The Modesto Teachers' Association exists to protect and promote an environment, which entrusts our members to improve our pedagogical craft; to advance the growth and success for all students; to ensure competitive compensation, fair working conditions, and reasonable workload; and to secure the highest quality public education available for our student population.
To promote community understanding of educational concerns and needs of children.
To offer leadership towards solutions.
To promote united action and cooperation among individuals and organizations devoted to the educational interests of the community, state, and nation.
Founded in 1950, the Modesto Teachers Association (MTA) is an advocate for educators representing about 1,645 certificated members. MTA includes teachers (TK-12), Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) mentors, Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) consultants, child development professionals, counselors, special education personnel, and many more certificated employees of Modesto City Schools (MCS).
MTA members may obtain assistance in the protection of professional and civil rights and receive reports and publications of the Association. MTA members are provided a forum to consider a tentative agreement (Collective Bargaining Agreement), which is driven by active members' input and negotiated by the Bargaining Team.
From about 2015-2021, MCS hired about 150 new teachers each year with most fully credentialed and a few holding a Provisional Internship Permit (PIP) or Short-Term Staff Permit (STSP). The District is continuing to advertise for new K-12 teachers. As of August 2021, the district hired about 132 teachers.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Modesto Teachers Association held a dinner filled with raffle prizes, great food, and passionate teachers at Papapolloni Mediterranean Bistro to welcome new teachers into the profession.