Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Responsive Classroom AT HOME!

The tools of Responsive Classroom can be used to help create a calm, supportive and encouraging environment at home too!
Open to the Public – No Registration Required
Tuesday, March 15th 6:30pm – 8:30pm Thursday, April 7th 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 210, The Education Center 100 Walnut Street, Newton
Join us to learn practical strategies to creating positive behavior at home including:
Family Meeting
House Rules
Interactive Modeling
Positive Language
Logical Consequences
Quiet Time

This workshop will be taught by Amy Kelly, District Leader of Social and Emotional Learning, Newton Public Schools.
Co-Sponsored by
For more information please contact: Kathy Marchi, SEL Dept. (617) 559-6139

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Alifie Kohn! A wonderful opportunity to hear him at Brandeis

 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education   
8th Annual Teacher Forum
Choices in the Classroom:  
From Coercion to Community with Alfie Kohn
Sunday, February 28, 2016
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Brandeis University 
Hassenfeld Conference Center
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

This event is free and open to the public but space is limited and registration is required. 

* What's the single greatest obstacle to creating more democratic classrooms?
* How can students make individual and collective decisions about learning?
* Is it realistic for students to participate in designing their curriculum?
If we want students to take responsibility for their behavior and learning, it is up to us to give them responsibilities. Research shows unequivocally that students learn more effectively and care more about what they are learning when they have some say about their experiences. By contrast, they suffer from burnout when they feel powerless. Alfie Kohn describes the whys and the hows of bringing students into the decision-making process on many aspects of their learning.

Alfie Kohn
Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. He is the author of 14 books and scores of articles including Punished by Rewards, The Schools our Children Deserve, and The Homework Myth. He has been described in Time magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores."

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SUMMER INSTITUTES: Teaching the Humanities Through Art

"Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. Attend one of our week-long institutes in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Stay connected with your newfound colleagues and museum staff throughout the year."

Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art

Photos of Teacher Institute activities
Institute participants engaging with American art, enjoying a reception on the Museum’s portico, and creating original podcasts.
  • WEEK 1: Monday, July 11–Friday, July 15, 2016
  • WEEK 2: Monday, July 25–Friday, July 29, 2016
Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. Attend one of our week-long institutes in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Stay connected with your newfound colleagues and museum staff throughout the year.

View the 2015 Institute agenda (PDF) and video of past keynote addresses.

Who should apply?

Core subject teachers for grades 6–12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies, history, and English/language arts teachers.

What will teachers accomplish during the Institute?

museum gallery
A participant discussing William H. Johnson’s Café with a museum educator.
  • Gain expertise from museum educators, curators, and content experts, through gallery talks, discussion groups, and hands-on activities
  • Learn to use American art in the classroom to foster critical thinking skills and deepen student engagement with content
  • Make interdisciplinary connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts
  • Experiment with digital tools you can use to bring art into your classroom
  • Develop and share lesson ideas with peers

What is provided for Institute participants?

During Institutes:
  • Teacher’s Tool Kit including color reproductions, classroom discussion and writing exercises, project guidelines, and teaching strategies
  • Behind-the-scenes experiences at the Museum
  • Opportunity to engage with leading scholars during keynote addresses
  • Access to featured technology
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Optional evening events and opportunities to explore Washington, D.C., such as a bus tour of monuments
Throughout the year:
  • Exclusive access to a collaborative website
  • Connection to a national network of Institute alumni
  • Museum staff support for curriculum development

What is expected of Institute participants?

Teachers Working
Teachers working together in the Museum’s galleries to interpret a painting.
  • Completion of pre-Institute assignments
  • Participation in the entire Institute; plan to arrive each day at the Museum by 9:00 a.m. and leave after 4:00 p.m.
  • Sharing of lesson ideas on the final day of the Institute
  • Contribution of ideas, comments, and resources to a collaborative website during the Institute and throughout the school year

What are teachers saying about the Institute?

