NEW — Seeking Teachers Who Have Been Required to hold two Licenses
The BTU has a case at arbitration regarding the requirement of certain teachers to hold two licenses in order to teach in a position. If this sounds like you, we need you to testify at an arbitration hearing. If you are willing to testify, and you have been required to obtain two licenses, please contact Erik at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is only through this kind of testimony that we can get our students the proper staffing to meet their needs.
NEW — Seeking New Member of Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Panel
There is an opening for a new BTU appointee on the PAR Panel, which governs the Peer Assistance and Review Program. For more information about this paid opportunity which entails significant additional work, please see the Boston PAR website and the job description of panel members. Questions about the role can be directed to PAR Panel members at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to Erik at email@example.com.
Seeking Volunteers and Support for BTU Making Strides Committee
The BTU has been participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk for over 20 years. Anyone interested in participating in a committee is invited to contact Brenda Chaney at firstname.lastname@example.org. The walk this year will be on September 30. See the BTU Walkers Team fundraising page, and see Brenda’s personal page.
Seeking Electoral Phone Bank Workers
Phone bank workers are an integral part of our political action process of supporting candidates who were vetted by the COPE Committee to represent our members, our students, and their families. We are updating our phone bank registry and seeking enthusiastic members to make calls. If you would like to join our network of stipended phone bank personnel, please complete this form. Ideal candidates enjoy speaking to others, are energetic and friendly.
SMART Plan Meetings in June and July
SMART Plan Meetings: June 20 and July 10
Are you on the right track for retirement? The SMART Plan offers tax advantaged savings to help you build a more secure retirement. Our SMART Plan Adviser, Marianne Cole, will be holding SMART Plan meetings on June 20 from 2-5:30 AND July 10 from 2:30-5:30 at the BTU. All are welcome to make an appointment, whether currently participating in the SMART Plan or not. Please email email@example.com to schedule an appointment. For those participating in the plan, we are offering Retirement Readiness Reviews. As a Retirement Plan Adviser, Marianne is now able to provide more comprehensive overviews of participants’ financial pictures, and assist with a personalized savings and investment plan based on each individual’s unique goals.
Community Events of Interest
Support a BLA Family in Need
A BLA student’s home was destroyed in a May 12 fire. She and her family have lost all of their possessions. Please support her family as you are able.
NEW — BCLA Lead the Way 5K Fundraising Walk on June 1
Please support the June 1 Boston Community Leadership Academy Fundraising Walk!Read more and donate online.
NEW — Support BTU Colleague Raising Funds in Battle Against MS
Please do what you can to support a BTU colleague, mother, and friend raising funds to help with her battle against MS. Read more and support.
Joyful Learning Symposium: May 31
Got joy–or want it!? Join us at the 5th Annual Boston Teacher Residency Joyful Learning Symposium on Thursday, May 31 from 4:30-7:30 PM at Madison Park. Join teachers who will address ideas and lessons from student-driven joy in our classrooms. RSVP using this form.
Take a Gun Violence and Schools Survey
Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Katherine Clark invite Massachusetts teachers, students, parents, and education officials to take part in a survey on gun violence and schools. Take the survey.
Intelligent Lives Screening, Featuring BTU Teachers & BPS Schools: June 7
Intelligent Lives follows the stories of three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities as they challenge perceptions of intelligence while navigating high school, college, and the workforce. Come to UMass Boston on Thursday, June 7 for a screening featuring the filmmaker and stars. Register for free.
Join the Conversation! Apply to the MFA’s Educator Advisory Board
The MFA’s Educator Advisory Board is seeking new voices and fresh perspectives—especially from BPS! Advise the MFA on programs for students and teachers, act as an ambassador in the K–12 community, and become an MFA volunteer. Learn more and apply now! The first application window ends June 15.
Tremont Credit Union Scholarships: Nominate an Educator!
The second annual Tremont Credit Union BPS Teacher Appreciation Program is back! TCU will be offering three classroom sponsorships up to $1,500 to BPS teachers. Teachers can be nominated until June 30: nominate a teacher today.