The MTA Summer Conference will be from Sunday, July 31 to Thursday, August 4, on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The MTA is busy making arrangements for a full schedule of professional development opportunities, leadership and organizing trainings as well as social and recreational activities! All members are welcome to attend.
For more information, go to www.massteacher.org/ell
Spring 2016 Wait-Listed Registrants
If you are wait-listed for a spring 2016 SEI Endorsement course, please remain on the waitlist and do not cancel your registration.
No-Cost Courses for the Next School Year
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is planning to provide no-cost courses during the 2016-2017 school year to accommodate educators who, during the 2015-2016 school year, were eligible to enroll in a no-cost SEI Endorsement course and:
" Enrolled in a course that was subsequently canceled by the department.
" Added themselves to a waitlist, but could not gain entrance into a course because no seats became available, or
" Applied for and were granted a hardship extension by the department or
" Received an ELL student after Jan. 15, 2016, when spring course registration closed.
Later this year, the department will be e-mailing those in the categories above with registration instructions for 2016-2017 school year courses. This includes those who received an ELL student after the close of spring 2016 registration.
You are strongly advised to update your ELAR profile and include your physical address and a valid, permanent e-mail address that you check frequently (i.e., not a district-based e-mail or other e-mail address that is subject to change). Link to ELAR here.
The 2016-2017 no-cost courses WILL NOT be available if you:
" Were not eligible to take a state-offered, no-cost course during your district's cohort training window.
" Were required to earn the endorsement during your district's cohort training window, but you did not enroll in a course or place yourself on a waitlist for a course prior to 9 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2016.
" Failed a no-cost course because you did not receive a passing grade or did not complete the course.
Summer classes will not be offered because educators must have access to a classroom.
Other routes for obtaining the endorsement include taking the SEI MTEL test or by requesting a transcript review.
Based on DESE estimates, Massachusetts public schools will lose $419 million. This total reflects the amount of Chapter 70 aid that will be diverted from the school district to one or more charter schools, minus the total amount of state reimbursement the district is estimated to receive.
These are the current DESE estimates of how much money Plymouth and Carver will lose to one or more Commonwealth charter schools in the current school year – fiscal year 2016.
280,238 5,804,510 This does NOT include transportation costs!
Visit the MTA's toolkit on charter schools for additional information.