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: If you are on an inclusion planning team and are thinking about how to effectively roll out the inclusion process at your school, 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 12/11/23 places the question of “How do school wide initiatives support educators to effectively collaborate in a team?” This site will demonstrate a teaching team’s approach to answering this question with guidance from the school leader. 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.
Integrating SEL in Academics Learning Site @ Greenwood starts on 12/13: The Telescope Network and the BPS Office of Health & Wellness are co-hosting a Learning Site that starts on 12/13, from 6:30 to 7:15 pm on Zoom. The Learning Site includes 4 1-hour virtual sessions as well as a day of peer observation all focused on the question, “How do we integrate SEL practices into academic settings?” Peer observation will be hosted by Sheila Gonzalez, Ariane Lazarte, & Rosemary Sullivan at Greenwood K-8 on December 14 from 9:15 am to 3:00 pm. Spaces are limited
January 18, 2024 5:30-7:00 pm on Zoom: The Dyslexia Working Group & Telescope Network are co-hosting a Connect and Share virtual panel discussion on the topic of "Meeting the Foundational Literacy Needs of Our Students." 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.