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SEA Fall Conference - November 8-9 2019! Register now!!

Published:  October 18, 2019
Registration is now open for the Springfield Education Association Fall Conference at American International College on November 8-9. 
 
Please click here to see the flyer for information on the agenda and workshops that are being offered. Use the link below to register! 
 
 

Workshop Descriptions for SEA Fall Conference

Session 1      9:15-10:45                                                            

Sped Law and Regulations,                                                                        

Current issues in special education law and regulations

 Presenter: Laurel Peltier, The Collaborative for Educational Services -    Northampton                                                                                                                        

 

Building Rep Training                                                

 Understanding your role as a building representative 1

Presenter: Peter Reese, SEA Professional Relations Associate                 

 

What is Trauma?  Just for New (in the first 5 years) Educators                       

 And how does it affect teachers, students, and their families.

Presenters: Audrey Murph-Brown, SPS  Counselor – Mary Lynch School; Tracy Little-Sasanecki, SPS Counselor – STEM Middle School                          

 

Developing a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom           

  Strategies for dealing with the impact of trauma in the classroom       

 Presenter: Kristi George, SPS Teacher – Mary Lynch School       

 

Dismantling Racism 1

An introduction to important concepts including institutional racism and

white supremacy will lead to reflection and discussion on our personal

understandings of how racism works, particularly in public schools.                 

Presenters: members of the MTA Task Force on Race

 

Making the Change                                                   

How Our Teaching Can Make the World a Kinder and More Compassionate Place

Presenter: Brenda Dunn, SPS teacher – Brunton Elementary School

 

Session 2   11:00-12:30

 Sped Law and Regulations                                       

Current issues in special education law and regulations

 Presenter: Laurel Peltier, The Collaborative for Educational Services - Northampton                                                                                                           

 

Making the Change                                                   

How Our Teaching Can Make the World a Kinder and More Compassionate Place

 Presenter: Brenda Dunn, SPS teacher – Brunton Elementary School

 

Building Rep Training                                                

Understanding your role as a building repsession 2  

Presenter: Peter Reese, SEA Professional Relations Associate

 

Developing a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom (Just for new Educators)  

Strategies for dealing with the impact of trauma in the classroom                    

Presenter: Kristi George, SPS Teacher – Mary Lynch School

 

What is Trauma?                                                                                                     

And how does it affect teachers, students, and their families.

Presenters: Audrey Murph-Brown, SPS  Counselor – Mary Lynch School; Tracy Little-Sasanecki, SPS Counselor – STEM Middle School

         

Dismantling Racism 2

An overview of anti-racist organizing in our union and it’s wider presence

 including Black Lives Matter will lead to consideration of what it means to be an

 ally, and how to do this in our workplace.

Presenters: members of the MTA Task Force on Race

 

Session 3   1:30-3:00

 Reaching Reluctant Readers                                   

          Engaging ALL (even the most reluctant) Readers, K-12

          Presenter: Brenda Dunn, SPS teacher – Brunton Elementary School

                                                                                                                       

Professional Status and Evaluations, oh my!  Just for New Educators

 An opportunity to get advice about the SEEEDs process, PTS, and other concerns of early educaators

Presenter: Peter Reese, SEA Professional Relations Associate

 

Developing a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom           

Strategies for dealing with the impact of trauma in the classroom                              

 Presenter: Kristi George, SPS Teacher – Mary Lynch School

 

Compassion Fatigue (Secondary Traumatic Stress)                                            

Coping with the effects of other’s trauma can be draining and have lasting effects. 

  Learn how it impacts educators, how to recognize it, and what we can do about it.

 Presenter:Gena Rotas, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in East Longmeadow who helps her clients practice self compassion, self care, and self forgiveness.

 

Understanding the State’s Education Funding Formula and the Massachusetts Accountability System                                              

How the Massachusetts accountability system and education funding both impact us as educators. 

                                                                            
Presenter: Beverly Miyares, staff member of the MTA Center for Education Policy and Practice

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