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November 22, 2016

Designing a Team-Based Literacy Program to Maximize Student Growth

by Cary Charlebois Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development for Elementary Literacy at Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE) and co-founder Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative launched Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School in Roxbury in 2012. Our vision was to

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October 21, 2016

Full Inclusion Takes on New Meaning at the Bates Elementary School

by Janet Anderson The Bates Elementary School is the winner of EdVestors’ 2016 School on the Move Prize. When the Bates first became a full-inclusion school in 2014, the leaders and teachers started with the typical definition of educating students with significant disabilities alongside their typically developing peers,

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October 5, 2016

Elevating the “M” in STEM

by Marinell Rousmaniere At the kickoff event for Boston STEM Week Superintendent Tommy Chang told students: “STEM occupations are growing at a rate stronger than non-STEM jobs. STEM-related jobs also pay much higher. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workers complete such a critical role . . . and we want to

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September 26, 2016

Close Up on Charlestown High: Using Video to Create Time for Teachers

By Alexander Kalamaroff Of all the resources a school can have, the most valuable (alongside money) is time—time for teachers to plan, to grade, to make calls home, to observe each other’s classrooms, and to think big picture about what instruction means at our schools. Yet there is never enough time in any given school

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August 3, 2016

Arts Education in the Mix

by Emily Bozentka It may not surprise you to hear that when budget cuts hit schools, arts education is often the first to go. That No Child Left Behind’s (NCLB) focus on math and English Language Arts (ELA) test scores negatively impacted students’ access to courses in the arts, especially for students of color and low-income

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