Mediation sessions will begin in June, a little later than we would like, but scheduling is somewhat problematic. We remain committed to doing this as expeditiously as possible.
Meanwhile all of the city's
Members of the Boston Police Patrolman's Association picketed Commissioner Edward Davis's speech last week at the BTU Hall using these signs
other unionized employees remain without a contract.(*) Last week the police department scheduled a meeting for officers and others at the BTU, and members of the Boston Police Patrolman's Association held a picket line
for Commissioner Edward Davis as he entered the hall. Their pickets signs show the same feeling and frustration that we all have.
Our goal in mediation remains as it was during negotiations: we want a contract that is good for students, affordable to the city, and fair to our members.
[ (*) Yesterday we were informed that there have been recent, tentative settlements reached with an AFSCME local and an SEIU local. Each local has approximately 1200 members. Neither organization has ratified its contract yet. We will keep you informed.]
Transfer and Open Posting Lists Out
The transfer and open posting lists were out as of April 18. If you have any questions, please email or call Caren
at the office. Open posted positions will be up until they are filled. For questions on Para-related issues, please email Jenna
Teacher excess pools are tentatively scheduled for the end of the month. The teacher mock pool will be held on May 24 from 4-6 PM at the BTU.
Note: A few calls have come in to the BTU office regarding transfers. Teachers (nurses, and so on) do NOT need the permission of their building administrator to transfer from a building. Any questions, please email Caren
BTU Membership Meeting this Week: Candidate Warren to Speak
The BTU's membership meeting is this week, Wednesday at 4 PM. Elizabeth Warren, BTU-endorsed Senate candidate, will speak at the BTU at 5 PM. Shortly thereafter candidate Warren will appear at SEIU Headquarters, which is around the corner from the BTU. See here
. Refreshments will be served.
RTC Alert! Meeting Date Change
THE RETIREMENT BOARD HAS CHANGED THEIR MAY 9 MEETING TO MAY 22 at 10 AM
As you know, May 22 is the date of the Spring Luncheon, so we realize some of you who planned to attend the Retirement Board meeting have signed up to attend the RTC luncheon. Several members of the RTC Legislative Committee plan to attend the meeting at City Hall and will attend the luncheon immediately afterward. If you are still willing to attend the meeting on this new date, please be at the BTU at 9 AM. We will carpool to City Hall. If you plan to go on your own, please go to the Retirement Board Room 816 and they will inform you where the meeting will be held.
Boston Gay Lesbian Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) and Ally Educators, Administrators and Central Office Staff
A FREE SOCIAL AND NETWORKING EVENT ON THURSDAY, MAY 17
Boston Gay Lesbian Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Educators, Administrators and Central Office Staff: In collaboration with the Boston Teacher Residency, the Office of Equity and GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network), the newly forming GLBT Educators Network of Boston (GEN-BPS) is hosting a free social and networking event onThursday, May 17 from 5-7 PM at the Savin Bar and Kitchen (located at 112 Savin Hill Ave in Dorchester).
An RSVP is not necessary. Just come on out and bring a friend or ally! Contact Frank Pantano
with questions by email or at 617-756-3341
Worcester Teachers Protest Staff Excessing
A familiar-sounding story reared its head this week in Worcester as the teachers association and the school board fought
|Worcester teachers stage protest at School Board meeting|
about the wholesale reshuffling of teachers as a strategy for school turnaround. You may remember that the state released a report last week that suggests that forced staff turnover shows no evidence of helping school improvement. See an article about the Worcester developments here
NBPTS Event Upcoming
If so, please plan to attend the May 17 National Board Recognition event. This event is to promote Take One! as a strong Professional Development option for individual teachers and schools, honor the contribution of National Board Certified Teachers, and première the movie Mitchell 20. Registration is still open for the Second Annual Boston-area Educators for Social Justice Conference, to be held on Saturday, May 19. The conference is produced by Teacher Activist Group Boston and will be held at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain. Over the next few weeks, we will be updating our website with details about the conference schedule and keynote speakers, but we promise you that we've got some fantastic workshops and panels planned. We are also still accepting workshop proposals. The conference will take place on Saturday, May 19 at The Curley School in Jamaica Plain from 9 AM to 5 PM. For more info, visit the conference registration website.