  • "[The Institute] was a stunning success. I have become visually literate, I have learned new teaching strategies and I have access to an amazing collection of resources."
  • "This has been the most rewarding PD I have ever attended. The strategies and resources are of immediate practicality."
  • "I will look at art so differently from here on out. It won’t just be ’something to look at’ but something to learn from. I will also have a ton of strategies that I’m walking away with, which I really appreciate. In addition to those, I’m walking away with practice in them so I already feel like I know how to use them. And I will walk away with a much deeper art background than I came with."
  • "To say that it changed the way I teach is an understatement."

How to Apply

Each applicant must submit a completed application online by April 3, 2016. Applications received after this date may be considered if space is available.

Important Dates

Applications Due: April 3, 2016
Acceptance Notification: April 22, 2016
Scholarship Applications Due: April 29, 2016
Scholarship Notification: May 6, 2016
Registration Deadline: May 13, 2016


A committee will review all completed applications and notify accepted applicants via email by April 22, 2016. The Museum will attempt to accommodate all applicants’ date preferences, subject to space limitations. Efforts will be made to enroll educators from across the country for geographic diversity.

Registration and Cost

The registration deadline is May 13, 2016. A non-refundable registration fee of $200 per person is required. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging costs. A low-cost housing option has been provided in past years through a local university. For more information about transportation and low-cost housing recommendations, please email View tips for funding your professional development.


The Smithsonian American Art Museum is pleased to offer a limited number of $500 scholarships per Institute. Scholarships may be used to cover selected participants’ registration, travel, and lodging expenses, as well as other potential costs of attendance. To apply for a scholarship, submit the following to with the subject line "Summer Institute Scholarship." The scholarship application deadline is April 29, 2016:
  1. One-page letter addressing:
    1. What you value most about teaching
    2. Your interest in the Institute
    3. How you anticipate applying lessons learned to your work
  2. Letter of recommendation written by and emailed from a teaching colleague or school administrator addressing your collaborative spirit and creative contributions as an educator
  3. Résumé
Scholarship recipients will be notified via email by May 6, 2016.

Graduate and Professional Development Credit

Teachers in Gallery
Participants in the midst of a writing activity, looking closely at a landscape by an unknown folk artist.
If you are interested in receiving graduate credit for your participation in the Institute, please contact for more information.

Upon request, museum staff will provide documentation of participation including total contact hours.


For more information about transportation and low-cost housing recommendations, please read the FAQs.

Direct inquiries to

Interested in participating in one-day teacher professional development experiences? Consider these upcoming Professional Development Workshops.

Video of Past Keynote Addresses

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Enrichment Grants: This only comes around once a year! Don't miss this opportunity!

Dear Members of the Lesley New Teacher Community,

This is a reminder to each of you that the deadline for applying for the 2016 Lesley New Teacher Community Enrichment Grants is January 31, 2016.

These grants are a wonderful potential funding source for you!  In the past few years this generous program has granted teachers funds have been used for such things as classroom supplies for specific projects, teacher enrichment such as attending a conferences or  mini-courses, or membership in professional organizations.

You can access our 2015-2016 Enrichment Grant application from our website.  The direct link is:

While we have your attention, here’s a heads up!  Save the date!  Save April 2, 2015 for our “Hooray, It’s Spring Event” on Social and Emotional Learning.  We’ll come up with a catchy title, but for now, put a red circle around the date on your calendars!

All the best,


Andi Edson, Ed. D.
Lesley University New Teacher Community

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Wonderful Funding Sources for Teacher Travel

This is a unbelievably fantastic resource for teachers.  It's from a website called (Website) which is also filled, filled, filled with ideas and edited by a woman named Lillie.  She's a "traveling teacher in love with global education.  She started this site in 2010 to share stories of great Teacher-Travelers, and inspire others."

The following is from one of the postings and is a HUGE list of opportunities compiled by a teacher from Massachusetts named Kim Young.

