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Superintendent's Bulletin 1-22-10

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #18 Superintendent of Schools January 22, 2010 The Superintendent’s Bulletin is posted weekly on Fridays on our website. It provides timely, relevant information about meetings, professional development opportunities, curriculum and program development, grant awards, and school committee news. The bulletin is also the official vehicle for job postings. Please read the bulletin regularly and use it to inform colleagues of meetings and other school news. Calendar Tuesday 01/26 School Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm, Town Hall Sunday 01/31 Deadline to submit HRA (Healthcare Reimbursement Account) receipts for 2009 Professional Development Empowering Multicultural Initiatives (E.M.I.) Spring 2010 Course Schedule EMI One: Anti-Racist Teaching Practices - Talking about Race Wellesley Section A course designed for educators who want to expand their understanding of how race, ethnicity and other forms of marginalization impact learning and achievement. Friday March 5th 8:30 - 4:00 Tuesday March 9th 3:30 - 6:30 Friday March 19th 8:30 - 4:00 Wednesday March 31st 3:30 - 6:30 Friday April 9th 8:30 - 4:00 Wednesday April 14th 3:30 - 6:30 Friday May 7th 8:30 - 4:00 Snow date 4/28 if needed This 36-hour graduate course focuses on the transformation of curriculum within the pedagogy, and overall school climate in an effort to improve academic achievement and provide equity for ALL students. To enroll, contact
  2. 2. Mindfulness in Education Study Group Open to all WPS Teachers K-12 Dates: Wednesdays, Feb. 24, Mar. 10 & 24, Apr. 14 & 28, May 12, 3:15-5:15 pm WMS Room 306 and WMS Library 12 PDPs Only - Not Eligible for Inservice Credits Teaching and learning is multi-dimensional and requires constant vigilance to attend to curriculum pressures and diverse individual needs. Mindfulness is an amazing tool that can be used at virtually any time and can bring measurable benefits into the classroom for teachers and students alike. Documented benefits of Mindfulness include increased •emotional regulation •social skills •ability to orient attention •working memory and planning and organization, increased self esteem, increased sense of calmness, relaxation, self acceptance, •quality of sleep, and decreased •test anxiety •ADHD behaviors, specifically hyperactivity and impulsivity •negative affect/ emotions •anxiety •depression, and fewer conduct and anger management problems. These benefits directly correlate to productive instructional practices, student-teacher relationships, and classroom resilience. Book Study: Using as a study guide Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness (2009), A guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything, by Deborah Schoeberlein, participants will explore mindfulness techniques to use personally as well as in their classrooms. Each study group class period will include open discussion and sharing, mindfulness practice, and a 'mindful' activity. Participants should purchase the book prior to the first meeting Feb. 24 (approx. $11. on Facilitators Laura Palin and Lynne Johnson, WMS staff, recently participated in the “Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century” conference Oct 2009 sponsored by Mind and Life Institute, Boulder, CO To register: Contact The Tsongas Industrial History Center, an educational partnership of UMass Lowell and Lowell National Historical Park, serves about 60,000 teachers and students each year through hands-on workshops and tours of park sites and through teacher institutes that bring history and science alive. The center has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to offer two Landmarks Workshops for teachers in the summer of 2010. Participants in these week-long workshops will actively explore the topic Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution. Teachers receive a $1,200 stipend if they complete all requirements, including the development of lessons that address curriculum standards in their school. Teachers also receive 40-80 pdp’s and may register and pay for graduate credit from UMass Lowell. Administrators are also eligible to apply. Teachers, particularly those who teach US history or and/or use an interdisciplinary approach that integrates history with language arts, literature, science and technology, and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Using teaching resources provided by the Center, a team of teachers could create a unit of study for the whole grade. Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution combines scholarly presentations with investigations of the canals, mills, worker housing, and exhibits of Lowell National Historical Park. Participants will access Lowell’s landmark resources, and will use drama, hands-on simulations, historical fiction, and field studies at Old Sturbridge Village, Walden Pond, and Concord, MA, to bring history to life. When: Choose one of two options: Week of June 27 - July 2 -- OR -- Week of July 11 - 16, 2010 Application Deadline: March 2, 2010 Where: Tsongas Industrial History Center at the historic Boott Cotton Mills, Lowell Housing Available: UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center Stipend: $1200 Graduate credit available through UMass Lowell Further information: -- OR contact Ellen Anstey (978/970-5080) ...2...
