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BERST Academy: Ways to get involved

Baystate Education Research and Scholarship of Teaching Academy

Ways to get involved




Interested in helping us enhance our BERST offerings? Consider joining the BERST Curriculum or Steering Committees! Email if you're interested. 

Apply to be BERST Faculty: BERST Faculty teach in our Base Camps and mentor members for BERST Bites.  Applications are   reviewed on a rolling basis. The BERST Faculty application can be found below under the tab “Applications"

Coach or Judge for Base Camps:  For those of you who have completed BERST Teacher Base Camp, we are excited to offer  you the opportunity to serve as a coach or judge for the Teaching Slam during the 2021-2022 Base Camps. 


Coaches assist a Teaching Slam team with designing the session, specifically supporting them to think about innovation, reflection, and motivation as well as the elements of educational planning.  Email if interested.

Present at March-May BERST Bites: Innovation Report-outs – These panel presentations showcase your efforts of applying   what you’ve learned through BERST. This activity can be added to your CV, can help you improve the way you approach teaching  as a scholarly activity, and perhaps be the path to a poster, publication, or presentation at a conference! Email if interested.

Appear in a BERST Member Spotlight: Coming soon on the new BERST Academy website, the Member Spotlight shares  details of current BERST members and their experiences with celebrating the power of education. If you’d like to be featured, the form can be found below under "Applications"

Nominate yourself or someone else for a BERST Award. Awards will be presented annually in the Spring of each year at the BERST Academy Awards Reception. 


The beauty of our BERST community is its diversity of voices at the table. BERST provides the opportunity to network with a diverse group of educators both in and outside of our institution. The growth of this social network is critical as good teaching grows through feedback and collaboration. Additionally, we hope that it leads to more interprofessional educational collaboration outside of BERST. Our members rate the diversity of our community as one of the key benefits of their membership.

As a BERST member, you will: 

  • Engage with an interprofessional community of educators across the institution
  • Explore key principles of education through innovative professional development sessions
  • Advance your career as a teacher, coach, advisor, or leader
  • Attend regular professional development where continuing education credit is provided

You membership in BERST begins with a required two-day, interactive and foundational professional development experience held in October called Base Camp.  From there, you will have access to monthly and annual offerings, including BERST Bites. Plus, you'll have first dibs on attendance at our special offerings such as Rounds and Mini-Courses! 

BERST Academy is open to all employees.

Coming Soon! BERST Teaching Awards - 2021

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