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BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity Networks

A partnership between Boston Public Schools and Teach Plus

Would you like to join a network of BPS teachers in unpacking what instructional equity looks like in the classroom? Are you interested in tapping into your own expertise as a classroom teacher to collaboratively test and develop practices & techniques that can support all BPS teachers in ensuring instructional equity for their students? This is an opportunity for BPS teachers experienced in the Essentials to leverage their expertise to co-design resources that will be featured on the Essentials for Instructional Equity website. 

The BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity 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.

What are the Teacher-Led Practice Networks?

  • A series of teacher-led, collaborative networks designed to support bringing instructional equity alive in BPS classrooms 
  • Four (4) Thursday evening sessions (15 hours total)
  • Free & Dinner is provided
  • PDP points or UMass graduate credit (with $110 fee)

As a member of a BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity Practice Network, you will:

  • Engage in a professional learning opportunity with a network of BPS teachers to work 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 the Essentials for Instructional Equity in the classroom. By June, participating teachers will co-create a set of recommended practices and techniques to support marginalized students in Boston. 

By the end of the 3-month Teacher-Led Practice Network, participating teachers will have tested and collaboratively co-created a set of recommended practices and techniques to support the implementation of the BPS Essentials for Instructional Equity in the classroom.

Which network will you join? 

All network meetings are held at Madison Park Technical High School
Dates: Thursdays - April 26, May 10, May 24 and June 7 (5pm - 8pm) 

Essential 1: Create Safe, Healthy and Sustaining Learning Environments

Dates: Thursdays from 5pm - 8pm, April 26, May 10, May 24 and June 7. 

In this Network, BPS educators will explore instructional practices that provide a healthy, safe, and supportive classroom and school environment. Specific topics include using rituals, routines, and proactive responses to create and maintain a safe physical and intellectual environment where students take academic risks and play an active role. In this professional learning Network, you will examine your personal biases to bring awareness to your own cultural experiences that  influence the learning environments you create for your students. You will not only learn how to create a safe and supportive learning environment, but engage your students to do the same. By the end of the Network, your network team will collaboratively test, revise, and develop new practices and techniques to support effective classroom implementation of the Essentials. 

Essential 2: Design Learning Experiences for Access and Agency

Dates: Thursdays from 5pm - 8pm, April 26, May 10, May 24 and June 7. 

No two learners are exactly alike, making it difficult to design instruction that meets the needs of all learners. As BPS educators, you work hard to create high quality learning environments that develop students’ agency. In this professional learning Network, you will develop strategies to engage the brains of the learners, tap into their existing schema, and offer opportunities for application and processing. In addition, we know that access is essential to agency. So you will gain a working knowledge of how to support students in developing a sense of agency by creating learning experiences that empower students to make choices, chose pathways and strategies, share ideas, make mistakes, and revise their thinking. By the end of the Network,  your network team will collaboratively test, revise, and develop new practices and techniques to support effective classroom implementation of the Essentials. 

Essential 3: Facilitate Cognitively Demanding Tasks and Instruction

Dates: Thursdays from 5pm - 8pm, April 26, May 10, May 24 and June 7.

To eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps, every student must have the opportunity to engage with authentic, cognitively demanding tasks that are aligned to college and career readiness standards -- and that require them to develop and utilize 21st century skills, such as critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration. In this professional learning Network, you will develop well-structured and highly engaging lessons that are focused on implementing cognitively demanding tasks. Special emphasis will be placed on choosing high-quality tasks, pre-planning questions, and scaffolding without lowering cognitive demand. Every BPS student has a right to rigor. By the end of the Network,  your network team will collaboratively test, revise, and develop new practices and techniques to support effective classroom implementation of the Essentials. 

Essential 4: Assess for Learning

Dates: Thursdays from 5pm - 8pm, April 26, May 10, May 24 and June 7. 

As BPS educators, you know that learning is an ongoing process. You also know that assessing for learning is not just about testing.  To transform teaching and to ensure students are on track to succeed, every educator needs a clear, coherent, and aligned system of high-quality assessments. The primary emphasis, within a comprehensive assessment system, should be on utilizing assessments in a formative manner in order to provide feedback to students and teachers. Formative assessments are “no stakes” - their purpose is to support student growth. In this professional learning Network, you will design student learning experiences purposefully to create authentic opportunities for students to articulate their best thinking and ask questions. In designing these strategies, you will gain a better understanding of instructional practices that can be used as a foundation of discussion with your students.  In doing so, you will enable your students to understand where they are in their learning, where they are going, and how to get there. By the end of the Network, your network team will collaboratively test, revise, and develop new practices and techniques to support effective classroom implementation of the Essentials. 

Please contact Melissa Grubbs at mgrubbs@teachplus.org with questions.