I'm inspired!  What about you?


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Teaching the Vietnam War: Register Now for this great opportunity!

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Diverse Voices of the Vietnam War: Professional Development Workshop for High School Educators
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We're collaborating with WGBH on a free professional development workshop about teaching the Vietnam War in high school social studies and ELA classrooms. Register now
Vietnam WarWednesday, January 20, 2016
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)

1 Guest Street

Boston, MA 02135
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WGBH EducationJoin us for an early evening of interaction with new and innovative sources and activities to teach about the war.
A lite supper will be served and all attendees will take home curriculum materials and a gift bag, including a Last Days in Vietnam (American Experience) DVD.
This workshop is for curriculum specialists or high school teachers of US history, World history and English Language Arts, and features materials from our online curriculum resource "Teaching the "American War": Looking at the War in Vietnam Through Vietnamese Eyes".
Register Today

Registration is limited so please sign up soon.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Teaching English Abroad?

How great was our 12/5 workshop on "Funding for Teacher Travel, Study and Classroom Materials?"  From time to time we're going to post different articles about teaching abroad or other funding opportunities.  Maybe one of these is in your future?

How Much Can You Earn Teaching English Abroad?

Teaching English Abroad Are you struggling to find the perfect place to teach abroad? The amount of information out there can be overwhelming, especially it comes to figuring out ESL teacher salaries and the cost of living abroad.

Especially since saving money to travel or pay off student loans is a large priority for many who choose to teach abroad, I'm sure many of you want to know how much you'll earn teaching English abroad. While it's easy to get a general idea of potential salaries for individual countries, it can be very difficult to compare salaries and programs across countries.

The main issue is that there are many different types of teaching jobs within individual countries, each with their own salary ranges. Most people who teach abroad only do so in one or two countries, therefore, their perceptions are limited by what they personally have experienced.

However, several Go Overseas writers before me have spent a lot of time and effort creating teaching salary guides to 7 of the more popular teach abroad destinations. To make your lives easier, I've compiled all of this information into one informative post to help you compare salary expectations and choose a country that's right for you! Read on for a country by country breakdown on how much you can earn teaching English abroad.
How much can you earn teaching in China?
  • Average Salary: $942 - 2,500 USD / month
  • Cost of Living: $1,000 per month (rent is usually included)
  • Typical Benefits: Free housing, flight reimbursement, visa assistance, health insurance, Chinese lessons
  • Save or Spend: Save
  • Types of Jobs: Public schools, private language institutions, universities, international schools, private tutoring
China, a classic destination for teaching abroad, isn't necessarily the best paying, but the low cost of living offsets the salary and allows teachers a great quality of life.
In general, the salary expectations for smaller cities and rural areas will be lower than places like Beijing and Shanghai, however, the cost of living is much lower. Your salary will also be influenced by the type of school you teach at, and the amount of experience you have. Like anywhere else, the longer you stay in China and the more experience you have, the easier it will become to find high-paying jobs. Schools will typically raise your salary after the first year as well.

The types of jobs in China are all vastly different from one another. You may work Monday-Friday and teach classes of 50 students, or you might work nights and weekends, educating classes of five. This translates to salaries as well, and for more a more detailed breakdown on salaries by school type read the full guide to teaching salaries in China.

How much can you earn teaching in Japan?
  • Average Salary: $1,700 - 5,000 USD / month
  • Cost of living: $1,000 USD / month (rent is usually covered)
  • Typical Benefits: Accommodation, flight reimbursement, visa assistance, health insurance, teacher training
  • Save or Spend: Save
  • Types of Jobs: Eikaiwas, JET Programme, ALT, universities, international schools, private tutoring
Teacher salaries in Japan tend to be pretty nice -- especially considering that accommodation, flight reimbursement, and health insurance (all some of the more expensive costs of living) are included as benefits on top of teacher salaries.

