- 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 retired educators who would like to work with a team to proctor digitally based assessments on tablets with fourth- and eighth-grade students in schools. You must be available for online and in-person training during the month of January 2021 and able to proctor between January 25 and March 12, 2021, when work is available. NAEP offers paid training, hourly wages paid weekly, and mileage reimbursement for local driving. This is a part-time, temporary position.
Visit http://www.WorkNAEP.com and provide your contact information. We will send you a link to our online application in July 2020.
For more information about NAEP, please visit https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard
For questions about the job, email NAEPRecruit@westat.com WESTAT
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- 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/
- 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