BTU News Updates
During the first week of February the BTU put out a survey to our membership listing seven common ideas and thoughts that might aid sustainable school improvement. 155 people took the survey, which asked people to list their best ideas in priority order. The top two ideas for improving schools were:Provide more resources, better training, and more support to staffGive existing staff greater say over the school's operationThe two least likely ideas thought to promote school improvement were:
Much has been made of this year's budget shortfall, which is significant but not drastically different from previous shortfalls at this time of year for each of the last few years. The school department has produced a good analysis of the current situation, well worth a read.
The BTU is offering ten $500 stipends to BTU members who propose and are accepted to facilitate sessions at the upcoming Professional Learning Conference on June 17. Grantees are required to document the development of their learning by writing three reflective pieces. The pieces will be published on the BTU website and featured in the PLI Update newsletter.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 8:30am to 12:30pm
In order to assist members who may be having evaluation issues, the BTU is sponsoring a series of workshops to address the issues and prescriptions that have been identified in their Formative Assessments or Summative Evaluations. This is primarily...
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 9:30am to 2:00pm
Please join us for the make-up session for the workshop offered at the annual Building Rep conference for all those interested in learning how to effectively communicate and organize members at your school site and also learn skills to help you...
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 5:00pm
Winter Chambers, 26 Court Street
The school district will hold budget hearings in March:Tuesday, March 4 at 6 PM (location TBD)Wednesday, March 12 at 5 PM.
Charters, Pilots, Publics and Everything in Between: How are school autonomies impacting equity in Boston?
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
An event for teachers, students, parents, and anyone interested in or confused by the many types of schools. Please join us on Thursday, March 13 from 5-7 PM at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street in Jamaica Plain.