Most teachers will find jobs either through an Eikaiwa, a private English academy, or the JET Programme, a government sponsored teaching exchange program that recruits ESL teachers and places them in public schools throughout Japan. However, sometimes public schools will directly hire Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) outside of JET. All of these positions tend to be on the lower end of the scale, though still well paid.
University positions are some of the best paying, but Japan has very strict requirements for university teachers. You'll be expected to have a Master's in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, or some sort of equivalent.

Again, a better breakdown can be found in the comprehensive guide on salary expectations for teaching in Japan.

How much can you earn teaching in South Korea?
  • Average Salary: $1,600 - $2,000 USD / month
  • Cost of living: $1,100 USD / month (rent is usually covered)
  • Typical Benefits: Accommodation, flight reimbursement, visa assistance, health insurance, yearly bonus
  • Save or Spend: Save (a lot)
  • Types of Jobs: Hagwons, public schools, universities, international schools
South Korea is famous for allowing teachers to save up a lot of money in a short amount of time. For example, Audry of That Backpacker saved $17,000 and paid off her student loans after teaching English in Korea.

It's also worth mentioning that a Hagwon, one of the most common places to find teaching jobs in South Korea, is a private English academy. While you may be able to find a job as a private tutor in Korea, it's technically illegal.

Many of those who don't end up at a Hagwon will end up teaching in Korea at a public school through one of the government-sponsored programs, such as EPIK and GEPIK. Though you do need a TEFL certificate to snag one of these positions, they do pay well. For more detail -- you guessed it -- we've got a guide for salaries in South Korea.

How much can you earn teaching in Taiwan?
  • Average Salary: $20-40 USD/ hour (roughly $1,600 - $3,200 / month)
  • Cost of living: $950 USD / month
  • Typical Benefits: Visa assistance
  • Save or Spend: Save
  • Types of Jobs: Big chain schools, big chain kindergartens, public schools, Foreign-run Bushibans, American schools
Most Taiwanese teaching jobs pay by the hour rather than a monthly salary, but even so it ends up being a pretty nice monthly salary. Do note that most teachers won't work a full 40 hours a week like other jobs, but 20-30 is more typical, ending you with a monthly salary of somewhere between $1,600 - $3,200 / month.

Many foreigners in Taiwan start out teaching at big chain schools or "bushibans", otherwise known as cram schools. These schools don't pay as highly as their counterparts and have less desirable work environments. However, after paying your dues at a cram school for 6 months to a year, it's much easier to get a job at a more desirable school, like a foreign-run Bushiban. Teaching at a foreign-run Bushiban is considered the most competitive and desirable of ESL jobs in Taiwan (being better paid), however, these positions are also more demanding.

Similarly, to work at an American school, you'll have to be a certified teacher from your home country with outstanding credentials and, as you might assume, these jobs are extremely competitive. Get the full scoop on our Salary Expectations for Teaching in Taiwan

How much can you earn teaching ESL in Cambodia?
  • Average Salary: $1,000 - $1,200 USD / month
  • Average Cost of Living: $840 / month
  • Typical Benefits: visa assistance
  • Save or Spend: Break even -- spend if you're volunteering.
  • Types of Jobs: Private schools, private ESL academies, volunteer teaching
Cambodia's requirements are much less strict than many other countries. For example, most schools do not require you to have a TEFL certificate or a four-year degree. As a result, that tends to be the bigger reason (as opposed to the salary) why people choose to teach here.

Also popular is volunteer teaching -- though, obviously, you won't make anything (unless you're lucky enough to get a small stipend) with this sort of position. If you choose this route, avoid volunteer teaching at orphanages, which often employ orphanage scams to profit off well-meaning volunteers.

Also note that most schools prefer to hire teachers who are already in Cambodia, so be sure to book a flight and do your job hunting on the ground. These schools are also unlikely to pay for your flights, so work that into your startup costs of moving abroad. Overall, you may save a little if you're thrifty, but when it comes to teacher salaries, Cambodia's no South Korea, that's for sure. Read more on our guide to teacher salaries in Cambodia.

