An imposing pale stone fortress, Brighton High School sits high on a hill behind St. Elizabeth Hospital. Serving over one thousand students, it still manages to create a “small school” atmosphere in classes where teachers pay attention to individual needs.

Read more about Brighton High School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

The Holmes Elementary School sits inside a triangle of one-way streets in a residential area of Dorchester not far from Franklin Park. Beautiful tiles adorn the walls of the first floor corridor featuring children’s names and drawings. When I asked staff members what they like best about the Holmes, first-year teachers as well as veterans expressed appreciation for the teamwork and professionalism of their colleagues.

Read more about the Holmes Elementary School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

The Rogers, one of only five middle schools left in Boston, is right off Hyde Park Avenue near River Street. With rowing machines and the support of a coach from Community Boating, students learn how to row properly and in tandem. They’ll get to go rowing on the Charles River in the spring! 

Read more about the Rogers Middle School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

A turtle, a lizard, a fish, crickets, a dove, and a full-size rowing skiff greet you as you walk into the large entrance area of the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale. The Haley is a full inclusion pilot school that uses its budget autonomy to make sure there are two teachers in every classroom.

Read more about the Haley Pilot School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

Boston Adult Technical Academy's mission is to meet the needs of students aged 19-22 who have recently entered the US or returned after dropping out of school. In recognition of their success with meeting the needs of an extremely diverse, English language learning population, the school received the 2014 Office of English Language Learners Acquisition Award from the Newcomers Assessment and Counseling Center.

Read more about the Boston Adult Technical Academy, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

It was a treat to visit just about every classroom during the first week of the school year at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain. The Curley has a new set of school-wide expectations that came out of School Climate meetings throughout last year, creating a common language for the first time since it became K-8 school: “We care about ourselves. We care about each other. We care about our school.

Read more about the Curley K-8 School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

It was a joy to watch kindergarteners engaged in active play at the Ellison-Parks Early Education School, just one block from Mattapan Square. A compact brick building dedicated in 1998, it houses just twelve classroomsone SEI and one Inclusion class at each grade level, K0-3.

Read more about the Ellison-Parks Early Learning School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

The McKinley South End Academy is an alternative school for 178 middle and high school students with severe behavioral challenges.  I felt truly welcomed by everyone and appreciated the opportunity to showcase the learning that goes on in this school.

Read more about the McKinley South End Academy, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

The Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH) is located near Fields Corner in Dorchester. It is the one surviving “small school” from the former Hyde Park High School Complex, and moved into the former Grover Cleveland building three years ago.

Read more about the Community Academy of Science and Health, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

On the “far side” of West Roxbury and less than a mile apart, the Beethoven (K-2) and the Ohrenberger (3-8) have been transformed over the past few years into a K-8 “Pathway School” serving nearly 1,000 students.

Read more about the Beethoven and the Ohrenberger Schools, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

Classes at Mission Hill K-8 are project-based, multi-grade, and served by a lead teacher plus one or more assistants, including parent and community volunteers. The school's more than 200 students gather for a weekly community meeting on Friday mornings. This is a school with a focus on habits of mind, practicing democratic processes rather than test-taking skills.

Read more about Mission Hill K-8 School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

Word study and movement are valued at Curtis Guild Elementary School in East Boston, located near Belle Isle Marsh. Nearly 90% of the school's 300 students are Latino, and many are English language learners. Teachers are happily focused on the children throughout the school.

Read more about Curtis Guild Elementary School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

Snowden International High School, where classes are held in two buildings near Copley Square, has always taught several world languages (currently Japanese, Mandarin, French and Spanish). Snowden has recently added an International Baccalaureate Program, which helps give this academically challenging program even more focus and inspiration.

Read more about the Snowden International High School, featured in this month's We're Learning Here.

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BTU News Updates

This needs to be on everyone's radar screen as it very well may define the future of public education as we know it.
The BTU and our more than 10,500 active and retired members formally welcome new Superintendent Tommy Chang! We wish him well and hope to join him as true partners in improving our Boston public schools.
Late last week the School Department announced that it would be proposing a number of school closings: West Roxbury Academy, the Rogers, the Elihu Greenwood, Middle School Academy, and Community Academy. The announcement came suddenly on Fridayafternoon, and while rumors had been circulating for weeks about the latter two schools, staff at West Roxbury Academy, the Rogers and the Greenwood were all caught off guard by the announcement.
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