FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
8 – 9 a.m. Check-In ■ 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Workshops ■ Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center | Marlborough
SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
MATTHEW H. MALONE
As secretary of education, Matthew Malone directs
the Executive Office of Education and works closely
with the Commonwealth’s education agencies and
institutions. He serves as a voting member of the
governing boards of the departments of Early Education
and Care, Elementary and Secondary Education
and Higher Education, as well as the University of
Massachusetts system. He is the governor’s top advisor
on education and helps shape the Commonwealth’s
education reform agenda.
Prior to his appointment as secretary, Dr. Malone served
as the superintendent of the Brockton Public Schools.
He brings real-world experience from managing the
fourth-largest school district in the state to his role
as secretary. While superintendent in Brockton, Dr.
Malone led the development of an innovative strategy to
increase student achievement known as R3: “Realigning
Resources for Results,” which focused on supporting
learning and teaching in the classroom. This initiative
and others he helped implement resulted in both
increased student achievement and the narrowing of
achievement gaps among students in Brockton.
for early career and
future educators 12TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Participants may select one morning workshop and
one afternoon workshop at the grade level best suited to their needs.
MORNING WORKSHOPS 9 – 11: 30 a.m.
CONTEMPORARY IDEAS FOR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
AM1 – Elementary ▪ AM2 – Middle School
This workshop will use a case-study approach and focus on the kinds of
self-control students must master in order to work effectively in a high-stakes environment.
CONTEMPORARY IDEAS FOR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
AM3 – High School
This interactive workshop will focus on strategies to manage a productive
high school classroom. We will examine how to begin class, manage
projects, engage students throughout the period and create classroom
systems to aid both the teacher and the students.
AM4 – Elementary ▪ AM5 – Middle School/High School
This workshop will provide information on differentiating instruction,
especially to address specific learning styles, academic readiness and
common special needs, such as ADHD.
AM6 – ASSESSING STUDENT PROGRESS – ALL LEVELS
We will examine a wide range of strategies to assess student progress,
not only after we’ve taught a lesson or unit but as we teach. The goal is
to use assessment as continuous feedback, to know when and why a
student didn’t “get it,” to intervene appropriately and to do all this fairly
MANAGING TIME, PAPERWORK & PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
AM7 – Elementary ▪ AM8 – Middle School/High School
There are progress reports, report cards, IEPs, coordinating with your
team, working with your mentor, providing evidence, surviving parent
conferences, and (oh, right! ) teaching. Feeling overwhelmed? This
workshop will allow participants to reassess their classroom routines,
organize the piles of paperwork and provide strategies for working
successfully with parents/guardians and colleagues. This session is
packed with tips and tricks for anticipating and managing the many
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS 12: 30 – 2: 30 p.m.
KEEP THEM ENGAGED
PM1 – Elementary ▪ PM2 – Middle School/High School
Many traditional classroom practices engage one student at a time and
risk the inattention of others. We’ll share easy-to-use tips and tricks for
keeping all your students engaged all the time. Leave with ideas to use in
your classroom tomorrow and in the future.
PM3 – LEGAL BASICS FOR NEW TEACHERS
This workshop will explore how the many informal roles required of teachers,
from surrogate parent to counselor, affect our obligations and liabilities.
PM4 – THE PERILS OF THE INTERNET AND E-MAIL
Educators face dangers when using e-mail and the Internet. This
workshop explores e-mail form and format, privacy rights in the
technological world, Internet use on duty and off duty, acceptable-use
policies, social networking activity, and public employees’ rights as
citizens versus their status as employees and role models.
PM5 – ACADEMIC LANGUAGE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
AND STRUGGLING STUDENTS
Do you have English language learners in your classroom? Your school?
This workshop for non-ESL teachers in grades K- 12 will offer information
about the new RETELL requirements, including the mandated SEI course,
WIDA standards and the ACCESS assessment. Participants will leave with
strategies for effectively instructing ELLs and struggling students in their
PM6 – TEACHER EVALUATION: WHAT DOES EFFECTIVENESS
By now you know that your teaching performance will be formally
evaluated at least once this school year for non-P TS teachers, every
other year for PTS teachers. In the spring of 2011, Massachusetts
created new rules on how teachers should be assessed. Do you know
what effectiveness looks like? Are you an effective teacher? In this
workshop, we’ll use a case study to explore the variables and challenges
in answering these questions.
PM7 – PLAYFUL LEARNING: LEVERAGING DIGITAL GAMES AS
EFFECTIVE LEARNING TOOLS
Play is how we learn best. Join us for a fun and informative hands-on
workshop facilitated by national experts to learn how to effectively integrate
digital games into your teaching. This workshop will introduce you to the
basics of game-based learning, including why games work as a teaching
tool, how they are being used, what is available, and how you can start
using games in your classroom tomorrow. The workshop includes hands-on
game play and working with the Playful Learning platform.
PM8 – LICENSURE EXPLAINED
Do you understand how to get to your Professional License? This
workshop will demystify the Massachusetts educator licensure
requirements and procedures for advancing your license, from Preliminary
through Initial to Professional, adding a new license and keeping your
current license active and valid.
$60 FOR NEW TEACHERS ▪ $30 FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS (includes all sessions, materials, morning refreshments and lunch)
PRIOR REGISTRATION REQUIRED – www.massteacher.org/newteachers
CONFERENCE AT A GLANCE
8 – 9 a.m. On-site check-in
(Prior registration is required)
Exhibits and “good stuff free”
9 – 11: 30 a.m. Morning Workshops
11: 30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. Luncheon
12: 30 – 2: 30 p.m. Afternoon Workshops
2: 30 p.m. Keynote Speaker