Black Lives Matter at School Week: February 3-7
Join us for training to get ready for the 2020 Black Lives Matter at School week of action from Feb 3-7! Light dinner will be provided. All BTU members and allies are welcome. Learn more and RSVP here.
TONIGHT – Keep ICE out of BPS! Petition and Teach-in: Feb 4, 6:00-8:00PM at Encuentro
SIM has put out a petition about the issue of BPS student information-sharing with ICE and is planning teach-ins and gearing up for action. Please sign on here, and share it widely with your networks. Please also join us for our community teach-in on Feb 4.
Get Out the Vote! February 8-29
Join the BTU Electoral Action Team (BEAT) as we hit the doors and phones in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for our recently-endorsed Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren. Learn more and sign up here!
Breathe For Change Wellness Workshop: February – April
BTU and Breathe For Change are excited to be co-sponsoring a Wellness Workshop for all BPS Educators at the Union Hall. Educators will be equipped with skills and strategies to reduce stress, enhance well-being, and facilitate social-emotional learning (SEL*F), and will walk away with a deeper understanding of how to use wellness as a vehicle for social change.
NEW- Reparations and Restorative Justice Symposium: February 21, 11:00AM-5:00PM at Photonics Colloquium
Join us for roundtable discussions with BU faculty, students, and invited speakers. Learn more here.
BTU and BEJA Present – Stronger Together: Parents and Educators Unite! February 29, 8:30AM-3:00PM
Please plan to join us from 8:30 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, February 29 for the 6th Annual BTU Winter Conference, open to all interested BTU members.
NEW- Inclusion Done Right Campaign Meeting: March 5, 4:30PM-6:30PM
The next meeting of the Inclusion Done Right campaign is set for Thursday, March 5, 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the BTU. Please save the date and RSVP here to let us know you will attend.
BTU Toiletry Drive: March 11 – April 8
During the months of March and April, toiletry donations will be accepted for Rosie’s Place and the Pine Street Inn. During that time, drop-off boxes will be available outside of the BTU office.
Job Share Information Meeting: March 16, 4:30PM-6:30PM
Join us for a Job Share Info Meeting. Please contact your field rep for more information.
NEW- Family Engagement Taskforce: March
Are you interested in strengthening family engagement at your school site and across our community? Sign up here to be a part of the Family Engagement Taskforce, led by BTU members Chantei Alves and Katie Mallon. We will hold our first meeting in March.
AFT Share My Lesson’s 2020 Virtual Conference: March 24-26
As a BTU member, you are invited to the professional development event for 30+ free AFT webinars. Ideal for preK-12 teachers, faculty and school staff, you’ll hear from AFT President Randi Weingarten and more for a virtual professional development event that you can attend in your PJs. Learn more here.
Retirement Seminar: March 26, 4:30PM
Join BTU Elementary Field Representative Michael W. McLaughlin, the State Boston Retirement System, and Group Health for a Retirement Seminar. Learn more and sign up here.
NEW- AFT – BTU Annual Conference for Paraprofessionals & School-Related Personnel: April 4, 8:30AM-3:30PM
If you’re an AFT paraprofessional or school-related personnel (PSRP), you’ll want to join hundreds of your colleagues from across Massachusetts for the AFT Massachusetts – Boston Teachers Union Annual Conference for Paraprofessionals & School-Related Personnel. Learn more and sign up here!
Student Debt Clinic: May 12, 4:30PM – 6:30PM
We’re inviting interested AFT members to attend a union-sponsored Student Debt Clinic for information that could help you manage student loan payments and learn about student debt forgiveness.
2020 Scholarship Information
Click here to get all of the information on BTU-sponsored and community scholarships!
Arts Education Survey
Attention Arts Educators and Supporters: Please fill out the Arts Education survey here to let us know what is working well and what is needed at your school to provide high quality arts education for all students. This survey is sponsored by the BTU Arts Educators Committee.
To get the inclusion services our students deserve it will take all of us being vigilant and reporting what we see in our classrooms. Fill out the Inclusion Tracker here and visit our website for more information.
Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program
The Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program provides financial assistance to Massachusetts residents who are currently employed as paraprofessionals in Massachusetts public schools but wish to become certified as full-time teachers. Learn more here.
Ethnic Studies Professional Learning Community
Are you looking for a community of like-minded teachers who are developing ethnic studies pedagogy and curriculum for Boston? Contact Amrita Dani with any questions or get more information and sign up here!
Volunteers Needed for Retirement+ Committee
The Retirement+ Committee is looking to identify one or more members at every school in the BPS system who can volunteer to act as a contact or liaison to the R+ Committee. Email your name, your school and non-BPS email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.