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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!  
Tuesday, August 22
 

8:00am

Essential 1: Create Safe, Healthy, and Sustaining Learning Environments
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will understand three essential components of creating a safe, healthy and sustaining learning environment.  The first component, Understanding Self, will help participants understand their own cultural background and how it impacts their actions and beliefs in the classroom. The second component, Community: School and Home, will help participants to understand how to educate the whole child by identifying student assets and needs as well as recognizing the cultural and linguistic identities of the students, families and communities.  The third component, Facilitating Engaging Learning, will help participants learn to develop an active, student-centered learning experience that establishes classroom routines and rituals that affirms student identities and agency, promotes healthy choices, and develops a safe climate and environment.

Tuesday August 22, 2017 8:00am - 3:00pm
224

8:00am

Essential 2: Design Learning Experiences for Access and Agency- Creating Access and Agency for Diverse Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will examine ways to better understand and engage each and every learner and employ instructional practices that support student ownership of learning. By facilitating opportunities for conversations, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, we will be able to design instruction that provides access and agency for diverse learners.

All resources can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/ASSETaea

Presenters
avatar for Rhianon Gutierrez

Rhianon Gutierrez

Digital Learning Specialist, Boston Public Schools
Rhianon E. Gutierrez's varied background includes instructional design, media production, and disability advocacy. As a Digital Learning Specialist in the Boston Public Schools, she builds district-wide partnerships around inclusive uses of technology and leads and supports blended... Read More →
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Connie Henry

Assistant Director, K-12 Mathematics, Boston Public Schools
avatar for Zachary Houston

Zachary Houston

Assistant Director for ABA, Boston Public Schools
Zachary Houston is the Assistant Director for Applied Behavior Analysis for the Boston Public Schools. As a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst, Zachary has over 15 years of experience supporting students with disabilities. He also serves on the board of the Association... Read More →
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Chi Nguyen

Boston Public Schools
Chi Nguyen is the Director of Supplemental Services and TLT II Liaison in the Office of English Learners. He is a former middle school math inclusion teacher and elementary school principal. He continues to serve students and families in the fight for social justice and equity... Read More →
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Pam Pelletier

Director, K-12 Science and Technology Engineering, Science/APL
avatar for Holly Rosa

Holly Rosa

Assistant Director of Implementation K-12 Science, Technology/Engineering, Boston Public Schools
avatar for Natacha Scott

Natacha Scott

Director of History/Social Studies, History & Social Studies Department


Tuesday August 22, 2017 8:00am - 3:00pm
George Sherman Union - Back Court

8:00am

Essential 3: Facilitate Cognitively Demanding Tasks and Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop teachers will:
  • Understand the cognitive load theory as it applies to:
  • anticipating what students will do as they engage with CDI
  • monitoring students while they work using teacher questions that supporting engagement
  • identifying student work for analysis
  • developing effective sequencing of student work
  • orchestrating engaging instruction
  • ensuring access for all students
  • Consider the portrait of a learner 
    • Knowing who students are and what they bring to instruction
    • Accessing social emotional skills so they can be engaged and take risk
  • Analyze of Cognitively Demanding Instruction within and across content
  • Develop a start of school year launch for cognitively demanding instruction

Tuesday August 22, 2017 8:00am - 3:00pm
B12

8:00am

Essential 4: Assess for Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about and practice the process of formative assessment in order to accelerate student growth.  Teachers will learn to elicit, assess, and extend student thinking by asking questions, posing prompts, observing student work and facilitating conversations, and focusing on feedback that moves student learning forward.


Presenters
avatar for Mary Dillman

Mary Dillman

Executive Director, Data and Accountability, Boston Public Schools
avatar for Sarah Jay

Sarah Jay

Liaison - Data & Accountability, Boston Public Schools
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Linda Lipkin

Assistant Headmaster, O'Bryant School of Math & Science
avatar for Christina Scarlatos

Christina Scarlatos

Senior Inquiry Learning Manager - Data & Accountability, Boston Public Schools
Inquiry is a scaffolded process that guides teams of teachers and school leaders to identify student learning challenges based on data and adjust instructional practice until student learning improves. Collaborative inquiry is a vehicle for distributing school leadership and augmenting... Read More →


Tuesday August 22, 2017 8:00am - 3:00pm
226

8:00am

Focus on First Curriculum Training
Limited Capacity filling up

Learning a new curriculum is challenging and exciting. These interactive and collaborative sessions will offer foundational understanding, instructional routines and strategies, introduction to materials, resources, and opportunities to talk with colleagues in order to prepare for the year ahead.

Presenters
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Melissa Tonachel

Program Director, Early Childhood


Tuesday August 22, 2017 8:00am - Thursday August 24, 2017 3:00pm
313

8:00am

Focus on Second Curriculum Training
Learning a new curriculum is challenging and exciting. This will be especially so as the Focus on Second Pilot curriculum is in development, and teachers will participate in shaping it as the year progresses. These interactive and collaborative sessions will offer foundational understanding, instructional strategies, introduction to materials, resources, and opportunities to talk with colleagues in order to prepare for the year ahead.

