- Share Your Experiences as an Educator with Schoolyard News
Here is a message from Alain Jehlen, Editor of the Boston Parents Schoolyard News:
Hello retired teachers,
Would you be willing to contribute your knowledge and ideas for a series of guides for BPS parents?
I’m a retired journalist. My last job was writing for the publications of the National Education Association (the other big teachers union besides the American Federation of Teachers), including their retirees magazine.
Now I run an online blog called Boston Parents Schoolyard News with a group of parents. We started a year ago because we weren’t happy with the commercial media’s coverage of BPS.
We are posting a wide range of articles including a series on internal BPS memos about the start time fiasco, news and analysis of the BPS budget, and features about great educational programs at BPS schools. You can see our work at SchoolyardNews.com.
What we most need is articles that provide straight answers to parents who ask, “How can I help my child get a good education in the Boston Public Schools?”
You have those answers. For example:
- If a parent thinks her child has a disability, what should she do?
- Or, what if a teacher tells a parent that she’s referring a child for special education evaluation?
- Put yourself in the position of the parent who doesn’t know the process and may be suspicious of school authorities — what’s your advice?
- Think about other situations in which a parent may be faced with a school-related problem and not know what do. Discipline problems? ESL services? Inclusion? Attendance? Failing grades?
There are no one-size-fits-all solutions, but some approaches work a lot better than others and you know what they are. If you can work on one of these guides, please let me know!
We also need your help for other types of articles:
- Do you know of great programs at some schools that should be tried at others?
- What’s your experience with exam school admissions — are there ways to make the system more fair?
- How would you improve the student assignment system?
- Can you write about the benefits of Restorative Justice and what’s needed to make it work?
Teachers are the experts on education, and they are systematically ignored by both management and conventional media. Speak through our Schoolyard News blog and we will do our best to make your voice heard.
Boston Parents Schoolyard News editor
- Now Hiring: Proctor the NAEP Exam
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is seeking motivated individuals to proctor in-school assessment sessions with 4th- and 8th-grade students. You must be available to work January 28-March 8, 2019. They offer paid training, paid time and mileage reimbursement for local driving, and weekly paychecks.
This is a part-time, temporary position. For more information, visit workNAEP.com and provide your name and email. They will contact you with the link to an online application. For more information, please email NAEPRecruit@westat.com or call 1-888-237-8036.
- Boston Tutoring Center Now Hiring Test Prep Tutors
The Boston Tutoring Center is now hiring test prep tutors. Compensation for tutors is $25/hour, plus a regular bonus. Positions are part-time only. The are hiring for Math/Verbal Test Prep, for individual instruction. Must be able to teach math (Algebra and Geometry) and be able to teach vocabulary, reading comprehension, and essay writing. They supply the curriculum and all materials. There is a $25/hour base, and a $5/hour bonus for every 100 hours worked.
Tutors must meet all of the following criteria:
- Have a minimum of a college degree
- Have reliable transportation (not relying on the T)
- Have some experience working with students and teaching (ages 10-18 preferable)
- Be able to work afternoons, evenings and weekends
- Pass a CORI criminal background check.
Please e-mail your qualifications and availability, along with a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be an employee, not a contractor.
All tutoring is done on-site, no driving around wasting time and gas. Tutors are typically booked for a block of time, with students back-to-back (example: 4-8 pm on Tuesday). We handle all scheduling, payment, and prep work; you work with the student for the assigned hour. You are paid if a student misses a scheduled session for any reason. Learn more: bostontutoringcenter.com
- Volunteer at the Arnold Arboretum
Volunteers are essential to the Arboretum’s educational mission of fostering knowledge and appreciation of life science and the natural world. Please consider participating as an Arboretum volunteer—enjoy the rewards of connecting people with the world of plants. Learn more: arboretum.harvard.edu/support/volunteer/
- ACLC Tutorial Services
- Job Opportunities at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is an innovative, energetic organization that is making a real difference in the lives of 2,400 youth by providing them with an invested, caring adult mentor. With research and proven outcomes at its core, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is working to ensure every child has the support from caring adults that they need for healthy development and success in life.
Our Mission: The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay is to partner with under-resourced families to provide their children with transformational, one-to-one professionally-supported relationships with caring adult mentors, so that their children will thrive.
Please send resume and cover letter to the agency’s Boston address or to email@example.com. Please place the job title and BTU in the e-mail header. No phone calls, please.
- Generations Incorporated
Generations Incorporated is a nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to provide literacy support for children K-3 in the Boston and Revere
public schools. Generations Inc. is an affiliate of AARP recruits, which trains and supports more than 260 older adult volunteers to mentor children in our urban areas. See their website for more: generationsinc.org
- Be a Special Education Surrogate Parent
Do you want to provide more support for Special Needs students? If so, volunteer to Become a Special Education Surrogate Parent through the Federation for Children with Special Needs. The Federation offers free training.
- Volunteer at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute is looking for volunteers. Institute volunteers are an essential part of teaching future generations of leaders about government, the importance of civic engagement, and the need for bipartisanship. Volunteers bring these ideas to life by guiding visitors through exhibits and supporting programs. Read more on their website: emkinstitute.org/about/careers/volunteer-program
- Volunteer with the Home for Little Wanderers
Read more about volunteer opportunities at the Home for Little Wanderers. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- School Coordinator, South Boston, MA
School Coordinator, South Boston, MA
Condon School, 200 D Street, Boston MA 02127
The School Coordinator is responsible for the daily operation of Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program, which matches business professionals with children for a rewarding, read aloud experience during the children’s lunch break.
Read to a Child is a nonprofit organization that fosters a love of reading and improved literacy skills in elementary school children by inspiring adults to read to them regularly. The Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that mentors, students, and school staff are happy with the program. Specifically, s/he will:
• Ensure that start-up goes smoothly, including solicitation of teacher referrals and student permission slips, matching student/mentor pairs, and assembly of start-up materials.
• Notify students and teachers of volunteer cancellations or schedule changes.
• Communicate regularly with mentors, including monthly updates and notification of student absences or changes in schedule.
• Communicate regularly with Program Manager, including weekly updates.
• Call reading mentors if their student partners are absent.
• Facilitate and monitor reading sessions to ensure smooth operation of program.
• Ensure that rooms are left clean and orderly.
• Plan and execute end of the year celebration.
• Attend School Coordinator meetings at the Boston office 4-5 times a year
• Facilitate other activities or tasks at the school site as requested
Qualifications: 1. Communicates well in person, on the telephone, & via email; 2. Experience working with children and adults; 3. Very organized, able to prioritize and multi-task; 4. Enthusiastic about children’s books and the program; 5. Comfortable working with Email, Word, and Excel.
Hours: Three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, approximately 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from September through June. Also, availability outside of these times for data entry, communications, and meetings as needed. 11-15 hours per week. Start September, 2018.
Hourly Rate: $13.00 per hour and countless non-monetary rewards
To Apply: Send resume & cover letter outlining your suitability to the tasks and schedule outlined above to: email@example.com NOTE: Your application will not be considered without a cover letter.