  3. 3. Other Professional Development Opportunities Slots still available in these upcoming Wellesley Public Schools professional development courses (See our website for descriptions): • ELL Category 1 Training with Laura English - Saturdays, March 6 and March 20, 2010 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • iMovie with Brian Allieri - March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and April 6, 2010 - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. • Microsoft Office Part B: PowerPoint with Jackie Hoglund - February 25; March 4, 11, 18, & 25; and April 1, 2010 - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Teaching with Technology Series Courses - All run from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Mac Lab 300 • FirstClass Publishing with Brian Allieri - February 24, 2010 • Flip Video with Rosey McQuillan - March 17, 2010 • Create a Wiki with Sondra Hamilton - March 24, 2010 • iPhoto with Jackie Hoglund - March 31, 2010 • Podcasting and iPods with Jackie Hoglund - April 28, 2010 New course postings for winter/spring from EDCO and TEC are now up on the Wellesley website. Children of teachers or nurses residing outside Wellesley shall be entitled to attend Wellesley Public Schools without charge for Apply Now to Enroll tuition on a space available basis. (Article 12, WTA Unit A Children of Non Contract). Resident WTA Members If you are interested in this benefit in the 2010-11 school year, in Wellesley Schools please contact Include your child/ren’s name, birth date, and current grade level. Application deadline: May 1, 2010. Share your Expertise with your Colleagues Teach a course this summer or in 2010-11 Do you have expertise in the area of Classroom Management, Differentiated Instruction, Looking at Student Work, or a specific content area? Consider sharing your knowledge by teaching a course. Proposals are currently being accepted. The rate of pay for one instructor is $60 per course hour or $100 per course hour if the course is approved for graduate credit through an accredited institution. The rate of pay is adjusted for multiple instructors. ***Please contact for a Proposal Form. Deadline: February 11, 2010*** Criteria for Graduate Credit Approval (Framingham State College) Instructors must have a minimum of a master's degree and two years of work experience in the area they will be presenting. Potential Instructors must submit: • A current resume • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts • Two current letters of recommendation • A complete, detailed course syllabus • One graduate credit is awarded for a minimum of twelve hours of classroom instruction. A maximum of 3 credits will be awarded to new courses. All new courses are submitted to the university Graduate Education Council for approval. • . . . continued (Syllabus Requirements) next page ...3...
  4. 4. Syllabus Requirements: • Course information: course title, meeting times and dates, and instructor's name, telephone number and email. • Course description: with the exception of the opening lines, descriptions should be written in complete sentences. The description should be clear and brief. • Course objectives: clearly state what the student is expected to gain upon completion of the course. • Course expectations: clearly state your expectations regarding attendance, class participation, missed exams, and assignment due dates. • Course content/outline: schedule of the topics that will be covered, homework assignments and due dates. • Course text and materials: required course text(s) with full bibliographic citation(s), and other readings required or suggested for the course. • Course Requirements: descriptions of papers, projects, exams, assignments, and any other requirements to successfully complete the course. • Grading Criteria-be very specific. The grading breakdown should be shown in percentages Positions Available Immediate Openings Elementary Special Educator Mild to Long Term Substitute Moderate Needs TV Video Manager/Teacher Board Certified Behavior Analysts March - June 2010 1.0FTE long term substitute opportunity at Wellesley High School. DESE licensure (BCBA) required. Filming and teaching experience editing Extensive training in Applied Behavorial Analysis, footage in FinalCutPro. Ability to inspire creativity and data collection and management, and Functional manage TV studio. Send cover letter, resume, BehavorialAssessments mandatory. School and or transcripts, licensure and three letters of reference to home based experience working with elementary Carol A. Gregory, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 and middleschool-aged children necessary. Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Physical Therapy Long Term Substitute Assistant/Paraprofessional PTA needed six hours a week to assist a physical Elementary Special Educator therapist with treatment of students with modertate to March through June 2010. Send cover letter, severe special needs. Experience working with resume, transcripts, licensure and three letters of students in school-based therapy at the preschool reference to Carol A. Gregory, Wellesley Public and elementary level required and appropriate Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 license required. Send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to Personnel Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 ...4...
