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星期五, 10月 21, 2016

Bates Elementary wins $100,000 Thomas Payzant School on the Move Prize


Bates Elementary wins $100,000 Thomas Payzant School on the Move Prize

Mayor Walsh, Boston Public Schools congratulate Bates and finalists Manning Elementary and UP Academy Boston
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, EdVestors CEO and President Laura Perille, Bates School Principal Andrew Vega, School on the Move Prize Selection panelist and Plymouth Rock CEO Jim Stone and EdVestors Board Chairman Wendell Knox, retired CEO of Abt Associates. 

BOSTON - October 21, 2016 - Boston Public Schools and EdVestors are pleased to announce that the Phineas Bates Elementary School in Roslindale is the winner of this year's $100,000 Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move Prize. The awards were presented at a ceremony this morning featuring Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh at the Westin Copley Place.
Finalist schools Joseph P. Manning Elementary of Jamaica Plain and UP Academy Boston of South Boston each received $10,000 prizes.
Now in its 11th year, the School on the Move Prize was created by nonprofit EdVestors to recognize rapidly improving schools that have made exemplary progress in advancing the academic achievement of all students. The prize spotlights the daunting, yet less publicized, achievements of these and other Boston Public Schools making significant strides in improving educational outcomes for students. EdVestors awards the Prize, in partnership with philanthropic sponsors, as part of the organization's work accelerating positive change in urban schools.  
"I congratulate the Bates on being awarded this year's School on the Move Prize," said Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh. "Our top priority is creating a public school system that gives all of our young people an opportunity to succeed. I thank EdVestors for their continued partnership and support in helping to improve educational outcomes for our students and prepare them for a bright future."
"On behalf of the entire Boston School Committee, we congratulate the winner, Bates Elementary, and the two finalists, Manning Elementary and Up Academy Boston, for all of their hard work in improving student achievement. All three schools deserve to be recognized," said Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael O'Neill. "These three schools serve as leaders as we work as a district to close opportunity and achievement gaps."
"These schools provide great examples of approaches to equity and innovation in our Boston Public Schools," said BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang. "I commend the Bates Elementary and the two finalist schools for their dedication to providing a rigorous education to all students."
The 300-student Phineas Bates Elementary School in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston prides itself on a culture of leadership and engagement for both teachers and students. The Bates credits its steady improvement in both English language arts and math to giving teachers greater autonomy to make instructional decisions to meet the needs of their students. As a full inclusion school where students with significant special needs learn alongside their typically-developing peers in general education classrooms, all students benefit from more robust and effective use of classroom supports thanks to creative staffing and scheduling.
"The Bates has transformed into a school where every person, student and staff member alike, who walks through the doors is a leader," said Andrew Vega, principal of the Bates School. "We are fearless in our efforts to name and tackle the most challenging topics in education today in one of the most diverse schools in the Boston Public Schools. Winning the School on the Move Prize is a validation of our collective work over the last five years: We've taken risks and been bold in our approaches and this Prize is a sign we're on the right track."
"It is an honor to work with our philanthropic partners and our panel of Prize judges to present the eleventh annual School on the Move Prize, and to lift up these three schools' successes." said Laura Perille, CEO and President of EdVestors. "The achievements of schools such as the Bates, the Manning, and UP Academy who demonstrate rapid student progress often go unnoticed.  The School on the Move Prize not only aims to congratulate the amazing work of these schools but also share lessons learned with the rest of the Boston Public School district and beyond."
To document and share key strategies from School on the Move Prize winners, this morning EdVestors also released a case study of the 2015 winner, the Jeremiah E. Burke High School. The case study illuminates how the Burke drove change and accelerated student achievement by embracing a school climate that emphasized two major elements: whole child supports and new cultural norms for teachers. Together, these key strategies and supports fueled the Jeremiah E. Burke High School's transformation from one of the lowest-performing schools in the state to the most improved school in Boston Public Schools.
The Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move Prize is made possible by sponsors including Eastern Bank, Fidelity Investments, jetBlue, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Microsoft, Plymouth Rock Assurance, and State Street Bank among other generous companies and individuals.