Wellesley Public Schools
40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481
Bella T. Wong Bulletin #29
Superintendent of Schools April 16, 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.
This week I attended a two-day lecture symposium sponsored by the Lynch School of Education at Boston
College on the topics of From Innovation to Appliance: Rethinking the Relationship between Technology and
Education and The Role of Educational Technology in Helping Schools Meet the Challenges of the Next Decade.
Professor Yong Zhao from Michigan State University was the lead lecturer and reactant to a panel that included
school, district and state leaders in educational technology as well as scholars from the Concord Consortium,
Boston College, and the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Zhao is the author of Catching Up I or
Leading the Way.
I know already that Professor Zhao's words and the symposium discussions have had a profound impact on my
thinking about the role of technology in education. I am still reflecting on that experience and how, given time to
gel, my thoughts will evolve and eventually crystallize. I was mulling this over as I was driving through heavy traffic
en route back from Newton to Wellesley when I noticed that my car’s odometer had flipped over 100,000 miles.
I kid you not that on the day the boys turned nine years old last month the odometer flipped to 99,099. I took
it as an auspicious sign - nine is a lucky number in Chinese. I've been watching since then for the moment it
would flip the 100,000 mark. One hundred is another lucky number. But with my head full of the future, I missed
it and only noticed miles later. Just one of those things, but I was a little bummed.
As I stumbled back from my mental wanderings to the present I considered how remarkable this four-wheeled
technology has been. My car has taken our family to Pittsburgh, to New York, all around New England, and back
home again. I take it in for occasional check ups and feed it gas, but otherwise don't pay it much mind. What it
has given me, in turn, is over 100,000 reliable miles, including some really special trips. There is no denying that
what the recently released I-Pad can do is very, very cool. But I have to say, the same is true for what my car can
Enjoy wherever your favorite technology takes you this break.
Friday 04/16 Primary Source Registration Deadline
April 19 - 24 April Vacation Week
Tuesday 04/27 EMI Registration Deadline
Thursday 04/30 C&I Proposal Deadline
May 1 - 21 Open Enrollment Period for Employee Benefits
Sunday 05/02 Household Hazardous Products Day, Wellesley RDF
Wednesday 05/05 Annual Health Fair, Town Hall, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Thursday 05/06 Summer Professional Development Registration Deadline
EDCO Collaborative SPRING 2010 Professional Development Programs
EDCO Collaborative invites you to participate in:
Making the Connection:
English Language Learners
and Subject Matter Texts
Category 4 of the Recommended Professional Development for Secondary Teachers of ELL students
May 10 and 19, 2010
June 4, 2010
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
EDCO SEEFURTH CENTER, WALTHAM
Trainers from MATSOL
This workshop is sponsored by the Departmentof Elementary
and Secondary Education
T his training was developed through a collaboration between the Massachusetts Department and
Elementary Education and the New English Equity Assistance Center, part of the Education Alliance
at Brown University. It is intended for secondary content teachers who have ELLs in their
classrooms and must therefore shelter their instruction. This curriculum focuses on the challenge of
making textbooks more accessible to ELLs, and using writing activities to promote content learning.
This is a 15-hour training with an assignment in between each training day.
Presenters: Trainers from MATSOL
Presenters are Category IV approved trainers by the Dept of Elementary and Secondary
Audience: Content teachers in grades 6 - 12 - Participants are encouraged to enroll of teams of 3 - 5
Registration: Through the office of Curriculum and Instruction in your school district
Location: EDCO Seefurth Education Center, Waltham
Fee: No cost to EDCO members / $20 for non-EDCO members - workshop is supported with funding
from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Register by: May 3, 2010. Priority seating will be given to those who register by the deadline. Registrations
received beyond the deadline will be accepted according to seat availability.
Questions? Please call the EDCO Seefurth Center at (781) 259-3445.
Professional Development from TEC
The Education Cooperative (TEC) will soon be recruiting the third cohort for the Teaching American History
program. This will be an exciting year focused on "The Story of American Freedom: Citizenship and the Changing
Meaning of Democracy." Courses begin in fall 2010.
This grant funded professional development program includes:
• 3 Free graduate credits (3 additional credits available)
• A $500 stipend
• 135 PDPs
• Loads of resource materials, including free and forever access to WebLessons
• Historians from Harvard University, MIT and Holy Cross College.
We encourage applications from TEC district teams of 2-5. Applications will be distributed after April vacation week.
Please take a look at the TEC TAH wiki: http://industrialrevolution09.pbworks.com/
The slide show featured on the home page highlights some of the historical field experiences of last summer.
