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Dearborn Family Meetings

The next meeting will be Sunday, March 15 from 12:30pm to 2pm at St. Peter’s Teen Center, 278 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, MA. Click on the flyer for more info and translation into Spanish and Cape Verdean Creole. Contact Teresa Rodriguez, Director of Student Life and School Climate, at 617-981-3217 with any questions. Visit our Dearborn 2015 page for more information on the Dearborn 6-12 STEM Academy.

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.


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.

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 September 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.