Presenters
MT

Melissa Tonachel

Program Director, Early Childhood


Tuesday August 22, 2017 8:00am - Thursday August 24, 2017 3:00pm
522

8:00am

Introduction to Focus on K1
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Focus on K1 is the nationally-acclaimed preschool curriculum implemented in 200+ Boston classrooms. In this introductory session, participants will be trained in the First Three Weeks of School and Units 1 & 2. There will be 2 PD release days during the school year, with the possibility of additional after-school seminars. Participants will learn curriculum content, as well as high-quality practices for successful implementation.
This PD session addresses the following educator effectiveness competencies:
Standard I: Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment
Standard II: Teaching All Students

Presenters
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David Ramsey

Program Director/ Developer, Early Childhoo


Tuesday August 22, 2017 8:00am - Thursday August 24, 2017 3:00pm
426

8:00am

Introduction to Focus on K2
Limited Capacity seats available

Focus on K2 is currently implemented in 200+ Boston classrooms as well as in districts across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. During this 3 day session, participants will be introduced to the curriculum's pedagogical framework and components, classroom routines, environment setup and Unit 1. There will be 2 PD release days during the school year, with the possibility of an additional 2 to 4 after-school seminars. Participants will learn curriculum content, as well as high-quality practices for successful implementation.
This PD session addresses the following educator effectiveness competencies:
Standard I: Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment
Standard II: Teaching All Students

Presenters
avatar for Marina Boni

Marina Boni

Program Developer, Early Childhood PreK-2nd


Tuesday August 22, 2017 8:00am - Thursday August 24, 2017 3:00pm
235
 
Wednesday, August 23
 

8:00am

Instructional Components PreK-2
Limited Capacity seats available

Instructional leaders are struck by having to observe in the prekindergarten and kindergarten classrooms. This is a great opportunity to see and engage conversation regarding the alignment of the instructional components in grades pre-2nd grades.

Presenters
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Mayra Cuevas

Liaison - Academics, Boston Public Schools


Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:20am
229

8:00am

Understanding the Shifts: Unpacking the New Science & Technology/Engineering Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will work with the framework to better understand the expectations it holds and the instructional shifts needed for student success. We will unpack standards and explore implications for teacher practice, both vertically and horizontally. We will share resources for planning and instruction, and information about the materials transition underway.

Presenters
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Pam Pelletier

Director, K-12 Science and Technology Engineering, Science/APL



Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:20am
B20

8:00am

Engaging Families for Student Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will gain knowledge and tools for how to engage the families of the children they teach. We will role play how to make phone calls to families to establish two-way communication from the start of the school year, and we will plan the agenda for your interactive "Back to School Night" in the fall.

Presenters
avatar for Ilene Carver

Ilene Carver

Second Grade teacher


Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:20am
B12

8:00am

Leveraging Major Standards To Create Intervention That Actually Works
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to learn how to implement an intervention plan that actually works? Together using data, curriculum resources, and our own observations, we will determine what the most important standards are in our grade-level and content area. Then, we will shift gears and identify what the data tells us about the achievement gap in our own schools/classrooms. Being empowered with both of these tools will leave teachers in a position to create meaningful intervention to ensure that all students are reaching the ultimate goal: meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations.

Who is this session for?
Elementary, Middle School, and High School Teachers teaching Math or ELA

What do you need?
LAPTOPS, Pencil or Pen, Your Thinking Caps

Presenters
avatar for Mike Macchi

Mike Macchi

Assistant Principal, Perry K-8 School



Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:20am
233

8:00am

Using Behavioral Data Within Multi-tiered Systems of Support
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you strive to use behavioral data to make data-based decisions? Using the framework of multi-tiered systems of support within Behavioral Health Services' Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model, we will investigate how behavioral data is being used to select and monitor evidence-based behavioral interventions for individual students, classrooms and whole school initiatives.

Presenters


Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:20am
211

8:00am

Coaching Educators to Build Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide participants with practices they can use to coach other educators. This will be accomplished through resources, new learning, and significant opportunities for practicing these skills in action. Teacher leaders, administrators, and others can use this seminar as an opportunity to ground their support of others in established techniques and to practice those techniques with experienced coaches.

Presenters
avatar for Angela Hedley-Mitchell

Angela Hedley-Mitchell

Liaison - Opportunity Gaps/ART, Boston Public Schools
CW

Courtney Wilkes

ELA/SS Manager for K-8, Academic Response Team


Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
237

8:00am

Teacher/Paraprofessional Teams: How to Effectively Educate Students
Limited Capacity seats available

This course will assist participants in promoting high quality special education, accessible, inclusive learning environments by enabling effective team instruction by dedicated special educators and paraprofessionals. 

Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
428

8:00am

Using Data in Special Education Classrooms and IEP meetings
Limited Capacity filling up

This course will support attendees in identifying a variety of different types of data that can be used to inform the SST and IEP processes. Participants will identify and access a variety of tools for student data collection in order to maximize student outcomes that can be utilized unobtrusively within the classroom. Participants will also develop data-based decision making skills across, assessment, academic, and behavioral domains.

Presenters
avatar for Aixa Borrero-Sanchez

Aixa Borrero-Sanchez

Assistant Director -Related Services, Boston Public Schools
Related Services, co-teaching, co-treating with related services staff, special education.
avatar for Zachary Houston

Zachary Houston

Assistant Director for ABA, Boston Public Schools
Zachary Houston is the Assistant Director for Applied Behavior Analysis for the Boston Public Schools. As a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst, Zachary has over 15 years of experience supporting students with disabilities. He also serves on the board of the Association... Read More →
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Christine Panarese

Assistant Director for Special Education K-8, Boston Public Schools


Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
B25B

8:00am

Executive Functioning In a Nutshell: Identification, Strategies and Intervention
Limited Capacity seats available

This course is designed for participants to expand their understanding of how executive functioning skills impact students in the classroom. We will focus on background information about brain development and executive function areas, how to identify needs in students and strategies for supporting and developing executive functions in the classroom.

Presenters


Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
B18

8:00am

Starting Courageous Conversations about Race
Limited Capacity seats available

We will go through a series of protocols and activities designed to deepen the racial equity conversation within your self and your community. We will work to understand how our racial identity effects our life and our work as educators. This session will also be an introduction to this work and provide resources to begin the conversation at your school and community.

* I added components of what you need to bring with you!  You will need a journal!

If you are interested in joining a year long session:

https://sites.google.com/view/bostoneducatorsforequity/

Thank you for coming!!!!! Powerpoint is uploaded! you can always email me at uainsworth@bostonpublicschools.org!  I  cannot wait to hear how your conversations are going!

Presenters
avatar for Ulana Ainsworth

Ulana Ainsworth

Teacher, Guild



Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
226

8:00am

Physical Literacy: Setting the Standard in Physical Education
This interactive workshop is designed to help physical educators better understand and apply the newly revised BPS physical education (PE) curriculum maps and grade-level student learning outcomes. Participants will first build a foundation of knowledge of physical literacy. Then, through both cognitive and psychomotor engagement, participants will get to experience and bring to life standards-based PE curriculum. Information gained from the workshop will assist teachers in rigorous, standards-based unit design and assessment of student learning. Dress to move!

Presenters

Wednesday August 23, 2017 8:00am - 3:00pm
Boston University's College of General Studies (CGS) - Room 527 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

9:30am

Unpacking what it means to be a white female educator to urban students of color
Limited Capacity seats available

What unique experiences, thoughts and behaviors do white female educators bring to the urban classroom? What strengths do these educators bring and what are areas of growth? Learn what the research says and engage in self-reflection and discussion.

Presenters
avatar for Kris Taylor

Kris Taylor

Director of Leadership Development, Boston Public Schools
My direct work involves supporting and developing aspiring principals and new principals and creating professional learning experiences for adults. In addition to this, my passion is supporting the district with having conversations about race and inequity.



Wednesday August 23, 2017 9:30am - 10:50am
224

9:30am

Building Discourse Communities: Rigorous Student-centered Learning through Evidence Based Argumentation
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will show how EBA activities transfer cognitive demand from teacher to student and increase academic discourse. Participants will leave with four EBA activities to help students speak, write, and read critically in a student-centered classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Dibinga

Mary Dibinga

English Teacher, Boston Latin Academy
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Jana McCarthy

Lead Teacher of Curriculum and Instruction, West Roxbury Academy



Wednesday August 23, 2017 9:30am - 10:50am
B20

9:30am

Ideas, Inspiration, and Inquiry in a K2 Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description

This workshop will introduce participants to a year-long inquiry project that sought to identify the presence of inspiration in a Kindergarten 2 classroom and its contribution to building a learning community where collaboration, student talk, and engaging project-based activity all contributed to creative and cognitively demanding learning in the classroom.

This presentation is appropriate for teachers who are interested in teacher inquiry, project-based learning, and documentation of student learning. Although it is based on teaching and inquiry in a Kindergarten 2 classroom, teachers from all grade levels and content areas are encouraged to attend.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa LLORENTE

Lisa LLORENTE

ESL Teacher
I have worked as an early childhood educator in general education, special education, inclusion, and SEI classrooms. I am currently working as an ESL teacher with K2 and first grade students. I am interested in arts integration and project-based learning and promoting student "voice... Read More →


Wednesday August 23, 2017 9:30am - 10:50am
228

9:30am

Making Cognitively- Demanding Tasks Accessible to All Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this session will learn how plan cognitively demanding tasks that are accessible to all learners including ELLs and students with special needs. We will discuss how to plan lessons using Hess's Cognitive Rigor Matrix. We will also work on providing appropriate scaffolds that foster a productive struggle but also support learners so that they can be successful.

