Beware of Predatory 403B Plans and Plan Ahead!
CFP Tony Isola tells us that public school teachers are the victims of the most exploitative financial services model on the planet. Read more in his post, “How To Make $5,300 In Commissions on a $43,000 Retirement Account.” He writes, “Selling teachers atrocious and expensive financial products will not attract the best and brightest to the profession. Horrifyingly awful 403(b) plans will compound the problem.”
Be sure to plan ahead for retirement–it’s never too early to start. Speaking of which:
SMART Plan Meetings: Wednesday, November 15
Our SMART Plan Advisor, Marianne Cole, will be holding meetings on Wednesday, November 15 at the BTU. To schedule a meeting, please RSVP to email@example.com, with location (BTU Hall), and whether you are currently in the plan. Meetings are by appointment only.
Flexible Spending Annual Enrollment Now Open
Don’t forget to sign up for Flexible Spending! Annual Enrollment ends on November 30. Even if you participated last year, you must re-enroll, enrollment is not automatic.
The FSA programs allow you to set aside a portion of your paycheck tax-free to pay for those expenses. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save an average of 30% in taxes! Read more, see upcoming info sessions, and find out how to enroll.
News from PAR & PA
Need some coaching and support? If you received a less-than-Proficient eval rating this year, you may be eligible for expert coaching and/or evaluation support from the PAR program. Visit the Boston PAR website to find out more, or set up an initial meeting.
Sign up for a Peer Assistant: You may be eligible to receive confidential support, feedback, and individualized coaching from the Peer Assistance (PA) program. PA is open to permanent teachers who are currently on a Directed Growth or Improvement Plan. Enroll in PA at My Learning Plan in the “Forms” section.
Opportunity: School Solutions Seed Fund
EdVestors’ School Solutions Seed Fund has an open call out for good ideas from Boston schools serving a significant number of high needs students to solve a challenge that’s standing between where their school is today and where they want to be. The deadline to apply is Thursday, November 2, and the grants are for $10,000 to be spent January to June 2018 to pilot or test a solution. Read more and apply.
Upcoming PD Opportunities
Making Sense of Data in Context: Learning & Teaching Statistics in K-12
On Friday, November 3 from 8 AM to 3:30 PM, the Boston Chapter of the American Statistical Association is offering a full-day workshop for elementary, middle school, and high school math and science teachers who either use or teach statistics in their classes. Content will relate to Massachusetts Math Standards. NO prior knowledge of statistics is required. Make your reservation today.
Engagement Fellows Opportunity
This exciting series will provide participants with professional development points, tools, and resources to strengthen their engagement practice, opportunities to learn with peers, practitioners and engagement experts and the time to develop a professional portfolio. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30-7 PM through December 5. All BPS staff can register through MyLearningPlan. Read more, and download a flyer. Contact Lori Greenwood with questions.
HUB School CFC Support Network PD: November 13
We’re creating a CFC Support Network where members can meet quarterly at schools to discuss and learn from each other. On November 13 we will have our first meeting on managing partnerships at your school at the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston. Please RSVP.
Exciting and Adventurous PD Travel Opportunities!
The Department of Global Education is thrilled to announce our SY 2017-18 department-sponsored international trips and PD offerings. Fill out this form if you’re interested (use BPS account). PD Trips For Credits & CEUs include April trips to Cuba, Finland/ Estonia, and Brazil. June and July trips include South Africa and Ghana. District-sponsored trips for students include Brazil in April 2018 and Ghana in June 2018. For additional information on all these trips, read moreand contact Brittany Wheaton Calloway at 617-635-9157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PD Opportunity: Teach Greece
Plans are being finalized for the 2018 Teach Greece program, including for their April 2018 Study Tour. They are excited to welcome new Fellows. Read more and apply on the Teach Greece website.
Community Events of Interest
Strategies for Addressing The Achievement Gap in BPS: November 20
On November 20 from 1:30-3:30 join the Harvard Medical School’s Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd) and BPS’ Office of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps at the Bolling Building. PgEd uses an evidence-based approach to inform participants about advanced genetic research and technologies. Register today.
We regret to inform you that Paul F. Griffin of Norton passed away on October 18. Paul taught at the Rogers and retired in 1998 as a social studies teacher at the William Barton Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park. See Paul’s full obituary.
We’re sorry to let you know that retired teacher Nancy Wheaton passed on October 5. She had been retired for a while and lived in New Jersey for the last two years of her life. Read Nancy’s full obituary.
We regret to inform you that James Dancy passed on October 14. Formerly of Mattapan, James lived in Burlington most recently. James was a longtime teacher, former Building Rep at the Dearborn, and friend to many BTU members. We’re told James, “always had a smile and words of wisdom, and was a true gentleman and friend to all.” Read James’ full obituary.
We’re sorry to let you know that Margaret M. O’Connor of Milton passed on October 18. She was a teacher and guidance counselor in BPS for 40 years. Read Margaret’s full obituary.
We regret to inform you that John M. “Skip” Conley of Somerville died on October 19. John worked for BPS for 34 years as a teacher and administrator and retired as Administrator of Human Services. Read John’s full obituary.
On behalf of the BTU, we send our condolences to the Griffin, Wheaton, Dancy, O’Connor and Conley families.