Union Skills Winter Workshop Series!

Union Skills Winter Workshop Series!

It may be cold outside, but you can still get fired up to strengthen our union at the 2021 MTA Union Skills Winter Workshop Series!

This year’s virtual event will kick off in one week on Saturday, January 30th with an engaging plenary session featuring Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire, authors of A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School, published in November 2020 by The New Press. Click here to check out this book!

The plenary session will be followed by workshops to discuss our vision and goals for 2021, with a focus on our plans to win. Participants will also have the opportunity to take a deeper dive into one of several MTA campaigns: Fund Our Future, The Campaign for Safe and Equitable Schools and Colleges, Cancel MCAS, or Living Wages for ESPs and Adjunct Faculty.  Learn more about the January 30 kick-off event and workshops by clicking here. Or, click here to register!

MTA Union Skills Winter Series
New Teacher Trainings that make a difference!

New Teacher Trainings that make a difference!

Have you ever found yourself sitting through a district-sponsored professional development workshop wondering, “How is this relevant to me right now?!?” If so, you’re not the only one! Professional development trainings and courses are often long and dense, and the material might not be useful, or even new, to you.

On the other hand, these five training sessions offered by the MTA address subjects of great importance to the new teacher — subjects that are rarely covered in district-sponsored professional development. Each training is 90 minutes or less and free to all MTA members. 

1. Professional Teacher Status (45 minutes)
Professional Teacher Status, or PTS, provides significant job security to all who earn it. But earning this status, which is also known as tenure, can be a confusing process. This training reviews PTS requirements while correcting a lot of misinformation. It also explains the rights that educators have before earning PTS.

2. Credit Counseling and Loan Forgiveness (90 minutes)
The financial experts of Cambridge Credit Counseling offer this workshop to explain exactly how educators may qualify for either of two federal loan forgiveness programs. In doing so, they also address the matter of student debt and what to do about it.

3. Salary Scale Analysis (90 minutes)
With many steps and lanes, salary scales can be confusing! This training explains how they work, and shows teachers how to compare likely career earnings between two or more salary scales.   

4. Professional Licensure (90 minutes)
How exactly does a teacher go from their initial license to the required professional license?   MTA licensure experts answer that question by reviewing the path to professional license, and then by answering specific questions from the audience.

5. Rights on the Job for ESPs (60 minutes)
Education Support Professionals, or ESPs, are not covered by the provisions of professional teacher status. Even so, there are many laws and contractual provisions that protect their jobs. This training explores and explains them, so attendees can learn what protections they have. 

Other Professional Development Opportunities:
Looking for something else? The MTA provides professional development workshops in many different subjects, including classroom management, new technologies, and social media.

These workshops are provided at state-wide events such as the Early Career Educators Conference, happening this Saturday, November 14th, online. Click HERE to register!

Other events include Winter Skills Training (returning in February, 2021) and Summer Conference (set for August, 2021). We also offer stand-alone trainings for local associations on specific subjects.   

If you or your local would like to attend these trainings or schedule a training for your members, please contact our New Member Organizer, Ashley Adams, at aadams@massteacher.org or 617-935-1256.