LEARN MORE ABOUT MTI CENTRS Big Idea: Justified Anger : Black History FOr a NEw Day

Building Solidarity and Advocating for What Our Students Need

A Message from MTI Executive Director Jeff Knight (excerpt)

As MTI’s new Executive Director, I am proud to be part of the journey toward a fully inclusive Union that not only works to dismantle systemic racism in our school community, but that takes a critical look inward to address lingering bias and racism within our Union.  The MTI Board of Directors, along with many MTI members, called for racial and social justice to be centered in our Union’s mission. We are acutely aware of, and committed to, the ongoing necessary work ahead AND we want our members to be aware of the work in progress right now within OUR Union. In continuing to put words to deeds, we encourage each and every MTI member to push into this learning, to challenge your own assumptions and to intentionally seek out the feedback and input from staff of color to inform our Union’s actions.


 June BLM Principles Center:

 Black Families, Black Women, Black, Globalism, and Diversity

MAY/JUNE Principles & Activity Pages
Lesson Planning Resources

#SayHerName Day:Principle: Black Women

June 5, Breonna Taylor’s Birthday–Call for justice for Breonna and uplift the #SayHerName movement
Education for Liberation Day
Principles: Black Families and Diversity
Juneteenth: Education for Liberation day–A day to celebrate the struggle that brought down slavery and reflect on what must be done to win Black liberation 

“Teachers are the number one in-school influence on student achievement.”

 LPI Teacher Turn Over: Why it Matters and What We Can Do About It, 2017.
” Being part of this series has impacted my instruction in an amazing way. I have deeper relationships with students and families. My classroom is more inclusive and I have the same high standards for all kids. Students are sharing more. Learning is increasing and school is more fun for me and my students. It is a ton of work. And I am validated with every positive parent message, student hug, thank you note, and when they cheer as they achieve a new academic hurdle. I am making a difference with myself and a lot of people who have felt less acknowledged in other environments.”

What is MTI Education Justice Center?

  • At MTI, we recognize our pivotal role as a support for our members as employees, as well as professionals. The project offers ongoing support for members and attempts to increase teacher retention by addressing teacher satisfaction, efficacy, and success. MTI Education Justice Center ( formerly MTI CENTRS) is funded through an NEA grant funding.

What are the goals?

  • Developing teacher-centered induction programs – MTI Education Justice Center offers a series of professional development opportunities to strengthen teachers’ abilities to deliver instruction through a racially equitable lens.
  • In 2021-22 SY MTI  will continue to support MTI CENTRS’ Black Lives Matter Year of Action  by providing socially and racially just lesson planning resources centering on the13 principles of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
  • Also in 2021-22 SY,  through an MMSD Big Idea Grant, will collaborate with our community partners at Nehemiah to support fall and winter cohort participation in the Justified Anger: Black History for a New Day Course.
  • In  winter of 2022 MTI has initiated a community outreach effort to build  and participate in a community-based Education Justice Coalition


SIGN UP NOW for the summer WEAC Restorative Justice Retreat!
Using Restorative Practices in Schools Flyer
Free to MTI/WEAC Members
MTI Members earn a $150 stipend from our NEA Safe and Just Schools Grant
Enrollment Open
RESCHEDULED for Aug 9 & 10. MTI is a sponsor for this conference. Free with a small enrollment fee.

For more information, please contact Kerry Motoviloff at kmotoviloff@madisonteachers.org

Find out how to participate below!



Welcoming The new MTI Education Justice Center Coordinator

Natasha Sullivan

Natasha comes from La Follette High School where she currently works as an English teacher. Her activism began at UW Madison where she secured her bachelor's and Master's degrees and continued throughout her career with her students in the classroom. A devoted advocate for our public schools, Natasha brings an intersectional lens to the work and strives to continually support fellow educators in their own personal journeys towards education equity and justice.

Solidarity for Social and Racial Justice Google Classroom

Black Lives Matter at School

Social and Racial Justice Planning Resources

Join the Classroom


Social and Racial Justice Resources for Each Month

Each month we have curated resources from across the nation to support educators as they plan to build socially just and equitable classrooms.


4th Annual Educators for Equity Summer Conference

June 28-30 Free with a small registration fee.

MTI is proud to continue its support and partnership as part of the Educators for Equity coalition. This year's topic is: Reclaiming Joy & Community in Education: Teaching Above the Arguments. Sessions will run from 1:30-4:30pm on June 28-30th.

enroll here

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