Published On: January 24, 2017

BTU Lesson Planning Labs
Need a little help with lesson planning, or just want to collaborate with colleagues to share ideas? Join us for our two upcoming BTU Lesson Planning Labs:

  • This Thursday, January 26: Increasing Cognitive Demand in Your Lessons
  • Thursday, February 9: Incorporating UDL into Your Planning

Both sessions are led by our team of Peer Assistants and Consulting Teachers and will be held from 3-6 PM. These are drop-in sessions with a focus on secondary from 3-5 and elementary from 4-6 with a brief presentation and individualized support. Bring a lesson or unit plan you’d like to work on. Register on My Learning Plan.

Getting Started with Google: Last Class Starts January 30
In the last two weeks nearly 60 members have participated in our Getting Started with Google series! Our last class for this round begins next Monday, January 30 at Boston Latin Academy. Participants in the 10-hour course will gain a grasp of Google web applications Don’t miss out! See MyLearningPlan to register for the last course.

Fund for Teachers: Need Last Minute Help?
The deadline for applications for Fund for Teachers is Tuesday, January 31. If you’ve been working on an application and need last minute help, please email Paul who can connect you to former fellows willing to help. The BTU is a proud local partner of Fund for Teachers, a national organization dedicated to enriching the personal and professional growth of teachers.

BU Consortium Grants
Announcing the 2017-2018 Boston University School of Education Consortium Call for Proposals and Grants Application Form. This is a great opportunity to apply for funding (up to $5,000 per project) to investigate an aspect of your work that you are interested in learning more about. Read the Call for Proposals and Application Form. Or see the website for details and examples of previous projects. Contact BTU Members and Consortium Reps Nick Kapura or Theresa Garcia de Quevedo with questions.

Tell Us What Makes a Good School
The Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA), a collaborative of seven school districts including Boston, is currently developing ways to more fairly and accurately measure school quality, going beyond MCAS or PARCC scores and addressing factors like school culture and teacher satisfaction that matter to a broad spectrum of education stakeholders. Teacher voices are critical in this work. The BTU is hosting a focus group on Tuesday, February 7 from 4:30-5:30 PM. In this focus group, you will have the opportunity to provide input about what should be included in a measure of school quality. If you are interested in participating, please email Paul Tritter ASAP and please include your school and role. Space is limited.

Personalized Learning Info Session
Curious about personalized learning? Please join us for an interactive informational session about the topic on Wednesday, February 1 from 4-6 PM in the Community Room on the 6th floor of the Bolling Building.

  • Interactive Exploration: 4 to 4:45 PM
  • Presentation and Q+A: 4:45 to 5:30 PM
  • Interactive Exploration: 5:30 to 6 PM

Middle and high school students, parents, teachers, administrators, staff: all are welcome. Email with questions or for more information.

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