Logo for 2018 BTU Summer Organizing InstituteRegister Today! BTU Summer Organizing Institute July 2-3
Register today for the 2018 Summer Organizing Institute! This year’s institute will focus on organizing around our issues and will take place at the BTU July 2-3 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. The Summer Organizing Institute is open to all BTU members, both active and retired. Childcare and meals are provided.

NEW — Seeking Teachers Who Have Been Required to hold two Licenses
The BTU has a case at arbitration regarding the requirement of certain teachers to hold two licenses in order to teach in a position. If this sounds like you, we need you to testify at an arbitration hearing. If you are willing to testify, and you have been required to obtain two licenses, please contact Erik at eberg@btu.org. It is only through this kind of testimony that we can get our students the proper staffing to meet their needs.

PAR logoNEW — Seeking New Member of Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Panel
There is an opening for a new BTU appointee on the PAR Panel, which governs the Peer Assistance and Review Program. For more information about this paid opportunity which entails significant additional work, please see the Boston PAR website and the job description of panel members. Questions about the role can be directed to PAR Panel members at lfranty@bostonpublicschools.org or melliott@bostonpublicschools.org. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to Erik at eberg@btu.org.

Brenda Chaney on BTU bus to Making Strides WalkSeeking Volunteers and Support for BTU Making Strides Committee
The BTU has been participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk for over 20 years. Anyone interested in participating in a committee is invited to contact Brenda Chaney at bchaney@btu.org. The walk this year will be on September 30. See the BTU Walkers Team fundraising page, and see Brenda’s personal page.

Seeking Electoral Phone Bank Workers
Phone bank workers are an integral part of our political action process of supporting candidates who were vetted by the COPE Committee to represent our members, our students, and their families. We are updating our phone bank registry and seeking enthusiastic members to make calls. If you would like to join our network of stipended phone bank personnel, please complete this form. Ideal candidates enjoy speaking to others, are energetic and friendly.

NEW — First Friday Inno-Edu Happy Hour: June 1
Connect with educators from Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, as well as entrepreneurs, funders, administrators, researchers, and more. Appetizers on us (drinks on you). Join the conversation to learn more about BPS Innovation opportunities. RSVP for the First Friday Inno-Edu Happy Hour today. Join us at the Blarney Stone, 1505 Dorchester Ave in Dorchester from 5:30-7:30 PM.

Substitutes Meeting: June 4
Please join us on June 4 at 4:30 PM. Join us to discuss issues for the new contract, and please email Colleen Hart with questions.

NEW — Sharing Strong Social Emotional Learning Practices: June 8
Please join us at the BTU from 4:30-6:30. See the flyer for more, and please RSVP. If you would like to participate in a 5 minute presentation of your intervention work, share your idea by emailing Jason Sachs at jsachs@bostonpublicschols.org. We will create time on the agenda for teachers to share best practices.

Rainbow circle with text "everyone is welcome here"Pride Parade 2018: Saturday, June 9
We are so excited that we will be walking in Pride this year as a group, and we would love for you all to join us on June 9. Please register to join us and contact Derek Arthur at darthur@btu.org with any questions. Download a flyer

End of School Year BTU Barbecue: June 15
Join us to wind down with colleagues on Friday, June 15 at the BTU Hall. See the flyer for more.

Mass Ed Justice Alliance (MEJA) Convening: Saturday, June 23
The Mass Ed Justice Alliance is hosting its first statewide meeting of activists on Saturday, June 23 from 9-2:30 PM in Worcester. Learn how far we’ve come, share skill-building workshops to help our movement, and come to consensus on action steps statewide for winning on our #FundOurSchools and #DebtFreeFuture campaigns. Please RSVP by emailing Jonathan at jrodrigues@btu.org, and invite friends on Facebook.

WILD in Summer: June 22-24
The Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) invites BTU members to attend their Summer Institute. Read more and register.

Photo by Scott Eisen

Take a Gun Violence and Schools Survey
Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Katherine Clark invite Massachusetts teachers, students, parents, and education officials to take part in a survey on gun violence and schools. Take the survey.