Teacher Summer Institute has ended
Welcome to Teacher Summer Institute 2017!  For the first time ever, Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union are co-hosting an academic conference for teachers.  TSI will focus on highlighting the best practices of some of our most passionate urban educators across BPS.  Teachers, central office staff, and valued members of our community will join together to help bring a shared vision for instruction to life across the district. Please note, this is open to all educators, and is not exclusively for new teachers. We hope to see you there!  

Amy Sallen

Lyndon Elementary School
I have been teaching Art in BPS for 25 years. I am also a painter and received a Fund For Excellence Grant in 2006. For two years, I have been taking Level one and two of a Visual Thinking Strategies Professional Development at the Gardner Museum. I was very excited to finally find a method of introducing Art to my students where they would discuss the work and in the process make personal connections. During that first year, I discovered my students reacting in a biased way to images provided by the Gardner for VTS. As a response, I developed over the next two years the curriculum "Media and Bias" . The unit names/addresses the negative effects of social media/gaming on Digital Natives and how we can counteract them in Art, Science and all classrooms.