Published On: May 17, 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 registration page 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!
  • AFT TEACH Conference: BTU Members Can Attend Free
  • This year’s AFT TEACH, the AFT’s national professional development conference will be held virtually from July.  Because of this special circumstance, the BTU is altering our usual policy. This year, any member who registers for the conference and attends a minimum of 5 sessions will have their registration fee reimbursed by the BTU. ($50, $25 for members in their first five years).  See the incredible lineup, and register to attend.
  • Wellness Wednesdays
    It’s time to reclaim our Wednesdays for our minds and our bodies. And so, back by popular demand, we are restarting AFT Share My Lesson’s free Wellness Wednesday Webinar series. Join us as we collectively work out our minds and bodies.
  • Living with Technology: Understanding our Digital Well Being
    Remote learning is changing education: how we teach, engage our students, the time we spend online, and student interactions. With this increase of technology use, educators must be aware of topics such as screen time, security (exp. “Zoombombing,” “Spoofing”), cyberbullying, social media, misinformation and disinformation (fake news). The Living with Technology: Understanding our Digital Well Being self-paced course aims to examine the evolving role of technology in student learning and the educator’s growing role in this. The content of the course focuses on familiarizing teachers with the crucial and timely technology topics mentioned above while giving powerful strategies and tools to help students conceptualize the digital environment that is increasingly becoming part of nearly every aspect of their lives. Participants will develop school resources, lessons, or a community event to share with students, staff, and/or families as a final project.  Sign up via Teachpoint! For more information click here.
  • Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership 
    The Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership is now accepting applications for its 2021-2022 Cohort. By developing leaders from the perspectives of Educator, Artist, and Community Leader, PSi builds skills, capacity, and confidence to lead innovative, equitable, democratic schools and organizations that prioritize student agency and community partnership.
    You can learn more at PSi’s website and find the application here. Please share widely! The deadline to apply is April 26, 2021.
  • Aspire Institute Mentor Program
    The Aspire Institute at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development invites you to take part in our teacher support mentor program. As part of the program, new teachers will be matched with mentors to help increase classroom efficacy and retention.
    These mentor/teacher relationships are non-evaluative, and their targeted collaboration offers a great opportunity to improve on critical areas of practice. They provide an opportunity for regular reflection coupled with timely feedback, enabling teachers to better meet student needs.
    Teachers who join our mentoring program join a community of professional learners, opening up opportunities to network across specialization and district barriers, and to attend other professional development events offered by the Aspire Institute. CONTACT US AT ASPIRE@BU.EDU TO LEARN MORE.
  • 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. 
  • Elementary Curriculum Planning – Digital Literacy and Computer Science
    Please join BPSTechnology in June 2021 to explore and develop units that integrate the MA Digital Literacy & Computer Science (DLCS) standards! We are looking for teachers in grades K0-5/6 in all subject areas, not just computer science or technology. Up to 20 teachers will be selected to participate. This is a stipend opportunity. The sessions will take place virtually on June 21-24 & June 28-29, 9am – 2pm (6 days). See flyer for more details. If interested, please apply at by May 14th, 2021. Applicants will be notified by May 28, 2021.

  • August 2021 Fundations PD
    Are you changing grade levels and need to learn the Fundations curriculum for the new grade?  Are you new to Fundations and haven’t participated in any PD yet?  Then, you will be able to join a session to take place the week of August 23.  Specific dates will be announced later this school year.  Please fill out the Registration and Survey by May 6th.  For inquiries reach out to Ana Vaisenstein

  • Preventing Injury, Pain & Opioid Use in the Workplace
    Health Resources in Action, in collaboration with the MA Department of Public Health, is offering a virtual two-hour interactive training for employees of industries with high rates of injury. Massachusetts workers have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic and this two-hour training uses MassCOSH research on the subject to engage workers about workplace hazards and the connections between injury, pain, and opioid use. Participants will learn about how they can support colleagues through pain, injury, and addiction, and also about laws and protections available to support a safe and healthy workplace.
    Participants (employees of the transportation and warehousing, restaurants, construction, and other high-risk industries) will be compensated $100.00 to attend and take pre-post training surveys. Participants will have an opportunity to earn an additional $100.00 to participate in follow-up focus groups (limited to five per session). The training, “Preventing Injury, Pain & Opioid Use in the Workplace,” will be offered multiple times during the month of May 2021:

    Wednesday, 5/19 from 6-8pm – REGISTERFocus Group Discussion
    Thursday, 5/20 from 4-5pm – SIGN UP HERETraining
    Tuesday, 5/25 from 6-8pm – REGISTERFocus Group Discussion
    Wednesday, 5/26 from 4-5pm – SIGN UP HERE
  • Add your name to the invite lists or suggest future topics here.

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