undersigned faculty of Reading Memorial High School, are grievously saddened and outraged by the appearance of yet another swastika in our building last week. We stand together in opposition to all the forms of racism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry that are so provocatively expressed by that infamous Hitlerite symbol. While some may dismiss swastika graffiti as the ill-informed impishness of unruly adolescents, we insist that such dismissal only emboldens the confidence of some vicious hate groups that smolder in our midst. Some may ask what proof do we have of the existence of such groups; we respond by pointing to the very same swastikas that some people would rather ignore.
This is a lovely community, with wonderful students, but the persistence of Nazi symbols in our classrooms tells us that something is wrong. We ignore these racist threats at our peril.
The swastika has been adopted by numerous hate groups who seek to return to an idealized past when racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious intolerance were, in many places, the accepted norm. We teach our students that such bigotry is outdated, morally wrong, and deleterious to the growth of our nation.
We, as a faculty, condemn this new offense as an attack on the vulnerable, an attack on immigrants, Jews, Muslims, Yazidis, Hindus, African Americans, the LGBTQ community, the poor, and other oppressed and vulnerable people. We also condemn it as an assault on our town, our Commonwealth, and on America, and on all the of sublime ideals with which we associate our beloved country. We feel so strongly about the importance of this matter that we cannot keep silent.
Wherever there is hatred, we shall not be silent. Wherever there is racism, we shall not be silent. And wherever we see injustice, we can never be silent.
In the name of our liberty, democracy, equality, and in mutual love of our fellow human beings, we stand united against this most vile of insults to our honor, our integrity, and our love of country and the entire human race.
2017 – 2018 RTA Goals
- Member Engagement
- Monthly 10 minute meeting held by building representative(s) at each building.
- Members wear red and RTA buttons on first Friday of every month.
- Community Involvement
- Members attend RTA booth at Reading Fall Street Faire.
- Members from each building attend school committee meetings.
- Social Media
- Create a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
Ratified by the RTA Executive Board on August 22, 2017.
May 4-5th at Hynes Convention Center in Boston
“We have faith that as we take on this attack, we will come out stronger for it.”
“When teachers ask, “why should I be a member of teachers union,” you might point out that no teacher, acting alone, can affect the changes we can all affect together. “
– Ira Fader, MTA General Counsel, in regards to the MTA’s successful effort to resolve the Retirement Plus issue for thousands of MTA members.
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