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2019 MTA Statewide Safe Schools Summit

Massachusetts Teachers Association

The Massachusetts Teachers Association will be hosting a Statewide Safe Schools Summit on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in a location TBD in Central/MetroWest Massachusetts. This conference is made possible by a grant from the National Education Association’s Great Public Schools fund.

We are currently looking for two-hour workshops on any and all topics related to creating safe and supportive schools for staff and students. We expect about 200 educators to attend from across the state.

Topic areas we would consider for this conference include, but are not limited to:

  • Bullying
  • Dating and Sexual Violence
  • Drug Abuse, including Opiates
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Racism and White Privilege
  • Restorative Practices
  • Safety Planning
  • School to Prison Pipeline
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Trauma

Presenters will receive an honorarium of $200 per workshop presented.

 Proposals will be evaluated based on the strength of their descriptions (250 words or less) including the following information:

  • Goals/objectives that will ensure members leave the workshops with practical knowledge, skills, tools and techniques they can apply to their union or professional work.
  • Teaching strategies that are aligned to the content of the workshop.
  • A clear explanation of who the workshop is designed for (grade levels, skill levels, job functions, etc.).

 Tips for a stronger proposal:

  • The title: If you need to choose between cleverness and clarity, always choose clarity. People will read descriptions for workshops that sound relevant to their needs. They won’t have time to read every single description in the catalogue.
  • It’s about the participants, not you. Don’t use the pronouns “I” or “me.” Instead use “we” or “you.” Refer to the people in your workshop as participants.
  • Be clear with the expectations people should have going into the workshop.
  • Write your proposal as a narrative, not simply a list of bullet points.
  • Please use spellcheck.
  • If copying and pasting your proposal into the form, please be sure that it includes everything. You are limited to 250 words.

The deadline for submission is Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 11:59pm.

This call is no longer accepting submissions.