Thursday, September 10, 2009

First day of school for most BPS students; BTU pilot school opens its doors

Most BPS students were back at school today. Among those were children attending the new Boston Teachers Union pilot school in Jamaica Plain.

This year, the BTU school will have 150 students in grades K1, K2, 1, and 2, a Primary Transition Class for special needs children, and two classrooms for grade 6. They’ll expand year-by-year.
The school is unusual in that it won’t have a principal. They’re using two teacher co-leaders instead. The school day will be 30 minutes longer than most BPS schools, the Globe reports. Teachers were recruited from within the district, and most are in their 30s.

The BTU (or as it’s known in our house, British Thermal Units) school will also teach Spanish. They had planned to offer Mandarin Chinese, but I guess they decided Spanish would be a better fit.

I wish them luck. I visited last year when Young Achievers was still in the Parkman building. It was kind of hard to gauge their approach since they hadn’t hired any teachers yet and didn’t have a curriculum in place. I’m going to try to visit during school preview time this year to see if I can get a better sense of the school in its infancy (rather than the prenatal period).

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