Topical Guide to the MTA Summer Conference

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Looking for suggestions? We have something for everyone. Click on the links below to see workshops grouped by topic, category and sector.

Topics

General Categories

Sectors

Topics

English Language Arts

10  Reading and Writing About the Holocaust and Human Behavior
11  A New Approach to teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
14  Digital Tools for the ELA/Social Studies Classroom
16  Narrative in Informational Reading and Writing
30  The Eric Carle Museum's Whole Book Approach
42  Using Primary Sources to Develop Common Core Close Reading Skills
43  Vocabulary Whisperers: Having Fun with Vocabulary While Building Students’ Word Consciousness
63  Teaching Emily Dickinson
65  Writing with Storytelling in Mind!
75  Listen to Learn
86  Storytelling Games: Academic and Life Skills Made Fun!
93  Teacher-Led Professional Development: Elementary Labsite Writing Program
122 Using Journals to Motivate Reluctant Writers

History/Social Sciences

10 Reading and Writing about the Holocaust and Human Behavior
18 From Ferguson to Mass Incarceration: Bringing the #blacklivesmatter Movement into Our Classrooms
38 Resilience and Stress Reduction: Two Stories of Overcoming Adversity
46 The Finest Hours: Leadership and Resilience
51 Bring the American Revolution to Life in Your Classroom 
57 School to Prison Pipeline
88 The Skin That We Speak: Exploring Culture & Language in the Classroom & Beyond

Special Education

67 Differentiated Instruction
68 New Tools for The Toolbox: Strategies For Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges
70 The Differentiated Classroom: Practical and Effective Approaches to Meet the Needs of Every Learner
103 I'm In My Orange Brain: Teaching Emotional Self-Control to Explosive Children
107 Smart Moves! Intro to Neuromovement for Teachers and Specialists
112 Measurable IEP Goals for Students with Disabilities in High School
119 Supporting Students with Dyslexia
148 Strategies for Teaching Students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

20 Intro to iPads
24 Intermediate iPads
33 Young Scientists, Young Engineers
37 Cybersmart: Developing an Internet Safety Curriculum for K-5 Students
49 Tour of UMass Sunwheel
53 Birds: Using Familiar Animals to Introduce Science Topics into the Elementary Classroom
60 STEM for ALL: Practices and methods that promote equal access to STEM
69 Quarks, Quantum, Higgs and the Big Bang
73 Nix the Tricks, Instead Develop Math Concepts
74 Create an App for That
82 Guided Math
85 Science at the Nanoscale
118 Spreadsheet Math: A Powerful Tool for the Learning and Practice of Mathematics
124 Patterns in Nature: Using a Digital Camera to Quantify Color Variation in a Population
132 Building Science Case Studies Using the UMass iCons Approach

Visual and Performing Arts

9 Tune in Students Level 1: Boost Learning in Literacy, Math and More with Songs and Ukelele!
12 Tune in Students Level 2: Sing, Strum, Write and Lead Songs for Language, Math and the Common Core
35 Plugging into the Core: Developing Critical Thinking Using Online Tools from the MFA, Boston
108 What's Going On?: Visual Thinking Strategies and the Common Core
130 Sing Your Way to Wellness!
131 Basic Drawing for Classroom Teachers

Classroom Management

13  Classroom Management, Student Behavior and Academic Achievement
19  Teaching in the Context of Diverse Identities
34  I Can Do It! Classroom Management for New Teachers
49  Classroom Management Refresher for Veteran Teachers
66  Conflict Resolution for Educators
113 Celebrating Student Voices: Building Democracy in a Social Studies Classroom

Teaching With Technology

20 Intro to iPads
24 Intermediate iPads
37 Cybersmart: Developing an Internet Safety Curriculum for K-5 Students
74 Create an App for That
79 Using Google Forms for PARCC Practice
80 Connect Your Classroom to the World with Google Hangouts
97 Create Interactive Timelines
109 It's All About Those Google Apps (and Add-ons and Extensions)
138 The Elephant in the Room: Using Evernote to Curate, Organize, and Collaborate

Diversity & Cultural Awareness

18 From Ferguson to Mass Incarceration: Bringing the #blacklivesmatter Movement into Our Classrooms
19 Teaching in the Context of Diverse Identities
26 A Look Within: Cultural Proficiency and Building Solidarity
28 Lesson Adapting for English Language Learners
57 School to Prison Pipeline
88 The Skin That We Speak: Exploring Culture & Language in the Classroom & Beyond

Health & Wellness

8   Building Resiliency through Mindfulness
23 Strategies to Include Movement in the Academic Classroom
29 Pardon My Dust!: Asbestos Management in Schools
38 Resilience and Stress Reduction: Two Stories of Overcoming Adversity
44 Healthy Buildings, Healthy Staff, Healthy Students, Healthy Grades
47 Zumba across the Curriculum
62 Swimming for Fun, Improvement and Teaching
94 Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Across the Curriculum
99 Zumba Toning-Canned Food Drive
101 Balance before Burnout: Make a Plan to Beat Stress
123 Educating and Organizing for Healthy Communities
130 Sing Your Way to Wellness!
135 Mindfulness and Leadership: Optimizing Performance and Well-Being
173 Morning Yoga

General Categories

Managing Your Career

8 Building Resiliency through Mindfulness 
21,78,129,228 Regulatory Workshop: Professional License Renewal
41 Reflect for Success
92 Teacher Leadership Competencies: Building Association & Policy Leadership Skills
95 Bringing Unconferences to Your School
96 Focusing on Your Retirement and Your Concerns
101 Balance Before Burnout: Make a Plan to Beat Stress
128,205 Regulatory Workshop: Licensure Obligations

