EdVestors’ 18th Annual Education Showcase

We are pleased to invite you to EdVestors’ 18th Education Showcase on Tuesday, April 27th from 4-6pm.

Join us as we showcase the tremendous work of Boston educators over the last year, highlighting bright spots and strategies that emerged during the pandemic and can be carried forward.

We will bring together the full-range of EdVestors’ community, consisting of frontline educators, school leaders, non-profits, higher education, business leaders, and donors to engage with and learn about what has worked well and how we can carry this good work forward.

Please update to the latest version of Zoom on your desktop & mobile devices before the Showcase begins.


Welcome & Event Overview
Including Boston Public Schools Superintendent, Brenda Cassellius

Deep Dive Session 1
(join the deep dive session of your choice, see below for topics and speakers) 

Deep Dive Session 2
(join the deep dive session of your choice, see below for topics and speakers) 

Closing & Thanks

Office Hours/Networking with Deep Dive Speakers

Deep Dive Sessions 

Family Engagement: Parents as Partners

Remote learning prompted educators to engage families in new and innovative ways over the last year. This session will explore examples like the unique solutions developed by the Zeroing in on Math Fellows to engage families in math and St Stephen’s Parent Mentor Program building parent partnership in the virtual classroom and community. 

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Estephany Almanzar, Parent Organizer at St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, Parent of a Daughter at the Blackstone
  • Ada Avelar-Martinez, Resource Center Coordinator, St. Stephen’s Youth Program
  • Steve Desrosiers, Family Education Coordinator, BPS Office of Family, Student and Community Advancement
  • Clara Lucien, Grade 2 teacher, Thomas J. Kenny Elementary School, 2020 Zeroing in on Math Fellow 
  • Liz Steinhauser, Director of Community Engagement for St. Stephen’s Youth Program, BPS parent with two students at Boston Latin Academy

Agency and Relevance: Engaging students through Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning emerged as a powerful strategy to keep students engaged over the last year of remote learning. Through Project-Based Learning, students actively engage in real-world and personally meaningful projects. This session will spotlight the engaging work of educators from the Winship Elementary School and Digital Ready program at Excel High School.

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Sarah Cherry Rice, Founder & Executive Director, Digital Ready, Excel High School teacher
  • Shannon DeBari, Grade 1 teacher, Winship Elementary School
  • Lisa Llorente, ESL teacher, Winship Elementary School
  • Aaron Noll, Library/ESL teacher, Winship Elementary School
  • Molly Mus, Special Education Physics and Biology teacher, Excel High School

Advancing Racial Equity: Perspectives on Practice

What does advancing racial equity look like in practice? This session will focus on racial equity in education practices at multiple levels: the classroom, school-wide, and across the district. The session will explore practices such as curriculum, teacher practice, school culture, and community partnerships. Speakers will include community partners, teachers, principals, and Boston Public School district leaders.

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Anthony Beatrice, Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools   
  • Michael Baulier, Principal, Mozart Elementary School
  • Garcie Champagne, Parent, Race and Ethnicity Co-Chair, Mozart Elementary School
  • Lovely Hoffman, Music Teacher, Edison K-8 
  • Jaykyri Simpson, Director, Young Man with A Plan

In Community: Career Connected Learning Through Partnership

Educators, organizations, and employers pivoted quickly to provide quality career learning experiences for young people during remote learning. This session will highlight how through partnership and coordinated action, students are being supported across the career preparation spectrum from career exploration to career engagement through work-based learning.

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Zorely de la Rosa, Class of 2021, Boston Arts Academy, Bloomberg Arts Intern  
  • Marsha Inniss-Mitchell, Director of Post-Secondary Partnerships and Initiatives, Boston Public Schools
  • Melodie Knowlton, Director, Learning Lab, Vertex 
  • Joseph McLaughlin, Director of Research and Evaluation, Boston Private Industry Council
  • Roshni Wadhwani, College, Career and Life Readiness Analyst, Boston Public Schools

Speaker Bios Here

Register Here


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