Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Planning For College? Don't Miss These Two Upcoming Events

Listed below are two great opportunities for students and parents to learn about colleges and the college process. All of the information below was taken from the Burlington High School Guidance Blog. These events are open to any local parents and students. 



The Roadmap To College Admission - 

With Special Guest: Dr. Mark Montgomery


Date: Thursday October 23rd
Time: 6:30PM– 8:00PM
Location: Burlington (MA) High School Auditorium

The college admission process is stressful.  It all seems more competitive, more stressful, more expensive, and more unpredictable than ever before. 
How will I pick the right college for me?
What is the secret to admission to highly selective colleges?
What if my SAT or ACT scores are lower than I want them to be?
What if I got a C in chemistry…am I doomed?
 My GPA suffered freshman year (I was temporarily possessed by
 aliens); can I still get into a good college?
Which activities should I pursue to stand out from the crowd?
Why do smart people attend community college?
Will I ever be able to afford to go to college, even if I can get in?
With only 24 hours in a day, how can I be a high school superstar?

To answer these questions and to arrive at your chosen destination, you need a map. This presentation will be your personal GPS for choosing the right college—and getting in.

Join us for an entertaining, informative, and stress-reducing presentation by a national expert in higher education. This presentation is aimed at students in 8th through 11thgrade.  Students are encouraged to attend with their parents.

Mark Montgomery, Ph.D., is an independent college consultant serving a national and international clientele from offices in Denver, Colorado, Westfield, New Jersey, and Hong Kong, China.  As a former college administrator, admissions officer, professor of international relations, and high school teacher of French, Dr. Montgomery brings a wealth of educational experience and perspective to the process of college selection and admission.  He speaks to audiences around the world about how to choose the right colleges—and get in. 




College Fair - October 28 - 6:30-8:30p.m.

The Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington


On Tuesday October 28th from 6:30 -8:30 p.m., a college fair will be held at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. The Burlington High School Guidance Department co-sponsors the event with many other Middlesex League High Schools. Usually over two-hundred colleges will attend. A college fair can be a very overwhelming experience for parents and students. The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has developed a very helpful list of questions that you can bring to the fair. We also recommend bringing a pre-determined list of colleges. Make it a priority to visit the schools on your list, then time permitting check out some others. Please remember you are not obligated to stay the whole time, many students spend about an hour at the event.  Below is the most up to date list of colleges attending:

Confirmed Colleges as of October 15
Albany College of Pharmacy
American International College
Anna Maria College
Assumption College
Bay Path College
Bay State College
Becker College
Benjamin Franklin Institute
Bentley College
Binghamton University
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Bryant University
Castleton State College
Champlain College
Clarkson University
Colby-Sawyer College
College of Mount St. Vincent
College of New Jersey
College of Our Lady of the Elms
College of Saint Joseph
College of St. Rose
College of the Holy Cross
Columbia College-Chicago
Curry College
Daniel Webster College
Dean College
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Nazarene College
Elms College
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Fisher College
Fitchburg State University
Florida Institute of Technology
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
Gordon College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Harvard College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Husson University
Iona College
Ithaca College
ITT Technical Institute
Johnson and Wales University
Johnson State College
Keene State College
Laboure College
Lawrence Memorial/RC Nursing & Med. Radiography
Lesley University
Long Island University
Lyndon State College
Manhattanville College
Marian Court College
Marietta College
Marist College
Massachusetts Air National Guard
Massachusetts Army National Guard
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Merrimack College
Middlesex Community College
Millenium Trianing Institute
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
National Aviation Academy
New England College
New England Hair Academy
New England School of Photography
Newbury College
Nichols College
North Shore Community College
Northeastern University
Northern Essex Community College
Northwestern University
Paul Smith's College
Pennsylvania State University
Personal Financial Management Plus
Pine Manor College
Plymouth State University
Providence College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Reading Cooperative Bank
Reading Scholarship Foundation
Regis College
Rivier College
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rutger's University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Saint John's University
Saint Joseph's College - Maine
Saint Lawrence University
Saint Leo University
Saint Michael's College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
Savannah College of Art & Design
School of Fashion Design
Siena College
Simmons College
Smith College
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern Vermont College
Springfield College
Stonehill College
Stonybrook University
Suffolk University
SUNY - Cobleskill
SUNY-Genesco
Texas Tech University
Thomas College
Trinity College-CT.
United States Air Force
United States Army Recruiting Station
United States Marine Recruiting Office
United States Navy Recruiting Office
Unity College
University of Alabama
University at Albany
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Maine-Farmington
University of Maine-Orono
University of Massachusetts - Boston
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of Saint Joseph's
University of Scranton
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
Utica College
Vermont Technical College
Walsh University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State College
Wheaton College
Wheelock College
Wittenburg University
Worcester State University

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Check Out The K12 Online Conference - My Weekly BPS Blog Update (Week 7)


The post below is actually a copy of a weekly e-mail that I send to our staff  to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. It is the seventh post in the series.

