- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further assistance.
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 www.maxcourage.org or email Liz Watson at email@example.com.
- 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 (SmoothSailingStudy@gmail.com) for more information or to secure a spot for enrollment in the fall or spring cohorts!
- BU Consortium Grants Program Launch Event
The Boston University Consortium invites you to learn more about the Educator Learning Grants program which offers grants of up to $5,000 for projects to be carried out in the 2022-2023 school year. On February 9th from 4:30-6:00, the BU Consortium will hold a virtual event where educators can learn more about applying for one of these grants and collaborate with BU faculty. Grant applications are open to all educators- teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, related service providers, and more. See this link for more information and to register for the event.
- Playmaker 101: Healing Power of Optimism
We at BTU and BPS/Behavioral Health Services are excited to partner with the Life is Good Playmakers (LiGP) to offer you their Playmaker 101: Healing Power of Optimism online course. For over 30 years, LiGP has provided training, resources, tools, and ongoing coaching to more than 16,000 childcare professionals working in schools, hospitals, and social service agencies that serve some of the most vulnerable populations. You can learn more about them on their website here. This foundational course will introduce you to their core philosophy and approach to building safe, joyful, engaging, and connected environments where everyone–especially children -can heal, learn and grow. They focus on the wellness, disposition, and approach of childcare professionals because they believe that to better serve kids, we need to better serve those who care for them. Educators across the U.S. and Haiti have called this one of the most amazing, rejuvenating, and transformational trainings they have ever done. Their program has been proven to reduce levels of professional burnout and increase child resiliency. See attached flyer for more information. The course is entirely self-paced and estimated to take 3 hours. You’ll have two weeks to complete at your convenience.
When: March 1st-15th, 2022
What: 3-hour online course
Register here: https://playmakeru.lifeisgood.com/redeem/2022bps101
Once you’ve registered, you can log in here on March 1st to get started: https://playmakeru.lifeisgood.com/learn
PSi is accepting applications now!By developing professionals from the perspectives of Educator, Artist, and Community Leader, the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership (PSi) builds skills, capacity, and confidence to lead innovative, equitable, democratic schools and organizations that prioritize student agency and community partnership. PSi participants can opt to receive intensive coaching to complete the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders for Principal Licensure, and may also enroll in Cambridge College’s PSi certificate program for graduate credit. Visit PSi’s website, sign up for an online info session on April 5th or April 12th, and start your application. The deadline to apply is April 25, 2022. Questions? Contact PSi program manager Lisa Sankowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bilingual Education/Accelerated Community to Teacher Program
Becoming an equity-minded, highly qualified and licensed teacher in Boston Public Schools takes only 12 months and at no-cost to you in the most progressive, innovative, and accessible program for paraprofessionals and career-changers. Apply to the only grow-your-own teacher preparation and licensure program in Massachusetts that centers racial literacy (Sealey-Ruiz 2020) and social justice. This program is for those who aspire to become anti-racist, critically conscious teachers with the tools to interrogate anti-Black racism and to create culturally affirming classrooms so their students experience unprecedented social and academic achievement. We offer SEI Endorsement for all candidates, and Bilingual Education Endorsement as you earn your provisional license with free MTEL prep courses in a pre-practicum setting taught by amazing BPS teachers and scholars of practice. We support you in the job application process by preparing you for your demo lesson in order to be recruited for hire and placed in a BPS school. In your first year as a teacher, we support you in the DESE-approved BPS Teaching Fellowship for Initial Licensure in ESL and/or Special Education or Bilingual Education Special Education Certification.
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