These ad-hoc committees are ways for our members who are concerned or interested in specific issues to work together to address concerns and advocate for specific goals. Many of these committees partner with our community, parent, and student partners to work towards their goals as well.
Here are some of the committees addressing common issues—we would love for you to get involved:
Boston Education Justice Alliance (BEJA): a coalition of parents, teachers and students working together around education justice issues including funding, testing and democratic voice in our schools.
Climate Justice: works in support of a growing network of city-wide activists on climate change and has supported the Boston Student Advisory Council on climate justice curriculum and green schools/ facilities.
Early Educators: advocates for early education needs in our schools.
ELL Committee: advocates for the needs of ELLs including SLIFE in our schools and has met with BPS leadership and DOE.
Hub Community Schools: advocates for more full wraparound service model schools for BPS.
Immigrant Rights: works with the Student Immigrant Movement and guidance counselors to support immigrant and undocumented students.
Less Testing, More Learning: Works with community members, parents, and students addressing concerns over the negative impact of over-assessment on students and offering alternatives to standardized testing
LGBTQAA: This committee has created the LGBTQAA brochure with GLSEN and advocates for safe and welcoming schools across the district.
New/Early Career Educators: This committee plans and outreaches for the bi-monthly New Educator Underground events and local venues where early educators meet for both social and support networking.
Parent Advisory Committee: An initiative at the BTU to facilitate and improve parent-teachers relationships and advocacy. The group also works with the Boson Education Justice Alliance.
Restorative Justice Organizing Committee: collaborates with the BPS and Code of Conduct Advisory Committee to bring PD on the restorative practices to BPS educators.
Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Committee: Advocates for best practices in SEL implementation in the district.
Social Studies and History: Works with the BPS History Department to advocate for access to quality social studies and history curriculum across the district.
Special Education/Inclusion: works on concerns about special education and inclusion implementation in the district and advocate for thoughtful implementation.
Visual and Performing Arts: This group advocates for the need for more quality arts education in BPS.
Click here to see the complete list of community coalitions that BTU supports.