Michelle LeBlanc, TEC’s Teaching American History Project Director, would be delighted to come and talk in detail
about this intensive program and to share the amazing wealth of resources created by participating teachers.
Contact Michelle directly at 781-326-2473 x107
Primary Source Summer Institutes 2010
As members of Primary Source, we have the opportunity
to participate in a variety of summer institutes that are
described below. We are guaranteed ten reserved seats
in the institutes. This means ten total seats, NOT ten
seats for each institute. If you are interested in attending
an institute, please contact Janice Gross indicating which institute you are interested in attending. Spaces will
be filled on a first come, first served basis. The registration deadline is April 16, but earlier is always better. Full
course descriptions and pertinent information were published in Bulletins 23, 24, and 25 (March 5, 12, 19).
Course titles appear below.
The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China Open to all K-12 educators
Latin American Rhythms: History, Culture, and Politics Especially for educators in grades 6-12
East Asian Stories and Places: China, Japan, and Korea Especially for educators in grades K-7
Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century Open to all K-12 educators
Democratic Vistas: Civic Life, History, and American Art
Inquiring Minds Project 2010
For K-8 Teachers: Two four-credit graduate courses through the Boston University School of Education.
Coursees are intended to improve participants’ science content knowledge, provide a model for how to use
inquiry-based methods for instruction, and help build participants’ confidence in their ability to teach science.
SC 533: Immersion in Green Energy SC 534: Immersion in Global Energy Distribution
Pre-immersion sessions Fridays, 4:30-7:30 pm Pre-Immersion sessions Mondays, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
May 14, 21, and June 11, 18, 25 May 17, 24, and June 7, 14, 21
Immersion session: Immersion Session:
July 12-23, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm July 12-23, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Call back sessions (2 fall; 2 spring) Call back sessions (2 fall; 2 spring)
Course meetings held at Boston University. Except for registration fee, tuition is funded (from a Massachusetts
State STEM initiative) and a stipend provided. This is a collaborative project between Boston University,
Northeastern University, and Wheelock College. For more information, contact Peter Garick (617/353-4735)
firstname.lastname@example.org or Diana Cheng, email@example.com
Spring Social Studies Seminar Series 1 Inservice Credit or 15 PDPs
Seminars designed to enrich content understanding and model use of thematic approaches to social studies.
Teachers will participate in post-seminar discussions to utilize content and pedagogy in preparation for the
system-wide curriculum review. Final seminar: Please note Date Change
Thursday, April 29, 2010 Editor, American Protest Literature Zoe Trodd
3:00 pm UNC/Harvard
Each three-hour seminar will be held in the Wellesley High School library -- followed by discussion for an
additional 45 - 60 minutes.
Teachers may choose how they will earn 1 in-service credit or 15 PDPs:
• Pathway 1 = attend three (3) seminars and discussion, complete homework assignments and create a
project or lesson plan utilizing the materials or information presented during the seminar.
• Pathway 2 = attend all four (4) seminars and discussion, and complete homework readings.
To Register for each seminar, please contact Janice_Gross@wellesley.k12.ma.us.
Additional Teaching With Technology Series Offerings
The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is a touch-sensitive display that connects to your computer and digital
projector. Using a finger, you can control computer applications, write notes, search the Internet, and annotate
and save your work. The SMART Notebook software is an application that lets you add interactivity to lessons
through an array of powerful education tools and resources. Attend this three-hour workshop to learn the basics
of how to use the SMART Board and the Notebook software in your classroom to engage students in hands-on
interactive learning. This is an Intro Workshop.
Beginning SMART Board Training Beginning SMART Board Training
for Elementary Teachers for Middle School and High School Teachers
May 5, 2010, 3:30 - 6:30 pm April 14, 2010, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Middle School Mac Lab 300 Middle School Mac Lab 300
Instructor: Jackie Hoglund Instructor: Sondra Hamilton
Prerequisite: Previous hands-on training using basic SMART Board tools and Notebook software. Attend this
three-hour workshop to learn advanced skills and online resources for using the SMART Board toolbar and for
creating SMART Notebooks incorporating media, graphics, links, etc., to enhance a lesson or unit of study.
Advanced SMART Board Training Advanced SMART Board Training
for Elementary Teachers for Middle School and High School Teachers
May 12, 2010, 3:30 - 6:30 pm May 19, 2010, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Middle School Mac Lab 300 Middle School Mac Lab 300
Instructor: Brian Allieri Instructor: Ranjani Sriram
Empowering Multicultural Initiatives (E.M.I.)
