National Board Certified Teacher Info Sessions: Through November
Learn about becoming board certified, how it can benefit you and your students, and the supports BPS and BTU have collaborated on to help you get there! Join for an info session beginning this month.
Paid BTU Member-to-Member Phone Banks for Fair Share and Safer Roads
Join us over Zoom as we contact BTU members to make sure they go vote and support our endorsed candidates and ballot questions. Members will be paid $25/hour. To join, contact Roberto Jimenez by email or at 603-260-9448.
NEW- BTU Goes to the Boston Bruins!
The BTU has purchased 63 tickets for the February 11, 2023 game vs. the Washington Capitals. This is a Saturday 3:30 p.m. game at the Boston Garden. Seats are in rows 13, 14 and 15 of section 320. Tickets are $110.00 and are available for purchase at the BTU office on a first come first serve basis (cash or check).
Child Tax Credit Deadline Upcoming
There’s still time for schools to help families claim the expanded CTC, which provides up to $3,600 per child. Recent data shows the CTC’s significant role in reducing poverty and helping families meet their children’s basic needs. Unfortunately, many kids are still at risk of missing out on these funds. This is an urgent time to spread the word among families, because they have until November 15th to easily claim this money on their own online a GetCTC.org.
NEW- Equitable Literacy Learning Site, Upper Elementary: November 4 & 10
How can we support all learners to engage with complex texts? Join us for a Learning Site facilitated by upper elementary educators at the Henry Grew School that will address this question. It’s a half day professional learning experience where you can join together with colleagues, develop working theories towards a shared question, and see effective practices in action. There is also the opportunity for peer collaborative coaching post-learning site for an ALC credit or PDPs. RSVP now!
Lit with Lea is Back!
Elementary Rep. Lea Serena would love to come in and read to your classes! Please sign up for a Friday. She is more than happy to read to more than one class at once or a bunch of classes at one school in one day!
Building Rep Orientation Make-up Session: November 2, 5:00-6:30PM
If you are a newly elected Building Rep or you missed the September orientation, you are invited to attend a make-up Building Rep Orientation on Zoom. In this orientation, we will review the Building Rep job description, supports offered, and new contract highlights. Please register here for the Zoom link.
Para Sing-o Bingo: November 3, 5:00-7:30PM
Please join fellow paraprofessionals to distress and have fun! Register now.
NEW- Haitian Educators Meet & Greet: November 4, 5:30PM
The Haitian Educators Committee will be hosting a meet and greet with our Haitian colleagues at Toutwèl Restaurant 643 River St, Mattapan. We’re requesting your collaboration and support to spread the word within the Haitian Educators circle. Please complete this short survey to let us know if you will be in attendance. If you have any questions contact Bianca Pierre and Josette Teneus.
GOTV Educators and Allies for Fair Share and Safer Roads: November 5, 1:00-3:00PM
Come to the BTU hall to join the BTU, AFT-Mass, and MTA as we get out the vote for Yes on Question 1, the Fair Share Amendment, and Yes on Question 4, the Safer Roads campaign. Register here. Questions? Contact Roberto Jimenez by email or at 603-260-9448.
NEW- Telescope Trivia: November 8, 8:00-9:15PM
Join for the return of Telescope Trivia for a virtual team trivia game. Join on your own or bring a team for some fun collaboration and light competition. Register now!
Playmaker Live: Through December 6
Optimism is powerful. When kids who have experienced trauma and adversity are able to see the good in themselves, others and the world around them, they can grow up to lead happy and healthy lives. Through a blend of interactive activities & thoughtful discussions, Life is Good Playmakers will share its core philosophy and approach to building safe, joyful, engaging and connected classrooms where children can heal, learn and thrive. This workshop will be offered six times. Register now!
Climate Justice Professional Development
The Climate Justice Committee is considering offering PD facilitated by the Zinn Education Project. If this sounds like something you might want to attend, please complete this brief Google form to help us gauge interest.