Charting The Future Of The Dearborn School

BPE, the education nonprofit formerly known as Boston Plan for Excellence, has been tapped as an external operator for the Dearborn School in Roxbury. (Jesse Costa/WBUR) Determining that the Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury has not exhibited the type of rapid academic progress needed, Boston Public Schools has tapped nonprofit BPE to run the school as an outside partner. Here’s what you need to know about BPE — and what the future of the Dearborn could look like. Read More →

Looking To The Future, Cambridge Partnership Teaches Kindergartners To Code

Fifth grader Danato Christie dutifully holds up an iPad so that kindergartner Euri Leguisamon can see the screen.

“Watch this, watch this,” Christie says, as the two boys sit in a former computer lab at the Kennedy-Longfellow Elementary School on Thursday. “Now, let’s give it some moves!”

Christie and Leguisamon resume their task, tapping at the glowing screen with fervor. No, the students are not playing “Angry Birds.” They’re learning to code.

Kindergartners and 5th graders seem like an unlikely classroom mix, but the 5th graders have taken on a new role — as teachers. Read More →

MGH After-School Program Boosts STEM Learning

From left to right: Lisa Yeung, Merkeb Amanuel, Yordanos Hishe and Ed Chu practice inflating a dummy's lungs at Massachusetts General Hospital's Learning Laboratory on Tuesday. Yeung and Chu co-lead an after-school program designed to engage youth with STEM activities. (Peter Balonon-Rosen/WBUR)

From left to right: Lisa Yeung, Merkeb Amanuel, Yordanos Hishe and Ed Chu practice inflating a dummy’s lungs at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Learning Laboratory on Tuesday. Yeung and Chu co-lead an after-school program designed to engage youth with STEM activities. (Peter Balonon-Rosen/WBUR)

BOSTON — “Tonight, we’re gonna learn how to save a life,” Edward Chu, a second year internal medicine resident student at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), told the group of four middle school girls wearing white lab coats and stethoscopes on Tuesday night. “Multiple lives hopefully.”

Chu and his four students are in MGH’s Learning Laboratory — a simulation ward equipped with the latest training equipment, educational technologies and mannequin-simulators. The students are members of the Senior STEM Club after-school program at the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club in Roxbury.

The club, an MGH Youth Program created by Chu and Cambridge Health Alliance resident student Lisa Yeung, gives middle school students hands-on STEM learning experiences outside of the classroom. Read More →

Week Ahead: Scheduled Events In Education

Our weekly roundup of top education events in the state:

On Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ScrachED Cambridge hosts “Cambridge Scratch Educator’s Meetup” at Kennedy Longfellow School at 158 Spring St in Cambridge. Join us at the Kennedy-Longfellow School Makerspace for a free three-hour BYOL (Bring … Read More →

What Troubles Massachusetts’ Educators?

A new survey reveals that education leaders in Massachusetts rank the equitable allocation of school funds as their most critical challenge. (K.W. Barrett/Flickr)

A new survey reveals that education leaders in Massachusetts rank the equitable allocation of school funds as their most critical challenge. (K.W. Barrett/Flickr)

What’s the most pressing concern for school committee members, superintendents and school administrators across the state? Well, money.

A new survey reveals that education leaders in Massachusetts rank the equitable allocation of school funds as their most critical challenge, see stark differences in parental engagement, and are lukewarm when it comes to professional development opportunities. Read More →

New England Education Forum Highlights Concerns About High-Stakes Testing

New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Virgina Barry, left, Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, center, and Vermont Secretary of Education, right, answer questions on December 1, 2014 at States of Success forum. (Lynch School/Twitter)

New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Virgina Barry, left, Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, center, and Vermont Secretary of Education, right, answer questions on December 1, 2014 at States of Success forum. (Lynch School/Twitter)

BOSTON — For years New England states have outperformed other states in indicators of educational achievement and well-being. According to the 2014 Kids Count Databook, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire are included among the top five states with the best public education. Massachusetts has hovered in or near the top spot for years.

What can explain this success? Is there something special in New England’s waters or do the states have more in common that could explain their flourishing education records? Read More →

School Committee Roundup: Wayland, Lowell, Lenox, Holyoke, Swansea

Here’s what’s happening right now in school districts across the state:

Wayland: School Board Examines Behavior Protocols

In the wake of bickering and off color remarks during School Committee meetings, The Wayland School committee has drafted a new set of protocols for themselves, The MetroWest Daily News reports.

“When somebody tells me to think before I speak, I don’t think I need to be told that,” said School Committee member Donna Bouchard, referring to one of the suggested rules. “I think all of this stuff is something people would respect, and if they don’t respect, do so at their own peril.” Read More →

A Perspective On How Obama’s Immigration Order Will Impact MA Students

President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy, affecting as many as 5 million people. (Jim Bourg/AP)

President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy, affecting as many as 5 million people. (Jim Bourg/AP)

On Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced his plan for executive action on immigration. The order may grant temporary legal status for up to five million of the country’s 11.4 million undocumented people.

Although the order is far from the comprehensive immigration reform that many continue to hope for and left many with bittersweet reactions to the news, Obama’s action will undoubtedly have impacts that reverberate across communities and within the country’s elementary and high schools. Read More →