New from BPE

Family Meeting for the Dearborn

Join us for a family meeting regarding the Dearborn STEM Academy tonight (Dec. 18) from 6-7pm at the Burke High School Career Center, 60 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02121.

Come and meet BPE staff, learn about the BPE proposal, share your hopes and expectations for the school and discuss how we can all work to build a great school for every student.

All Dearborn parents, guardians, and students are invited to attend.

Food, childcare, and simultaneous translation in Spanish and Cape Verdean Creole will be availible.

BPE Dearborn FAQ available HERE


BPE Selected to Run the Dearborn

Today, Boston Public Schools Superintendent John McDonough announced that he has selected BPE to be the external operator to partner with BPS to operate the Dearborn. We at BPE are deeply grateful for the opportunity, and we appreciate the Superintendent’s confidence. We also appreciate the work of the Stakeholder Group and others at the Dearborn who are deeply invested in the success of the school.

We enter into this work ready and eager to engage the Dearborn community to work together on a plan for the future of the school.  We plan to meet with teachers and with parents and families in the coming days – details to follow.  We are fortunate to be already deeply engaged in the Dudley community, and we are proud of the great start of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School.

On behalf of our staff and our Board, we are committed to working with BPS, the Boston Teachers Union and the Dearborn community on this partnership, and will keep the community informed of progress on that front. 

Read the BPS Letter to Families Here

Jesse Solomon
Executive Director
Read the RFS BPE submitted to BPS Here

Two BTR Graduates Named as Teach Plus Fellows

Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) graduates Brianne Brown and Jeffery Cipriani were named as two of the 2014-2015 Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows for the Massachusetts site. The Teaching Policy Fellowship is a highly selective program for teachers interested in having a voice in decisions that affect their profession.

Brown, BTR cohort 5, is a 4th-5th grade teacher in her third year at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School. Cipriani, BTR cohort 8, is a 2nd grade teacher at Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School. He has also served as a Mentor Teacher for BTR residents. 


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.  

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.