|The Community welcomes students to the new Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School
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On Wed, September 5, 2012, the Dudley community will
welcome 132 children to the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School
in Roxbury. The pre-kindergarten through first grade students are the
inaugural class of a new school developed as a partnership among Boston
Plan for Excellence (BPE), Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
(DSNI), and the Boston Public Schools (BPS).
The Dudley Street School was created in response to community demand
for a quality school in the neighborhood and aims to put every student
on a path to college, careers, and responsible citizenship.
Principal Christine Landry says, "We know that to reach our goal of
getting every child to proficiency in reading and math by third grade,
we need to do things differently. We’ve used our flexibility as a
Horace Mann charter to design a school from scratch that ensures each
of our children gets the instruction she needs when she needs it."
Faculty to Work in Teams
Rather than assign 25 students to each teacher as a traditional school
does, the Dudley Street School faculty will work in teams, using
frequent assessments of student learning to group students fluidly and
to tailor instruction to each student’s needs. All teachers are dual-
or triple-certified in teaching English as a Second Language and
special education, ensuring the school can effectively serve a diverse
group of students through this innovative model.
Students will have an expanded day, with access to enrichment
activities and social supports provided by local partners. The Dudley
Street School will also serve as BPE’s first "teaching academy," in
which new teachers are prepared through the nationally recognized
Boston Teacher Residency program and experienced teachers have unique
opportunities to learn together.
Chris Jones, DSNI Board Vice President and member of the Dudley Street
School’s Board of Trustees remarked, "The Dudley Street School is part
of a truly powerful partnership. The community has committed to these
young people, and we’re excited to support them as they learn and grow."
Opening Day a Celebration
Staff, families, and community members will gather to celebrate the
school’s opening at 6 Shirley Street, beginning at 8am on Wednesday,
September 5th. College students and graduates from the Dudley community
will welcome the children into their new school. Massachusetts
Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester and BPS Superintendent Carol
Johnson will attend the ceremony as well.
Dr. Johnson shared, "This school is the fruit of a big vision and hard
work. Mayor Menino and I advocated to include in-district charter
schools in the state’s 2010 education reform law, and now we are seeing
what this type of flexibility can mean for our children. I am very
hopeful about the direction this school is taking and am proud to
welcome the Dudley Street School into the Boston Public Schools."
Learn more at: www.dudleystreetschool.org.
BPE Communications Consultant Katie Bayerl: 617.872.6845, email@example.com
DSNI Deputy Director Ros Everdell: 617.442.9670 x150, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Posted: September 4, 2012 Nancy J Conrad