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MEA Early Career Conference, Saturday, January 26, 2019 Sponsored by Young...

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Southern Maine Community College

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MEA EARLY CAREER CONFERENCE

Young Education Professionals of the Maine Education Association!

Join other educators at our first conference just for you!

If you're in the first 7 years of your education career, you should attend this event. We'll even provide you with a free hotel room if you live more than 90 miles away.

WHEN: January 26th, 9 am to 2 pm

WHERE: Southern Maine Community College

WHO: All educators (teachers and ed techs) in the first 7 years of the profession



SESSIONS AND PRESENTERS:

Google Classroom: So ,you’re thinking of using Google Classroom. Maybe you just want to find out more about it. Come learn how to take your students’ learning to the next level, all while giving them the freedom to easily create, curate, and collaborate along with their classmates on any assignment!

Presenter: Jeff Bailey teaches technology electives at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford. He says he has had to re-invent his classroom and himself several times to appeal to the evolving needs of his students. Jeff has also taught sessions on Improv, Proficiency-Based Education and Leadership in the Teaching Profession. Jeff is the 2014 Oxford County Teacher of the Year and was named an “Inspiring Educator” by WCSH-6 TV and the Maine Education Association.


Teacher Evaluation: This workshop is especially for those in their first three years of teaching who want to know what it takes to navigate their way to full certification. Find out not only what you need to do to navigate your teacher evaluation system, but also how you can make it work best for you. Your evaluation process should be designed to help you become the best teacher you can be. Learn what you can do to make that happen.

Presenter: Dan Allen is the Professional Development Director for the Maine Education Association. He is a former teacher coach, literacy specialist, English teacher, and certified administrator with almost 20 years of classroom experience.


Unlocking Excellence: With advice about Owning your Profession, building a Personal Routine, developing a Classroom Culture and Building Strong Relationships with students and parents, this workshop can help you to develop a process-driven approach to teaching that is both realistic and meaningful.

Presenter: Jarrod Dumas is the Assistant Principal at Oak Hill Middle School. A lifelong resident of Maine, Jarrod taught Social Studies for 10 years at Mountain Valley High School. He loves the energy that Middle School students bring to a building and enjoys getting to know them, their interests and hobbies.


Social Emotional Learning: Whether it's called "social and emotional learning" or "emotional intelligence," most people understand it's critical to pay attention to the development of the whole young person, including character education. Learn how you can help your students become self-aware, respectful, and able to manage their emotions. Find out how you can create a climate that supports social and emotional learning at your school.

Presenter: National Board-Certified Teacher Carrie Foster teaches 8th Grade Social Studies at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland. She is a winner of a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher Award from the U.S. State Department for which she traveled to Singapore where she studied Character and Citizenship Education to adapt best practices for schools in the U.S.


Union 101: As a new or newer educator, it can seem easier to teach physics to first-graders than to learn about your own union, much less become an active and involved member of it. But you need to do all three—get in, get educated, and get active. Your commitment must go beyond just paying dues. But remember, the payoff is big.

Presenter: Rob Olson took his first collective action as a student, when he organized his classmates at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education to publicly refuse to apply for teaching positions in school districts with expired employment contracts. He became a Association Representative as a second-year teacher of Economics and Government. He was later elected President of the Central Bucks Education Association, a 1,300+ member local association in nearby Bucks County, PA. Rob counts an organizing effort to force Central Bucks School District to recognize same-sex partners (prior to marriage equality in PA) among his most notable professional accomplishments. Today Rob works as a UniServ Director in the Maine Education Association supporting teachers and education support professionals in western Maine.

Grace Leavitt is on leave from her job as a Spanish teacher at Greely High School in Cumberland after being elected MEA president this past spring. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with more than 43 years teaching experience. Grace has been involved with her unioin at the local, state and national levels. She has been the president of her local as well as chief negotiator and she has served on both the MEA and NEA Boards of Directors.


You will be able to select your sessions when you arrive!

Should you need hotel accommodations and are more than 90 miles from South Portland, please select the ticket below and we will be in contact with you. The deadline is Friday, January 4th.



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