  5. 5. Positions Available 2010 - 2011 Director of Educational Technologies Special Education Department Head Beginning July 1, 2010. for K-12 District-Wide Programs The Director is responsible for administering the Start Date Negotiable educational technology program as an integral part of Wellesley Public Schools seeks an educator with a the instructional and administrative program, range of instructional and leadership experiences to supporting the curriculum with appropriate equipment, join our special education administration team and to materials and services. Also accountable for creating oversee multiple K-12 district-wide programs for and implementing a vision, which prepares all staff in students with significant special needs. MA the Wellesley Public Schools to confidently and administrator of Special Education, Supervisor/Director effectively use educational technologies to extend PPS All Levels, or eligibility for those licenses required. student and adult learning. Salary $105,228 - Competitive salary and benefits. Please send a letter of $121,213. Please send cover letter, resume, three interest, resume, three letters of reference by January letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by 29, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Wellesley January 29, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, 02481 Wellesley, MA 02481. WINGS Summer Openings 2010 Registrar- March 1- July 2: Responsibilities include entering all registrations in the FileMaker Pro database, honoring parent requests while creating equitable classes, answering parent questions via the WINGS' email address, creating class lists and the other documents necessary to begin Week 1 classes. $3500 stipend Data Manager 7/6/10-7/31/10: Maintain accurate registration information on a daily basis; create weekly class lists and daily student nametags. Must be present at WINGS from 8:15-9:00 each day with additional work and coping to be completed off site. $18/hr for 7 hrs. /wk Elementary Summer Lead Teacher Openings 7/6/09-7/31/09: The WINGS'10 Academic and Enrichment Summer Program is seeking Lead teachers ($39.49 hr) for both the morning (8:30-11:30) and afternoon (12:00-3:00) sessions. Academic courses are offered in the AM only and teachers must commit to all four weeks. Enrichment courses are offered in both the AM and PM and teachers must commit to at least two of the four weeks. Academic courses will include concentrated courses in reading (basic literacy for either grade 1 or grade 2; comprehension/fluency for grades 2/3 or grades 4/5) math (skills/strategies for grades 1/2, 2/3 or 4/5), and written language (grades 3-5). Academic teachers will teach two sections a morning of the same grade level and content. Teaching experience and license required and familiarity with WPS learning goals is a plus. Applicants for positions within the academic strand must state their preferred grade level and whether they are interested in teaching literacy, math, or written language. Academic courses are not dependent on enrollment. Enrichment teachers will teach two sections a morning or an afternoon. You will define courses as the applicant so feel free to share your passions, special interests, and talents with students! Applicants must write an enticing description of their proposed course listing the grade levels (K-2, 3-5). The enrichment courses will not be run without sufficient enrollment so make your course description enticing. Enrichment teachers wishing to work a half-day must teach at least two different courses a week. Applicants wishing to work full time enrichment must submit proposals for at least four different courses a week. Courses must be written to target students in grades K-2 or 3-5. 1/29/10 is the deadline for Registrar, Data Manager and Lead Teacher applications. Preference will be given to returning WINGS staff, and to current WPS employees. Send letter of interest explaining why you are qualified and your enrichment course descriptions to Dr. Gretchen Bravacos, WINGS Director, 63 Hastings St. Wellesley, MA 02481, or email DO NOT USE Dr. Bravacos's WPS email address to respond to this ad ..5...
  6. 6. Coaching Positions - Spring Season High School Athletics Girls Lacrosse -- Assistant Coach (2 openings) Girls Softball -- Assistant Coach Boys Lacrosse -- Assistant Coach Sailing -- Part Time Assistant Coach Track -- Part Time Assistant Coach Contact Athletic Director Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce A reminder about Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) deadlines HRA January 31, 2010 is the deadline for submitting HRA receipts for 2009. FSA March 31, 2010 is the deadline for submitting FSA receipts for 2009.