VIVA MTA Teachers idea Exchange - Home

The Massachusetts Teachers Association wants to hear your thoughts on what needs to be done to close the achievement gap in your classroom, school, or district. This is your chance to share your expertise and knowledge to help inform MTA policy initiatives. Your written report will be presented to the MTA Board for consideration. Governor Deval Patrick is anxious to hear from VIVA teachers about this work. VIVA (Voice Ideas Vision Action) Teachers is designed to ensure that classroom professionals have a voice in shaping education policy. 

We need your ideas, your classroom experience, and your participation.

Share your voice.  Speak out.  Make change happen!
VIVA (Voice Ideas Vision Action) Teachers is a nonprofit whose goal is to raise the level of teachers' voices in education policy. This conversation is open only to classroom teachers and instructional professionals who work in schools in Barnstable, Brockton, Cambridge, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Somerville, Springfield, Taunton, Westfield and Worcester.
 

Our Question

Massachusetts is ranked first in the nation in delivering a quality public education to our schoolchildren, and there is a consensus that every child deserves a great teacher. Even so, in many schools across the Commonwealth, there is an "achievement gap." What are your ideas for closing the achievement gap in your classroom, school or district? What types of support do you need to make that happen?
Fewer students more time
Ann B., 8th Grade
Because our district has been focusing on ELA and Math, those of us who teach SS and ...
Comments (1) | 20th May 2012
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We aren't in it for the money
Kathleen S., 5th Grade
So often we are critcized as teachers because we make too much money and we have summer's ...
Comments (0) | 12th May 2012
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Common Planning Time for All
Lori S., 10th Grade
In our school, the biggest achievement gap is in our Special Education population. ...
Comments (0) | 12th May 2012
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Listen to me and support me
Sandra C., Special Content Area
Each day I come to school to teach special needs students because I believe all children ...
Comments (0) | 8th May 2012
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A Combination of Initiatives
Terry F., 9th Grade
I believe it's possible to close the achievement gap, but it has to be done through use ...
Comments (0) | 5th May 2012
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Smaller Class size: More respect; ...
Meg L., Special Content Area
I believe that we can close the acheivement gap given certain conditions in our schools. ...
Comments (2) | 3rd May 2012
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Increase Access to Books by Funding ...
Sue D., Special Content Area
Students in our districts often do not have the same kind of literacy-rich home ...
Comments (12) | 11th Apr 2012
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A few quick ideas:
Rebecca C., 4th Grade
1. CURRICULUM:  The curriculum has been drastically, and I would add dangerously, ...
Comments (7) | 10th Apr 2012
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School Libraries
Leigh B., Special Content Area
We cannot say that Massachusetts is providing its children with a "quality public ...
Comments (8) | 11th Apr 2012
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The Power of Being Known and Talked ...
Joan S., 12th Grade
I'm so grateful to Julie for saying what she did in her post.  I agree with it ...
Comments (7) | 7th Apr 2012
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Support Starts at Home
Erin D., 8th Grade
In Holyoke, there is a lack of support and of value for education.  If we are going ...
Comments (6) | 9th Apr 2012
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ESL article: Teacher: I Dare You to ...
Kathleen S., 5th Grade
Teacher: I Dare You To Measure My Value: ...
Comments (5) | 25th Apr 2012
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Moderator
Meg raises the question of what to do about bad teachers. What do you think?
 
Smaller Class size: More ...
Meg L., Special Content Area
I believe that we can close the acheivement gap given certain conditions in our schools. ...
Comments (2) | 3rd May 2012
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