Opportunities, Grants & Awards
- Next Generation Leadership Program
The MTA Next Generation Leadership Program provides participants with the skills needed to become an effective union leader at the local, state, and national level.
- Teacher Leadership Institute
The National Education Association and the Center for Teaching Quality, along with the Massachusetts Teachers Association, are partners in the Teacher Leadership Institute. This joint endeavor aims at developing a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession.
- National Race Amity Conference
The National Race Amity Conference offers participants positive, focused opportunities for intimate discussion circles, interactive panels, and informative sessions on a variety of topics central to the main theme of race amity.
- Rethinking Leadership
The Rethinking Leadership program explores bottom-up and participatory leadership strategies to foster an active and engaged membership and to build local power.
The Massachusetts Child
The Massachusetts Child, the MTA’s charity, gives grants of up to up to $1,000 each school year to MTA preK-12 locals to helps students who need a hand. An additional $300 in winter clothing grants is also available for local associations to purchase warm clothes for students.
MTA Boston Red Sox Most Valuable Educator or School Worker
Help the Boston Red Sox honor the important work of great educators and school workers by nominating an outstanding educator or school worker who deserves praise and recognition. Educators or school workers selected, and the students who nominated them, will receive tickets to a Red Sox game and be recognized during the pre-game ceremonies on the field at Fenway Park.
NEA Foundation Grants for Educators
The NEA Foundation offers grants to promote high-quality professional development experiences and improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). Visit The NEA Foundation's website for complete program details, guidelines, examples of funded projects, and an application.
Educator Recognition Programs
A list of educator recognition programs, included Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, compiled by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- MTA Human and Civil Rights Awards
The MTA Human Relations Committee each year honors MTA members and others who have made substantial contributions in support of human and civil rights.
- “Honor Our Own” Award
The MTA Retired Members Committee each year honors an active or retired MTA member for his or her outstanding influence on students, beginning educators and association members. All of the honorees were nominated by fellow educators.
ESP of the Year
The MTA Education Support Professionals Committee honors an outstanding ESP each year at the MTA Annual ESP Conference. Awardees are recognized for their outstanding contribution to their schools, communities and profession.