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The 2018 MTA Summer Conference will take place August 5 through 8 at UMass Amherst- come for a day or stay for the duration to take advantage of all Summer Conference has to offer!  Summer Conference presents opportunities to learn union and leadership skills, engage in professional development, network and have fun.  A list of workshops, online registration, an online conference catalog and other helpful information is posted at http://massteacher.org/summer
This year’s Conference keynote event will feature educators from West Virginia and Arizona. They will share their stories from the transformative events in their home states which continue to inspire educators and union members in every sector. 
Looking for professional development?
There are dozens of 90-minute and 3-hour workshops in a wide variety of subject areas, including English Language Learners, Special Education, Literacy, STEM, Social Emotional Learning, Cultural Competency and many more.  For PreK-12 educators, there are also six 2-day offerings to help you earn your PDPs in English Language Learners, Special Education or Media Literacy: 
  • Creating Success with English Learner Students
  • Teaching Tolerance and Addressing Diversity in Schools
  • Supporting Students with Special Needs in Your Classroom
  • Instructional Strategies and Approaches for Students with Learning Impairments K-5
  • Teaching English Language Learners Through Culturally Relevant Children’s Books
  • Teacher Training in Critical Media Literacy: Principles, Practices and Case Studies  
Want to enhance your union and leadership skills?
The conference features many workshops related to core union skills including leadership practices, negotiations, organizing, diversity and cultural competence, legal and representation issues, communications, health and safety and more. It also offers sessions designed for specific union roles including building representatives, local presidents and others.  If you’re a new educator, don’t miss out on MTA’s New Member Program, designed for educators in their first five years of practice.  This program provides an opportunity to learn more about your union and other relevant issues that impact your profession and public education.  Apply for this free program here.
“Get Ready for Janus” and attend Summer Conference at no cost
The “Get Ready for Janus” Scholarship Sessions include three workshops that are designed to help MTA members understand and prepare for the changes associated with the Janus Supreme Court decision and thrive in this new landscape.  You may then complete your conference schedule with any other workshops-union skills or professional development.  These scholarships are limited, so early registration is recommended.
Don’t delay- register for Summer Conference today.  The early deadline for registration is Friday, July 20. After that date late fees will apply.   
We look forward to seeing you there!

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