Research has clearly shown that trauma disrupts learning, and that school counselors and psychologists can play a vital role in supporting students coping with trauma.
Educators 4 Excellence currently has a petition urging MA lawmakers to increase funding for mental health professionals in schools. Check out more information on the link if you're interested in signing it.
RSVP to April's Educator Exchange explores culturally responsive teaching. How can educators' learn about and model practices that affirm all students' cultures and backgrounds to create environments in which all students are successful?
Check out this month's office hours sessions and sign up for a 15 minute chat with local experts and innovators!
All attendees will also have FREE entry to the Museum of African American History from 4:00-5:00pm (the museum closes at 5pm).
The O’Toole Awards honor New England public high school teachers who have served as advocates for and champions of student-centered learning, and who have advocated for student-centered approaches to learning not only in their classroom, but at scale. The Nellie Mae Education Foundation will award up to 12 grants of $15,000 each to advance a teacher’s advocacy for student-centered approaches to learning at scale. From now until Friday, April 27th, at 12:00 PM EST, we are accepting nominations for teachers who have met the eligibility criteria below to receive an O’Toole Award. Learn more: https://studentsatthecenterhub.org/resource/2018otooleaward/
The Brown Boys of Boston EdCamp is an innovative meeting of the minds. Educators,
entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, coaches, mentors, community leaders, parents, and teens of all hues, nationalities, and experiences are all invited to participate in a progressive "Thinktank" in which the incubation of knowledge and ideas drive us to change how we think about our work with Black and Latino male youth.
Michael J Perkins School, 50 Rev Burke Street, Boston, MA 02127
To all teachers and school leaders invested in student voice, argumentation, and collaboration in the classroom: Registration is open for the 2-credit Evidence-Based Argumentation Graduate Course, August 13 - 17, 2018. Click here for more info & to register; early bird discount if you register by May 1st: https://lnkd.in/eshNUHv
Applications are now being accepted for the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership (PSi). Founded by veteran educators Linda Nathan and Carmen Torres, PSi is a leadership certificate program that develops creative, innovative, adaptive, and equity-focused leaders who integrate education, artistic, and community-based resources to transform the lives of youth and families. PSi can also lead to principal licensure and/or graduate credit from the University of Massachusetts Boston. The program immerses leaders in school settings and community-based organizations and employs a design thinking approach to leadership development. Learn more and apply at: Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership
Boston-area K-12 STEM teachers, check out the "Why DIY Coaching?" video below and apply at tinyurl.com/DIYapp18-19 by Friday, May 4th! Please help us spread the word - talk with your teacher friends about this opportunity!
Boston High School leaders and teachers: Gather a small team from your school to visit three high schools in Boston on Tuesday, May 8th, to observe classrooms and have Q&A with school leaders, teachers, parents, and students at three schools: Cristo Rey Boston, New Mission High School, and Academy of the Pacific Rim. The day includes time for observation, conversation, reflection, and planning all with a focus on practices that best support Black & Latino boys. Fill out this interest form to reserve your spot: https://goo.gl/forms/PHSbFrvtK3ySJCTk1
RSVP to The Educator Exchange is coming to Western Mass! Launched in November 2017 in Eastern Massachusetts, the Educator Exchange is a monthly series of free networking events for all PK-12 educators. Connect with like-minded educators, learn about how educators are collaborating across districts, and learn more about the teacher leadership work happening in the central and western part of the state.
During Office Hours, you can have a 15 minute chat with teacher leaders and other experts. Office Hours sessions are being finalized and will run from 5:00-6:00pm. Check back to sign up!
Attendees will also have FREE access to the museum exhibits.
Bonus: Free beer, wine, seltzer, soda, and snacks will be provided! Door prizes will be awarded at 6pm.
RSVP to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation week in the company of greatness--your fellow educators! On the heels of the April Educator Exchange, we'll be offering some special treats and giveaways to honor the life changing work educators do each day. We'll also be announcing the finalists for the Teacher Passion Project--a career changing opportunity for educators to connect their passions outside of the classroom with the curriculum they teach each day. (Note: This Educator Exchange is on a Wednesday, that's not a typo.)
Office hours sessions are in the works and will run from 5:00-6:00pm. Check back to sign up!
