NOTE: This e-newsletter was emailed to new members, K-12, earlier this month. Please feel free to pass it along. There are many new members we may have missed. New members may subscribe using the instructions below.

Top tips for phoning parents
We asked some new teachers to share their best ideas for painless and productive telephone conversations with parents:

Be sure to know the parent's name! It may sound simple, but you cannot always assume that the parent has the same name as the child, and it's too late to wonder once they answer the phone.

Jerusha Bjork
Special Education Teacher, Norton

I think it is always good to keep a log of your phone calls to have as a record. …If possible, it is best not to have your first contact with a parent be for a negative reason.

Elizabeth Hahesy
Sixth Grade Teacher, Belmont

If parents ask you to call them, be sure to ask what they would like to discuss so you can prepare and make the conversation productive.

Elizabeth Elder
Third Grade Teacher, Amherst

See more tips here:
http://www.massteacher.org/career/new_members/communications/teletips.cfm

Telephoning Parents: http://massteacher.org/career/new_members/communications/telephoning.cfm

Parent-Teacher Night Tips: http://massteacher.org/career/new_members/communications/ptnite.cfm

Parent Conference Checklist: http://massteacher.org/career/new_members/communications/parent_conf_checklist.cfm

Just For New Teachers conferences
Back by popular demand, the MTA Center for Educational Quality and Professional Development is offering two Just for New Teachers conferences. Participants may select two workshops from this list:

Two locations are scheduled: Monday, Nov. 3, in Natick and Friday, Nov. 7, in the Springfield area. Last year’s conference was an early sellout. Don’t delay. Register online today.
http://www.massteacher.org/teaching/conferences/conf_just4.cfm

Future Teachers conference
Know any college students studying education? Please let them know about What Every Future Teacher Needs to Know, MTA’s conference for prospective teachers. The conference will be held Saturday, October 25, at Fitchburg State College.
http://www.massteacher.org/career/future_teachers/career_conf.cfm

The survey says…
Stop by massteacher.org and take our online professional development survey. Your participation will help ensure that the needs of new teachers are represented in future PD programs.
http://www.massteacher.org/surveys/pd.htm

PASS IT ON
Please feel free to forward this message to other interested teachers.

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