Attendance Symposium - September 19
Calling all those interested in the success of Boston's young people:
The research is clear – school attendance is linked to positive academic and life outcomes for our students. Join us September 19, 2017 for the first ever Boston Public Schools (BPS) Attendance Symposium to learn what you can do to make school attendance a priority. Headlined by nationally renowned thought leader, Hedy Chang of Attendance Works, this free event will offer actionable content for educators, medical professionals, community stakeholders and parents alike.
LOCATION: Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St, Roxbury, MA 02119
FORMAT: Attendees choose the morning (9am-12pm) or afternoon session (2pm-5pm) with the option to attend the networking luncheon (12:30pm-1:30pm)
Don't miss out, register today to secure your spot.
Save the Date - Walk to School Day - October 4
Why Walk to School? Healthier Habits! Cleaner Environment! Promoting Safety! Community Benefits! International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day to bring awareness to and celebrate the many benefits of walking to school. Walking promotes physical and mental readiness to learn which positively impacts academic outcomes. Stay tuned for more information on how to support students in walking safely to school and making Walk to School Day a success at your school.
In the News
Support for Students Experiencing Homelessness: Through support of SELWell's Opportunity Youth department, BPS plans to launch a $1 million initiative to provide more services and support for the approximately 3,000 students who are experiencing homelessness. Each school would have the discretion to use its share of the money to address the specific situations of their homeless students. Schools could provide assistance with tutoring, clothing, food, or transportation. The initiative will also provide training for teachers, aides, and administrators on identifying clues that students are homeless and find ways to help them and their families. Read More
New Speed Limit in Effect: Mayor Martin Walsh asked for our help in raising awareness of how the City is making streets safer for people of all ages who are walking, biking and driving. The City recently adopted a default speed limit of 25 mph, which went into effect January 9, 2017. The lower speed limit is part of the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. We are encouraging all school leaders, teachers, administrators, students, and families to help spread the word about the speed limit change and the Safe Routes to School Boston efforts. This is important to us as a school district because just under a third (29%) of our K-8 students are walking, taking public transportation or biking to and from school. As part of the Safe Routes to School Boston movement, we are working together with city agencies to make our streets more walkable for everyone. Lowering the speed limits is one way to create safer travel. Read More
Jodie Elgee, Director of Safe and Welcoming Schools, joined Muslim community leaders from the Boston-area in Local Partnerships in Combating Terrorism to talk about their efforts to prevent radicalization and recruitment by violent groups. Boston was one of the three pilot cities chosen to develop a system for countering violent extremism. This forum was part of the second day of the three-day White House Summit on Combating Violent Extremism. C-Span Video
- Communique, December 2016, Volume 45, Number 4, pg. 16, Boston's Comprehensive Behavioral Model: Organizational Structures
- Communique, November 2016, Volume 45, Number 3, pg. 1, Boston's Comprehensive Behavioral Model: Organizational Structures
- BPS CARES is sponsoring a Trauma-sensitive calendar of PD for district and school staff in Spring 2017 and is creating a website to go live in June 2017 that will provide a compendium of Trauma-responsive best practices and resources.
- Opportunity Youth: Investing in Homelessness School Training (Spring 2017; TBD); Attendance Syposium (Sept. 2017); Attendance Town Hall (Oct. 2017); March 23 Celtics Stay in School Assembly (School winner TBD)