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Episode 3: Lowell Teacher Academy Part 1-Pina Maggio

Episode 3: Lowell Teacher Academy Part 1-Pina Maggio

The United Teachers of Lowell’s commitment to its members can be demonstrated through the creation of Lowell’s Teacher Academy and Induction program. Originally conceived by UTL President Paul Georges as a contracted benefit, since 2005 Lowell has supported educators through a unique program of mentoring, guidance, and professional development known as Lowell Teacher Academy, or LTA. LTA continues as one of the best, and possibly the only, teacher-driven and teacher-led programs in the United States.

The LTA today is led by former middle school English Language Arts educator, Pina Maggio. Pina was among the cohort of original mentors and her unique perspective keeps the needs of educators and support staff at the forefront. And as Executive Vice President of the United Teachers of Lowell, Pina brings an extraordinary viewpoint to her work as Interim LTA Facilitator.

In today’s conversation, we talk with Pina about the mentoring and induction program and how United Teachers of Lowell’s commitment to creating career pathways for members has evolved since the Academy’s inception in 2005. In a future episode we’ll also explore ways our members can access coursework and workshops necessary to retain licensure, complete requirements for endorsements necessary for re-licensure and career opportunities for support staff.

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Episode 4: FBRC Primer-Jeremy Shenk

Episode 4: FBRC Primer-Jeremy Shenk

Episode 2: How We Got to Janus with Paul Georges

Episode 2: How We Got to Janus with Paul Georges