Published On: May 2, 2022
  • AFT Member Benefit Virtual Workshops
  • TGH Webinar Series
    Brush up on digital skills through our TGH 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!
  • 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 access 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. 
  • Mentoring for Professional Licensure (MPL)
    To be eligible for a professional teaching license, the Massachusetts Department of Education requires an additional 50 hours of mentoring beyond the first-year induction program.  In this course, you will receive that required mentoring from veteran BPS Educators as you reflect on and grow your teaching practice. Register for one of the three posted sections (Grades K0-3, Grades 4-8, or Grades 9-12) The first Mentoring for Professional Licensure session will be held virtually on October 20th (4:30-6:30).  Contact Ailis Kiernan at if you need further assistance.
  • MAXCourage
    MAXCourage is a free social-emotional ELA curriculum for 6th grade classrooms, designed to empower students to discover the value of courage, culminating in a publication opportunity.  Learn more about MAXCourage at or email Liz Watson at
  • The Map Center presents: Small Bites
    Small Bites: An after-school series of gatherings for educators interested in teaching about Boston through a geospatial and social justice lens
    For the 2021-22 school year the Map Center is offering a series of FREE “small bites” professional development sessions. These 6 sessions will run after school and will be a mix of in-person and Zoom sessions designed to send you off with great map-based lessons and resources to immediately implement in your classroom. All K-12 teachers are welcome. Sign up for one or all of them!
    To learn more and register:
  • Smooth Sailing
    We wanted to let you know about a fully remote autism-focused Professional Development (PD) program opportunity! The Smooth Sailing PD program is an online program that helps general education teachers learn more about autism, build relationships with their autistic students, and collaborate with their caregivers. The program is currently enrolling for 2021-2022 Fall and Spring cohorts. Teachers who are eligible to participate in this program are: 1) General education teachers, 2) teaching in grades K-2nd, and 3) have a student diagnosed with autism or is suspected of having a diagnosis of autism in their classroom during the 2021-2022 academic year. Approved by MA DESE and funded by the research arm of the federal department of education (the Institute of Education Sciences), Smooth Sailing is a free, virtual, 4-week individualized PD that provides self-paced online learning and coaching. Overall, it involves 12 hours of teacher time and awards 10 Professional Development Points (PDPs) to MA teachers.  Teachers who complete the program will also receive $300 for their participation.
    Interested teachers may view our program flyer (below), visit the program’s website, or reach out to the SmoothSailing team ( for more information or to secure a spot for enrollment in the fall or spring cohorts!
  • BU Consortium Grants Program Launch Event
    The Boston University Consortium invites you to learn more about the Educator Learning Grants program which offers grants of up to $5,000 for projects to be carried out in the 2022-2023 school year. On February 9th from 4:30-6:00, the BU Consortium will hold a virtual event where educators can learn more about applying for one of these grants and collaborate with BU faculty. Grant applications are open to all educators- teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, related service providers, and more. See this link for more information and to register for the event.
  • PSi is accepting applications now!
    By developing professionals from the perspectives of Educator, Artist, and Community Leader, the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership (PSi) builds skills, capacity, and confidence to lead innovative, equitable, democratic schools and organizations that prioritize student agency and community partnership. PSi participants can opt to receive intensive coaching to complete the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders for Principal Licensure, and may also enroll in Cambridge College’s PSi certificate program for graduate credit. Visit PSi’s websitesign up for an online info session on April 5th or April 12th, and start your application. The deadline to apply is April 25, 2022. Questions? Contact PSi program manager Lisa Sankowski at
  • Bilingual Education/Accelerated Community to Teacher Program
    Becoming an equity-minded, highly qualified and licensed teacher in Boston Public Schools takes only 12 months and at no-cost to you in the most progressive, innovative, and accessible program for paraprofessionals and career-changers. Apply to the only grow-your-own teacher preparation and licensure program in Massachusetts that centers racial literacy (Sealey-Ruiz 2020) and social justice. This program is for those who aspire to become anti-racist, critically conscious teachers with the tools to interrogate anti-Black racism and to create culturally affirming classrooms so their students experience unprecedented social and academic achievement. We offer SEI Endorsement for all candidates, and Bilingual Education Endorsement as you earn your provisional license with free MTEL prep courses in a pre-practicum setting taught by amazing BPS teachers and scholars of practice. We support you in the job application process by preparing you for your demo lesson in order to be recruited for hire and placed in a BPS school. In your first year as a teacher, we support you in the DESE-approved BPS Teaching Fellowship for Initial Licensure in ESL and/or Special Education or Bilingual Education Special Education Certification.
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    Apply today: link here to the flyer.
  • DLCS@BPS Info Session
    School Leaders, Teachers, Guidance Counselors interested in increasing access to computer science (Gr 3-12) in your school for SY2022? Join us in our DLCS@BPS Initiative. No experience is necessary. More info here.
  • Think Space
    Join us as we review the steps to implementing a Think Space in your classroom! Examples from BPS classrooms will be shared & participants will receive a Think Space Toolkit with materials to support implementation. Please apply on Vector.

