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2019 Early Career Educators Conference

Massachusetts Teachers Association

The MTA's New Member Committee invites you to share your expertise with educators from across Massachusetts at the annual Early Career Educators Conference, to be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, in Central Massachusetts (final location TBD).

We are accepting proposals for two-hour workshops from MTA members that support the following kinds of educators within their first five years:

  • PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
  • PreK-12 Paraeducators/Instructional Assistants
  • Community College Professors
  • Preservice/Student Educators

Presenters will be paid $200 per workshop. Proposals will be evaluated based on the strength of their descriptions (250 words or less) including the following information:
• Goals/objectives that will make sure early career educators leave the workshops with practical skills, tools, and techniques they can immediately apply, whether it be in their classroom, union or elsewhere
• Interactive teaching strategies to model excellent pedagogy aligned to the content of the workshop
• Clear explanation of who the workshop is designed for (grade levels, skill levels, etc)

When choosing workshops, the committee will choose from the strongest proposals that achieve an appropriate balance across grade levels and conference strands.

Tips for a stronger proposal:

  • The title: If you have 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 bulletpoints
  • 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.
  • For this conference, we find that more successful workshops tend to have a broader audience appeal. Think of topics that can be attended by different kinds of audience members, as opposed to being focused on a single subject or type of educator. Popular topics typically include Classroom Engagement and Management, Special Education, English Language Learners, Social Emotional Learning and Technology. We are also accepting proposals for union skills that would benefit early career educators.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Erin Tracy, etracy@massteacher.org.

This call is no longer accepting submissions.

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