Professional Learning & Development Updates: August 20, 2020
Published On: August 20, 2020
TGH Digital Skills Webinars: Through September 2 Brush up on digital skills through our TGH Summer Webinar Series! The following webinars are free and open to the public and is geared toward beginner and intermediate learners. Please feel free to pass our webinar registration page along to family, friends, and colleagues.
AFT Member Benefit Virtual Workshops Interested AFT Massachusetts members are asked to complete the form linked below to register. A link to the Zoom workshop will be emailed to registered participants a few days before the scheduled date. Please contact Brant Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Mass Department of Education Webinars The Center for Instructional Support is providing content-specific support to assist teachers, coaches and instructional leaders with implementation of remote learning building upon the Department’s remote learning guidance. These webinars are focused on the prerequisite content standards and share best practices. They are being recorded live and are in the process of being posted for you to access as needed.
Year 13: An Innovative Bridge Year Year 13 is an innovative bridge year that gives students a head start to college and equips them with the skills necessary to navigate a complex, technology-driven world, ultimately connecting them to high-wage jobs in Boston’s innovation economy.
Year 13 will provide a no-cost, accelerated pathway to college for underrepresented young people—students of color, first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds—with the skills, experiences, and networks necessary to build tangible pathways to economic mobility and success in Boston’s innovation economy. It will focus on the intersection of computer aided design (CAD), engineering, computer science, digital fabrication, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and robotics to ready students for the complexity of a constantly evolving economy and society. Using cutting-edge technology, students will “learn by doing” through modular labs and integrated work-based learning experiences taught by faculty and industry experts at the forefront of their fields. Students will leave Year 13 with the confidence, knowledge, and skills needed to successfully transition into college and future career paths related to architecture, engineering, and construction technology—all of which are building the backbone of Boston. Additionally, students will emerge from Year 13 with 18 college credits from the Wentworth Institute of Technology, making college more accessible and more affordable. Read more here in the Boston Globe.
Applications for the first cohort of Year 13 students opened on June 22, 2020. Apply at www.digitalready.org. Any recent high school graduate is eligible to apply from one of Boston’s public high schools. Priority will be given to Black and Latinx students and students who graduated from one of Boston’s transformation high schools. If you are interested in supporting or collaborating on Year 13, send an email to Year13@digitalready.org.
Workshop for Educators at the Boston Athenaeum The Boston Athenaeum is holding its annual professional development workshop online from August 26 to 28. Our workshop focuses on teaching with primary sources. This year we’re digging into materials related to US women’s history from the American Revolution to World War I.
The workshop costs $75 per person and includes a one-year Individual Membership. Licensed MA educators are eligible for at least 20 PDPs.
Workshop information and registration are on our website.
Becoming Anti-Racist Series 2: Through August 25 Due to the success of our July low-cost professional development series on white teachers’ responsibilities in racial justice work in schools, we are bringing back the same amazing presenters for another round in August. If you attended the first series, you’ll be exciting to know that each of the guests will be talking about something new in August, so it will be a build-upon rather than a repeat. If you missed series 1, your registration will include the four recordings from that session.
Sessions in August will be August 4, 11, 18, and 25, 7-8:15 PM EST. Participants also will receive suggested readings and reflection-to-action prompts.
Find more information at http://whiteteachers2.eventbrite.com.
Please complete this form if you plan to pursue your National Board certification and would like to join a cohort at no-cost led by a BPS NBCT for support. We plan to have up to 6 cohorts. Cohort
Male Educators of Color (MEOC) Executive Coaching Leadership Program – SY20-21 The BPS Male Educators of Color (MEOC) Executive Coaching Leadership Program is a 9-month program designed to increase engagement, retention and leadership rates for the male staff of color within Boston Public Schools. Each session is led and facilitated by current and former male leaders of color from the Boston Public Schools. Participants will receive a valuable combination of executive coaching, research-based content as well as a natural balance between self-reflection and peer interactions. The program will guide participants to focus on key levers of effective educational leadership and also support the development of innovative, research-based solutions to key problems of practice. For more details, click here.
Women Educators of Color (WEOC) Executive Coaching Leadership Program – SY20-21
The BPS Women Educators of Color (WEOC) Executive Coaching Leadership Program is a 9-month program designed to increase engagement, retention and leadership rates for female staff of color within Boston Public Schools. Each session is led and facilitated by current and former female leaders of color from the Boston Public Schools. Participants will receive a valuable combination of executive coaching, research-based content as well as a natural balance between self-reflection and peer interactions. The program will guide participants to focus on key levers of effective educational leadership and also support the development of innovative, research-based solutions to key problems of practice.Our leadership initiative supports a network of women of color focused on collaborating to succeed. For more details, click here.
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.
M.A. in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators
Expressly designed for high school teachers – as well as aspiring teachers and professors – this advanced degree nurtures your writing while giving you practical tools for using creative writing in the classroom and for teaching literature from a writer’s point of view.
The program is fully online except for one 3-day on-campus residency in late June. You’ll never have to compromise your day job! Working at your own pace, you can finish the program in two years or take up to five.
The Flux Teacher Institute The Flux Teacher Institute will provide fresh and seasoned teachers with tools and collaboration to adapt best practices for remote learning. Flux was created by educators, for educators, the program will bring like-minded teachers from around the country together to share their skills and plan with educational equity in mind. Three independent modules meet twice a week each; registration is sliding scale. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flux-teacher-institute-tickets-107295459608
Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program We are living through unprecedented times and most educators are totally absorbed right now by the challenge of supporting their students and maintaining their learning virtually. But what will happen next year? Classroom teachers will need to revise their curricula and instruction and who better to lead this work than teacher leaders? This is an excellent time to apply to the Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program to gain the skills you need to work effectively with colleagues and administrators to strengthen your school. For more information go to: go.brandeis.edu/TeacherLeadership.
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