Just for New Teachers Conference

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center
Marlborough, MA
Friday, December 3, 2010
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Important Notes:

  • This conference is appropriate for school district use in partially fulfilling the obligation to provide an induction program for all new teachers (602 CMR 7.00).
  • MTA will provide participants with a record of sessions attended.
  • The registration fee is $60 per person and includes all sessions, materials, morning refreshments and lunch.
  • Districts may register groups by providing group members with a purchase order number and directing them to www.massteacher.org or by calling 1-800-392-6175 x8300.
  • Registration is required. On-site check-in is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. There are exhibits and “good stuff free” during check-in. Workshops begin promptly at 9 a.m. 

All conference participants are eligible to win a free 4-night vacation in Orlando, Florida, at the Royal Plaza Hotel on Disney World’s property and 2 adult four-day base tickets to Disney World, courtesy of MTA Benefits.

(Air fare not included.)

Online Registration

Print and Mail Registration Form/Informational Flyer

Workshops:

MORNING SESSIONS – participants will attend one

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
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.

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
This workshop will provide information on differentiating instruction, especially to address specific learning styles, academic readiness and common special needs, such as ADHD.

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.

“Visualize” a Great Lesson 
Visual communication is an important skill for teachers and presenters.  Research suggests we educate best when we use pictures and text.  Participants in this workshop will explore new whole brain approaches to using tools such as PowerPoint in more powerful and effective ways in their classrooms.

Bullying: What It Is and How To Stop It! – Elementary/MS
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending him/herself.  Cyber-bullying is when students bully each other using the Internet, cellphones or other technologies.  This workshop will focus on the nature and extent of this problem, identification of bullying behaviors, strategies for dealing with victims and victimizers, identification of school-based solutions and communicating with parents.

 
AFTERNOON SESSIONS – Participants will attend one

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.

Teacher Evaluation:  What Does Effectiveness Look Like?
By now you know that your teaching performance will be formally evaluated at least once this school  year, for non-PTS teachers, or every other year for PTS teachers.  In the spring of 2011  Massachusetts will be creating new rules how teacher effectiveness should be assessed.  Do you  know what effectiveness looks like?  Are you an effective teacher?  In this session we’ll use a case  study to explore the variables and challenges in answering those questions.

What Would You Do?
A student is going to miss the big game because he failed your class. Your students are “evaluating” you on the Internet.  These may be the stuff of education’s urban legends, but they really do happen.  Participants will consider a number of “What do I do now?” scenarios and learn the right answers to that question.

Keep Them Engaged
Many traditional classroom practices engage one student at a time and risk the inattention of others.  We’ll share easy-to-use tips and tricks for keeping all of your students engaged all of the time.  Leave with ideas to use in your classroom tomorrow and in the future.

Working 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.  With the first round of open houses and grades behind us, participants will reassess their interactions with parents and guardians and leave with new strategies for immediate use.

English Language Learners (ELLs) – for non ESL/ELL licensed teachers
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.