Presenters

Wednesday August 23, 2017 9:30am - 10:50am
Tsai Performance Center

12:00pm

2017 MCF for ELA and Literacy: Using District Curriculum Documents to Strengthen Aligned Instruction in Grades PreK-3
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will deepen their understanding of the 2017 ELA and Literacy Curriculum Framework in Mathematics and how teachers and administrators can use district curriculum documents to support alignment and strengthen instruction at Grades PreK-3, including attention to cognitively demanding tasks, inclusive strategies, and attention equity and access.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Oneida Fox Roye

Dr. Oneida Fox Roye

Director of English Language Arts and Literacy, K-12, Boston Public Schools


Wednesday August 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:20pm
237

12:00pm

Digital Learning and the Blended Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology gives teachers many opportunities to engage individual students and personalize instruction. A blended approach that seamlessly integrates digital learning resources can free teachers' hands, giving them time and space to work with students one-on-one and in small groups. Further, it allows students to build their digital literacy skills, making them more successful in a 21st century workforce. A strong blended learning approach builds digital literacy skills: students learn to communicate effectively across variety of platforms, collaborate with peers in a meaningful way, and think critically about and engage with content.
 


Presenters
avatar for Edward Considine

Edward Considine

Boston Public Schools
Ed Considine has been working in the Boston Public Schools for over 20 years as a teacher, lead teacher, Program Director, and currently in the BPS Technology Department as a Digital Support Specialist. Since joining BPS Technology in 2005 he have been part of the district wide planning... Read More →


Wednesday August 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:20pm
B18

12:00pm

Using Asset-Based Portfolios to Support All Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session you will learn about the work the Perry K-8 School has been doing around selecting individual “focus” students and developing lessons based on student strengths. We chose our focus students based on the achievement gaps at our school. We focused on incorporating culturally and linguistically sustaining practices and social emotional learning to support our students of color, our English Learners, and our students with disabilities. From this session you will walk away with strategies to implement with your students in the fall.

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Presenters
MS

Michelle Sirois

Grade 4 Teacher


Wednesday August 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:20pm
428

12:00pm

Special Education 101: Overview of Laws and Regulations
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will review special education federal and state laws and regulations and requirements for IEP teams.

Presenters
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Andrea Alves-Thomas

Manager of Compliance for Special Education, Boston Public Schools
Andrea Alves-Thomas is currently the Manager of Compliance for Special Education. Prior to this endeavor, she was an attorney in the Office of Legal Advisor for Boston Public Schools for 15 years litigating special education, employment discrimination and other matters. She attended... Read More →
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Maryann Molloy

Supervisor/Special Ed. Dept.


Wednesday August 23, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
229

12:00pm

Using Standards-Aligned Formative Assessments to Get the Most Out of Every Teaching Minute
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will explore a pathway to maximize instructional time by effectively planning from Common Core standards to target your students’ specific learning needs.  In the session, we will analyze how BPS formative assessments provide information on student performance on specific standards, we will utilize the UBD model to unpack key standards, and we will develop cognitively demanding tasks aligned to standards. As a result of this work, we will create a backwards plan for instruction that will provide progress-checks towards standard proficiency for all students. Participants will  be able to replicate this best practice with ILT, CPT/PLC, or in other collaborative spaces.



Presenters
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Erin Flynn

Liaison - Data & Accountability, Boston Public Schools
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Trish Irving

Liaison - Data & Accountability, Boston Public Schools


Wednesday August 23, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
233

12:00pm

Why Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Practices?
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will highlight the necessity of Culturally Linguistically Sustaining Practices for effective classroom instruction of diverse learners.

Presenters
HF

Hayden Frederick-Clarke

Boston Public Schools


Wednesday August 23, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
B25B

12:00pm

Developing Earth, Sun and Moon Models
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will engage with materials to learn how the Science and Engineering Practices adopted in the the new MA Science Frameworks and how to implement them in the classroom. They will: go through a shortened version of the process the students do, and ultimately develop their own model using simple materials. They will then use the criteria to show what they learned during the session.

Presenters
avatar for Eric Meuse

Eric Meuse

Science Teacher, Boston Public Schools



Wednesday August 23, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
228

12:00pm

Differentiation: Where There is a Will (Shakespeare), There is a Way
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive workshop presents a high-energy approach to exploring differentiate instruction and assessment. Using multiple intelligence activities, tools, and strategies that are designed to engage and energize learners on multiple levels as well as to deepen interpretative skills and build comprehension, participants who teach literature will gain techniques to expand their curricula and to consider multiple assessments. Everyone, including would-be thespians, is welcome to come and join in the fun.

