Fall Open House 2017 - Supporting BPS students beyond school and launching the college, career and life readiness definition

Curating conversations between students, families and partners to discuss how we are working together to help our students prepare for a successful entry into the future economy

Curating conversations between students, families and partners to discuss how we are working together to help our students prepare for a successful entry into the future economy

The 2017 edition of the BPS Fall open house highlighted the role of the district to connect students and families to the supports and opportunities available to them throughout the city.  The open house was also an opportunity to showcase the citywide definition of college, career and life readiness which can be found here.

 

We designed an interactive open house that took place on October 28, 2017.  BPS facilitated private conversations with between students, families and partners from higher education, trade groups, private industry, community organizations, and much more.  Throughout the Bolling building, seminars and workshops took place on topics such as first time home buying, resume / profile building, progress on BuildBPS, and much more.  Boston's Chief of Education, Rahn Dorsey, moderated a keynote lunch on STEM education and the tech industry in Boston with Superintendent Chang, Silver McDonald from LEGO Education, Mohamad Ali from Carbonite, and Ann Klee, head of the GE foundation.  The day ended with a panel discussion led by D'Wayne Edwards of PENSOLE, with leaders in the footwear design industry from locally based brands such as Reebok, Clarks, Converse and Puma.

 

BuildBPS Open House 2016

Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Dr. Tommy Chang and Chief of Education for the city of Boston, Turahn Dorsey

Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Dr. Tommy Chang and Chief of Education for the city of Boston, Turahn Dorsey

To rally a complex system, a clear vision is needed.  People, departments, schools need to understand what they are working towards, individually and as a collective.  Executive decisions must be prioritized to support this vision.  Small decisions must all point towards it.  The educational vision we developed with Boston Pubic Schools declares why change is needed and defines core principles for its teaching and learning.  This vision is currently being driven down through principal and teacher professional development and is guiding the district’s $1B of facilities investments through a 10-year masterplan.

 

We designed an interactive open house that took place over a weekend in October 2016.  BPS was able to showcase it's educational vision and how it could be brought to life through the district's 10 year facilities masterplan, BuildBPS.  All members of the community were invited to view and give feedback the exhibition; participate in information session and discussions; and have conversations with various members of the BPS team.