What PD do you need next? Elevate educator voice in professional learning! Telescope Network will use your responses to help plan PD for the summer and next year. They are raffling off twenty $20 gift cards to local independent book shops for completed responses by 6/17.
NEW- Rally for a BTU Prescription: June 28, 9:00AM
Dorchester Juneteenth Event: June 19, 4:00-7:00PM
Join AFT, DAP and BTU on Juneteenth for our Housing Is A Human Right event at Town Field in Dorchester!
NEW- Haitian Educators Committee Meeting: June 21, 5:00-6:30PM
The monthly meeting will be in person this month to end the year. Please contact Bianca Pierre for the address.
BPS Moves Together: Spring into Action
This Spring, join your BPS Community in movement, learning, and joy. Build a culture of physical activity at your school. Practice incorporating movement into your everyday life. Learn about the value of PE, recess, and physical activity, and win prizes for your school.
Volunteers Needed for the AFT Convention! July 14 – 17
Volunteers are needed for the AFT 2022 Convention to staff the Boston Hosts booth. It’s a great way to learn more about our national affiliate and meet educators from across the country as they join us for the bi-annual national convention! The convention will take place from July 14th through the 17th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Sign up here!
New Teacher Institute 2022: August 15-17
This event is for all new teachers to BPS/ first year teachers. Event details coming soon! Register by completing the new teacher welcome survey. Contact Kaitlin Torossian with questions.
Apply for BTU Racial Justice Standing Committee
We are seeking 15-20 BTU members to join a Racial Justice Standing Committee focused on guiding and implementing BTU’s racial justice vision. We welcome all members passionate about this work and able to meet the commitments outlined below to apply. We also strongly encourage members currently engaged in aspects of anti-oppression work within the BTU to apply. Learn more and apply here. Email Katina with questions.
Apply to be a Summer Organizing Union Leader!
The BTU seeks 15 paid Summer Organizing Union Leaders (SOULs) to engage members in taking action for a strong contract and the resources our students deserve. SOULs receive training and coaching in effective organizing practices, including how to build community, share stories, and escalate a campaign. Throughout the summer SOULs will engage in conversations with BTU members and community members around the BTU’s contract campaign, education funding, and local elections to lay the foundation for successful education justice campaigns. They will also participate in weekly training sessions to develop a deeper understanding of what it takes to build power and win the schools our students deserve given the current political and economic landscape. Read the full job description and apply now!
Applications for Summer Pathway Programs Now Open: Deadline June 17
Applications are now open for the summer Pathway Programs for professional development and licensure in ESL, Severe Disabilities, and Moderate Disabilities. The summer Pathway Programs begin on July 5, 2022 and go through the first week of August. Program seminars are conducted entirely online as distance learning undertakings.
Coaching Positions Open
Excel High School is searching for a Head Girls Basketball Coach and a Head Boys Basketball Coach. Please find the job description here. If interested in the position, please contact both Dr. Jerleen John and Patricia Francis-Ryans with interest in the position and your resume and cover letter.
BTU Building Reps Reimbursement
BTU Building Representatives can earn their stipend by attending at least 7 membership meetings (70% of the meetings) or by doing a combination of activities and meeting the 1000-point requirement by the end of the school year. If you were unable to attend 7 meetings, but acquired the necessary points to receive this year’s stipend, please complete and submit this Building Rep TALLY SHEET to Nichole.
Retiree Dental Enhancement Offering
A MetLife representative will attend the three Annual Enrollment / Wellness fairs to discuss the dental enhancement offering. Later this month, MetLife will also mail the material to our retiree homes. As a reminder, retirees have until June 24 to submit an enrollment form effective July 1, 2022.
First Book Registration
The Boston Teachers Union is once again sponsoring a Welcome Back to School Book Fair on September 24. We will be giving away 40,000 books to our members and the Boston community. In order to get the books, we need members who haven’t registered for First Books yet to do so as soon as possible.
Para Pay Frequency Form SY 21-22
Open enrollment for Para Pay Frequency changes begins on April 1 until June 1, 2022. Attached is the form for any Paras/CFCs who wish to their current pay frequency. If no change to the pay frequency is being requested, there is no need to submit a form. Email completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax completed forms to 617-635-9003.
MTEL Flex Virtual Information Sessions
The Office of Recruitment, Cultivation, and Diversity in BPS is a virtual information session regarding a DESE MTEL testing policy called MTEL Flex. MTEL Flex allows licensure candidates who took certain subject-area MTELs on or after October 20, 2020 and did not earn a passing score to submit a written assessment instead of re-taking the test. Please review eligibility requirements for MTEL Flex. You must register to receive a link for the session. For more information, contact Justin Norton.
Registration Form: Thursday, June 9th 2022 6:00-7:30 PM
2022 Unafraid Scholarship
Hundreds of immigrants from all over the world graduate from the Boston Public Schools each year, but many face a huge obstacle: if they’re undocumented, they don’t qualify for federal financial aid. The 2022 Unafraid Scholarship is now open to BPS undocumented seniors. Please share the application with your communities! Since its inception in 2017, the Unafraid Scholarship has awarded more than $280,000 to 105 deserving BPS graduates.
Tremont Credit Union Open
Reminder: the Bayside Tremont Credit Union Branch is open and fully functional.