The last Haitian Educators meeting of this school year will take place in person this afternoon, starting at 5:00 pm. Please contact Bianca at email@example.com for more information.
Racial Justice Town Hall Year in Reflection: June 16, 5:00-7:00PM
We’ve talked. We’ve listened. And just because this is the end of the school year, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of our work. Join us for the last BTU Racial Justice Town Hall of the year so we can turn this year of purpose into a lifetime of practice. Whether it’s your first town hall or you’re a town hall regular, we hope to see you there! Register now.
Paraprofessionals End of Year Virtual Break Room: June 16, 5:30-6:30PM
Attention Paraprofessionals: Join your colleagues in a Virtual Break Room – END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR EDITION! Come in to say hello and play a game with your fellow Paras…and feel free to bring your own games as well! Just remember: no work/union talk allowed. Click HERE to register. A link will be sent to you in the days prior.
Apply to Be a Summer Organizing Union Leader! Application Deadline: June 16
The BTU seeks 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. Application deadline June 16. Learn more and apply now!
NEW- 11th Annual Boston Juneteenth Emancipation Observance: June 19
The Boston Juneteenth Committee and the National Center of Afro American Artists present the 11th Annual Boston Juneteenth Emancipation Observance, Virtual Edition. It will be airing on Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN), Xfinity 23, RCN 83, Fios 2160 and at bnnmedia.org; part one at 11a.m. and 1p.m., part two at 4p.m. and 9p.m.. Register to watch online here.
Summer Organizing Institute 2021: June 28-29
Join BTU members for our annual Summer Organizing Institute, where we will Freedom Dream together about the future of our schools. What can we win in our contract? How can we ensure stimulus money is spent where it’s most needed? How do we build solidarity to strengthen our education justice fights? This virtual conference will feature four sessions. Register now!
NEW- BTU Appointed Committees and Positions: Deadline June 30
After each election, the BTU President appoints new members to standing committees and positions. Some of these committees include:
The BTU Health and Welfare Fund Trustees
BTU Legal Fund Trustees
Paraprofessional Health and Welfare Fund Trustees
Boston Union Teacher (BTU newspaper) Co-Editors (stipend offered)
Boston Union Teacher Editorial Board
Committee on Political Education (COPE)
There may be an undetermined number of vacancies in each of these committees. If you are interested in serving in one of these roles, please send a letter of interest to Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the committee or role in the subject line. The deadline is Wednesday, June 30.
Donate to & Share Unafraid Scholarship Fundraiser
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. Since its inception in 2017, the Unafraid Scholarship has awarded $230,000 to 80 deserving BPS graduates. Help us support this year’s 49 applicants by donating and sharing the fundraisers on social media!
NEW- Boston City Council Endorsements
We are happy to announce that our full list of endorsed candidates for the Boston City Council is now available on our website.
The BU Consortium is offering a voucher for a free 4-credit course at BU for BPS educators (.5 FTE or higher). Enter the lottery via this link by June 17. Two winners will be notified via email.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Proctor Opportunity
Be entered to win a $25 bonus for yourself and a friend by referring them to the Tremont Credit Union. Find more information here.
Teacher Leadership Fund: What Challenge Do You Want to Solve?
Applications for the 2021-22 Teacher Leadership Fund are now open. Teams of educators within or across schools may be awarded up to $15,000 to design and implement solutions to challenges affecting students who have been marginalized. Full program information and application materials can be found here. Email email@example.com with questions or for support.
Check out the latest episodes of our Teachers on Teaching Podcast where we hear from Kennedy Omolo of CASH and Lea Serena of the Mather about their experiences in this unprecedented year, and how they draw upon their core motivations for teaching to make it through. Episodes on our website, or subscribe and play on iTunes.