Published On: February 14, 2017

BTU/BPS Collaborate to Offer School-Based Professional Learning Grants
Does your school community have a challenge to tackle or a new idea that can make the difference for your students? Does your team of educators need funding to support professional learning to realize the vision? Submit a proposal for a grant co-sponsored by the BTU and BPS to support the leadership of educator teams. Applications are due on March 1, and decisions will be returned on or before April 1. Access the grant description and application! Please contact Paul Tritter, Shakera Walker or Doannie Tran with questions. See the full announcement.

2017 AFT TEACH Applications Now Open!!!
AFT TEACH, our union’s national professional learning conference is a chance for teachers from across the country to get together and learn about professional issues, policy challenges, and classroom strategies. See the flyer for more information. This year’s conference will be held from July 20-22 in Washington, DC. The BTU sends members to TEACH each year, and priority is given to members who have not attended in the past. If you would like to attend, please apply at by the deadline of March 12.

Forum on the Future of National Board in BPS and BTU
All National Board Certified teachers or those interested in the program are invited to a forum to and think about how NBPTS and NBCTs can play a leadership role in the BPS and BTU vision for teacher leadership. Join us on Tuesday, February 28 from 4:30-7:30 PM at the Boston Teachers Union. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP so that we can plan appropriately, and contact Paul or Shakera with questions.

Calderwood Fellowship in Writing Instruction: July 2017 through June 2018
In partnership with UMASS/Boston, this summer the Calderwood Writing Initiative will offer a two-part graduate-level course on the teaching of writing. The course is open to teachers of all grade levels, in all subject areas, and from public, parochial and independent schools. The only requirement is a desire to explore methods of writing instruction. Each participant will receive a $1,000 stipend and tuition for six graduate credits upon successful completion of this program. Applications are due April 21. See the flyer for more information.

Designing Google Classroom to Support All Learners
Join a professional learning community of teachers in Grades 3-5 to design inclusive and collaborative learning using Google Classroom, Google Apps, and Read&Write for Google Chrome. Using a blended learning format with modules from Expeditionary Learning, participating teachers will learn how to implement the modules in ways that engage all learners, including SWDs and ELLs. See the flyer to learn more. The Blended Course begins on March 6 at the Harvard Ed Portal. Register online at MyLearningPlan.

Teacher-Created Resources from BTU Colleagues is a toolkit of open-sourced curated resources for and by BPS teachers. These include teaching innovations, “next” practices and tools with attention to the often invisible moves that can get in the way of successful enactment.

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