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On the Same Page
Boston Compact - Serving students by bringing educators together
On The Same Page brings you the news of the Boston Compact—where educators from Boston's district, charter, and Catholic schools collaborate to increase equity and access to excellent instruction for all students.
Mayor Walsh at today's launch.
 
The Boston Educators Collaborative Launches!
 

This morning, Mayor Walsh joined Boston Compact leaders, including the Superintendents of BPS and Catholic schools as well as the Chair of the Boston Charter Alliance, to launch the Boston Educators Collaborative (BEC).
 
The Boston Educators Collaborative is a partnership between the Boston Compact and Teach Plus which will recruit, select, train and support outstanding Teacher Leaders to facilitate professional learning for their peers.
 
Through the Collaborative, selected teachers will lead a five-week, 15-hour university courses on key topics that ensure instruction reaches all learners, provides rigorous curricula and is culturally proficient. These courses will help foster the collaboration across the three sectors and bring the skills back to the students in classrooms across the city.
 
“Great teaching and great learning happen across the City of Boston and are not confined to just Boston Public Schools, just charter schools or just Catholic schools,” said Mayor Walsh. “We know from experience that, by working together, we can share teachers’ strengths to improve the overall quality of our schools and provide every child in our city a top-notch education.”
 
“This type of professional learning network will support improved student learning outcomes in our classrooms,” said Paul Toner, executive director of Teach Plus. “We know teachers learn best from fellow practitioners and we think we can greatly boost teacher efficacy with this effort.”
 
“This effort will get our teachers the type of content-specific, real-time professional development they want and need,” said Rachel Weinstein, Chief Collaboration Officer with the Boston Compact. “We’re constantly impressed with the ways Catholic, charter and district school educators can and do work together, help each other and learn from one another.”
 
“I’m excited that educators from across the city can learn from one another and build on each other’s strengths,” said Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang. “Collaboration of best practices is a proven way to improve strategies that increase academic rigor and narrow opportunity and achievement gaps for all of our students.”
 
“Our students are our number one priority, and our teachers are our number one asset. Both will benefit from collaborative efforts like these that focus on improving the quality of education children receive no matter where they go to school,” said Shannah Varón, Executive Director at the Boston Collegiate Charter School and Chair of the Boston Charter Alliance.
 
“The Boston Educators Collaborative is a great way to strengthen our teaching in all classrooms—we’re excited to work with the other sectors to impart our strengths and create a stronger education system across the city,” said Kathleen Power Mears, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston.
 
The first series of six courses will begin in May. To register and learn more, please visit
http://teachplus.org/bec-registration

 
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Teacher-Led Conference a Resounding Success

On March 11th, BPS, charter and Catholic school teachers came together for a conference planned and led by a cross-sector team of classroom educators.  Entitled A Celebration of Culturally Responsive Teaching, the event at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School was born out of a desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and to celebrate the teaching profession. The convening featured workshops led by teachers ranging from “Leading from the Classroom” to “Responsive Self-Care” as well as three keynote speakers.  With 142 teachers attending from all sectors, this ECTC2 conference exemplified the power in cross-sector collaboration, which is why the Compact was pleased to be a sponsor.   
 
Special Invitation: Unique Training Opportunity for Facilitators of Boys Groups
 
Do you lead a group for young men or boys are your school?  Does your school want to establish such a group? The Compact’s Teaching and Learning Committee has been exploring effective practices for creating and running groups for Black and Latino males.  Through this work, we have been introduced to the local treasure that is Mr. Mwalimu Donkor Minors, Coordinator of Targeted Programs for Boston Public Schools.  Donkor’s involvement with the Committee inspired him to invite teachers from every sector to his training series in 2017-18.  If you or your colleagues would like to learn from someone who has both led successful boys groups and trained others to do so, we strongly encourage you to email Donkor at dminors@bostonpublicschools.org.  Kudos to Donkor and BPS for leveraging their expertise to support young men of color across the city!

 

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