Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!
It is our hope that this page can serve as a valuable resource in our efforts to provide families, principals, teachers, paraprofessionals and school support staff the knowledge and resources needed to create high-quality early education experiences that prepare children to read, write, communicate ideas and problem solve successfully by third grade.
Pacing Calendars SY17:
Discovering Justice Pilot
The BPS History & Social Studies and Early Childhood Departments have collaborated with the education team at Discovering Justice to design lessons that integrate the two curriculums.
If you are part of the pilot, click here to access the curriculum resources.
K1/PEG End of Year Showcase
Visit our Spotlight on Student Work page for a great slideshow of student work from K1 and PEG classrooms!
K2 Report Card Template
Questions about the K2 report card? See a template on our Report Card page!
Common Planning Time and Data sharing tips and tricks
Focus on K2©
The LAP-D online portal is not yet available; please bear with us as we work with the vendor. An email will be sent and notification placed on this page when it is.
Building Blocks in the news!
PBS highlighted Building Blocks, with interviews from Sara Gardner, Stephanie Kudriashova, and the Math Department! Kudos!
Set up for Success: A Primer for the first 3 weeks of school
Take a look at the updated DEC publication Set up for Success: Effective Practice & Practical Strategies for the First Three Weeks of School. It should help you lay the foundation for a successful year by establishing a positive, supportive classroom environment. Many thanks to the BPS and PEG teachers and staff who contributed!
Congratulations to the Eliot, Ellison/Parks, O'Donnell, Roosevelt, Taylor, and UP Dorchester!
Congratulations to the Eliot K-8 Innovation, Ellison/Parks Early Education, O'Donnell Elementary, Roosevelt K-8, Taylor Elementary, UP Academy Dorchester Schools - our NAEYC-accredited schools for 2015-16, and bringing us to 36 accredited BPS schools!
Interested in the NAEYC accreditation process?
How do NAEYC criteria align with the BPS Educator Effectiveness Rubric? See this online resource.
Events and Articles
Free PD opportunities!
Not one, but TWO, GREAT, FREE!! PD opportunities from Wheelock's Aspire Institute - click the links for more information:
Assessment Calendar - 2016/17
The assessment calendar for 2016/17 has been updated - you'll find it on our Progress & Assessment tab, as well as strategies for using the data to inform your instruction.
K1 in The Atlantic
"What Boston's Preschools Get Right" in The Atlantic Monthly - thank you to our fantastic teachers and staff!
Rigor and Developmentally Appropriate practice in EC
Our Early Childhood Research Articles page has a new article on Rigor and DAP in Early Childhood - take a look and let us know what you think!
Important PD Note!
To view our courses on My Learning Plan: Your MLP profile must indicate that you want to be notified once EC sessions are posted. If "Early Childhood" is not checked off, you will not receive any notification nor have access to courses.
Family Resources: Transitioning Children back to the Classroom
Research and Accolades (for more, see our Policymakers page)
- BPS, as part of an early learning network, has received an IES grant to study P-3 education! This grant will allow us to examine policies and programs that support student and teacher success (IES grant information, Press Release from MDRC)
- BPS Early Childhood goes to the White House: BPS PreK and Boston K1DS are featured in the White House's Playbook for Becoming an Early Learning Community. Additionally, Jason Sachs was invited to speak at the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education.
- BPS K1 (Pre-K) helps close achievement gaps, expands learning (Press Release and download the study)
- Harvard study: BPS early education programs lead to long-term learning gains and help close achievement gaps (BPS Press Release)