Welcome to The First 900 Days

The MTA’s New Member Committee is here to support the needs of all MTA members in their first 900 days, or five years on the job. The Committee is comprised of MTA members and staff members who have dedicated themselves to providing advice, information, professional development, and resources to engage and retain new educators and connect them to the larger MTA support network.

Are you new to an education career? Need advice or want to connect with other early career educators? This is the place for you!

What we do:

Scroll down for information on the charges of our committee.

Professional Development

Participants 2017 cropped 2Educator licensure requirements in Massachusetts dictate that the professional development needs of educators in their first five years are vastly different than those of educators who have been in the field longer. Our committee strives to provide educators in their first five years with professional development that is catered to their needs in order to support MTA members early in their careers. Visit our Events page to learn what’s coming up soon in your area!

Union Support


With the addition of Ashley Adams, the MTA’s New Member Organizer, to our committee, the NMC is now able to offer new educators workshops on the benefits of membership and organizing opportunities year-round! Contact us if you’re interested in bringing a Committee member to your local to help new members understand the advantages of union membership.

The New Member Program

NMP_2018_logoEach August, as part of the MTA’s Summer Conference at UMass Amherst, the New Member Committee puts on the New Member Program, which is free to all MTA members in their first five years. Frequently compared to summer camp for teachers, this four-day program is comprised of workshops covering everything from understanding a teaching contract to the MTA and NEA’s work on the state and national levels. Networking and social opportunities are offered throughout the week, and many participants leave the program to become leaders in their local associations, activists for MTA campaigns, and new members of the NMC. If you think you’d like to get involved in the MTA and are looking for an entry point, the New Member Program is the event for you!

The First 900 Days

PencilIn addition to programming throughout the year, the NMC also supports new educators through The First 900 days, our blog, which offers resources, advice, and information throughout the year. Have a question you’d like to see addressed on the blog? Contact us here, or through our Twitter or Facebook pages.