Presenters
CB

Connie Borab

Teacher, Boston Day and Evening Academy



Wednesday August 23, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
226

12:00pm

Project Based Learning: Personalizing Instruction with a Design Mindset
Limited Capacity seats available

Project Based Learning is an approach that allows students to work independently and collaboratively on a complex real world challenge. This program will explore how to create an extended experience in which student not only create a culminating project, but use a design mindset to develop possible short term solutions to help solve the problem.

Presenters
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Bruce Pontbriand

lead teacher, TechBoston Academy
This is my 28th year in education. At the present time, I am a lead teacher and also coordinate human capital at TechBoston Academy. My interest in project based learning was the focal point of my doctoral research at Boston College. My content interests are government and civics... Read More →


Wednesday August 23, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
326

1:30pm

Performance Evaluation 101 for Educators
Educators have the opportunity and responsibility to engage in a dialogue with their supervisor to shape their professional growth and development. This session provides educators with information about the five-step evaluation process, an opportunity to unpack the standards of effective practice, and individual and small-group work time with colleagues.

Presenters
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Jerome Doherty

Director of Performance Management, Boston Public Schools
AG

Ali Gross

School Partner
CI

Chason Ishino

Performance Management Partner, Boston Public Schools
LL

Leah Levine

Performance Management Partner, Boston Public Schools
MS

Mark Seide

Professional Growth Specialist



Wednesday August 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm
Tsai Performance Center

1:30pm

Cognitively Demanding Task Rubric for Students with Special Needs
Limited Capacity filling up

The participants will learn about the development of the Carter School CDT Matrix for students with severe special needs. I will go over each level of the Matrix and provide examples for better clarity. Participants will learn the difference between simple discriminations and conditional discriminations and how to apply these concepts in our teaching. We will end the session with a group share out of findings and discuss ways to apply the CDT Matrix in our instruction.

Presenters
avatar for Kimberly Kulasekaran

Kimberly Kulasekaran

Lead Teacher, William E Carter School
Hello, My name is Kim Kulasekaran and I am the Lead Teacher at the William E. Carter School in Boston's South End. Our school specializes in educating students, ages 12-22 years, with severe special needs. I am approaching my 9th year as a teacher at the Carter School and am so proud... Read More →



Wednesday August 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm
B12

3:00pm

ALANA
Limited Capacity seats available

In this informal session, participants will meet ALANA executive members, participants and members of OHC and be introduced to a network of individuals committed to supporting their development in BPS.

Wednesday August 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
B12

3:00pm

Schedule A Teacher Facilitator Share- Out & Networking
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday August 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
226

3:00pm

Student Rights and Responsibilities: BSAC's Boston Student Rights Phone App
With the recent overhaul of the Boston Code of Conduct and the passage of Chapter 222 legislation to reduce out-of-school suspensions and expulsions and promote alternative methods of discipline, the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) developed a Boston student rights phone app that allows students, teachers and administrators to stay up-to-date with policy and practice and report violations of the Code to the BPS Office of Equity, in addition to empowering the user to identify, interrupt and report hate crime and speech and harassment. Available on both the Apple and Android Google store, the app has been downloaded close to 12,000 times and is the first of its kind. 

Wednesday August 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
233
 
Thursday, August 24
 

8:00am

Using Language Objectives to ensure ELL access
Limited Capacity seats available

What many teachers don't know about language objectives is that they are not another bureaucratic nuisance; rather, they are an integral part of lesson construction that should directly reflect how a teacher makes content comprehensible. This is designed to be the next level after RETELL training for teachers.

Presenters
avatar for Jaime M Staraitis

Jaime M Staraitis

EL Director, East Boston High School, 1070


Thursday August 24, 2017 8:00am - 9:20am
233

8:00am

Engagement Matters: Building Trust & Relationships with Families
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive professional learning experience has been developed to provide teachers and educators with the research, tools and resources to implement effective engagement strategies that will build trust and relationships between the classroom/school and home.

Presenters
avatar for Karla Jenkins

Karla Jenkins

Director of Students, Families, and School Partnerships, Boston Public Schools, Ellison-Parks EEC


Thursday August 24, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
226

8:00am

Explore Boston and Incorporate Place-Based Learning into Your Instruction!
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to use the city as your classroom? Struggle to connect field trips meaningfully to your instruction? Gain a deeper understanding of place-based learning opportunities that exist in Boston from a variety of local social studies and science organizations. Explore their vast collection of programs and resources that directly align to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
(Hint: Many sites even offer free buses!)

Presenters
avatar for Natacha Scott

Natacha Scott

Director of History/Social Studies, History & Social Studies Department


Thursday August 24, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
B20

8:00am

Student Leadership in and out of the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Students placed at the center of decisions involving their own education are more engaged and take more ownership of their own academia. In this session participants will reflect on their experiences as students and leaders, draw on those experiences, and explore strategies for engaging students in and outside the classroom.

