Tips to make the most out of 2014 MTA Summer Conference

Attending MTA’s Summer Conference? Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time.

  1. Download the MTA summer app. Use it to set up your own schedule, find your way around campus, take notes at sessions, see who else is attending, share contact info and learn about special events throughout the week.

  2. Don’t miss Sabrina Stevens’ keynote address at the Opening Session (Monday, August 4, 3:30 p.m., Chapin Hall). This teacher-turned-writer and education advocate left the classroom to speak out against abuses perpetrated by the movement to privatize public education, and to empower public school students, teachers, families and those in communities, especially low-income communities, to do the same. Check out her Twitter feed, @TeacherSabrina, and listen to her TED Talk.

  3. ‘Be Heard’ or Just Listen! On Wednesday, August 6, new MTA President Barbara Madeloni will host an “Open Mic” for educators to share their stories and voice their concerns (5 to 6:30 p.m., Paresky Auditorium). And a “Listening Tour” workshop and booth will provide MTA members with an opportunity to “Be Heard & Organize” or just listen to others’ stories. The two-part workshop is Monday, August 4, and Wednesday, August 6, from 9 a.m. to noon (Spencer 212). The “Listening Tour” booth is open Monday from noon to 5 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Schapiro 141).

  4. ED Talks: Big Ideas about Education. Nine speakers will offer up their “ideas worth sharing” at this event in Paresky Auditorium on Monday evening, August 4, at 7:30 p.m. Based on the popular TED Talks model, there will be no podium or PowerPoints. These talks are part performance art, part lecture, and they are thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining.

  5. Use the hashtag #mtasummer. Connect with others at the conference, follow the action and share the love on Twitter and other social media networks.

  6. Come to the MTA UnConference. If you have always been curious about EdCamp or are already a fan, make a plan to be at the Paresky Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, to experience a new kind of professional development. It’s professional development by educators – for educators.

  7. Discounts, we got ’em. Check out the back pages of Nuts & Bolts for a full list of local stores, museums and attractions offering deals to MTA educators.

  8. Network, learn, relax and have fun. There are many options at MTA Summer Conference. The possibilities are not endless, but close enough.

Questions? Tweet us @massteacher or visit us at the MTA Conference Office at Agard House.