Published On: October 18, 2021
  • 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. 
  • Enter to win a free course from Teachers as Scholars
    We are happy to renew our partnership with Teachers as Scholars which provides BTU members an opportunity to learn from leading scholars in their fields. This year we are able to offer BTU members up to 30 full scholarships. If you are interested in attending a course, please review the lineup of courses, and then enter the drawing.  Winners will be selected at random in September.  Important note: Many of the seminars take place during the school day. Should you enroll in one of these courses, you will need to make appropriate arrangements to be available to attend.
  • Mentoring in Action Courses
    1-credit courses:  Session A 9/24 – 10/17/21 and/or Session B 11/5 – 11/28/21 cost $250
    • EDU 713 Supporting Sped Students to be Successful
    • EDU 714 Building Relationships with English Language Learners
    • EDU 719 Social and Emotional Learning: Self-care for Educators
    3 credits courses: cost $595
    • EDU 620 Becoming a Qualified Mentor and Leader 9/10-12/27/21
    • EDU 646 Refining Your Practice to Support Student Learning 9/24 -12/19/21

    For more information or to register, visit:

  • 10/21 Connect & Share Panel Discussion: Addressing Gaps in Learning
    Join us Thursday, October 21st from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Zoom for an educator-led panel on “Addressing Learning Gaps” for the SY2021-2022.  Connect with peers from across BPS, get new ideas, and earn PD hours as well.  (RSVP / More Info)
  • 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.
  • Virtual Edcamp for New* Teachers 10/28
    For new and new-ish teachers, the start of the year has been full of both celebrations and challenges. On Thursday, October 28, join your BPS colleagues for an Edcamp. It’s a space to connect with other new teachers, ask your questions, and share your wisdom. An Edcamp is a unique “unconference” form of professional development where attendees create the agenda and learn from one another. This Edcamp is hosted by the New Teacher Development program and the Telescope Network. It’s open to anyone new to teaching (<5 years) or new to BPS. Attendees please bring one practice to share (something that’s worked for you so far) and one question. You’ll leave with new connections and resources. Join on Zoom from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Spread the word! (Register / website / flyer)
  • 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
  • Online PD Series: Supporting Immigrants in Schools

    BPS/OEL will be hosting a series of 10 standalone professional development sessions around supporting immigrants in schools based on the modules developed by the City University of New York – Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE).
    All BPS educators are welcome to join. Please share widely!
    Flyer: Please click here to view it.
    Participants will receive 2 PDPs for each session. Raffle winners will receive the Anti-Racism Books Collections. The more sessions you attend, the higher chance you will receive the prize! 
  • The Aspire Institute
    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.
  • 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!
  • Assessment for Equitable Literacy
    The Dyslexia Working Group is presenting three additional professional learning opportunities designed and led primarily by BTU members to build educators’ capacity to use assessment to inform literacy instruction.  All opportunities are remote (on Zoom) and are available for registration on TeachPoint/Vector.  For educators who also attended the summer Assessment for Equitable Literacy professional learning session, these additional sessions are part of the pathway to an ALC credit for this content. 
    Assessment for Equitable Literacy: Phonics Module    Monday, November 1, 4:00-6:00 pm
    Assessment for Equitable Literacy:  Comprehension Module  Monday, November 15, 4:00-4:00 pm
  • Add your name to the invite lists or suggest future topics here.

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