Training and Professional Learning Annual Programs
Every year the Division of Training & Professional Learning offers a number of high-quality conferences and online programs to help enhance our members' union and leadership skills, as well as providing a wide range of professional development options for members at all stages of their careers.
The MTA held its first Juneteenth celebration in 2022. Hosted by the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee, MTA members and their families gathered to mark the holiday and reflect on the historical meaning of the event. The federal holiday marks the day when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865 — two months after the surrender of Confederate forces in the Civil War — and told Black people who had been enslaved that they were free.
The Student Education Association of Massachusetts is an affiliate of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) and the National Education Association (NEA) and represents aspiring educators, individuals who are higher education students in educator preparation programs or interested in becoming public educators. A core-value of the SEAM program is to develop "classroom ready educators" when they enter the classroom. To fulfill this goal,SEAM organizes professional development workshops and training for aspiring educator members through out the year.
MTA Bargaining Summits help locals across the state transform their negotiations and win strong contracts through democratized bargaining. The summits help MTA locals maximize their members’ involvement and assert their members’ collective power through Contract Action Teams.
MTA’s Early Career Educators Conference, designed for preK-12 teachers, paraprofessionals and higher education members in their first five years of practice, presents early career and aspiring educators with the perfect opportunity to meet with colleagues and learn how to strengthen their skills.Learn more
Designed for MTA Education Support Professionals, this conference offers professional development, networking and fun. It's a great experience – a chance for ESPs to have the space to explore their roles in public education, their workplaces and their unions.
Held annually in April, this conference is tailored for both Higher Ed and preK-12 ESPs and their allies.
The MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee Conference offers participants the opportunity to engage in discussions about white privilege and racism, ethnic and racial identity, and economic and social justice. The conference uses workshops, presentations and entertainment to inspire participants to work on ideas for action and to bring those ideas back to their locals, classrooms and communities.
The MTA Next Generation Leadership Program is for MTA members who want to help make their locals powerful and effective organizations. It is designed to inspire bottom-up activism and to help members solve workplace problems through active engagement. The primary focus is on learning participatory and inclusive strategies that can be used to broaden member engagement in your local association. The program helps participants understand the fundamentals of outreach, recruitment, involvement, strategy development, decision-making, and planning for direct action.
The Retired Members Committee is hosting a speaker series. These workshops, held on the first Wednesday of each month, provide a great opportunity to learn about important issues, gain new skills, connect with colleagues, advocate for our students and schools, and hear from MTA leaders.Learn more
The MTA Summer Conference is a great resource for MTA members, offering union education and professional development sessions as well as speaker series, town halls, movie nights and more. The 2024 conference will be held from Sunday, July 28 to Wednesday, July 31 at UMass Amherst. The conference theme is Rethinking Education for a Transformative Future.Learn more
Every winter, the Division of Training & Professional Learning offers skill-building workshops for union activists and leaders.
Thank you to all you participated in the 2024 Winter Union Skills Conference on Feb. 10. We are already planning for the 2025 conference!