From opposition to charter schools, high-stakes testing and bullying to support for fair contracts and small class sizes, MTA members are raising their voices for their students, their schools, their colleges and universities, and for public education as a whole.
Here's a snapshot of where our activism has taken us this past year.
On August 4, 2014, eight speakers offered up their "ideas worth sharing" at MTA ED Talks: Big Ideas Worth Sharing. The MTA has hosted the event each year since 2012 at the MTA Summer Conference in Williamstown, Mass. Learn more at http://massteacher.org/edtalks.
MTA launched a Listening Tour in 2013-14 to give educators a platform to voice their opinions about what changes in education policies are needed at the local, state and national levels. The effort began in the Berkshires and then spread to other parts of the state.
MTA Communications produced videos of Listening Tour sessions in Berkshire County, Holyoke and Taunton. New videos from Dover-Sherborn and the Gateway Regional School District will be coming soon. MTA members are encouraged to hold forums to discuss and begin organizing around high-stakes testing and related issues. More information will be available about these forums in the coming weeks.
Educators and friends shared their "big ideas" about educating the whole student at the 2013 MTA Summer Conference. Recorded in Williamstown on August 5, 2013. We are currently seeking applications for our 2014 ED Talks. Visit http://massteacher.org/edtalks to share your big idea with us.
Massachusetts Teachers Association members and friends talk about their ideas for education and organizing. Recorded at the MTA Summer Conference, August 8, 2012. Visit http://massteacher.org/edtalks to learn more. We are currently seeking ED Talkers for the 2014 event.