Boston Plan for Excellence is an education organization operating a PreK-12 pathway of neighborhood based Teaching Academies and a city-wide network of teacher support. Through our Teaching Academies and our nationally recognized and replicated teacher training program, we drive exceptional outcomes for Boston’s students.
We’ve prepared more than 600 teachers for the Boston Public Schools through Boston Teacher Residency, a clinical model for training teachers. BTR operates within our two neighborhood based Teaching Academies, autonomous schools within BPS that use an alternative staffing model and data driven practices to advance student learning while preparing outstanding new educators and leaders for Boston. Our Teacher Residents work side by side with experienced educators to implement research based practices, examine their impact on student learning, and refine instruction until every child is successful. We run two Teaching Academies: Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School and Dearborn STEM Academy.
BTR has served as a model for replication in 23 cities and three countries. 49% of graduates are teachers of color, 35% of these are African American or Latino. BTR graduates continually post higher retention rates than the district average – 79% were still in BPS after five years, compared with 51% of their peers. Across all cohorts, 87% of our graduates are still teaching, and 90% are still in the field of education.
This is Hestia’s fifth year funding Boston Plan for Excellence. This year’s grant of $35,000 will support the Boston Teacher Residency program.