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Principals feel positive about Common Core, PARCC, and teacher evaluations


This week, Stand for Children Massachusetts will release results of two important pieces of research centered on two major initiatives moving forward in school districts across the state: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)/PARCC assessments and teacher evaluations. In a poll fielded by MassInc Polling group commissioned by Stand, principals revealed they feel positively about both CCSS and PARCC.

Chapter Updates From the Commonwealth


The New Year has kicked off in grand style for Stand for Children Massachusetts. In the run up to the 2015 Member Summit on January 31, Stand members and staff continue to push forward on a number of projects.

Massachusetts Earns Early Childhood Education Grant


Earlier today it was announced that Massachusetts is a recipient of a $15 million federal expansion grant. The grant will help to increase the availability of high-quality preschool programs in targeted communities, and serve as a model for expanding preschool to all 4-year-olds from low-income families.



The Thanksgiving season is a time to be grateful, to appreciate what we have and to spread goodwill towards others. This year, after stuffing ourselves with turkey on Thanksgiving Day, landing a door buster deal on that new LCD TV at 3 a.m. on Black Friday, and snagging sweet discounts at the best online stores on Cyber Monday, we’re challenging ourselves – and our community – to spend a day giving back on #GivingTuesday.

Stand Hosts “I’m In For Pre-K” Workshops Across Boston


Early education is vital to a child’s academic performance, setting the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Stand continues to push for increased access to early education programs, and over the past few weeks, Stand organizers have facilitated “I’m In For Pre-K” workshops and house parties across Boston.

Early education is worth investing in


On Tuesday, October 28, Stand for Children Massachusetts and community partners attended a Department of Early Education and Care meeting in Worcester. Stand members, Jenniffer Lara and Luz Bentacur delivered testimony on the importance of investing in early education.

NPR is Highlighting Great Teachers, Socrates Chief Among Them


Perhaps one of the original teachers is Socrates, the “superstar teacher of the ancient world.”  A new yearlong series from NPR launched today, highlighting 50 Great Teachers.  The series is billed as a celebration of teaching, and the inaugural post focuses on the lasting impact of Socrates’ teaching: the Socratic Method.

“Great Teachers DO Matter” - BPS Kicks Off New Recruitment Initiatives


Great teachers do matter was the theme Boston Public Schools used for their recruitment kickoff for Stand and other key community partners on Monday night. They announced opportunities to support the district and highlighted recruitment and retention initiatives. BPS will now post all teacher vacancies for application on March 30, 2015. This early action helped recruit 85% of new teachers by mid-June last year. A big improvement over years past.



Congratulations to Stand members Jonathan Charley, Lucia Dessalines, and Takiyah White of our Dorchester/Mattapan team; Elsa Flores and Ana Martinez of our East Boston team; and Elizabeth Neely of our City Wide team, for being elected to their local School Site Councils (SSC). We’d also like to congratulate Aveann Bridgemohan of the Dorchester/Mattapan team for being elected to the Citywide Parent Council and Soraya Harley of the City Wide team for being elected to the Dimock Early Education Center’s Parent Council.



Last night the Boston School Committee unanimously voted to opt Boston Public Schools (BPS) into the PARCC assessment this year. This vote came after last week’s recommendation from Interim Superintendent John McDonough to transition BPS to PARCC after successfully piloting the assessment in 81 district schools last year.