Bonus: Free beer and wine, seltzer, soda, and snacks will be provided! The first 25 RSVPs will also receive a free parking voucher.
Teach Plus Massachusetts offers the Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellowship to outstanding teachers in the state looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that directly affect students and the teaching profession.Find out more information and apply here! Applications are due May 20th at Midnight.
The 5DP Educator Showcase is an in-person event where educators from across all five districts of Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Malden and Winthrop come together to celebrate great teaching, awesome ideas, and inspiring stories. It’s a celebratory evening where you will be entertained, learn something new, and make new connections. Learn more and RSVP here.
Open now through April 20th, Education First is proud to once again seek applications for teacher-led projects that foster social and emotional learning (SEL) skills in students in grades PK-12 through the NoVo Foundation Social Emotional Learning Innovation Fund.
Check out the link for more information on requirements, rewards, and the application process.
Over the last 20 years, musicians and educators Paulo Maria Rodrigues and Helena Rodrigues have studied the ways in which arts and education intersect, creating and touring various projects with Companhia de Música Teatral, their music/theatre company in Lisbon, Portugal. Working with infants and their parents, artists, educators, schools and communities, Helena and Paulo believe that artistic expression through music improves people's lives.
The Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) initiative is looking for educators to host a convening in 2018. ECET2 has always been built on the premise of empowering teachers to grow, collaborate, and lead.
Letters of intent are due by 5:00pm on Friday, April 13th. (We're happy to help with this and provide support if you're selected!)
Check back for more details and RSVP link.
MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) and MASCD (the Massachusetts affiliate of ASCD) have joined forces to bring together classroom and educational leaders. Register for the a one-day event and come see powerful presentations, workshops, hands-on sessions, and join informal gatherings to address the critical issues of education.
Learn more and RSVP for our next Educator Exchange at La Fabrica in Central Square on February 15th. Meet other teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum directors, principals and other educators as we discuss design thinking and community leadership.
We encourage you to share ideas, learn about new resources, chat with experts inside and outside of the classroom, and enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks.
What is Edcamp?
Edcamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for leaders and their needs. What makes Edcamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that's created by the participants at the start of the event.
We hope you reserve this date for a day of dialogue and professional development with district colleagues and leaders from all over Massachusetts. All preK-12 school leaders, directors, and coordinators, district leaders, teacher leaders, and state leaders are invited.
Register directly here: https://goo.gl/pHj3e3
More info here: https://www.smore.com/mcayk-edcamp-maleads-is-coming
The Boston Education Action Network invites you to join our next Issue Action Team (IAT) training event on Saturday, January 27th! This training event focuses on one of our three key issue areas, social-emotional learning and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline.
Goals of this meeting include:
- Establish a common, shared mindset among current and interested BEAN members around power, SEL issues, and action that will allow effective research and campaign planning.
- Develop relationships among members to strengthen BEAN.
- Launch a campaign to initiate research actions in Boston schools and grow our constituency.
More info and RSVP here.
Apply for the 2018 Boston EdTalks, this year held in a new location: WGBH studios!
The EdTalks is a platform for you to share your idea and to celebrate with colleagues and friends during Teacher Appreciation Week. The Boston Foundation is seeking teachers with great ideas, interesting classroom practices, or creative solutions to a challenge teachers or the education community at large might face.
More info and apply online at www.bostonedtalks.org
Applications are due Tuesday, February 16th at 8am.
Save the date for the event: May 10, 2018.
This month's Educator Exchange is all about teacher leadership. Bring your questions, experiences, and ideas to share with colleagues from across Massachusetts.
Along with general networking, you can sign up ahead of time for a mini "office hours" session with local teacher leadership experts. Spend 20 minutes chatting with the Sydney Chaffee, the 2017 MA and National Teacher of the Year, teacher-founders of DIY Coaching, Author Elisa MacDonald, and the Teacher Collaborative founder, Maria Fenwick. Office hours sessions go from 5:30-6:30pm.
Bonus: Free beer and wine, seltzer, soda, and snacks will be provided! The first 25 RSVPs will also receive a free parking voucher.
