Published On: August 10, 2021
  • AFT Member Benefit Virtual Workshops
  • TGH Webinar Series
    Brush up on digital skills through our TGH Summer Webinar Series! The following webinars are free and open to the public and are geared toward beginner and intermediate learners. Please feel free to pass our webinar registrationpage along to family, friends, and colleagues.
  • UMass Boston Vision Studies Program
    The UMass Boston Vision Studies program is currently holding informational sessions for the tracks of students of Teachers with Visual Impairments and Orientation and Mobility Specialists.
  • AFT Health & Wellness Series
    For so many of us, our stress is at an all-time high. That’s why we want you to be a part of AFT Share My Lesson’s first Health and Wellness Series! As part of our new Health and Wellness Community, this series features exercise, nutrition and self-care strategies to help you take care of you—and some strategies to help our students as well. Bonus: By signing up for a free wellness session, you can enter for a chance to win an Apple Watch 6!
  • Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program
    Are you ready to take your teaching–and your career–to the next level without leaving the classroom behind? If so, consider applying to the Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program to gain the skills you need to work effectively with colleagues and administrators to strengthen instruction and professional culture at your school. This innovative hybrid program combines 2 intensive summer sessions at Brandeis with online learning and 1:1 coaching during the school year. Due to the pandemic, Summer 2021 will take place online July 5 – July 30, but we expect to be back in person for Summer 2022. We are also excited to announce a new partnership with Salem State University. Any teacher who completes either the AGS (4-semesters) or EdM (6-semesters) program at Brandeis can continue for just 1 more year at SSU and earn a CAGS and principal licensure in MA. For more information see: Generous tuition scholarships are available.
  • Online TESOL / TEFL Certification
    Teach English Abroad – Are you interested in working as an English language teacher around the world? UNI-Prep’s online TESOL & TEFL Certificate program qualifies an individual to work as an English and ESL/EFL teacher internationally. The program is completely online and is 120-hours in length. Since the course is online, it allows you the option to study from anywhere in the world as long as you have a computer with an internet connection. In addition, there is no set schedule that you must follow, so you can study at your own schedule. Once you have registered in the course, you will be given a login and password allowing you accesss to the course 24/7 from any computer. Most students take 2-4 weeks to complete the full TESOL Certification program, but you can take more or less time than this depending on how often and quickly you will study. Once you have finished the course, you will choose whether to be issued a TESOL or TEFL certificate since our course meets the requirements of both qualifications. 
  • Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) Externship
    AGC MA’s new Building Advancement Externship program is a 40-hour hybrid externship that will take place the week of August 16th to August 20th. Five educators will be selected to participate and receive a $4,000 stipend once they have completed the program. The externs will form a cohort for two virtual and three in-person days learning all about commercial construction from industry-leading employers. Learn more about AGC MA here.
  • Closing the Literacy Achievement Gap: The Science of Language & Literacy
    Monday, August 16th and Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET
    Join us for this 2-day virtual interactive workshop to close the literacy achievement gap. Learn how language and reading development can be supported and optimized for elementary school-age children. You will identify common brain and behavior myths, differentiate types of reading challenges, identify the needs of diverse learners, and apply your learning to real-world teaching scenarios. Additionally, we will discuss how the pandemic has contributed to this gap and provide updates in research and practice throughout the workshop. Engage in case study analyses, small group problem-solving, and self-assessment of classroom practices.
  • Critical Explorers Online Workshop for Educators
    August 2nd – 6th, 2021
    APPLY NOW Critical Exploration is a distinctive teaching approach that powerfully supports both original inquiry and democratic conversation — all while engaging students in developing deep understandings of the subjects they study. Through CE, teachers bring students into direct contact with complex, thought-provoking primary source materials, using time-tested techniques that encourage students to express their thoughts, continue thinking, and discover and pursue promising puzzles and questions. This transformative process expands students’ awareness of their own intellectual capacities while heightening teachers’ appreciation of their students’ potential.
  • INSPIRE-Math 2021-22 Fellowship Co-Design Session
    August 19, 2021
    12:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
    If you are a coach or teacher leader charged with math teacher professional learning in grades 3-9 at a Boston public or charter school, please join us for a co-design session to learn more about the INSPIRE-Math 2021-2022 Fellowship! More details can be found on our website or click here to register directly.
  • Connect & Share Panel Discussion: Building an Equitable Classroom Community
    Thursday, August 26, 2021
    4:30 pm
    Join us for an educator-led panel discussion and hear from your colleagues about what’s working in their own classrooms and schools. Connect with peers from across BPS, get new ideas, and earn PD hours as well. RSVP here; other sessions are coming in September and October.
  • Enter to win a free course from Teachers as Scholars
    We are happy to renew our partnership with Teachers as Scholars which provides BTU members an opportunity to learn from leading scholars in their fields. This year we are able to offer BTU members up to 30 full scholarships. If you are interested in attending a course, please review the lineup of courses, and then enter the drawing.  Winners will be selected at random in September.  Important note: Many of the seminars take place during the school day. Should you enroll in one of these courses, you will need to make appropriate arrangements to be available to attend.
  • Social-Emotional Learning PD Session for Paraprofessionals
    Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is an essential part of Boston Public Schools’ Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community approach to creating safe, welcoming and healthy learning environments. Join this professional development session to build your understanding of the BPS SEL Competencies: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social- Awareness, Relationship Skills and Decision Making, to learn strategies and skills to deepen relationships with students. To register for SEL PD, click HERE.

    In person sessions: (these will be held at the BTU)

    September 7th 2021

    Morning session: 9:00AM-10:30AM OR

    Afternoon session; 1:00PM-2:30PM

    Online sessions: (these will be held on Zoom; links will be sent out in the days prior) 

    Sept 8th, 2021

    Morning session: 9:00AM-10:30AM OR

    Afternoon session; 1:00PM-2:30PM

  • Equitable Literacy PD Session for Paraprofessionals
    Intro to Equitable Literacy in BPS: BPS will be focusing on shifting how we teach children to read, make sense of, and write texts. In this session, paraprofessionals will learn what these shifts are and how they can support them in the classroom. To register for Equitable Literacy PD, click HERE.

    ALL Equitable Literacy PDs will be held virtually via Zoom on the dates below (links will be sent in the days prior to the event). 

    September 7th, 2021: 10:00AM- 11:15AM OR

    September 8th, 2021:  10:00AM-11:15AM OR

    September 8th, 2021:  1:30PM- 2:45PM

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