T he upcoming MTA Education Support Professionals Conference on Cape Cod
will offer two days of professional
development tailored specifically to
ESPs in a relaxing venue directly
on the ocean, also giving ESPs time
to rejuvenate and talk about issues
common to all.
The conference, scheduled for
April 10 and 11 at the Sea Crest
Beach Hotel in Falmouth, will bring
back especially popular workshops
from past years and add some new
ones. The wide-ranging workshops
include meeting the needs of the whole
student, stepping out of one’s comfort
zone as an organizer and creating and
sustaining democratic classrooms.
ESP Committee Chair Tricia
DiPasquale said the conference has
continued to grow in popularity every
year. The 2014 event attracted about
“Most ESPs come to this
conference to learn. The event is
an opportunity for ESPs to obtain
quality training and professional
development,” she said, adding that
members also come to connect, to
laugh and to build camaraderie.
DiPasquale said that the ESP
Committee works hard to make sure all
participants who attend the conference
leave Falmouth “feeling inspired and
eager to go back to their locals to
implement what they have learned and
encourage their colleagues to attend
“Most important,” she continued,
is that conferees leave the event
“knowing that they are valued
members of the MTA and their local
O ne highlight of the conference very year is presentation of the ESP of the Year
award. This year, the winner will be
announced at dinner on Friday night.
The award is given to an ESP
who is an ardent supporter of workers’
rights, who seeks creative and
innovative solutions to problems and
who makes a difference in the lives of
Last year’s award went to Lois
Powers, a career resource librarian at
Conferees may check in at the
hotel starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, pick
up materials and attend a welcome
Several workshops will be held on
Friday afternoon, including sessions
on meeting the needs of the whole
student, personality assessments,
introduction to Google Docs and
Drive, and “netiquette” and the law for
On Saturday, a breakfast buffet
precedes back-to-back morning
workshop sessions, which include
introductions to the iPad and Excel,
MTA website at massteacher.org/esp.
Floyd Cox, an organizational
specialist for the NEA, will offer the
keynote address during the luncheon
on Saturday before the conference
concludes about 3 p.m.
Born and raised in Oklahoma,
Cox graduated from Northeastern State
University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in
1977. He began teaching high school
math and science in 1980 and became
a teaching and learning specialist for
the Oklahoma Education Association
Cox joined NEA’s Department of
Affiliate Learning and Effectiveness
in 2008. He has trained thousands
of educators in Oklahoma and has
presented at conferences across the
The final date to register for
the conference is March 27. For
information on conference costs,
hotel charges and registration, please
Other questions can be e-mailed to
Jennifer Freeling in the Division of
Training and Professional Learning at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Her phone
number is 617.878.8151.
“Most ESPs come to this conference to
learn. The event is an opportunity for ESPs
to obtain quality training and professional
development,” ESP Committee Chair Tricia
DiPasquale said, adding that members
also come to connect, to laugh and to
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