Hear from staff and partners about aspirations, accomplishments, and lessons learned along the way.

New and Refined Directions for Early Education at Barr

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

A 2011 strategy review of Barr’s approach to early education led to new and refined directions for this work in 2012 and beyond.

February 14, 2012 | Category: Education

Come Together Right Now...

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

How has Boston thrived in a resource-constrained era of fierce political divisions?

February 07, 2012 | Category: Education

More Racing to the Top in Massachusetts

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

In December 2011, Massachusetts was named one of only nine states to receive grants under the federal “Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge,” a successor to the Obama Administration’s competitive K–12 “Race to the Top” program.

February 02, 2012 | Category: Education

All Things Not Being Equal: Equity, Race, and Metro Boston

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

What is the state of the American dream in Metro Boston? A new report takes a piercing look at how much the answer to that question still depends on race.

January 24, 2012 | Category: Climate

The OPPORTUNITY City on a Hill

Rahn Dorsey

Guest Author · Former Evaluation Director & Program Officer

What would it take to make Boston the premiere "opportunity city?"

December 27, 2011 | Category: Education

Beyond Silver Bullets, the Levers for Change

Pat Brandes

Guest Author · Former Executive Director

Risk, failure, silver bullets, systems thinking, and reaching beyond significant change to transformation – opening remarks from Pat Brandes at a breakfast meeting of the Massachusetts Education Innovators at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

December 19, 2011 | Category: Education

First Deep Look at Costs AND Benefits of Northeast Cap-and-Trade Program Shows it a Clear Winner

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

For three years, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – a collaborative effort of 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states – has been testing the nation's first cap-and-trade scheme to reduce carbon emissions.

December 12, 2011 | Category: Climate

Fueling Up for a New Conversation about Transportation Financing in Massachusetts

Since late this summer, Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray have been calling for renewed debate – and an "adult conversation" – about transportation finance in the Commonwealth. Business-as-usual is 1) not sustainable and 2) can only undermine the State's aggressive climate and energy goals. Three recent reports offer rich fodder for that conversation to occur. Lizzi Weyant, Staff Attorney of MASSPIRG breaks them down to their key insights.

November 21, 2011 | Category: Climate

Barr Fellow at the White House

Class of 2011 Barr Fellow Madeleine Steczynski wins National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

November 03, 2011 | Category: Arts & Creativity

A Big Leap for Quality in Early Education

An interview between Stefan Lanfer, Barr's Knowledge Officer and Amy O'Leary, Director of the Early Education for All Campaign and mav Pardee, Program Manager of the Children's Investment Fund.

October 24, 2011 | Category: Education