Just off Broadway in South Boston, Condon Elementary School serves approximately 800 students in grades K1-5. Large illustrated signs explicitly described behavior for common areas according to the four “Condon Style” expectations: be respectful, be responsible, be safe, and be kind. The staff clearly models those school-wide norms.

Read more about Condon Elementary School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

An imposing pale stone fortress, Brighton High School sits high on a hill behind St. Elizabeth Hospital. Serving over one thousand students, it still manages to create a “small school” atmosphere in classes where teachers pay attention to individual needs.

Read more about Brighton High School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

The Holmes Elementary School sits inside a triangle of one-way streets in a residential area of Dorchester not far from Franklin Park. Beautiful tiles adorn the walls of the first floor corridor featuring children’s names and drawings. When I asked staff members what they like best about the Holmes, first-year teachers as well as veterans expressed appreciation for the teamwork and professionalism of their colleagues.

Read more about the Holmes Elementary School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

The Rogers, one of only five middle schools left in Boston, is right off Hyde Park Avenue near River Street. With rowing machines and the support of a coach from Community Boating, students learn how to row properly and in tandem. They’ll get to go rowing on the Charles River in the spring! 

Read more about the Rogers Middle School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

A turtle, a lizard, a fish, crickets, a dove, and a full-size rowing skiff greet you as you walk into the large entrance area of the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale. The Haley is a full inclusion pilot school that uses its budget autonomy to make sure there are two teachers in every classroom.

Read more about the Haley Pilot School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

Boston Adult Technical Academy's mission is to meet the needs of students aged 19-22 who have recently entered the US or returned after dropping out of school. In recognition of their success with meeting the needs of an extremely diverse, English language learning population, the school received the 2014 Office of English Language Learners Acquisition Award from the Newcomers Assessment and Counseling Center.

Read more about the Boston Adult Technical Academy, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

It was a treat to visit just about every classroom during the first week of the school year at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain. The Curley has a new set of school-wide expectations that came out of School Climate meetings throughout last year, creating a common language for the first time since it became K-8 school: “We care about ourselves. We care about each other. We care about our school.

Read more about the Curley K-8 School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

It was a joy to watch kindergarteners engaged in active play at the Ellison-Parks Early Education School, just one block from Mattapan Square. A compact brick building dedicated in 1998, it houses just twelve classroomsone SEI and one Inclusion class at each grade level, K0-3.

Read more about the Ellison-Parks Early Learning School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

The McKinley South End Academy is an alternative school for 178 middle and high school students with severe behavioral challenges.  I felt truly welcomed by everyone and appreciated the opportunity to showcase the learning that goes on in this school.

Read more about the McKinley South End Academy, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

The Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH) is located near Fields Corner in Dorchester. It is the one surviving “small school” from the former Hyde Park High School Complex, and moved into the former Grover Cleveland building three years ago.

Read more about the Community Academy of Science and Health, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

On the “far side” of West Roxbury and less than a mile apart, the Beethoven (K-2) and the Ohrenberger (3-8) have been transformed over the past few years into a K-8 “Pathway School” serving nearly 1,000 students.

Read more about the Beethoven and the Ohrenberger Schools, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

Classes at Mission Hill K-8 are project-based, multi-grade, and served by a lead teacher plus one or more assistants, including parent and community volunteers. The school's more than 200 students gather for a weekly community meeting on Friday mornings. This is a school with a focus on habits of mind, practicing democratic processes rather than test-taking skills.

Read more about Mission Hill K-8 School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

Word study and movement are valued at Curtis Guild Elementary School in East Boston, located near Belle Isle Marsh. Nearly 90% of the school's 300 students are Latino, and many are English language learners. Teachers are happily focused on the children throughout the school.

Read more about Curtis Guild Elementary School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

Snowden International High School, where classes are held in two buildings near Copley Square, has always taught several world languages (currently Japanese, Mandarin, French and Spanish). Snowden has recently added an International Baccalaureate Program, which helps give this academically challenging program even more focus and inspiration.

Read more about the Snowden International High School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

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BTU News Updates

The Office of Instructional Research and Development and the Harvard Graduate School of Education are collaborating on developing a 1st and 2nd grade curriculum over the next three school years. This work, spearheaded by the Office of Early Childhood, will be a customized, cutting-edge tool specifically designed to support literacy growth, academic-knowledge development and improving engagement. We will pilot the 1st grade curriculum in a small number of schools in the 2015-2016 school year.
The preliminary BTU election will be held at the BTU on Wednesday, May 6 from 9 AM to 6 PM. Ballot requests will be sent out soon if you choose to vote by mail instead of coming in on Election Day. We initiated the mail-in ballot option in 2013. The ballot requests will then be mailed to American Arbitration Association in New York. They will then mail a ballot back to you.
In late March we reached a tentative agreement on the school calendar for the upcoming school year. The agreement is subject to membership vote and ratification at the May 13 membership meeting.The agreement also needs to be wrapped in legal language, which will take place soon. We will let you know when the language is finalized. The basic outline of the agreement is below and the essence of the language will not change with the legal language added.Union Proposal, March 26, 2015 for SY 2015-2016 only:
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