Join us for the launch of the Teacher Collaborative at our first ever Educator Exchange--the kickoff of a series of monthly networking events for educators. You'll meet other educators from Massachusetts who are excited to "nerd out" and talk all about education. This is a drop-in event, so come for a bit or stay for the whole night. Along with general networking, there will be small group opportunities to connect with education experts by joining "office hours" sessions, listening to a speaker, and making use of the space for your own small group discussions.
Bonus: Free beer and wine, seltzer, soda, and snacks will be provided! The first 30 RSVPs will also receive a free parking voucher.
EdVestors’ School Solutions Seed Fund has an open call out for good ideas from schools (located in Boston, serving a significant number of high needs students) to solve a challenge that’s standing between where their school is today and where they want to be. The deadline to apply is Thursday, November 2nd, and the grants are for $10,000 to be spent January to June 2018 to pilot or test a solution in Boston school(s). The focus is typically on the adult work in schools – supporting teachers and/or staff to change the way they work (whether by funding time for teachers to meet or to receive training or coaching, etc.) – as a means of creating sustainable change in schools. Anyone who is considering applying can schedule a 30-minute phone call with Alison Stevens at EdVestors to talk through their ideas or see if a particular idea is a good fit by clicking here, or following this link https://calendly.com/alisonstevens/30-minute-phone-consultation.
What: Edcamp Malden is a Saturday morning of teacher-led discussion in the edcamp tradition. Participants will create the schedule and choose to attend the sessions that interest them.
Who: All are welcome
When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Linden STEAM Academy in Malden, MA from 8am-12:30pm (breakfast provided)
Register here: http://edcampmalden.weebly.com/
Looking for an easy way to have impact beyond your own classroom? Consider joining the Boston Compact’s Teaching and Learning Committee! This group of BPS, charter and Catholic school educators (previously all administrators) provides oversight and guidance for a few Compact efforts, including:
The Boston Educators Collaborative, our partnership with Teach Plus to bring trisector, teacher-led PD to hundreds of Boston teachers in BPS, charter and Catholic schools
A school partnership (one school from each sector) focused on better supporting Black and Latino boys
School visits by delegations of educators, parents and students to schools where Black and Latino boys and young men are thriving
What: Members of this committee commit to a quarterly meeting of 60-90 minutes with minimal advance reading.
Who: open to all district, charter, and Catholic school teachers in Boston
How: For more information or to express interest, please email Rachel.Weinstein@BostonCompact.org.
The Total Teacher Project (TTP), a non-profit organization of educators, parents, and students, is conducting a personal professional development day, Teacher Leadership Summit 2017, on August 14th at Bryant University, Smithfield, R.I., from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Experts in personal and leadership development will present at the event, which is planned as an interactive experience that will build camaraderie among teachers and help them to maximize their leadership potential. RSVP and learn more at: http://www.totalteacherproject.com/
Open to: all teachers
DIY Coaching is a teacher-led initiative to help teachers improve regardless of instructional coaching supports your school or district may (or may not) provide - you can get better at teaching by learning the steps in DIY Coaching's model and pledging to #watchyourself. (Learn more here: https://diycoaching.wordpress.com/)
The teachers who have built this initiative are seeking to expand during the 2017-18 by offering the opportunity to get high quality training and practice on self- and peer-coaching. They are seeking math and science K-12 teachers in the Boston area to apply. Applications are available here and are due 6/23.
Have questions? Feel free to email them at DIYCoachingBoston@gmail.com.
Looking for a more personal interaction? DIY Coaching will be hosting a informational webinar and Q&A session using GoToMeeting on Thursday, June 15th, from 5:00pm - 6:00pm. Directions are available at the top of the application.
From the event organizers:
Who's invited? Boston-area educators, administrators, policymakers, parents, students and community members who care about equity in our schools
What's it all about? coming together with people from diverse school contexts, backgrounds and perspectives for sustained, honest, open dialogue
What will we explore? patterns of privilege and oppression; our own identities and relationships; interventions and action steps
What's this meeting? an informal meet and greet to enjoy each other's company, get to know each other, and have a role in shaping the vision for next year
Wait, what's happening next year? free, monthly 3-hour workshops on Saturday mornings! Everyone is welcome to the kickoff even if you're not sure whether you can make it to the workshops.
Learn more and RSVP here.