Dual Language-Two Way Spanish-English School nominated for a Edvestors School on the Move Award!

A Boston dual Language school, the Joseph J. Hurley K-8th School in the center of Boston, gets selected as one of the three finalists from 128 schools in the district for its growth in students achievement from 2007-2012. This is the second dual language school selected by the prestigious EdVestors philanthropic investment firm in Urban Public Education. As a dual Language school The Hurley was highlighted for its strong use of creative scheduling to provide strategic and intensive intervention for all students, a part of the change effort to adopt a Response to Intervention framework. The school has seen significant growth (3 and 4 times more than the average school in Boston, in the state assessment, MCAS, over the past five years as well as in the district wide formative assessments (i.e. DIBELS, Galileo, Achievement Network). Dr. Carol Johnson, Superintendent, stated that the Hurley doesn't only prepare our students to be successful in our district but by teaching in two languages they are preparing all students, those learning Spanish and those learning English, to be prepared and successful in a global economy. Kudos for Boston Public Schools for supporting dual language options for students. Offering this option for parents shows the investment the district has to create a culturally responsive schools! Congratulations to Marjorie Soto, Principal of the Hurley for her successful strategic leadership and her focus on the mission of the school.
For a press release and more information directly from Edvestors Organization please click here http://www.edvestors.org/other-files/2012_SOM_PressRelease.pdf

For more information on the Joseph J. Hurley click here
For more information on how to support the Hurley please visit their website under development

For more information on the Response to Intervention model implemented in the school please visit the Boston Public School Academic Achievement Framework website
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Another wonderful school, The Sumner Elementary in Roslindale, serving English language learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities was also nominated today. This school has led the district in their effective instruction of ELLs and serves as a model for the rest of the district! Hurray for the Summer Elementary principal and staff. For more information click here

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Professor Claudia Rinaldi is the Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Her areas of research are the implementation of the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework in urban settings with English learners, teacher education in bilingual special education, and diversifying the teacher pipeline. Claudia has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers. She lead and developed a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual Students with Disabilities for general, ESL and special education teachers geared towards applying research-informed practices to the questions and processes of identifying whether it is a language difference or a learning disability. Claudia developed a college mentoring program called Pathways to Teacher Diversity for districts and teacher education programs to partner in identifying and supporting underrepresented high school students interested in teaching careers to successfully access and persist in college. She serves in various boards including the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves as an expert for Understood.org and the National Center for Intensive Interventions.

Professor Claudia Rinaldi believes that it is critical to prepare teacher leaders who may serve as advocates and allies and who will respond to the belief that all students can learn and succeed beyond barriers like culture, language, disability poverty, and marginalization in our country and globally.

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