The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will decide next fall whether to go with PARCC or MCAS. They should hear how PARCC works from people who have seen it in use — that’s you! The BTU Assessments/Less Testing, More Learning Committee has created a survey for educators to where what worked, what didn’t work so well, and what could be better. Please take the survey and share the link! If you are interested in joining the committee or want to learn more, please contact Jessica.
The BTU ELL Committee is collecting stories from our ELL and SEI-serving teachers on your experiences in the classrooms. Recently there has been an uproar in the media about the district’s noncompliance with ELL regulations. We know many times the fault and stresses of this noncompliance falls unfairly on our teachers. We’re asking ELL and SEI-serving teachers to submit your stories so that we may compile it and deliver to decision makers in upcoming School Committee, City Council and DESE meetings.

BTU Parent Advisory Committee on May 18

Please join us on Monday, May 18 from 6-8 PM at the Dudley Library. The BTU Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) provides a space for parents to seek out resources and help understanding and translating materials. It allows us to unite the efforts of parents and teachers to create successful learning environments for students. Please join our next BTU PAC meeting where we will be discussing and troubleshooting: Individual issues that parents are facing, Ways for parents to get involved in the fight for education, Parent 2 Parent conference, BTU Back to School Fair and the Summer Organizing Institute. The next meeting will be on May 18 at the Dudley Library, 65 Warren Street in Roxbury. All are invited! Please email Shanika with questions and to RSVP. Dinner provided, childcare available upon request.

First Books Truck Challenge — We Are Almost Halfway There!  

Enter to win the weekly drawing for a $100 credit towards a First Book classroom library set! Help us register 2,000 Boston teachers, school staff working with Boston children in need with First Book. Registration is free and you will have lifetime access to free and low-cost books, school supplies and resources. If we meet the 2,000 mark, First Book will send a Book Truck filled with 40,000 FREE brand-new books to Boston-books for classrooms, libraries and for children to read at home to instill a lifelong love of reading and learning. But we can only do this with your participation! Register now!

Join the BTU First Books Committee to help us meet this challenge! Please contact Jessica to join or with questions. See our flyer for more information.

Remember, you can see all upcoming events on the BTU website.