Principal Partners

Community members rarely hear positive stories about schools in the media, and they almost never have opportunities to appreciate the challenging, complex work of Boston’s school leaders. Through the annual Principal Partners event, we work with the Boston Public Schools to "bring out the best in Boston," generating  support for the city’s schools by pairing corporate and community members with school leaders for a day. Each year, Boston-area leaders spend a morning shadowing a school principal. Participants get a firsthand look at the school improvement investments the district has made and the challenges that remain. Since the first event in 2003, more than 600 leaders have served as a Principal Partner.

Bringing out the Best in Boston: Images from Principal Partners 2015

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh addresses the 2015 Principal Partners 


BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang speaks to the more than 170 guests at the luncheon.


What Participants Say

"[The event] is all about leadership . . . seeing it firsthand on the frontlines of our schools, and as civic and business leaders, demonstrating our commitment to supporting the principals and teachers of BPS."

Bob Gallery
Massachusetts President
Bank of America


"This is one of my favorite days of the year. It is always so insightful. It grounds you in the challenges our schools face on a daily basis. It gives you a renewed appreciation for our teachers, and it’s great to establish new friends and relationships."

Paul Arcangelo
Regional Vice President


"A truly amazing and inspiring experience. I have an even greater respect and admiration for the people committed to delivering a quality education to all students in Boston."

Pam Hamlin
Arnold Worldwide


"I have been passing this school for years and assumed because of the violent neighborhood that it was a failing school. The inside in no way reflects the outside. It is a wonderful school — led by a star principal."

Karen Daniels
Executive Director



This annual leadership event is co-sponsored by BPE and the Boston Public Schools
and underwritten by Bank of America.