Keep Up To Date With Burlington Public Schools in 2014-2015

As we prepare for the start of another school year, we want to remind our Burlington Public Schools families how to keep up with all of the latest happenings from our school system.  One of the best ways to stay on top of what is happening is following the district and school blogs.  One way to follow our blogs is to enter your e-mail address into the box on a specific blog from which you would like to receive updates. Activating this option will set you up to receive an e-mail any time there is a new post published on that particular blog.  In addition each e-mail that you receive will allow you the option of stopping the e-mails from that blog at any time. 

If you are following a number of blogs, I encourage you to look at an RSS feed service such as Feedly. This will allow you to see posts from all of these blogs in one place.

A few blogs that you may want to follow to get started

Other ways to stay up to date with BPS


Please let us know if there are any other social media resources that you would like to see Burlington Public Schools access to share information!

First Parent Technology Night of 2013 January 22 at MSMS

The Burlington EdTech Team will be hosting its first Parent Technology Night of 2013 on January 22 at Marshall Simonds Middle School. The topic for the discussion will be Google Apps for Education in Burlington schools.

Please join us for an opportunity to learn about some of the powerful technology tools being used by Burlington students. The session will highlight how our students are beginning to use Google Apps during the 2012-2013 school year. Time during every session is also dedicated to technology related questions and support.

The session, led by  Dennis Villano, Director of Technology Integration, will be held in the new MSMS Learning Commons on the second floor.

Let’s Share and Learn Together on #BPSCHAT

For the past few years we have had a lot of succes in building our high school’s learning network with the hashtag #bhschat. We have communicated both within and beyond our school community  on issues related to our school and broader education topics.  As we continue to move forward as a school district and encourage collaboration and communication from all stakeholders, I hope that people will start to utilize #bpschat as a means for increasing engagement.  
For those of you who are new to Twitter or still unfamiliar with it as a communication and/or learning resource, please check out Getting Started With Twitter from the Burlington New Teachers’ Blog.

Check Out The Burlington New Teacher Blog

I started a new blog to share information and resources with our new teachers in Burlington.  The initial post is below. Please check out the Burlington New Teachers Blog when you have a chance.

The initial post from our first meeting is below:


Thanks again to all of the new teachers who took part in today’s new teacher orientation. We are so excited that you chose BPS and we look forward to supporting you as you work with our students. We hope that you will find that Burlington is a place where you can feel comfortable continuing to take risks and grow as a learner. Because if our teachers do not feel this way, we will also rob our students of the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Get Connected

We encourage you to take advantage of the resources you have available to connect and collaborate with educators both within and outside of our school district. The United States Department of Education as designated August as Connected Educator Month and there are a number of great resources available at the Connected Educator website.

There are a few ways you can get started. The easiest way is to start following this blog. Please enter your e-mail address in the box on the righthand side of the blog. This will ensure that you get a daily e-mail with any new blog posts from the BPS New Teacher Blog. that you can get started.  You can also use your google account to start following blogs through Google Reader which you can access under the more tab at the top of the page when you log into your Google account. We’ll talk more about this soon!

Finally, I encourage you to join Twitter and start connecting and sharing with other educators all over the world. Here is a link to a document to help you get started that was originally created by George Couros (a friend who is an administrator in Alberta, Canada).  Please be sure to pay special attention to the following hashtags #bpschat (Burlington Public Schools Chat), #ntchat (new teacher chat), and #1st5days (a conversation for getting your year off to a great start).

 As I mentioned I will also lead a session on getting started with Twitter during next week’s opening Professional Development Conference.  You can access the entire conference schedule at the conference website.

Employee Benefits

Here is the employee benefits presentation that was reviewed by our Human Resources Director Joanne Faust.  If you have follow-up questions you can e-mail Joanne at and her extension is 1774.

Teachers’ Union 

Thanks to BEA President Diana Marcus for taking the time to meet with new teachers this morning. You can contact Diana via her school e-mail

Below is a copy of the Teacher Orientation Handbook

Finally, please check below for our list of dates for module training for our new teachers who have not completed an induction program in another MA district.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at extension 1804 or my secretary Rosemary DeSousa at extension 1989.   You can also contact me on Twitter @PatrickMLarkin or call me on my Google Voice number at (559) 245-2757.

Boston Globe Headline Does Not Apply To Burlington

As I drove into work this morning, I heard the headline above on the morning news show on the radio and thought about how this might confuse folks a bit.  The news story referenced an article in today’s Boston Globe about the impending deadline for many schools districts across the state to come to an agreement with unions about new evaluation procedures. So I wanted to set the record straight as to where Burlington stands in regards to the new teacher evaluation system that all schools will have to implement by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
The deadline of September 1, 2012 applies to all schools that receive Race to the Top funds, which according to the article is 235 school districts. For the remaining school districts, the new evaluation system will need to be implemented by September 1, 2013.  
Stay tuned for more information on this as Burlington administrators and teachers work on creating a shared vision of what this new evaluation system will look like.
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