Presenters
MO

Maria Ortiz

Boston Public Schools


Thursday August 24, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
221

8:00am

The Art of Effective IEP Team Meetings
Limited Capacity filling up

The course will focus on  the IEP process from point of referral to the actual IEP development. We will review disability categories that qualify students for special education, including 504 eligibility. We will review a range of placement options (IDEA) from low level of services to more restrictive educational settings. The law governing special education will be discussed and how it guide development of an IEP.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Ivonne Borrero

Dr. Ivonne Borrero

Program Director, Boston Public Schools
Dr. Ivonne Borrero is a member of the Behavioral Health Services under the Social Emotional and Wellness Department of the Boston Public Schools. Supervising the districts School Psychologists is her main responsibility but she also works with teachers, Special Education and EL staff... Read More →
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Phyllis Mclean

Phyllis McLean has been with Boston Public Schools for 29 years.She started as a special education teacher; teaching at all levels in a range of settings. Phyllis then moved on to the position  of Evaluation Team Facilitator,both school based and as a Citywide Team Facilitator. Phyllis... Read More →
avatar for Nilsa Reis

Nilsa Reis

Assistant Director, Boston Public Schools
Nilsa Reis is our Special Education Assistant Director for TLT 4B.  She has worked in BPS for 20 years in a variety of roles which include teaching at the Shaw Middle school and the Special Ed department for 13 years. She is passionate about reading and supporting students and s... Read More →


Thursday August 24, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
211

8:00am

Appropriating the Canon: Teaching Race and Politics Through Intertextual Pairings
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive session provides a framework for how to create intertextual units of study with canonical and contemporary works (poetry, drama, literature, music, movies, visual arts). Participants will learn strategies for how to demystify the canon that enable students to appropriate and argue their own politics in ways that are meaningful and relevant.

Presenters
avatar for Katherine Petta

Katherine Petta

ILT Director, Burke High School


Thursday August 24, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
228

8:00am

Restorative Justice Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will learn the basics of Restorative Justice - including both the philosophy/mindset but also some of the technical components (e.g., keeping a circle). The aim of this session is to help us learn ways we can use restorative practices to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

Presenters
avatar for Jess Madden-Fuoco

Jess Madden-Fuoco

Boston Public Schools, Director of Teaching and Learning



Thursday August 24, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
George Sherman Union - The Alley

8:00am

Social Cognition in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This course is designed for participants to expand their understanding of social cognition concepts and strategies for teaching students about pro-social behavior and social skill development in the classroom. The course will focus on the Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum as well as incorporate other social intervention tools including the Zones of Regulation.

Presenters


Thursday August 24, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
428

8:00am

Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Theory Applied to Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about the 3 core concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as well as the structure and meaning of the UDL Guidelines. Participants will be engaged in practical activities and discussions where they will apply the guidelines to lesson plans and examine examples of UDL lesson implementation. If possible, please bring a lesson plan or an idea for a lesson to the session.

Presenters
avatar for Liz Byron

Liz Byron

Liz Byron has been teaching in BPS for 10 years. She is currently the K1-8th Grade Visual Art Teacher at Mildred Avenue, a full-inclusion BPS in Mattapan, MA. Liz has also taught middle school math, special education, ESL, and ELA. Liz has co-taught a graduate course at Boston College... Read More →



Thursday August 24, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
326

8:00am

Routines are for Teachers Too: a practice-based approach for the early days
Limited Capacity seats available

A must for all novice teachers. Prepare to start the year off successfully by exploring classroom management strategies;  effective classroom routines and procedures; and tools to use for the early days/ weeks of school.   


Thursday August 24, 2017 8:00am - 11:15am
Tsai Performance Center

9:30am

'Essentials' of the Teacher Evaluation Rubric
Limited Capacity seats available

In order to meet or exceed the expectations placed on us as professional educators, we must first be clear on what those expectations are. In this course, we will investigate the interrelationships between the four Essentials for Instrucitonal Equiy and the four standards of the DESE Educator Rubric. We will make connections to how these relationships manifest in the classroom and discuss next steps for instructional practice.


Presenters
JD

Jerome Doherty

Director of Performance Management, Boston Public Schools
AG

Ali Gross

School Partner
CI

Chason Ishino

Performance Management Partner, Boston Public Schools
LL

Leah Levine

Performance Management Partner, Boston Public Schools
MS

Mark Seide

Professional Growth Specialist



Thursday August 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:50am
B18

9:30am

The BTU Inquiry Project: How does teacher research improve practice while affirming and deepening professional identity?
Limited Capacity seats available

For the last three years, the BTU has collaborated with UMASS Boston and the Boston Writing Project to create this deeply personalized action research graduate course. Former Inquiry Project participants will present their research and then work with attendees to develop research questions that are meaningful and relevant personally and professionally.

