2019 MTA Early Career Educators Conference

Agenda

Mountview Middle School

270 Shrewsbury Street, Holden, Massachusetts 01520, USA

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      8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Registration/Breakfast/ Exhibitors
       Optional 
      9:00 AM  -  9:50 AM
      Welcome/ Opening Session
       Optional 
       

      Morning Session

      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      A Space to Breathe: Using Meditation in the Classroom and Beyond

      Meditation reduces stress, increases well-being and improves focus -- among a host of other benefits. Used in the classroom setting it can benefit classroom management and student engagement. In the first half of this workshop, participants will be exposed to a variety of meditation techniques, honoring multiple intelligences and accessible to students in K-12. In the second half, educators will learn how developing their own practice of mindfulness promotes emotional and mental health, allowing them to more comfortably approach the intense communication demands of interacting with students, parents, and colleagues.

      Audience:

      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists,
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Community College/Adjunct Professors
      Preservice/Student Educators

       Optional 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Can Teaching Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Make a Difference in Teaching Students of Color?

      Come explore how culturally relevant pedagogy can benefit students in your classroom. Christopher Emdin (2016) has explored the use of culturally relevant pedagogy in schools and has written about it as crucial way to meet each student on their own cultural and emotional turf, which he believes can play a major role in helping them to be successful in school. Iinstead of seeing the students as equal to their cultural identity, cultural relevance sees students as individuals influenced by their cultural identity. The teacher should not make assumptions about the student's interest or their abilities based on stereotypes or preconceived notions of who they are because of their racial or ethnic background. Findings showed a significant relationship between students of color and their teachers skilled in culturally relevant pedagogy, which translated into academic growth. This workshop will require each of us to become comfortable with who we are and how society portrays us, which may place us in an uncomfortable light at times. This workshop is designed to help us grow more comfortable with who our students are.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      High School Classroom Management

      In this workshop for high school teachers, participants will share ideas through small and large group discussions about their experiences in classroom management at the high school level. The session will begin by examining case studies to strategize solutions to common classroom management issues. Participants will then discuss best practices and workshop ideas to address the issues they are facing in their own classrooms. Participants should expect to leave with new strategies for classroom management that they can put in place upon returning to school.

       Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists

       

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      I will NOT attend an AM session workshop
       Optional 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Instant UDL and Differentiation - Assistive Tech to Meet Student Needs

      Participants will learn about FREE assistive technology tools that they can use immediately to meet the needs of their diverse learners. These tools include speech-to-text, text-to-speech, ad-blockers, word prediction, annotation tools, graphic organizers, customizable reading content based on Lexile level, interactive videos, and more! Participants will utilize all of these tools on Chromebooks or other personal devices and develop practical ways that they can use these tools in their classrooms. Emphasis will be put on easy application of assistive technology tools - no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to lesson planning! It is recommended that participants have a Google account as many of the apps, extensions, and websites that are discussed in this workshop connect to a user’s Google account. Apps, extensions, and websites discussed in this session include Readability, Ginger, SpeakIt, Scrible, Lucidchart, Google Docs and Slides speech-to-text, Newsela, YouTube, and Playposit. Participants will leave this workshop with the ability to quickly personalize learning for their students. Help students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, slower processing speeds, visual needs, auditory needs and more without having to significantly alter the content of a lesson!

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Keeping Elementary Students 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 your students engaged all the time. Leave with ideas to use in your elementary classroom tomorrow and in the future.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      LGBTQ 101 - Identity, Vocabulary, and Inclusive Practices AM

      "The recent success of Massachusetts Question 3 made it clear that the public at large supports the authenticity and dignity of gender diverse people. Participants will discuss the implications of this victory for students and educators. To support the social and emotional well-being of LGBTQ young people, we need to understand how our own beliefs about gender and sexuality have developed. Participants will consider their own intersecting identities, both privileged and oppressed, and reflect on societal messages about gender. We will discuss the most up-to-date sexual orientation and gender identity terms and how they relate to each other, answer one another’s questions about LGBTQ issues, and increase participants' comfort in discussing these topics with colleagues, students, and parents. Finally, we will share resources and strategies for sexual orientation and gender identity inclusiveness in school policies and curricula. Select resources from GLSEN Massachusetts and policy guidance by the MA DESE and MTA LGBTQ Committee will be the anchors for classroom and school action planning. Facilitation will be flexible and based on the needs of the group, but the intent is to build background knowledge and confidence for people unfamiliar with LGBTQ activism."

