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English Learners/Special Education Professional Development Conference

Massachusetts Teachers Association

The Massachusetts Teachers Association is now accepting proposals for two-hour workshops for a conference on advocating for and supporting English Learners and Students with Special Needs.

The conference will be held at Mountview Middle School in Holden, MA, on March 2, 2019.

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

  • A clear tie into student learning
  • Goals/objectives that will make sure educators leave the workshops with practical skills, tools, and techniques they can immediately apply to their work
  • Interactive teaching strategies to model excellent pedagogy aligned to the content of the workshop
  • Clear explanation of who the workshop is designed for (job roles, grade levels, skill levels, etc)

We are looking for proposals in the following areas related to English Learners and Students with Special Needs:

  • Teaching methodologies, especially workshops that qualify for PDP points for preK-12 teachers
  • Classroom support strategies that teachers and paradeucator teams can use
  • Ideas and/or models for organizing students and/or parents
  • Social and Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed educational approaches to support these students
  • Legal and legislative issues related to these student populations

When choosing workshops, we will choose from the strongest proposals that provide a balanced program to meet the needs of our diverse group of participants.

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 as 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.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Jessica Parlon, Coordinator, Division of Training & Professional Learning,

This call is no longer accepting submissions.