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Teachers- Is the MTA Summer Conference on your calendar yet?
If part-time jobs and lesson planning for the upcoming school year are starting wear you down, the Massachusetts Teachers Association Summer Conference is just what you need to recharge for the new school year. MTA teachers and members are invited to join New Member Program as part of the Summer Conference in Williamstown, MA from August 5-9, 2012. The New Member Program is specially designed for educators in their first five years of practice.
This is your opportunity to learn about education policy, the people who make the rules in national, state and local education policy, the role of public education unions, and how you can be an active participant in your school community. The New Member Program includes five days of events, networking, housing, and meals for the week at no cost to MTA members. Graduate credit is available, too!
Past New Member Program participants have returned to join us as presenters, have taken on leadership roles in their local districts and share their experiences with fellow new teachers.
Here is what past New Member Program participants have said about their experience:
“I learned so much.  I met teachers from across the state and now appreciate how common the challenges teachers face are.” – 2009 participant.
“Terrific opportunity to develop leadership skills I did not know I had. Excited to take on leadership roles in my district next year!” -2002 participant
“I thought my union was just about money and time. I did not know how much the MTA has contributed to shaping the profession for the 21st century.” – 2011 participant
“Conversations with new teachers like me, veteran teachers and MTA leaders made me feel I am part of a powerful profession.” -2005 participant
“Enjoyed learning about local, state and national issues and how teachers’ voices can be heard.” -2010 participant
For additional information and online registration, visit
Space is very limited, contact Beth Shevlin at or Diane Gately at today with questions or to reserve your seat.