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Boston Public Schools offers high salaries, challenging careers for America’s best teachers

Career Advancement: A special advertorial section

3/19/2014, 1:14 p.m.
The Boston Public Schools is encouraging talented educators from across Boston, the state and the nation to explore more than ...
Kathy Clunis D’Andrea has worked at the Mission Hill School for the last 15 years because of the multiple opportunities for teachers to be involved in shaping best practices for Boston Public School students.

The Boston Public Schools is encouraging talented educators from across Boston, the state and the nation to explore more than a thousand teaching opportunities, which have been posted online for the first time this year. This means positions are open to internal candidates and teachers from outside the Boston Public Schools as well – including new teachers.

The decision to post positions online is part of the district’s effort to attract, retain and develop a diverse, highly qualified team of teachers to educate students in a public school system that educates more than 57,000 students from more than 100 countries who speak 85 different languages in all.

“I grew up in a large city, so I had a strong desire to work in a large urban area,” said Kimberly Frazier-Booth, an English teacher at the BPS Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. “In Boston, I have access to strong in-district professional development and a variety of enrichment activities. I spent three weeks as part of an intensive summer residency at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in England. Each year my students work with a teaching artist from the Huntington Theater Company. I am excited to have a network of outstanding AP teachers across the city who share resources and ideas.”

BPS is in a strong position to attract top teaching talent by offering strong salaries, generous benefits and career development opportunities that help good teachers become great. This year BPS teachers earn $88,000 every year on average, which is among the highest of any district in the United States. BPS also offers health and retirement benefits and a starting salary of $49,000 that jumps to $67,000 in just five years.

“The culturally diverse student body deserves the commitment and passion of the best teachers and leaders if we are going to change life trajectories,” said Naia Wilson, headmaster of New Mission High School in Hyde Park. “As a teacher, I learned how to help my students reach their true potential using innovative teaching strategies. As a headmaster, I continue to learn the power of school autonomy in creating a place that empowers teachers to work collaboratively to challenge societal inequity. Working in the BPS makes me feel like I am part of the solution.”

If you are an educator who wants to make a difference for Boston’s children and families, the Boston Public Schools is asking you to consider joining the team. Educators can visit www.teachboston.org to apply for positions and learn more about the advantages of a teaching career in BPS or they can send an email to recruitment@bostonpublicschools.org.

BPS will make most of its hiring decisions in April and May for the next school year. The district has made a promise to the community to attract and recruit a talented, diverse team of educators. “That’s what our students deserve and Boston is the place to make it happen,” says interim Superintendent John McDonough.

BPS educates one of the most diverse school-aged populations of any city: One in five BPS students has a disability and nearly half speak a language other than English at home. Three out of every four BPS students live near or below the poverty line.

“I have found a job where I feel valued and important,” said Kathy Clunis D’Andrea, a teacher at the Mission Hill K-8 School. “We have autonomies that help us make decisions that are right for our community. We are able to create our own curriculum and assess the students’ progress in ways that help us best learn what the children need.”

BPS has lifted the graduation rate to the highest level ever recorded, but nearly one-third of the city’s teenagers still do not earn a high school diploma. Just this year BPS cut the drop-out rate to the lowest level since at least 1977.

For a complete list of available positions visit their website http://bostonpublicschools.org/Page/907