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Founder, Teacher Advisory Groups

Phone: (508) ***-**** ext. ****  
Email: p***@***.org
New Bedford High School
230 Hathaway Boulevard
New Bedford , Massachusetts 02740
United States

Company Description: The original New Bedford, Massachusetts Home Page.

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  • PhD. Superintendent of Attleboro Public Schools
  • PhD
  • Ph.D.
  • PhD Superintendent of Attleboro Public Schools
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Superintendent Durkin ..., 22 Aug 2014 [cached]
Superintendent Durkin convenes Teacher Advisory Groups to amplify teacher voice in district initiatives
Educators across grade levels and disciplines selected to meet regularly with the Superintendent
New Bedford, MA - Superintendent Pia Durkin has established two new Teacher Advisory Groups (TAG) for the New Bedford Public Schools. Dozens of teachers, some recommended by principals and others identified by Dr. Durkin herself, will serve on the two groups - one representing elementary and middle schools, and the other representing high schools.
Dr. Durkin established the groups in order to amplify the voice of teachers in district decision-making. The educators represent a broad cross-section of subject areas and grade levels across the district. In the first K-8 TAG meeting held last month, 44 teachers were invited to participate. The high school group, which will focus largely on implementation of the Turnaround Plan for New Bedford High School, will begin meeting at the start of the school year.
"It is critical for the voices of classroom teachers to be heard," said Dr. Durkin. "These are the men and women who work directly with our students every day. They understand better than anyone the challenges and opportunities we face."
The TAG will meet at least quarterly over the course of the school year and provide feedback on major initiatives, such as the District Accelerated Improvement Plan (AIP) and modifications to the District Assessment Calendar. Dr. Durkin, as well as new Chief Academic Officer Jason DeFalco and other district leaders, will participate in TAG meetings to speak with teachers about district improvement efforts, and to hear their questions, concerns, and ideas.
Rhode Island Association of School Committees, 5 Nov 2014 [cached]
Pia Durkin, Attleboro Superintendent and past Superintendent of the Narragansett School Department, presented on Massachusetts site based management and the communication and decision making process in her district.
National Down Syndrome Society: News and Events: News Archive, 5 May 2004 [cached]
In addition to Sabia, the panel of witnesses at the May 3 hearing included: Dr. Pia Durkin, Superintendent of Schools for the Narragansett School System in Rhode Island; Dr. Martha Thurlow, Director of the National Center on Education Outcomes at the University of Minnesota; and Dr. Jane Rhyne, Assistant Superintendent for Exceptional Children for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.
VUE 12: Author Biographies, 25 Feb 2010 [cached]
Pia Durkin
Pia Durkin
Pia Durkin is superintendent of schools of Attleboro, Massachussetts, and a former associate director at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.
Pia Durkin's work focuses on supporting districts in the use of tools and resources to improve teaching and learning at scale; she brings a strong background in special education and is an advocate for a systemic continuum of supports for students with and without disabilities, rather than isolated initiatives. She's held a number of leadership positions in urban education systems: superintendent in Narragansett, Rhode Island; assistant superintendent in Boston Public Schools for five years, where she led the reorganization of district services and the realignment of resources; director of special education for six years in Providence; and teacher, professional development coordinator, and supervisor over nineteen years with the New York City Board of Education. She holds a master's degree and Ph.D. from New York University.
NEW BEDFORD - Superintendent Pia ..., 22 Oct 2013 [cached]
NEW BEDFORD - Superintendent Pia Durkin has an ambitious turnaround plan for the year ahead that includes a dramatic turnaround for students who are doing poorly on the MCAS test. er proposed student learning goal is to raise 40 percent of students who scored as needing improvement or failing the math and English sections of MCAS to proficient or advanced by the end of the academic year."We have an ambitious agenda to follow," Durkin said at a...
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