The MTA provides opportunities every year for ESPs to acquire professional development and union leadership skills.
Watch for emails as events approach. For more information, contact your local union president or your MTA field
representative, or call ESP Organizer Audra Makuch at 617.878.8260.
Mark your Calendars: Upcoming ESP Events
2/12 Steps to Licensure 101 Webinar, 7 p.m.
2/18 Social Emotional Learning Holyoke
4/3-4/4 ESP Conference Falmouth
4/16 Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace Quincy
4/21 Autism Workshop Lynnfield
4/23 Resilience and Coping Skills (NEA) Webinar, Time TBD
3/7 IEPs for Paraprofessionals Webinar, 10 a.m.
3/14 Professional Learning & Networking (PLAN) Conference TBD
5/16 Legal Rights of ESPs Pittsfield
U nion leadership and professional development will be highlighted this year at the MTA Education Support Professionals Conference.
The conference will be held on Friday, April 3,
and Saturday, April 4, at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Workshop sessions will cover subjects of
interest to all ESPs, whether they work in higher
education or preK- 12 schools.
Topics were still being finalized as MTA Today
went to press, but an expanded array of special
education workshops is planned. Other subjects
include classroom skills, health and safety issues
in the workplace, organizing for a living wage and
conflict resolution skills. There is also a special track
of workshops for ESP local and chapter presidents.
The recent MTA PreK- 12 ESP Survey will also
be discussed. Results of the survey, developed with
Rutgers University, will be used to help develop future
bargaining and legislative priorities for the MTA.
Two popular offerings from last year’s
conference, focusing on retirement planning and
licensure consultations, will be repeated this year. In
addition, child care will be offered for the first time.
Following a workshop session on Friday
afternoon, participants will be treated to dinner and
a favorite conference event — presentation of the
annual MTA ESP of the Year award.
The statewide award honors an ESP who has
been nominated by their local association as one
who stands up for workers’ rights and stands out for
making a difference in the lives of students.
MTA President Merrie Najimy, Vice President
Max Page and the winner of the 2020 MTA ESP of
the Year award will address the ESPs.
On Saturday, a breakfast buffet will be followed
by two workshop sessions and a closing luncheon at
which attendees will have a chance to learn about the
MTA ESP Leadership Weekends program.
Eighteen members of this year’s program
will conclude their training during the weekend
of the conference. The program, held during
three weekends in the fall and winter, focuses on
intensive leadership training and interpersonal skill
The conference is expected to conclude by about
3 p.m. on Saturday.
A full listing of workshops and other activities
can be found at massteacher.org/esp. Early bird
registration ends on Friday, March 6. After that
date, the conference fee will increase by $10.
Discounted hotel room rates are also available
until March 6. The final date to register for the
conference is March 25. If your school district or
local association does not pay or reimburse your
conference costs, you may be eligible to apply
for a grant. For more information on costs, grant
reimbursement, hotel charges and registration,
please visit massteacher.org/esp. Other questions
can be emailed to Jessica Parlon in the MTA
Division of Training and Professional Learning at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Her phone number is