The 7th Annual Just for New Teachers Conference

Friday, December 5, 2008, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel – Marlborough, Mass.

Registration Closed


Classroom Management – Managing the Inspired Classroom – Elementary/MS
This workshop will use a case study approach and focus on the kinds of self-control students must master in order to work effectively in a high-stakes environment.

Classroom Management – Managing the Inspired Classroom – MS/HS
Similar to AM1 above but for middle school and high school teachers.

Differentiating Instruction – Every Child Can Learn – Elementary/MS
This workshop will provide information on differentiating instruction, especially to address specific learning styles, academic readiness and common special needs, such as ADHD.

Differentiating Instruction – Every Child Can Learn – MS/HS
Similar to AM3 above but for middle school and high school teachers.

Communicating with Parents – All Levels
Student learning needs to be the focus of home-school communication.  This workshop will use case studies to present solutions to common challenges and participants will leave with tools for immediate use.

Assessing Student Progress – All levels
We will examine a wide range of strategies to assess student progress, not only after we’ve taught a lesson or unit, but as we teach,.  The goal is to use assessment as continuous feedback, to know when and why a student didn’t “get it,” to intervene appropriately; and to do all this fairly and equitably.

Licensure and “Highly Qualified”
This session will review Massachusetts’ educator licensure requirements and procedures, as well as the federal “Highly Qualified” requirement.

Legal Basics for New Teachers
This workshop will explore how the many informal roles required of teachers, from surrogate parent to counselor, affect our obligations and liabilities.

English Language Learners (ELL)
Do you have English Language Learners in your school?  Your classroom?  This informational session for non ESL/ELL teachers will review legal requirements and discuss where to turn to become an effective teacher for your ELLs.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This session is informational (not skill building). We will review the wide range of student behaviors encompassed by  the broad term ASD that you are likely to encounter in your classroom.

What Would You Do?
A student is going to miss the big game because he failed your class.  Your students are posting embarrassing photos of you on the Internet.  These may be the stuff of fiction, or Boston Public may have been reality TV.  We’ll view brief excerpts and figure out what you would do.

“Visualize” a Great Lesson
PowerPoint is a much used – and abused – tool.  We’ll explore new, whole brain approaches to using PowerPoint in more powerful and effective ways in your classroom.

Important Notes

This conference is appropriate for school district use to partially fulfill the obligation to provide an induction program for all new teachers (603 CMR 7.00).

  • MTA will provide participants with a record of sessions attended.
  • Attendance at the whole-day program is required to receive a certificate of completion.
  • The registration fee is $60 per person and includes all sessions, materials, morning
    refreshments and lunch.
  • Districts may inquire about registering individuals or groups by calling 1-800-392-6175
    ext. 8300.
  • Individual teachers may register online or by postal mail. There is no on-site registration.
  • Conference check-in is from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. There are exhibits and “good stuff free” during check-in; workshops begin promptly at 9 a.m.; afternoon workshops conclude at 3:30 p.m.