District-Wide PD Days
Collaborate and create with colleagues at our annual PD days! These events serve as launchpads, guideposts and forums for work across our menu of professional learning. Make plans to join us for the welcome (September), winter in-service (January) and wrap-up (June) events. Also, look for single-session “on-demand” workshops suggested by BPS Arts Specialists.
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
We are excited to offer extended learning through PLCs that explore high-demand topics, including culturally relevant curriculum and teaching special needs learners. Working with experts in these areas, PLC groups will spend 6-8 sessions unpacking and applying content in rich and relevant ways. Look for PLC sign-up information in September.
To meet the needs of over 300 educators with varied schedules, we are developing webinars and other online learning opportunities. Options, dates and details will be posted in My Learning Plan and via email.
BPS Arts is committed to your career growth! Arts Specialists who have been in the classroom for 3 or more years are invited to participate in district-wide leadership teams. From Arts Liaisons to curriculum development teams to festival committees, there is something for anyone thinking about district-level systems and engagement. Leadership opportunities are posted periodically via email, and may be eligible for PDPs and other incentives.
From 2012-2015, over 65 BPS Arts Teachers and Teaching Artists observed each others’ classrooms and shared best practices as part of BPS Arts Expansion’s Quality Review program. Since 2016, the experience has evolved into an artist-specific mentoring program for new BPS Arts Teachers. Established and new teachers are paired to provide content-based modeling, feedback and support.
State & National Professional Organizations
For more information on these opportunities, email us.
The Boston Public Schools has a rich, vibrant arts community that welcomes pre-service teachers. Our staff will work with you and your potential cooperating teachers to ensure the best possible experience. If you are interested in observing or teaching in our schools as part of an arts education degree program, please click here.
Summer Arts Teaching Fellows work with outstanding BPS band, orchestra,musical theatre and dance educators. In addition to supporting cooperating teachers, Teaching Fellows have the opportunity to lead small groups of students as part of applied instruction, and to design and implement elective classes and arts integration projects. Fellows will be observed by the Program Director and receive feedback to support their developing practice. Ultimately, the goal of Teaching Fellow positions is to prepare pre-service teachers for positions in Boston Public Schools.
Learn more about the arts in Boston Public Schools by volunteering at district-wide arts events. Our showcases and exhibitions provide an inside look at how student work evolves our collective teaching practice.