NEW – Ethnic Studies PD Opportunity: Friday, November 22 from 9 am-4 pm
This workshop builds on last year’s Ethnic Studies PD, where BPS educators came together to discuss a way forward for ethnic studies in their classrooms and across our district. Led by teacher-leaders from Acosta Education Partnerships, the workshop will focus on strategies and curriculum that help teachers create classrooms where students engage in a deep study of the history of Black, indigenous, people of color, as well as structures of oppression and methods of resistance. Sign up on TeachPoint!
Update from the Teacher Leadership Working Group
The Teacher Leadership Working Group had their kick-off meeting on Thursday, October 17th. This group, composed of BTU educators, school leaders, and central office staff, will be meeting over the next 15 months with the goal of creating a coherent, equitable, and sustainable district-wide teacher leadership strategy for BPS. Click here for more information on the BPS Teacher Leadership google site. If you are interested in learning more about this work, please check the site for updates and email BPSTeacherLeadership@bostonpublicschools.org or Paul with questions.
Fund for Teachers: Design Your Own Transformative PD
The BTU is a proud local partner of Fund for Teachers. Applications are now open for this year’s cycle. The Boston program is open to BPS and Boston charter school teachers to apply for grants of $5000 (individuals) or $10,000 (teams) to design professional learning experiences that inspire and sustain them as people and professionals. We will announce informational sessions soon, but you can use the Application Learning Center for help or contact Paul for more information or to set up 1:1 support with your application.
2019 Professional Development Series for Teachers Announced
Our Art Teachers Alliance offers a professional development series open to all art teachers from the Eliot School, Boston Public Schools, other schools and community partners, as well as independent teaching artists (no membership required).
You may attend all three or choose among them. Learn more and register here. Ask about PD Points.
Seed Dispersal: Mechanisms of Flight, November 2, 9:00 am to 11:30 am
At the Arboretum for Educators’ next event, Seed Dispersal: Mechanisms of Flight, explore several forms of winged seeds and testing their functions. Educators will also learn to set up simple classroom experiments that teach children how to conduct investigations, consider variables, and plan for standard testing protocols. Read more here.
Building Student Confidence Through Problem-Solving, November 4
Register to attend a 3-part blended workshop facilitated by LEGO Education, Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), and BPSTechnology. The opening session will feature hands-on unplugged activities and participants will work on collaborative projects to earn PDPs. View the flyer here.
Restorative Justice Practices ALC Course
Join educators from across BPS to deepen and expand our use of Restorative Justice practices. The course is a combination of 8 in-person sessions and online learning.
Give a BPS TechTalk!
During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15, 2019), Boston Public Schools will host our first BPSTechTalk, an evening to showcase successes, challenges & best practices around tech & computer science.