    Co-Creating a Think Space PD Flyer (2).pdf

    Co-creating a Think Space in the Classroom [Resource]

  • Boston Oracy Project Final Session
    How can we make oral language happen in our classrooms? This year a group of passionate educators has worked together to answer that question with the support of a Teacher Leadership Fund grant. Join them to celebrate as they share their work and learning, and learn how to get involved.
  • Spring Pathway Programs
    Applications are open for the upcoming Pathway Programs for ESL and Moderate Disabilities Licensure and Professional Practice. The programs will start on May 2nd and run through June. The deadline for applications is April 30th.
    For information and application, click: Please email or call 617-635-9036 for questions.
  • Climate Change Summer Teacher Institute
    Are you a teacher working in the Boston area?
    The Stone Living Lab and National Parks of Boston are thrilled to announce the first Stone Living Lab Summer Teacher Institute! This free, five-day course from July 25-29 will bring Boston area teachers together to explore Boston Harbor through the lens of climate change, place-based learning, and citizen science.
    Together, we will learn from local experts about climate resilience work happening in and around Boston; discover opportunities to bring students to the coast; and learn how citizen science can bring authentic scientific experiences to the classroom. At the end of the course, participants will develop a capstone project, lesson, or curriculum that can be used by schools across Boston Harbor. Participants will also receive three graduate school credits from Framingham State University upon completion of the course.
    This year we will welcome five to eight Boston area teachers to join scientists, architects, Park rangers, and community members for Climate Change in the City: Activating Boston’s Harbor Campus as a Living Classroom. We especially encourage teams of two teachers or more from the same school to apply to the Institute. View the application to find out how to apply as a teacher team.
    Applications are now open and due May 15th. Find out more and complete your application today!
    Questions? Contact Rebecca Shoer, Cabot Education & Community Engagement Program Manager:
  • AFT Webinars: Literacy, ELLs and Academic Language
    As part of the AFT’s literacy campaign, Reading Opens the World, Share My Lesson’s community has expanded to feature even more downloadable, free resources for preK-12 teachers, schools and parents. We also have seven new, for-credit webinars scheduled on teaching literacy, starting Thursday, April 14 and running into June. Bonus: If you’ve missed any prior webinars, you can watch them on demand for free.
    Sign up for all the sessions you want, and share with your colleagues too. This high-quality, free professional development series is open to all, and it’s one not to miss!
  • Adolescent Literacy Learning Cohort
    In a Learning Cohort, you can join with a group of BPS colleagues to learn together as a team. You will address a common challenge, observe effective practices through a video observation, develop ideas to bring back to your own setting, and get support as you try out new ideas. This ALC course will be facilitated by Cristina Hernández-Persia and Frank Swoboda from English High School. Together, we will address the question, “How can we support the needs of all students to engage in meaningful, rigorous literacy work?” First session starts on 5/5.
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  • Place Based Boston Graduate Institute 2022
    Place-Based Boston is an innovative collaborative of historic, natural and cultural sites in Boston, committed to working with and supporting Boston Public and Charter School students and teachers. This summer, we will be hosting the sixth annual teacher institute this summer – back in person! Our sites have been hard at work re-imagining and adapting place-based resources to support classroom teachers, and we are excited to work with you.
    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 potential of place.
    Course Details:
    • FREE Graduate Course for Boston Public and Charter School Teachers, K-12
    • PRDV 78116 Teaching with Historic Places: A Community-Based Approach for K-12 Educators
    • 3 Graduate Credits
    • Course offered through Framingham State University
    • Participants will design projects incorporating Place-Based Boston site’s resources
    Monday, July 18th – Friday, July 22nd
    – 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM – in person learning throughout downtown Boston
    Friday, September 23, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    – Virtual teacher project share out
    Class size is limited to 15 with a minimum of 8 participants, and the application period will close on May 15th, 2022. Please contact or with any questions.

  • Thinking Through Art Professional Development Program
    Build a classroom culture of inquiry and wonder with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum next year. Thinking Through Art at the Gardner Museum trains you to facilitate accessible, welcoming opportunities to develop students’ critical thinking and social emotional learning. Earn graduate credits or PDPs and make progress towards your school goals while integrating culturally sustaining artworks that align with BPS adopted curricula. Each work of art gives windows into new worlds, and invites students to make connections to their own lived experience. As part of our year long program, teachers bring their classes on two field trips to the Gardner Museum, all expenses paid, including free transportation. Use Boston as your classroom with Thinking Through Art. Apply today for the 2022-23 school year.
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