A couple of weeks back I mentioned that October is Connected Educator Month and shared this link to the Connected Educator Month Website.  This week I wanted to pass along the link to the K12 Online Conference which offers more daily presentations on a variety of topics for K-12 teachers.  If you would like to bundle an hour from a K12 Online Conference Session with other technology PD options (i.e. How Do I Do That Sessions or our Burlington 1:1 Conference) to earn inservice credits then we would welcome that. If you need support on getting started with this process then please connect with me or one of our district IT Staff. Our two Mobile Learning Coaches, Jenn Scheffer and Diana Marcus, each have online schedules so that you can book them at your convenience.  

Burlington Blogs Update

The posts below are the ones that have been selected from the 116 blogs and websites that have been shared with me. If you haven't had a chance to share yours, then please enter it here on this Google form.  If you aren't a blogger, please feel free to forward any happenings from you or your classroom or any student work that you would like to show off and I will turn it into an original post for the BPS Blog.  






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Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (October 19, 2014)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Keeping Up With All of the Happenings in Burlington Classrooms - My Weekly BPS Blog Update (Week 6)


Resource of the Week - Feedly
One of the greatest parts about the growing number Burlington teachers who have started sharing the happenings from their classrooms online with classroom blogs and websites is that I am able to see all of the neat things happening across the district on a daily basis. While there is no substitute for being in classrooms to see the learning firsthand, there is simply no way to stay on top of all of the wonderful work of staff and students.

This is where Feedly comes in.  Feedly is a FREE resource that allows you to see all of the blogs you follow in one place.  The best part is that you can use it on a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop and scroll through the latest posts from the sites that you follow.  For educators, it is a great way to follow your colleagues or blogging educators from across the globe. It is also a great way to have students follow bloggers who are writing about topics that connect to a unit or entire course.

If you are interested in giving Feedly a spin, here is a link to a tutorial post that explains how to get started. I would just begin with the top three tips if you are a new user.  As always, please let me know if I can help you or your class get started with this great resource!

Week 6 Update
The posts below are the ones that have appeared on the blog over the last five school days. The number of BPS Blogs and Websites is up to 116, increasing by over 40 in the last four weeks!  Please add the link to your site here if you haven't already done so.





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Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (October 12, 2014)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mrs. Fortunato Presents At Best Practices Conference In North Carolina

I had the good fortune of attending the RTI Best Practices Institute in Wrightsville Beach, NC with a team from Burlington.  It was great to hear some well-known RTI comsultants discuss Best Practice, but the highlight was listening to Burlington Math Coach Carrie Fortunato discuss all of the things happening in our Burlington Elementary Schools to make sure students are making progress developing their math skills. 


While the entire slideshow is above, I want to highlight a few of the key things that I took away from Mrs. Fortunato's presentation. 
BPS Math Coach Carrie Fortunato
There is a lot more in the presentation that is work checking out, the key thing is that the work that Mrs. Fortunato has done along with our dedicated staff of classroom teachers and tutors has allowed us to ensure the development of strong foundational skills for all students.  This is due to the time an effort that has been given to make sure we all agree on the following three things:
  1. What we teach all students
  2. How we monitor the progress of all students
  3. What interventions we put in place when students are struggling
It is clear that people were impressed with the work that has been done in Burlington in the area of elementary math instruction!  We look forward to sharing more about this work in the future. Thanks also go to Dr. Scott Methe and his graduate students from UMass Boston for their consultation work that has supported our efforts.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It's Connected Educator Month! - My Weekly BPS Blog Update (Week 5)

The post below is actually a copy of an e-mail that I sent our teachers today to continue to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. It is the fifth post in a series that I will continue throughout the school year.



As we hit the first full week of October, I am wondering how many people are aware that it is Connected Educators Month.  For the third year in a row, the United States Department of Education and a number of partner organizations have deemed October Connected Educator Month. You can learn more at theConnected Educator Month website. The home page lists a daily schedule of events that teachers can take part in to connect with colleagues from around the world, including a number of Twitter Chats on different topics.

If you would like to bundle an hour from a Connected Educator Month Twitter Chat with other technology PD options (i.e. How Do I Do That Sessions or our Burlington 1:1 Conference) to earn inservice credits then we would welcome that. If you need support on getting started with Twitter please connect with one of our district IT Staff. Our two Mobile Learning Coaches, Jenn Scheffer and Diana Marcus, each have online schedules so that you can book them at your convenience. Please let me know if you have any questions

Burlington Blogs Update

The number of Burlington Public Schools blogs and websites that have been shared with me has jumped to 110!  Maybe I set the bar to low at hoping to see just 100? Do I hear 125? You can check out the entire list here if you are interested. If you haven't had a chance to share yours, then please enter it here on this Google form when you have a chance. If you have been thinking about starting a classroom blog or website and feel intimidated then please reach out to me or one of the members of our technology team for support. 

The posts below are the ones that have appeared on the blog over the last five school days.  Please feel free to forward any student work that you would like to show off for a post. Even if you don't have a blog, I am happy to turn the work into an original post. 






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