NEW — Learn Tech with BPSTech
BPSTechnology has released their catalogue of professional learning offerings for the 2018-19 school year (you must be logged in with your BPS account to see this). The catalogue offers opportunities to learn face-to-face, online, and a mix of both (blended)! For those looking to build their Google skills, keep an eye out for the Go Google! course launching on October 1. For additional information, email Rhianon Gutierrez, BPSTechnology Digital Learning Specialist.
NEW — EdVestors School Solutions Seed Fund
EdVestors will make School Solutions Seed Fund grants of $5-$10,000 to pilot promising and innovative on-the-ground solutions by educators in Boston schools. Your work may be implemented across a few classrooms, an entire school, or multiple schools. Applications are due November 1 at 3 PM for projects to be implemented between January and September 2019.
What’s the Telescope Network?
We are here to promote teacher-led and teacher-driven PD. Needs Assessment: September is goal-writing season. If you’ve got goals on your mind, it’s a good time to complete our 4-5 minute “Needs Assessment” survey. Tell us what kinds of professional learning topics you’d like to see in BPS. If you are ready to lead your own PD or have ideas about how to increase teacher voice in professional learning, we’d love to hear from you. Email Alison Mosher and Mark Lonergan (the Networkers) at email@example.com to set up a time to talk. And please check out our website or see our one-pager for more information.
TFT Facilitators: Tips for Getting Started
For those new to the TFT (Teacher Facilitated Time) Facilitator role in Schedule A schools, here is a 35-minute webinar which includes an overview of TFT and the facilitator role, ideas to structure your first few TFT sessions, protocol examples, bright spot case studies, and additional resources. TFT is also a great time to place your $200 per teacher supply order.
Drop-In Support Sessions: Lesson Planning and Artifacts
The BTU offers a monthly series of drop-in support sessions to provide teachers with individualized supports in commonly requested areas. Peer Assistants and PAR Consulting Teachers will be on hand to help you plan lessons and answer questions about any and all things instruction. See our flyer for the list of topics and dates. Register soon on My Learning Plan.
PD Certificates from 2017-18 School Year
All educators should have received PDP certificates through My Learning Plan or hard copy at the end of last year. If educators in your school have not received certificates as required by contract, please contact your school administrator ASAP or your field rep if you need support.
NEW — Fall MTEL Schedule
BPS has released it’s Fall MTEL Prep course and study group schedule. If you are working toward the Foundations of Reading, ESL, General Curriculum Science and Social Studies, or Communications and Literacy tests, check out these opportunities today: Reading, Writing and General Curriculum and MTEL for ESL.
BPS Resource on Social Emotional Learning
The SEL & Essentials for Equity document was created to provide educators with explicit Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) practices and characteristics for each Essential. It includes links to instructional resources and more. Read more about Social Emotional Learning in BPS.
Participate in School-Community Partnership Learning Network
The Office of Engagement invites you to participate in the 2018-2019 School-Community Partnership Learning Network. Please fill out this form by October 1 if you’d like to participate in any or all aspects of this network, and feel free to spread the word! Read more about the network and upcoming sessions. Contact Miriam Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-635-6772.
NEW — Wonder of Learning Boston 2018
Boston has been selected to host The Wonder of Learning 2018 — the exhibition, conference, and professional development series highlighting best practices in early childhood education. Learn more, including many Professional Development opportunities.