New from BPE
Expansion to the Dudley Street School
Boston Public Schools Interim Superintendent John McDonough pitched his plan to keep the Dearborn from state receivership at the July 16th Boston School Committee Meeting. His plan calls for the Dudley Street School to operate a 6-12 STEM Academy as an in-district Horace Mann charter school beginning in September 2015. Superintendent McDonough and BPE Executive Director Jesse Solomon describe the plan in this video (at 2:31:00). Read Mr. Solomon’s remarks to the School Committee here. And read the prospectus that was submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on July 24 here.
BPE Senior Advisor Awarded
BPE Senior Advisor Magdalene Lampert, a national expert on mathematics education and teacher education, received the 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Education Award from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the 2014 Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Committee on Research and Dissemination. Dr. Lampert's study "provides a provocative framing of the ways in which teacher educators design and guide novice teachers' learning--specifically through the use of coached rehearsals within cycles of investigating and enacting practice" (source). The award-winning paper documents key strategies for developing ambitious teaching practices in aspiring teachers.
Making It Happen
Last year, 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.
See our teachers and students in action:
Student Success. Nothing Less.
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, which are in-district, PreK-12 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. In 2013, we created the Dudley Promise Corps to leverage the power of national service to expand learning time, engage families, and provide extra 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.