The annual Principal Partners event brings school leaders and corporate leaders together.

Principal Sam Varano
PC: Harvard Gazette

Monday, March 30, 2020

Hosted by Bank of America, the Boston Public Schools and BPE, the event generates support for the city’s schools. On the day of the event, leaders from the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors partner with BPS principals as they lead their schools through the activities of a regular school day.  Participants convene at noon for lunch at Bank of America to share their experiences and join the conversation about the critical role education plays in the quality of our society and in the future of our economy.

Each year, participants get a firsthand look at the complex work of Boston’s school leaders, the school improvement investments the district has made, and the challenges that remain.

Since the first event in 2003, more than 600 leaders have participated.

Principal Partners is an invitation-only event.

What Participants Say

“These principals are every bit as talented as the best CEOs in our country, and we need to empower them in the same way.”  

Sandyha Douglas, Wellington Management

“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 D’Arcangelo, Regional Vice President, Comcast

“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, President, Arnold Worldwide

“I have been passing this school for years and assumed … 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, Step-Up