Published On: April 2, 2019

Attend the 2019 AFT TEACH Conference in DC: July 11-13
Join thousands of educators from across the country to learn about professional issues, policy challenges, and classroom strategies. Join the BTU’s delegation and receive conference registration, shared hotel room in Washington, DC and reimbursement for travel. Priority is given to members who have not attended in the past. See the conference website for more information. And apply by the deadline of April 12! You can check out the flyer for more.

Get Support with Your Artifacts: April 4
Come to this drop in session at the BTU from 4-6 PM for support in choosing artifacts and writing powerful rationales. Peer Assistants and PAR CT’s will be on hand to offer individualized support to teachers as EDFS deadlines approach. Come for all of the session or drop in. Please bring your laptop.

Take the Teacher Climate Survey Today!
The Teacher Climate Survey is now open. This anonymous survey is designed by researchers at the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment, of which the BTU is a member and supporter. BPS will not be able to see your email address nor be able to link your responses to your email address or employee ID. Your responses will be used to help you and the district understand and improve school climate. Please only complete the survey if you are a BPS teacher. Contact the Office of Data and Accountability at 617-635-9450 or email with questions.

Upcoming Learning Sites from the Telescope Network!
In a Learning Site, you can spend a full day in a live classroom with real students and connect with colleagues across BPS. Sub coverage is available for participants. Check out our upcoming Learning Sites: “CDT in the ESL Classroom” on April 11 or 23 at Charlestown High School, hosted by Caroline Smith. The topic is, How do we provide cognitively demanding tasks and also meet the diverse needs of ESL Level 1 and 2 students at the same time? Register here, or read more“Close Reading & Pairing Texts: Non Fiction” at the O’Bryant hosted by Gabriela Reny on April 25 or 29. The topic is, How do we use the close reading framework of Notice & Note to help students with paired texts in non-fiction? Register here, or read more.

Career Development Supports from the BTU
We are happy to offer members supports in a variety of career planning and development areas. The Licensure and Career Development section under Professional Learning on the BTU website now has links to MTEL and Licensure InformationOnline Resume Consultations, and our new Portfolio Project.

DIY Coaching: Application Open
DIY Coaching is all about teachers improving their practice through the use of video, self-reflection, and peer coaching, all while earning three free graduate credits. DIY Coaching connects like-minded teachers across Boston in content-based groups. The structure DIY Coaching provides gives teachers practical way to adjust and grow their practice through the regular use of classroom video. Ready to apply? Complete a brief application by April 26! Questions? Email or visit

New Teachers Retreat
The New Teachers Retreat is a weekend PD designed specifically for new teachers in their first years of teaching. Join us at Keene State College July 12-14 for reflection, learning, and planning sessions as well as time to relax alongside mentors and fellow new teachers. Apply at The early bird deadline is April 15.

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