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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Upcoming PD Opportunities
NEW: HUB School Community/Family Coordinator (CFC) Support Network: PD on Managing Partnerships
We’re creating a CFC Support Network where members can meet quarterly at schools to discuss and learn from each other. On Monday, 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 email@example.com.
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
NEW: Getting the Best for our Children: Discussing Equity in Boston Exam School Admissions: Tomorrow, November 8
Are exam schools really a “leg up” for all students? Boston’s exam schools, the top schools in our city, enroll far fewer Black and Latino students than Boston’s other public schools. This is especially true at Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the country. Join us at the Mildred Ave School (5 Mildred Ave in Mattapan) tomorrow, Wednesday, November 8 from 5:30 to 8 PM to discuss ways Boston can improve race and neighborhood diversity at its exam schools. See the flyer.
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.