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Community College/Adjunct Professors
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Magic in The Middle

      There's a reason why when you tell people you teach middle school they either praise you 100 times over or look at you like you've done something crazy. With very distinct experiences and very different classrooms, we've pooled our ideas about what works for us, and will briefly offer a variety of strategies and tools to help your classroom run smoothly. Participants will receive free resources you can adapt to make them your own! The session will focus on giving you tips and tricks to working with the middle grades, followed by scenarios to work out in groups. There will also be time for problem solving your own classroom scenarios.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Professional Teacher Status and Your Rights AM

      Learn the ins and outs about how you can earn Professional Teacher Status as well as your rights and job protections before you acquire it.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      The Science of Educator Burnout: Causes, Symptoms, Prevention, & Remediation

      "The World Health Organization recently identified workplace burnout as a medical diagnosis that affects professional performance and personal mental and physical health. While Americans in many fields experience workplace burnout, it is well established that educators have an exceptionally high rate of this condition and a significantly higher job turnover rate than other professions. This workshop will validate the experiences of new educators by explaining the science behind the physical and emotional symptoms of burnout so that participants will be better able to identify the symptoms when they arise.  It will provide evidence-based prevention strategies as well as practical suggestions for ways that educators and administrators can recover from burnout when it occurs. Participants will each create a personal burnout prevention plan and lists of resources and techniques to employ when they do experience burnout.  By taking the time to plan  for the high stress experiences of the school year, teachers will be able to maintain a better work-life balance, which will improve their efficacy in the classroom and their ability to continue to work with students for years to come."

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Trauma-Informed Best Practices for New Teachers

      Trauma-informed or trauma-aware pedagogy is an incredibly important practice for meeting learners' social and emotional needs. Yet with the demands new teachers face - grading, planning, and classroom management - this important consideration can be left on the back-burner. What, new teachers wonder, can they do to meet the needs of students with trauma in their classroom? In this workshop we will review the latest research for facilitating a trauma-informed classroom, including research on the specific situational trauma subgroups like English learners may bring to the classroom. By the end of this workshop, teachers will be able to define trauma and how it manifests in their classroom spaces. Attendees will also discuss and implement research-based practices for identifying and responding to trauma -- including using storytelling in the classroom -- that can adapt to their needs as new educators.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
       
      12:00 PM  -  12:30 PM
      New Member Liaison Training
      Invitation Only
      Presenter:
       Optional 
       

      Luncheon

      12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
      Lunch
       Optional 
       
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      I will NOT attend a PM session workshop
       Optional 
       

      Afternoon Session

      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Herding LOL Cats - Classroom Management in a 1:1 Environment:

      This workshop will explore the potentials and pitfalls of teaching in an environment where students have regular access to computers. We will examine practical tools and strategies for managing distracted students, as well as useful tips and techniques for planning lessons, completing administrative tasks, facilitating learning, offering feedback and assessing progress. Designed for middle and high school teachers in all subject areas, participants need to bring a computer to class, be willing to laugh and take advantage of time to put ideas to work.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants

       Optional 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      LGBTQ 101 - Identity, Vocabulary, and Inclusive Practices PM

      The recent success of Massachusetts Question 3 made it clear that the public at large supports the authenticity and dignity of gender diverse people. Participants will discuss the implications of this victory for students and educators. To support the social and emotional well-being of LGBTQ young people, we need to understand how our own beliefs about gender and sexuality have developed. Participants will consider their own intersecting identities, both privileged and oppressed, and reflect on societal messages about gender. We will discuss the most up-to-date sexual orientation and gender identity terms and how they relate to each other, answer one another’s questions about LGBTQ issues, and increase participants' comfort in discussing these topics with colleagues, students, and parents. Finally, we will share resources and strategies for sexual orientation and gender identity inclusiveness in school policies and curricula. Select resources from GLSEN Massachusetts and policy guidance by the MA DESE and MTA LGBTQ Committee will be the anchors for classroom and school action planning. Facilitation will be flexible and based on the needs of the group, but the intent is to build background knowledge and confidence for people unfamiliar with LGBTQ activism.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Community College/Adjunct Professors
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Maintaining Your Balance: Minimize Stress and Stay Healthy!

      In this session participants will assess their social and emotional learning strengths and self-care habits. Topics include: Why do I need to focus on my health? What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation? How can I use my senses to stay calm? What can I do when I don't have a lot of time to take care of myself? Topics will be introduced through current research articles, videos, individual practice, and partner sharing. This is a hands-on session designed to engage participants in exploring and discovering which practices are most useful. Each participant will receive a packet of materials.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Preservice/Student Educators

       Optional 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Partnering with Students Through Restorative Conferencing

      Restorative conferencing provides a framework and structure for engaging in strength and solution-focused conversations with students. These conferences serve to build and maintain supportive relationships between students and teachers, and help students to more fully engage in school, as well as for students to feel that they are a valued member of the school community. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the mindsets and practices associated with a restorative approach, and how these mindsets impact student learning and engagement. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience restorative conferencing first hand through role plays and modeling.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
      Co-Presenter:
       Optional 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Professional Teacher Status and Your Rights PM

