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BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity Teacher-Led Practice Networks

A partnership between Boston Public Schools and Teach Plus

Are you an experienced, effective teacher interested in leading a network of your peers through the implementation of the new BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity? Would you like to develop your skills in facilitation of professional learning? Would you like to lead a network of teachers from across the district in testing and contributing to a bank of best practices within one of the BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity competency areas?

What are Teacher-Led Practice Networks?

Through the Teacher-Led Practice Networks, Teach Plus trains and develops current classroom teachers to lead a 6-month series of teacher-led, collaborative networks designed to support implement of the BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity to support marginalized students in BPS. The Essentials were created to ensure equitable access and engagement in inclusive, rigorous, and culturally and linguistically and sustaining programs that foster and prepare all students in Boston Public Schools for success. We know that empowering exceptional teachers, like you, and leveraging your content expertise, is integral to ensuring excellent instruction for all students in Boston. As a Teacher Leader you will be designated as an adjunct profession through UMass Boston and earn a $1,950 stipend. 


We are seeking eight (8) outstanding Boston Public Schools teachers to lead one of the following networks over the course of the 2017-18 school year, starting in January, 2018:

Elementary Essentials for Instructional Equity Practice Networks

  • Create & Maintain Safe, Healthy, & Sustaining Learning Environment 
  • Design Learning Experiences for Access & Agency
  • Facilitate Cognitively-Demanding Tasks & Instruction 
  • Assess for Learning 

Secondary Essentials for Instructional Equity Practice Networks

  • Create & Maintain Safe, Healthy, & Sustaining Learning Environment 
  • Design Learning Experiences for Access & Agency
  • Facilitate Cognitively-Demanding Tasks & Instruction 
  • Assess for Learning 

As a Teacher Leader, you will receive:

  • 14 hours of training on professional learning design principles, skillful facilitation of adult learning, the problem solving cycle, and collaborative calibration tools and rubrics
  • Ongoing written feedback, two individual coaching sessions, two collaborative cohort sessions, and observation and feedback on session facilitation
  • Receive a $1,950 stipend 
  • Designated as UMass adjunct professor 

As a Teacher Leader, you will:

  • Design and lead six (6) monthly professional learning sessions to engage a network of BPS teachers in testing and working through instructional problems of practice aligned to one of the BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity.
  • Collaboratively test, revise, and develop new practices and techniques to support effective classroom implementation of the Essentials.
  • Develop district instructional policy by collaboratively co-creating a set of recommendations to guide BPS teachers in enacting the Essentials for Instructional Equity in the classroom.  
  • Further utilize your teacher voice and expertise through opportunities to share your experiences via op-eds, blogs, and/or social media posts

A typical session has the following structure:

  • Teacher leader leads the network of teachers in setting an instructional practice goal within the Essential practice area. 
  • Teacher leader facilitates the development of foundational knowledge around the Essential focus area through the sharing of content, strategies and aligned resources.
  • Participating teachers collaborate in applying new knowledge and resources to plan instruction, calibrate plans for instruction, and work through implementation problems of practice.
  • Finalize a commitment/plan for implementation from session to session and work to make observable changes in classroom practice.

Each session will result in new or improved Essentials-aligned practices and lessons for participants to test in their classrooms before the next monthly session. By the end of the 6-month Teacher-Led Practice Network, participating teachers will have tested and collaboratively co-created a set of recommended practices and technique to support the implementaiton of the BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity in the classroom.

Please contact Sasha Zuflacht at szuflacht@teachplus.org with questions.