Updates from the BPS/BTU Telescope Network
In a Learning Site, you can spend a full day in a live classroom with real students and connect with colleagues across BPS. Check out our Spring Learning Site menu for more info. Upcoming on March 25 is “Computer Science: Teaching Beyond the Technology” at BLA hosted by Ingrid Roche. Register, and read more.
Teacher Leadership Fund: Call for Proposals
What challenge do you want to solve? We are excited to announce the call for proposals for year two of the Teacher Leadership Fund, a feature of our contract which grants teams of educators up to $15,000 to create and share solutions which improve the learning and well-being of our most marginalized students. This year, we have two types of grants: Action Grants will support teams interested in designing and implementing an intervention to address a challenge impacting marginalized students. NEW Study Grants will support teams interested in learning more about the various dimensions of an identified challenge impacting marginalized students and developing an action plan based on that learning. See complete info about the program. Contacttlf@bostonpublicschools.org with questions. Applications due April 1.
ELT Supplies Fund
Under the Schedule A ELT Agreement, each teacher in a Schedule A school is allocated $200 with which to purchase supplies. This year, those funds were loaded into each school’s budget in a line dedicated to this purpose. If you have yet to order your supplies, please inquire with your school leader or secretary as soon as possible. With questions or concerns, contact your field rep or Paul.
BTU & BPS SEL Edcamp: March 23
Join us on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 am at the EMK Institute for our Social Emotional Learning Edcamp. In an EdCamp, where those in attendance lead learning for one another according to their interests. Teachers and paras are welcome! What can you teach others? What do you want to learn? Bring your ideas, questions, best practices, and your laptop. See the flyer, and register online at bit.ly/edcampSEL.
The Teachers on Teaching Podcast Season 2 is Here!
Hear BTU educators talk about their teaching and their identities and how teaching shapes their lives. The first two episodes of Season 2 feature Kim Kulasekaran of the Carter School and Garceline Champagne of BATA. Download, subscribe, listen and rate today!
Passion To Teach Fellowship
A small cohort of BPS teachers will be selected to participate in Passion to Teach, a year-long fellowship designed to help teachers pursue a “passion project” during the 2019-20 school year. Priority deadline is April 1. Learn more and apply.
NEW — SEL Signature Practices: Courses Available
The “SEL Three Signature Practices” are one tool for fostering a supportive environment and promote SEL. This professional learning session will teach you how to integrate SEL in your learning spaces for both adults and students. See this flyer for dates and details or sign up on MyLearningPlan.
NEW — Spring Pathway Programs for Moderate Disabilities and ESL Licensure
Applications are now open for the spring Moderate Disabilities and ESL Pathway Programs scheduled to begin on March 30. The deadline for applying is Monday, March 25. Early application is recommended as admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Interested BPS staff can request Information and an application for both programs by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW — Accelerated Community to Teacher (ACTT) Program
Are you or do you know a para or a substitute who is looking to be provisionally licensed? ACTT is a 12-month program that runs June to June. Participants earn a provisional license and graduate credits from UMass Boston School of Ed. The application for the 2020 cohort is now live! Submit your application, due by March 31. If you have questions, please email diversity-ACTT@bostonpublicschools.org.
NEW — BPS-BTU National Board Leadership Roles
Announcing three leadership opportunities within the BPS-BTU National Board Program. The roles are: Candidate Support Lead (1 person for 1 year); Program Development Lead (1 person for 1 year); and PLF Training Co-Facilitator (up tp 6 people for the upcoming training). Read complete job descriptions and apply using this form. The deadline for the co-facilitator roles is this Sunday, and the deadline for the lead roles is next Wednesday.
PLEASE NOTE — Today’s Para Career Workshop is cancelled.