From the 5DP – April 2018

#1 5DP Educator Showcase- Looking for Posters!

We are seeking individuals or teams to create poster “story boards” to share at the poster reception. The posters can:

Highlight a program or activity the school is proud of (academic or not), like a “brag board.”
Recognize educator accomplishments, like a “shout out” board.
Share a problem the school is working to solve that’s important to students, parents, and/or educators.
Demonstrate how you are doing or using something in a creative, out-of-the-box way (recess, technology, partnering with an organization in the community–the sky’s the limit!).
A story board may highlight one thing more in-depth or display multiple programs happening in less detail.

We have trifold boards for anyone who needs one. Please RSVP to reserve a spot at the reception for your poster.

Link to the 5DP Poster RSVP:

RSVP for the 2nd annual 5DP Educator Showcase! The 5DP Educator Showcase is an in-person event where educators from across all five districts of Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Malden and Winthrop come together to celebrate great teaching, awesome ideas, and inspiring stories. It’s a celebratory evening where you will be entertained, learn something new, and make new connections.

4:30pm Join us for a poster reception (with appetizers!)
5:30-7pm Enjoy presentations by 5 educators who will share their inspiring work

The event will be held on Thursday, May 24th at Winthrop High School.

RSVP here:
#2- Free Summer Science Writing Courses with WriteBoston
We are really excited to host two Science and Literacy Courses with WriteBoston this summer. We held a similar course in the summer of 2015 and it was very popular. In the WriteBoston Science and Literacy Institute, you will learn how to teach science effectively by incorporating disciplinary literacies (writing, talking, listening and reading) into your classroom in ways that are authentic to scientific study. Teachers will engage in scientific explorations and questions that demand these communication skills; use literacies particular to science such as precise vocabulary, conventions of scientific argument, and the structures and features of scientific texts; and, increase their confidence and capacity to teach science through purposeful literacy practice.

Teachers will have time to apply what they learn to their own planning during work time each afternoon. They will also leave the course with materials for three different investigations, links to access all handouts and resources, and an array of literacy strategies they can use in their classrooms immediately.

Save the Dates- Middle School Science Teachers: July 9 – 12, 2018
Use this link to register-

High School Science Teachers: July 23 – 26, 2018
Use this link to register-

Time: The course will meet Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 3:30.

Location: Revere High School

Graduate credit: Teachers who are interested may take the course for two graduate credits from Endicott College for $200.

#3 5DP/Teach Plus Courses Session #2
Session 1 of the classes is already underway, but there is still time to sign up for Session 2 This spring the 5DP will be hosting two sessions of professional development lead by our own expert teacher leaders. Session 2 starts on May 10th and runs to June 7th. Please note that classes will not meet on May 24th during the Educator Showcase. The courses are free to teachers who will receive 15 PDPs and have the opportunity to purchase one course credit from UMASS Boston. You get a free dinner and a chance to connect with peers in the 5 districts while learning some valuable skills. Click HERE for more information and to register.

#4- Educator Exchanges with The Teacher Collaborative
Calling all PK-12 educators: Attend an upcoming Educator Exchange!

April 26th (Boston): Join educators from across MA for informal networking and conversation on the topic of culturally responsive teaching at the Museum of African American History in Boston. Bonus: free admission to the museum from 4-5pm and complimentary snacks and beverages throughout. RSVP here:

May 16th (Boston): Celebrate Teacher Appreciation and learn about the Passion to Teach, a pilot program that helps teachers bring their outside passions into the classroom.

The Educator Exchange is an ongoing, monthly series of networking events that are free and open to all PK-12 educators in Massachusetts. Events run from 4:00-7:00pm (drop-in). Along with general networking, choose as many of the following that interest you and have fun!

Office Hours: 15-minute chats with local experts and innovators who can offer advice and inspiration
Pop-Ups: start your own pop-up conversation on a topic that matters to you
Take-Aways: grab handouts and resources that you can bring back to your school
Pose a Question/Get an Answer: exchange ideas with each other–your best resource
Business Cards: print your own business cards at a discount through the Teacher Collaborative’s partnership with MOO printing
Bonus: enjoy complimentary snacks, beer, wine, seltzer, soda, and door prizes

RSVP and learn more at Questions? Email

#5-Save the date!
May 10-June 7-5DP/Teach Plus Courses Session #2 (Courses will not meet on May 24th!)
May 24 (4:30-7:00) 5DP Educator Showcase- Winthrop High School
July 9-12 (8:30-3:30) Middle School Science Writing Course
July 23-26 (8:30-3:30) High School Science Writing Course

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