Summer 2010 Course Schedule
EMI One: Anti‐Racist Teaching Practices ‐ Talking about Race
This 36 hour ‐ 3 credit graduate course is designed for educators who want to expand their understanding of
how race, ethnicity and other forms of marginalization impact learning and achievement.
Section # A: July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22, from 8:30 - 3:30 - Course # S10ARTPA
Section # B: July 26 and 28, August 2, 4, 9 and 11, from 8:30 - 3:30 - Course # S10ARTPB
EMI Course for Administrators: Understanding Discrimination and Its Effects on Academic Achievement
This 24 hour ‐ 2 credit course is designed to bring together administrators (new and experienced) to form a
cohort group to share ideas on creating/supporting school environments that support the academic
achievement and engagement of all students.
June 28, June 30, July 7, from 8:30-4:00, and October 6 from 12:00 - 4:00 - Course # S10CA
New 12-hour (1 credit) courses for summer 2010
Anti‐racist/Anti‐bias Curriculum and Conversations
This course is for educators interested in providing a course, a mini unit and/or a concentrated
examination of anti‐racism/anti bias for their students.
July 20 and 22 from 8:30 - 3:30 - Course # S10ARABC
Difficult Conversations: Talking About Race and Racism with Students, Colleagues, and Parents/Guardians
This course designed to help educators develop a better understanding of ways to address and respond to
issues of race and racism on a personal and professional level.
July 6 and 9 from 8:30 - 3:30 - Course # S10DC
Understanding Self‐Efficacy: Helping Students Do Their Best Work
This course will provide participants with an opportunity to explore concepts such as praise, feedback,
effective effort and self‐confidence with particular attention to the impact on students of color.
July 12 and 15 from 8:30 - 3:30 - Course # S10USE
Using Multicultural Literature and Media to Affirm Identity
This course is designed to encourage K‐12 educators to recognize the connection between a positive sense
of self and academic achievement.
July 6 and 8 from 8:30 - 3:30 - Course # S10UML
These courses will equip participants with resources and skills that will increase their ability to engage with
students, parents, other educators and administrators around topics related to race and academic
To register, please contact Janice Gross. Registration deadline is April 27.
Optional graduate credits are available from Framingham State College for $65 per credit.
A course may be canceled due to low enrollment. For additional information contact Elli Stern at
Summer 2010 Professional Development
Our full catalog of Professional Development Courses offered during Summer 2010
is posted as a downloadable pdf from the Professional Development section of
the Wellesley Public Schools website.
Registration Deadline: May 6, 2010
The full catalog of 2010-2011 courses for fall, winter and spring will be posted
separately before the end of this school year.
Requesting C&I Proposals
Proposals for C&I projects are currently being accepted. There are two funding sources
available, one that requires projects to be completed by June 30, 2010 and the other
that will fund projects that take place beginning July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011.
C&I compensation is granted for curriculum development projects or task force members
to work on building based or system-wide initiatives. Priority will be given to proposals
designed to meet system goals.
Request proposal form from Janice_Gross@wellesley.k12.ma.us. Due Date: April 30
Saturday, May 8, 2010, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
An all-day, comprehensive retirement planning program,
Massachusetts Teachers The Next Chapter is designed for MTRS members who
Retirement System are planning to retire in the next 5 to 15 years, but is open
to all interested members. Expert speakers will address
Spring Information Seminars retirement issues, including financial and estate planning,
Social Security and Medicare, your MTRS benefits.
Graduate Course Reimbursement
Course reimbursement funding of $22,500 is available to distribute in FY11 among qualified teachers for
graduate course work which is done as part of a master's degree program to fulfill that teacher's obligations for
the Massachusetts educators professional license and for course work required to achieve the next stage of
licensure culminating in a professional license. To apply for this course reimbursement, please send--by June 1,
2010--the following to Valerie Spruill:
•your name •evidence of your enrollment in an applicable master/doctoral degree program •name and
description of the course •evidence of cost of the course •proof of payment (VISA/MC) •transcript. You will be
notified of the amount awarded to you by July 1, 2010.
Looking Ahead to 2010-11 Are you Interested in a Job Share? a Transfer? Teachers
with PTS who would like to request a job share position or a transfer in the 2010-2011 school year must notify
Carol Gregory (firstname.lastname@example.org) in writing by May 1.
James Peebles Scholarship Sons and daughters of members of the WTA are eligible
for financial assistance for their first year of college or specialized school. Applications are
available from Jonathan Simon, WTA President. Application Deadline: May 21
Apply Now to Enroll Children of teachers or nurses residing outside Wellesley shall be entitled to
Children of Non attend Wellesley Public Schools without charge for tuition on a space
available basis. (Article 12, WTA Unit A Contract).