      Learn the ins and outs about how you can earn Professional Teacher Status as well as your rights and job protections before you acquire it.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Responding to Hate in the Classroom—And Teaching Students to Do the Same

      Too often, when a student, coworker or family member says something hateful or even just off-color, we freeze up. We think of a million things later we wish we would have said; in the moment, though, we stew in silence. In this workshop, participants will role-play authentic scenarios of racism, misogyny, homophobia and so on in a low-stakes environment. Participants will try out different language and strategies in response to incidents of bias, then debrief which ones worked most effectively. We hope this reflective practice will empower educators to more confidently respond to similar situations in the future. Possible scenarios span kindergarten through college, in and out of the classroom. Participants will work in grade-level teams (or teams grouped around similar grades) in order to practice age-appropriate responses that can be used immediately. We will also look at modified versions of these role-plays that you could adapt or replicate in your own classrooms with students as actors. To ground our work and suggest possible extensions, we will look at a handful of relevant resources—including articles from Teaching Tolerance and Rethinking Schools.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Community College/Adjunct Professors
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Student Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Strategies

      Our session will focus on two federal loan relief options: Teacher Loan Forgiveness, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Understanding the important differences between these two programs is critical, especially for new teachers who may be taking on additional education debt, or who are trying to strategize the repayment of their loans while accomplishing traditional financial goals, such as saving for a home or starting a family. We will also identify the factors that need to be considered when choosing between relief options and when it might be desirable to combine them.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Community College/Adjunct Professors
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Surviving and Thriving in Special Education

      Special Education is a delicate balance among mainstream teachers, administration, parents and especially students, and then there is the paperwork! This workshop is intended for high school/middle school special education teachers who work as inclusion teachers in a collaborative or team taught classroom as well as teachers in a separate setting. Participants will leave with several concrete ideas of how to begin to keep this balance by working collaboratively with mainstream teachers, maintaining positive contact with parents and encouraging students while holding them accountable. This is a large mountain to climb, yet the journey begins with small steps. Come find out how plants, journals, art, compliment cards, and even the IEP can contribute to creating an oasis that will be your classroom. We will work on techniques to help students express their disability category and their accommodations at IEP meetings and individually to their teachers. How can we clearly and positively communicate with parents and form a collaboration with them as well as with mainstream teachers?  How can checklists tame the paper dragon that is our endless paperwork?  We will discuss and model some solutions to these questions.  We will also be sharing ideas for self care. Participants will leave with their own notes containing ideas on how to maintain a hopeful, optimistic attitude in their individual classrooms.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Teaching Values with Rules: An SEL Approach to Classroom Management

      In this workshop, teachers will be presented with strategies that integrate social-emotional learning and classroom management. Participants will examine the CASEL model of Social-Emotional development and examine ways to build the SEL philosophy into practical management techniques. We will explore both print and online resources (videos) that relate to creating a positive, safe, respectful and stress-free classroom for both the teacher and students. Participants will engage in discussions and creating simple materials for classroom management. We will also explore some online classroom management tools.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Understanding Students With Trauma

      The amount of students entering schools with trauma backgrounds is on the rise, often leaving educators unprepared to deal with its effects. This workshop will provide an introduction to the psychological, physical, and academic implications for students who have experienced trauma. Participants will be provided with case studies for discussion, and learn basic strategies to implement in their classrooms and schools. This workshop is open to educators of all levels.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
      1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Your Orange Brain: A Simple Guide to Emotional Regulation

      New teachers are learning on the job with many rewards. However, children will act up and act out. When their explosions frighten you, you can be sure that the explosive child is frightened, too. During an incident, how do you keep yourself calm? After an incident, how do you convince a child that you do want them to come back to your classroom? Some children believe they’ve been dumped on you and you have no choice; others will decide that your reassurance is just a lie. Either way, it is difficult to establish a trusting relationship between student and teacher, and to foster trust among peers. Some children have suffered trauma and others have struggled with sensory integration, mental health or learning issues that make emotional self-control especially difficult. Some have learned that picking a fight is the only way to release emotional tension.  But there are alternatives. Your Orange Brain is a neutral non-judgmental color-coded tool that serves as a frame of reference for teaching and learning emotional self-regulation with children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Participants will make their own Orange Brain Tool Kit; receive black line masters to share with their students; and share and practice their own reset strategies to model, teach, and use for themselves in their classrooms.

      Audience:
      PreK-12 Teachers and Specialists
      PreK-12 Paraprofessionals/Instructional Assistants
      Preservice/Student Educators

      Presenter:
       Optional 
       

      Closing

      3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Dessert Reception/ Reflection
       Optional 
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