Published On: March 13, 2023
  • AFT Member Benefit Virtual Workshops
  • BPS + Nearpod Equitable Literacy Sessions
    Boston Public Schools has invested in premium access to Nearpod for our staff. Please join BPS Technology and Nearpod for three upcoming professional development sessions designed exclusively for Boston Public Schools educators. Please view the series flyer for session descriptions.

  • Intro. to Focus on PreK and K2 for Paras
    This training is for paraprofessionals who would like to learn more about the Focus curriculum in PreK and K2. This course can be taken for 10 PDPs (Professional Development Points) and 1 ALC (Academic Ladder Credit). You must attend all dates to earn credit. Enroll here.

    • The dates for the course are as follows:
      Mon, Feb 27, 2023 4:30- 6:30 PM
      Mon, Mar 13, 2023 4:30- 6:30 PM
      Mon, Mar 27, 2023 4:30- 6:30 PM
      Mon, Apr 10, 2023 4:30- 6:30 PM
  • Learning Site: Productive Struggle in Math
    Join us for a Learning Site to explore the question “How do we support students to be math problem solvers while engaging in productive struggle and collaboration?” at Brighton High School. Learn more and RSVP here.
  • Connect and Share Series: Inclusive Practices
    How can we support all students to succeed in every classroom? Join us on Zoom on two Wednesdays in March to hear from colleagues about inclusive practices they are using at their schools. Sponsored by the Telescope Network.
    Wednesday March 22, 2023 4:30-6:00pm Inclusive Practices in Elementary Grades
    Wednesday March 29, 2023 4:30-6:00pm Inclusive Practices in Secondary Grades
  • Elementary Math Discourse Learning Site
    This learning site on 3/14/23 places the question of ““How do we support students to synthesize their thinking through mathematical discourse?”. Led by Fran Ahearn (Philbrick Elementary), the site will demonstrate one teacher’s approach to answering this question while thinking through how to provide opportunities for math conversations to build student agency. After the observation educators have a chance to think through and debrief with the host teacher around the hows and whys of their teaching practice with potential for follow up coaching sessions for an ALC/PDPs. Flyer:
    RSVP Link:

  • Tech Goes Home for Paraprofessionals and Substitutes
    Courses focus on fundamental digital skills such as: Using popular applications and the internet as a resource; communicating with loved ones virtually; accessing essential goods and services online; staying up to date with healthy and safety information; other programs and resources for school, work, and play!
  • Bringing the Campus of Boston into Your Classroom: Teaching with Historic Places
    Professional Development for Boston Public and Charter School Teachers
    Place-based teaching and learning is an approach designed to engage learners in the stories and resources of a place to activate interdisciplinary learning. Boston’s richness of place-based resources expands across the city and links neighborhoods and schoolyards to sites of international significance. In this course, teachers will work with museum, historic site and national park educators to explore the value of place-based teaching and learning, on site and in your classroom. In 2023, as we make our way toward 2026 and the 250th anniversary of the nation, we are excited to welcome teachers back to an in-person experience and reintroduce you to our sites and all they have to offer students in their own city.
    Course Details:
    FREE for Boston Public and Charter School Teachers, K-12
    3 Graduate Credits
    Course offered through Framingham State University
    Participants will be partnered with Place-Based Boston sites to complete their final projects
    Monday, June 5th
    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Virtual pre-course session to go through capstone requirements and answer questions
    Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st
    9:00 AM – 4:30 PM – In person throughout downtown Boston
    Friday, September 22nd
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Virtual teacher project share out

  • Open Up/MVP Planning Cohort
    This Planning Cohort will address the question, “How do we implement a new math curriculum and build effective planning routines without feeling overwhelmed?” A Planning Cohort is a space for educators to collaboratively plan with the support of a teacher expert. During the Planning Cohort you will have time to unpack the Open Up/MVP math curriculum to develop a thoughtful unit plan, pool resources with other teachers in a similar context, and receive feedback from peers and coaches. Earn 1 ALC for work you are already doing!

