We’ve partnered with Boston Public Schools since 1984 to develop and support initiatives that ensure that each student has access to high quality instruction. Dudley Street early years

We were founded to foster improvement in the city’s public schools by acting as its research and development arm.  


  • 1996: We developed the BPS Essentials of Whole School Improvement, which focused on improving classroom instruction through coaching. In 2002, what became known as the Collaborative Coaching and Learning Model was adopted district-wide.
  • 2002: BPS commissioned us to develop a teacher preparation program that would deliver a diverse set of highly qualified teachers for hard to fill subjects including math, science and special education. We launched Boston Teacher Residency.
  • 2005 – 2009: We created the Formative Assessment in Reading (FAST-R) model and student progress data tools that were adopted in Boston and beyond.
  • 2009: Our definition of a teacher residency was adopted by the U.S. Department of Education for its Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant program and was named a model for quality clinical preparation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.