Category: Education

From the President – December 2014

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

As 2014 draws to a close, three key decisions that will guide Barr into its next era.

December 15, 2014 | Category: From the President

Barr’s Rahn Dorsey Appointed Boston’s First Chief of Education

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

Our colleague Rahn Dorsey has been appointed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to his cabinet as the City’s first chief of education.

September 02, 2014 | Category: Education

A New Approach to Scaling High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

Building on its highly successful pre-kindergarten program, Boston Public Schools (BPS) has teamed up with community-based early care and education centers providing preschool programs to share what has worked well and to test a new way to expand access to high-quality early education.

August 27, 2014 | Category: Education

Building on What's Working in Early Education in Boston

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

Ambitious goals and new developments set to expand and build on successful efforts to provide high-quality pre-kindergarten programs in Boston.

July 15, 2014 | Category: Education

Strategies for Children Recognized for Statewide Advocacy Work

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

The Barr Foundation congratulates its long-time grantee Strategies for Children on receiving the 2014 Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.

July 02, 2014 | Category: Education

New Report Raises Stakes for Education in Massachusetts

Marcos Popovich

Marcos Lucio Popovich

Guest Author · Program Fellow, Education

A new project from the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy sets out to provide an annual review of student progress and proficiency to inform education leaders and policy makers about what we are doing well and where we need to improve.

April 14, 2014 | Category: Education

Education Director Wendy Puriefoy to Leave Barr

Melinda Marble

Guest Author · Former Deputy Director

Wendy Puriefoy, director of education, has decided to leave the Barr Foundation to pursue her passion for national education reform.

January 13, 2014 | Category: Education

Innovation in Parent Engagement Among Public, Parochial, and Charter Schools

Wendy Puriefoy

Guest Author · Former Director of Education

Parent engagement has never been the biggest part of Barr's K-12 grantmaking, but it has long been an important one. Read about a new effort that is helping a cohort of Boston district, charter, and parochial schools test and share new methods for engaging parents, and a new graduate-level program for the next generation of family engagement professionals.

January 09, 2014 | Category: Education

Three Keys to Breakthrough on Complex Social Contract Issues

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

When complicated politics and old wounds keep deep-sixing change efforts, what does it take to get to a new outcome? A recent breakthrough in Boston suggests a template.

October 24, 2013 | Category: Education

Education Week Features Boston Center Creating Second Chances for Dropouts

Rahn Dorsey

Guest Author · Former Evaluation Director & Program Officer

Thanks to concerted efforts on dropout prevention, high school graduation rates in the U.S. are the highest they have been since the 1970's, yet every year roughly one million high school students still leave without a degree.

August 07, 2013 | Category: Education