These ad-hoc committees are ways for our members who are concerned or interested in specific issues to work together to address concerns and advocate for specific goals. Many of these committees partner with our community, parent, and student partners to work towards their goals as well. Here are some of the committees addressing common issues—we would love for you to get involved:
- New/Early Career Educators: This committee plans and outreaches for the bi-monthly New Educator Underground events and local venues where early educators meet for both social and support networking.
- Special Education Inclusion: Members of this new committee are concerned about special education and inclusion implementation in the district and advocate for thoughtful implementation.
- Less Testing, More Learning: This committee of community members, parents, and students are addressing concerns over the negative impact of over-assessment of students and working towards solutions that promote appropriate assessments without an over-reliance on standardized tests that are not useful to teaching and learning purposes.
- Visual and Performing Arts: This new group advocates for the needs of arts education in BPS.
- ELL Committee: Has met with BPS leadership and DOE to advocate for ELL student needs.
- Parent Advisory Committee: A new initiative at the BTU is to facilitate and improve parent-teachers relationships and advocacy. It is a subcommittee of the Community Advisory Board and convenes parents from across the district. The group also works with the Boson Education Justice Alliance.
- Restorative Justice Organizing Committee This BTU committee has collaborated with the BPS and Code of Conduct Advisory Committee to bring PD on the restorative practices to BPS educators.
- LGBTQAA: This committee has created the new LGBTQAA brochure with GLSEN and is advocating for safe and welcoming schools across the district. Currently creating an allies network across BPS.
- Social Studies and History: Works with the BPS History Department to advocate for access to quality social studies and history curriculum across the district.
- Climate Justice: Working with the Boston Student Advisory Council on climate justice curriculum and green schools/facilities.
- Immigrant Rights: This group is working with the Student Immigrant Movement and guidance counselors to support immigrant and undocumented students.
- NEW! Early Educators: A new committee for early education educators and advocates will be convened this fall. The group will advocate for early education needs.
In addition to our Organizing Committees, we are also a part of three community coalitions focused on educational social justice issues:
- Join our Community Coalition: Boston Education Justice Alliance
- Hub Community Schools Planning Action Work Group: A community coalition advocating for whole-child centered schools as community hubs. Learn more at the www.communityschools.org and get involved in our local advocacy!
- Parent Teacher Home Visit Project: Facilitating teacher home visits with schools.
Click here to see the complete list of community coalitions that BTU supports.
Please email Farah Assiraj, BTU Director of Organizing if you are interested in joining one of these organizing committees or forming your own.