Published On: October 16, 2018

Fund for Teachers: Design Your Own Transformative PD
The BTU is a proud local partner of Fund for Teachers. Applications are now open for this year’s cycle. The Boston program is open to BPS teachers who may apply for grants of $5,000 (individuals) or $10,000 (teams) to design a professional learning experiences that inspire and sustain them as people and professionals.

Fund for Teachers Info Session: October 29
We will be hosting an info session on October 29 from 4:30-6 PM at the BTU. If you are unable to make this session, you can use the Application Learning Center or contact Paul for more information.

NEW — Facilitating Cognitively Demanding Tasks: Drop-in Lesson Planning Support: Thursday
Revise and plan lessons to ramp up cognitive demand. Come by with your laptop and lesson plans. This is the first in our monthly series of drop-in support sessions to provide teachers with individualized supports in commonly requested areas. Peer Assistants and PAR Consulting Teachers will be on hand to help you plan lessons and answer questions about any and all things instruction. See our flyer for the full list of topics and dates, register and My Learning Plan, or just drop in at the BTU from 4-6 PM.

Project-Based Learning in the Traditional Classroom: A Learning Site
Join us on November 7 or November 14 for a Learning Site hosted by Chris Madson, 12th grade ELA teacher at EMK Academy. The topic/question is: How do we implement aspects of project-based learning in a traditional classroom setting to increase student ownership? Register here. See the Telescope Network website to learn more and to see upcoming Learning Site topics, and take our short survey so we can create learning experiences that meet your needs.

NEW — EdCamp BTU: November 17
Join us November 17 from 8:30 AM to 12 PM for EdCamp BTU! EdCamps are a unique “unconference” form of professional development where those in attendance lead learning for one another according to their interests. Are you new a teacher looking to learn more about a specific topic? Are you a teacher who can share your expertise?  Bring your ideas, your questions, your cool tools to share and your laptop. Register today and see our flyer to learn more!

New Teachers Thriving
It’s a fact: Being a new educator is really hard. Learn concrete strategies to prevent the most common pitfalls of the new teacher experience. Course begins Thursday, November 8 and is FREE to BTU members in years 1-3. Educators receive 1 ALC upon completion. See the flyer for details, and register today!

NEW — Student Feedback in Performance Evaluation: Coming Soon
Please note that after a five-school pilot in 2018, and by agreement between BPS and BTU, student feedback surveys will be implemented this spring across the district. Stay tuned for information and professional development opportunities later in the year. The results of the survey will only be viewable by individual teachers and is to be used in the following year’s reflection and goal setting. One page overview.

Mentoring for Professional Licensure through BPSOM
Do you need the additional 50 hours of mentoring required for Professional Licensure? If so, sign up for BPS Online Mentoring to fulfill the “50 Hour Requirement for Professional Licensure.” Contact Ailis at

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