Professional Learning & Development Updates: March 17, 2020
Published On: March 16, 2020
Deadline Extended- BU Wheelock Consortium Educator Learning Grants Program: March 20
The BU Wheelock Consortium Educator Learning Grants Program application deadline has been extended to 3/20/20. Educators can apply for grants of up to $5,000 for the 2020-2021 school year. Read more about the grant program on the BU Wheelock Consortium website and contact Theresa Garcia de Quevedo (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Upcoming Deadline- Spring Moderate Disabilities Pathway: March 30
Applications for the spring Moderate Disabilities Pathway Program are now open. The program will begin on March 30. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, March 20, 2020. Program details and registration are available on TeachPoint. Questions: email email@example.com or call (617) 635-9036.
Boston Oracy Project: March – June Join the Boston Oracy Project to make your classroom a place where oral language thrives. This exciting in-person and self-guided cohort experience runs from February through June.
Teacher Leadership Fund Deadline: April 1 We are excited to announce the call for proposals for year three of the TeacherLeadershipFund a feature of our contract which grants teams of educators up to $15,000 to create and share solutions which improve the learning and well-being of our most marginalized students. This year, we have two types of grants available: Action Grants will support teams interested in designing and implementing an intervention to address a challenge impacting marginalized students. Study Grants will support teams interested in learning more about the various dimensions of an identified challenge impacting marginalized students and developing an action plan based on that learning. For complete information about the program see here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Writing supports are available. Applications due April 1st.
Postponed- BTU Paraprofessionals & School-related Personnel Annual Conference: Now on June 13 Save the date for the annual conference! Planned workshops include why building positive relationships matters, OSHA protections, survival tips for PSRPS and member benefits. Learn more here!
Passion to Teach Deadline: April 6 A small cohort of BPS teachers will be selected to participate in the third cohort of Passion to Teach, a year-long fellowship designed to help teachers deepen their understanding and implementation of project-based learning that is engaging and rigorous for students and teachers alike. Passion to Teach is a special initiative of the Shah Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Teacher Collaborative. Applications are due Monday, April 6 (priority deadline). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 15th. Learn more about or apply for the Passion to Teach Fellowship here.
Novo Foundation/Education First Deadline: April 10 Now accepting applications for two categories of SEL in Action grants. School-based educators seeking to implement SEL initiatives in classrooms or schools in the 2020-2021 school year; max award: $7,000. District-level applicants seeking to implement SEL initiatives district-wide and/or across multiple schools within one district may apply for up to $25,000.
Digital Well-Being Course: Through April 27 How do you spot cyberbullying? Are students on phones too much? Does it seem like social media is listening to you sometimes? Join BPS’s Digital Well-Being course in March & learn effective digital citizenship strategies for schools/classrooms.”
The Strategic Substitute: April 28 & 29 This course with work on helping the Substitute Teachers develop a process with useful and meaningful instructional strategies to support student learning and growth. Substitute Teachers will be able to successfully engage with students, while managing the behaviors of diverse groups of students in our distract. Dinner will be served. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/r6qP9cjqcGozYpNF8
Cancelled- Retirement Seminar
Call All Educator-Writers Writers are you out there? If you are working on a short story, essay, poem or novel, the BTU paper is looking for short writing to be considered for a teacher as writer edition in the Peer 2 Peer column. Send your entries to Anne Slater (email@example.com) for consideration.
In 2020, the Boston Public Schools will be launching the Access 4 All (A4A) Initiative to provide the technology necessary to unlock the full potential of our students. In the spirit of inclusion and collaboration, we are convening Advisory Teams of teachers, students, and administrators to provide vital feedback throughout the A4A planning process. They are also looking for Classroom Spotlights to document and share the strategies that teachers, students, and administrators are using to teach and learn with technology. These spotlights will be featured on our website and through video and potentially serve as learning sites for our BPS community for teaching and learning with technology. If you are interested in joining the advisory team or becoming a Classroom Spotlight or both- please go to www.bostonpublicschools.org/access4all and click on the application(s).
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.
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
UPDATES FROM THE TELESCOPE NETWORK
Learning Site @ McCormack Update Thanks to all who joined us for our Learning Site in Neema Avashia’s Grade 8 Civics Class. One participant quote: “I was really impressed with this learning session. The piece before the observation was well planned and thought through, the observation was excellent, and the time spent w/ the teacher after lunch was so powerful. I think this is an extremely effective way to do PD. Thank you for having me.” Check out bostonpublicschools.org/telescope in the coming weeks for more Learning Site sessions.
Learning Site: Supports for Students with Emotional Impairments: March 2020 Join colleagues on March 19 or March 25 for a Learning Site on the topic: How do we support students with “big feelings” and maintain a safe and nurturing environment for all? Choose one of these two sessions:
The March 19 session is hosted by Laura Higgins’s Grade 2 Classroom @ Edison K-8.
The March 25 session is hosted by Valerie Assomoi’s Grade 5 Inclusion Classroom @ Lyon K-8
Sub-coverage and PDPs/ALC available. Best for K-5 Educators (EI strand & others if space allows). (Flyer / RSVP)
Learning site: Bridging Adolescent Literacy Gaps: April 2020 Join colleagues on April 8 for a Learning Site on the topic: How do we address literacy gaps for struggling readers and help all students improve as readers, writers, and thinkers? This session is hosted by Frank Swoboda’s Grade 10 History Class @ English High School. Sub-coverage and PDPs/ALC available. Best for secondary teachers (and others if space allows). (Flyer / RSVP)