Professional Development Opportunities
Need Mentoring for Licensure?
Sign up for BPS Online Mentoring (BPSOM) to fulfill the “50 Hour Requirement for Professional Licensure.” Beyond your first year of induction support, the Massachusetts DESE requires that you receive an additional 50 hours of mentoring in your 2nd/3rd years of teaching to be eligible for your professional teaching license. BPSOM provides that required support. BPSOM Spring Session #3 beginning Monday, April 2 is now up on MyLearningPlan. There are four posted BPSOM Session 3 Sections (K0-1st; 2nd-5th; MS; HS). Space is limited, so please sign up for the one that corresponds to the grade-level you teach ASAP. Contact Ailis Kiernan at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Evidence-Based Argumentation Grad Class this August
The Boston Debate League is pleased to announce that registration has opened for its summer Evidence-Based Argumentation (EBA) grad class. EBA is an approach to classroom instruction in which students build CCSS-aligned argumentation skills, using a common language that crosses disciplines; do the heavy lifting, and their voice is central and valued in the learning; collaborate with, learn from, and lead each other. The course will take place August 13-17 at Suffolk University. See the flyer and register online.
Community Events of Interest
Pride at Work Organizing Meeting this Thursday
Pride at Work (previously GALLAN) Eastern Massachusetts will be holding an important organizing meeting this Thursday, March 1 at Jobs with Justice, 375 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. See the flyer for more.
Testing Charade Author Speaks in Boston: March 22
Come hear Daniel Koretz, author of The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better, on Thursday, March 22 at the Church on the Hill, 140 Bowdoin Street in Boston. Refreshments begin at 5:30, program from 6-8:30. Read more and register now. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
Literacy is Liberation Free One-Day Conference
Join Northeastern University on Saturday, March 10 from 8 AM to 2 PM for Literacy is Liberation: Examining the Transformative Power of Literacy, Book Clubs & Literary Societies in the African American Community. See the flyer for more.
City of Boston Wellness Portal Resources Video
The new City of Boston Employee Wellness Portal launched in January, and they’ve shared a new video about using Portal Resources. Watch the short video. To set up your account, use group code wellness2018. Read more and sign up.
You’re Invited: Holmes Masquerade Gala
The Holmes Innovation School will host its 3rd Annual Masquerade Gala on March 16 at Venezia in Dorchester. Join us for dinner, dancing and a chance to bid on great auction items to support the Holmes Coed Boxing Program. Get your tickets today.
We are sorry to let you know that James (Jim) McGrane passed away. A wonderful person who truly loved his students and was loved by the faculty, Jim spent his whole career at the Barnes and then UmanaBarnes. Read Jim’s full obituary.
On behalf of the BTU, we send our condolences to the McGrane family.