Professional Learning & Development Updates: April 28, 2020
Published On: April 27, 2020
Distance Learning and ELLs: What Have We Learned So Far? April 30, 3 p.m. EDT
The challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic are many. Although distance learning has quickly become the default solution for the more than 54 million students displaced by school closures, it is estimated that 25-50 percent of the 5 million ELLs around the country either do not have the appropriate technology devices needed for online learning or access to the internet. Join us to learn more about some best practices we are seeing thus far for both groups of ELLs—those with internet access and those without. Presented by: Diane Staehr Fenner, president, SupportEd; Larry Ferlazzo, award-winning teacher, author and columnist, Luther Burbank High School, Sacramento, Calif.; Lydia Breiseth, director, Colorín Colorado and moderated by Giselle Lundy-Ponce, AFT.Note: If the time doesn’t work for you, register anyway. We’ll send you a link to view it later on demand!
Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership BPS Fellowship 2020-2021 Founded by veteran BPS educators Linda Nathan and Carmen Torres, PSi is a leadership certificate program for working professionals that develops innovative, adaptive, and equity-focused leaders who integrate education, creative, and community-based resources to transform the lives of youth and families. PSi can lead to graduate credit from the University of Massachusetts Boston and provides extensive coaching to help you complete the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL), a key requirement for principal licensure. PSi BPS Fellows will participate in PSi during the 2020-2021 school year and will receive personalized coaching support to prepare them to join BPS’s assistant principal pipeline. There is a chance that these positions will be at no cost to the individual in the program. Learn more and apply at at: Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership. Deadline is approaching in May.
Interim Assessments and Standards Committees – Stipended Roles Office of Data and Accountability is seeking teachers to review and provide feedback on the schedule of assessed standards (SAS) and interim assessment items for the upcoming school year (2020-2021). For SY20-21, we are reviewing and revising interim assessments in ELA and Math, and creating new History assessments. See here for more info and to apply.
Thinking Through Art: Deadline June 1
Now more than ever, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is honored to be a place for BPS teachers and students to make connections and expand their worlds. Join the 2020-21 cohort of Thinking Through Art to build facilitation skills that have a measurable effect on students’ critical thinking and integrate art into your classroom. This program includes professional development, with an intensive Summer Institute, Fall Workshop and Spring Workshop; a digital visual art curriculum to use in monthly classroom lessons; and two guided visits to the Gardner Museum, including coverage for bus costs. Participants get unlimited access to the Gardner Museum all year. All components are included in a $100 materials fee and teachers can earn Professional Development Points or graduate credits for an additional cost. Review all of the details and apply online by June 1 at www.gardnermuseum.org/organization/education/thinking-through-art. Email ThinkArt@isgm.org for details.
Restorative Justice Practices ALC Course: Through June 15 Join educators from across the Boston Public Schools to deepen and expand our use of Restorative Justice practices! This course is facilitated by Jess Madden-Fuoco, Instructional Coach at the English High School. The course is a combination of 8 in-person sessions and online learning. The in-person sessions are on Mondays at English High School from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.: February 24, March 9, March 23, April 6, April 27, May 11, June 1, and June 15. Earn 4 ALCs or 48 PDPs – if you successfully demonstrate competency in course competencies. ALCs can be used toward a salary lane change for BTU and salary differentials for BASAS members. The cost of the course is $320 ($80/ALC). This course is designed to support the learning of those who are new to Restorative Justice practices and those who are experienced practitioners. For information and to sign up, visit leadwithlovelovetolead.com.
Closing the Literacy Achievement Gap in Elementary Education: August 17-18 Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to understand the role of language processes in word reading and reading comprehension and more. See the program page for featured speakers and more detailed information: https://info.mghihp.edu/closingtheliteracygap. CE Credit for Speech-Language Pathologists available. 14 PDPs for Mass educators
BRANDEIS TEACHER LEADERSHIP GRADUATE PROGRAM Are you ready to take your teaching–and your career–to the next level without leaving the classroom behind? The Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program is a graduate program that prepares experienced and talented K-12 teachers to work with administrators and colleagues to improve instruction and strengthen school culture. For more information, see go.brandeis.edu/TeacherLeadership
Debate-Inspired Classrooms Graduate Class: August 10-14 Register for and attend the Boston Debate League’s weeklong Debate-Inspired Classrooms Graduate Class, August 10-14, 2020. In an engaging, hands-on, collaborative learning community, you will work in Cross-Disciplinary Grade Level (Middle or High School) and Content Groups (ESL, Humanities, STEM) to explore the Debate-Inspired Classrooms teaching approach in which students: