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

Talk/Read/Succeed – Inspiration and Ideas from Springfield

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

With an ambitious, citywide goal, what’s the right scale to get started? What target population is small enough that results are achievable and the impacts tangible? In Springfield, Massachusetts, it looks like the answer is 180 families.

June 27, 2013 | Category: Education

Getting to "Whole Child Time"

Rahn Dorsey

Guest Author · Former Evaluation Director & Program Officer

What would it take to move beyond a school- and classroom-bound view of where learning and youth development actually happens – to explore more holistic approaches?

June 07, 2013 | Category: Education

Doors Open

Melinda Marble

Guest Author · Former Deputy Director

"Doors Open" is a new short film featuring three schools that opened their doors for the very first time in Boston this fall. Each school is a compelling story—of vision, mission, and bright hopes for kids. Looked at together in this film, they are also part of an even bigger story about breakthroughs in old debates about public education.

January 08, 2013 | Category: Education

Talking ELL's in BPS

Pat Brandes

Guest Author · Former Executive Director

Claudio Martinez

Claudio Martinez

Director, Boston University's BRIDGE Program

Over two years ago, the Gaston Institute at UMass Boston issued a scathing report on the status of English Language Learners in the Boston Public Schools.

February 22, 2012 | Category: Education