The Bergamo Leadership Group is pleased to announce our third and final keynote, Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) President, Barbara Madeloni, Psy.D. The title of her keynote will be “Union Organizing within the Neo-liberal State: Power, Solidarity and Imagination.”
From the MTA website:
Barbara Madeloni, president of the 110,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association, is a strong advocate for students and educators in the state’s public schools and public higher education system. She is committed to growing an activist union that builds alliances with parents, students and community members to give educators a strong voice in public education.
Madeloni is on leave as a senior lecturer in the Labor Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Beginning in 2004, she worked at the UMass School of Education, where among other responsibilities she coordinated the Secondary Teacher Education Program.
Prior to teaching at UMass, Madeloni was an English teacher at Northampton High School from 2000 to 2004 and at Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield from 1998 to 2000. She taught students in grades nine, 10 and 12.
As a teacher educator, she worked with hundreds of prospective educators who now teach in schools throughout Massachusetts and across the country. Before she became a teacher, Madeloni was a psychotherapist working primarily with women and adolescents in Denver.
Madeloni has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College, a master’s degree in education from UMass Amherst and a Doctor of Psychology degree from the University of Denver.
Madeloni was active in her MTA affiliate, the Massachusetts Society of Professors, and served as secretary of the MSP before becoming president of the MTA in July 2014. She also had been on the negotiating team at Frontier Regional School. She is a leader of Educators for a Democratic Union, a progressive caucus within the MTA, and she also has served on the coordinating committee of a national network of progressive caucuses.
Madeloni has given numerous talks and written articles, blog posts and book chapters on education issues. Much of her writing is focused on the negative influence of corporate interests in public education and the activism required to resist corporate-driven policies. She is deeply concerned about racial and economic disparities in education and in our communities, and she is an outspoken critic of the ways that standardized tests are being used in student, teacher, school and district accountability systems.
Madeloni supported students in her UMass School of Education class who boycotted a Pearson, Inc., field test of a proposed assessment called edTPA. Her protest put her in conflict with the UMass administration and was the subject of an article in The New York Times in 2012.
In March 2014, Madeloni received the Equity and Social Justice Award at the Equity and Social Justice Conference in Syracuse, New York.
Madeloni grew up in Syosset, New York, the seventh of 13 children. She credits her parents with instilling in her a commitment to social justice. She and her husband, David Madeloni, live in Northampton.