This past weekend, educators gathered for many different professional development opportunities led by Boston Teachers Union members, including the Boston-area Education for Social Justice Conference, BTU Haitian Educators Committee’s Forward Together event, and the BTU/AFT-MA Statewide Para Conference! We are proud of all of our members taking on leadership and initiative to come together for professional growth and community building. This happens day in and day out — even on the weekends!
Unfortunately, as evidenced by the wave of teacher strikes across the country, the work of educators is often undervalued and underappreciated. See below for a report from the Economic Policy Institute which underscores this problem. Thankfully, educators and our unions across the country are speaking up and fighting back!
The Boston Teachers Union stands in solidarity with the teachers of West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and all educators across the world in our common fight for a better future. We are united in our struggle for a society that values public service, education, and learning — essential priorities for the public good.
We continue our own fight here locally. Stop by our membership meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 11 at 4:30 PM to learn more about all of the ways we are fighting for our students and schools! We will be joined by Syndey Chaffee, the 2017 National Educator of the Year, who will share her reflections and learnings from traveling across the country this past school year. We will also be announcing the new Boston Educators of the Year. Please see the full meeting agenda, and don’t forget to sign up for childcare if you need it.
Have a great week and enjoy your much-deserved April break!
Note: The BTU will be open for regular business hours, except on the Monday holiday.