This event is open to all teachers, and administrators interested in bringing Take One! and/or full Board Certification as PD options to their classrooms and schools. This event is a wonderful way to get started on next year's PD planning. Please join us on
- Thursday, May 17 at BTU Hall, 4:00- 7:30 pm
- Refreshments served
Co-Sponsors: BTU & BPS Office of Teacher & Leadership Effectiveness, MTA, AFT-MA & NBPTS If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karene-Sean Hines at 781-267-9122.
Register Now for the Second Annual Boston Area Educators for Social Justice Conference
All Souls Author to Speak at the BTU On Tuesday, May 22, Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of All Souls and a South Boston native and Boston activist who continues to work for social change nationally, will speak at the BTU at 5:30 PM. All Souls books will be available for a reduced price (cash and checks only), along with free teachers guides. Everyone is welcome to this free event. Light refreshments will be served.
Comedy Night at the BTU
Save the date!
June 9 is comedy night at the BTU
to benefit the BTU school. More information to come. See here to purchase tickets.
Sheltering Severance Pay Workshop ScheduledSave the date! There will be a meeting on Monday, June 18 at 4 PM for those interested in sheltering their severance pay. We have this meeting every year, and a letter will go out to each person who has taken the Early Retirement Incentive inviting him or her to the meeting. All, however, are welcome to attend.
See all upcoming events on the BTU website.
Education in the News....The Hare and the Pineapple's Continuing Saga
A short time ago we mentioned an article about the Hare and Pineapple as it morphed into a series of questions in a reading passage on a New York State standardized reading test. The report got as lot of attention nationally. Here's a follow up to the original report
"Let's talk about talking pineapples.
"Actually (spoiler alert!) I'm going to use the pineapple as a sneaky way to introduce the topic of privatization of public education. I was driven to this. Do you know how difficult it is to get anybody to read about "privatization of education?" It's hell. A pineapple, on the other hand, is something everybody likes. It's a symbol of hospitality. Its juice is said to remove warts. And you really cannot beat the talking-fruit angle..."Read more of the April 27 New York Times article, "A Very Pricey Pineapple" by Gail Collins.
Mary Lyon School Takes Trip to DC to Lay Wreath on Tomb of Unknown Soldier
A group of students from the Mary Lyon School went to DC this past April vacation and laid a wreath on the Tomb of an Unknown Soldier. See video here
Sick Leave Donation Program: See Memo from SD
ANNUAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD - APRIL 30 THROUGH MAY 11
SICK LEAVE DONATION PROGRAM FOR ADMINISTRATIVE GUILD, BASAS, BTU, AND MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEES
Consistent with information contained in Superintendent's Circular HRS-PP15, forms to be used for enrollment in the above-referenced sick leave donation programs have been forwarded to all schools and departments.
Please note that this is the only opportunity for employees in these groups to express an interest in enrolling in sick bank programs for the 2012-2013 school year. Therefore, it is imperative that these forms be circulated to appropriate staff for review and sign-off. Forms must be returned to the Office of Human Resources by the close of business on Monday, May 14. Late forms will not be accepted. Contact: Deborah Pullen
. DEADLINE: Monday, May 14.
If you are already enrolled, you need not re-enroll
. Questions to Jenna
STAND Announcement from Jobs With Justice
See the new flier (STAND) on the Stand Initiative Petition.
Activities for Educators
Teachers' Preview of Fishes Gallery exhibition at Harvard Museum of Natural History
Join museum educators for a teachers-only preview tour of the newly renovated Fishes Gallery on Tuesday, May 29. Learn about what it takes to plan and implement a successful museum exhibition as you tour the gallery with Dr. Janis Sacco, Director of Exhibitions, Harvard Museum of Natural History, and hear about the latest in fishes research at Harvard from Kara Feilich, doctoral student in the Lauder Laboratory at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology.
