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Teaching Academy Leaders

The Dearborn STEM Academy and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School have two new leaders incoming. Lisa Gilbert-Smith will serve as Head of School for Dearborn STEM Academy, and Dawn Lewis will become Principal of Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School (DSNCS), both effective July 1. Read more about them here.

BTR Graduate Audrey Jackson: 2016 MA Teacher of the Year

Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester announced Audrey H. Jackson, fifth grade teacher at the Joseph P. Manning School, as the 2016 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Jackson is a graduate of BPE's Boston Teacher Residency program and holds a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She believes "all children have the capacity to believe in themselves and thrive; sometimes they just need a little help seeing their own worth."

Read more about Audrey here.   


DPC Member Publishes with Best-Selling Author

Pamala Delaney, 2nd year Dudley Promise Corps member, worked with New York Times bestselling author Michael Patrick MacDonald and four other women on a compilation of memoirs titled “Close to Home: Reflections on Poverty, Perseverance and Promise.” Read full story here.


BPE Partnerships in the Community

Ros Everdell of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Sister Margaret A. Leonard of Project Hope discuss how their organizations work with BPE and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School:


Strengthening Teacher Preparation

BPE Executive Director Jesse Solomon is among the 18 founding members of Deans for Impact, a national organization composed of leaders of colleges of education and teacher-preparation programs who are working together to improve student learning and other outcomes.

Members of Deans for Impact will ensure that graduate candidates in their preparation programs are ready to teach and lead in ways that improve student learning. Members will also advocate and provide evidence for the value of educator preparation and they will drive innovative programmatic and policy changes at the program, institutional, state and national levels.

Read more here.


BPE's Lynne Godfrey Honored

Lynne Godfrey, DSNCS director of instruction, curriculum and adult development for mathematics, was honored at The Algebra Project & The Young People's Project “Keep on Pushin” event, which celebrated 80 years in the life of civil rights pioneer and Algebra Project founder, Bob Moses. The programs honor those who are helping establish the fundamental right of every child to a quality public school education.


Reorganizing Teaching

In a TedxBeaconStreet talk BPE Executive Director Jesse Solomon addressed strategies to reorganize the teaching profession to create a system that consistently supports wonderful teaching for every child by drawing from the medical field. Watch the full video of Mr. Solomon’s talk here:


Dudley Street Scholar Speaks at Gov. Baker's First Post-Inaugural Public Event

Dudley Street School 3rd grader Makya Ware addressed Gov. Charlie Baker and about 150 community members at the Kroc Center in Roxbury for Gov. Baker's first post-inaugural public event.

"I like my school because the scholars here are very smart and active," Ware said to the governor and crowd. She went on to ask him to help her school grow and to take care of her community.

Read more about the event and what Ware said here.


Making It Happen

Two years ago, BPE helped launch the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, a new school with a big mission: to serve the full range of Boston students, bringing every child to proficiency in reading by the third grade. The Dudley Street School is BPE's first Teaching Academy, a premier training ground for Boston teachers.



"Making It Happen" chronicles the Dudley Street School's first year, a year marked by impressive accomplishments (74% of students made at least a year of growth in reading) and great enthusiasm and dedication from staff, partners, families, and students.  

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Student Success. Nothing Less.

BPE's mission is to drive exceptional outcomes for all students by developing great teachers and great schools. For three decades, BPE (formerly the Boston Plan for Excellence) has devised solutions to the toughest challenges faced by Boston’s students and teachers by weaving together expertise in teacher training and school development. We believe ambitious teaching (which we define as instruction that consistently engages all students in rigorous content) requires not only effective teachers, but also systems that support great teaching and methods for continuous improvement. We have prepared over 500 teachers for Boston's public schools through the nationally recognized and replicated Boston Teacher Residency program. And we have pioneered scalable, cutting edge data tools and whole school improvement strategies. Today, we are redesigning schooling for students and teachers by creating neighborhood-based Teaching Academies, schools which provide a world-class education for all students while preparing outstanding new teachers for the Boston Public Schools. We launched our first Teaching Academy, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, in 2012, and will operate our second, the Dearborn STEM Academy, beginning in July 2015. In 2013, we created the Dudley Promise Corps to further leverage the power of national service to provide high-quality extended learning time and academic support to students in the Dudley neighborhood.

With this strategy, we reach 10% of BPS students, helping to dramatically accelerate their progress. Just as important, we are creating new, replicable models for developing great teachers and great schools.