- BTU Professional Learning ’20-21
Find the learning that’s right for you. All programs are open to all members, and will be conducted remotely this year until further notice.
- AFT/BTU Teacher Leader Program
Now more than ever we must understand how education policy works and how we can take action to advocate for our students, schools and profession. Year long fellowship. Stipend $1500. Flyer. Application.
- New Educators Thriving
Being an educator is hard, especially early in your career. In this course understand the pitfalls of working educators and learn strategies to avoid burnout. Free to BTU members. Grad credit available for a small fee. Open to all with priority to members in their first three years. Flyer. Application.
- BTU Inquiry Project
In this graduate course from the BTU and the Boston Writing Project, we create a reflective community to conduct research into an aspect of your practice important to you and your students. Graduate credit available for a fee. Flyer. FAQ/Application.
- Parent Support Group
Parenting while teaching is harder than ever. We will continue our successful parent support group with meetings every other week beginning in late September. Exact dates TBD. Sign up to show interest.
- Teachers as Scholars
Up to 15 BTU members can win scholarships to attend a course of their choice (space permitting). See the 2020-21 course offerings, and the TAS website for more information. To enter to win a free course, please complete this form. DEADLINE midnight Tuesday 9/8.
- Professional Learning Steering Committee
BPS is forming a Comprehensive Districtwide Professional Development Steering Committee to determine the framework, standards, priorities, guidance, and process for the professional development of all staff in the district (educational and operational). We seek two teachers to serve on the committee. Apply ASAP(log in from your BPS account).
National Board Certification CohortPlease complete this form if you plan to pursue your National Board certification and would like to join a cohort at no-cost led by a BPS NBCT for support. We plan to have up to 6 cohorts. Cohort
- AFT Member Benefit Virtual Workshops
- Remote Teaching & Learning Modules Series
On September 2nd, the Center for Instructional Support will release the Remote Teaching & Learning Modules Series. This is a free, 5-part series of self-guided modules for teachers and other school-based educators who will be engaging in remote teaching and learning this coming year, whether through a hybrid or fully remote model. Each module includes specific instructional practices, tips, and strategies for remote teaching in key areas such as Curriculum & Planning, Learning Environment, Family Collaboration, and Professional Collaboration. Educators will also have the opportunity to dig deeper into content-specific strategies aligned to MA curriculum frameworks, reflect on culturally responsive practice, and explore digital tools and resources supportive of both live and asynchronous instruction.Each module includes a learning and exploration section, followed by recommended reflection activities and applications to a teacher’s specific school and classroom. If possible, we encourage educators to experience the modules in pairs or teams to maximize collective knowledge and take-aways.The modules will be available through the CIS website on September 2nd. No registration is necessary. If you’d like to be notified upon their immediate release, please share your contact information here. Please direct any additional questions to EducatorDevelopment@doe.mass.edu
- Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Educator Series
For the sixth year, the AFT has partnered with the Delta Research and Educational Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. to provide informative, engaging and in-demand professional development opportunities centered on our shared belief that public schools should be places where children are prepared for college, careers and life. A series of virtual professional development sessions will examine critical spaces where educators can make a difference in the lives of children that will lead to their success and bright futures. Session participants are eligible to receive professional development units. https://www.cbcfinc.org/event/alc16/
- Health and Safety Labor/Management COVID-19 Webinar Series
The Road to Reopening Schools is a series of webinars designed to discuss promising nuts and bolts strategies for a return to brick and mortar school buildings based on the best available and most current scientific evidence, as outlined in AFT’s ”Reopening School Buildings Safely” recommendations. This report, details the very basic conditions needed to open schools,-critical safety and health guidelines, and instructional considerations. For this four-part series, we will be joined by local leaders, district administrators, and experts in their respective fields. First webinar: Physical Distancing
- Applied Digital Skills
Join a free training session, Get Started with Applied Digital Skills—Curriculum for Any Subject Being Taught Remotely. You will need to have a Google account to register and participate. Space is limited, so make sure to register now for one of the following free training dates:
- Not So Distant Learning Course
The Not So Distant Learning course is designed to guide teachers step-by-step through planning for remote and hybrid instruction that is grounded in antiracist pedagogy. BTU member Jess Madden-Fuoco worked with 48 teachers from across the BPS to build the course out with examples for K-12; for all subject areas; and for all student populations. Join free scroll to “enroll now,” enter your BPS email, and use coupon code BPS2020.
- Teaching in the Time of COVID-19: Keeping Students Safe, Well and Engaged: September 12, Noon to 2:30PM
Register here for AFT’s free online event that will feature practical ideas and strategies for teachers and school staff to use in a remote environment, as well as ways in which we can ensure facilities are safe for in-person learning.
- TGH Webinar Series
Brush up on digital skills through our TGH Summer 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.
- WIDA Professional Development Update
Many educators are being asked to complete the WIDA 15 Hour self-paced Language Objectives and Differentiation PD. Educators must be afforded contractual time to complete this PD. If contractual time is not provided and you are required to complete it, you may do so on your own time and be compensated at your real pro-rata rate.
- Move events coming soon.
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