Presenters
avatar for Colleen Mason

Colleen Mason

Teacher, East Boston Early Education Center, 4450
avatar for Paul Tritter

Paul Tritter

Director of Professional Learning, Boston Teachers Union



Thursday August 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:50am
224

9:30am

Proficiency in languages and technology for all students
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will use their own laptops or devices to design their own classroom websites, interactive assessment and student-centered activities. By the end of the session, participants will have at least one classroom website/blog on line, an e-book design for each participant's class and an interactive, student-centered classroom activity using Google Forms or other technology to bring back to their own classrooms.

Presenters
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Shan-Lee Liu

Teacher, Boston Latin School
歡迎! Welcome to my session! I love to share my experience regarding technology integration into everyday classroom pedagogy and curriculum design. Using educational resources like Google Classroom, Google Forms, Docs, Slides, Sheets as well as other software and apps to encourage... Read More →



Thursday August 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:50am
B12

12:00pm

BTU 101: Resources for New Educators from the Boston Teachers Union
In this session educators will learn about resources available at the BTU in supporting new educators in and outside of the classroom as well as a bit of our history of strong teacher voice in Boston! Join us for a panel of early career educators sharing their successes and pitfalls to avoid in your first year!

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Rodrigues

Jonathan Rodrigues

Organizer-BTU, Boston Teachers Union


Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Tsai Performance Center

12:00pm

2017 MCF for Mathematics: Using District Curriculum Documents to Strengthen Aligned Instruction in Grades K-9
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will deepen their understanding of the 2017 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework in Mathematics and how teachers and administrators can use district curriculum documents to support alignment and strengthen instruction at Grades K-9, including attention to cognitively demanding tasks, inclusive strategies, and attention equity and access.

Presenters
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Linda Davenport

BPS K-12 Math Director, K-12 Math Director


Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 1:20pm
225

12:00pm

Digital Citizenship for the Tech Generation
Limited Capacity seats available

As technology becomes a presence within students’ lives the importance of teaching students to navigate technology safely and efficiently is rising. This session explores key elements of "Digital Citizenship" such as social media, cyber-bullying, digital footprint, and digital learning. Participants will analyze safe, efficient, responsible, and respectful student uses of technology while learning to infuse digital citizenship/literacy activities into their curricula.




Presenters
avatar for Nikolas Gonzales

Nikolas Gonzales

Digital Learning Specialist, OIIT
Nick Gonzales has taught for over 10 years in New York City, BPS, and abroad as an ESL, EFL, and ESL/world history teacher. He has worked as a Digital Learning Specialist for the past 10 years for Boston Public Schools, is a Google certified educator, an adjunct world history professor... Read More →


Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 1:20pm
233

12:00pm

Hit the Ground Running with Units and Measurement
Limited Capacity filling up

Students rarely appreciate the importance of units and measurement. In this session participants will build timing and distance instruments to measure their own walking or running speed. Comparing and manipulating data will demonstrate how bring concepts to life for students.

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Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 1:20pm
114A

12:00pm

Utilizing Digital Storytelling to Understand the Transmigration Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will become familiar with how to create digital stories with ELLs. This presentation provides the rationale of utilizing digital stories and gives step-by-step guidance in bringing this culturally competent, instructional strategy into one’s classroom. Digital stories can be used in any content and with a range of linguistic abilities.

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Tonogbanua

Elizabeth Tonogbanua

ESL Teacher
With fifteen years’ experience teaching students from many culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, I am a passionate educator who strives to provide quality instruction to all learners. Currently, I am a middle school ESL teacher at Umana Academy and have taught in BPS... Read More →


Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 1:20pm
228

12:00pm

BPS Interim Assessments: How to Get Started!
Limited Capacity seats available

Interested in supporting your school in launching the new BPS Interim Assessments for ELA/Math in grades 2-11 through the Illuminate Platform? This session will allow you to both train your colleagues on administering the assessments, as well as serve as an on-the-ground Illuminator.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Dillman

Mary Dillman

Executive Director, Data and Accountability, Boston Public Schools
avatar for Mike Rubino

Mike Rubino

Formative Assessment Manager, Boston Public Schools



Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
B25B

12:00pm

Culturally Sustaining Practices for Black & Latino Students
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This workshop will focus on strategies to build social and cultural competency of every teacher while building a collective student culture that validates while also celebrating the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of every students.

Presenters
DM

Donkor Minors

Liaison - Opportunity Gaps/ART, Boston Public Schools


Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
326

12:00pm

Designing the Inclusive Google Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers must be given adequate opportunities to engage in design sessions with technology tools. In this session, participants will explore the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) capabilities of select Google Apps like Classroom, Docs, and Drawings and use UDL to tackle learning barriers they have encountered in their professional practice.