Teaching & Learning

14 Digital Tools for the ELA/Social Studies Classroom
15 Instructional Design in the Age of PARCC
17 Documentary Photography: On Location and in the Classroom
19 Teaching in the Context of Diverse Identities
23 Strategies to Include Movement in the Academic Classroom
28 Lesson Adapting for English Language Learners
32 You are S.M.A.R.T.
41 Reflect for Success
52 Writing Letters of Recommendation
55 Get a G.R.I.P!: The Guided Research and Inquiry Process
56 School Psychology 101 for General Education Teachers: Cognitive Skills
57 School to Prison Pipeline
59 Speaking with Positive Intent
60 STEM for ALL: Practices and methods that promote equal access to STEM
66 Conflict Resolution for Educators
70 The Differentiated Classroom: Practical and Effective Approaches to Meet the Needs of Every Learner
71 Helping Students Research
75 Listen to Learn
79 Using Google Forms for PARCC Practice
80 Connect Your Classroom to the World with Google Hangouts
86 Storytelling Games: Academic and Life Skills Made Fun!
89 Two Teachers in the Room
93 Teacher-Led Professional Development: Elementary Labsite Writing Program
94 Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Across the Curriculum
97 Interactive Timelines
102 Giving Today’s Learners Voice and Choice!
103 I'm In My Orange Brain: Teaching Emotional Self-Control to Explosive Children
104 MTA Unconference
105 School Psychology 101 for General Education Teachers: Executive Functioning Skills
109 It's All About Those Apps (and Add-ons and Extensions)
112 Measurable IEP Goals for Students with Disabilities in High School
113 Celebrating Student Voices: Building Democracy in a Social Studies Classroom
114 Engaging Students with Rhythm Games in the Classroom
134 Google Forms: Focus on Formative Assessment
148 Strategies for Teaching Students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities
165 Smart Moves! Intro to Neuromovement for Teachers and Specialists
166 Engaging Students through Knitting: Learning to Knit

Sectors

Education Support Professionals

9 Tune In Students Level 1: Songs and Ukelele
12 Tune In Students Level 2
20 Intro to iPads
23 Strategies to Include Movement in the Academic Classroom
24 Intermediate iPads
26 A Look Within: Cultural Proficiency and Building Solidarity
30 The Eric Carle Museum's Whole Book Approach
47 Zumba Across the Curriculum
54 Building an Economy that Works for All of Us!
57 School to Prison Pipeline
58 Smart Moves! Intro to Neuromovement for Teachers and Specialists
68 New Tools For The Toolbox: Strategies For Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges
86 Storytelling Games: Academic and Life Skills Made Fun!
88 The Skin That We Speak: Exploring Culture & Language in the Classroom & Beyond
101 Balance Before Burnout: Make a Plan to Beat Stress
103 I'm In My Orange Brain: Teaching Emotional Self-Control to Explosive Children
106 Storytelling as a Tool for Organizational Development
114 Engaging Students with Rhythm Games in the Classroom
119 Supporting Students with Dyslexia
121 Unions are NOT the Problem
122 Using Journals to Motivate Reluctant Writers
130 Sing Your Way to Wellness!
131 Basic Drawing for Classroom Teachers
136 Safe Schools: Implementing and Testing Your Safe Schools Plan
138 The Elephant in the Room: Using Evernote to Curate, Organize, and Collaborate
166 Engaging Students through Knitting: Learning to Knit

Leaders and Development Leaders

2 Next Generation Leaders
3 New Member Program
4 New Presidents Academy
5 New Presidents II
6 Writing, Presenting and Organizing Support for Grievances
8 Building Resiliency through Mindfulness
29 Pardon My Dust!: Asbestos Management in Schools
31 Winning the Message War
36 Advocating for Members in Trouble Under the New Educator Evaluation Regulations
39 Building & Maintaining a Strong Financial Operation in Your Local Association
54 Building an Economy that Works for All of Us!
64 Work to Rule: An Effective Tool
72 Local Association Membership Processing
76 MTA Retired Pickle Barrel
81 Grow your Education Association Website Interaction
83 Membership Database Training & Other Practical Tools for Treasurers
84 Political Action is Not a Spectator Sport!
90 Presidents Forum
91 Pension Fund Update
92 Teacher Leadership Competencies: Building Association & Policy Leadership Skills
95 Bringing Unconferences to Your School
96 Focusing on Your Retirement and Your Concerns
98 MTA Members: Your Voice is Needed at State & National Political Conventions
106 Storytelling as a Tool for Organizational Development
110 Local Legal & Tax Issues
111 Ask the Financial Experts
116 Membership and Accounting Open Office Hours
117 MTA Communications Open Office Hours
120 Team Building In Your Back Pocket
121 Unions are NOT the Problem
125 Connect with Your Community: Run a Voter Registration Drive
127 Local Association Bylaws
133 Degrees Not Debt Campaign
135 Mindfulness and Leadership: Optimizing Performance and Well-Being
136 Safe Schools: Implementing and Testing Your Safe Schools Plan
137 Spreadsheets for Negotiations and More
139 Unwrapping the Mystery of Parliamentary Procedure: Indispensable Knowledge for Effective Meetings
140 Understanding the Chapter 70 Formula

Political Activists

26 A Look Within: Cultural Proficiency and Building Solidarity
31 Winning the Message War
54 Building an Economy that Works for All of Us!
57 School to Prison Pipeline
84 Political Action is Not a Spectator Sport!
88 The Skin That We Speak: Exploring Culture & Language in the Classroom & Beyond
98 MTA Members: Your Voice is Needed at State & National Political Conventions
123 Educating and Organizing for Healthy Communities
125 Connect with Your Community: Run a Voter Registration Drive
133 Degrees Not Debt Campaign
140 Understanding the Chapter 70 Formula