This spring, our parent union, AFT Massachusetts, will host a series of regional benefits workshops to showcase the products and services available to AFT members through our member benefits program.
At each two-hour workshop, presenters will explain benefits you are eligible for, with topics including Auto and Home Insurance; Supplemental Insurance; Home Financing; Long Term Care; Auto Glass Replacement; and Retirement Planning. The workshops will take place in local restaurants around the state, and light snacks will be provided as well. Learn more and register for one of the workshops!
Tax Information for Members
Dues for Your 2018 Taxes
- Teachers: $1,374.36
- Paras: $687.18
- Subs: $687.18
- ABAs: $893.36
We suggest consulting a tax professional for the latest updates on changes in tax law.
TOMORROW — SMART Plan Meetings
Do you know if you’re on the right track for retirement? The SMART 457(b) Plan offers tax-advantaged savings to help you build a more secure retirement. Our SMART Plan Advisor, Marianne Cole, will be holding SMART Plan meetings at the BTU on February 6 from 1:30-4 PM and on March 6 from 2-5:30 PM. Please RSVP to email@example.com. For those participating in the plan, she also offers Retirement Readiness meetings.
Community Events & Opportunities
THURSDAY — JET Information Sessions at the BTU
Learn detailed information about the Journey into Education and Teaching (JET) Program and how it works to help you achieve your goals of becoming a licensed teacher! These sessions are for BPS Paraprofessionals who are seeking a Massachusetts teacher licensure and a bachelor’s degree. Join us at the BTU on Thursday, February 7 from either 4:30-5:15 or 5:30-6:15 PM or on Thursday, February 28 from 4:30-5:15 or 5:30-6:15 PM. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting 617-433-8354.
NEW — GRLZ Radio Hiring for Spring Session
GRLZ Radio is hiring teen girls ages 14 to 18 for the spring session beginning on March 18. GRLZ Radio is a youth leadership and development program in Dorchester which hires teen girls for positions at their online radio station, blog and social media/YouTube channel. The commitment is three times per week (after school hours) and each participant receives a stipend for participation. The application deadline is March 11:grlzradio.org/apply/. See the flyer for more.
NEW — Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize Accepting Applications
We are now accepting applications for our annual Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize. The competition is focused on effective, data-driven intervention practices to improve student outcomes. It is open to all Pre-K to 12 teachers and full-time after school educators. Winners will receive $3,000, $2,000 or $1,000. Read more information.
NEW — Candlelight Vigil for Parkland: February 14
Honor the 17 lives lost to gun violence one year ago. Join the vigil at the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand on February 15 at 5:15 PM. See more.
NEW — PeaceZone Curriculum Training: March 7
Join the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute at the BTU for a PeaceZone curriculum training on March 7 from 4:30-6 PM. See the flyer for more.
NEW — Final Exam School Community Forum: Februray 28
Join the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, NAACP Boston and community partners for the final Exam School Forum at Roxbury Community College on February 28 from 6-8 PM. How can we encourage diversity in exam school admissions? What are the recommendations of community members and advocates? See their Facebook post for more.
NEW — BuildBPS Seeking High School Partner
BuildBPS is seeking a high school partner to work with members of the McCormack Middle School community to design a 7-12 high school. The selected partner school and the McCormack team, in collaboration with the district, will engage in a design process that will result in a new 7-12 learning community serving a diverse set of students that will inhabit the renovated McCormack building beginning in SY22-23 (projected opening date). See the application. Applications are due by February 15.
NEW — Redressing Harm through Restorative Justice: Today through Thursday
Join the Harvard Negotiation Law Review for a Symposium exploring various applications of restorative justice in the US criminal context as well as post-conflict contexts around the world. Particular attention will be given to the challenges of addressing power and trauma through restorative practices. We hope that you will be able to attend and bring your voice to the conversation. All events are free and open to the public (with food included). Register and see all sessions.
Nominate an Educator of the Year!
The City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Teachers Union are pleased to announce the 2019 Boston Educator of the Year Awards! The Educator of the Year award is the highest honor given to Boston Public Schools educators. EOY Awards recognize exemplary educators who go above and beyond to positively impact the lives of BPS students. All BPS educators (teachers, paras, librarians, other support staff) are eligible. Nominate an educator by March 4! Share the flyer with your colleagues, friends and networks. For additional information, email EOYBoston@bostonpublicschools.org.
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. The program immerses leaders in school settings and community-based organizations and employs a design thinking approach to leadership development. Learn more and apply at Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership.
Free Tickets for BPS Students to Boston Children’s Theatre
Boston Children’s Theatre offers tickets to our School Day matinees at no charge for Boston Public School students. These are outside of their regular public performances. This year, we’re particularly proud to be holding the World Premiere of the classic The Runaway Bunny, based on the classic by Margaret Wise Brown. School booking is available at bostonchildrenstheatre.org/schoolperformances or by calling 617-600-7030.
Information on Available Scholarships!
Please see details on the BTU website for information on scholarships from the Rollins-Griffith Teacher Center, BTU Dependent Scholarships and BTU Retired Teacher Chapter Scholarships.
We are sorry to let you know that Ada Bell Garner passed away on January 15. Ada started teaching in BPS in 1991 and worked at the Greenwood for many years. Please see Ada’s obituary.
We are saddened to share the news that Margery Gardy passed away over the weekend. Margery worked as a paraprofessional since 2005, most recently at the Conley. Margery’s wake is this Friday from 4-8 PM at Lawler Funeral Home at 1803 Centre Street in West Roxbury. Her service will be held on Saturday at 10 AM at the same location.
On behalf of the BTU, we send our condolences to Ada and Margery’s friends and family.