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Boston Educators Collaborative

A partnership between the Boston Compact and Teach Plus

You are invited to join a dynamic new professional learning opportunity -- the Boston Educators Collaborative. The Collaborative is a set of free teacher-led professional learning courses that will connect you with fellow teachers from district, charter, and Catholic schools throughout the City of Boston. Together, you will share best practices and refine your instructional practice over five weeks.

What is the Boston Educators Collaborative?‚Äč
  • A set of University-level courses led by current classroom teachers around topics that ensure instruction is:
    • Reaching All Learners
    • Providing Rigor with Rich Content
    • Culturally Proficient
  • These courses:
    • Are content/grade band-specific in disseminating best practices
    • Are led by current classroom teachers to promote Teacher Leadership 
    • and foster collaboration between teachers from across district, charter, and Catholic schools in Boston
  • Five 3-hour sessions (15 hours), beginning after April break.  
  • Dinner is provided.
  • Free. 
  • Qualify for PDP points (or UMass graduate credit with $110 fee).
Join the Boston Educators Collaborative Now: Full Course Descriptions Below


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Course Descriptions:


Courses at Codman Academy in Dorchester

Dates: Mondays  from 4:30pm - 7:30pm, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 30 (Tuesday), and June 5. Dinner provided.

Literature Circles 101: Teaching Students to Read Like Adults (Grades 6-12)
Teacher Leader: Sydney Chaffee

The Common Core State Standards say that our students should read complex texts, participate in collaborative discussions, and support their ideas with textual evidence. How can we use Literature Circles to help all of our students meet these standards and learn to “read like adults”? In this course, we will learn about the origin of Literature Circles and then analyze and design various structures, roles, and protocols to ensure access for diverse learners. By the end of our time together,  we will “test-drive” Literature Circles with colleagues. 

Culturally Responsive Teaching: How Does Culture Play a Role in Learning? (Grades K -12)
Teacher Leader: Carlitta Camillo 

In this course,  participants will work together to discover how cultural differences and norms play a role in student learning and motivation. We will learn how to incorporate the four conditions necessary for Culturally Responsive Teaching - a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students’ cultural references in all aspects of learning.

Courses at the Mission Grammar School in Mission Hill

Dates: Tuesdays from 4:30pm - 7:30pm, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, and June 6. Dinner provided. 

Anything but Standard: Creative Ways to Engage Students in CCSS Writing  (Grades 3-6)
Teacher Leader: Erica Shipow

How can we make sure that we are giving students concrete strategies, specifically for writing, as well as ample time to develop and practice these skills? In this course, we will focus on the three major Common Core State Standards writing strands: narrative, persuasive, and informational writing, as well as the process of writing itself. Together, we will learn to make writing engaging and manageable for all students. 

Every Behavior Tells a Story: Modeling Social Emotional Skills in Academic Contexts (Grades Pre-K - 6)
Teacher Leader: Kristina Favaloro

How do we create a community of learners that work together, without compromising rigorous standards-based instruction? In this course, we will identify strategies from the Pyramid Model - a framework of evidence-based practices for supporting social emotional competence - and authentically implement them in the classroom. By using the Pyramid Model and other best practice techniques, you will create a community of learners driven to lead to both emotional and academic success. 

Courses at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain

em>Dates: Thursdays from 4:30pm - 7:30pm, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, and June 8. Dinner provided. 

How to Read like a Historian: Using Document Based Analysis in the Classroom (Grades 5-12)
Teacher Leader: Sharon Ennis

In this course, you will learn how to make content engaging for all students while teaching necessary literacy skills to ensure our students become critical thinkers. We will work together to analyze documents with the Standard History Education Group Framework, write and use spiral questions as a scaffold for students, and differentiate tasks for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. By the end of the 5-week course, you will have created a Document Based Analysis ready for immediate use in your classroom. 

How to Use Student Talk and Differentiated Checks for Understanding to Elevate Mathematical Thinking for All (Grades 1-5)
Teacher Leader: Caroline Jones

How can we ensure that our students are doing the heavy lifting in our math classrooms?  How can we reach ALL learners? In this course, you will gain a working knowledge of how to model and encourage strong student math talk and differentiate checks for understanding to gauge student thinking. As you develop strategies, questioning, and math talk moves to foster classroom discussions, you will also have opportunities to embed performance tasks into your instruction to strengthen your students’ critical thinking skills.