NEW- City Council Hearing on Face Surveillance Ordinance
The Boston City Council will hold a hearing today at 3:00 PM on an ordinance to ban the use of face surveillance technology in our schools and city buildings. The BTU has endorsed this legislation, which is critical to keeping our schools safe places. For more information, see this toolkit, and please email Erik Berg if you are planning to attend.
Haitian Educators Committee Meeting: June 16, 4:30PM
There will NOT be a Haitian Educators meeting tonight. The last Haitian Educators Meeting of this school year will take place on Tuesday, June 16. The meeting will give everyone an opportunity to reflect on our work over this past year and how we are going to move forward. In addition, it will be a safe space for discussing the murder of George Floyd and its impact on our community. Please RSVP to Bianca Pierre.
Healing our Students and Schools: A Community Conversation to Resist High-Stakes Testing and Reclaim Public Education: June 10, 7:00PM
Please register for Citizens for Public Schools’ virtual town hall.
Intelligent Lives Then & Now: An Online Screening Event: June 10, 1:00PM
Register to watch the film via a Zoom screening and live chat, followed by a discussion with the stars of the film.
Statewide Paraprofessional/PSRP Conference: June 11, 4:00PM
The conference has been rescheduled to a virtual mini-conference. You will have to register, even if you had already registered for the original conference.
Virtual Student Debt Clinic: June 16, 4:30PM
Register for the clinic ASAP.
NEW- AFT-MA Nurses Discussion Group: June 18, 4:30PM
The first online discussion of this new group will focus on how to safely reopen our schools. The group will meet throughout the summer and be led by Jonathan Haines.
Intent to Retire Fair at BTU: June 20 – June 27
The Retirement Board staff will be present at the Union Hall to file your intent to retire (ITR) package. See here for more info and link to scheduling.
Educator Supports Program
The Educator Supports Program (ESP) is available to support teachers who are having difficulty with their evaluation, and a newly updated website can provide more details. If you have been rated less than Proficient, this joint BTU/BPS program can provide important supports for you.
NEW- Take the Teacher Climate Survey Today!
The Teacher Climate Survey is now open. It is completely anonymous and designed to learn more about teachers’ perceptions of the remote learning environment.
Telescope Network: Connect and Share Resources
Thanks to the 200+ colleagues who joined us during April and May for our “Connect & Share” webinar sessions. We have created a Google Classroom with resources and presentations from these sessions. Join to share what’s worked in your classroom, and to see what your colleagues have shared as well. Please also take the June Telescope Network survey on what you’d like to see from PD in the summer and fall.
Trivial Pursuits: June 9 & 16, 8:00PM
So far, we’ve had 200+ teachers from 44 different BPS schools drop in and join our weekly Tele-Trivia game. If you’d like to play, visit this link for more info.