The Telescope Network creates opportunities for BPS educators to collaborate across the district. We improve learning experiences for all our students when we connect with peers, share our authentic challenges, and learn from each other.
To do this work:
We ASK educators across the district what they want and need to learn next in order to best serve the needs of their students;
We MAGNIFY effective practices by creating opportunities for effective and reflective educators to share their expertise with their peers; and
We CONNECT educators to resources, professional learning opportunities, and each other based on their needs and interests.
What's Happening Now
Effective Teaming Learning Site 11/28: If you are an educator who is working to improve the team you are on, this is an opportunity to join other educators for a full day in a live classroom around a common area of practice. This learning site on November 28th, 2023 places the question of “How can educators in a co-teaching model effectively collaborate to support the needs of all students?” This site will demonstrate a teaching team’s approach to answering this question while delivering tier 1 curriculum in an inclusion classroom setting. After the observation educators have a chance to think through and debrief with the host educators around the hows and whys of their teaching practice with potential for follow up coaching sessions for an ALC/PDPs.
Early Childhood Phonics Learning Site 11/29: This learning site on November 29th, 2023 places the question of “How do we implement tier 1 phonics and phonemic awareness instruction to provide access for all learners?” The site will demonstrate the K2 teacher teams approach to answering this question while thinking through integrating different aspects of phonics and phonemic awareness curricula. After the observation, educators have a chance to think through and debrief with the host teacher around the hows and whys of their teaching practice with potential for follow up coaching sessions for an ALC/PDPs
OpenSciEd Inclusion Learning Site Join colleagues to investigate the question “How do we implement the OpenSciEd curriculum in an inclusive setting so that all students can succeed?” on 11.30.23 at Charlestown High School. This site will demonstrate one teacher's approach to this question as we observe live instruction. After the observation, participants will have the opportunity to think through and debrief with the host teacher about the hows and whys of their teaching practice. Includes a virtual pre-session and follow-up virtual sessions focused on implementing the learning in your setting. Hosted by Michelle Carroll, MS inclusion science teacher at CHS, and the Telescope Network. Earn an ALC or PD hours.
Connect & Share Session on “Explicit Writing”: Are you looking for ideas, strategies, and routines that will engage writers in your classroom? The Telescope Network is hosting a Connect and Share virtual panel discussion on the topic of "Explicit Writing Instruction in K-12." Join us as our panelists discuss how they have been implementing explicit writing moves across K-12 classrooms! During the 1.5-hour session, you can hear from a panel of “humble expert” colleagues about what’s working for them and bring resources & tools back to your own setting.
One of the best ways to improve your practice is to observe someone else doing similar work. During a peer observation, you can observe a recommended BPS colleague. After the observation, you’ll have time to debrief and set goals to bring back to your own classroom. Feel free to use our resources/templates to observe & debrief with a BPS colleague or complete the RSVP form if you want help finding a connection or facilitating your visit.