BPS Accelerated Community to Teacher (ACTT) Program
We believe that the next generation of BPS teachers are in our classrooms or are in the homes and in community organizations in the City of Boston right now. We are committed to developing programs that provide multiple access points to prepare our next generation of educators.
The BPS Accelerated Community to Teacher (ACTT) Program is part of an overarching strategy to increase the number of top teachers in the district who reflect the racial, cultural and linguistic diversity of our students and our community.
To be considered for our program, you must:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree (conferred by June 15, 2016);
- Demonstrate experience working with youth in an educational or mentoring setting;
- Meet all legal requirements to work in the United States; and
- Pass a criminal background check before the beginning of the program.
Who We Want
We are recruiting and preparing teachers for the following subjects for the 2016-17 school year:
- Elementary Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Middle and High School ELA/History/Humanities
- Middle and High School Science
- Middle and High School Mathematics
To earn your preliminary license in one of the subject areas above, you must pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) required for that subject. Learn more about licensure requirements here.
Note: Eligibility and academic requirements are established by the Massachusetts Department of Education and are therefore non-negotiable and subject to change.
This 11-month program begins in October and runs through June. Here’s how it works:
1. Complete the training.
In the fall, you’ll attend unpaid Saturday trainings that take place two to three Saturdays per month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants also complete the 15-Hour Technology Goes Home Course, an online independent study in February, and a flexible, 20-hour practicum in the spring.
In this training, you’ll develop your teaching skills in a cohort and learn from highly-skilled teachers and community partners through a rigorous and interactive hands-on experience. Participants are required to prepare a competency-based portfolio and participate in a pre-practicum and full-practicum experience. This program's scope and sequence and instructional and practicum focus align with the Massachusetts Framework for Educator Evaluation.
2. Earn a preliminary license and graduate credits from UMASS Boston School of Education.
Program faculty use each participant’s learning portfolio, classroom participation, and mentor teacher feedback from their teaching experiences to determine a candidate’s readiness for a full-time teaching role and eligibility to earn up to six graduate credits from UMASS Boston. Participants will be able to take up to four 16-hour Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) prep courses.
Participants who successfully complete the program earn their MA preliminary teaching license, A Technology Goes Home Certificate and Chromebook, and six graduate credits from UMASS Boston School of Education.
3. Find a teaching position.
You will be responsible for leading your own job search to ensure that both you and your principal feel good about the match. BPS’ hiring season begins in the spring and continues through the summer, and our staff will provide you with resources and guidance so you can find a position that’s right for you. Keep in mind that all hiring decisions are ultimately made by principals or other school-based administrators.
Training & Licensure
As a full-time employee of BPS, you will earn the same starting salary as other first-year teachers. First-year teachers earn more than $51,000 and can make well over $70,000 by their sixth year. You will also have access to the same comprehensive benefits as all new teachers in BPS, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage.
As a participant of the BPS Accelerated Community to Teacher Program, you will be responsible for the program fees.
Salary & Program Costs
Thank you for your interest in the BPS Accelerated Community to Teacher (ACTT ) Program. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-17 cohort. Check back in the Spring of 2017 for information on how to apply for the SY 17-18 BPS Accelerated Community to Teacher (ACTT ) Cohort. Please complete the form below and we will email you the SY 17-18 ACTT cohort application once it is available.
for more information
For more information about this exciting program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Human Capital – Diversity Programs at (617) 635-9114.