Upcoming BTU Events
NEW — International Travel Opportunities for BTU Retirees!
We are excited to introduce new international travel opportunities for retirees! The Boston Retiree Travel Program has added another exciting adventure to retiree travel. Upcoming trips include India and Singapore. Read more.
NEW — Back to School Fair and First Book
Sign up for First Book at firstbook.org/aft. Signing up is free and gives you access to free and discounted books as well as other classroom supplies and needs. Signing up new members also helps us to give away over 50,000 books at our annual Back to School Fair! Save the date and plan to join us on September 22! Please contact Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining the planning committee for the fair.
PDP Certificates: Need to be Issued by June 28
The contract requires that teachers receive a PDP certificate from their principal by the last day of school. Please be sure to remind your principal of this requirement now, so that he or she issues the certificate by June 28. If you have not received your certificate by the end of school, please file a grievance with your principal at that time, and cc your field representative.
REGISTER NOW! — BTU Summer Organizing Institute July 2-3
Register today for the 2018 Summer Organizing Institute!
SMART Plan Meetings: Tuesday, July 10
Marianne Cole will be holding meetings on July 10 from 2:30-5:30 at the BTU. All are welcome to make an appointment, whether currently participating in the plan or not. Please email email@example.com to schedule.
Community Events of Interest
NEW — Defending the Early Years’ New Mini-Documentary
Last week Defending the Early Years launched its second mini-documentary in the Teachers Speak Out series. In this two-minute documentary, Young Achievers preschool teacher Roberta Udoh explains how the obsession with testing has resulted in educational policies that lead to diminished play and exploration of self for children of color and poor children, and the devastating effects it has on the soul and psyche of this population of early learners. Watch it on the DEY website. And please share!
NEW — African-American Urban Farm Co-Op Launch
The Common Good Project invites Boston’s African American Community to participate in transforming the history of our trauma to a future of healing. Black agriculturalists, community development enthusiasts, and volunteers from all over the New England area are welcome. Read more and register for the July 7 event.
Assessment Administrator Job Opportunity for Retired Teachers
Westat is seeking educators to proctor in-school assessment sessions with 4th-, 8th- and 12th-grade students for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. You must be available to work January 28-March 8 in this part-time, temporary position. Read more about the position, and email NAEPrecruit@westat.com with questions.
New AFT Member Benefit: Identity Theft Protection
On July 1 the AFT will launch a new identity theft benefit for ALL active and retired members. They will offer two tiers of benefits: a series of free services available to ALL members upon registering, and a second tier that can be purchased. The latter is an additional tier of identity theft protections which provide active identity theft monitoring and unlimited restoration and recovery services. Stay tuned for specifics!