Published On: March 19, 2019

NEW — Attend the 2019 AFT TEACH Conference in Washington, 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.

BTU & BPS SEL EdCamp: March 23
Join us on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 am at the EMK Institute for our Social Emotional Learning EdCamp. In an EdCamp, where those in attendance lead learning for one another according to their interests. Teachers and paras are welcome! What can you teach others? What do you want to learn? Bring your ideas, questions, best practices, and your laptop. See the flyer, and register online at

The Teacher Leadership Fund: What challenge do you want to solve?
Get your team together for year two of the Teacher Leadership Fund a feature of the BTU-BPS contract which grants teams of educators up to $15,000 to create and share solutions which improve the learning and well-being of our most marginalized students.See complete program information. Contact with questions. Applications are due April 1.

BPS-BTU National Board Leadership Roles
Announcing two leadership opportunities within the BPS-BTU National Board Program: Candidate Support Lead and Program Development Lead. Read complete job descriptions and apply using this form. The deadline for the lead roles has been extended to March 31.

NEW — 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.

NEW — Portfolio Project: Build Your Digital Portfolio
Looking for a new position? Interested in creating your own digital portfolio? BTU is creating a website to help members prep for interviews and build their own digital portfolios. We are seeking a few educators to “test drive” the website and give us feedback. Check it out or email for next steps.

NEW — Take the Teacher Climate Survey Today!
The Teacher Climate Survey is now open. This survey is designed by researchers at the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment of which the BTU is a member and supporter. It is completely anonymous. 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. If you have any questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Data and Accountability at 617-635-9450 or email with questions.Begin now!

SEL Signature Practices: Courses Available
The “SEL Three Signature Practices” are one tool for fostering a supportive environment and promote SEL. This professional learning session will teach you how to integrate SEL in your learning spaces for both adults and students. See this flyer for dates and details or sign up on MyLearningPlan.

Spring Pathway Programs for Moderate Disabilities and ESL Licensure
Applications are now open for the spring Moderate Disabilities and ESL Pathway Programs scheduled to begin on March 30. The deadline for applying is Monday, March 25. Early application is recommended as admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Interested BPS staff can request Information and an application for both programs by email to

Accelerated Community to Teacher (ACTT) Program
Are you or do you know a para or a substitute who is looking to be provisionally licensed? ACTT is a 12-month program that runs June to June. Participants earn a provisional license and graduate credits from UMass Boston School of Ed. The application for the 2020 cohort is now live! Submit your application, due by March 31. If you have questions, please email

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