An informal gathering and refreshments will start at 3:30 pm in Classroom A. A tour and talk will follow at 4 PM, along with a teacher reception. Reserve your space on the museum's website or contact Jennifer Peterson at 617-496-9584. See full information here.
Golf Tournament for Horace Mann School
The Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will host their 17th Annual Golf Benefit on Monday, June 18 in Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth. Funds raised by the Golf Benefit are targeted for the advancement of the school's Whole School Improvement Plan.
- Registration and Networking at 9:30 AM
- Shotgun start at 11 AM
- Scramble Style tournament
- Reception at 4 PM with dinner and silent auction to follow
- Auction items and gift certificates are greatly appreciated
- Call the school at 617-635-8534 for more information
Want to quit smoking?
Have you been thinking about quitting smoking? Then join the FREE Stop Smoking Group available for BPS Employees! This 6-wee
k group session will include free nicotine patches (for those who medically qualify) and counseling.
Where: DC 35 Union Building, 25 Colgate Road in Roslindale
When: Six Mondays beginning May 14, from 4-5 PM
Please contact Jaime Lederer
with questions by email or at 617-635-6644, x41253
Delores Blake-Richardson, David Ellis School
Friday, June 15
Lombardo's, 6 Billings Street in Randolph
Time: 7 to 8 PM social hour, with dinner immediately following
Cost: $60 (covers dinner and gift). Make checks payable to Patricia Burton and mail to 41 Simmons Avenue, Brockton, MA 02301. Please RSVP by May 30. Call 508-269-0319 with questions.
Pauline Dodd, Joseph Lee School
Thursday, June 7, 6 until 11PM
Florian Hall at 55 Hallet Street in Dorchester
Cost per person: $50 (includes gift, meal, and DJ). Please make checks payable to "Joseph Lee Sunshine Fund" and mail to: Joseph Lee School, Attn: Sara Smith, 155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124. Please RSVP
by May 17.
Kathy Giberti, O'Donnell School
Friday, June 15 at 4 PM
Winthrop Arms Hotel at 130 Grovers Avenue in Winthrop
$30 includes dinner & gift. Cash or check payable to the O'Donnell School. Please RSVP by June 1 to Barbara Grato at 617-635-8454
Claire Dewey, Arlene LaSane, & Sandra McDowell, Henderson (O'Hearn) School
June 9 at 1:30 PM
Maggiano's Little Italy, 4 Columbus Avenue in Boston
$60 per person includes appetizers, lunch, dessert and gifts for the retirees. Cash bar and discounted parking will be available.
Please make checks payable to "JoAnn Brown-Henderson Retirement" and submit to JoAnn Brown, Henderson School, 1669 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02125 no later than May 9.
Janet Amrock, Martin Luther King School
Thursday, June 7, 5:30 to 9:30 PM
The Common Market, 97-110 Willard Street in Quincy
$60 pp, inc. dinner and gift; $30, gift only. Please RSVP by May 31 and make checks payable to "King Sunshine Fund." Contact Maria Harvey, Maryalice Jennings or Diane Thornton with questions at 617-635-8212
.Kevin Grogan , Zelda Chamoff , William Henderson , Judy Allenshaw and Brad Cohen
June 15 from 5-9 PM at Venezia
Please respond by June 1
Cost: $65 includes gift. Please make check payable to Adele Chiachio and mail to: Winship School, 54 Dighton Street, Brighton, MA 02135 or drop check off to Angie Robery at Campbell Resource Center upstairs Special Ed office.
The Boston Teachers Union regrets to inform the passing of the father of Eileen Franklin, a teacher at the Otis. Eileen's father passed away last Friday in South Carolina. The wake and funeral will this Friday and Saturday, respectively. Notices will be in the Globe and Patriot Ledger on Friday, May 11. The Boston Teachers Union sends its most sincere condolences to Eileen and her family.