$65 FOR NEW TEACHERS – $35 FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS (includes all sessions, materials, morning refreshments and lunch)
PRIOR REGISTRATION REQUIRED – www.massteacher.org/newteachers
CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS WILL INCLUDE:
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 RE TELL 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 classrooms.
ASSESSING STUDENT PROGRESS
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 and equitably.
CONTEMPORARY IDEAS FOR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
This interactive workshop will focus on strategies to manage a productive 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.
DDMs FOR NEW EDUCATORS
District-Determined Measures are one component of your educator evaluation system. This workshop will help you understand the policies behind
DDMs, how to work with your colleagues to identify appropriate DDMs and how to interpret the information from DDMs to provide evidence of student
learning in your evaluation.
This workshop will provide information on differentiating instruction, especially to address specific learning styles, academic readiness and common
special needs, such as ADHD.
KEEP THEM ENGAGED
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.
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.
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.
MANAGING TIME, PAPERWORK & PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
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 unknowns.
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.
TEACHER EVALUATION: WHAT DOES EFFECTIVENESS LOOK LIKE?
By now you know that your teaching performance will be formally evaluated at least once this school year for non-PTS 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.
THE SKIN THAT WE SPEAK:
EXPLORING CULTURE AND LANGUAGE
IN THE CLASSROOM AND BEYOND
This free interactive workshop will explore
important cultural and linguistic topics
such as understanding identity, cross-cultural communication and identifying and
addressing unconscious bias.
The workshop is intended to show teachers
and association leaders how to develop the
behaviors, awareness, skills and knowledge
to work with diverse cultures.
This “bridge” session — which will run
from the conclusion of the Just for New
Teachers Conference to the beginning
of MTA’s 35th Ethnic Minority Affairs
Committee Conference — will be presented
by Beau Stubblefield-Tave, a principal
at the Center for Cultural Fluency, who
has consulted and presented on cultural
competence from Alaska to Florida.
All MTA members are encouraged to attend
this free session, which will be followed by
a social hour and hors d’oeuvres.
Do you want to continue your learning?
Stay for the 35th annual MTA EMAC
conference on Friday night and
Saturday. The theme this year is
“Standing on a Great Foundation.”
Registration information is available at
Just for New Teachers is open to MTA
members in their first four years of practice.
NEA/MTA student members entering the final
year of an educator preparation program or
who have completed student teaching are
also invited, as well as any other students
enrolled in education degree programs.
Districts may register individuals or groups
by calling 800.392.6175, ext. 8195. This
conference partially fulfills school districts’
obligation to provide an induction program
for all new teachers (603 CMR 7.00). MTA
will provide participants with a record of
13th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
FOR EARLY CAREER AND
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 | SHERATON FOUR POINTS | NORWOOD
8 – 9 a.m. Check-In ■ 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Workshops