How much can you earn teaching in Spain?
  • Average Salary: $1,000 - $2,000 USD / month or $18 - 27 USD / hour
  • Average Cost of Living: $1,000 - 2,000 USD/ month
  • Typical Benefits: visa assistance, health insurance
  • Save or Spend: Save (a little) or Break Even
  • Types of Jobs: North American Language and Culture Assistants, private language schools, private lessons
Spain is a coveted destination in the eyes of to be ESL teachers, but not necessarily the best paying. Furthermore, if you're not an EU citizen, it's terribly complicated to get a job there. For that reason, most Americans and Canadians go through The North American Language and Culture Assistants program, which places 2,000 Americans and Canadians in Spanish public schools each year. While the salary might be a bit low, health insurance is included and many assistants also teach private lessons on the side.
The price of private lessons varies depending on which city you're living in. Bigger cities like Madrid can command high prices while teachers in smaller towns may not be able to make as much. Granted, the cost of living is much lower in these places.
Despite the so-so salary, cost of living in Spain is affordable and most teachers are able to save a little (maybe not $17,000, but something) and live a good quality life.

Read more on our salary expectations for teaching in Spain guide.

How much can you earn teaching in Saudi Arabia?
  • Average Salary: $2,600 - $4,000 USD / month
  • Average Cost of Living: $1,500 - $1,844 / month (rent is usually covered)
  • Typical Benefits: Accommodation, flight reimbursement, visa assistance, health insurance, completion bonuses, tax-free salaries
  • Save or Spend: Save (a lot)
  • Types of Jobs: Private language schools, private international schools, universities
A terribly kept secret in the ESL world: the Middle East, and specifically Saudi Arabia and the UAE (next on our list), tends to pay very well for English teachers. However, Saudi Arabia primarily targets highly qualified and experienced ESL teachers, though in exchange offers a high salary and comprehensive benefits for both you and your family.

A working knowledge of Arabic is highly valued and will help you get a job and command respect (and a higher salary).

Of course, life in Saudi Arabia isn't for everyone. Alcohol is forbidden and there are strict rules against relations between unmarried men and women. However, if you feel like the pay off (literally) is worth it, you can live very comfortable and save (a lot) teaching English in Saudi Arabia. More details on our guide to teacher salaries in Saudi Arabia.

How much can you earn teaching in the UAE?
  • Average Salary: $2,500 - $5,500 USD/ month
  • Typical Benefits: accommodation, flight reimbursement, visa assistance, health insurance, completion bonuses, tax-free salaries
  • Average Cost of Living: $1,200 - $1,900 USD/ month
  • Save or Spend: Save (a lot)
Very similar to Saudi Arabia, teacher salaries in the UAE tend to be high paying and come with full benefits for both ESL teachers and their families. Additionally, many schools have 2-3 year contracts, with yearly bonuses and full benefits.

Again, jobs in the UAE are highly competitive and many schools are looking for experienced teachers with advanced credentials. A TEFL certificate with a few years of teaching experience is a must, but a teaching certificate will command higher pay.
An added non-monetary benefit that also draws many ESL teachers to UAE is the fact that most teaching jobs provide a stipend for children's private schools and multi-room apartments. For this reason, teachers with families tend to look towards the UAE for international teaching jobs. Get the full scoop on our guide to ESL teacher salaries in the UAE.

Let's Get Started!

Whether you want to save a bit of money to backpack Europe, or further your teaching career while supporting a family, there is a large wealth of teaching jobs for every need. Looking for a gap year job where you can make a bit of money without a college degree? Be sure to try Cambodia. Want to pay off your college debt after graduation? Consider South Korea.

Once you've chosen a country, be sure to utilize our resources to see if you meet the qualifications for your ideal teaching job. There are so many opportunities available, there's sure to be a position for every experience level.

What are you waiting for? Apply for your dream teaching job today!
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