This email serves as a confirmation of your registration for BTR Selection Day on Wednesday, January 11th at the Burke High School in Dorchester. We’re looking forward to seeing all middle and high school finalists then!
Please find below important information about Selection Day, including how and what to prepare in advance; we recommend that you print this email for reference.
• All candidates must report by 8:30 for morning check-in. We will distribute name tags and schedules at this time.
• Science candidates will finish by 3:40
Coffee and breakfast in the morning and a light lunch in the afternoon will be provided to all candidates. You are welcome to bring any food/snacks that are easy to carry with you during the day. Should you require special accommodations due to food allergies, please contact us so that any necessary space arrangements can be made.
II. Location and directions
The Burke high school is located at 60 Washington street in Dorchester, MA.
Please see the above link for a Google map of the area as well as a link to MBTA directions. Because street parking is limited in the area and we are expecting 60 visitors for this event, we strongly encourage you to take public transportation. A number of bus lines (including the 22, 23 and the 28) have stops close to the Burke, please use the MBTA trip planner to plan your trip. The registration table will be set up right inside the building’s main entrance.
III. What to expect
Finalists will be grouped in pods according to grade level and content area, and will follow a schedule of activities during the day including:
• Group Problem Solving Activity
• Mini-Lesson with Rehearsal*
• Individual Interviews
• Content/Writing Assessment*
*Please see the following section on what to prepare in advance of Selection Day for additional information on how/what to prepare for the mini-lesson and the content/writing assessment.
IV. To prepare in advance of Selection Day
• Please click here to download the guidelines/instructions for the mini-lesson you will prepare. Middle and high school science candidates will be teaching their mini-lessons in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade classrooms at the Burke High School. Priority for 9th grade classroom assignments will be given to Middle School finalists. We ask that you do some research and prepare what you think is appropriate and engaging for students in those grade levels at the school. If you plan to bring handouts, please make at least 30 copies.
• In preparation for the writing assessment, science finalists are asked to read an article and watch a 14-minute video in advance of Selection Day. Please be prepared to write a reflective essay at Selection Day in response to questions based on the article and video. As you read the article, please take detailed notes. You may bring a marked-up/highlighted copy of the article and your notes to Selection Day for reference during the writing activity. As you view the video, you should take notes on what the students and/or teacher say. Bring the notes on student and teacher talk with you to Selection Day.
o Please click the following link to access and print the article: “Never Say Anything a Kid Can Say!” by Stephen C. Reinhart
o Please click the following link to view the online video: “Building Viewpoints”
Dress is business casual, or “teacher attire.” Remember, you will be in school for a long day, so dress professionally yet comfortably.
VI. Reasonable Accommodations
BTR actively seeks to create an inclusive service environment and will make reasonable accommodations to ensure that facilities are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals who would like to request reasonable accommodations at Selection Day may contact Cassandra Pagan at  or .
Thank you again for your commitment to becoming a great educator for the children of Boston.
BTR Admissions Team