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2022 Ethnic Minority Affairs Conference

Massachusetts Teachers Association

The MTA's Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMAC) invites you to share your expertise with educators from across Massachusetts at the annual Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee Conference, to be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022. The location has not yet been finalized. MTA COVID safety protocols are expected to be followed.

We are accepting proposals for ninety-minute workshops from MTA members that are centered on racial and social justice that incorporates the following themes:

  • Leadership Development
  • Forming coalitions to solve community based problems
  • Legislative solutions to systemic barriers
  • Accessing Grants and Funding
  • Meeting the needs of our diverse members and students
  • Winning fair contracts

Presenters will be paid $125/hr per workshop. Proposals will be evaluated based on the strength of their descriptions (150 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. The committee strongly encourages all presenters to connect workshop content with racial, social, or economic justice issues.

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 200 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 Racial & Social Justice, 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.

Interested in other presenting opportunities with the MTA? Add your information to the Division of Training & Professional Learning’s Facilitator Database.

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