Staff Newsletter » September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021


ALPHABEST OPPORTUNITIES

The Everett Public Schools is partnering with AlphaBest to offer free or low-cost afterschool programming for students in kindergarten through Grade 5.  We will launch the program on Monday, September 27 at all of our K-8 schools, as well as the Webster School.

AlphaBest is currently seeking to fill positions in Everett. Click on the links below to learn more about the jobs and to apply:

Group Leader/Assistant Teacher

Program Manager/Site Director


ASSESS AND ASSIST

The district is seeking applicants for a stipended position that is only open to current, eligible, and active EPS employees. The EPS Parent Information Center seeks professionals with experience in working with English Learners and assessment protocols to administer tests to newly-registered students. Testers will be responsible for assessing entering ELs on select Saturdays or after school during peak registration periods. Testers will be provided with training on the assessment instruments. 

Complete details about these temporary positions can be found HERE. Interested applicants are asked to contact EL Director Brittany Hay as soon as possible.


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SCHOLARSHIP

EPS teachers are encouraged to apply for Everett Educator Professional Development Scholarships, which are designed to fund the creativity, growth mindset and exploration of teachers who seek a dynamic training experience that will impact his/her instruction and student outcomes.


THIS CALLS FOR A RESPONSE

As the EPS gets ready to receive a third round of federal relief funding, we want to hear from stakeholders about how to best utilize these resources. All EPS teachers and staff are encouraged to fill out THIS survey to help the district gauge your priorities as we look to 2021-2022 and beyond.


DESE SEEKS EDUCATORS TO SERVE ON MCAS ADCs and BSCs
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is seeking educators to serve as members of the MCAS Bias and Sensitivity Committee (BSC) and the MCAS Assessment Development Committees (ADC) in the following content areas: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, Civics. This is a rewarding professional development opportunity for educators who are interested in assisting the Department with the process of developing MCAS test items.

Committee Members’ Roles and Responsibilities: ADC members assist the Department in the review of MCAS passages (ELA only), test questions, and scoring materials. Members review all test questions in their content area and grade level prior to field testing and make suggestions for refinements based on content accuracy, alignment to the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks, cognitive complexity, grade-level appropriateness, and instructional worthiness. After field testing, committee members review the questions again with their field-test performance data.

BSC members assist the Department with the review of all MCAS test questions, scoring notes and rubrics, and ELA passages. All test questions are reviewed before they are field tested, and again with their field-test performance data. Members will review items for bias and sensitivity concerns based on considerations of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, geography, languages spoken, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Members identify and make recommendations for passages and test questions with potential bias or sensitivity issues.  

More information on membership structure, meeting days, reimbursement/honorariums, and the application process can be found HERE.   


5DP SHARED PD DAY
The 5DP will be hosting our third 5DP Shared Professional Development Day on November 2, 2021. We are pleased to have all five districts participating this year. Just like last year it will be held virtually. The theme for the day continues to be Equity for All. We will be sharing more about our course offerings and sub themes later this fall.

The 5DP is recruiting teachers to present at the November 2nd professional development day. 5DP teacher-led presentations are always extremely popular at the PD day. This year, the 5DP is particularly looking for sessions that focus on racial equity, social emotional learning, EL and other strategies for diverse learners, wellness for students and teachers, sessions for specialist teachers including CTE teachers. If you are interested, please apply using the link below. Please email cdavis@chelseama.gov if you have questions or want to discuss your presentation.
  • Sessions should have a connection with the theme of Equity for All. The 5DP is also looking for sessions on self-care for teachers.
  • Sessions will be conducted on Zoom. 
  • There will be two 60 minute sessions. You can decide if you would like to offer your session once or in both slots.
  • You will be compensated for your preparation by your district.
  • The deadline to apply is October 8. You will be informed by October 13th if your application is accepted.

APPLY HERE

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