Published On: September 5, 2018

NEW — Even with Extended Day, PD Today and Setup Yesterday is Six Hours
In traditional schools, including Schedule A ELT, today’s work is classified as Professional Development hours, not a regular school/work day. If your staff was mandated to work more than six hours today or worked more than six hours yesterday, it can be grieved at Step 1. A recommended remedy might be to reduce hours scheduled for later in the year. Please contact your Building Rep or Field Rep if you have further questions.

NEW — Specialized Paraprofessional Trainings Beginning this Month
Please see this flyer for a full listing of upcoming Paraprofessional trainings — including a Behavioral and Instructional Skills Series to Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Trainings. See the flyer for more.

Fellowship Experiences from the BTU: Deadlines Approaching
We are pleased to open applications now for our two empowering year-long professional learning experiences for the 2018-19 school year. Whether your focus is on policy or practice, these fellowships empower and inspire:

Focused on Policy? AFT-BTU Teacher Leader Program
How can I advocate for my students and my profession? What is education policy and how does it work? How does policy affect me, my students and my school? Elevate your voice and grow our power in the AFT/BTU Teacher Leader Program. See our flyer for more details or apply today! The deadline is September 16. The fellowship stipend is $1,500.

Focused on Practice? The BTU Inquiry Project: Renew, Reinvigorate, Research
In this teacher-led course earn graduate credit by conducting action research into a question of practice connected to your identity and important to you and your students. Open to ALL BTU members. See our flyer or this FAQ for more information and to apply.

NEW — Empowering and Empathetic Classroom Management
Did you look at your class roster and worry about how to meet everyone’s needs? Do you think back on last year’s class and wonder how you ever made it through? In this new member-led offering from the BTU, gain useful and meaningful strategies needed to create that warm and welcoming classroom community needed to enrich and promote learning for all students. See our flyer and register today on My Learning Plan (weeknightsweekend). There are two course sections available.

NEW — High School Teachers: Want More Relevant Professional Learning?
The Telescope Network has you covered! Supported by a Nellie Mae Education Foundation grant, the Telescope Network is a BTU/BPS effort to assess the needs of high school educators and empower them to drive their own professional learning. Please take our brief Needs Assessment Survey to help us connect you with colleagues who share your interests and challenges. Learn more about The Telescope Network and our teacher-led professional learning models, or contact your Networkers Alison Mosher and Mark Lonergan for more information.

NEW — Conant Fellowship: Full Tuition Opportunity for Harvard GSE Masters
Join us for an HGSE Information Session for BPS Teachers and Administrators! We will provide information about HGSE’s degree programs and admissions process and the James Bryant Conant Fellowship, an opportunity exclusively for BPS and Cambridge teachers and administrators. (NOTE: This conflicts with our monthly membership meeting. If you are interested in more information, please contact Paul) The info session will be held on Wednesday, September 12 from 4:30-6:30 PM at the Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Av, Boston, MA 02134. Register online.

Wonder of Learning Professional Development
The Wonder of Learning Boston exhibit has many opportunities for professional development for teachers, especially early childhood education. The exhibit runs from now until November at Boston University Wheelock College. Please see their website for upcoming events.

NEW — Bullying Prevention and Intervention Trainings
Succeed Boston (formerly the Counseling and Intervention Center) is offering trainings on information and protocols for reporting and investigating bullying. These 12-hour, two-day trainings, as well as two-hour refresher courses, will be held quarterly throughout SY2018-19, after which participants will be certified as a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Specialist. These Specialists will be able to lead trainings in their home school each year and develop culture and climate to foster safe and welcoming schools. See their flyer for dates and details, and contact Flavia Santos with questions:

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