Wayland Public Schools reimburses educators for recertification fees.
Professional Learning Opportunities
A reminder that WPS has $93,000 set aside for courses, conferences, and other learning events. You simply fill out a form for approval prior to taking the course. You will be reimbursed upon completion up to $750 to begin with, and more if the account allows (see contract language for specific information - page 22). It does not have to be a credited course, but does have to relate to your work. WESA also has some money set aside for this. Also WPSF will support some professional development too, so it could be the subject of a grant proposal.
- Further, there are often a selection of Union and other professional learning opportunities that are low-cost or free.
- Gaining credits helps you to rise on the salary scale and gives you greater employment and advancement opportunities.
- Course Reimbursement Form (WTA/WESA) |Form|
Professional Learning Links
- Thursday, March 22nd ATMIM Math Conference, Worcester State
- Mathematics Education Workshop Series beginning March 27th
- Applications due April 1, 2018 Smithsonian Institute Teaching the Humanities Through the Arts
- April 8-10 Massachusetts Reading Association Conference Note that Happy Hollow teachers, Miriam Morrison and Gretchen Knox, are presenting at this conference
- MITS Summer Institutes
- 017-2018 MTA Next Generation Leadership Program
- Fullbright Teacher Opportunities (Due February of each year)
- Check out MTA's terrific professional learning page, note opportunities to gain needed SEI and SPED PDPs for recertification.
- Consider becoming a Nationally Board Certified Teacher
- Join NEA Ed Communities: Excellent resource for educational opportunities and networks
- Mount Vernon Study of George Washington Summer Institutes (Applications closed for Summer of 2018)
- Attend an Edcamp
- Sign up for the DESE Instructional Support Newsletter
- DESE Foundations for Inclusive Practice Online Course and Guidebook It was suggested that this course could serve as a good focus for a PLC group that does each module on their own time and then spends the PLC time discussing how they would include the new learning in their practice.
- Free k-12 online Courses from DESE
- EDCO Professional Learning
- TeachPlus Online: Great Policy/AdvocacyCourse that's free for Teachers interested in making change.
- Learner's Edge
Independent Learning Options
If you have a professional learning event that you think WTA Members will be interested in, please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll include it on this list.
Stay abreast of MTA Efforts and News via this Link
Keep abreast of information related to MA Department of education by signing up for these regular newsletters:
- Revised Standards 2017
- Teachers’ Top 3 from ESE: A bi-weekly e-newsletter just for teachers that’s brief and to the point. http://DESE.Top3fromESE.sgizmo.com/s3/ Not that "Teachers' Top 2 from ESE" is looking for teachers to share their good work and writing so if anyone is interested in doing that, you may contact that newsletter staff.
- Instructional Support Newsletter: Bi-monthly newsletter from the Center for Instructional Support. Please sign up here:http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3096473/Center-for-Instructional-Support-e-Newsletter-Sign-Up
- Commissioner’s Weekly: A weekly email sent out on Friday afternoons from the Commissioner. While Superintendents are the intended audience, many others enjoy the content. To sign up, send an email to email@example.com with the following information in the body of the email: subscribe ESEUpdate Your Name. (Example: subscribe ESEUpdate John Smith) To unsubscribe, send an email to the same address with the following information in the body: unsubscribe ESEUpdate Your Name. (Example: unsubscribe ESEUpdate John Smith)
- Join Twitter and follow threads such as #edchat #edchatma @maschoolsk12 @massteachers. . . .
There are so many ways to develop your professional practice and repertoire. Note the professional learning opportunities, recognition programs, grants, and institutes below.
If you have more to add, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Consider Applying for These Generous Grants and Awards:
Consider applying to the 2017-2018 MTA Next Generation Leadership Program.
This program will teach MTA members how to create bottom-up activism and help make local associations powerful and effective organizations. All members who are interested in engaging more actively in their union are welcome to attend -whether you've been a member for 1 year or 20 years.
We welcome applications from members who meet these criteria:
-Active service members currently employed;
-Have not served as a union officer or executive board member for more than three years;
-Are motivated by an impulse to help build strong, capable, active local associations;
-May or may not have any background as a union activist, or activist in other organizations;
-Curious, purposeful, willing to share what you know, and learn what others share.
The program requires commitment for the entire session you choose. MTA will provide overnight lodging in a hotel nearby the training location, if needed.
Sessions will be held in different regions of the state, each over one weekend, according to the following schedule:
MTA Raynham Office | Monday, April 16 at 4:30 pm - Wednesday, April 18 at 1:00 pm (April break offering)
MTA Headquarters in Quincy | Friday, May 18 at 4:30 pm - Sunday, May 20 at 1:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE: Applications are considered on a rolling basis. This application will serve for all of the above dates.
All educators in Massachusetts are apart of an evaluation system that is a "cycle of improvement." You can find out the details of this system via this Wayland Evaluation System website. Recertification requirements are also listed on the MTA website.