MEJA Statewide Convening 2018

Start: Saturday, June 23, 201810:00 AM

End: Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:30 PM


Students, parents, teachers and the community are joining together to share knowledge about what's going on with public schools and colleges, build skills to organize for education justice, and outline our campaign to #FundOurSchools and build a #DebtFreeFuture for students and families.

After the devastating decision by Charlie Baker's Supreme Judicial Court to remove the Fair Share "Millionaire's Tax" Amendment from the ballot, now more than ever before we need to get together and strategize about how we are going to build power in the state of Massachusetts to fight for public education.

Our day will kick off in the Student Center at Worcester State University. Below is our schedule for the day's events. If you are driving, the best place to park is in Lots H, K, and L. We will serve breakfast and lunch to all participants.

Click here for a Worcester State University Campus Map.

The Student Center is labelled as Building #12. There will be signs posted to direct you to the Student Center, and we will be holding main events in the Blue Lounge on the 1st Floor. Breakout sessions will be in the North/South Auditorium and the Foster Room, but head to the Blue Lounge first to get registered.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us at We cannot wait to learn, build, share, and join in the fight with you on Saturday.

9:00AM - Registration and Breakfast (Blue Lounge)
10:00AM - Main Program Starts (Blue Lounge)
11:00AM - Breakout Sessions Begin (All Rooms)
12:30PM - Lunch on us! (Blue Lounge)
1:00PM - Closing Program (Blue Lounge)

1ª Asamblea estatal de la Alianza por la Justicia Educacional de Massachusetts

Ven, participa y únete al movimiento para proteger a nuestro sistema de educación pública. Estamos trabajando juntos uniendo a estudiantes, madres y padres, maestros y toda la comunidad para discutir acerca de lo que está sucediendo en nuestras escuelas y universidades públicas. También estamos compartiendo las herramientas que se necesitan para luchar y ganar las escuelas que merecemos, y además para compartir nuestra visión de cómo nuestras escuelas públicas deben ser adecuadamente provistas de recursos económicos.

Registración comienza a las 9 am, el evento es completamente gratis y se proveerá almuerzo a los participantes.

Breakout Session Descriptions

#FundOurSchools: Understanding our broken school funding system and how to equitably fix it

Beth Kontos, President, American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts
Colin Jones, Senior Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

We see the devastating impact of budget cuts in our schools across the state. Discuss strategies, bills, and local campaigns we can create or amplify to get our schools the funding they need for students to thrive.

Building a #DebtFreeFuture: Organizing for Debt-Free College in Your Community
Zac Bears, Executive Director, PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts)
Sydney Little, Organizing Director, PHENOM

Decades of cuts by state leaders have broken the promise of an affordable college education. Learn more about our campaign and how you can help win a #DebtFreeFuture for every student and family in the Commonwealth.

More Than A Score: Building a Larger, Stronger MA Test Resistance Movement

Lisa Guisbond, Executive Director, Citizens For Public Schools
Deb McCarthy, Elementary School Teacher, Hull Public Schools

This session is for parents, educators and students from across Massachusetts who are interested resisting the high-stakes testing that is overwhelming our public schools.

Stories of Justice: Using narratives and knowledge to talk about education justice

Ruby Reyes, Director, Boston Education Justice Alliance (BEJA)
Charlotte Lowell, March For Our Lives: Boston

Learn how to tell your own education justice story and how to help your community capture and share their stories.

Confronting the Corporate Agenda
*Workshop is in Spanish with interpretation to English

Lily Huang, Co-Director, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
Edwin Argueta, Organizer, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice

Together we will explore why corporate education ‘reformers’ have their eyes on our public schools and how they are profiting off of our public education system.

Winning on the Ground: Electoral politics and field organizing
Jonathan Rodrigues, Organizer, Boston Teachers Union
Paul McClory, Acting Grassroots Director, Massachusetts Teachers Association

Our movement for education justice has already proven we can win when we talk to each other at the most local level: our schools and neighborhoods.