All resources can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/GCinclusion

Presenters
avatar for Rhianon Gutierrez

Rhianon Gutierrez

Digital Learning Specialist, Boston Public Schools
Rhianon E. Gutierrez's varied background includes instructional design, media production, and disability advocacy. As a Digital Learning Specialist in the Boston Public Schools, she builds district-wide partnerships around inclusive uses of technology and leads and supports blended... Read More →


Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
116

12:00pm

Kinesthetic Strategies to Engage Students in Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Structured movement opportunities address the needs of active learners while promoting acquisition of information and health. Focusing on Math and ELA concepts, elementary level teachers will engage in strategies from Let’s Move More in the Common Core that integrate movement into direct instruction.

Presenters
LM

Lori Marcotte

Curriculum & Program Specialist, BPS Health & Wellness
Lori is an educator, trainer, and communications specialist at BPS in the Health & Wellness Department. She has developed several programs that integrate physical activity and health instruction within traditional academic subjects. Over the past 5 years she has supported BPS teachers... Read More →



Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
229

12:00pm

Writing an IEP to reflect Transition Appropriately
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will receive a basic overview of Transition; services, supports, and objective for effective Transition planning and documentation.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Losche

Michael Losche

Liaison - Special Education, Boston Public Schools
JS

Jennifer Sweeney

Assistant Director


Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
428

12:00pm

Building Collaborative Scientific Discourse: Rigorous Student-centered Inquiry through Evidence-Based Argumentation
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, teachers explore how EBA activities transfer cognitive demand from teacher to student, and foster scientific inquiry and student voice. Participants experience three EBA activities that help students speak, write, read, and collaborate critically in science classrooms, and develop ideas to implement these activities in their own classrooms.

Presenters
CM

Carlos Monteiro

Liaison - Data & Accountability, Boston Public Schools


Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
324

12:00pm

Immigrant Narratives of Transformative Love
Limited Capacity seats available

Blending culturally responsive teaching principles with art and writing, educators explore their own identities while guiding immigrant students to reflect on theirs. The focus is on identifying and breaking down internalized oppression to recreate a positive self-image. Scaffolded for marginalized students including English Language Learners. No art teaching experience necessary.

Presenters
PB

Prema Bangera

Executive Director // Social Justice Arts Facilitator, N/A
IP

Ivana Perez-Redondo

ELL Teacher, East Boston High School



Thursday August 24, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
221

1:30pm

Climate Change Curriculum Project
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching about climate change is both important and challenging. Participants will be introduced to a series of units and lessons created by BPS teachers that focus on the topic of climate change. Additionally there will be the opportunity for future collaboration to create lessons and units for the online open access database climatecurriculum.com

Presenters
TG

Timothy Gay

Students from the Boston Student Advisory Council and dedicated science teachers have worked together to create a framework of lessons to incorporate essential concepts about Climate Change into K-12 science lessons. This is a partnership between people in the Boston Public Schools... Read More →


Thursday August 24, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm
224

1:30pm

Promoting Civil Discourse on Race and Identity
Limited Capacity seats available

After a tumultuous year at Boston Latin School around the issue of race, the librarian and 8th grade history teacher created a unit focusing on identity, race, and civil discourse. We selected a variety of media, tools and strategies from Facing History to engage students and help them make connections between identity, stereotypes and individual world views and build a foundation for continued discussions. Links to our presentation slideshow and resource folder.

Presenters
avatar for Cate Arnold

Cate Arnold

Teacher, History Dept., Boston Latin School
Cate Arnold teaches United States History I to 8th grade at Boston Latin. As an advocate for environmental issues and as part of her commitment to prepare students as future leaders, she is the advisor for the Freight Farm and YouthCan clubs at Boston Latin.
avatar for Deeth Ellis

Deeth Ellis

Head Librarian, Boston Latin School
Ms. Ellis has been the head librarian at the Harry V. Keefe Library at Boston Latin School since 2013. She received her B.A. in History at Bennington College in Vermont (1987), a M.L.S. at Simmons College (2006), and an administrative license from Boston University through The Education... Read More →


Thursday August 24, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm
George Sherman Union - The Alley

1:30pm

Signal Words: The Key to Connecting Skills to Language
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will examine how explicitly teaching signal words in the middle and upper grades gives students access to grade level content and connects to language and grammar. Teachers will identify signal words to break down the language demands of a unit and brainstorm ways signal words can enhance units of study.

Presenters
MB

Martha Boisselle

Brighton High School, 1040
avatar for Kristen Leathers, NBCT

Kristen Leathers, NBCT

SEI Director, Brighton High School


Thursday August 24, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm
B12

1:30pm

Supporting Undocumented Students in Our Schools
Limited Capacity filling up

The current discourse around immigration has increased fear and concern for undocumented students and families. When young people are afraid, they cannot learn. Come and learn strategies to make your school and your classroom a safe and welcoming space for undocumented students and families.

Presenters
avatar for Maya Taft-Morales

Maya Taft-Morales

4th Grade Inclusion Teacher, Donald McKay K-8 School


Thursday August 24, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm
226