Resident WTA Members If you are interested in this benefit in the 2010-11 school year, please
in Wellesley Schools contact Valerie_Spruill@wellesley.k12.ma.us. Include your child/ren’s name,
birth date, and current grade level.
Deadline: May 1, 2010
Congratulations to Kim Willdridge, Special Educator at Schofield,
upon the birth of Addison Shea and Cameron Jason, April 10, 2010
Consider joining the Wellesley Walkers spring program beginning May 3,
2010. The program runs six weeks. It’s free, fun, and filled with benefits.
Kick-off meetings will be held April 27 and 28. Full information was
included in Bulletin #28, dated April 9, 2010.
LT Substitute (.6FTE) Guidance Counselor Middle School August 30 - late November 2010.
Please send cover letter, resume three letters of reference, transcripts and licensure to: Personnel, Wellesley
Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Immediate Opening: Preschool Teaching Assistant
Full -Time Teaching Assistant is needed to work in a NAEYC accredited integrated preschool, experience working
with preschool aged children with special needs preferred, documentation of relevant early childhood college level
course work. Please send cover letter, resume, college transcript, and three letters of reference to:
email@example.com or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,
Wellesley, MA 02481
1.0 FTE Long-Term Substitute Math Teacher Beginning May 13 - mid-June to teach 8th grade Algebra I
Honors level with the CMP curriculum and College Prep level with the Cognitive Tutor curriculum. Knowledge of
one or both of these curricula would be beneficial. The Cognitive Tutor curriculum is 40% computer-based, so
comfort and familiarity with Mac computers is important. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of
reference, licensure and transcripts to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA
Long-Term Substitute Art Teacher Full-time, high school ceramics teacher for maternity leave from Late
Aug to Mid Nov 2010. Duties included teaching ceramic courses; hand building; wheel throwing; and ceramics
Intensive; as well as Introduction to Drawing & Painting, and Creative Journal. Must have experience teaching
ceramics. Send cover letter, resume, college transcript, licensure and three letters of reference to:
Thom_Carter@wellesley.k12.ma.us or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,
Wellesley, MA 02481
Special Educator - Summer Position Special Educator with Moderate to Severe Certification to teach in
a six week summer program for a small number of 6th grade students needing academic and functional skills.
Salary is $39.49/hr. The program runs from July 1 to August 6 . Hours are from 9 AM to 3 PM each day. Send
cover letter, resume, college transcript, licensure and three letters of reference to:
Jeff_Williams@wellesley.k12.ma.us or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,
Wellesley, MA 02481
Part-time (.5 FTE) Middle School technical support for teachers. Understanding of Mac computer
operations and proficiency with basic software applications needed. Strong communication skills and ability to
multi-task in a fast paced environment required. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to
Lynn_Moore-Benson@wellesley.k12.ma.us or mail to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,
Wellesley, MA 02481
Paraprofessional to support a third grade student with autism. Student receives support within a substantially
separate classroom with opportunities for inclusion in general education classroom. Must have ABA experience.
CPI training preferred. Start dates is negotiable. Send Cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, licensure
and transcripts to Marie_Slyva@wellesley.k12.ma.us or mail to: Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40
Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Anticipated Openings 2010-11
• Interim (one year) K-12 Director of Libraries (.5FTE)
• Special Educatiion Department Head for K-12 District-Wide Programs (Search Reopened)
• Interim (one year) High School Librarian (.5FTE)
• History Teacher (1.0FTE)
• Special Educator/Pre-School Teacher (1.0 FTE) * certification for special education and regular education
• Department Head for Special Education (Search Reopened)
• Art Teacher (1.0FTE)
• Speech & Language Pathologist (1.0 FTE)
• ELL Teacher (.6FTE)
Please send cover letter, resume three letters of reference, transcripts and licensure by May 12, 2010, to:
Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce
Fall Season 2010
Coach High School Boys Golf
Contact Athletic Director John_Brown@wellesley.k12.ma.us
Bring Your Sharps, Needles
Department and Syringes
to the Household Hazardous Products
Collection Day at the RDF 5-2-10
For Wellesley residents only
WHEN: Sunday, May 2, 2010
TIME: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WHERE: Wellesley Recycling
and Disposal Facility (RDF) GUIDELINES:
169 Great Plain Ave., Wellesley
Sharps must be brought in capped sturdy
Questions? Contact the Wellesley
Health Dept. containers such as: sharps container,
website: detergent bottle, coffee can or