BTU Election Updates
The signature validation process has been completed, and candidates who qualified for the ballot have been notified. Due to the number of candidates for each office there will be no primary election this year. See the complete list of candidates. Thanks to all who participated in the process!
Voting will begin in early May, when all members will receive their mail-in ballots. In-person voting will be held on Wednesday, June 5.
An “Election Procedures Candidate’s Guide” is available on the member portal. An opportunity for candidates to address the membership in a public forum is being scheduled — more to follow. See additional Election Committee information.
BTU Scholarship Information
We are maintaining updated scholarship information at btu.org/scholarships2019. Please check it out!
Upcoming Community Events of Interest
FRIDAY — Promise Act Hearing at the State House: March 22
Show your support for the Promise Act, the #FundOurFuture PreK-12 public education funding bill, at this State House hearing in Gardner Auditorium! Learn more.
NEW — Building Trauma-Informed Unions: Workshop with WILD
You are invited to WILD’s trauma workshop on March 23 from 9 AM to 1 PM at the BEST Training Center in Roxbury. See the flyer for more. RSVP to email@example.com.
NEW — Help Send McCormack Students to the Costa Rican Rainforest
In April, McCormack Science Teachers, Kris Grymonpre and Lani Trumble will be taking 14 7th and 8th grade students from the McCormack Middle School to live and study in the Costa Rican Rainforest for eight days. While there, students will learn first-hand about the devastating affects of deforestation on the ecosystem. Please consider donating to this once in a lifetime experience for McCormack students!
NEW — China Comparative Studies Tour through UMass Boston
The 6-credit China Comparative Studies Tour, July 5-15, is sponsored by the College of Advancing and Professional Studies,the U.S. China Center, and the College of Education and Human Development at UMass Boston. Travel and hotel expenses are not covered, but most of the other expenses including food, conference fees, tour guides, tourists sites and local transportation are. Read more and apply.
NEW — YouthCAN Summit: May 4
Calling all youth grades 6-12: you are invited to the 13th annual Youth Summit on Climate and Sustainability at MIT on Saturday, May 4! Join us for a free day of speakers, workshops, entertainment and activities including face painting, bike powered smoothies, a green band and more. Breakfast and lunch provided. Register online.
NEW — Leventhal Map Center Professional Development Session
Grade 4-12 educators are invited to “America Transformed: Teaching Westward Expansion Using Primary Source” on April 3 & 10 at the Leventhal Map Center. Read more and register.
NEW — Teacher Institute: Uncovering America: Power, Art, and Inquiry
How have works of art helped to shape or uphold dominant narratives of history in the Americas? In this July 22-25 Teacher Institute, presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) and Primary Source, examine which stories are—and are not—pictured in the MFA’s Art of the Americas collection. Special BPS price of $125. Earn 35 PDPs, or two graduate credits for additional fee of $320. Learn more and apply now! Priority given to applications received by March 24 and to teams of teachers.
Black Educators and the Struggle for Justice in Schools: March 28
The Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts (BEAM) is very excited to co-sponsor Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker’s presentation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Longfellow Hall as part of the Askwith Forum lecture series. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more.
Ann M. O’Keefe and BTU DLR Mupl 16-5167: The BTU recently received a final decision from the Division of Labor Relations in this matter. See this link for the notice to employees that the BTU is required by law to publish to its members.
Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership Applications Open
Applications are now being accepted for the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership (PSi). Founded by veteran educators Linda Nathan and Carmen Torres, PSi is a leadership certificate program that develops creative, innovative, adaptive, and equity-focused leaders who integrate education, artistic, and community-based resources to transform the lives of youth and families. PSi can also lead to graduate credit from UMass Boston and provides extensive coaching for anyone pursuing the MA Performance Assessment for Leaders.
We are sorry to let you know that BTU Secondary Field Rep Caren Carew’s mother, Mary Theresa (Reilly) Carew, passed away on Saturday in hospice, surrounded by her heartbroken family. Her Funeral Mass will be held this Friday at 10 AM in St. Mary’s Church in Franklin. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Calling Hours will be on Thursday from 5-8 PM in the Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin. Please see Mary’s full obituary.
On behalf of the BTU, we send our condolences to Caren and to all the family and friends of her mother, Mary.