  • Creative Coding in the Classroom
    Learning – and teaching – to code is accessible and fun! Join AceraEI for six virtual sessions with a cohort of like-minded peers. You’ll earn 10 PDPs as you learn javascript, and every lesson, exercise, and project from this program can be reused in your classroom! This workshop is geared towards teachers of any subject in grades 5-12.
  • Activating Boston’s Harbor Campus as a Living Classroom
    Apply now for “Climate Change in the City: Activating Boston’s Harbor Campus as a Living Classroom.” Hosted by the Stone Living Lab, this five-day institute from July 24-28 will bring 10 Boston-area teachers together for place-based learning centered on climate change and citizen science. The institute is tuition-free, and participants will receive 3 graduate credits on completion of the course!
    Applications are due March 12.

  • Where Do We Go From Here? Anti-Racist PD
  • Place-Based Boston Summer Institute
    Place-Based Boston is excited to announce the 2023 Place-Based Boston Summer Institute and are seeking applicants to join this week-long course to explore stories of voice and action throughout the history of the Boston. This is a free professional development opportunity, and participants who complete the course requirements will receive three graduate Credits from Framingham State University. Visit to find more information and apply today! 
  • National Parks of Boston Two-Day Teacher Workshops
    Join National Parks of Boston education staff in a 2-day workshop to help build and solidify our curriculum framework and school program engagement model. While taking stock of the parks’ past educational offerings, teacher input if sought to create an intentional framework to guide future lesson plan development and engagement with Boston Public Schools. Workshops will be facilitated to capture feedback from K-8 (April 18-19) and 9-12 (April 20-21) classroom teachers to reflect and provide input on several proposed frameworks and engagement models that will shape the future of National Parks of Boston’s educational offerings. Apply
  • Tech: Past, Present, and Future
    We live in a connected world and tech moves fast. Given the growing role tech plays in our life, a deeper understanding of its historical patterns will give T’s and S’s a better idea of its dynamic nature and where it might be going. Especially when artificial intelligence, like ChatGPT, is being utilized. Join BPS Tech & BPS History”s “Tech: Past, Present, and Future” PD in late March to engage in valuable discussions and develop engaging content for students. Join via Vector or go to
  • Critical Disciplinary Professional Development
    This course is designed for secondary content teachers. Across these 6 modules you will learn how to use critical disciplinary literacy as an approach to teaching disciplinary content.
    Participants will understand critical disciplinary literacy as an approach to teaching disciplinary content, evaluate current instructional practices, learn to incorporate a critical disciplinary approach to curriculum development and instructional design and use a critical disciplinary literacy approach to lesson and unit planning. Completion of this 12-hour course
    along with a competency deliverable will result in 1 ALC for participants. Course begins April 26th from 4:30-6:30p (virtually). Please sign up on Vector. For additional questions contact
    Danielle Alli at
  • Mental Wellness Workshops
    This workshop is focused on helping community members cultivate a broader understanding of mental wellness and the ability to proactively address in their home and communities.
    Training Goals: Develop the skills of a non-clinical workforce to support community members in addressing mild to moderate mental health distress and practical problems of daily living
    To improve access to community-based mental health services for individuals experiencing mild to moderate mental health distress and practical problems of daily living.
    Participants will receive training in: Barriers to addressing mental wellness, Emotional Intelligence, Activated triggers and trauma, Determine when to connect people to mental wellness. REGISTER HERE:
  • Teaming for Tiered Instruction Learning Site
    Join the Telescope Network for a Learning Site hosted by Matt Ennis and Jayme Drzewinski at Ellison Parks that addresses the question “How can we collaborate to embed foundational reading instruction in grade level content to support multilingual learners and struggling readers?” After the observation educators have a chance to think through and debrief with the host teachers around the hows and whys of their teaching practice and participate in follow up coaching sessions for an ALC/PDPs.
    Spaces are limited.

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