Designed for education support professionals, this conference offers a weekend of professional development, networking and fun. If you have not attended the ESP Conference in the past, get ready for a great experience.
Workshop topics include:
Fund Our Future Campaign
The Legal Rights of ESPs
Health and Wellness
Occupational Safety & Health
NEW IN 2019: MTA education policy staff and retiree consultants will be available for individual appoinmtents to assist and answer questions about licensure and retirement plans.
All ESPs are welcome.
Who We Are, What We Do
Working as an Education Support Professional is exciting, rewarding and satisfying. It can be difficult, draining and sometimes heart-wrenching, but it is never boring.
We want you to know that the MTA is here to support you now and through your retirement years. Our support is provided in various ways.
Students’ learning conditions are your working conditions. We are there to help you get the tools you must have to reach your highest potential.
Our collective strength makes us a powerful advocate for improving the working and learning conditions for you and for our students. We’ll work together with your local association and the National Education Association to make sure the public and our representatives in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., have the information they need to make the right choices for public education and school employees.
You’ll discover that you need to continually update your own skills. This need is greater than ever under current federal and state standards for instructional ESPs in schools that receive federal Title I funding. MTA offers professional development opportunities and holds a statewide ESP Conference each spring. In addition, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and public higher education institutions offer professional development opportunities. We can help you find the information you need to take advantage of these opportunities.
The MTA Education Support Professionals Committee plans regional trainings, including the MTA ESP Conference and workshops at the MTA Summer Conference, and provides input and recommendations on ESP-related matters to other committees and the MTA Board of Directors.
ESPs focus on empowerment, solidarity
Empowerment and union solidarity were the watchwords of the 2018 MTA Education Support Professionals Conference.
ESPs from across the state gathered April 6 and 7 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth for the annual event, now in its 19th year. The conference featured opportunities for learning, union-building and camaraderie, along with speeches and other highlights.
Workshops such as “Legal Rights of ESPs,” “Best Contract Language,” “All In/BRAG: Is Your Association Ready for Voluntary Membership?” and “Grievances 101” addressed the growing demand for organizing and leadership skills.